Day Hiking the San Juans and Gulf Islands by Craig Romano, has just been published by Mountaineers Books. This is a marvelous guidebook to the beaches and trails of the islands of the southern Salish Sea.
Romano’s description of the Hill and its hikes are spot-on, and he thoughtfully recognizes the Friends of Lopez Hill and our work to protect the Hill—and he includes a photo of one of our handmade trail signs!
From Romano’s blog post about the book:
“What you will find in this book… is the most comprehensive hiking guide to the heart of the Salish Sea. I treat the region as one. Most authors split the region at the international boundary-an arbitrary line, as this region is culturally, histrionically and naturally one. I include too the jumping off points to the islands as they are also culturally, historically, naturally, and economically linked to the islands. In this book you will find 136 hikes roughly split in half between Washington and British Columbia. You’ll find hikes around Anacortes, Victoria, and Point Roberts. You’ll find hikes on Lummi, Guemes, Vendovi, Sinclair, Cypress, Lopez, Orcas, Shaw, San Juan, Jones, Stuart, Patos , Matia, and Sucia islands. You’ll find hikes on Galiano, Mayne, Pender, Salt Spring, Saturna, Princess Margaret, Sidney, Wallace, Thetis, Newcastle and Gabriola islands.
“You will find hikes in the Gulf Islands National Park Reserve and the new San Juan Islands National Monument. You’ll find hikes perfect for kids, dogs, bird-watching, beach walking, whale watching and of historical interest. You’ll find information on how to navigate the islands and the international border.”
Be sure to pick up this book for inspiring summer adventures. It is in stock at the Lopez Bookshop. Myself, I’m excited to use this new book to explore more of our breathtaking islands world!