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Curious Gorge (Hiking and Exploring the Columbia River Gorge Area)Curious Gorge (Hiking and Exploring the Columbia River Gorge Area)
by Scott Cook
The Columbia River Gorge's favorite hiking and exploring guidebook. This book has all the popular hikes such as Eagle Creek, Dog Mountain and Beacon Rock. Find details on the lesser-known attractions such as viewpoints, waterfalls, caves, local museums and historic relics.

Moon Columbia River GorgeMoon Spotlight Columbia River Gorge
by Ericka Chickowski
June 2012
Paperback, 96 pages
This lightweight and compact guide offers firsthand advice on what to see, maps with sightseeing highlights, recommendations on dining, shopping, entertainment and lodging so you can better navigate through the magnificent geological wonder.


Day Hikes in the CRGDay Hikes in the Columbia River Gorge: Hiking Loops, High Points and Waterfalls within the Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area
by Sam J. Scarmuzzi
September 2015
Hardcover, 216 pages; Paperback, 216 pages; Kindle, 25,676 KB
Hikes are covered for the entire Columbia Gorge corridor. This guide features color photographs and topographic maps, points of interest and descriptions of geological events that created the gorge.

Hiking the Columbia River GorgeHiking the Columbia River Gorge: A Guide to the Area's Greatest Hiking Adventures (Regional Hiking Series), Third Edition
Falcon Guide
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.

The Lewis and Clark Columbia River Water Trail: A Guide for Paddlers, Hikers, and Other ExplorersThe Lewis and Clark Columbia River Water Trail: A Guide for Paddlers, Hikers, and Other Explorers
by Keith G. Hay
March 2004
Paperback, 260 pages
18 detailed maps, including all known Lewis and Clark campsites and routes, launch sites, camping, suggested trips, hiking and bicycling trails, historical, cultural and ecological highlights for more than 260 sites plus lists of places named, plants and animals described by Lewis and Clark.

Moon Spotlight Oregon's Columbia River Gorge Camping & HikingMoon Spotlight Oregon's Columbia River Gorge Camping & Hiking
by Tom Stienstra and Scott Leonard
June 2010, paperback, 142 pages
80 page compact guide covering the region's best camping and hiking sights. Each camp listing has at-a-glance icons. Hiking descriptions include distance, estimated hiking time, and a rating for difficulty. Features easy-to-follow maps and clear driving directions.

Road Riding in The Columbia River GorgeRoad Riding in The Columbia River Gorge
by Clint Bogard
December 2007
Paperback, 99 pages

A guide book of the different bike routes in the Gorge providing useful information such as directions, starting points, length, elevation gains, maps and which are routes can be taken on windy days.


Columbia River GorgeColumbia River Gorge: The Story Behind the Scenery
by Roberta Hilbruner
June 1995
Paperback, 48 pages

This book presents a wonderful adaptation of the Columbia River Gorge and includes beautiful photos and historical information that is helpful when planning a trip to the gorge.

Columbia River With Lewis And ClarkColumbia River With Lewis And Clark
by Cheryll Halsey
October 2006, paperback, 111 pages
The chapters in this book are organized to represent different segments of the route followed by the Corps of Discovery across Idaho, Washington and Oregon. A trail guide points out actual sites of camps and significant events and landmarks experienced during the expedition. Also included is regional places of interest and sightseeing opportunities listed, along with maps.

The Guardians of the ColumbiaThe Guardians of the Columbia
by John H. Williams
March 2010, hardcover and paperback
The Shelf2Life Mountaineering Collection provides a unique glimpse into the history and evolution of mountaineering through the late 19th and early 20th centuries. From historical maps, first-hand accounts of early summits, descriptions of peaks and wilderness areas to detailed mountaineering proofs.

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