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Books for Hikers

A hiker with a backpack hiking on a forest trail

If you are like me and you love to hike, you might be interested in reading about other people’s travels on foot. Some of the books on this list are longform narrative nonfiction, or true stories told in book form. This writing is also known as creative nonfiction, and some of the books on this list are prime examples of this genre. Others are coffee table books for daydreaming about travels. For those rainy days when you can’t hit the trail or days you’d like to be lost in a book about hiking, find a book from this list to keep at the ready. Just a quick reminder that if you click on one of the links, I may make a commission at no additional charge to you. The links below will take you to Amazon. If you prefer to support independent bookstores, check out my curated lists on

A Walk in the Woods: Rediscovering America on the Appalachian Trail by Bill Bryson

A Walk in the Woods

A Walk in the Woods by the hilarious Bill Bryson has been around since the 90s. I remember reading it back when I first started hiking regularly. The book was turned into a movie in 2015, but I always recommend the book. The narrative is straightforward – the author decided he wanted to hike the entire Appalachian Trail and brought along an old buddy for company. Hilarity ensues as you walk along with Bryson. You’ll read all about the different parts of the AT while laughing the whole way. 

Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail by Cheryl Strayed

Into the Wild by Jon Krakauer

The Lost Art of Reading Nature’s Signs: Use Outdoor Clues to Find Your Way, Predict the Weather, Locate Water, Track Animals―and Other Forgotten Skills by Tristan Gooley 

Epic Hikes of the Americas by Lonely Planet

100 Hikes of a Lifetime: The World's Ultimate Scenic Trails by Kate Siber

The Ultimate Hiker's Gear Guide, Second Edition: Tools and Techniques to Hit the Trail by Andrew Skurka

National Geographic Atlas of Wild America by Jon Waterman

Rewilding: Meditations, Practices, and Skills for Awakening in Nature by Micah Mortali

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