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60 Hikes Within 60 Miles: Minneapolis and St. Paul: Including Hikes in and Around the Twin Cities
60 Hikes Within 60 Miles: Minneapolis and St. Paul
Including Hikes in and Around the Twin Cities
4th Edition    Paperback      ISBN: 1634041224

It's Time to Take a Hike in Minnesota's Twin Cities

The best way to experience Minneapolis and St. Paul is by hiking them. Get outdoors with Minnesota author and naturalist Tom Watson, with the full-color edition of 60 Hikes Within 60 Miles: Minneapolis and St. Paul. A perfect blend of popular trails and hidden gems, the selected trails transport you to scenic overlooks, wildlife hot spots, and historical settings that renew your spirit and recharge your body.

Marvel at the awe-inspiring waterways of the St. Croix and Mississippi Rivers. Experience the breathtaking views at Afton State Park and Barn Bluff. Go birdwatching on the slopes and hills at Frontenac and Lake Maria State Parks. Immerse yourself in history along the old railroad routes of the Douglas State Trail and Cannon Valley Trail. With an award-winning outdoors writer as your guide, you'll learn about the area and experience nature through 60 of the Twin Cities' best hikes

Each hike description features key at-a-glance information on distance, difficulty, scenery, traffic, hiking time, and more, so you can quickly and easily learn about each trail. Detailed directions, GPS-based trail maps, and elevation profiles help to ensure that you know where you are and where you're going. Tips on nearby activities further enhance your enjoyment of every outing. Whether you're a local looking for new places to explore or a visitor to the area, 60 Hikes Within 60 Miles: Minneapolis and St. Paul provides plenty of options for a couple hours or a full day of adventure, all within about an hour from Minneapolis, St. Paul, and the surrounding communities.

Fifty Places to Hike Before You Die: Outdoor Experts Share the World's Greatest Destinations
Fifty Places to Hike Before You Die
Outdoor Experts Share the World's Greatest Destinations
Hardcover      ISBN: 158479853x
Fifty Places to Hike Before You Die is the latest offering in the bestselling Fifty Places series. Chris Santella, along with top expedition leaders, explores the world's greatest walking adventures. Some, such as the Lunana Snowman Trek in Bhutan and the Kangshung Valley Trek in Tibet, are grueling multiweek adventures at high altitudes. Others, such as Japan's Nakesando Trail, move leisurely from village to village, allowing walkers to immerse themselves in the local culture. Whether it's climbing the Rwandan mountains to view mountain gorillas or strolling through bistros along Italy's Amalfi Coast, there's a memorable hike at everyone's level within these 50 chapters. With commentaries from expert trekkers and insider tips that lead the reader off the beaten path, Santella has again captured the special characteristics that make these must-visit destinations.

Hiking the North Shore: 50 Fabulous Day Hikes in Minnesota's Spectacular Lake Superior Region
Hiking the North Shore
50 Fabulous Day Hikes in Minnesota's Spectacular Lake Superior Region
2nd Edition    Paperback      ISBN: 0979467535

Get into Minnesota's most rugged and scenic wild places.

From Duluth to Grand Portage, discover magnificent trails that wind through eight state parks, the Superior National Forest, the Superior Hiking Trail, and even into the BWCAW Naturalist and North Shore expert Andrew Slade has scouted out over 300 miles of trails along inland ridges and Lake Superior shoreline for this indispensable guide. Grab your boots and go

Those new to Minnesota's North Shore, as well as experienced hikers in Lake Superior country, will find Hiking the North Shore the most comprehensive resource around. The featured day hikes range from 2 miles to 12 miles, including trails perfect for families with young kids, challenges for hard-core adventure seekers, and moderate hikes for everyone in between. Each spotlighted trail includes driving directions, maps, mileage points, landmarks, and time estimates. Andrew also provides expert suggestions for planning your hikes for spring wildflowers, summer berries, or fall colors; recommendations for nearby restaurants, lodgings, campsites, and museums; and more He has hiked every trail, checked out every overlook, and visited every waterfall, so you can plan a perfect day's hike.

Find recommendations for short and easy hikes that will quickly plunge you into a true North Shore experience, as well as longer, more challenging hikes that will take you to the highest points in Minnesota, unusual geological formations, and old-growth forests. Hiking the North Shore encourages and inspires hikers of all skill levels to get out and explore these beautiful routes. What are you waiting for?

Minnesota Adventure Weekends: Your Guide to the Best Outdoor Getaways
Minnesota Adventure Weekends
Your Guide to the Best Outdoor Getaways
Paperback      ISBN: 1634041569

Plan a weekend of hiking, cycling, climbing, and paddling

Whether you're a novice or an experienced adventurer, you'll find a variety of outdoor pursuits to enjoy in Minnesota--from camping along the North Shore to canoeing in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness to biking near the Root River. There's no need to spend hours researching the best destinations or go on long, expensive trips. This book is for hikers who love to climb, paddlers who love to pedal, and anyone else whose idea of unwinding is an action-packed weekend in the great outdoors. With a dozen exciting trips to choose from, you'll know where to stay and which adventures are truly weekend-worthy.

The full-color guide features trip descriptions to the best destinations for weekend adventure, including opportunities for hiking, cycling, climbing, and paddling. Tips on lodging options, restaurants, breweries, and coffee shops further aid in the planning. Whether your next outing is for individuals, couples, families, or large groups, get maximum adventure out of your weekend with Minnesota Adventure Weekends

Wanderlust: A History of Walking
Wanderlust
A History of Walking
Paperback      ISBN: 0140286012
A passionate, thought provoking exploration of walking as a political and cultural activity, from the author of the memoir Recollections of My Nonexistence

Drawing together many histories--of anatomical evolution and city design, of treadmills and labyrinths, of walking clubs and sexual mores--Rebecca Solnit creates a fascinating portrait of the range of possibilities presented by walking. Arguing that the history of walking includes walking for pleasure as well as for political, aesthetic, and social meaning, Solnit focuses on the walkers whose everyday and extreme acts have shaped our culture, from philosophers to poets to mountaineers. She profiles some of the most significant walkers in history and fiction--from Wordsworth to Gary Snyder, from Jane Austen's Elizabeth Bennet to Andre Breton's Nadja--finding a profound relationship between walking and thinking and walking and culture. Solnit argues for the necessity of preserving the time and space in which to walk in our ever more car-dependent and accelerated world.
Wandering Home: A Long Walk Across America's Most Hopeful Landscape
Wandering Home
A Long Walk Across America's Most Hopeful Landscape
Paperback      ISBN: 1627790209

McKibben is] a marvelous writer who has thought deeply about the environment, loves this part of the country, and knows how to be a first-class traveling companion.--Entertainment Weekly

In Wandering Home, one of his most personal books, Bill McKibben invites readers to join him on a hike from his current home in Vermont to his former home in the Adirondacks. Here he reveals that the motivation for his impassioned environmental activism is not high-minded or abstract, but as tangible as the lakes and forests he explored in his twenties, the same woods where he lives with his family today.

Over the course of his journey McKibben meets with old friends and kindred spirits, including activists, writers, organic farmers, a vintner, a beekeeper, and environmental studies students, all in touch with nature and committed to its preservation. For McKibben, there is no better place than these woods to work out a balance between the wild and the cultivated, the individual and the global community, and to discover the answers to the challenges facing our planet today.
Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail
Wild
From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail
Hardcover      ISBN: 0307592731

Oprah's Book Club 2.0 selection.

A powerful, blazingly honest memoir: the story of an eleven-hundred-mile solo hike that broke down a young woman reeling from catastrophe--and built her back up again.

At twenty-two, Cheryl Strayed thought she had lost everything. In the wake of her mother's death, her family scattered and her own marriage was soon destroyed. Four years later, with nothing more to lose, she made the most impulsive decision of her life: to hike the Pacific Crest Trail from the Mojave Desert through California and Oregon to Washington State--and to do it alone. She had no experience as a long-distance hiker, and the trail was little more than "an idea, vague and outlandish and full of promise." But it was a promise of piecing back together a life that had come undone.

Strayed faces down rattlesnakes and black bears, intense heat and record snowfalls, and both the beauty and loneliness of the trail. Told with great suspense and style, sparkling with warmth and humor, Wild vividly captures the terrors and pleasures of one young woman forging ahead against all odds on a journey that maddened, strengthened, and ultimately healed her.
America's Best Day Hikes: Spectacular Single-Day Hikes Across the States
America's Best Day Hikes
Spectacular Single-Day Hikes Across the States
Hardcover      ISBN: 168268265x

America's Best Day Hikes is a beautifully illustrated, best-of compendium featuring the most memorable one- day hikes in every region of the United States.

Organized by region, this guide goes into detail about what makes each hike so remarkable and why it might be worth a detour or even a special journey for someone looking to broaden their horizons. All of the hikes are doable during daylight hours and none require camping.

America's Best Day Hikes comes with all the information anyone would need to experience these unique locations, including details about the hike itself--difficulty, duration, seasonal hazards, etc.--as well as traveling, planning, and packing suggestions. All this paired with Dellinger's stunning photography makes this incredible volume a must- have for any lover of the outdoors.

Epic Hikes of the World
Epic Hikes of the World
Hardcover      ISBN: 1787014177

With stories of 50 incredible hiking routes in 30 countries, from New Zealand to Peru, plus a further 150 suggestions, Lonely Planet's Epic Hikes of the World will inspire a lifetime of adventure on foot. From one-day jaunts and urban trails to month-long thru-hikes, cultural rambles and mountain expeditions, each journey shares one defining feature: being truly epic.

In this follow-up to Epic Bike Rides and Epic Drives, we share our adventures on the world's best treks and trails. Epic Hikes is organised by continent, with each route brought to life by a first-person account, beautiful photographs and charming illustrated maps. Additionally, each hike includes trip planning advice on how to get there, where to stay, what to pack and where to eat, as well as recommendations for three similar hikes in other regions of the world.

Hikes featured include:

Africa & the Middle East:

  • Cape Town's Three Peaks (South Africa)
  • Kilimanjaro (Tanzania)
  • Camp to Camp in South Luangwa National Park (Zambia)

Americas:

  • Angel's Landing, Zion National Park (USA)
  • Skyline Trail, Jasper National Park (Canada)
  • Concepci 3n volcano hike (Nicaragua)

Asia:

  • 88 Sacred Temples of Shikoku Pilgrimage (Japan)
  • Markha Valley (India)
  • Gubeikou to Jinshanling on the Great Wall (China)

Europe:

  • Wordsworth's Backyard: Dove Cottage and around Rydal and Grasmere (UK)
  • Alpine Pass Route (Switzerland)
  • Camino de Santiago (Spain)

Oceania:

  • Sydney's Seven Bridges Walk (Australia)
  • The Routeburn Track (New Zealand)
  • Kokoda Track (Papua New Guinea)

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Becoming Odyssa: Adventures on the Appalachian Trail
Becoming Odyssa
Adventures on the Appalachian Trail
Paperback      ISBN: 0825305683

After graduating from college, Jennifer isn't sure what she wants to do with her life. She is drawn to the Appalachian Trail, a 2175-mile footpath that stretches from Georgia to Maine. Though her friends and family think she's crazy, she sets out alone to hike the trail, hoping it will give her time to think about what she wants to do next. The next four months are the most physically and emotionally challenging of her life. She quickly discovers that thru-hiking is harder than she had imagined: coping with blisters and aching shoulders from the 30-pound pack she carries; sleeping on the hard wooden floors of trail shelters; hiking through endless torrents of rain and even a blizzard. With every step she takes, Jennifer transitions from an over-confident college graduate to a student of the trail, braving situations she never imagined before her thru-hike. The trail is full of unexpected kindness, generosity, and humor. And when tragedy strikes, she learns that she can depend on other people to help her in times of need.