by Jason W., August 4, 2009 9:18 AM
This absolutely gorgeous book won a National Outdoor Book Award, and while it's a torture to read in the rainy season, it's almost indispensable in the summer. It is one of the few books with good information on hiking the Wallowas, and the hike selections are often innovative and unavailable in other guide books. Lavishly illustrated with beautiful color photographs and superb full-color topographic maps by Moore Creative Designs, 100 Classic Hikes in Oregon will make your mouth water and your feet itch for the trail. If it doesn't, check your pulse. Most likely, you're asleep or dead. Rare is the book that makes you want to ignore the "best season" advice and head out immediately. Lorain has helpfully divided the state into regions, and provides information on each area before describing each hike down to the yard. The elevation/relief graphs help plot distance and time when choosing campsites, and the trail descriptions provide everything else you need, including side-trips and environmental concerns such as the best time to cross certain creeks, fire regulations, and peak seasons for flower and mosquito blooming. If only all hiking guides were this good...