Hiking Trip Idea Books

One of the curses being a hiker in the USA is that you need to figure out where to hike. Sure, you can always hike near where you live. But what if you want to hike somewhere else? Someplace new?

And that’s a problem. After all, the USA has hundreds of thousands of miles of hiking trails, which range from easy, to boring, to beautiful to death defying. For someone searching for a new place to hike, it can often be overwhelming to know where to begin.

That overwhelming feeling doesn’t go away, either, even if you know which state—or part of which state—you want to hike in. After all, Montana’s own Glacier National Park has over 800 miles of trails. Toss in the trails located within 50 miles of the park and the intrepid hiker now has over 2000 miles of trails to explore.

So that begs the question…where to begin?

Well, for hiking in Glacier Park—I’ll suggest starting with the Highline Trail, the Iceberg Lake Trail or the Grinnell Glacier Trail. But outside of Glacier, well…you’re on your own (although the Tahoe Rim Trail is a dynamite hike as is the ascent of Camel’s Hump in Vermont).

Thus, if you’re searching for a new place to hike and want to make sure you hike the “good trails,” not slog along in a snake-infested ditch or follow a long-forgotten logging road, it is always a good idea to look through one of the hundreds of hiking guidebooks available.

There are far too many hiking guidebooks to list on this page. But below I compiled a short list of hiking guidebooks that are helpful for “locating new hikes” in various states and popular National Parks.

If you don’t see something that fits where you plan to hike, no worries. Just visit Amazon.Com and type in their search box “Hiking XXX”, with the XXX being the state, country, region or National Park you plan to visit. Almost certainly something interesting will pop up in their search results (unless you plan to hike in North Korea, in which case you’re out of luck for now).

Hiking Trip Idea Guidebooks

Click any of the links or images for more information about each guidebook. All books available through Amazon.


100 Classic Hikes in Oregon : Completely revised and updated edition of the regional bestseller. In the new edition of 100 CLASSIC HIKES IN OREGON Douglas Lorain presents a mix of the most popular trails and lesser-known gems throughout the entire state, including nine new hikes. These well established trails range from short easy strolls suitable for children and grandparents to longer backpacking trips for experienced hikers.    
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50 Best Short Hikes in Utah's National Parks : In 50 Best Short Hikes in Utah's National Parks, veteran hiking guide Greg Witt shares the best routes in each park, hikes that are both "must see" and accessible. Park visitors who are short on time will find this book to be the ideal traveling companion, quickly helping readers identify the hikes and sights, making the best use of their time and provide maximum enjoyment.    
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AMC's Best Day Hikes in the White Mountains : This fully updated four-season guide from the publishers of the best-selling White Mountain Guide leads you to 60 of the best views, most dramatic waterfalls, and nature-rich trails the region has to offer.    
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AMC's Best Day Hikes in Vermont : Embark on sixty of the most spectacular hikes in Vermont with this new four-season guide from the Appalachian Mountain Club. Ideal for all experience levels, this book features a variety of trips, from shorter nature walks in the south, to lengthier trips on the Long Trail through the Green Mountains, to challenging climbs to open summits.    
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Best Easy Day Hiking Guide and Trail Map Bundle: Yosemite National Park : Best Easy Day Hikes Yosemite National Park is a perfect guidebook for those who want to sample the best of Yosemite within an easy day's walk. Includes a detailed hikers map.    
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Hiking Montana: A Guide to the State's Greatest Hikes : Hiking Montana offers 100 of the best hikes in Big Sky Country, from pleasant family outings to backcountry adventures. This is the classic guide to Montana hiking, now completely field-checked and updated.    
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Hiking the Hawaiian Islands: A Guide To 72 Of The State's Greatest Hikes : Describing fifteen to twenty hikes on each of the state's four main islands, this guidebook covers the best of the best, with a range of hikes to suit all tastes and hiking abilities.    
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Hiking Washington: A Guide to the State's Greatest Hikes : Detailed guide to the best and most scenic hikes in the State of Washington. Lots of photos and maps.    
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Hiking Yellowstone National Park: A Guide To More Than 100 Great Hikes : Lace up your boots and sample more than one hundred hikes in America's most famous national park. Geysers, paint pots, and glowing blue pools; deep canyons with plunging waterfalls; broad river valleys with seemingly endless views; and tall rugged mountain. Yellowstone National Park is a hiker's paradise with more than 800 miles of trails. Whether you're a day-tripper or long-distance hiker, old hand or novice, you'll find trails suited to every ability and interest in Yellowstone National Park.    
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Moon California Hiking: The Complete Guide to 1,000 of the Best Hikes : California Hiking leads beginner and expert hikers alike to the best trails the state has to offer. Complete with detailed regional maps, hiking tips, difficulty and quality ratings for each hike, Moon California Hiking provides hikers with all the necessary tools to head outdoors.    
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The Best Front Range Hikes : The Front Range of the Colorado Rockies rises abruptly from the plains in a 150-mile stretch of foothills, rounded summits, and jagged peaks between Fort Collins and Colorado Springs. The hikes in this book were selected by members of four major groups of The Colorado Mountain Club in an occasionally contentious process. After some heated arguments, quiet horse trading, and uproarious laughter, members decided on their favorites-so these really are the best hikes in the Front Range.    
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Top Trails: Great Smoky Mountains National Park: Must-Do Hikes for Everyone : The best way to enjoy the Great Smoky Mountains National Park is to get away from the roads and into the heart of the park, letting all your senses absorb the very essence of these old mountains. But with the overwhelming mileage of trails, an uninformed hiker in the park is faced with a hit or miss choice of hikes. That's what this book is for -- to help you make the most of your precious time while in the Smokies.    
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