Paperback / softback
August 26, 2010
36 illus.
5.50 Inches (US)
8.50 Inches (US)
.86 Pounds (US)
$18.95 USD
v2.1 Reference
July 20, 2015
36 illus.
5.50 Inches (US)
8.50 Inches (US)
1.13 Pounds (US)
$95.00 USD
v2.1 Reference

Hiking Washington's History

Hiking Washington’s History reveals the stories embedded in Washington’s landscape. This trail guide narrates forty historic trails, ranging from short day hikes to three- or four-day backpacking trips over mountain passes. Every region in the state is included, from the northwesternmost tip of the continental United States at Cape Flattery to the remote Blue Mountains in the southeast. Each chapter begins with a brief overview of the region’s history followed by individual trail narratives and historical highlights. Quotes from diaries, journals, letters, and reports, as well as contemporary and historic photographs, describe sites and trails from Washington’s past. Each trail description includes a map and provides directions, so hikers can follow the historic route. Judy Bentley tells readers how to get there, what to expect, and what to look for.

Despite Washington State’s rapid growth, a remarkable number of historic trails have been preserved in national parks, restored by cities and towns, returned to public use by the railroads, or opened to hikers by Native American tribes. Some trails, such as the Iron Goat Trail, have been fully restored and interpreted. Others, such as the Naches Pass Trail, have been abused but survive. Some are easily accessible, such as the Duwamish River Trail in Seattle and the Spokane House trails near Spokane. Others, such as Chief Joseph’s Summer Trail, require a half-day journey just to reach the trailhead.

Hiking Washington’s History is for hikers, amateur historians, newcomers unfamiliar with the state's history, and Northwest natives who know only part of that history. Savor the vicarious experience of a hike from a cozy chair on a rainy winter day, or put your boots on and hit the trail when the sun shines.

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About the Author

Judy Bentley , who teaches at South Seattle Community College, is an avid hiker and the author of fourteen books for young adults.


"Comprehensive and well-researched, Bentley's trail guide breathes life into Washington state's natural landscapes by linking trails to historical events. . . . Whether you're interested in hiking or history, this read satisfies an urge for either."—The Green Life, Sierra Club

"Bentley's is the best kind of guidebook: intelligent, well-researched and easy to use."—The Oregonian

"Hiking Icicle Ridge near Leavenworth, you might wonder who all those women were that so many of the lakes are named after. Along the Cape Flattery Trail… you might wonder how the area's earliest human inhabitants not only managed to eke out a living along the rocky, stormy Pacific coastline, but to actually thrive while doing so. Or on the Yacolt Burn Trail, south of Mount St. Helens, you might find yourself wondering what exactly is it about this area that spurred Skamania County to declare itself the world's first Sasquatch refuge…. if history is your thing, Bentley's book makes an invaluable resource as well as a fun read."—The Seattle Times

"Here is a wonderful book!. Whether you regard Hiking Washington's History as a history book disguised as a hiking guide, or a trail guide with historical anecdote, get yourself a copy of this book and start planning for adventures across the state in 2011!"—Kitsap Sun


"This book samples the landscape and history of the entire state, and is well organized, well researched, and well written. Its pages add a new dimension to hikes by linking our footfalls with those of the past."—Ruth Kirk

"Judy Bentley has gathered a selection of favorite hikes from all over the state, then folded in just the right amount of historical context to make each of the treks pulsate through time."—Jack Nisbet, author of The Collector

University of Washington Press

9780295990637 : hiking-washingtons-history-bentley
Paperback / softback
304 Pages
$18.95 USD
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304 Pages
$95.00 USD

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