I’m please to report The Trailmaster’s new book for kids, published in cooperation with the Boy Scouts, is now available.

Here’s what Jim Zuber, a Scout leader and founder of LocalHikes.com has to say about Let’s Go Hiking: “Very nicely done! I have some appreciation for the challenges of communicating to a younger audience in both an effective and inspiring manner. You are a master!”

Some of my fondest memories of hikes were with the Boy Scouts. When I was a lad, Troop 441 of Downey, California, had a very active outdoors program and we regularly went on hikes all over the greater Southern California area: the Santa Monica Mountains, San Gabriel Mountains, San Bernardino Mountains, Catalina Island and Joshua Tree National Park .

I loved every part of Scouting and became an Eagle Scout. And obviously, Scouting was a huge influence on my career as a hiking expert and nature writer. It was a pleasure writing this book and sharing my experience with the next generation of Scouts.

A couple of years ago, my Santa Barbara friend and colleague-in-publishing Jim Buckley of Santa Barbara and his Shoreline Press put together a series of books for the Scouts and mega-publisher DK Books and asked me to help. I wrote “Let’s Go Geocaching,” which came out earlier and “Let’s Go Hiking.”

The books are written for younger boys—6 to 10 years old; girls might even enjoy them, too.

If there’s a young hiker in your life who might benefit from “Let’s Go Hiking” order a copy (only $3.25, what a deal!) from Amazon.