Washingtons Wilderness Areas: The Complete Guide

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The Evergreen State abounds in diverse wilderness to explore. Washington's Wilderness Areas: The Complete Guide takes you there -- from Pacific beaches on the Olympic Peninsula to the Blue Mountains in the southeast, from the glorious Mount Rainier National Park to the remote Salmo-Priest Wilderness along the Canada and Idaho borders. Climb up the rugged Sawtooth Ridge near Lake Chelan, hike cross-country in the Juniper Dunes Wilderness near Pasco, or tread gently in the delicate Alpine Lakes Wilderness. Mount ...
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Overview

The Evergreen State abounds in diverse wilderness to explore. Washington's Wilderness Areas: The Complete Guide takes you there -- from Pacific beaches on the Olympic Peninsula to the Blue Mountains in the southeast, from the glorious Mount Rainier National Park to the remote Salmo-Priest Wilderness along the Canada and Idaho borders. Climb up the rugged Sawtooth Ridge near Lake Chelan, hike cross-country in the Juniper Dunes Wilderness near Pasco, or tread gently in the delicate Alpine Lakes Wilderness. Mount St. Helens National Volcanic Monument, another key Washington wildland, is also included in this volume. Paired with beautiful color images by award-winning photographer Charles Gurche, author Kai Huschke's text gives in-depth descriptions of hiking trails into these pristine areas. With detailed maps and driving directions, the book also touches on the human and natural history, folklore, climate, flora and fauna, and special attributes of these great places to provide an overview of Washington's 30 designated wilderness areas. This guidebook is your essential introduction to these magnificent, protected lands.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781565794412
  • Publisher: Westcliffe Publishers, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 8/22/2003
  • Pages: 256
  • Sales rank: 1,450,570
  • Product dimensions: 5.64 (w) x 8.56 (h) x 0.66 (d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments 9
Washington's Wilderness Areas Map 10
The Wilderness Act, 1964: The Definition of Wilderness 13
Preface 15
Introduction 16
Wilderness in Washington 18
Washington's Life Zones 22
Hiking in Washington 25
How to Use This Guide 33
Olympic Peninsula 36
1 The Brothers Wilderness 39
2 Buckhorn Wilderness 42
3 Colonel Bob Wilderness 45
4 Mount Skokomish Wilderness 48
5 Olympic National Park: Beaches 51
6 Olympic National Park: Interior 57
7 San Juan Wilderness 70
8 Washington Islands Wilderness 72
9 Wonder Mountain Wilderness 74
North Cascades 76
10 Mount Baker Wilderness 78
11 Noisy-Diobsud Wilderness 84
12 Pasayten Wilderness 88
13 Stephen T. Mather Wilderness/North Cascades National Park Complex 101
Central Cascades 112
14 Alpine Lakes Wilderness 114
15 Boulder River Wilderness 128
16 Glacier Peak Wilderness 132
17 Henry M. Jackson Wilderness 145
South Cascades 152
18 Clearwater Wilderness 156
19 Glacier View Wilderness 159
20 Goat Rocks Wilderness 162
21 Indian Heaven Wilderness 168
22 Mount Adams Wilderness 172
23 Mount Rainier National Park 178
24 Mount St. Helens National Volcanic Monument 188
25 Norse Peak Wilderness 197
26 Tatoosh Wilderness 202
27 Trapper Creek Wilderness 206
28 William O. Douglas Wilderness 210
Eastern Washington 216
29 Juniper Dunes Wilderness 219
30 Lake Chelan-Sawtooth Wilderness 222
31 Salmo-Priest Wilderness 231
32 Wenaha-Tucannon Wilderness 236
Appendix A Wilderness Area Facts 242
Appendix B Proposed and Prospective Wilderness Areas 243
Appendix C Addresses 246
Appendix D Recommended Reading and Internet Resources 248
Index 250
About the Author and Photographer 256
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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 23, 2008

    Highly disappointed

    I ordered this book for better details with planning a trip into the Pasayten Wilderness area in Washington. The book did take a little longer to arrive than I anticipated, but I was pleased with the appearance of the book. The pages were sturdy, allowing me to easily remove and bring a section of the book on the hike. The descriptions were image provoking. I returned from this trip yesterday. I was unable to complete the planned loop, as we alloted 4 days for the anticipated 31.3 mile hidden lakes - corral lake. We luckily picked up a 2nd map in Winthrop prior to the start of our hike, the green trails, inc. map. As our 1st day progressed, we found we were taking longer than normal for our experience level and frequency in the backcountry. After reaching our first camp, we compared the book to the green trails map and found huge discrepancies. This did explain our increased time requirement for the day. The 31.3 miles is really more than 40 miles! Our itinerary was already out with family, so to not endanger ourselves with a change in route, we did an out and back of our trip. I have never had such an inaccurate book in my 14 years of backpacking!

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