Camelback Mountain’s Echo Canyon trail to open Jan. 15

The Echo Canyon trail on Camelback Mountain in Phoenix will reopen to the public at sunrise on Jan. 15, according to a spokesman for the Phoenix Parks and Recreation Department. The renovation comes with 67 additional parking spaces, two drinking fountains, and a more sustainable trail entry with better footing for hikers. Over the past year, crews have expanded the...

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First K-9 completion of the Continental Divide Trail

Bethany Soxman and her Belgian Malinois, Grizby share their tale of thru-hiking the Continental Divide Trail together this past summer. The Continental Divide National Scenic Trail runs for 3,100 miles connecting Canada to Mexico along the continental divide. Help us congratulate Bethany and Grizby for what is believed to be the first canine thru-hike of the trail and an...

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Hiking in Abraham’s footsteps, from Turkey to the Holy Land

“Hiking is the real thing,” David Landis says enthusiastically. “Anyone who says that we, the developers of the Abraham Path, are naive has not yet discovered the power of hiking in the Middle East.” Landis is the regional director of development for the Abraham Path, a long hiking trail that is scheduled to cross the Middle East, recreating the journey of the patriarch...

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Denali National Park: The Complete Visitors Guide

Winter is the time for dreaming, and planning the following summer’s vacation, which makes Bill Sherwonit’s book on Denali National Park a good resource to turn to. True, many of us might never make it to Alaska to visit Denali. But Denali National Park: The Complete Visitors Guide To The Mountain, Wildlife, And Year-Round Outdoor Activities entices us not...

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Yaktrax Ice Traction Device

When winter weather sets in, slick, icy conditions make it difficult and often dangerous to get around. Falls are the most common cause of injuries during this time of year. However, ice traction devices such as Yaktrax® provide the freedom to head outdoors and stay safe. Yaktrax fit over most shoes and hiking boots and can be worn in a variety of environments, from...

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4,000-foot-high winter hikes? Why not.

Intrepid hikers unite to scale New England’s highest peaks in the region’s deadliest weather. Matthew Provencher was terrified digging the body from the snowbound devastation wrought by an avalanche in Tuckerman Ravine. Provencher was on winter mountain patrol for the US Forest Service in New Hampshire when disaster struck a hiker in near-whiteout conditions on one of...

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The Huashan Trail: Most Dangerous Hiking Trail on Earth

The world’s most dangerous hiking trail is said to be the Huashan Trail. This Chinese mountain ridge consists of five peaks, the highest at 7,070′. The spine-tingling hike is located 120 km east of a city called Xi’an. The trail has a long history of religious significance with a temple located at the summit. Huashan has historically been a place of retreat for...

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Winter Trails Day — ‘Stomp and Ski’ at Soldier Lake, Mich. Jan. 11

Hiawatha Shore-to-Shore chapter of the North Country Trail Association is celebrating National Winter Trails Day on Saturday, January 11 with a “Stomp and Ski at Soldier Lake.” Everyone is welcome to join in the adventure enjoying winter in the north woods. The scenic terrain in this section of the Hiawatha National Forest is easy to ski or snowshoe. Dress in layers,...

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Darwin At The End Of The World: Patagonia More Than The Galapagos Shaped Darwin’s New View Of Life

Scrambling out of a bouncing Zodiac and climbing 160 sodden, wooden stairs are the easiest challenges of the day. At the crest of the cliff, the trail stretches across the grassy, rolling hilltop of the southernmost inhabited island on the planet. The boardwalk straddles the backbone of the narrow land mass that separates the Atlantic and Pacific oceans. The trail leads...

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Nepalese techie develops e-tracking device for protection of trekkers

The scenic Himalayan landscapes of Nepal attract thousands of trekkers from across the world each year. While most return home safe with fond memories a few disappear without any trace. Nearly a dozen foreign tourists have gone missing from several hiking and trekking trails in Nepal over the past decade. Now an award winning Nepali IT expert has developed a technology...

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A brief history of rock cairns

We’ve all been there. That slight feeling of panic when you wonder if you are off the trail, or worse…lost! Then, like seeing an old friend for the first time in years, you spy the next rock cairn just beyond the next bend. Relief. These piles of rocks are all too common above treeline. They are stacked to help guide us and keep us on the right path. We know them, but...

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Discovering Pinnacles, America’s newest national park

If you’re seeking a spiritual experience, this is the place where you’re likely to find one. Eerie jagged spires, Stonehenge-like monoliths, implausibly round boulders and otherworldly caves are just a sampling of the colossal formations at America’s newest national park. And it’s one of the few places to glimpse the endangered California condor, the spectacular bird...

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Black Mountain museum offers Rim Hike scholarships

The Swannanoa Valley Museum in Black Mountain, NC will offer its Swannanoa Rim Explorer hiking series for the fifth time this year, including 11 hikes on the third Saturday of each month beginning in February. New this year, the museum will offer two full scholarships for the series, valued at $300 a piece. Museum hikes and other events are led by knowledgeable volunteer...

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New hiking, biking trail proposed near Red Lodge, Montana

A new route for Red Lodge-area hikers and mountain bikers would be developed if a Beartooth Ranger District proposal to provide a nonmotorized trail from the Nichols Creek drainage (Forest Road No. 2478) to the base of the Red Lodge Mountain Ski Area moves ahead. The agency is seeking public comment on the proposal which would utilize about three-quarters of a mile of...

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Winter hiking event in Ohio offers scenic activity

Winter is a fine time to see wildlife and picturesque winter scenery. Hikers who like to see both should find them at the 9th annual Mohican Winter Hike on Jan. 12. The hike will begin at 10 a.m. and walkers should gather at the Mohican State Park commissary located at the Class A campground just outside Loudonville on Ohio 3. Two general hikes, a 5K and a longer 10K,...

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Greenland Creek Trail at Panthertown, Nantahala National Forest

Panthertown Valley in Nantahala National Forest is known for its stunning mountaintop vistas, but also for a numerous and varied assortment of waterfalls that run the gamut from slides, to cascades, to ledge and plunge. Six of those falls are along Greenland Creek, including the feature cascade Greenland Creek Falls. Beyond this tall waterfall, the Greenland Creek Trail...

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Llama Trekking Gains Popularity with Tourists

They’re a common sight in South America’s Andes mountains but llamas are now flocking to the trails of Europe and the U.S. — as hiking companions to tourists. Llama trekking (also known as llama hiking) is an outdoor activity where llamas accompany hikers on expeditions. The activity began in California, where llamas are a fairly common sight on farms in the...

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Support the completion of a feature-length film about the Appalachian Trail

The Long Start to the Journey is a documentary film about the Appalachian Trail. The story follows filmmaker Chris Gallaway on his personal attempt to thru-hike the AT in 2013 and to learn what the trail means to individuals he meets along the way. Chris (or “Frost” as he comes to be known on the trail) meets hikers young and old with wildly disparate...

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Four-mile biking/hiking trail link will close key gap in southwest metro Minneapolis

A significant three-county gap in the metropolitan area’s system of biking and hiking trails is to disappear next summer. The four-mile-long link will create an 11-mile trail leading from Bloomington to downtown Chaska via Scott County. But to zoom back further, officials say, is to see possibilities solidifying for trips much longer than that. “This is a really...

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Contractor Begins Road Stabilization Project on Newfound Gap Road in GSMNP

Great Smoky Mountains National Park will begin work on a road stabilization project to repair a slide area in North Carolina beginning Monday, January 5, 2014 through Wednesday, May 14, 2014 along Newfound Gap Road (NFG) approximately 1 mile south of NFG parking area, just south of the Deep Creek Trailhead. Park staff and Federal Highway Administration engineers recently...

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A million acres protected: The Nature Conservancy passes conservation milestone

The Olsens didn’t want to see their small Montana ranch in the forest on the Upper Big Hole River split into smaller parcels once they’re gone. Now, the 515 acres they own in the forest southwest of Jackson is protected thanks to a conservation easement that restricts development. The couple worked with The Nature Conservancy on the transaction. The easement, Olsen said,...

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Warrior Hike posts 2014 Appalachian Trail schedule

In 1948 Earl Shaffer told a friend he was going to “walk off the war” to work out the sights, sounds, and losses of World War II. Four months later, Earl Shaffer became the first person to hike the entire length of the Appalachian Trail from Georgia to Maine. Recognizing the physical, mental, and spiritual benefits of long distance hiking, Warrior Hike has partnered with...

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Introducing The PCT Journalist

The Pacific Crest Trail Association has a new feature on their website. Every thirty minutes, The Journalist collects the latest PCT blog posts from around the web and displays them in a central location. For the geeks out there, The Journalist is an RSS aggregator. They love reading trail journals. They’re a great source of inspiration, emotional stories and trail...

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Florida looks to a private company to sell advertisements on state trails

To add insult to injury: after the State of Florida decided it was okay to sell advertising on state trails, they discovered no one wanted to buy it. So they’re talking to a New York firm about running the program – and the NY firm will keep 70% of all profit generated. The state is negotiating with a private company to take over a park sponsorship program...

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Nature Could Have A Solution For Emerald Ash Borer Problem In National Parks

Nature might be able to provide a partial solution, at least, to emerald ash borer problems in national parks such as Shenandoah and Great Smoky Mountains as well as Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore. It turns out that woodpeckers and nuthatches, which are present in those parks, are developing an appetite for the non-native insects. Studies in Ohio and Michigan...

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Resolve to tread Texas State Park trails in 2014

Vow to battle the post-holiday letdown and shed those unwanted pounds by pounding a Texas State Park trail, beginning Jan. 1, at more than 60 organized First Day Hikes that will kick off the New Year as part of a growing nationwide tradition. Remember, too, that most Texas state parks host hiking events of various lengths and degrees of difficulty throughout the year....

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The Ten Sweetest Summits for Savoring Southern Appalachian Vistas

For most of the year Mother Nature wields her paintbrush with broad strokes: light green in the spring, forest green in the summer, and Autumn, where Mother Nature digs into her range of colors and lets loose like she was watching Bob Ross re-runs for 10 months. The Blue Ridge is the top spot in the United States to drink in the rich reds, yellows, and browns on display...

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New book gives secrets on biking and hiking in the Owyhee Canyonlands

The Owyhee Canyonlands is one heck of a big place, as you will find when you thumb through “The Owyhee Canyonlands — An Outdoor Adventure Guide,” by Boise, ID outdoor writer Steve Stuebner and photographer Mark Lisk. The guidebook features 55 hikes and mountain bike rides from Leslie Gulch and Succor Creek in eastern Oregon, south of Ontario, across the Owyhee Front from...

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Burn Those Extra Holiday Calories by Blazing These Local Trails by the MassDCR

Sure, the holiday season is about reflecting on reasons to be thankful, spending time with family and friends, and giving to those in less fortunate situations than one would like. But it’s also a gluttonous time of year, when holiday cheer is synonymous with food and drink of delicious variety. In that respect, the Massachusetts Department of Conservation and...

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Murder at The Jumpoff by Jenny Bennett

Jenny Bennett first crossed my radar when I happened upon her website Endless Streams and Forests. She writes about many things, but among them are trail and hiking reports for areas of Great Smoky Mountains National Park that were very familiar to me. What intrigued me about Jenny’s reports was the type of hiking she does. Jenny is what is known as an off-trail...

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Letchworth among NY parks to conduct guided hikes Jan. 1

The New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation will sponsor 24 guided hikes in state parks and historic sites on New Year’s Day as part of the third annual First Day Hikes program taking place across the nation. First Day Hikes give individuals and families an opportunity to begin the New Year rejuvenating and connecting with the outdoors...

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Why Are Reindeer Eyes Golden In Summer But Blue In Winter?

When Glen Jeffery first took possession of a huge bag full of reindeer eyes, he didn’t really want them. Jeffery is a neuroscientist from University College London who studies animal vision, and his Norwegian colleagues had been urging him to study the eyes of reindeer. They wanted to know how these animals cope with three months of constant summer sunlight and three...

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