Hiking Washington’s History reveals the stories embedded in Washington’s landscape. This trail guide narrates forty historic trails, ranging from short day hikes to three- or four-day backpacking trips over mountain passes. Every region in the state is included, from the northwesternmost tip of the continental United States at Cape Flattery to the remote Blue Mountains in the southeast. Each chapter begins with a brief overview of the region’s history followed by individual trail narratives and historical highlights. Quotes from diaries, journals, letters, and reports, as well as contemporary and historic photographs, describe sites and trails from Washington’s past. Each trail description includes a map and provides directions, so hikers can follow the historic route. Judy Bentley tells readers how to get there, what to expect, and what to look for.
Despite Washington State’s rapid growth, a remarkable number of historic trails have been preserved in national parks, restored by cities and towns, returned to public use by the railroads, or opened to hikers by Native American tribes. Some trails, such as the Iron Goat Trail, have been fully restored and interpreted. Others, such as the Naches Pass Trail, have been abused but survive. Some are easily accessible, such as the Duwamish River Trail in Seattle and the Spokane House trails near Spokane. Others, such as Chief Joseph’s Summer Trail, require a half-day journey just to reach the trailhead.
Hiking Washington’s History is for hikers, amateur historians, newcomers unfamiliar with the state's history, and Northwest natives who know only part of that history. Savor the vicarious experience of a hike from a cozy chair on a rainy winter day, or put your boots on and hit the trail when the sun shines.
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About the Author
Judy Bentley , who teaches at South Seattle Community College, is an avid hiker and the author of fourteen books for young adults.
Table of Contents
The Olympic Peninsula1. Cape Flattery2. lake Ozette to Capte Alava3. Press Expedition, Elwah River4. O'Neil Pass5. Dodger Point Lookout
Puget Sound6. Duwamish River7. Medicine Creek Treaty Grounds8. Elbey's Landing and Prarie9. Coal Creek to Redtown
The North Cascades10. Cascade Pass to Stehekin11. Monte Cristo Townsite12. Old Robe Canyon13. Iron Goat Trail14. Ladies Pass15. Desolation Peak
The Central Cascades16. Yakima Pass17. Coal Mines Trail18. Iron Horse Trail19. Snoqualmie Wagon Road
The South Cascades20. Kalama't: Indian Heaven and Racetrack21. Klickitat Trail22. Naches Pass23. Indian Henry's Hunting Ground24. Yacolt Burn25. Mount St. Helens
Central Washington26. Colockum Pass Road27. The Grand Coulee and Steamboat Rock28. Northrup Canyon29. Coulee City Stagecouch Road30. Lower Crab Creek
Northeastern Washington31. Kettle Falls32. Spokane Centennial Trail33. Cariboo Trail34. Columbia Peak
Southeastern Washington 35. Palouse Canyon36. Chief Joseph's Summer Trail37. Two Sisters / Two Captains38. Mullan Road
The Lower Columbia River39. Horsethief Lake40. Columbia Hills41. The Cascades42. Cape Disappointment
What People are Saying About This
Judy Bentley has gathered a selection of favorite hikes from all over the state, then folded in just the right amount of historical context to make each of the treks pulsate through time.
"This book samples the landscape and history of the entire state, and is well organized, well researched, and well written. Its pages add a new dimension to hikes by linking our footfalls with those of the past."Ruth Kirk
"Judy Bentley has gathered a selection of favorite hikes from all over the state, then folded in just the right amount of historical context to make each of the treks pulsate through time."Jack Nisbet, author of The Collector
This book samples the landscape and history of the entire state, and is well organized, well researched, and well written. Its pages add a new dimension to hikes by linking our footfalls with those of the past.