Hiking Washington's History

Saturday, May 14, 2022 - 7:00pm


A trail guide for history buffs--and a history book for hikers! 

Saturday, May 14th at 7pm, we are pleased to welcome Judy Bentley to discuss her book (written with Craig Romano), Hiking Washington's History. 


About the book 

For thousands of years people have traveled across Washington's spectacular terrain, establishing footpaths and roads to reach hunting grounds and coal mines high in the mountains, fishing sites and trade emporiums on the rivers, forests of old growth, and homesteads and towns on prairies. These traditional routes have been preserved in national parks, restored by cities and towns, salvaged from old railroad tracks, and opened to hikers by Indigenous communities.

In this new, full-color edition of the first-ever hiking guide to the state's historic trails, historian and hiker Judy Bentley teams up with veteran guidebook author Craig Romano to lead adventurers of all abilities along trails on the coast, over mountains, through national forests, across plateaus, and on the banks of the Columbia River. Features include: 

- 44 hikes, including 12 new additions
- Full-color trail maps
- A trails timeline that connects hikes to key events
- Updated trail descriptions
- Accounts from diaries, journals, and archives
- Historical overviews of 8 regions of the state
- Contemporary and historical photographs

Bentley and Romano offer an essential boots-on-the ground history of some of the state's most fascinating places.


About the authors

Judy Bentley taught Pacific Northwest history at South Seattle College for more than twenty years and is an avid hiker and author of 15 young adult books. Craig Romano is author or coauthor of more than 25 guidebooks, including 100 Classic Hikes in Washington, second edition, and many books in the Day Hiking and Urban Trails series. 


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Hiking Washington's History By Judy Bentley, Craig Romano Cover Image
ISBN: 9780295748528
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: University of Washington Press - May 31st, 2021

A trail guide for history buffs--and a history book for hikers