Hiking Washington’s History


The second edition of Hiking Washington’s History, enhanced with more trail narrative from prolific guidebook author Craig Romano, is now available in bookstores, online, and from the University of Washington Press.  The second edition includes 12 new historic trails, revealing stories embedded in Washington’s landscape, from Cape Flattery to Cascade Pass, from the Blue Mountains to Cape Disappointment.  Trails as old as 7000 years cross the Cascades.  Hikers may climb to mountain lookouts and follow wagon roads, rail-trails, and expeditions through the Olympic Mountains.

Closer to cities, day hikes explore the mining history of Bellevue, Newcastle, and Issaquah, the ancient land of the Duwamish people in Seattle, and the fur-trade routes from the Spokane River to Lake Pend d’Oreille.   

“Your Hiking Washington’s History book is perfect for these times…. The book is not only a fascinating and educational read, but a great escape, too. Don’t even need to go those places, your stories and the photos and maps are so good,” Bill Kossen, Seattle historian and journalist. 

“If you enjoy history or hiking, you’ll love this book,” Jessi Loerch, Editor, Washington Trails.

Read an interview about the book in the Peninsula Daily News, June 20, 2021. Also, view an interview with Amity Addrisi of KING 5’s New Day Northwest.  See a KING 5 Evening feature with the authors on the Iron Goat Trail.  Listen to a podcast interview with Lori Prima on her “Hike, Explore, Wander, Live” website, buzzsprout.com.  Paul Casey aired a podcast interview on his Voices of Experience program, KIXI 880 AM, on November 24, 2021 (the Bentley interview begins at 19:40). 

The first edition of Hiking Washington’s History was included on the Seattle Times 2017 list of nonfiction books recommended for newcomers to Seattle.

For purchase information, visit the University of Washington Press. The book is also available from your local independent bookstore (check IndieBound) or Amazon.