Looking for a Seattle area hiking guide to lead you through the outdoors this summer (and beyond)? I’m excited to share a brand new book from Moon Travel Guides called 75 Great Hikes Seattle. Full disclosure: The book is written by my cousin, avid hiker and Kirkland, Washington resident, Melissa Ozbek. I also contributed a short piece on hiking with kids including tips and ideas for heading out on the trail with young kids.
In the following video, I give a quick overview of the hiking guide, and also share what I love most about the book. Continue reading for a chance to win your own copy. I’m giving away two autographed copies of 75 Great Hikes Seattle, so be sure to enter!
75 Great Hikes Seattle
- Organized Well
The hiking guide is organized by 6 major Seattle area regions: Puget Sound, Interstate 90, Highway 2, Mountain Loop Highway, Olympic Peninsula, and Mount Rainier. Each region has a clear and concise map with numbers that mark and correspond to each hike offered in the region. Next to each map, each hike is listed along with major stats including distance, elevation, time estimation, and page number.
- Thorough Trail Profiles
As I mentioned in the video, my family and I have tackled several of her hiking suggestions, and have found her directions to be spot on, and SO helpful. Both directions to the trailhead and along the trail itself are easy to follow and provide readers with landmarks to lookout for, mileage markers, and interesting commentary about the area.
I also love her options to extend each hike—you never know when you might want to add to the adventure! Some hikes also feature restaurant, shops, and activity recommendations, which have really helped us get to know the areas we are hiking in so much more.
Each trail profile also includes a trail map. These are so well done, and invaluable as we work to navigate new trails.
- Overall Hike Selection
75 Great Hikes Seattle has a good balance of “hidden gem” trails along with classic Seattle area hikes that are popular for good reason! Melissa also includes tips and tricks for parking, crowd avoidance, and potential weather hazards.
- Best Hikes Section
The Best Hikes section located toward the beginning of the guide (starting on page 11) is one of my favorite aspects of the book! Best Beach Hikes, Best for Berry Picking, Best Kid-Friendly Hikes, Best for Mountain Views are just a few of the categories featured (5 hikes are selected for each category). When we are ready for an adventure, we often have something in particular in mind, so it’s been helpful to reference this section for ideas.
75 Great Hikes Seattle Giveaway!
What’s your favorite Seattle area hike? Or if you are new to the area or to hiking, what natural wonders do you hope to see (waterfalls, wildflowers, mountain views, etc)? For our suggestions, visit our Seattle Area Hiking with Kids post.
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