Alan Via’s new book Doghiker: Great Hikes With Dogs from the Adirondacks Through the Catskills (Excelsior Editions, 2020) is a comprehensive guidebook for dog owners that includes plenty of great hikes from the Adirondacks through the Catskills.
A lifelong dog owner, Alan Via makes a strong case for responsible ownership and offers guidance on selecting a canine hiking companion, training, safety, appropriate gear, canine first aid, and keeping your dog fit and healthy.
Covering the Adirondacks and Catskills, and areas in between, this unique guidebook includes seventy-seven hikes. Each has a custom topographic map showing parking areas, trails, viewpoints, water sources, and other points of interest.
Included are a peak-finder map and chart showing every hike and a summary of rating categories, as well as information on total mileage, elevation gain, ratings for views, difficulty level, dog safety and hazards, hiker traffic, trail conditions, and whether a leash is suggested or required.
Detailed driving directions for each outing, including GPS coordinates for key intersections and trailheads, are also provided.
Alan Via is an author and outdoor enthusiast who lives in New York’s Capital Region. An experienced hiker, he is the author of The Catskill 67: A Hiker’s Guide to the Catskill 100 Highest Peaks under 3500′.