Customer comments on this Youngstown Ohio Book
Great resource - Excellent Gift idea!
I like the size, color and composition of this book. It looks and feels good (soft pages). In addition, it's got up-to-date references for many wonderful places to hike around Portland. I found it easy to comprehend. Great gift!
Fun collection of hikes, but the book itself is weak
Great idea for a book- put together a list of hikes that makes it easy to decide what to do outdoors on a surprise sunny day off that are a short drive from a large urban area. Alas, the devil is in the details- the writing is adequate (you'd have to be a pretty poor writer to blow it in a three paragraph description) but the editing is atrocious. When compared to a Falcon Press, Nauvilus, or Mountaineers Book, it is obvious that the publisher has no clue about the subject matter. For example, it's organized strangely- hikes are organized by placename, not physical location. (Since the book's premise is based on a geographic organization, I would have assumed that it would have come naturally)
The real downfall of this book is that there are no descriptive maps to speak of and the driving directions aren't as clear they should be. While this book has plenty of other faults, it would have been nice to know details like which hikes need a high ground clearance vehicle to reach, or what seasons are appropriate for a given hike.
This book is dirt cheap, which is both a blessing and a curse- meaning that a limited run publisher isn't going to put much money into editing. The glaring lack of editorial direction seriously diminishes the utility of the book. I can't see how anyone who has actually used this book, aside from the author or his friends and family, could give this book five stars.
These are enthusiastically recommended excursions
Now in an updated and expanded second edition, 60 Hikes Within 60 Miles by hiking expert and travel writer Paul Gerald showcases a full sixty superbly developed trails within an hour's drive of Portland, Oregon. These are enthusiastically recommended excursions that offer mountain views, forest solitudes, magnificent waterfalls, and wonderful ocean beaches. From flower-filled meadows on Saddle Mountain to a spectacular view of Multnomah Falls (the highest in the state), 60 Hikes Within 60 Miles is additionally enhanced with a list of hikes appropriate for children, ideal for wildlife watching, impressive for multi-use, seclusion, and local history.