Outdoors

Author talks island hikes featured in his latest guidebook

Craig Romano will share his tips and recommendations for hiking on the San Juan and Gulf islands when he speaks Nov. 21 at the Tacoma Mountaineers.

Romano’s presentation will be based on his newest hiking guide book, “Day Hiking The San Juans and Gulf Islands,” released in May by Mountaineers Books.

In researching what would become his 12th guidebook, the award-winning author logged almost 1,000 miles while hiking on 28 islands in the Salish Sea on both sides of the United States-Canada border.

While the book focuses on trails found on all of the ferry-accessible islands, Romano also includes trails on Anacortes/Fidalgo Island, Tsawwassen/Point Roberts and Victoria/

Saanich Peninsula — the gateways to the islands.

Romano will talk about trails he found within the San Juan National Monument and Gulf Islands National Park Reserve. Drawing from his book, he will discuss trails he found on undeveloped islands; trails that lead to secluded beaches, bays and coves; and trails that wind through old-growth forests that were old even when George Vancouver sailed into the Salish Sea.

In his other guidebooks, the New Hampshire native has covered the Olympic Peninsula, North Cascades, Eastern Washington, Idaho and the Columbia River Gorge. He is currently working on several other books, including a day-hiking guide to Mount St. Helens and a book of the 100 classic hikes in the state.

Having moved to Washington in 1989, the Skagit County resident has hiked more than 16,000 miles in the Evergreen State.

Romano’s presentation is scheduled to begin at 7:45 that evening. At 7 p.m., there will be an orientation on the programs and courses offered by the Tacoma Mountaineers.

The event will be held at The Mountaineers Tacoma Program Center, 2302 N. 30th St., Tacoma.

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