- Paperback: 240 pages
- Publisher: Falcon Guides; Fourth edition (June 19 2012)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0762772530
- ISBN-13: 978-0762772537
- Product Dimensions: 15.9 x 1.3 x 24.1 cm
- Shipping Weight: 680 g
- Average Customer Review: 4 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #128,129 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Hiking Glacier and Waterton Lakes National Parks: A Guide To The Parks' Greatest Hiking Adventures Paperback – Jun 19 2012
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From the Back Cover
Discover the wonder of these two spectacular parks as Hiking Glacier and Waterton Lakes National Parks leads you along 850 miles of trail - from short nature hikes to backcountry treks. Veteran hiker Erik Molvar provides all the information you need to get the most out of hiking this International Peace Park with its glistening glaciers, scenic lookouts, peaceful lakes, and remote wilderness.Look inside to find: Hikes suited to every abilityMile-by-mile directional cuesElevation profilesGPS coordinates for all trailheads and backcountry campsites An index of hikes by category― from easy day hikes to hikes to waterfallsInvaluable trip-planning information, including local lodging and campgroundsFull-color photos throughoutFull-color GPS-compatible maps of each trail
About the Author
Veteran author and backcountry explorer Erik Molvar discovered backpacking while working on a volunteer trails crew in the North Cascades of Washington. He is the author of more than a dozen FalconGuides for such places as Glacier National Park, the Bob Marshall Wilderness, Olympic National Park, Zion and Bryce Canyon National Park, as well as Colorado's Maroon Bells-Snowmass Wilderness.
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The book has a number of nice features beginning with the "Short Strolls and Nature Walks" section that acknowledges that most visitors do not stray far from the car. The next section, "Trail Finder" lists best hikes by topic (waterfalls, lowland lakes, glacier views, alpine wildflowers, alpine lakes, panoramic views, and backpacks) and sorts by easy, moderate and strenuous.
The body of the book contains details for 59 hikes in Glacier and Waterton parks. Each has a line graph showing elevation and distance and this information is also provided in the text for those who are X and Y axis challenged. Each also has a map of general topographic information.
We hiked Crypt Lake and Rowe Lakes in Waterton and Highline, Garden Wall to Grinell overlook, Granite Park to Swiftcurrent, Sperry to Huckleberry Mt. Lookout, and Avalanche Lake. We found it to be accurate and useful. For example since the Avalanche Lake/Trail of Cedars is the most popular in the Park, we took a ranger led interpretive hike.
I didn't notice major differences in terms of the information between the third and fourth editions, though that may just have been because of the particular trails I was interested in hiking for a recent trip, but I'm sure some info is new or updated.
The biggest difference from the third edition is that the fourth edition uses a higher quality paper. That allows for color photographs and nicer maps. The material just looks much nicer, which might encourage you to hike more trails! Unfortunately, the higher quality paper is also heavier. I don't take the book on the trail with me, but if you do it will add a small amount of extra weight. I also liked to pencil in notes about a particular trail in the old edition. You can't do that with the better paper in the new edition, but ink might work.
Overall, I certainly recommend this guide, but if you have the third edition it might be a closer call unless your copy is getting worn out.
The only thing I don't love about the book is the difficulty ratings it gives. Mostly accurate but we found the "moderately strenuous" hike to Lincoln Lake to be very hard and the trail was very overgrown and this was not mentioned in the two page description in the book, so parts of it need to be updated. But the logistical information is all current and correct as far as I experienced so next time I'll look onling (TripAdvisor, maybe?) for trail conditions