Robert Stone of Red Lodge, Montana, a longtime award-winning member of RMOWP, has released two new hiking guides, the fourth edition of Day Hikes Around Missoula, Montana; and the second edition of Day Hikes Around Monterey & Carmel.
Missoula, Montana lies at the hub of five merging valleys and is surrounded on all sides by mountain ranges. The Clark Fork, Rattlesnake, and Bitterroot Rivers converge near the city center, where the streets are lined with historic buildings. A short distance in any direction leads to national forests and wilderness areas. This updated edition of Day Hikes around Missoula Montana includes detailed descriptions of 102 day hikes within a 100-mile radius of the city, with 110 maps. Destinations include both popular and remote trails, from easy nature walks to high-elevation overlooks with expansive vistas. Highlights include several dramatic waterfalls, stream-fed canyons, fertile valleys flanked by mountains, hot springs, suspension bridges, and historic sites from the Lewis and Clark voyage. List price for the 272-page softbound book is $15.95.
Stone’s other new book, Day Hikes Around Monterey & Carmel, takes us to an incredibly beautiful and scenic coastal stretch of the Pacific Ocean in Central California. Here, picturesque communities dot a landscape abundant with green valleys, woodlands, beaches, parks, natural preserves, and secluded bays. This updated edition includes 128 hikes from the north end of Monterey Bay to the Big Sur coastline. The hikes explore the interior mountains and hillsides, shoreline, beaches, wilderness, coves, sand dunes, whale-watching, forests of old-growth redwoods, and California condor nesting sites. The 384-page softbound book, which includes 135 maps, sells for $19.95.
Since 1991, Robert Stone has been writer, photographer, and publisher of Day Hike Books. He tells us that he has hiked every trail in the Day Hike Book series, which now has 23 titles, including many in their third and fourth editions.
The guides can be purchased from all the usual places: Amazon.com, Barnes & Noble, REI, and many book stores and outdoor shops, or go to www.dayhikebooks.com.