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The Trail Hound's Handbook
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The Trail Hound's Handbook
Ellen Eastwood


Your Family Guide to Hiking with Dogs

  • The lure of playing outside used to get kids up and moving. Today, however, mesmerized youth are plugged in to technology and connected by the web. They are as good as strapped to their chairs.

    Not to despair. The effort to roll America’s youth off of the couch and back outside, launched by the White House in 2010, now takes on all the authority of a kid’s own best friend—the family dog. The Trail Hound’s Handbook, aims to turn kids on to nature and hiking by introducing them to the highly skilled, naturally enthusiastic trail guide that is the family dog. The book encourages kids 8-15 years old to venture out, whatever their level of hiking experience, empowering them with:

  • Tips for planning dog-powered hikes
  • Basic hiking etiquette, safe practices, and rules
  • An appreciation for every dog’s unique wilderness skills
  • Clues to recognizing wildlife along the trail
  • Assorted text "kibble and bits" to make hiking with dogs simple and fun

  • Employing full color photos, whimsical but easy-to-read typefaces, and succinct copy, The Trail Hound’s Handbook reinvents the hiking guidebook as a pet-focused, outdoor activity guide for kids and their families. With a lighthearted voice and a slew of fun facts, the format provides immediate pay-off to the curious hiking novice and dog-loving kid, as well as valuable, common-sense skills to support a lifetime of outdoor adventure.

    The book’s companion website, KidsHikeDogsHike.com invites young trail hounds to share their own dog-powered adventures with the world. Like the book, the website aims to keep the topic fun and dynamic, offering select news, and useful resource links, as well as fun, related videos and activities.



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    Top Trails: Glacier National Park
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    Top Trails: Glacier National Park
    Jean Arthur


    Must-Do Hikes for Everyone

    Glacier National Park’s remote locale allows visitors to experience an intact ecosystem that hosts nearly all wildlife and bird species that were found a century ago when Congress designated the 1.2 million acres as America’s 10th national park. Here at that Crown of the Continent, hikers use the guide to access a mountain pass where meltwater drains to three different oceans. Trail users retrace routes to some 200 sapphire blue or turquoise green lakes, following trails along some of the park’s 1,557 miles of streams and rivers and discovering some of Glacier’s 200 named waterfalls. The ever-changing landscape encourages trail users, photographers, and nature lovers to return to Glacier to explore glacial tarns as they melt, aspens as they quake golden in the fall, and even recovering landscapes from large wildfires a decade ago. This guide also reveals historically significant information about the park and the trails, culturally significant waypoints, Blackfeet Indian and other Native American traditional use, ongoing scientific research and sustainable practices in Glacier.

    Top Trails: Glacier National Park by local author Jean Arthur leads visitors to secluded trails and unique settings while providing details of current and past human activity, wildlife movement, wildfire’s importance, and geologic changes that altered the landscape and created America’s 10th national park.

    The unique approach of Top Trails: Glacier National Park reveals why certain trails wend alongside sensitive meadows or climb above crystalline lakes. The guide leads hikers to backcountry respites, unique to Glacier. The guide also traces outlaws, poachers, and mining ventures that occurred inside the current park boundary.


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    Top Trails: Great Smoky Mountains National Park, 2nd edition
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    Top Trails: Great Smoky Mountains National Park, 2nd edition
    Johnny Molloy


    Johnny Molloy, who has spent more than 800 nights backpacking in the Smokies, has updated his classic guide Top Trails: Great Smoky Mountains National Park. This revised edition has been completely updated, including the new backcountry reservation system implemented in the park.

    He has also added some excellent hikes, some of them well off the beaten path. For example, the hike to Baskins Creek Falls takes you past a pioneer homesite and to a scenic cascade overshadowed by more popular waterfalls nearby, making it an ideal destination for those who want to escape the crowds.

    Additionally, Johnny--who considers the Smokies his home stomping ground--makes sure that all the necessary information to help you execute a hike (from directions to maps) is correct. New photos add flair to the book.

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    Top Trails: Lake Tahoe, 3rd edition
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    Top Trails: Lake Tahoe, 3rd edition
    Mike White


    Must-Do Hikes for Everyone

    Top Trails Lake Tahoe
    explores the best trails for hiking and biking in the Tahoe area. The guide features the best hikes including the north side's splendid backcountry, the lake’s sedate western side, the picturesque and popular areas south of the lake, including Desolation Wilderness, and D. L. Bliss and Emerald Bay state parks and the relatively undeveloped eastern side. Several hikes follow sections of the Tahoe Rim Trail and Pacific Crest Trail.

    Veteran author Mike White has selected the 50 best trips in the area, ranging in length from a mile-long stroll through a lush, lodgepole-lined meadow to a 20-mile trek on the Tahoe Rim Trail with excellent lake views. Among other significant updates, the third edition includes the new Rim to Reno Trail, newly constructed by volunteers in the Tahoe Rim Trail Association.


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    Top Trails: Maui
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    Top Trails: Maui
    Sara Benson


    Maui is indeed a hiker's paradise. An impressive network of trails crisscross the second-largest Hawaiian island, from meditative beach walks to heady treks high atop a volcano. Hidden in cloud forest, more trails lead to tumbling waterfalls, hidden springs and groves of bamboo. Back down on the coast, treks lead to natural lava-rock blowholes and sea arches, past ocean pools, and deserted beaches. Wander across lava flows that feel primeval, examine ancient Hawaiian petroglyphs up close, or follow the King’s Highway that Hawaiian royalty once trod. All this and more awaits on Maui’s hiking trails, most of which are easily accessible day trips. From any point on the island, any of the dozens of trailheads pinpointed in this book is at most a couple of hours’ drive away, and often far closer than that.

    Top Trails Maui presents 37 premier day hiking and overnight camping and backpacking trips suited to all levels of ability and interests. The book is divided into four major geographical areas: West Maui, Central/South Maui, East Maui/Upcountry, and Haleakala National Park. All of the trails offer scenic beauty and ease of access for hikers. Together, these trails represent the island’s incredible diversity of ecological systems and environments, from lava flows and multi-colored cinder cones to cloud forests filled with native bird song and hidden waterfalls. Some of the hiking trails described here are popular with both locals and visitors, while others are virtually a local secret.

    With the Top Trails winning formula of easy-to-follow maps for every hike, trail-feature charts, feature icons, "don't get lost" trail milestones, and GPS waypoints, readers can easily identify the right trail for their interests, abilities, and available time.

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    Top Trails: Northern California’s Redwood Coast
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    Top Trails: Northern California’s Redwood Coast
    Mike White


    At last there is a definitive guidebook for the magnificent and beautifully mysterious hikers' paradise known as the Redwood Coast of Northern California. In this new title in the venerable Top Trails series from Wilderness Press, veteran outdoors author Mike White leads day-trippers and backpackers into some of the most awe-inspiring terrain on earth.

    Step-by-step in his trail-worn boots, the author created a menu of 57 diverse routes, from a gentle half-mile morning loop, to a 29-mile backpack adventure. Winding through Mendocino, Humboldt, and Del Norte counties, he guides readers into this sea- and landscape of:
    • Lush, old-growth redwoods, some nearly 400 feet high, that cast a cathedral effect above fern-carpeted forest floors;
    • Picture-postcard vistas to Pacific Ocean sea stacks, dazzling sunsets, and migrating whales;
    • Winding descents to undisturbed beaches and mesmerizing tide-pool life;
    • Pathways to inland canyons tinged with the ghost of ocean fog hitching rides on rugged streams;
    • Untamed wilderness shy on humans but boisterous with herds of Roosevelt elk.

    Not only does Top Trails: Northern California's Redwood Coast provide Mike White's compelling and informative narrative based on seasoned personal experience, but it also includes:
    • Detailed, easy-to-follow maps;
    • A format designed for quick reference on the trail;
    • Appealing icons to signal "must-see" trail features;
    • GPS waypoints;
    • At-a-Glance tables spotlighting trail uses (horses or backpacking in addition to hiking); trail type (loops, out-and-backs, point-to-points); terrain hallmarks (mountains, summits, waterfalls); flora & fauna (wildlife, old-growth trees, ocean views); and trail features (photo opps, historic interest, camping);
    • "Don't get lost" trail milestones;
    • Back-of-book appendices on Top-Rated Trails; Campgrounds, RV Parks, Hotels, Lodges, Motels, and Resorts; Local Resources; Useful Maps and Other Publications.

    For readers ready to hit the trail, this is the take along, can't-do-without guide. For armchair travelers, it's 57 journeys into wonderland.


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    Top Trails: Olympic National Park and Vicinity
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    Top Trails: Olympic National Park and Vicinity
    Douglas Lorain


    Must-Do Hikes for Everyone

    Top Trails: Olympic National Park is renowned Pacific Northwest outdoor expert Doug Lorain's newest look into the best of the best trails Olympic National Park has to offer. This guide features only the most spectacular scenery and wildlife of a wide selection of routes from all over the peninsula. It includes full descriptions of brand new trails, Mt. Muller Loop and Murhut Falls, as well as introduces readers to some truly outstanding but too-often overlooked hikes, including a wide range of options from short and easy nature trails to extremely demanding day hikes, to a few of the absolute not-to-be-missed options for overnight travelers. In keeping with the tradition of the Top Trails series, Doug Lorain's new guide will maximize readers' time and enjoyment of Olympic National Park.


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    Top Trails: Shenandoah National Park, 2nd edition
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    Top Trails: Shenandoah National Park, 2nd edition
    Johnny Molloy


    Must-do hikes in Shenandoah National Park

    Top Trails: Shenandoah National Park by acclaimed outdoors writer Johnny Molloy saves readers the time and frustration of finding the perfect hikes to suit their desires. With hundreds of miles of trails running like veins down and along a narrow mountain spine, Shenandoah National Park is a heavily visited destination with millions of guests each year. This book makes the backcountry majesty of Shenandoah more accessible to visitors.

    This easy-access, reference-type guide presents a variety of hikes from which to choose. The majority of the hikes steer you toward the most scenic areas, giving you the opportunity to enjoy your time on the trail instead of behind someone’s car. Most hikes seek solitude to maximize your Shenandoah experience. However, as the subtitle of this book suggests, there are some “must-do” hikes that are popular. Consequently, a few hikes traverse popular and potentially crowded areas. Each hike has a “best times” that will help you manage the trails to your advantage.

    Day hiking is the best and most popular way to “break into” the Shenandoah wilderness. But for those with the inclination to see the mountain cycle from day to night and back again, many hikes in this book can be used by backpackers as well. Backpackers must follow park backcountry camping regulations and practice “leave no trace” wilderness-use etiquette. Backpackers can capture the changing moods of the mountains as day turns to night, as weather cycles with the sun, as the permanent park residents go about their business of surviving and reproducing.

    With the Top Trails winning formula of easy-to-follow maps for every hike, trail-feature charts, feature icons, "don't get lost" trail milestones, and GPS waypoints, readers can easily identify the right trail for their interests, abilities, and available time.



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    Top Trails™ Sacramento
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    Top Trails™ Sacramento
    Steven L. Evans


    From the shady urban banks of the Sacramento River to the wilderness and waterfalls of the Sierra Nevada foothills, superb outdoor opportunities abound within two hours of Sacramento. The California capital has numerous nearby trails that access the Great Valley’s once extensive wetlands and marshes, and explore the sinuous swaths of riverside forests and broad expanses of open grasslands. Just a short distance from Sacramento the trails in the Coast Range and Sierra foothills climb oak-clothed ridgetops and traverse rugged river canyons. Farther uphill in the Sierra Nevada, hikers enjoy scenic waterfalls, wildflower studded meadows, and high mountain lakes.

    Longtime Sacramento resident and intrepid hiker Steve Evans has selected the 43 “must-do” hikes in Top Trails™ Sacramento, the only guidebook specifically targeting the region's outdoor enthusiasts. Most trips are within 2 hours of the city. With trails ranging from 1 to 10 miles and sea level to 9000 feet, this concise and detailed hiking guide makes it easy to pick the right trail. Whether you’re looking for a scenic stroll, a full-day adventure, or even a spectacular alpine peak-bagging trip, you’ll find it here.

    Guidebooks in the affordable and easy-to-use Top Trails series feature elevation profiles, detailed maps, driving directions, and “don’t get lost” trail milestones.

    At-a-glance information shows which trips have the best opportunities for sightseeing, camping, running, biking, and which trails are child-friendly.

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    Top Trails™ Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks, 2nd edition
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    Top Trails™ Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks, 2nd edition
    Mike White


    The southern High Sierra, including Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks and the surrounding John Muir, Jennie Lakes, and Monarch Wildernesses, is one of the most magnificent natural areas in the world. Blessed with the largest trees on earth (giant sequoias), one of the deepest canyons in North America (Kings Canyon), and the highest mountain in the continental U.S. (Mt. Whitney), the greater Sequoia-Kings Canyon region offers unparalleled mountain majesty. Along with such superlatives, hundreds of miles of trails provide access to a boundless number of high mountain lakes, wildflower-covered meadows, cascading streams, deep forests, and craggy peaks. Mike White’s Top Trails: Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks guide presents the best curated selection of trips suitable for varied skill levels to explore this portion of John Muir’s Range of Light.


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