GreatOutdoors.com editor Peter Potterfield has spent the last decade hiking all over North America to identify and report on the most interesting hiking routes on the continent. With his newest authoritative book just released by WW Norton & Co in New York, GreatOutdoors brings you the first excerpts, including this gallery of images from the lavishly illustrated volume. For an excerpt, see this sample of Potterfield's favorite hikes. For more, see ClassicHikes.com. and WildernessNotes.com.