Book Reviews: May/June 2011

50 Trail Runs in Washington

By Cheri Pompeo Gillis

Paperback, 236 pages

Mountaineers Books, $17.95


If you’re looking to shake up your running routine with some spectacular trails, look no further for inspiration. Woodinville ultrarunner Cheri Pompeo Gillis has compiled this guidebook with 50 great runs from all over Washington. From the Olympic Peninsula to Mt. Spokane, the runs showcased in this book range from gentle urban trails to strenuous climbs with rewarding views in the Cascades.

Day Hiking Columbia’s River Gorge

By Craig Romano

Paperback, 287 pages

Mountaineers Books, $18.95


In celebration of the Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area’s 25th anniversary, Outdoors NW Trails Editor Craig Romano’s newest guidebook is your passport to explore the Gorge’s beautiful landscapes. This book serves up a veritable menu of 100 diverse day hikes, spotlighting Oregon and southern Washington scenery rich with waterfalls, wildflowers, alpine lakes, dazzling volcano views, and more. Small
and portable, too, this book is an easy tuck into your day pack.

25 Years, 25 Trails Hiking Challenge in the Gorge

Celebrate the 25th anniversary of the Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area by joining the Friends of the Columbia Gorge’s 25 Years, 25 Trails Hiking Challenge to hike the top 25 trails in the Gorge. Between now and Oct. 31, you can register for the challenge online and sign up for Friends-guided hikes or head out on your own. Participants are eligible for commemorative water bottles and entrance into a raffle drawing for prizes including a two-night stay at Skamania Lodge.