Favored southern Indiana hiking site sits off beaten path

Hemlock Cliffs might be a small area, but it’s rugged. To get to the clearing on top of the water fall, hikers walk along a narrow path not far from the edge of the cliff. Single-file is a must. To reach the creek bed, hikers descend a collection of large stones that passes for stairs. If the stones are wet or covered with leaves, they’re slick. One misstep...

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How Do I Take Care of My Hiking Boots?

Dave Page knows a thing or two about boot care. He’s owned a boot repair shop in Seattle for the past 40 years (aptly named Dave Page, Cobbler). Dave and his employees have worked on thousands of hikers. They are also authorized repair agents for 18 outdoor brands. Here are his top five maintenance tips: Break in Leather Boots Slowly Keep Them Clean and Dry Remove...

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Is The Trans-Alaska Trail America’s Next Great Long Trail?

A group of determined Alaskans hopes to create an 800-mile trail that will trace the state’s famous pipeline from Arctic Sea to Pacific tidewater. Alaska’s wildlands are famous for their lack of official paths — even national parks like Denali and Wrangell-St. Elias remain mostly track-free. Now some Alaskans want to change that in a big way. The just-announced...

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WNMU Outdoor Program plans gear swap

The Western New Mexico University Outdoor Program will have its first gear swap from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. April 16, 2016 at the Big Ditch Park, in conjunction with the Continental Divide Trail Coalition Trail Days. Silver City is the first Continental Divide Gateway Community, a designation that in-part recognizes the town for its forward thinking in protecting the regions...

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MWA launches new Montana hiking guide website

Made possible with a grant from the Montana Office of Tourism, the Montana Wilderness Association have now launched Montana’s first online, statewide hiking guide, hikewildmontana.org. The website, which has had over 70 MWA volunteers contribute to its development, already features more than 200 trail descriptions with more to come. “Exploring our state’s natural wonders...

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Yosemite Gets $15M for Hiking Trails, Grove Upgrades

Rebuilding hiking trails and restoring the Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoias are among nearly three dozen projects being funded by a $15 million donation to Yosemite National Park from The Yosemite Conservancy. The project to protect the Mariposa Grove will improve natural water flows, re-establish sequoia habitat and create accessible trails. Conservancy donors are also...

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A sip-and-step guide to hiking the Napa Valley

Here’s a wine country secret that can help you raise your glass and your heart rate. Along with the Napa Valley’s famous wine-tasting trails, there are miles of scenic trails of the hiking variety, beckoning visitors who want to exercise more than their palates. “There are so many great places up here,” says John Conover, partner and general...

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The ‘best 3-mile hike in world’: Bryce Canyon’s Navajo/Queen’s Garden Loop

Bryce Canyon National Park is one of Utah’s — and even the world’s — most stunning and colorful landscapes. Generally speaking Bryce Canyon’s glowing hoodoo amphitheater is viewed from the rim, but as breathtaking as Bryce Canyon is from above, it is mesmerizing from within. And there’s perhaps no better way to experience Bryce Canyon’s landscape than by hiking the...

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Cradle of Forestry 2016 Season Kicks Off April 9

The Cradle of Forestry in America historic site will begin the 2016 season on April 9 with a living history event, “Old Time Plowing and Folkways.” David and Diane Burnette from Haywood County will demonstrate how their Percheron draft horses work the land the old way. Weather permitting, they will plow the Cradle’s vegetable garden along the Biltmore...

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How state, national parks near border became safe for visitors again

Caution: “Smuggling and illegal immigration may be encountered in this area.” Visitors to state and national parks, monuments and memorials in Southern Arizona have undoubtedly seen these signs posted along popular hiking trails. The sites near the Mexico border are great spots to find hiking, bird watching and camping, but also provide the perfect place for undocumented...

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Hiking Mount Tabor: The best way to explore Portland’s urban volcano

For Portlanders, “getaway” might be a bit of a stretch when it comes to Mount Tabor, but whether you live around the city or are touring it for the first time, the scenic city park is a perfect place to get away from the urban environment – without really leaving it at all. Built atop an old volcanic cinder cone, Mount Tabor is beloved by runners, walkers,...

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Minnesota hiker plans to be the first to cover the entire Great Plains Trail

On Valentine’s Day, Luke “Strider” Jordan entered Guadalupe Mountains National Park in West Texas, taking his first step on a 2,100-mile journey that will end in early May in the Des Lacs National Wildlife Refuge near Kenmare, North Dakota, close to the Canadian border. When he gets there, he’ll be the first hiker to finish the nascent Great Plains Trail. He’ll spend...

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Hikers are asked to avoid muddy trails

The Green Mountain Club (GMC), maintainer of Vermont’s Long Trail and Vermont’s hiking trail advocate, and the Vermont Department of Forests, Parks and Recreation (FPR), manager of State Forests and Parks, announce that Mud Season has returned to the Green Mountains a month early. They ask hikers to stay off muddy trails from now until Memorial Day weekend; the forest...

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The High Life: Hiking Utah’s Uinta Highline Trail

Only a half mile from the trailhead near Hacking Lake you can ogle a herd of mountain goats. Minutes later, a weasel darts upon your track with a mouse hanging in its mouth. Another half mile, and you stumble upon two spotted elk calves lounging near timberline. Then, two more goat herds on the five-mile climb to 11,700-foot Gabbro Pass, from which you flush 100 elk on...

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The Last Stream: Unraveling the Mysterious Death of Smokies Hiker Jenny Bennett

Jenny Bennett died in the flowing waters of Porters Creek, her body shutting down from a toxic dose of diphenhydramine before succumbing to hypothermia from exposure. She’d been missing a week before her disappearance was reported and a search began. Officials found her body about four miles up the trail, in a place that’s a gateway to some of the Great Smoky Mountains...

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Active Volcano Discovered Under the Great Smoky Mountains

A year-long geologic study conducted by the National Park Service has determined that there is an active volcano in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Scientists from the National Park Service began considering the possibility that a volcano could exist in the region after an earthquake hit the Smoky Mountains in February 2015. Although the 2.1 magnitude earthquake...

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Experts advise precautions after typical annual rash of stomach ailments on Appalachian Trail

Experts on the Appalachian Trail said a handful of hikers in the Southern Appalachian region have come down with a stomach bug, and it’s a little earlier than usual. This is an unfortunate annual tradition on the AT. The Appalachian Trail Conservancy said a handful of hikers in the Smokies have come down with the stomach bug, with symptoms of vomiting and diarrhea,...

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North Country Trail gains footing among national trails

At the 50-mile mark of last year’s 165 Mile Challenge from the North Country Trail Association, Steph Hogan made her decision. “It was at that point I decided I was going to finish the challenge,” said Hogan, 73, who was in Vergas in Ottertail County, Minnesota. “I really wasn’t sure before that.” In 25 intervals beginning in April and ending in October, she and a small...

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Trekking up three volcanoes in Java

At 2am, you begin the trek up. Once you reach the Ijen plateau, you stand and look down at the dazzling, electric-blue fire. This comes from the burning of sulphuric gas, which emerges from cracks of the Ijen volcano. As the sun slowly rises, the site looks even more surreal, as the turquoise blue lake there unfolds.The lake is the site of a labour-intensive mining...

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What to know before hitting the hiking trail, a refresher

It’s that time of the year when the weather is warming up leaving people wanting to explore nature. When it comes to hiking you don’t have to be an expert, but you do have to be prepared before taking a step into the wilderness. Henry Jackson who is director of education at outside world outfitters says to first be fully aware of your body before considering a...

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In the Mountains of Bolivia, Encounters With Magic

Chaunaca is on a well-established trekking route through the Cordillera de los Frailes, a jumbled geologic mass that rises just west of Sucre, Bolivia’s official capital, best known for its whitewashed Spanish colonial neighborhoods and universities. Though the edge of the mountains can be reached from the city in about an hour, the villages within them feel worlds away....

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New Zealand’s hiking trails offer a catalogue of wonders

Kiwis work hard to make hiking attractive. The maintenance on the trails hiked is impressive: crushed-rock trail beds; comfortable clearance even in the most dense areas of the beech- and fern-dominated rainforests; boardwalks that meander over wetlands; and well-built, if sometimes unnerving, suspension bridges that span the roiling creeks. Richard Davies, a recreation...

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Head to the South Sound for hiking, paddling, birding and fun

Puget Sound’s southern end is close to Seattle, yet just far enough away. Unlike the steep stair-climber slopes in the mountains around Seattle, the area around Olympia tends to feature rolling terrain and smaller hills. Plentiful parks make finding a hike easy, and the hikes’ accessibility makes them friendly to families and those with limited time or physical...

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Meanderthals Marks 5 Years Serving Hikers

Today is the 5 year anniversary of the launch of Meanderthals: A Hiking Blog. Started as an online means of enhancing information available about hiking in the Carolinas, Meanderthals has expanded over the years to include news about hiking, conservation and the environment, as well as reviews of goods and services that are of interest to the outdoors community. There...

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Featured National Recreation Trail: The Aliso Creek Regional Riding and Hiking Trail, California

The Aliso Creek Regional Riding and Hiking Trail is a well maintained class-one bikeway and soft recreational trail extending from the foothills of Orange County, California to the boundary of Laguna Beach. The continuous fifteen miles of asphalt bikeway designed for multi-use travels through five south county cities. The soft trail mirrors the asphalt bikeway path on...

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Celebrate National Trails Day®: June 4, 2016

American Hiking Society’s National Trails Day® (NTD) is a celebration of America’s magnificent Trail System, occurring annually on the first Saturday in June. NTD features a series of outdoor activities, designed to promote and celebrate the importance of trails in the United States. Individuals, clubs and organizations from around the country host National Trails Day®...

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High Routes: Backpacking’s Exciting Next Level

A high route is designed to be the finest backpacking experience available in a single mountain range, watershed, or canyon system, offering an unrivaled concentration of best-of features. When worthy terrain peters out, a high route terminates; it does not continue on for days or weeks through marginal landscapes before reaching another notable destination. Depending on...

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The Yellowstone River starts its great journey

Just off the Continental Divide, deep in Wyoming’s Absaroka Range and Teton Wilderness, Younts Peak brushes thin air at 12,156 feet. When the melt season arrives, snowfields in a cirque high up on the massif’s north face and other flanks are adorned with countless rivulets. Trickling off the snow, they weave in the mountain’s tundra, forming into small creeks as...

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Hiking Southern Utah: Tuacahn Split

Tuacahn Split is a fun but strenuous hike located near Tuacahn Center for the Arts in Ivins, Utah. It takes you through a maze of sandstone that leads up above Snow Canyon State Park. Throughout the hike you will see the breathtaking views of red sandstone and black lava rock that are so familiar to everyone in the St. George surrounding area. The trail is about three...

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Relocated Section of the Appalachian Trail near Pearisburg, VA

The Appalachian Trail Conservancy (ATC), the Roanoke Appalachian Trail Club (RATC), and the United States Forest Service announced the opening of an approximately 1-mile relocated section of the Appalachian Trail (A.T.) near Pearisburg, Virginia. A ribbon cutting ceremony was held Friday, March 18, 2016 at the A.T. trailhead near historic Pearis Cemetery along VA Route...

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