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Packable size filled with maps, elevation profiles, 130 photos, at-a-glance trail selection table, and more from a beloved trails author 1% of sales support trail maintenance in Washington As a hiking destination, the San Juan Islands of Washington and their sister islands to the north offer scores of parks and preserves, hundreds of miles of trails catering to hikers of all levels, and year-round accessibility. Day Hiking: The San Juans and Gulf Islands is divided into roughly four sections: Anacortes, for many the gateway to the region; the San Juan Islands themselves, including some key islands not served by Washington State Ferries; Victoria, Canada, providing easy access to the Gulf Islands, as well as other unique destinations; and the magical southern Gulf Islands. Author Craig Romano explores state parks, county parks, and provincial parks as well as some municipal and regional parks. He also features the recent expansion of San Juan Island National Historic Park on San Juan Island and the recently created Gulf Islands National Park Reserve, spanning several of the southern Gulf Islands, both of which are not yet familiar to many hikers. While the star attractions are the ferry-accessed islands, Romano also features several of the larger islands that don’t have ferry service (e.g., Stuart Island)——making this guide of interest to paddlers and boaters who are looking for hikes too! Key features of this guide: 136 hikes (approximately 50% American, 50% Canadian locations) Ferry travel tips Car-camping recommendations Border-crossing details All distances and elevations in both English and metric units Overview maps for both the San Juans and Gulf Islands **Mountaineers Books designates 1 percent of the sales of select guidebooks in our Day Hiking series toward volunteer trail maintenance. For this book, our 1 percent of sales is going to Washington Trails Association (WTA). WTA hosts more than 750 work parties throughout Washington’s Cascades and Olympics each year, with volunteers clearing downed logs after spring snowmelt, cutting away brush, retreading worn stretches of trail, and building bridges and turnpikes. Their efforts are essential to the land managers who maintain thousands of acres on shoestring budgets.
“Part field guide, part travel guide, Steelquist writes with the authoritative voice of that friend you want next to you on the trail or in the dunes—the one who knows just where to go for a weekend getaway and what to pack for the Pacific Northwest’s unpredictable weather.” —Portland Monthly Millions of visitors explore the magnificent coastline of the Pacific Northwest and all that it provides—unique plant life, easy-to-find animals, and magical places. The Northwest Coastal Explorer is a fun, engaging, lushly-illustrated guide to the marine life of Oregon, Washington, and British Columbia. Profiles of the flora and fauna include tips on where and how to find them—like the ochre sea stars commonly discovered on exposed rocks and the olive snails found on sandy beaches—while the included getaway guide highlights the best weekend trips for each area.
Make Your Escape Travel writer and outdoorsman Don Pitcher shares his expert perspective on the San Juan Islands, guiding you on a memorable and unique experience. Whether you're looking for a beautiful and luxurious escape from city life or hoping to go whale-watching, kayaking, sailing, hiking, or diving, Moon San Juan Islands has activities for every traveler. With itineraries like “Romancing the Islands” and “Camping with the Kids,” expertly crafted maps, gorgeous photos, and Don's trustworthy advice, Moon San Juan Islands provides the tools for planning your perfect trip! Moon San Juan Islands covers can't-miss sights and the best destinations including: San Juan Island Orcas Island Lopez Island Shaw Island Lummi Island Anacortes Bellingham
Experience a place the way the locals do. Enjoy the best it has to offer. The lowdown on experiencing the island's most exhilarating outdoor adventures, refreshing day spas and resorts, and outstanding culinary offerings. Outspoken opinions on what's worth your time and what's not. Exact prices, so you can plan the perfect trip whatever your budget. Off-the-beaten-path experiences and undiscovered gems, plus new takes on top attractions.

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