Clubs promote Louisiana hiking trails

Being closer to nature, relishing the wonders of the woods or simply getting away from it all are easy goals to achieve when on a good hiking trail. As hikers and backpackers who frequent Louisiana’s abundant trekking paths attest, the state is full of interesting places to hike. But five hikes have been singled out as the best by members of the Bayou Chapter of...

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Hiking made easy: Weekly Chattanooga Hiking Meetup events do it all for you

Hitting the trails is one of the best ways to explore the natural landscape of the Chattanooga area, and getting out with others can make the experience even more enjoyable. A number of hiking clubs in the Chattanooga area make it easy to get out and hike by providing outings, trip leaders and hiking companions—all you have to do is show up. For three years now, the...

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Jeffersonian dinner helps plot trail’s future

The Norwalk River Valley Trail (NRVT) took a page from history to plot a path forward by holding a “Jeffersonian dinner” at Millstone Farm, Connecticut. Jeffersonian dinners, as they are called, are a way to pull together people with a common interest for the purpose of furthering a goal. In this case, the focus of conversation was the Norwalk River Valley Trail, its...

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New trails on Blue Ridge Parkway are labor of love

The path alongside Rose Creek naturally follows its rocky bank and gentle contours as it approaches the Eastern Continental Divide in North Carolina. For centuries this wild and lush land served as prime buffalo and elk hunting grounds for Native American tribes. And about 230 years ago, chestnut and massive oak trees dwarfed Revolutionary War patriots who traveled this...

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Divide trail users poach signs for hiking momentos

Directional signs along the Continental Divide Trail in Colorado have been disappearing, according to Maura McKnight, executive director of Headwaters Trails Alliance. It is the assumption that people have been obtaining the signs, which feature the Continental Divide Trail logo, to serve as mementos. But the missing signs have been causing some hikers to get turned...

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Wilderness designation sought for Scotchman Peaks

Wilderness policy is an often-divisive arena. In this arena, the Scotchman Peaks straddle many boundaries. The scenic mountain range between the Clark Fork and Bull rivers has more geopolitical lines dotting its map than a United Nations seating chart. About 20,000 of Scotchman’s 88,000 roadless acres lie in the Panhandle National Forest on the Idaho side of the border....

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Neva “Chipmunk” Warren Becomes Youngest to Solo Thru-Hike the Appalachian Trail

It seems only fitting that this hike should end the same way it began, on a cold rainy day in October. A year ago, during a family camping trip at Shenandoah National Park, she joined her father and me on a short hike that included a section of the Appalachian Trail. When we returned to the Big Meadows Lodge to warm up, she said “I’d like to hike the whole...

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Hiking in South Korea: trails and tribulations on the Baekdu Daegan

Daniel Adamson, The Guardian The climb from the monastery had taken two days, a steady, breath-by-breath progression up through the woods under full packs. Suddenly, the path broke from the trees and we were on the exposed granite summit of mainland South Korea’s highest peak, Cheonwangbong. To the north we could see the crooked spine of the Baekdu Daegan, a...

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Massive Landslide Closes Denali Park Road

A massive landslide has closed the Denali Park Road at Mile 37 in Denali National Park, covering the road with an estimated 30,000 yards of material that will take crews days if not weeks to remove. The slide is west of Tattler Creek, on the section of road going up to Sable Pass. The slide, which covers approximately 200 feet of the road in depths of up to 35 feet, was...

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Los Padres National Forest Launches Visitor Survey

Los Padres National Forest officials today announced the beginning of a one-year National Visitor Use Monitoring (NVUM) survey across the Forest. This survey, done in partnership with the University of California at San Marcos, will conduct interviews at pre-selected points throughout the Forest through September 2014. The Cleveland and San Bernardino National Forests...

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Booth Lake Trail, White River National Forest

Booth Lake Trail begins at Booth Falls Road in East Vail, CO and ends at Booth Lake. The trail climbs up the Booth Creek valley through mostly aspen groves before passing the 60-foot Booth Falls. Beyond the falls the trail winds through conifer forests and meadows filled with wildflowers. Above 10,000 feet the trees thin and the terrain changes offering views of the Gore...

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Hiking Through Peru Showed One Journalist The True Dangers Of Climate Change

Rising sea levels and more extreme temperatures aren’t the only problems we can anticipate as the Earth warms. Climate change is causing local extinctions of plants and animals — and in places like the Amazon basin, these plants are moving to higher or lower ground in response to changing environments. Justin Catanoso, grantee of the Pulitzer Center on Crisis...

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Maine outdoorsman launches debut book on long-distance hiking

Dan Feldman had spent plenty of time outdoors working on his parents’ farm in Bowdoin, Maine but he had never spent a night in the woods before striking out on the Appalachian Trail in 2002. Fresh out of graduate school, he was looking for an adventure. He was woefully unprepared. “I think when you’re in your 20s, everyone has an urge to get out and do something...

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Local group wants Marquette to be named a Trail Town

North Country Trail Hikers wants people to know at least one thing about Marquette, MI: A trail runs through it. NCTH, the first chartered chapter of the North Country Trail Association, wants Marquette to receive Trail Town designation. Being named a Trail Town creates a relationship between the town and its community, trail and the NCTA. The North Country National...

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Island in the Sky Trails, Canyonlands National Park

Canyonlands preserves a wilderness of rock at the heart of the Colorado Plateau in Southeastern Utah. Water and gravity, this land’s prime architects, cut flat layers of sedimentary rock into hundreds of canyons, mesas, buttes, fins, arches, and spires. At center stage are two canyons carved by the Green and Colorado rivers. Island in the Sky stands more than two...

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Shutdown of Great Smoky Mountains National Park delays Chimney Tops Trail repairs

Phase 2 of the ongoing full trail rehabilitation on Chimney Tops Trail in Great Smoky Mountains National Park will be on hiatus until 2014. Work will resume in the spring. The recently-ended partial government shutdown has pushed the project behind schedule. “We’re not going to resume any construction this year,” Park spokeswoman Dana Soehn said. “The Chimney Tops...

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A Guide to Hiking Glaciers in America

Glaciers are one of nature’s most awe-inspiring spectacles. Constantly evolving rivers of slow-moving ice, glaciers have existed for many millennia. During the Ice Age, huge swaths of North America were covered by icefields and glaciers. The end of the Ice Age brought massive changes to our continent. Ice sheets melted, revealing mountain peaks and valleys. After...

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The Case of the Golden-winged Warbler

In summer, the Golden-winged Warbler flits among the thorny blackberry bushes and spiky yellow goldenrod up here, on top of the highest points in the Appalachians. These rounded, stone-strewn humps are the “Highlands of Roan” and as their name suggests, they very much resemble the misty highlands of Scotland—mostly bald compared to the surrounding hillsides of mature...

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Solano Land Trust Rockville Trails hike to focus on geology of the area

Looking around the Rockville Trails Preserve in California is likely to bring to mind one singular question: Where did all those rocks come from? In all shapes and sizes, rocks adorn the landscape of the Solano Land Trust’s newest preserve, which is accessible only through docent-led hikes. Now the trust has decided to help the curious answer that rocky question...

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Zion National Park constructs new irrigation system; hiking, cycling trail detours

Zion National Park will begin construction of a new river irrigation system on Oct. 22. During the first phase, which is expected to be completed in April 2014, a half-mile section of the Pa’rus Trail will be closed. The irrigation project will replace the current open irrigation system with a pressurized pipe line system, which will improve irrigation efficiency,...

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Vaughn Creek Greenway set to open

Tryon, NC residents and visitors will soon have another trail to enjoy as Vaughn Creek Greenway is set to open to the public in a couple of weeks. Although work to the trail was slowed this summer because of excessive rains, the work did meet a grant deadline. Most of the work on the trail to meet the deadline was completed recently. Obtaining the land and grants to open...

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Sydney’s national parks closed to tourists

According the Office of Environment and Heritage of New South Wales, all Greater Sydney Metropolitan Area national parks have been closed as fierce bushfires continue to burn outside of the Australian city. Remote campgrounds in the Royal National Park, to the south of the city, have also been closed. The Blue Mountains area to the north-west of Sydney, a popular day...

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Top-notch hiking in the Adirondacks

Adirondack Park encompasses 6 million acres of hills and mountains, rivers and lakes, farms and forestlands in the Adirondack Mountains of upstate New York, the largest protected area in the United States outside of Alaska, and a unique public-private partnership where conservation and civilization not only coexist but thrive. Within the park, and preceding its...

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Trekking with llamas on the Holyoke Range

By Patricia Harris | GLOBE CORRESPONDENT When I arrived at Pinetum Farm I found that my hiking companion for the morning would be Stone, a mature fellow with a few gray streaks in his dark locks. He liked to hum as we hiked through the woods — when he wasn’t chomping on pine boughs, maple saplings, and ferns. Stone is one of 12 llamas in the Pinetum Farm herd, and, truth...

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Geography in the News: America’s Hiking Trails

Fall of each year, many long-distance hikers are finishing up their hikes for the year as winter approaches, while others are making plans to begin their odesseys the following spring. While many yearn to attempt long-distance hikes, most seldom complete their journeys. Even among those who do complete their dream, only a very few attempt to set records on their journey....

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The Call of the ‘Wild’ on the Pacific Crest Trail

The Pacific Crest Trail, a 2,650-mile hiking and equestrian trail that reaches from Mexico to Canada, has been called the Appalachian Trail of the West Coast. But that description does it a disservice, for the Pacific trail is longer, wilder, more punishing and also grander than its East Coast cousin. Starting in desert chaparral near the Mexican border, the route climbs...

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Long, vigorous hikes take toll on feet, ankles

As brightly colored leaves dazzle the fall landscape, hikers nationwide will migrate to woods and fields but many, unfortunately, are ill prepared for the beating their feet will take, warns a foot and ankle surgeon. Walking up and down steep hillsides and tramping through wet, slippery fields and wooded areas puts stress on the muscles and tendons in the feet and...

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Men may face felony charges after toppling Goblin Valley formation

A group of Boy Scout leaders is potentially facing felony charges for destroying a rock formation millions of years old in Emery County, Utah. The trio of men was adventuring in Goblin Valley State Park when they decided to film themselves knocking over one of the formations, known as “goblins.” They said later it appeared to them that it was ready to fall...

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Rare hike offered to see Waynesville watershed

Once again the Town of Waynesville, NC is offering its popular Waynesville Watershed Hike, which offers hikers a walk through a portion of its 8,600-acre protected tract of land that is usually off-limits to the public. This year’s hike will be from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 26, and features naturalist Don Hendershot and Peter Bates, associate professor of...

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Hiking one of Missouri’s prettiest trails

Missouri has been named the “Best Trails State” by American Trails, a national, nonprofit organization working on behalf of the nation’s trails systems. The award is presented every two years to the state that has made tremendous contributions to promote and improve its trails. Missouri State Parks has more than 230 trails in 58 parks and historic sites. A guide to all...

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Luzon Blog: Easy trekking around Sagada

Unlike much of the rest of Southeast Asia, the Philippines is not yet a backpacker destination, although things are evolving on this front. The southern island of Palawan draws budget travelers, but beyond that skinny land mass, the other major concentration of backpacking activity is in the middle of Luzon’s Cordillera: the small mountain hamlet of Sagada. Sagada...

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Fall Creek Trail to Lake Constantine, Holy Cross Wilderness

One of the things I miss about the Blue Ridge and Smokies is mountain lakes. The Rocky Mountains are adorned with memorable alpine lakes, usually surrounded by majestic peaks and bountiful evergreen forest. All you need is an input and output source, like Fall Creek in the case of Lake Constantine, and a bowl between mountains to collect the water. Fall Creek Trail...

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