New hiking book hits the shelves, with 20 of ‘The Best Steamboat Hikes’ |

New hiking book hits the shelves, with 20 of ‘The Best Steamboat Hikes’

One of Author Jacquelyne Cox's favorite trails in the new book she wrote, "The Best Steamboat Hikes," known as Mandall Lakes/Mandall Pass Trail.
If you go What: Author Talk: Jacquelyne Cox When: Noon to 2 p.m. Saturday, July 22 Where: Off the Beaten Path, 68 Ninth St.

STEAMBOAT SPRINGS — There’s a new hiking book in town.

Author Jacquelyne Cox has narrowed it down to 20 hikes from the Mount Zirkel and Flat Tops wilderness areas and Routt National Forest to compile “The Best Steamboat Hikes”

To talk about the new book and reminiscence adventures, Cox will be featured at the Author Talk from noon to 2 p.m. Saturday at Off the Beaten Path bookstore.

The Colorado Mountain Club Pack Guide series —  with titles such as “The Best Colorado Springs Hikes,” “Rocky Mountain Wildflowers” and “Colorado Lake Hikes” — has been in production through the Colorado Mountain Club for about 20 years.

However, there wasn’t a book for the Steamboat area included in the mix, until now.

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“The Best Steamboat Hikes,” is a small pack guide with 106 pages, designed to fit in a daypack or pocket. The book guides readers through the top and easily accessible day hikes, featureing color photos, maps and elevation gain and trail ratings.

“Most of these trails have been written about already, so certainly there are no secrets,” Cox said. “But each of these trails really showcase what I love most about the Yampa Valley, big sweeping views, lush meadows, waterfalls, wildflowers, all showcased in the subtle beauty that Steamboat and the surrounding Yampa Valley is known for.”

An avid hiker and mountain biker, Cox was contacted by a colleague and publisher for the press arm of Colorado Mountain Club, CMC Press to see if she had any interest in writing a hiking guidebook for the area.

“I thought there was no better way to truly connect with the area that I love so much,” said Cox, who has lived in Colorado for 26 years and in Steamboat for three.

The hardest part of the book she said was narrowing the trails down to 20.

All of these trails are fewer than 10 miles round trip and will provide the user with a great variety of terrain and scenery specific to this region of Colorado.

“Most everyone is strapped for time nowadays,” Cox said. “But even so, it’s important to reconnect with the nature that surrounds us. We are truly spoiled to live where we do.

“I hope this book affords everyone their new favorite trail, and resides in their backpack for many miles ahead,” Cox said.

To reach Audrey Dwyer, call 970-871-4229, email or follow her on Twitter @Audrey_Dwyer1.

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