After months of research, writing and editing, the time has finally come to release our second hiking guidebook: Urban Hikes Washington!
Published by Falcon Guides, our new book features 40 trails across the state of Washington -- from Bellingham to Vancouver; Seattle to Spokane. Anyone can hike these family friendly trails!
Buy the Book
Urban Hikes Washington released in July 2020 and is available now. We encourage you to order from your local bookstore. If you'd like to purchase online, consider ordering from Bookshop. Over 75% of Bookshop's profit margin goes to "stores, publications, authors and others who make up the thriving, inspirational culture around books!"
Urban Hikes Washington is also available at Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and just about anywhere that books are sold.
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About the Book
Washington, the Evergreen State, is known for its lush landscapes of forests and mountains. But you don't have to go all the way into the backcountry to experience what the state has to offer. In Urban Hikes Washington you'll hit the trail to discover the landmarks and hotspots that shape the state's cities and towns. From arboretum trails to picturesque waterfront walks, this guide explores 40 urban hiking trails throughout the state.
Drawing on their extensive travel knowledge of the state, authors Brandon Fralic and Rachel Wood curate a guide to not only family-friendly footpaths, but to the state's culinary and gastronomic delights. Take in the sites of Expo '74 while walking Spokane's Riverfront Park, marvel at the landscape architecture of Washington Park Arboretum in Seattle, or brewery-hop after a stroll to Downtown Bellingham from Boulevard Park.
Each hike includes trail GPS coordinates and waypoints, detailed hike descriptions, maps, and easy-to-find trailhead directions, along with excellent color photos and travel tips. Hit the trail (or the pavement) and explore Washington!
About the Authors
Brandon Fralic and Rachel Wood are the authors of Beer Hiking Pacific Northwest. Since launching their blog, Beers at the Bottom, in 2013, they've written about travel, hiking, and beer for publications including Washington Trails, REI Coop Journal, and OutdoorsNW. Both are lifelong residents of Washington State.
Bellingham-based writers Brandon Fralic and Rachel Wood have just released a 40-hike guidebook featuring urban hiking adventures. Most of the hikes are centered around the greater Puget Sound area but central and eastern Washington are also well-represented. This is a comprehensive guide that not only includes all the regular elevation gain, trail surface and difficulty, maps and colorful photos, but also GPS coordinates, local places of interest and lodging suggestions. An OutdoorsNW recommended book!
- OutdoorsNW Northwest Summer Buzz 2020
Crisp air and fall colors invite an outdoor adventure, and we have the book for you! Urban Hikes Washington by Brandon Fralic and Rachel Wood presents forty urban hikes that showcase the Evergreen State's diversity. They roughly define an urban hike as a marriage between hiking trails and travel with hikes that are in a city or within 30 minutes drive of a city. So you'll find city walks like the South Bay Trail in Bellingham and the Capital Lake Loop in our state's capital, Olympia, as well as isolated rambles through forests and canyons such as the Cowiche Canyon Trail near Yakima and the Dishman Hills Loop just outside of Spokane. There's a handy overview map, a trail finder summary, and each trail has vital stats like distance, hiking time, difficulty, best time to visit, in addition to helpful tips like nearby restaurants and lodging. So get out and explore our state with the recently released, Urban Hikes Washington!
-Trailblazer Girl Book Review
I can't wait to check out more hikes from Urban Hikes Washington. There's tons of great hikes of all distances, some even offering solitude while still being close to their respective cities. I love how the book also had on the back page a handy list of the 10 essentials!
- Urban Hikes Washington & Meadowdale Beach Park
Exploring Washington State Podcast:
Conversation with Brandon Fralic and Rachel Wood about Urban Hikes in Washington State