The Ultimate List of Hiking Books – Over 80 Titles!

Ultimate List of Hiking Books, Books About Hiking, Books for hikers

I love a good hiking book, so I thought I would put together the ultimate list of books about hiking.  Reading hiking books always gets me in the mood for my next hike, so I hope you find this list helpful. Feel free to click* on the book covers or titles for more information on each book.  I’ve also separated the books into categories so it’s easy to find your next favorite hiking book!  Happy browsing 🙂

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Appalachian Trail Books

A Walk in the Woods by Bill Bryson

Appalachian Trails by Zach Davis

Balancing on Blue by Keith Foskett

Becoming Odyssa: Adventures on the Appalachian Trail by Jennifer Pharn Davis

Between a Rock and a White Blaze: Searching for Significance on the Appalachian Trail by Julie Urbanski

Grandma Gatewood’s Walk: The Inspiring Story of the Woman Who Saved the Appalachian Trail by Ben Montgomery

Hear the Challenge – Hike the Appalachian Trail by Kyle Rohrig

Hiking Through: One Man’s Journey to Peace and Freedom on the Appalachian Trail by Paul Stutzman

Lost on the Appalachian Trail by Kyle Rohrig

On Trails: An Exploration by Robert Moor

Stumbling Thru: Hike Your Own Hike by A. Digger Stolz

Stumbling Thru: Keepin’ On Keepin’ On by A. Digger Stolz

Take A Thru-Hike: Dixie’s How-To Guide for Hiking the Appalachian Trail by Jessica “DIXIE” Mills

The Barefoot Sisters Southbound (Adventures on the Appalachian Trail) by Lucy Letcher

The Barefoot Sisters Walking Home (Adventures on the Appalachian Trail) by Lucy Letcher

The Trail by Meika Hashimoto

Where’s the Next Shelter? By Gary Sizer

New England Hiking Books

Following Atticus by Tom Ryan

Lost Trail: Nine Days Alone in the Wilderness by Donn Fendler

Pacific Crest Trail Books

Crazy Free: An Epic Spiritual Journey by Melissa Wyld

Girl in the Woods: A Memoir by Aspen Matis

Hikertrash: Life on the Pacific Crest Trail by Erin Miller

Mile 445: Hitched in Her Hiking Boots by Claire Miller

The Last Englishman: A Thru-Hiking Adventure on the Pacific Crest Trail by Keith Foskett

The Trail Life: How I Loved it, Hated it, and Learned from it by Julie Urbanski

Thru-Hiking Will Break Your Heart: An Adventure on the Pacific Crest Trail by Carrot Quinn

Zero Days: The Real Life Adventure of Captain Bligh, Nellie Bly and 10-Year-Old Scrambler on the Pacific Crest by Barbara Egbert

Continental Divide Books

A Long Way from Nowhere: A Couple’s Journey on the Continental Divide Trail by Julie Urbanski

Hiking the Continental Divide Trail: One Woman’s Journey by Jennifer A. Hanson

John Muir Trail Books

A Thousand-Mile Walk to the Gulf by John Muir

Almost Somewhere: Twenty-Eight Days on the John Muir Trail (Outdoor Lives) by Suzanne Roberts

The Middle of Somewhere by Sonja Yoerg


Other Hiking Books

A Million Steps by Kurt Koontz

A Walk Across Michigan: Hiking the Michigan Shore-to-Shore Riding and Hiking Trail by Will Swartz

A Woman’s Guide to the Wild: Your Complete Handbook By Ruby McConnell

Be Expert with Map and Compass by Bjorn Kjellstrom

Dead Mountain: The Untold True Story of the Dyatlov Pass Incident by Donnie Eichar

Fat Woman on the Mountain: How I Lost Half of Myself and Found Happiness on Kilimanjaro by Kara Richardson Whitely

Gorge: My Journey Up Kilimanjaro at 300 Pounds by Kara Richardson Whitely

Lassoing the Sun: A Year in America’s National Parks by Mark Woods

The Backpacker’s Field Manual by Rick Curtis

The Backpacker’s Handbook by Chris Townsend

The Man Who Walked Through Time: The Story of the First Trip Afoot Through the Grand Canyon by Colin Fletcher

The Old Ways: A Journey on Foot by Robert MacFarlane

The Tower by Kelly Cordes

Tracks: One Woman’s Journey Across 1,700 Miles of Australian Outback by Robyn Davidson

Travelled Far: A Collection of Hiking Adventures by Keith Foskett

Trespassing Across America by Ken Ilgunas

Wild by Nature by Sarah Marquis

Wilderness Navigation by Bob Burns


Alaskan Adventure Books

Small Feet, Big Land by Erin McKittrick

The Blue Bear: A True Story of Friendship and Discovery in the Alaskan Wild by Lynn Schooler

The Only Kayak: A Journey Into the Heart of Alaska by Kim Heacox

Two in the Far North by Margaret E Murie

Walking Home: A Traveler in the Alaskan Wilderness, a Journey into the Human Heart by Lynn Schooler



100 Classic Hikes in New England by Jeffrey Romano

Exploring the Appalachian Trail by David Emblidge

Family Friendly Hikes in Maine by Aislinn Sarnacki

Hiking Acadia National Park: A Guide to the Parks Greatest Hiking by Dolores Kong

Hiking Waterfalls in New England: A Guide to the Region’s Best Waterfall Hikes by Eli Burakian


A Walk with God: 9 Months of Daily Devotions for Hikers by Nick Zaccardi

Devotions from the Mountains by Thomas Nelson


Outdoor & Adventure Books

Buried in the Sky by Peter Zuckerman and Amanda Padoan

Bush Craft 101: A Field Guide to the Art of Wilderness Survival by Dave Canterbury

Dirt Work: An Education in the Woods by Christine Byl

Eight Feet in the Andes by Dervla Murphy

Into the Wild by Jon Krakauer

MicroAdventures: Local Discoveries for Great Escapes by Alastair Humphreys

One Man’s Wilderness: An Alaskan Odyssey by Sam Keith

Paddlenorth: Adventure, Resilience, and Renewal in the Artic Wild by Jennifer Kingsley

Pink Boots and a Machete by Mireya Mayor

Prodigal Summer: A Novel by Barbara Kingsolver

Ranger Confidential: Living, Working, and Dying in the National Parks by Andrea Lankford

Rowing the Atlantic by Roz Savage

The Last Season by Eric Blehm

The Man Who Walked Through Time by Colin Fletcher

The Natural Navigator: the Rediscovered Art of Letting Nature Be Your Guide by Tristan Gooley

The Nature Fix: Why Nature Makes us Happier, Healthier, and More Creative by Florence Williams

Touching the Void by Joe Simpson

Walden by Henry David Thoreau


I hope you enjoyed this list of books!  What are your favorite hiking and outdoor adventure books?  Let me know in the comments below!
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