Hiker Writer

Hiking expert Karen Berger has completed the “triple crown”– thru-hikes of the Appalachian, Pacific Crest, and Continental Divide national scenic trails — all 7,500 miles of them, plus another 10,000 miles all over the world. She is also an award-winning writer, editor, and photographer. The author of 17 books and hundreds of magazine and online articles, she looks for stories that connect people, landscapes, nature, and culture. For more, visit her Bio page.

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New Book: Great Hiking Trails of the World

My newest book will be published by Rizzoli in September. It is available for pre-order on Amazon.com. The books contains essays about pilgrimage, historic hikes, alpinism, wilderness, diverse environments, and long-distance trails, and describes 80 trails worldwide. Once again, Bill McKibben agreed to write the foreword for the book. Some of the proceeds are being donated to the American Hiking Society.

America’s Great Hiking Trails

Karen’s book, America’s Great Hiking Trails (Rizzoli, 2014)¬†¬†describes America’s 11 national scenic trails.


  • New York Times¬†Bestseller in Travel
  • Gold: Lowell Thomas Awards, best travel book
  • Gold: IndieFab/Foreword Magazine, best adventure book
  • Gold: Eastern Chapter, Society of American Travel Writers, best travel book
  • “2014 Top Book Pick” (Barnes and Noble)
  • “One of the year’s best books for travelers” (Yahoo Travel)
  • “One of the top 10 books of the year” (Colorado NPR)
  • Also published in German by National Geographic

America’s Great Hiking Trails contains essays and photos of America’s eleven national scenic trails, with a final chapter dedicated to 30 other important long American trails. Photos by Bart Smith and an intro by Bill McKibben.

Here’s a YouTube trailer for the book.