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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Yosemite Celebrates Completion of Trail Upgrades & Habitat

Yosemite Conservancy and the National Park Service celebrated the completion of a $13.5 million campaign to restore popular hiking trails in Yosemite National Park from Yosemite Valley to the rugged back-country of the High Sierra. “Our goal was elegant in its simplicity – improve the condition of Yosemite’s most treasured, high-profile trails in order to protect...

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Adirondack Hiking trails reopen

The Adirondack Mountain Club (ADK) will reopen the Adirondak Loj and Wilderness Campground at Heart Lake and the Johns Brook Lodge on Thursday, Sept. 8. The reopening of the lodges and campground coincides with the reopening of a number of hiking trails in Adirondack backcountry. While Tropical Storm Irene left ADK’s north country properties largely unscathed, access...

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Hike of the Week – Tunnels of Love

Fri, Sep 9 10:00 AM Blue Ridge Parkway Milepost 407.7 – Buck Springs Gap Parking Overlook The Parkway has 26 tunnels. There are far more tunnels of greenery in the southern Appalachians, with curving mountain laurels and rhododendrons. Trails through them make you feel that you are traveling into a special place – and you are; it is the place itself. In this...

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Experience Fall at one of Wisconsin’s state parks

There are currently 66 parks in the Wisconsin state system, covering more than 60,000 of the most beautiful acres in the state. In addition to the parks, the Department of Natural Resources administers nearly half a million acres of land in the state forest system. With festival season wrapping up, the kids back in school and options for outdoor entertainment dwindling,...

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Patagonia Capilene 1 SW Stretch T-Shirt

As the hot season arrived, I thought I’d try some of the extremely lightweight hiking apparel available now. I’ve had a Patagonia sweater for 30 years that works and fits as good as new, so I thought I’d look at their offerings. Patagonia marked down a lot of their summer stuff for end-of-season, so I purchased their Capilene 1 SW Stretch T-Shirt....

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Autumn Spectacular: A 2-Week Long Celebration

The tourists are back to work and back in school, the temperatures are back to “beautiful,” the aspen trees are the perfect shade of golden, and the Town of Frisco, Co. is packed full of events and outdoor fun to make Autumn, well, spectacular. September 10-24, 2011, the Town of Frisco will host Autumn Spectacular, a two-week long celebration of everything...

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Iraq war veteran hikes the United States for a cause

An Iraq war veteran returned home from a personal mission to raise money for military families in need. Troy Yocum spent the last 16 months hiking across the United States. He took off on foot from the Louisville Slugger Museum in April, 2010. Today he finished his last mile back at the museum with a crowd of people supporting him. “What a journey!” Yocum...

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Federal money to help complete trail at Bayou Teche National Wildlife Refuge

The Friends of Bayou Teche National Wildlife Refuge will use a $5,000 grant from the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation to build and improve the Palmetto Trail. The group in Franklin, La. leveraged its funds and volunteer labor to compete for the NFWF grant, according to a press release. The hiking trail, located on Janet E. Road just off of U.S. 90 near Franklin, on...

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A Great Escape To Some Local Hiking Trails For Labor Day Weekend and Beyond

Family outings can be a great escape from the norm, and an escape from cleaning and other entrapments at home, like the television and computer. The Audobon Society has a great way to inspire kids and their families to get out into nature. They created a passport booklet which lists several trails that families can enjoy in Rhode Island. If the kids hike at least six of...

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Hiking Mt. Sniktau from Loveland Pass

Perhaps one of the reasons you head for the Colorado Rockies is the wealth of national parks and monuments. Maybe you enjoy the amazing increase in distance from high altitude golf. If you are a hiker, perhaps you welcome the opportunity to climb one of Colorado’s famous fourteeners. If that’s the case then this hike up Clear Creek County’s 13,234 foot...

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Six-mile hike to Wildcat Falls includes steep climbs

The Tail of the Dragon, that world-famous, 11-mile stretch of U.S. Highway 129 with 318 curves — may be a motorcyclist’s dream, but it’s no fun if you’re sitting in the passenger seat of a car. One of the best reasons to brave this stomach-churning stretch of road is the Joyce Kilmer-Slickrock Wilderness Area. Of the wilderness area’s 17,394...

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Top spots for hiking in Hong Kong

Hiking in Hong Kong is possibly the city’s most popular hidden activity. Tourism campaigns for Hong Kong rarely champion its hiking trails and yet 300 kilometers of designated trails, varying in length and difficulty, traverse the territory and many locals hike religiously. To really experience Hong Kong get out to one of the four major hiking trails: the MacLehose...

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Volunteers give back to national parks

When Jim and Carol Miltimore approached officials at Mount Rainier National Park about volunteering, they thought the retired couple might spend a sunny afternoon bagging trash. They had no idea that six years later, the Enumclaw, Wash., couple would log more hours in the pristine park than many native bears. In six years, Jim, 70, and Carol, 63, have logged more than...

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Hurricane Irene in the Catskills – Updates and Information

Hurricane Irene hit the Catskills hard with heavy rains and strong winds. Some places received over 12 inches of rain, which created flooding that has exceeded historical records for almost all Catskill rivers. A number of Catskill communities including Windham, Tannersville, Margaretville, and Prattsville received catastrophic damage while almost every other community...

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Hurricane Irene Takes a Toll on Adirondacks Hiking

Updated August 29, 2011 TRAIL ADVISORY (8/29): Hurricane Irene has created dangerous conditions across most of the Eastern Adirondacks including flooding, bridge wash outs, trail wash outs and blow down of trees and other debris. Back country travel is difficult, if not impossible, throughout much of the Eastern Adirondacks. Hikers and campers should expect to encounter...

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Louse Canyon among most inaccessible places in the West

About 350 air miles southeast of Portland, the West Little Owyhee River, a rarely visited tributary of the better-known Owyhee River, has cut a squiggle of a gorge through sandy expanses of sage and rye. The canyon is surely among the most inaccessible places in the West. At its loneliest, the nearest human living under a proper roof is about 24 hours away by four-wheel...

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Station Fire, two years later: Kindling a comeback

When a group of young conservationists set foot in the blackened landscape of the Angeles National Forest more than a year ago, many were daunted by the sheer scope of their task. The 2009 Station Fire – which started two years ago Friday – had ravaged nearly 161,000 acres, leaving blackened trees, burned buildings, shells of incinerated cars and in some...

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Forest Service, Vt. hiking club: Stay home

The U.S. Forest Service and Vermont’s Green Mountain Club agree: It’s best to stay out of the woods this weekend. With Hurricane Irene bearing down, both the federal agency that manages the Green Mountain National Forest and the hiking club that manages the Long Trail are recommending that people stay home. If you must be in the woods, there are several...

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National Public Lands Day is coming up

There are plenty of events going on across the country on Saturday, September 24th. This annual celebration of our country’s public lands was started in 1994 as an opportunity for the public to volunteer, improve, and maintain our public green spaces. It started out with 700 volunteers and three sites. Since the first year, it has continued to grow and last year over...

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Hike of the Week – Wild, Windswept, Wonderful

Fri, Sept. 2 10:00 AM Blue Ridge Parkway Milepost 420 – near Graveyard Fields Join Parkway Rangers for a moderate, 1-mile roundtrip hike on the Art Loeb Trail to the summit of Black Balsam Knob (6214’). The rocky trail crosses spacious, alpine-like terrain, and views from the bald summit unfold in every direction. The hike will begin approximately 0.7 mile off the...

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New hiking and mountain biking trail to open at Table Rock State Park

Hikers and mountain bikers have a new reason to celebrate with the official grand opening of the first designated mountain biking trail system in the Branson area. The White River Valley Trail in Table Rock State Park will be dedicated at 11 a.m. Friday, Sept. 2 at a trailhead near Branson. The White River Valley Trail, a 10.25 mile natural surface trail, is a joint...

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Hanging Lake, Glenwood Canyon

I first visited Hanging Lake in 1982. I heard this summer that the federal government had designated the site a National Natural Landmark, so it piqued my curiosity to take a look again. Glenwood Canyon is a rugged and remarkably scenic place with tall red sandstone cliffs rising 1300 feet on both sides of the Colorado River. The trail up the canyon to the lake follows...

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Hard Working Wilderness Rangers

Wilderness Rangers Have Work Cut Out For Them in the backcountry. Hiking the backcountry in a national forest you expect to find mosquitoes, spot wildlife, discover a cache of mushrooms and see fellow hikers. If you are lucky you will encounter a wilderness ranger. The Mt. Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest wilderness rangers patrol and maintain trails, lakes, campsites...

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‘Becoming an Outdoorswoman’ program

Women interested in learning what could be life-saving skills are invited to participate in Mass Wildlife’s Becoming an Outdoorswoman’s “Trailblazing for Outdoorswomen” in Savoy State Forest. The event, taking place Sept. 16 and 17, teaches women to use a map and compass and find their way in the woods. (The registration deadline is Sept. 2). The workshop is designed for...

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