Hiking Colorado

 

Hiking Colorado
Page Type Gear Review
Object Title Hiking Colorado
Manufacturer A Falcon Guide
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Page Type Jan 25, 2007 / Jan 25, 2007
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(From the back cover)

The landscape of Colorado sweeps from the Great Plains to the Rocky Mountains to the uplifted plateaus in the western part of the state. Its ecological zones include the desert and alpine tundra. It is a land of great variety and geographic extremes, of panoramic vistas and cold creeks, and of rivers with raging rapids and others that meander across the plains. Some of the state's most precious sites are protected as national forests, monuments, or parks.

Hiking Colorado introduces you to hiking opportunities in every region of the state. Detailed descriptions of 100 routes, written by veteran Colorado hikers, take you to high-country summits, great fishing spots above timberline, the eastern plains, and sandstone canyons on the arid western slope of the Rockies. There are even hikes through Denver and other Front Range cities. These hikes, many recommended by land management agencies, are among the state's treasures.

Along with the descriptions come maps, photographs, information on natural history and archaeology of Colorado, hiking safety, equipment, backcountry ethics, hiking with children, and trails and facilities for hikers with special needs.

Whether you're a veteran hiker or beginner, Hiking Colorado will lead the way to outdoor adventure.

Paperback: 302 pages
Publisher: American Hiking Society
Language: English
ISBN: 1-56044-377-4
Authors: Caryn Boddie
Peter Boddie

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Bob Sihler - Aug 29, 2007 3:09 pm - Voted 3/5

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I used to own this book but later ditched it for better guides. It's certainly a good resource for finding a lot of variety in Colorado, and it helped me find two excellent hikes, one of which turned into my first 14er ascent, but I had an overall so-so impression. There were too many hikes in areas that aren't that scenic, hikes that really would have little appeal for most people interested in the alpine world. The section on the San Juans was particularly disappointing; though it had some nice hikes such as those to Engineer Pass and Ice Lake Basin, there really weren't that many high-altitude hikes for what is probably the state's most spectacular mountain region.

Nice for getting to know Colorado, not so great for those who want more.

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