BOOK REVIEW: The Creaky Knees Guide Pacific Northwest National Parks and Monuments: The 75 Best Easy Hikes

As a family we’ve explored in many national parks, from Yosemite National Park in California to Yellowstone National Park in (mostly) Wyoming. And while we’ve certainly visited the flagship NPS sites in the Pacific Northwest – Crater Lake, Mount Rainier, and Olympic – this new hiking guide serves as a reminder that there are many more to add to our list. Like the similar guides in the “Creaky Knees” series, this one offers descriptions of a variety of hikes that are great for families – while some of the hike suggestions are a bit tough, most are doable for the prepared family.


Seabury Blair Jr., The Creaky Knees Guide Pacific Northwest National Parks and Monuments: The 75 Best Easy Hikes (Seattle: Sasquatch Books, 2016), 320 pp.

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Publisher’s description Timed perfectly with the National Park Service centennial celebration in 2016, this guidebook features the 75 best day hikes in national parks and monuments throughout Washington and Oregon including: North Cascades National Park, San Juan Islands National Monument, Olympic National Park, Mount Rainier National Park, Mount St. Helens National Monument, Newberry National Volcanic Monument, John Day Fossil Beds National Monument, Crater Lake National Park, Oregon Caves National Monument, and Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument. Written in an informative style that will appeal to anyone, regardless of age, each trail description includes elevation gains, including a topographical map; clear, up-to-date driving directions; mileage and estimated hiking time; trail conditions; and more. Creaky Knees hiking guides are perfect for aging baby boomers, seniors, those traveling with small children, and anyone else interested more in a stroll than a climb.

Also by Seabury Blair Jr.: The Creaky Knees Guide Washington: The 100 Best Easy Hikes and The Creaky Knees Guide Oregon: The 85 Best Easy Hikes

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