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Great Places: Washington: A Recreational Guide to Washington's Public Lands and Historic Places for Birding, Hiking, Photography, Fishing, Hunting and CampingGreat Places: Washington: A Recreational Guide to Washington's Public Lands and Historic Places for Birding, Hiking, Photography, Fishing, Hunting and Camping
by John Kruse
June 2009, 509 pages, paperback or kindle
He explains the geology, animal and plant life, and history of Washington's most-storied and scenic locales, including the best local lodging and amenities. Out-of-staters and Washington residents alike will find much of interest in this full-color guide.


Short Bike Rides Western Washington
by Judy Wagonfeld
December 1999, 3rd edition, Paperback, 322 pages, (guidebook)
Whether you're a dedicated cyclist or just want to have some fun with the kids on the weekend, a bike and a couple of hours are all you need to enjoy the carefully selected routes in this well-researched guide.


Birds of the Puget Sound RegionBirds of the Puget Sound Region Coast to Cascades
by Dennis Paulson, Bob Morse, Tom Aversa, Hal Opperman and Christina Dunchese Morse
April 2016
paperback, 28 pages

This is a pocket size guide with descriptions, similar species, habitat, behavior and photographs of birds in western Washington.

Birds of Washington StateBirds of Washington State
by Brian H. Bell and Gregory Kennedy
January 2006
paperback, 384 pages

This book has interesting facts and useful information such as illustrations and range maps plus notes covering habitat, nesting, feeding and similar species, a glossary of terms and separate indexes for scientific and common names.


Washington Boating and Water Sports
by Terry Rudnick
April 2000, Paperback, 550 pages.


A FalconGuide to the Mount BakerA Falcon Guide to the Mount Baker-Mount Shuksan Area (Exploring Series)
by Mike McQuaide
June 2005
Paperback, 192 pages
Written by outdoor experts, this guide explores Mount Baker, Mount Shuksan and the surrounding area with detailed maps, facts about the area, routes, trail descriptions and more.

Selected Climbs in the Cascades Volume IISelected Climbs in the Cascades Volume II
by Jim Nelson and Peter Potterfield
Features 100 routes, including top favorite sport and crag climbing areas. Illustrated throughout with black and white photographs, several with route overlays. Highlights fun, quality climbs for all skill levels.



Fisherman's Guide to Selected Lakes of South Central WAA Fisherman's Guide to Selected Lakes of South Central Washington
by John E. Moore
May 2008, paperback, 320 pages
This book provides detailed information on the lake and surrounding area, as well as directions and fishing tips. All lakes included in this book have been personally visited, photographed, and in most cases fished by the author.

Washington's Central Cascades Fishing GuideWashington's Central Cascades Fishing Guide
by Dave Shorett
This comprehensive guidebook tells where, how and when to fish the area in detail, covering more than 25 streams and 200 lakes, with 14 maps and 40 photos. Trout populations are described in depth, along with fishing techniques, access and hiking directions.


Washington River Maps & Fishing GuideWashington River Maps & Fishing Guide
by Doug Rose
Detailed maps covering over 1200 miles of river. Included for each river are the best seasons, species, available illustrated fishing methods, best flies and best gear for individual rivers and species, fly hatches, knots, launches, parks, number of hookups per year, size of runs, parks, services, guides.


Golfing in WashingtonGolfing in Washington
by Daniel MacMillan
April 2010, Kindle Edition, 579kb
Over 385 listings of public, semi private, private, par 3 courses, learning centers, driving ranges and retail golf stores. Information on everything: address, course layouts, scorecards, phone numbers, reservation policies, special rules, terrain, yardage, par, dress codes, services and more.


60 Hikes Within 60 Miles: Seattle60 Hikes Within 60 Miles: Seattle: Including Bellevue, Everett, and Tacoma
by Andrew Weber and Bryce Stevens.
In addition to the Cascade Range and Puget Sound, this authoritative guide also leads to lesser-known destinations, including high bluffs and tide pools along the Pacific, abandoned mines and railways, and stands of old-growth forest inside the city limits.

Day-Hike-Central-Cascades-thirdDay Hike! Central Cascades, 3rd Edition: The Best Trails You Can Hike in a Day
by Mike McQuaide
April 2014, Paperback, 304 pages
Available in Kindle
Explore the best trails for day hikes in the Central Cascades. This guide details 69 hikes through forests, mountain vistas, waterfalls and alpine meadows. Each trail is rated and has a description. Topographical maps are included.

Day-Hike-North-Cascades-NP-thirdDay Hike! North Cascades, 3rd Edition: The Best Trails You Can Hike in a Day
by Mike McQuaide
April 2014, Paperback, 240 pages
Available in Kindle
Explore the scenic North Cascades National Park by hiking. This guide covers 59 hikes and rates each trail. Photographs, topographical maps and trail descriptions are all included.

Day Hiking: Central CascadesDay Hiking: Central Cascades
by Craig Romano, Author and Alan Baue, Photographer
This book includes 50% more hikes than other regional guidebooks and focuses on cream-of-the-crop trails in these areas. Compact in size, this is the most up-to-date guide for the area, organized along highways and other travel corridors, with an emphasis on trails that are 12 miles or less.

Day Hiking North CascadesDay Hiking North Cascades
by Craig Romano
This guide covers the Bellingham area, Mt Baker, Highway 20 corridor, North Cascades National Park, Winthrop, Pasayten Wilderness area, parts of Glacier Peak Wilderness, and Mountain Loop Highway. Compact with a broad range of hiking options, this is the most up-to-date guide for the area, organized along highway and other travel corridors with an emphasis on trails that are 12 miles or less, round-trip.

Day Hiking, South CascadesDay Hiking, South Cascades
by Dan Nelson
Introducing next-generation trail guides for the Northwest. More day hikes, with options for extending the trip; hike selection conveniently arranged by highway and travel corridors; more hikes close to urban centers; more year-round hikes at low elevation; clear driving directions; a portable size; and more use of color.

Hiking the Columbia River GorgeHiking the Columbia River Gorge: A Guide to the Area's Greatest Hiking Adventures (Regional Hiking Series), Third Edition
by Jim Yuskavitch
July 2014
paperback, 264 pages

Learn about a wide array of hikes from easy to very difficult. Included are detailed trail descriptions, history, points of interest such as waterfalls and where the best campsites are located. Order now...

Hiking the Columbia River Gorge, 2nd editionHiking the Columbia River Gorge, 2nd Edition
by Russ Schneider
Features 50 hikes for all skill levels. Sample fifty hikes in the Columbia River Gorge. Discover waterfalls; take in vistas of one of the country's most dramatic rivers; stroll through old-growth forests or venture across high-desert plateaus. This guide points out the region's geological features, historical sites, trees, birds, flowers, and mammals.

Hiking the North Cascades, 2nd EditionHiking the North Cascades, 2nd Edition
by Erik Molvar
Whether you want to explore the region's gateway - the broad, green Skagit River - or enjoy panoramic vistas such as those atop McGregor Mountain, this comprehensive guide is your passport to one of the most beautiful and truly wild reaches of North America describing 105 of the region's best and most varied hikes, from a few choice short excursions to a whole host of day trips and overnight treks.

Hiking Washington's Geology
by Scott Babcock, Robert J. Carson
May 2000, Mountaineers Books, Paperback, 224 pages, (guidebook)
Explores the dynamic geologic history of Washington's dramatic landscape, highlighting places that demonstrate why the region looks the way it does. Divides the state into eight geologic regions, each featuring 4 to 13 different hikes.

Hiking Washington's HistoryHiking Washington's History
by Judy Bentley
October 2010, paperback, 304 pages
Each chapter begins with an overview of the region's history followed by individual trail narratives and historical highlights. Quotes from diaries, journals, letters, and reports, plus contemporary and historic photographs, describe sites and trails from Washington's past. Each trail description includes a map and directions.

Moon WA N Cascades Camping and HikingMoon Spotlight Washington's Northern Cascades Camping & Hiking
by Tom Stienstra and Scott Leonard
June 2010
paperback, 205 pages
This compact guide covers the region's camping and hiking sights with at-a-glance icons for the nearby activities. Hiking descriptions, easy-to-follow maps, and clear driving directions are included for each camp.

Urban Trails BellinghamUrban Trails Bellingham: Chuckanut Mountains, Western Washington, Skagit Valley
by Craig Romano
June 2017
This Mountaineers books focuses on the trails and parks in and around Bellingham, including the Chuckanut Mountains, Skagit Valley and Anacortes that are easily accessible by public transit or a short drive and do not require special gear.

Horse Riding

The Backcountry Horseman's Guide to Washington
by John Wolcott, Roberta Wolcott
December 1995, Paperback, 200 pages, (guidebook)
Covers 55 trails for horses, where to park your rig, preparing yourself and your horse for the rigors of backcountry riding, and equine first aid.

Snow Sports

Cross-Country Ski Tours: Washington's North Cascades
by Tom Kirkendall
November 1996, Mountaineers Books, 2nd edition, Paperback, 221 pages, (guidebook)

Snowshoe Routes WA Third EditionSnowshoe Routes Washington, 3rd Edition (Mountaineers Books)
by Can Nelson
September 1, 2015
paperback, 272 pages; kindle, 55823 KB

This guide features 100 routes categorized in nine sections, and information on camping options, parking, dog-friendly routes and avalanche risk. Color photographs and at-a-glance icons are also included.

Winter Hikes in Puget Sound and the Olympic Foothills
by Robert L. Mooers
November 1998, Sasquatch Books, 208 pages
Detailed descriptions of sixty trails in a readable style.
Found on Go Northwest! page: Northwest Outdoors - Downhill Ski Areas

Water Sports

A Guide to the Whitewater Rivers of Washington: A Comprehensive Handbook to over 150 Runs in the Cascades and Beyond
by Jeff Bennett
October 1991. Swiftwater Pub Co., Paperback, 304 pages.

Foghorn Outdoors: Washington Boating and Water SportsFoghorn Outdoors: Washington Boating and Water Sports
by Terry Rudnick
The premier access guide to Washington state's breathtaking waterways suggests hundreds of destinations for swimming, windsurfing, rafting, jet skiing, and more. It also has updated information on travel directions, access fees, facilities, boat rentals, and trip outfitters.


Paddling Washington: 100 Flatwater and Whitewater Routes in Washington State and the Inland NorthwestPaddling Washington: 100 Flatwater and Whitewater Routes in Washington State and the Inland Northwest
by Rich Landers, Dan Hensen and Doug North
Detailed locator maps and instructions on safety are included, as well as appendices on equipment, map sources, and a useful route comparison chart. Paddling Washington covers water routes in western and eastern Washington, British Columbia, North Idaho, and Montana.


A Life on the Edge: Memoirs of Everest and Beyond
by Jim Whittaker, Tom Hornbein, Edward M. Kennedy, John Glenn (Foreword)
September 1999, Hardback, 272 pages, (autobiography)
The author, Jim Whittaker is a well known personality, especially within the mountaineering community. A mountain guide in the Pacific Northwest, the first American to summit Everest, and instrumental in the creation of local outdoor goods company REI.

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