Classic Hikes of North America

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Classic Hikes of North America

25 Breathtaking Treks in the United States and Canada

Everything you need to know about the most astounding and enjoyable hiking routes and backcountry excursions in North America

Illustrated with more than 150 color photographs and detailed maps for every route

Inspiration and Information is a single volume

More than a guide book, Classic Hikes of North America is a major contribution to our understanding of these extra-ordinary places. Your passport to some of the most beautiful backcountry locations in the United States and Canada, this is a book to hike by, and a book to dream by.

From Newfoundland to the Grand Canyon, from Big Bend to the Canadian Rockies, from the White Mountains to the North Cascades, from the Sierra to the Black Hills, this book will get you off the couch.

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Praise for Classic Hikes of North America

"One of our finest chroniclers of climbing tells us what we need to enjoy North America's most spectacular hikes. Potterfield's writing is elegant and engaging: Open "Classic Hikes of North America" to any page and see if you don't feel you're already out there."
-Michael Shnayerson,
Vanity Fair contributing editor and author of Coal River

"Peter is the best informed, the most complete, readable and exhaustive hiker in North America... This tome is invaluable."
-Richard Bangs,
co-founder, Mountain Travel Sobek and author of Quest for the Sublime

"Classic Hikes of North America is a thoroughly researched guide to spectacular hikes... Striking photos and beautiful maps accompany the fun to read descriptions, and his accounts will make you want to load up your pack and follow in his footsteps!"
-Ed Viesturs,
high altitude climber and author of No Shortcuts to the Top

"Writing from the soles of his feet and the bottom of his heart, Peter Potterfield delivers equal portions of inspiration and practical information Turn a few pages, and readers will find themselves looking to a calendar to set dates for the 25 hikes detailed in this magnificent book."
-Andrew McLean,
author of Backcountry Skiing and Beyond

"Few people have wandered as many spectacular places around the world as Peter Potterfield... Brought to life with beautiful photography, rich descriptions and practical details to guide almost anyone, every page of Classic Hikes inspires wanderlust."
-Gordon Wiltsie,
author of To the Ends of the Earth

More About Classic Hikes of North America
Hiking along the Ramparts in the upper Tonquin Valley.

Here is everything you need to know about the United States and Canada's most enjoyable hiking routes and backcountry excursions. Classic Hikes of North America will help you realize your dreams of hiking among the great peaks, scenic canyons and genuine wilderness of North America.

Peter Potterfield has hiked all across the globe, from the trek to Mount Everest to retracing Ernest Schackleton's route in Antarctica, the wilds of Arctic Sweden and the rugged coasts of Tasmania. Now he brings his expert advice back home in Classic Hikes of North America, a beautifully photographed and eminently practical account of the best backcountry journeys in the United States and Canada. Peter Potterfield has photographed, analyzed, and graded these spectacular wilderness experiences with both beginners and avid hikers in mind. He offers valuable insight into the difficulty of the hike, potential hazards and difficulties, and the best season in which to take full advantage of each hike.

Illustrated with more than 150 color photographs and hiking directions, here is inspiration and information in a single volume. Routes range from the Grand Canyon of Arizona to the White Mountains of New Hampshire, from the Long Range Traverse of Newfoundland to the Slate Range in the Canadian Rockies, and dozens more. These are journeys to dream on, and Peter Potterfield puts them within reach of any aspiring hiker.

Each Chapter Includes:
Level of difficulty, both in physical effort and psychological challenge
Details on trail conditions and recommended seasons
Notes of potential hazards or difficulties
Detailed route descriptions
Map for each hiking route
Resources for information, staging, accommodations, and transportation

Peter Potterfield is the award-winning writer of In the Zone and Classic Hikes of the World. Thee former editor and publisher of Potterfield is editor of and contributes to National Geographic Adventure, Conde Nast Traveler, Outside, Backpacker, and Reader's Digest. He lives in Seattle, Washington.