50 Hikes With Kids: Oregon and Washington by Wendy Gorton


50 Hikes with Kids is a handy guide for anyone looking for guidance on finding great places to hike in the Pacific Northwest (specifically, Washington and Oregon).

Although it is being promoted as something designed “for Northwest parents, educators, and caregivers that want to spark a love of nature,” my primary reason for wanting to look through 50 Hikes with Kids is because I am a senior, married to a senior who has limited hiking ability. We have family in Oregon and I was hoping to find some ideas for day hikes we could all do together.

The hikes in this book may have been designed to be “perfect for little legs” with distances under four miles and an elevation gain of 900 feet or less, but that also makes them ideal for people in our demographic.

Each entry in the book includes simple directions, a detailed map, specifics on the length of the hike and elevation gain, things to see along the way, options for food near the hike, and (hooray!) bathroom access!! There are also some terrific color photographs.

I’m sure this will be helpful for people wanting to “nurture a life-long appreciation and reverence for the natural world,” but I would encourage the marketing department for Timber Press to consider releasing this in a slightly modified  edition with a title along the lines of Day Hikes for Active Seniors. Seriously! This book was perfect for my needs, and I appreciate Timber Press and NetGalley providing a copy in exchange for my honest review.

I originally rated this four stars. I admit I was predisposed to look with my own biases and needs, and that was why I dropped a star, so I rethought it and decided that this book as written for its intended audience is TERRIFIC. Five stars!