Hiking Adventure Books

At times, hiking can be a drag. Slogging through a gray forest, battling clouds of bugs and trodding along a muddy trail are adventures that await all hikers sooner or later. So in that spirit, I put together a list of books about various “adventures” people have had during their own hiking trips.

All the books below cover hiking trips that people have taken along the Continental Divide Trail, the Pacific Crest Trail and the Appalachian Trail. Different than trail guides and other “how to hike” type of books, the titles below provide eclectic views about what the authors stumbled across while on their lengthy, and often, solitary journeys. As such, even those not planning on a six-month journey along the AT might find that one of the books provide an enjoyable night of reading.

And for those contemplating a "crazy hiking adventure," perhaps these books just might provide the needed inspiration to make it all happen.

Inspirational Hiking Adventure Books

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


A Long Way From Nowhere: A Couple's Journey on the Continental Divide Trai : What is it like to hike the length of the Continental Divide Trail? For Matt and Julie, also known as Optimist and Stopwatch, life on the trail meant twenty-seven days without seeing another hiker, six bears encountered within fifteen hours, two sets of maps, a GPS, and a compass to find the trail, and both wildfires and massive flooding to add to the adventure.    
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AWOL on the Appalachian Trail : David Miller left his job, family, and friends to fulfill a dream and hike the Appalachian Trail. AWOL on the Appalachian Trail is Miller's account of this thru-hike along the entire 2,172 miles from Georgia to Maine. On page after page, readers are treated to rich descriptions of the valleys and mountains, the isolation and reverie, the inspiration that fueled his quest, and the life-changing moments that can only be experienced when dreams are pursued.    
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Hikertrash: Life on the Pacific Crest Trail : Friends wagered they wouldn't last a week, but before they knew it, days turned into months as they made their way across America at three miles an hour. As Carl and Erin morphed into Bearclaw and Hummingbird, they found that being hikertrash suited them. Though they will both admit the trail was life altering, there were no great epiphanies, no magic answers to all of life's burning questions, no "ah-ha!" moments when suddenly life made sense.    
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Hiking Through: One Man's Journey to Peace and Freedom on the Appalachian Trail : After Paul Stutzman lost his wife to breast cancer, he sensed a tug on his heart--the call to a challenge, the call to pursue a dream. With a mixture of dread and determination, Paul left his job, traveled to Georgia, and took his first steps on the Appalachian Trail. What he learned during the next four and a half months changed his life--and can change yours as well.    
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I Promise Not to Suffer: A Fool For Love Hikes the Pacific Crest Trail : Gail Storey was definitely not a hiker, never mind a camper. But when her husband, Porter, leaves his job as a hospice doctor to hike the 2,663-mile Pacific Crest Trail from Mexico to Canada, she refuses to let him go alone--even though the prospect of leaving their comfortable Houston home, hiking twenty miles a day while popping anti-depressants and hormones, and sleeping outside for six months terrifies her.    
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Lost on the Appalachian Trail : Join Kyle and his little dog "Katana" in this generously illustrated book (more than 70 full color pictures!) as they take you along for every step of their 2,185 mile adventure hiking the entire Appalachian Trail. Confront the terrain, severe weather, injury, dangerous wildlife and questionable characters as you grow and learn just as Kyle did from start to finish on this epic adventure. Make some friends for life, learn the finer points of long distance hiking, and realize that what you take within your backpack is not nearly as important as what you bring within yourself.    
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The Man Who Walked Through Time: The Story of the First Trip Afoot Through the Grand Canyon : The remarkable classic of nature writing by the first man ever to have walked the entire length of the Grand Canyon. This is still one of my favorite hiking books, despite first being written in the 1960's. A must read for anyone enjoys interesting stories or who love the Grand Canyon.    
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The Trail Life: How I Loved it, Hated it, and Learned from it : Much more than an account of meals, miles and mammals, this book takes key aspects from life on the trail and relates them to how they impact her on a deeper level through valuable lessons learned while traveling one of America's most beautiful and rugged hiking trails. From the simple lessons regarding the importance of food and water to the deeper questions about personal fulfillment and happiness, Stopwatch covers the gamut, sharing the trail experience with all its joys and challenges.    
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Thru-Hiking Will Break Your Heart: An Adventure on the Pacific Crest Trail : Carrot Quinn fears that she's become addicted to the internet. The city makes her numb, and she's having trouble connecting with others. In a desperate move she breaks away from everything to walk 2,660 miles from Mexico to Canada on the Pacific Crest Trail. It will be her first long-distance hike. In the wilderness she happens upon and becomes close with an eclectic group of strangers - people she wouldn't have chanced to meet in the "regular world" but who are brought together, here on the trail, by their one common goal: make it to Canada before the snow flies.    
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Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail : At twenty-two, Cheryl Strayed thought she had lost everything. In the wake of her mother's death, her family scattered and her own marriage was soon destroyed. Four years later, with nothing more to lose, she made the most impulsive decision of her life. With no experience or training, driven only by blind will, she would hike more than a thousand miles of the Pacific Crest Trail from the Mojave Desert through California and Oregon to Washington Stat - and she would do it alone.    
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