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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GOP asks: Why were national parks shut down, anyway?

House Republicans plan to take aim at the Obama administration on Oct. 16 for temporarily shuttering properties managed by the National Park Service during the federal government shutdown, spotlighting what has become an emotional battleground in the grinding impasse. Interior Department Secretary Sally Jewell agreed last week to allow states to cover the costs of...

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Bozrah considers hiking trails for Maples Farm Park

A network of linked trails for hiking, mountain biking, and even horseback riding could be in store for wooded land at Maples Farm Park in Connecticut. Town officials are reviewing a proposal to build the trails on 25 acres of the 31-acre town park off 45 Bozrah St. “That’s a good and valid use for that land,” First Selectman Bill Ballinger said. An engineer from Tahawus...

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Crater Lake subject of new lidar map from Oregon Department of Geology

Oregon continues to lead the country in lidar mapping technology with the recent release by the Oregon Department of Geology and Mineral Industries’ third in its series of geologic guides and recreation maps of iconic Oregon places. The Crater Lake Geologic Guide and Recreation Map, produced by cartographer Daniel E. Coe, is published on water and tear-resistant...

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National Parks losing revenue under shutdown

The government shutdown that started nearly three weeks ago has cost the National Park Service nearly half a million dollars in entrance fees and tens of millions of dollars in visitor spending each day, according to a group representing the agency’s retirees. The Coalition of National Park Service Retirees estimated that the park system has missed out on about 715,000...

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Hiking with hunters: Are you safe?

Autumn is considered by many to be one of the best seasons to enjoy the outdoors in Colorado. The mountains are especially popular this time of year, as the cool dry air provides the perfect atmosphere for those seeking a moderate workout unaccompanied by sweat-drenched clothes and high elevation sunburns. The quality of scenery throughout the state increases...

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Montana man plans to trek entire Continental Divide by snowshoe

Richard Layne probably won’t have any competition for tent space at Glacier National Park’s fabled Hole in the Wall campground when he gets there. With a tentative reservation for sometime in April 2016, he hopes to have that tip of the Rocky Mountains to himself. In fact, Layne plans to be plenty lonely for the next three winters as he travels Montana’s whole...

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Some Pacific Crest Trail hikers forced to use highways

Stormy politics and snowy weather are posing extra challenges for this year’s crop of through-hikers on the Pacific Crest Trail. If the snow doesn’t stop them, the government shutdown just might. The last of this year’s Pacific Crest Trail through-hikers face tough challenges as they try to finish their 2,600-mile trek from Mexico to Canada. Most were forced off the...

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New Siskiyou Crest hiking book calls for action

Luke Ruediger has penned a hiking book that’s also a call for action to support the proposed Siskiyou Crest National Monument. After eight years of work, Ruediger self-published “The Siskiyou Crest: Hikes, History & Ecology” this year. He walked all 76 hikes featured in the book — sometimes more than once. Ruediger, who lives in a remote area above...

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Trail would be cheaper than subsidizing rail, NY citizens say

In 1996, New York State allowed train advocates a five-year opportunity to develop rail services, through private investment, along an inactive 90-mile rail line through the Adirondacks from Old Forge to Lake Placid. Despite tens of millions of dollars of state money spent to rehabilitate and maintain it, most of that rail line is now essentially abandoned. A nine-mile...

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Feds to let states pay to open parks

The Obama administration said October 10 it will allow states to use their own money to reopen some national parks that have been closed because of the government shutdown. Governors in at least four states have asked for authority to reopen national parks within their borders because of the economic impacts caused by the park closures. Interior Secretary Sally Jewell...

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Hiking Trails Are “Open For Business” Outside The National Park In East Tennessee

The hiking options in East Tennessee are abundant, despite the closure of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. From state parks to greenway trails to hidden gems in the middle of the city, there are trails to challenge experienced hikers and scenic views along meandering paths for novice explorers. “People can stay in the mountains and hike in the mountains outside...

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Alejandra “RocketLlama” Wilson’s first person account of 8-days in a snow storm on the PCT

The newspapers reported her dilemma: Search on for 3 hikers in trouble on Pacific Crest Trail in Wash. Rescuers were searching for four hikers Oct. 1 in remote parts of southwest Washington, including three people who walked all the way from Mexico on the Pacific Crest Trail only to run into early season snowfall on their trek to the Canadian border. Skamania County...

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After 8,000 miles, hiker earns rare Triple Crown

Months at a time, thousands of miles and alone – that’s how Huntington Beach, CA resident Joe Kisner likes to hike. Kisner, 47, is among a select group to claim he has hiked the nation’s most challenging and lengthy trails. He was recently awarded the Triple Crown by the American Long Distance Hiking Association. The award is given to hikers who have...

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