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Hiking & Backpacking

See also: Trails and Walking

Selected Books

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania & Nearby States

Adkins, Leonard M.
50 Hikes in West Virginia: from the Allegheny Mountains to the Ohio River
GV199.42.W4 A34 2005
West Virginia native and long-distance hiker and author Leonard M. Adkins offers a variety of hikes, from a short half mile hike to a challenging multiday backpacking trek on the state's premier long-distance route, the Allegheny Trail.
 
Brown, Scott E.
Pennsylvania Mountain Vistas: A Guide for Hikers and Photographers
GV199.42.P4 B758 2007
This full-color guide takes hikers to seventy-eight of the most inspiring outlooks across the commonwealth, offering detailed descriptions of each hike, with maps and information on distance, difficulty, elevation change, and highlights along the way.
 
Frye, Bob
Best Easy Day Hikes, Pittsburgh
GV199.42.P42 P667 2009x
This shorter Falcon Guide (102 pp.) includes concise descriptions of 18 best shorter hikes in the area, with detailed maps of the routes.
 
Frye, Bob
Best Hikes Near Pittsburgh
PENNA GV199.42.P4 F78 2009
From a hike through Pymatuning State Park to see its famous spillway, to an old Indian path called the Warrior Trail, this new Falcon Guide describes the best hikes in and around Pittsburgh, many of them never previously covered elsewhere. Now you have absolutely no excuse not to get out on the local trails!
 
Gelbert, Doug
Doggin' Pittsburgh: The 50 Best Places to Hike with Your Dog in Southwest Pennsylvania
SF427.46.G45 2008x
Find out where you can take your dog for a hike in the Pittsburgh area! And maybe your kids too.
 
Mitchell, Jeff
Hiking The Allegheny National Forest: Exploring The Wilderness Of Northwestern Pennsylvania
PENNA GV199.42.P42 A446 2007
This guide covers 50 dayhikes and 5 backpacking trails in and around the region. Information for each hike includes what to pack, time to allow, detailed directions to trailheads, maps of each trail, and major vistas and points of interest along the way.
 
Molloy, Johnny
Day and Overnight Hikes in West Virginia's Monongahela National Forest
GV191.42.W42 M666 2000
The heart and soul of wild, wonderful West Virginia, the mighty Monongahela National Forest is within a day's drive of one-third of the population of the US but only about 2 1/2 hours from Pittsburgh.
 
Reed, Mary
Hiking Ohio: A Guide to Ohio's Greatest Hiking Adventures
Hiking Ohio is a comprehensive guide to more than 40 of the most scenic foot trails in the Buckeye State.
 
Ruff, Donna
60 Hikes Within 60 Miles, Pittsburgh: Including Allegheny And Surrounding Counties
PENNA GV199.42.P42 P67 2006
Whether you live in the city or one of the many surrounding counties in southwestern Pennsylvania, 60 Hikes within 60 Miles: Pittsburgh provides you with the information you need to choose the perfect day hike in your area, including trail lengths, hiking times, and trail difficulty.
 
Thwaites, Tom
50 Hikes in Central Pennsylvania: from the Great Valley to the Allegheny Plateau
GV199.42.P4 T48 2001
Veteran trailblazer and outdoor activist Tom Thwaites, the author of two other 50 Hikes guides to Pennsylvania, has completely revised and updated this guide to the central portion of Penn's Woods. Roughly bound by US Routes 219 and 15, this lightly traveled region of wild country and wildlife offers a vast network of maintained trail systems.
 
Thwaites, Tom
50 Hikes in Eastern Pennsylvania: From the Mason-Dixon Line to the Poconos and North Mountain
PENNA GV199.42.P4 T485 2003
This is the 4th edition of the eastern Pennsylvania hiking guide.
 
Thwaites, Tom
50 Hikes in Western Pennsylvania: Walks and Day Hikes from the Laurel Highlands to Lake Erie
GV199.42.P4 T49 2000
This third edition includes hikes for all tastes and abilities: introductory walks of 1-5 miles; intermediate day hikes of 5-10 miles; and "bootbusters" of 10 miles or more, some suitable for backpacking. Thirty-one hikes are based in the Laurel Highlands and Allegheny National Forest, with the remainder grouped around Pittsburgh and Lake Erie.
 

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United States and Beyond

Adkins, Leonard M.
50 Hikes In Southern Virginia : Walks, Hikes, And Backpacks From The Cumberland Gap To The Atlantic
GV199.42.V8 A35 2002
Clear directions to the best hikes in each area. Each hike includes a contour map and gives mileage, vertical rise, and estimated hiking time.
 
Beffort, Brian
Joy of Backpacking: Your Complete Guide to Attaining Pure Happiness in the Outdoors
GV199.6.B45 2007
The Joy of Backpacking, a comprehensive guide covering every aspect of how to backpackfrom planning a first trip to advanced wilderness travel, is perfect for amateur backpackers and veterans alike.
 
Berger, Karen
Backpacking & Hiking
GV199.5.B469 2005
If you like your books illustrated, this Eyewitness Companion should really appeal to you.
 
Bryson, Bill
A Walk in the Woods: Rediscovering America on the Appalachian Trail
F106.B92 1998
This is a classic and humorous tale of Bryson's attempt to do the Appalachian Trail.
 
Curtis, Rick
The Backpacker's Field Manual: a Comprehensive Guide to Mastering Backcountry Skills
GV199.6.C87 2005
Portable and packed with information, this manual is the ideal resource for anyone interested in taking to the great outdoors with confidence.
 
Hauser, Susan
A Field Guide to Poison Ivy, Poison Oak, and Poison Sumac: Prevention and Remedies
RA1242.U78 H38 2008
This Falcon Guide is what every hiker should look at once, just so they can identify that scourge of the woods: poison ivy.
 
Hiking and Backpacking
GV199.5.H55 2008
This guide from the Wilderness Education Association focuses on trail safety and survival skills.
 
Nichols, Robin Tawney, 1949-
Hiking With Kids: Taking Those First Steps With Young Hikers
GV199.54.T39 2007
Provides valuable tips on what to bring and how to keep your young hiker safe and happy on the trail.
 
Roberts, Harry
Basic Essentials: Backpacking
GV199.6.R6 2007
In this short introductory book you'll discover how to plan a trip with the right level of challenge, select the appropriate gear and provisions for your trip, get your hiking boots to fit you comfortably, find your way in the wilderness, and prepare a quick, easy and hearty meal.
 
Santella, Chris
Fifty Places to Hike Before You Die: Outdoor Experts Share the World's Greatest Destinations
GV199.5.S26 2010
With commentaries from expert trekkers and insider tips that lead the reader off the beaten path, Santella captures the special characteristics that make these must-visit destinations.
 
The Ultimate Hiking Skills Manual
GV199.5.U48 2006x
This British book on "hillwalking" concentrates on preparation and skills for hiking, including first aid, wayfinding, hillwalking in winter.
 
 

Browse the Catalog

Additional books can be found by browsing the library catalog under the subject heading Hiking, followed by the country or state that your are interested in. For instance: Hiking -- Pennsylvania.

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Web Sites

  • American Hiking Society
    A national nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting hiking and establishing, protecting and maintaining foot trails in America. With more than 100 member trail clubs, American Hiking represents half a million outdoorspeople and serves as the voice of the American hiker. Celebrate National Trails Day with them on the first Saturday of June.
  • Appalachian Long Distance Hikers Association
    "The Appalachian Long Distance Hikers Association began in 1983 as an off-trail community of fellow hikers who've all shared similar experiences, hopes and dreams on the Appalachian Trail and other trails. Membership in this non-profit group is open to all."
  • New York Times Activity Guides: Hiking
    This travel section offers articles on hiking destinations in the U.S. and abroad.
  • Society for Barefoot Living (formerly the Dirty Sole Society)
    in support of barefooted dancing, driving, hiking, waterskiing...

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Pittsburgh Region

  • Allegheny Front: The Art of Seeing in the Summer
    Naturalist Paul Wiegman talks about how to fully enjoy the natural world by truly seeing--not just looking--at the wonderful world all around us when you are hiking.
  • Explorer's Club of Pittsburgh
    For three generations, the ECP has provided any interested person with the opportunity to learn new skills and meet new friends who share a willingness to accept the physical and mental challenges of outdoor exploration and adventure. Today, members participate in activities as diverse as mountaineering, rock climbing, skiing, scuba diving, canoeing, kayaking, caving, cycling, backpacking, environmental and community service projects, and a host of outdoor sports
  • Keystone Ramblers
    This group organizes hikes in our area open to the public in four types: Relaxed Hikes, Hard Core Hikes, Path of Progress Hikes, and Pennsylvania Heritage Hikes.
  • The Pittsburgh Hiking Meetup Group
    Pittsburgh Hiking Meetup is run by volunteer leaders who love the outdoors and want to get people outside through a variety of outdoor hiking events.
  • Sierra Club, Allegheny Group Chapter
    Check their Events/Outings for hiking and backpacking trips.
  • Urban Hike Pittsburgh
    Urban Hike is an informal, monthly-or-so walking tour of the Pittsburgh area. They learn a little history, take in some strange and beautiful sights, get some exercise, and wrap it all up with some delectable local cuisine.
  • Venture Outdoors
    This Pittsburgh organization offers a database of activities in the Pittsburgh area, including backpacking.

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