Tuesday, December 1, 2015

Gift Idea: Trail Running Western Massachusetts

To all readers of this blog, and other friends, family, and colleagues, I have a shameless request: please help me promote my new guidebook Trail Running Western Massachusetts (which in about a month I suppose I'll have to stop referring to as "new"). If you know of any runners, hikers, adventurers, or trail enthusiasts in New England who might appreciate good intel about and maps of cool trails, please consider giving them the book as a gift. It's loaded with detailed information and features such as links to enhanced maps for profiled sites; it's affordable; and I'll admit, I'm really pleased with how it came out. I'd love to do more, and every sale increases the likelihood of updates and sequels (VT, NH, or eastern MA, you could be next!).

Here's the link for the book's page on Amazon:

Here is its Facebook page (please "like"!):

and here is an incomplete list of excellent local booksellers and retailers who carry it (definitely check ahead as they sometimes sell out):

Massachusetts: Amherst Books (Amherst), Arcadian Shop (Lenox), Atkins Farms (Amherst), The Bookloft (Great Barrington), Broadside Bookshop (Northampton), Cup and Top Cafe (Florence), The Old Creamery Co-Op (Cummington), Odyssey Bookshop (South Hadley), Trail Head Outfitters (Orange), the UMASS campus center bookstore (Amherst), World Eye Books (Greenfield), and soon to be at Boswell's Books (Shelburne Falls).

Vermont: The Bennington Bookshop (Bennington), Bartleby's Books (Wilmington), and soon to be at Everyone's Books (Brattleboro).

New Hampshire: Toadstool Bookshop (Keene)

Connecticut: Elm Street Books (New Canaan)

It's also frequently in stock at Barnes & Noble (Hadley, Holyoke, Pittsfield). 

lower Roller Coaster trail at Bachelor Street in the Holyoke Range
lower portion of Roller Coaster at Bachelor Street trails in the Holyoke Range

As anyone who's already seen the book knows, it profiles 51 of the best trail running sites in the region, and provides maps, information, and more about each. There are scannable links to bonus content for each site, including color photos and full-page, very detailed pdf maps that you can either print or download to your phone to take with you. In many cases, these maps are the most detailed and accurate ones available anywhere. On top of all that, this blog offers occasional bonus site maps and profiles, like this one for the Chapel Brook to D.A.R. Trail. 

Trail Running Western Massachusetts book cover


  1. Hi! I discovered the book a few months ago when browsing at the Hadley B&N. I bought it a couple weeks later at Amherst Books. It's a great book! I'm not a trail runner (yet), but my wife and I enjoy hiking, and we've discovered some great trails in your book. Thank you! Highly recommended, whether you run or hike.

    1. Thanks, Brian! I'm so glad that you're enjoying it, and I really appreciate that it works well as a hiking guide too. Obviously the title sort of pigeonholes it as being for runners, and it IS definitely meant to only profile sites that would be good for runners, but it was also always meant to be useful for hikers as well. And mountain bikers and XC-skiers too, for that matter. I hope you keep enjoying the exploring!