Utah man wants to see original Aspen Grove trail reopened

For many people, September is the perfect month to hike Timp. Before the first snowfall and while the weather is cooler, Caine Alder likes to hike this popular trail. He begins in the Aspen Grove parking lot just up the road past Sundance Resort and follows a winding route past Emerald Lake to the summit of Mount Timpanogos – but his path diverges from most...

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Now This is Hiking Weather

Time to check the hiking boots for dry rot, clean the cob webs out of the backpack, start planning some big hikes. But where to go? Arkansas has some of the best hiking in the country and the trails are not usually very crowded. The evening temps are starting to set up nicely to give us some good fall color. It doesn’t matter if it’s just a little day hike or a...

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Fall is prime time to take in all the colors of Tennessee’s outdoors

Now that we are officially into fall and the leaves are on the brink of their autumn colorfest, it’s time to plan some walks or hikes at any number of the gorgeous natural areas that surround us. Talk about a cheap treat! Middle Tennessee is blessed with umpteen trails, waterfalls and overlooks that come with a wow factor each fall. A great, super-easy way to get moving...

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BRP Hike of the Week – Peaking Out

Fri, Sep 30 10:00 AM Blue Ridge Parkway Milepost 420 – Black Balsam parking area Join a ranger for a 2.5 mile round trip hike to the top of Sam Knob Summit. The 570-foot elevation gain of this moderate-to-strenuous hike is well worth the effort for the spectacular views from the top. Learn more about this mountain “bald” and see the beginnings of the colorful fall...

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Low Gap and Appalachian Trails to Mt. Cammerer, Great Smoky Mountains National Park

You don’t have to climb to 6000 feet to get spectacular views of the Smoky Mountains. In fact, Mt. Cammerer has some of the best views in the national park, yet doesn’t even reach 5000 feet. You can see Snowbird Mountain and the Pigeon River Gorge to the east, and Mt. Sterling south, and the full expanse of the national park to the west. Mt. Cammerer was...

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Re-evaluating Your Hiking Equipment Essentials

Every trail leads hikers to new adventure, so every hiker should be prepared for anything. Outdoor adventurers need good hiking equipment to enjoy a safe and successful trek. Choosing the right equipment is all about keeping it light and carrying as little as possible. Even if you’ve been traveling light on most of your hiking excursions, you should re-evaluate your...

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American Hiking Society Turns 35

The American Hiking Society (AHS) kicks off a year-long celebration of three important organizational Mile Markers this October. The non-profit, which is dedicated to promoting and protecting foot trails and the hiking experience, is planning a series of special activities to commemorate the organization’s 35th anniversary on October 13, 2011, Hike the Hill’s 15th...

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Overmountain Victory National Historic Trail Designation

Thu, Sep 29 3:00 PM Blue Ridge Parkway Milepost 326 – Heffner Gap Overlook The Overmountain Victory National Historic Trail (OVNHT) and the Blue Ridge Parkway are pleased to announce the certification of a new segment of the OVNHT and invite the public to join in a ceremony officially recognizing the designation on Thursday, September 29, 2011 at 3:00 p.m. at the...

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New trail links Bar Harbor, Acadia

Hotel guests as well as locals living near the College of the Atlantic campus will soon have a new way to access Acadia National Park’s hiking and biking trails located close to downtown Bar Harbor, Maine. About 40 volunteers, park staff and representatives of several nonprofit groups were working in a small wooded lot behind a hotel constructing a new connector trail...

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Keystone Trails Association plans to re-open a trail linking two state parks

The Reeds Gap Spur Trail runs north-northeast from Reeds Gap State Park, located in Mifflin County, PA to Poe Paddy State Park in Centre County. Due to very heavy storm damage several years ago, it was rendered pretty much impassable — without serious rerouting — and was subsequently closed. It was even taken off most of the trail maps. John Stevens, a...

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National Public Lands Day this Saturday: Things to do in D.C.

This Saturday, Sept. 24, is National Public Lands Day, a countrywide celebration of national parks, exercise, killing weeds and other do-goodie things. It is also the World Wide Day of Play, and if you think these two events aren’t coming together into one synergized megaday of celebration, well, you’re just dead wrong. Since its birth in 1994, NPLD has...

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Residents urged to get outdoors for National Public Lands Day

To celebrate National Public Lands Day, Salt Lake City volunteers are being sought to help repair and improve the Mormon Pioneer Trail on Sept. 24 in a project that supports the Wasatch Water Legacy Partnership. Volunteers 16-years or older are needed to do tread repair and brush out vegetation that has grown along the trail, which is a popular destination for bicycling,...

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Hiking trail access could widen under new San Francisco Peninsula parks plan

Visitors to San Francisco’s Peninsula watershed could gain better access to 14,000 acres of local land under a new Golden Gate National Recreation Area proposal to complete local segments of the Bay Area Ridge Trail and connect it to the California Coastal Trail. The plan also proposes to increase access to Alcatraz and Muir Woods. Released earlier this month, the...

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With autumn arriving, it’s time to take a Georgia hike

The calendar says fall is here and even though we’ll still get some pretty warm days, there is a hint of cooler weather in the air. That means that hiking the Appalachian Trail and the dozens of other trails Georgia has to offer is on the horizon. Today, we will offer resources that can be used to locate hiking areas that suit your fancy. The southern end of the...

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Hike of the Week – Climb Up and Cool Down

Fri, Sep 23 10:00 AM Blue Ridge Parkway Milepost 363.4 – Greybeard Parking Overlook Do you need a break from the summer excitement? Are you looking for a spot to get away from the fall crowds? Join a ranger for a trek up to Lunch Rock, a little stone outcrop with a big view. This 1.5 mile section of the Mountains-to-Sea Trail is a moderate to strenuous one way...

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2011 NPLD Signature Sites Announced

National Public Lands Day is fast approaching. September 24th is right around the corner. A National Public Lands Day signature site is a volunteer event featuring special guests, speakers, unique programming or educational activities. This year, the signature sites are Rock Creek Park in Washington, D.C. and Martin Luther King, Jr. National Historic Site in Atlanta, Ga....

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Man helps transform North Country Trail from ‘swamp walk’ into impressive path

The North Country Trail is a 4,600-mile National Scenic Trail that runs through seven states from New York to North Dakota. The Michigan portion is 1,150 miles, of which 758 miles are complete. The trail is administered by the National Park Service, which works in cooperation with land managers along the route, sometimes federal, state or local government units or...

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Intrepid hiker tackles Florida Trail, all 1,150 miles of it

When Amanda Hus was a little girl growing up in Fort Myers, she dreamed about hiking the Appalachian Trail. “I used to read about it in magazines,” said the 53-year-old former stay-at-home mom. “I said to myself, Some day.” The Tampa resident had done a few day hikes in parks and nature reserves, but nothing serious. Then last fall she heard a...

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AMC Recommends Top 4,000-Footer Foliage Hikes

With New England’s fall foliage season almost here, the Appalachian Mountain Club (AMC) is offering free hike itineraries with maps for its top 10 “4,000-Footer Foliage Hikes” in New Hampshire’s White Mountains. Recommended hikes include a family-friendly option, and beautiful fall colors are an added bonus for peak-baggers. The AMC Four Thousand...

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Patagonia: Glacier Hiking

Now, I was walking across the glacier’s face, my metal crampons digging into the ice and soft rain falling on my face. We climb up and down the glacier’s icy slopes, stopping to drink from glacial melt – sweet and fresh, pure water – avoiding deep crevasses and photographing sapphire blue moulins. Our second guide takes the rear, running across the edge to proffer...

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National Public Lands Day Photo Contest and Volunteer of the Year Awards

While planting trees, repairing trails and enhancing native habitats on National Public Lands Day, don’t forget to bring your camera and take some great shots of your fellow volunteers. Your photo could become a winner in the 11th annual NPLD Volunteers in Action Photo Contest. The Volunteer of the Year Awards recognizes outstanding National Public Lands Day...

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A new book lists the 40 most scenic hikes in the Adirondack Mountains

Most outdoor lovers are familiar with the Adirondacks, but with the park covering about 9,375 square miles of New York state, even the most experienced hikers haven’t seen all this segment of the nation’s oldest mountain range has to offer. More than 2,000 miles of hiking trails, 3,000 lakes and countless memories to be made are just a hop, skip and a jump away from...

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Snowball Trail at Craggy Gardens, Blue Ridge Parkway

Kind of an unusual name for the mountain this trail is named after, but it is at 5,200 feet, so the snow comes earlier in the season, and more frequently than in the valleys below. North of Asheville, NC on the Blue Ridge Parkway, this hike is in the Craggy Gardens area. There are splendid views of the Great Craggy Mountains and the Black Mountains from the three summits...

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Haw River Trail has grown a lot in five years

While 10 miles of hiking trail may not seem like much, a great deal of conservation and development of viable recreation space along the Haw River Trail has been completed over the last five years. According to Haw River Trail Coordinator Brian Baker, about 320 acres in Alamance County, NC have been conserved. And that’s thanks to a five-year memorandum of understanding,...

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Watercolors Hiking in historic Locke and Delta Meadows State Park

A Watercolors and Hiking event will be held in Locke, Calif. on Thursday, September 15, 2011 starting at 10:00 a.m. Bring the kids and the grandparents; everyone is welcome! Well-behaved dogs on leashes, okay. This is a mostly level 1.5 mile hike (apart from one 20 foot long, somewhat steep, narrow path up a levee hill), and some optional off-path routes along the way...

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Fair Game: A wild and sacred place

There are no designated trails, only the tracks of elk. There are no posted signs, only a slight indentation through the tundra. There are no bridges, only fallen logs across the creeks. There are no people other than an occasional backpacker staggered by serenity and solitude. This wild and sacred place is not far from Aspen, but in 30 years of hiking the Elk Range, I...

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Opportunities to Celebrate Public Lands Day in GSMNP

On Saturday, September 24, Great Smoky Mountains National Park will celebrate National Public Lands Day by hosting several volunteer projects in a unified effort with many public lands across the country. National Public Lands Day is the nation’s largest hands-on volunteer effort to improve and enhance the public lands that Americans enjoy. Those interested in...

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Hiking in Busan, South Korea

Koreans love to hike and you only have to see the huge array of clothing in the markets as well as the big brand names in numerous shops around the city to realize that it’s a serious business. I have not got myself the pink clothing… there can be too much pink on a walking track in my humble opinion. My backpack always contains ample water, raincoat and maps in Korean...

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In Spain, Hiking Along the Volcanoes of Catalonia

An old lady’s directions, in rambling Catalan, seemed somewhat improbable: go until you see a path that looks like it used to be a railroad, she said. Then follow it for about 35 miles until you reach Girona. When I hesitated, she added, “Just keeping walking along this volcano.” We were starting a three-day hike on the Vías Verdes, or Greenways, through the hinterlands...

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Urban Hiking: Exploring Your Local Terrain

The concept of hiking for most people conjures visions of dirt paths, rocky trails, mountain passes, or grassy river banks. But what about metropolitan skylines, side streets, bridge passes, and old rail yards? Grokkers are a variable mix of urbanites, suburbanites, and country folk. When it comes to talk of hitting the trails and enjoying an outdoor workout, those in...

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