Interest Level: 15 and up
First published in 1996, this is the fourth edition of this title, part of the popular Falcon Guide Where to Hike series. This edition is a significant improvement, with full-colour maps and images, the always-helpful trail elevation profiles, and the milepost directions that helped me avoid a wrong trail this summer. There are hikes for backpackers as well as day-hikers, and some recommendations for easy strolls. I bought this book in advance of a visit to Glacier, and we did five terrific hikes in total, all of them based on this book’s reviews. I found it accurate in terms of difficulty assessment and awesomeness, and the images helped us decide when faced with more hikes than time. The maps are great, and include GPS coordinates for the gadget-laden, but it was the milepost directions that saved us – thanks to the book, we discovered we had to cross a creek before turning left, and that clarified a confusing hiking intersection and ensured our successful arrival at the destination we wanted. There’s good information on the border, the history of the parks, and trail-finder table that help you identify best hikes for views, lakes, waterfalls, etc. I would have liked an index of trails by season, elevation and difficulty, but a few minutes of page-flipping gave me what I needed to know. A keeper that is going to be well-used, as we fully intend to return to Glacier, and to Waterton where we’ve been before.
More discussion and reviews of this book: http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/13202948-hiking-glacier-and-waterton-lakes-national-parks-4th.