Hiking books

7 Best Hiking Books to Read Before You Hit the Trail

If you are an outdoor enthusiast in need of encouragement and inspiration to hit the trails, these best hiking books are for you.

Here is our list of the 7 best hiking books. From exciting adventure stories, long distance hikes to trail guides. All provided by hiking experts and everything in between. You can pick up any book and start reading to awaken the adventurer spirit in you. What’s more? These books will also make a thoughtful gift for an outdoor enthusiast. Pass it on to your friends or family if they love outdoors as much as you do.

The best hiking guides and equipment

Reading a book about the trail is very important during the preparation. Also the right equipment is a must. Make sure you take the right hiking backpack, and if needed the perfect sleeping bag.

America's Great Hiking Trails

Author: Karen Berger

It is an inspirational book that will definitely renew your passion for hiking. Karen’s writing is articulate and images are integrated as a part of the book’s contents making the read more engaging and interesting.

It is one of the best hiking books that serve as a valuable resource, for someone who dreams of visiting some of the lucrative hiking sites in the US. This book covers several routes. Ranging from the popular Appalachian to the lesser explored swampy regions of Florida trail.    

Expect to see maps in the book. These you can use for planning your next hike to one of the renowned hiking trails in America with your family or friends.    

50 Best Short Hikes in Utah's National Parks

Author: Greg Witt

In this highly informative book, Greg takes you to a walk through the national parks located in Utah. Including the popular five parks that features some of the most frightful yet inspiring geology in the world.  You will find several useful information. Including maps, description of distances to be covered, and trailhead directions that you can follow easily.

By reading this book, you will be prepared while exploring the national parks in Utah that are described by the author. One may also gain new insights relating to the forces that may have led to some of the landscape’s emergence found in the parks. No wonder it is regarded among the best hiking books by curious trail lovers.    

Best Hikes Rocky Mountain National Park: A Guide to the Park's Greatest Hiking Adventures (Regional Hiking Series)

Author: Kent Dannen

Planning to go hiking on the Rocky Mountain National Park? This book is an invaluable resource that will assist you in gaining the best experience out of your adventure. The author provides a variety of options for hikers. The descriptions are so vivid that by the end of the book, you will feel like you have already been to the park.

Readers are well-informed on the best seasons that it would be practical to take different hikes. You will also gain knowledge about GPS coordinates, elevation, and elevation gain. Making it easy for you to use this book as a guide while traveling through certain regions.

Best Hikes with Kids: Western Washington

Author: Susan Elderkin

If you are looking for child-friendly trails in the Cascades and Western Washington region, this book provides detailed descriptions of the popular hiking regions. The language used in the book is simple, making it easy even for young readers to understand about the hiking spots.

You can use this book as a guide to plan out hiking trips with your kids. You can also pick up on some activities that you can conduct with your kids during the trail. The book will make it a great gift for your friends or family who have children and often go for hikes.

Book Title: Lost on the Appalachian Trail

Author: Kyle Rohrig

An exceptional book written by someone who has been on a hiking trail on the Appalachian Trail, it is considered as one of the best hiking books ever written. The author narrates the events of the story from a real-life point of view. Many emotions of trails that the author had to undergo during the adventure and enhancements are been recorded in this bestselling book. Therefore, yuou can expect this book to change your life or your perspective of life as you glide through the pages and discover how the occurrences the author encountered on the hike transformed him into a better being.

It is a descriptive piece written in a lucid style. Even if a person doesn’t go for hikes, the book will appeal to him/her if the person is an adventurer at heart. It will prepare a person to face and tackle daily life’s challenges.

Blanket of Stars: Thru-Hiking the Camino de Santiago (Travel Adventures Book 1)

Author: C.W. Lockhart

Among all the Camino books you will read, this is one of the best hiking books you will find  This book is full of the Lockhart’s personal experiences throughout her journey. That includes both fun and challenging experiences. Her writing style is engaging and will make you feel like you are with the author during the trial.

Therefore, book is fascinating and at the same time informative. After reading this book, you will be enlightened about the history of the Camino de Santiago relating to their walk for adventure. 

A Walk in the Woods: Rediscovering America on the Appalachian Trail

Author: Bill Bryson

This bestselling classic shares the journey of Bill to rediscovering his motherland. This after residing abroad for several years in Georgia. On his way home via the Appalachian Trail to Maine, the author comes across varied characters- some exasperating, some funny, and some four-legged.

We find it quite an informative book. The author introduces the readers to the history and ecology of the famous Appalachian Trail. If you plan to visit the trail on your next hike, Bill Bryson is definitely the most entertaining guide you will get hold of. 

There you have it. The list of the 7 best hiking books. If you are an adventurer at heart, you will definitely love to curl up with one of the books on your free time and glide through the pages. Reading the books will motivate you to put on your hiking boots and they will guide you as you tackle different challenges on your hike.    

Many other hiking books

Read these books before you hit the trail, to ensure the best hiking experience. Off course there are many other hiking guides from various authors. For example:

  • bushcraft 101
  • John Muir 
  • Cheryl Strayed or 
  • hiking the appalachian trail. 
  • Lost on the pacific crest trail
  • Zach davis
  • David Miller
  • Survival story
  • Wild from lost

But the 7 books described in more detail are our own personal favorites.

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