From its inception, Wilderness Press has been a guiding light by helping hikers, climbers and campers traverse the deep woods. Founded in 1967 with the publication of Sierra North, a groundbreaking volume as at that time no other trail guide existed for the backcountry with detailed, mile-by-mile descriptions written by authors who walked every mile of trail. Since then, Wilderness Press has expanded its boundaries to cover all of California, Alaska, Hawaii, the Southwest, the Pacific Northwest, as well as New England, Canada, and surprisingly, some of the major US cities. Many editions later, with hundreds of thousands of books sold, Sierra North, and its companion volume Sierra South, are still in print.
Today, Wilderness Press continues to publish and distribute some of the highest quality outdoor books and maps in the industry. Besides “where-to” guides for hikers, climbers, paddlers, snowshoers, skiers, and surfers, WP “how-to” subjects include kayaking safety, rock climbing, backpacking, outdoor cuisine, navigation with GPS, and getting your kids outside. Throughout the years, Wilderness Press has partnered with the following non-profit organizations to bring out high-quality guidebooks and maps: Bay Area Ridge Trail Council, East Bay Regional Park District, Friends of the Los Angeles River, Grand Canyon Association, Pacific Crest Trail Association, Rail-Trails Conservancy, Save Mount Diablo, Tahoe Rim Trail Association, and The Anza-Borrego Foundation.