51 Of The Best Hiking Books Of All Time

Last Updated on August 25, 2020

Anything we want to do, the first thing which gives us sufficient information is a book. It enhances our knowledge about the unknown. In adventure activities (like rock climbing, hiking, surfing) knowledge is significant. When it is a matter of risk in life, one should learn everything prior.

51 Of The Best Hiking Books Of All Time

There are quite a few books available on hiking, and here we are going to create a list of those treasures printed on paper in the form of books. We are accumulating 51 hiking books in our list in no particular order of preference.

Best Hiking Books Of All Time

1. “Classic Hikes of the World: 23 Breathtaking Treks” – It is an illustrated book on some of the grand hikes in the world and photographs of hundreds of trails.

2. “Fifty Places to hike before you Die” – The 50 chapters of the book cover the world’s fifty most excellent walking adventure.

3. “52 Best Day Trips from Vancouver”  The book is on hikes and routes of Vancouver.

4. “50 Hikes on Michigan & Wisconsin’s North country Trail” – This book is on day hiking and long-distance backpacking on the North Country National Scenic Trail.

5. “The Best Hikes on the Continental Divide Trail: Colorado” – It’s a book featuring 20 best hikes of Colorado.

6. “Epic Hikes of the World” – This book has written on 50 hiking routes in 30 countries.

7. “America’s Great Hiking Trails” – Experience shared of hiking on 50000 miles of America’s grand trails.

8. “Classic Treks” – It brings description and illustration by prominent adventurers of 30 beautiful hikes all over the world.

9. “The World’s Great Adventure Treks” – Its a book on twenty of the world’s best adventure long-distance hikes.

10. “Walking Distance: Extraordinary Hikes for Ordinary People” – The author shares experience of hiking on thirty various hikes covering six continents.

11. “Lost on the Appalachian Trail” – The author has had a trip to the Appalachian Trail and shared his experience.

12. “Off The Beaten Path A Hiking Guide to Vancouver’s North Shore” – It is a complete book on North Shore hiking trails.

13. “109 Walks in B.C.’s Lower Mainland” – It describes the wide variety of trails of Lower Mainland.

For Beginners

1. “The Backpacker’s Field Manual: A Comprehensive Guide To Mastering Backcountry Skills” – An ideal book for the beginners and has been treated as a holy grail for the most skilled hiker to understand the basics, gears, and strategies.

2. “The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Backpacking and Hiking” – A complete guide to hiking. The author has shared the gears and safety essentials, surviving tips, how to choose locations, and more.

3. “Complete Hiking & Backpacking Guide: Hiking Gears A to Z” – The struggle of an obese man with several health issues going on a hiking journey on 86 world’s longest trails and completing them with aplomb.

4. “Ultralight Backpackin’ Tips” – Illustrated by Mike Clelland, this book is all about letting the beginners know how to be safe while hiking.

5. “Hiking for Beginners: Beginner’s Guide for your Ultimate Hiking Experience”- A book that brings short and to the point guiding for those who are new in hiking.

6. “Backpacking: The Essential Guide to Hiking and Backpacking for Beginners” – A book that deals with the tip and tricks of planning a hiking trip and being safe all the while.

7. “The Basic Essentials of Survival” – A  book that helps the beginners to brush up the survival skills and prepare for unexpected situations.

8. “Hiking: A Beginner’s Guide to Hiking” – This book is a guide for a safe and enjoyable hiking trip.

9. “Get Out There and Hike!” – This book explains the steps and significance of hiking and increases confidence.

10. “The Ultimate Hiker’s Gear Guide: Tools & Techniques to Hit the Trail” – Notable and skilled hiker Andrew Shurka shares his experience, techniques, tools, and guides the beginners.

Hiking Guides

1. “103 Hikes in Southwestern British Columbia” – This book features full-color photos and maps of great hikes in Columbia.

2. “Bushcraft 101: A Field Guide to the Art of Wilderness Survival” – This book is a survival guide for the hikers in the wilderness by survivalist expert Dave Canterbury.

3. “The Lost Art of Reading Nature’s Signs” – This book has written on natural navigation, which explains how to predict the weather, finding the way, and searching water sources by nature’s signs.

4. “The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Geocaching” – A book that helps in learning GPS and navigational skills.

5. “The Ultimate Hang: An Illustrated Guide to Hammock Camping” – Camping is an essential skill to learn for hikers. Those who don’t know much about hammock camping, this is the ultimate guide.

Experiences of Women

1. “A Woman’s Guide To The Wild” – A book covers up the feminine functions and written specifically for women who love adventure.

2. “Hiking the Continental Divide Trail: One Woman’s Journey” – This book is a perfect representation of how to adventure in the form of a book for both armchair and real-life hikers.

3. “Crazy Free” – This book has written on a spiritual journey of a woman who went on a solo hiking trip which resulted in an inner and outer transformation.

4. “Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail” – American Author Cheryl Strayed shared her story of self-discovery journey while hiking on the Pacific Crest Trail.

5. “The Middle of Somewhere” – Liza Kroft with emotional baggage went hiking on a three-week trek. A book on love, trust, and dependence in the backdrop of a hiking trip.

6. “Red & Purple Hiking Boots” – An inspirational journey of an older woman defeating her age and fears and proving that it is never too late

7. “Grandma Gatewood’s Walk” – The book is on the journey of the first woman who hiked on Appalachian Trail alone.

8. “Becoming Odyssa” – A completely different experience while hiking in Appalachian trail shared by the author Jennifer Pharr Davis.

9. “Girl in the Woods: A Memoir” – It comes with a true-life adventure and coming of age story through hiking from Mexico to Canada of Aspen Matis.

10. “Almost Somewhere: Twenty-Eight Days on the John Muir Trail” – This book tells the 28 days of adventure hiking trip of Suzzane Roberts on John Muir Trail.

11. “Soleful” Hiking – A Beginner’s Guide to Mindful Hiking” – A philosophical take on 20-years of experience hiking by Paula Phillips Marks.

Adventure Stories

1. “Dead Mountain: The Untold True Story of the Dyatlov Pass Incident” – A book on the nine hikers who went hiking on the Russian Ural Mountains in the year 1959 and died mysteriously.

2. “Lost on the Appalachian Trai” – The author has had a trip to the Appalachian Trail and shared his experience.

3. “A Long Way from Nowhere: A Couple’s Journey on the Continental Divide Trail” – Mastermind Julie and the idea guy Matt shared the experience of their 27-day hiking trip where they were alone on the 3000 miles trails.

4. “A Walk in the Woods: Rediscovering America on the Appalachian Trail” – In this autobiographical book, Bill Bryson shares his experience while hiking in the Appalachian.

5. “The Pilgrimage – a Contemporary Quest for Ancient Wisdom” – A book on the details of Paulo Coelho’s journey on the road of San Tiago and all across Spain.

6. “Thru-Hiking Will Break Your Heart: An Adventure on the Pacific Crest Trail” – Carrot Quinn’s experience in the wilderness of Mexico to Canada and her survival against all the odds.

7. “Tracks” – A story of a woman’s solo trip across 1700 miles of the Australian desert and finding her true self.

8. “Hiking Through: One Man’s Journey to Peace and Freedom on the Appalachian Trail” – A book on Paul Stutzman’s realization of the real purpose of life after he lost his wife due to cancer.

9. “I Hike” – A humorous take on long-distance hikers trail life.

10. “The JANUARY MAN: A Year of Walking Britain” – A story of a year walk to explore 140000 miles of footpaths across Britain by a man inspired by Dave Goulder‘s song.

11. “The Man Who Walked Through Time” – A story of Colin Fletcher who was the first person to walk through Grand Canyon National Park.

12. “Awol on the Appalachian Trail” – A true story of 41 years old engineer who leaves his job and goes on a hiking trip from Georgia to Maine.

Final Words

These books let us comprehend about hiking. We get to know the experience of adventure freaks, tips on a safe hiking trip. We also get to know about the gears, how to camp, details on the trails, when we need to take a hiking trip, what to wear, what to cook, and some more. Read as many as possible and expand your hiking knowledge.


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