10 Best Books about Hiking for 2021

Best Books recommendation on Hiking

In this article, I’ll discuss the 10 best books about hiking that are very interesting, engaging, and inspiring for all the people who like adventures. Moreover, I will also answer some of the very popular questions that are commonly asked by people in the FAQ section.

“Hiking and happiness go hand in hand or foot in the boot.”

Diane Spicer, President & Inventor of the Fetal Block™ 

Nowadays, as people become lonely, they are also forgetting nature’s beauty. Due to busyness, they could neither give themselves quality time nor their family, as a result, they are troubled by mental problems and always looking for mental peace.

Hiking is one of the most essential activities for these people that they must do. Hiking gives people peace, calmness, happiness, and, satisfaction in life and most importantly, it gives an opportunity to befriend nature. In addition, hiking gives very beautiful moments in our lives.

Unfortunately, there are some people who are unable to go hiking but they want to hike. These people are old people, people with disabilities, or normal people who are too very busy. For these people, reading the best books about hiking is the best way to get a hiking experience without going actual hiking.

For your convenience, we have mentioned the 10 best books about hiking that will give you the best experience of hiking. So, be prepared to dive into these books.

Let’s start-

10 Best Books about Hiking

100 Hikes of a Lifetime: The World’s Ultimate Scenic Trails

AuthorKate Siber
Rating 4.8 out of 5

Kate’s “100 Hikes of a Lifetime” is the best-selling book in “Olympic Peninsula Washington Travel Books” on amazon. This book is a collection of 100 hikes of the author’s lifetime. The author has portrayed the beauty of nature with the help of beautiful national geographic photography through this book. It is one of the best guide books for hiking people that inspire people to hike. In a nutshell, this comprehensive and innovative guide will lead you to experience the best hikes of your life.

100 Parks, 5,000 Ideas

AuthorJoe Yogerst
Rating 4.8 out of 5

Yogerst’s beautiful creation “100 Parks, 5,000 Ideas” ranks first position in “Cape Cod Massachusetts Travel Books” and at second position in “Hiking & Camping Excursion Guides” on amazon’s best-selling books. It is filled with many helpful travel tips that will help you on your trip. Through this book, the author shares all of his best experiences of traveling to more than 100 places in North America. Also, this book gives you all the inspiration and information needed to plan your next park trip – and make it memorable.

Women Who Hike

AuthorHeather Balogh Rochfort
Rating 4.8 out of 5

Women Who Hike” is basically a collection of athleticism, knowledge, and skills of more than twenty inspiring women adventurers in America. This book encourages women to participate in adventures that help them become mentally and physically strong. The author presented the personal struggles, challenges, and achievements of all adventurers so that you can easily connect with them. In addition, this book is filled with stunning color photographs, hike specs, and some notable sidebars about the hike.

Walking Distance

AuthorRobert E. Manning, Martha S. Manning
Rating 4.6 out of 5

As you perfectly know how walking is important for our health but it is not only good for our health but also good for the earth. By long-distance walking, you can explore new places, meet new people and have new experiences. In this book, the author, Robert and Martha Manning invite readers to explore the pleasures of long-distance walking in their inspiring new book. This book has very important suggestions for preparing you for a hike. Summarily, we can call it one of the best books about hiking.

A Walk in the Woods

AuthorBill Bryson
Rating4.5 out of 5

A Walk in the Woods” by Bill Bryson is the best-selling book in the “New England US Travel Books” category on Amazon. The author hike on the Appalachian Trail exploring majestic mountains, silent forests, sparkling lakes. Exploring new things on the way, he introduces us to the history and ecology of the trail that makes it more engaging. In the end, you will find it thoroughly enjoyable and it will encourage you towards the rest of your work.

What I Talk About When I Talk About Running

AuthorHaruki Murakami
Rating 4.5 out of 5

What I Talk About When I Talk About Running” is a book based on a sports biography. In this book, the author describes some of the ups and downs of his life, along with illustrating his journey of training for the 2005 New York City Marathon. Since the author himself is a runner, he introduces readers to his personal challenges during his running journey. The book has some best suggestions for runners or those who are interested in it. Along with this, it is an inspirational and motivational book that will inspire you to do good work in your life.

Fifty Places to Hike Before You Die

AuthorChris Santella
Rating 4.5 out of 5

Fifty Places to Hike Before You Die” is one of the best books on a hike that discuss the top fifty places that are great for hiking. The author hiked many known as well as unknown fascinating. The author hiked many known and unknown fascinating places and later presented this experience through this book. Since in this book, the 50 places are discussed for hiking but all hiking places are not explored by the author. In these places, there are some places for which the author collected short essays and photographs from external authors and then compiled them into a single section.

Wilderness, The Gateway To The Soul

AuthorScott Stillman
Rating 4.5 out of 5

Scott Stillman’s “Wilderness, The Gateway To The Soul” is a best-selling book in the “General Colorado Travel Guides” category on Amazon. Since it is a solo travel guide book so if you are making a plan for traveling alone, this book will be great for you. This book might also remind you to find gratitude for this connection by protecting the beautiful wild places that have healed, nourished & uplift you. Along with this, the language used in this book is easy to read and easy to understand. You will not face any kind of problem while reading this book.

Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail

AuthorCheryl Strayed
Rating 4.5 out of 5

Wild: A Journey from Lost to Found” is a very benign creation of Cheryl Strayed that is a very superficial and questionable book. It is a heart-warming, inspirational tale told by a formidable yet ordinary human being. The story introduces the death of the author’s mother that shocks the author most. The author travels to overcome her pain and depression and later shares with the people the experience felt during the journey through this book. The language of it is very simple that anyone can relate to its style. Moreover, there are many photographs during her traveling period that will give you a good feeling.

Tracks: A Woman’s Solo Trek Across 1700 Miles of Australian Outback

AuthorRobyn Davidson
Rating 4.3 out of 5

It is really one of the best books about the hike. Robyn Davidson shares her experience of her perilous journey across 1,700 miles of the hostile Australian desert to the sea with only four camels and a dog for the company through this book.  It has a wonderful story about a woman’s journey through physical challenges and emotional growth. She describes all the challenges and difficulties that she had to face on her way of traveling. In addition, this is a great book for hiking that teaches us how to hike long distances without giving up.


The word hike means “to walk vigorously”. Hiking is one of the best adventure activities for people in which people go to adventure places and get experience. To spend time in nature, hiking is one of the best options.

Hiking is usually similar to trekking but it differs in a certain way. Hiking is usually for one or two days in which long distances are not traveled. On the other hand, trekking is usually used for long-distance journeys in which high mountains, icy places, etc. are traveled.

Hiking is nothing but a form of walking in which the people travel the adventurous places, like mountains, forests, desserts etc. while walking is simply one of the main gaits of terrestrial locomotion among legged animals.

Grandma Gatewood, Andrew Skurka, Buddy Backpacker, Bill Bryson, Earl Shaffer are some of the best hikers in the world who created history in hiking.

The 5 top most dangerous hikes in the world are-

  • The Maze, USA
  • Mount Huashan, China
  • Drakensberg Traverse, South Africa
  • Angels Landing, USA
  • Huayna Picchu, Peru

Hiking or other walking activities are very good for our mental health. When people hike, they spend their time in nature. As a result, they get positive energy from nature that helps them to calm their mind and gives them mental peace. It is also good for our physical health as it helps to reduce the fat, makes the people strong and overcomes the sickness.


If you want to spend your time in nature, hiking can be the best option for you. Hiking is such a very adventurous activity. If you go on a hike alone, you will not be able to enjoy it properly, but if you go with your friends, family, or loved ones, the amount of enjoyment will increase manifold. So, don’t think to go alone otherwise you will regret it later.

I hope you have become familiar with these best hiking books. We have mentioned these books in our list after proper research. So, you don’t need to look anywhere. If you read these books, you will get a lot of experiences without going to those places.

The last thing, if this article added any value to your life, make sure you share it with your friends so that they can also become familiar with these best hiking books.

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