| I buy and read lots of books. On hiking these are the best I
have found over the years. I cannot guarantee these are the best for you, but at least you
will not get a total loser here. If the topics don't relate to you, use the search above
to find other hiking books.
Washington's Geography: by Babcock and Carlson. Washington state
has some really interesting geological features. This book takes you to them,
and explains what formed them. Spokane's Dishman Hills
area is included, as is Palouse Falls.
(The Freedom of the Hills): by Graydon & Hanson, Editors. This
is the book for people getting started in Mountaineering. It answers almost all
your questions. The uses of ice axe and crampons, safety, weather, what to bring
100 Hikes in the
Inland Northwest: by Landers and Dolphin. This is a quality book about hikes
in our favorite area. 34 pages on hiking planning & other considerations and
discussing the other areas around us that have hiking potential. Black & white photos,
maps, and great detail. The details were collected over the years by the Spokane Mountaineers. Very
Hikes in Central Washington: by Spring and Manning. This book has
some really great hikes, in areas that are often overlooked. Two hikes that were
a direct result of this book are: Dusty Lake and Crab
Creek. The directions and descriptions are precise.
Hiking: by Judd & Nelson. Features the best 1000 hikes in Oregon and
Washington. This is a thick book with no photos, but lots of details on scenery, wildlife,
trail difficulty, maps and more. Out of all our books, we use this a lot because if we
hear about a hike and then need more detail this book has the best chance of having it
mentioned and the detail is good. One major interesting feature is that it does list
wheelchair facilities if they are available, so if you need to get there by some sort of
wheelchair this book would be invaluable.
Showers, Soft Beds, and Dayhikes in the Central Cascades: by Sally
O'Neal Coates. Two books in one! 78 dayhikes are covered, as well as lodging
& dining nearby. The hike descriptions are excellent, and have difficulty
ratings. Lodging charts make it easy to compare facilities and prices.
Campfire Stories... Things that go Bump in the Night: by William Forgey, MD. Really scary stories to take along on your
next overnight expedition.