the authors of Urban Walks, 23 Walks through Seattle's Parks and
no surprise that Joan Burton wrote a book about walking. She
started hiking with her sister and father as a
child and fell in love with mountains after taking
The Mountaineers’ climbing course in her teen years.
She qualified for the Six Peaks Pin at age sixteen, having
climbed Mount Baker, Glacier Peak, Mount Rainier, Mount
Olympus, Mount St. Helens, and Mount Adams. She
subsequently climbed Mount Rainier two
more times, camping in the crater at the summit.
As her children were growing up, Joan took them on hikes in
outlying areas, which resulted in her first book,
Best Hikes with Children in Western Washington
(published by The Mountaineers), followed four years
later by Volume II. Both have been updated with
new trails in the last few years.
writes articles about hiking for Signpost Magazine, The
Mountaineer, the state PTA magazine, Northwest Living, and
Ground Work, the Washington Park Arboretum’s newsletter.
She has also written articles for the University of Washington
Law School alumni magazine. She is active in local
outdoor organizations, speaking at the dedication
of two Trailsfest events and at the dedication of
the Seattle REI store
walks regularly with friends and designed the walks for
Urban Walks as a result of these explorations.
has been involved with the story of Seattle since the early
1980s when she worked at the Seattle Convention and
Visitors Bureau. She has provided information for tourists, led
walking tours, and guided bus tours for groups visiting the
the help of her husband and grown children she wrote and
published the first Pocket Guide to Seattle in 1989.
Now in its seventh edition, the Pocket Guide is a favorite
book for both visitors and locals.
is a member of the Friends of Seattle’s Olmsted Parks
board, the Pacific Northwest Historians Guild, Historic Seattle,
the Museum of History and Industry, the Seattle
Architecture Foundation and Book Publishers Northwest. An avid
collector of local history, she co-authored
Urban Walks, which Thistle Press, her company, published in
the fall of 2001.
has written and produced newsletters for many local groups.
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