PRESCOTT, Ariz. - Arizona Highways Editor Robert Stieve has produced an Arizona Highways Hiking Guide that tells hikers about 52 of the best hikes in the state.
Editor Stieve said the hiking book is unique because it is filled with the brilliant photography from Arizona Highways and unlike other hiking books it breaks the hikes into the four seasons with 13 hikes for each.
Several Flagstaff area hikes are included in the book including Humphreys Peak, Marshall Lake to Fisher Point Trail, Mormon Mountain Trail, Red Mountain Trail and the San Francisco Peaks Trail.
Stieve noted that Arizona Highways last hiking book came out about ten years ago and that it wasn't as user friendly as this book. He emphasized that while there are many good hiking books on the market that not many can match the photography of Arizona Highways.
The second unique part of the book is that there is a hike for every week setup by season so hikers know where to go depending on the time of year.
The hikes also range from the easy to the strenuous and from the popular to the remote. There is something for every hiker.
"Some of the hikes people have heard of and some hikes people have never heard of. Some of the hikes I hadn't heard of until I was working on the book," he said.
Some of the hikes are in the White Mountains including Bear Wallow Trail, Bear Wallow Creek, West Baldy Trail and West Fork of the Black River. All of these trails may have been impacted by the Wallow Fire, the largest fire in Arizona that burned this summer.
Stieve does not know which of these trails have been impacted by the fire because the forest service hasn't let anybody back into the trails yet. Those planning to hike these trails need to telephone ahead to see about whether the trails are open and what type of condition they are in.
"Some areas were devastated and some were untouched," he said. "The Forest Service has to do assessments and these areas could be closed for sometime."
Stieve not only has received good verbal responses, but within 30 days, Arizona Highways had a second printing because the first printing of the hiking guide went so quickly.
"That's the first time that ever happened," he said.
Arizona Highways focuses on guidebooks. Arizona Highways Associate Editor Kelly Kramer is working on a camping book and Arizona Highways is working with Rory Aikens from Arizona Game and Fish on a fishing guide.
Stieve said producing any book with the Arizona Highways' brand name means great photography and quality.
"It gives the book instant credibility," he said.
The hiking guide can be purchased at the Arizona Highways' website www.Arizona highways.com, Amazon, Barnes and Noble and other book stores.