About the Author and the Book Series

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Stay tuned for my next book in Spring 2023 – “little feet hiking: Portland Metro”

little feet hiking,little feet hiking two, little feet hiking: Mt. Hood, and little feet hiking: Columbia River Gorge were written to help local families find kid-friendly hikes in the areas surrounding Vancouver (WA), Mt. St. Helens, the Columbia River Gorge, and Mt. Hood that are not only skill-appropriate and confidence-building for kids but are also interesting to us as adults. All books include hikes of different skill levels and are meant to give you options as kids’ hiking skills develop. Each hike description has trail-specific tips to engage your kiddos on the hike as well as deeper discussions around trail-specific topics like environmental stewardship, trail maintenance, bird migration, spawning salmon, forest succession, and more. Many local families use these books as part of their homeschooling journeys too.

Books are appropriate for new and seasoned hikers and covers urban and wilderness hikes, year round and seasonal hikes, and hikes high up in the mountains, deep in the forest, and along waterways.

WHERE TO PURCHASE:

All books can be printed on-demand on Amazon.com and also purchased at Vintage Books at 6613 E Mill Plain Blvd, Vancouver, WA 98661.

Goat Marsh Lake from “little feet hiking”

BOOK 1: little feet hiking: 25 confidence-building hikes for little kids around Vancouver, Washington

Kindle e-book available and paperback printed on demand from Amazon. Covers 25 one to four mile hikes across Southwest Washington, including Mt. St. Helens, Yacolt Burn State Forest, Clark County, Gifford Pinchot National Forest , and the Columbia River Gorge.

Purchase little feet hiking online here

Check out some reviews for this book:

“An excellent guide for parents in Southwest Washington looking for opportunities to take their children into the marvelous outdoor recreational opportunities in this region. This guide gently eases the parent into hike selections and helps you make the best of some of the shorter hikes in the region with your new hikers, and includes a plethora of tidbits about the hikes and natural history of the area to help you appreciate the hike to the fullest.”

“We really enjoy this guide to our local area. I especially like that the book includes a level system to help parents pick the right hikes and plan a progression as the kiddos gain ability. Great book, and now, series”

Cedar Flats Natural Area from “little feet hiking two”

BOOK 2: little feet hiking two: 30 more hikes for kids around Southwest Washington and Mt. St. Helens 

Paperback printed on demand from Amazon. Covers 30 more one to four mile hikes across Southwest Washington, including Mt. St. Helens, Yacolt Burn State Forest, Clark County, Gifford Pinchot National Forest , and the Columbia River Gorge.

Purchase little feet hiking two online here

Check out some reviews for this book:

“Such a great book for finding local areas that make the woods easy and fun.“

“i live in a west suburb of portland and love this book for hiking with my little kids… there are lots of little hikes that make planning a day trip to explore really easy.”

Vista Ridge to the Rockpile trail from “little feet hiking: Mt. Hood”

BOOK 3: little feet hiking: Mt. Hood

Paperback printed on demand from Amazon.  Covers 45 hikes around Mt. Hood as well as camping and backpacking ideas.  Most hikes are 1-4.5 miles round-trip, but there are opportunities to extend mileage when kids are ready.

Purchase little feet hiking: Mt. Hood online here

Check out the reviews: 

“This guide is extremely thorough and detailed! We’ve been looking for a comprehensive guide to hikes around Mt. Hood for a long time so I’m very excited this exists now.”

“this is the 3rd book i have purchased from this author… her description of “kid friendly” hikes is so detailed that you really feel like you are prepared, unlike many other trail guides. if you plan on spending anytime on mt good with kids, get this book!”

Latourell Falls from “little feet hiking: Columbia River Gorge”

BOOK 4:little feet hiking: Columbia River Gorge

Paperback printed on demand from Amazon.  Covers 50 hikes in the Columbia River Gorge as well as camping and backpacking ideas.  Most hikes are 1-4 miles round-trip, but there are opportunities to extend mileage when kids are ready.

Purchase little feet hiking: Columbia River Gorge online here

Check out this great review:

“I LOVE the little feet hiking books written by Jessica Becker. They are the only books I use to find the best and safest trails to go on with my now 5 year old.

Jessica gives clear directions both on how to get to the trailhead and for the trail itself! In fact, if it wasn’t for her book I would have given up on a trail because the trail was kind of hidden at one point. Thankfully I brought her book with me and found my way, and I’m so glad I did because we found a beautiful meadow with spectacular views (mentioned in one of her books).

I also love that she gives GPS coordinates. Too often Google tries to take me to the wrong location (someone’s driveway in the mountains instead of a trailhead for instance!).

I highly recommend this book to anyone wanting to find kid friendly trails in the Gorge (well, I highly recommend any of her books!). I ended up getting a copy for my friend with MS (who wants to hike) as well, because I feel these books also help adults who struggle to find easy, yet beautiful, hikes for them.

Once again this will be my go to. I can’t wait to work my way down the list of hikes with my daughter! Thank you for creating yet another wonderful hiking guide.”

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