Seabury Blair spent 30 years as the outdoor editor of the “Kitsap Sun” newspaper in Bremerton, Wash., but this Spokane native never forgot the trails that transformed his younger years. After already writing nine guidebooks, he spent 2016 hiking 75 glorious trails around Spokane and North Idaho, and compiled them into the region’s newest hiking guide.

“I tried to bring a different perspective from other day hiking books about this neck of the woods. My hope was to provide the information in an entertaining manner, to try to engage readers who perhaps have never set foot on a trail. For the most part, the hikes I chose to include are closer to the urban centers, which makes the hikes easy to reach for most anyone,” Blair says.

Seventy five hikes seemed like the right number for this book. Some of Blairs’ previous books, like “The Creaky Knees Guides to Washington or Oregon,” run a little long. However, this latest hiking guide is perfect for anyone who lives in town and wants to find an easy hiking trail escape. //

 

Feature photo: Chic Burge