New Hiking Books: Happy Trails To You

As we embark upon yet another new year, it's a great time to make plans to get outside and enjoy the many natural wonders we have access to here in the Pacific Northwest. One of my very favorite outdoor activities is hiking, and we are so lucky to have a wide variety of trails perfect for everyone from tiny tots to seasoned outdoor adventurists. Whether exploring a new trail or revisiting an old favorite, now is always the right time to take a hike! You might also want to take note of upcoming free days offered by Washington State Parks. These provide a great opportunity to check out new places, free of cost! If you're still in need of some inspiration, we also have many great resources here at KCLS to help you plan your next outdoor adventure. Consider checking out one of these great new hiking books, available at your local library. 

50 Hikes With Kids

This charming guidebook is perfect for Northwest parents, educators, and caregivers looking for the best trails in the area to hike with kids. This guide covers hikes in Washington and Oregon and offers detailed overviews including maps and difficulty information as well as plant, wildlife, and natural history tidbits to get those kids excited about the great outdoors.

Backpacker Hidden Gems

If you're considering some travel this year and would like to know about excellent hikes across the country, this book is for you. This guide compiles America's best-kept secret hikes, providing information about the top 100 lesser-known trips across the country, how to reach them, when to go, and what you'll see. 

Urban Trails

This full-color, pocket-sized guide includes nearly 50 close-to-home trails for fun and fitness in Seattle and Everett. Perfect for when you don't have time to get out to the mountains, but still want to get outside.

Of course we have many more resources available and are always happy to help you find just what you're looking for, so please feel free to call or stop in at your local library branch to ask any questions you might have. If you have a favorite Northwest hike you'd like to share, please do, and happy exploring from us to you!