Hit the Trail: 50 Hikes Is Now Available!

50 Hikes in the Tillamook and Clatsop State Forests was published on March 1, 2018, and hundreds of hikers have already snagged a copy and hit the trails. On March 10, The Ranger Station hosted a well-attended launch event, at which guest speakers Tara Brown of the Wild Salmon Center and Greg Jacob of the Sierra Club shared important information about our state forests and how to turn hiking into advocacy.

Now we’re trying to get the word out about the book as much as possible, though the book seems to sell itself. Still, we are broadening our audience with continued news coverage, social media posts, and book events. In April, Tillamook Bay Community College invited me and Greg Jacob of the Sierra Club to speak about the book and the forests. In the coming weeks, you can learn more about 50 Hikes in an Astoria radio spot, a May 17 meeting of the Oregon Sierra Club, and through many other channels.

This spring and summer is this book’s chance to shine. We urge you to look out for a 50 Hikes photo contest over social media; the best photo from the Tillamook or Clatsop State Forest will garner a special grand prize to facilitate further adventures into the wilderness.

This book is special to us because it’s more than just another book. It introduces Northwesterners to beautiful yet relatively unexplored areas in our backyard. It’s about showing people that these forests, which have been famously devastated by fire and logging, are now viable playgrounds for horseback riders, cyclists, hikers, and campers. It’s about encouraging people to become advocates for these forests and the wildlife within so that future generations can enjoy the same trails.

50 Hikes was a pleasure to work on, and we hope outdoor enthusiasts of all types will continue to discover it. But now that this title has slipped into the backlist, we have set our sights on a new project, and we think readers will be very pleased with what we’re brewing. Stay tuned!

Happy Trails: 50 Hikes Is Almost Here

The pub date for 50 Hikes in the Tillamook and Clatsop State Forests (March 1, 2018) is so close we can already smell the pristine forest air. The Ooligan Press editorial team, design team, and 50 Hikes project team have worked tirelessly to put the finishing touches on a handsome, accurate, and useful hiking guide. As of this writing, 50 Hikes is at the printer, having gone through a rigorous OpenBook audit to ensure it is printed responsibly and sustainably. The final product will hit Northwest bookstores soon; but if you’re like us and just can’t wait, you can always preorder it online.

The book has already received an excellent write up in Coast Weekend, and the team is hard at work soliciting last-minute reviews from other media outlets in the region. You may have seen posts on Ooligan’s social media pages creating buzz for the book, and we ask you to stay tuned as the publication date draws near. We’ve set our sights on a March 10 launch event at the Ranger Station on SE Forty-Second and Hawthorne, and we would love to see you there.

Our efforts to market 50 Hikes will not slow down after the launch—if anything, we will work harder to ensure our readers can get the most out of our book during the warm and dry months. The Tillamook and Clatsop forests are resplendent between April and September, and we expect our guide’s first summer to be a great one. In addition to practical directions for the hikes, our guide offers fascinating information on the area’s history and elegant illustrations of some of the most abundant plants and trees. Our readers will discover something new and amazing each time they hit the trail.

Producing this book has been a challenging and rewarding experience. We are thankful to the Sierra Club Oregon Chapter for entrusting us with their trail wisdom, and we hope our guide inspires readers to be responsible stewards of the elegant Tillamook and Clatsop state forests. See you all on the trail!