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60 Hikes Within 60 Miles: Cincinnati

60 Hikes Within 60 Miles: Cincinnati

The 60 Hikes Within 60 Miles concept is one of the best things that has happened to guide books in recent years, and 60/60 Cincinnati is no exception. Most people live in cities and suburbs and that after-work or quick weekend hike needs to be close to home.

This is a great at-a-glance guide for a quick reference on where to hike in and around Cincy. Each entry includes the standard info – length, difficulty, trail surface, phone numbers – but also includes more useful info than most guidebooks provide, including exposure (sun or shade), amount of foot traffic, wheelchair accessibility and a special comments section (for example, “it’s not a good idea to hang out in this neighborhood after dark”).

The maps are very easy to read and each entry has detailed directions to the trailhead plus GPS coordinates. The front of the book includes lists of hikes by length and type (hikes with waterfalls, kid-friendly hikes, etc.). With 60 hikes within an hour’s drive from Cincinnati, classic destinations are covered (Clifton Gorge, OH; Clifty Falls, IN) as well as ones even a dedicated hiker have probably never heard of.

Downside: Most of the photos aren’t very inspiring

Cost: $17.95

Buy it at: Your local gear shop or bookstore, or at www.menasharidge.com