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Coffee-table book celebrates Oregon hiking

Renowned trail guide William Sullivan has partnered with trail writer Craig Romano and photographer Bart Smith on a spectacular coffee-table book that celebrates the trails of the Pacific Northwest with stunning photography, maps, rarely-seen archival photos, and information-packed text that brings the history of the trails to life.

The authors will present the book in a virtual event through Paulina Springs Books in Sisters on Wednesday, February 24, at 6:30 p.m. Register for the free event at

The backcountry of the Pacific Northwest covers millions of acres of wild lands protected within vast national parks, provincial parks, and wilderness areas — and thousands of miles of trails, including the Pacific Crest, Pacific Northwest, and Trans Canada Trails. The book is considered a must-have for anyone who dreams of summiting peaks in North America’s most beloved region.

Craig Romano is one of the most prolific trail writers in the Northwest, having authored more than 25 books covering the region. He has hiked more than 30,000 miles in Washington state alone and is also an avid ultra runner. His “Columbia Highlands: Exploring Washington’s Last Frontier,” was recognized in 2010 by Washington Secretary of State Sam Reed and State Librarian Jan Walsh as a Washington Reads book for its contribution to Washington’s cultural heritage.

Bart Smith is the first person to walk all 11 of America’s national scenic trails. His photography has been published in Smithsonian and National Geographic magazines, as well as in five coffee-table books. Bart has now walked and photographed more than 24,000 miles of trails, including each trail represented in this book.

William L. Sullivan is the author of 22 books about Oregon hiking, history, mystery and numerous articles about Oregon, including an “Oregon Trails” feature column for the Eugene Register-Guard. A fifth-generation Oregonian, Sullivan began hiking at the age of 5 and has been exploring new trails ever since. After studying at Deep Springs College in the California desert, receiving an English degree from Cornell University, and studying linguistics at Germany’s Heidelberg University, he earned a Master of Arts in German literature from the University of Oregon.


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