We are coming up on some prime hiking season. In the spring the temperatures are mild and it isn’t buggy yet. So I am reviewing my favorite hiking book – 60 Hikes Within 60 Miles. I have the St. Louis edition. But there are over 30 books in this local hiking book series. Hopefully there is one available in your area.
I purchased this book several years ago as a gift for my husband. As implied by the title, each edition describes 60 hiking locations within 60 miles of an area. Most locations have multiple trails. This is great for Scout units, because you can pick up the book and know you are going to be able to find something within a reasonable driving distance.
Each location is described in detail. The author describes the difficulty level of the various trails. Pay attention to this. If you are going on a Pack hike, you’ll want to pick a trail which is fairly easy and not too long. If you are training for a Philmont expedition, select something challenging.
The book also describes the highlights of each trail, what the environment is like, and what types of wildlife you might expect to see. It also has comments on how heavily used the trail is, amenities like picnic shelters and restrooms, and other information such as if pets are allowed.
So if you are looking to try some different hikes in your area, I recommend this series. The book has general maps of the trails, but you will still want to pick up details maps for any location you plan on hiking.
Hopefully there is one available for your area. If you don’t see one for your state, you can try an adjacent state.