Northwesterners are known for a few things. We like and make lots of beer. We like coffee. We like wine. We like weird (that might just be Portland though). And one of the few things we like, that isn’t a vice, is hikes and walks. We like to go when it is sunny or rainy, long or short.
One of the best resources for picking walks in Oregon is William Sullivan’s 100 Hikes books. We have 3 of the 5 books he has written (in his 100 Hikes series, he has also written lots of other books) and they are well used (and on the older side, but still perfect!). Each book is regionally based and covers our entire great state (and a small portion of SW Washington). The regions are broken out in the following way: Oregon Coast and Coast Range, SW Washington & NW Oregon, Central Oregon Cascades, Southern Oregon, and Eastern Oregon.
These books are great for so many reasons. They start off with a contents list of all of the hikes included in the book and a map where they are located. On the list Mr. Sullivan has detailed the hike difficulty level, whether the hike is good for kids, if there is camping/backpacking, and other details like if pets are allowed, if you might see wildflowers, and if you might come across horses.
When you get into the book, Mr. Sullivan gives you all of the information you need for your hike. He details out the hike(s), includes distance and elevation gains, seasons the hike is open, adds pictures and maps, and gives great directions on how to get to the trail-head (some can be tricky). The hike is described in detailed so you know what to expect as you hike and if camping is available he will explain where to pitch your tent.
Even though the title says 100 hikes, there are over 200 hikes in each book. 100 hikes are explained in detail, but go to the back of the book and there are always more than 100 more hikes listed in less detail. There is plenty of info to make decisions on what you are up for though!
The hikes that have been listed as “child-friendly” are actually really good for kids. He has a very good sense about the difficulty levels as well. Easy really is easy, difficult is difficult. I trust that based on all of the hikes I have done from the books (some authors have different ideas of what “easy” is).
We really love these books and don’t leave home without them when we are heading out for a walk in the woods!