Best Hikes Near Seattleby Peter Stekel
Best Hikes Near Seattleis more than a guidebook to trails 60 minutes or 60 miles from Seattle. The book also includes short natural history essays on topics as diverse as the sex life of banana slugs, to how plants get their names, and why you should respect but not fear bears and mountain lions. There is also an extensive section of weather, trail etiquette, hiking with dogs, what constitutes the “Ten Essentials,” why judging trail mileage is an art – not a science, the flora and fauna of the Pacific Northwest, and the value of hikers lobbying for wilderness. The author also presents a history, warts and all, of the drive to operate our hiking trails as profit points for land-use agencies. And of course, as with all of the books in the Best Hikes series, useful trailspecsand hike summaries are accompanied by easy-to-read maps andstunningphotos.
Meet the Author
Peter Stekel has hiked throughout the intermountain West, the West Coast, the Sierra Nevada, the Pacific Northwet, and regions well beyond. He is the author ofFinal Flight: The Mystery of a WWII Plane Crash and the Frozen Airmen in the HighSierra along with the novel,The FlowerLove. Stekel has also authored hundreds of articles in such publications asSierra Heritage, American Forests, High Country News,andCanoe&Kayak. He has a degree in botany and contributed to theIdaho Wildflowersapp.
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