White Mountain National Forest offers free overnight outdoor photography hike July 15

As a prelude to being artist in residence for the White Mountain National Forest, photographer John Anderson is inviting outdoor photography enthusiasts to join him on a free hike in the Sandwich Wilderness along the Flat Mountain Pond Trail in North Sandwich, N.H. The overnight trip will be led by experienced guide Lauren Estabrook. The hike will begin Monday, July 15...

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Denali National Park’s History Rooted in Preservation

Mention Denali National Park and the first image people may envision is the 20,320-foot mountain the park surrounds. While Denali, North America’s highest peak, may be the cornerstone of the park today, it’s not the reason the land was set aside nearly a century ago by congress. In fact, it was something much smaller that provided the reason for the land...

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For more than two decades, Lantana retiree has been working to clear Florida’s hiking trails

When you’re a trailblazer, it’s an early-to-bed, early-to-rise life. Just ask Bea Rogers, trail coordinator for the Loxahatchee Chapter of the Florida Trail Association. The rugged outdoorswoman laces up her hiking shoes before dawn each morning for a 2-mile trek around her Lantana neighborhood — that is if she’s not clearing trails somewhere else. That somewhere else,...

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A historical pictorial of the Appalachian Trail at Chester, VA Library

The Appalachian Trail, celebrating its 75th year, will be the subject of discussion at Chester Library’s Morning Coffee Break on July 16th. A Pictorial History of Virginia’s Appalachian Trail with Leonard Adkins will provide a look at life in the mountains before and during the trail’s creation. The 2,174 mile scenic trail has been stated to be the most famous hiking...

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Hiking restrictions begin as grizzly bears feed

It’s that time of year again. From now until Sept. 15, seasonal trail restrictions are in effect for Lake Minnewanka Trail from Stewart Canyon Bridge to the east park boundary, Aylmer Pass Trail and the Aylmer Lookout Trail. Lake Minnewanka is a key area for grizzly bears in Banff National Park because it has lots of buffaloberries, which are in season. They are a vital...

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Man Sentenced for Vandalism in NC National Forest

From the U.S. Forest Service: The U.S. Attorney’s Office, in conjunction with the U.S. Forest Service, announced that Tyler Pace was sentenced to 90 days incarceration by United States Magistrate Judge Dennis Lee Howell for vandalizing parts of Max Patch, a scenic area in the Appalachian Ranger District, Pisgah National Forest North Carolina. “This sentence...

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Meanderthals Has New Interviews Section

Meanderthals today introduces the new Interviews section of the Hiking Blog. A few weeks ago, Meanderthals spoke with Ron Strickland — Founder of the Pacific Northwest National Scenic Trail, author, and conservationist — about helping us introduce this new section. Ron graciously agreed. The process was a remarkable education for me personally. I learned of...

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The Future of the Outdoor Industry

Picture a huge corporation that has an absolutely enormous portfolio of incredibly valuable assets, a vast customer base, and a product that improves the health and quality of life of anyone who tries it. What if I told you that this company operates without anyone overseeing it all, without adequate financial resources, and without good collaboration among departments?...

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Appalachian Trail conference serves up full buffet of hiking fare

Coming to Cullowhee, NC soon: four days of total immersion in everything trail. Camaraderie with fellow trail enthusiasts and taking in the region’s trails is the top draw that will land hundreds of hikers at the Appalachian Trail Conservancy Biennial conference held July 19-26 at Western Carolina University. But the real trail geeks will revel in nitty-gritty nuances of...

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There’s a rumble in the jungle

There’s a rumble in the jungle. And it’s emanating from my stomach. Breakfast feels as if it was a long time ago, which would explain the gurgling coming from my mid-section. And even then, it was only a few pieces of sweet roti and a slice of cassava cake. I’ve hiked for miles since eating it. Perhaps sensing my hunger, or more likely hearing the...

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Volunteers needed to repair hiking trails on Mount Monadnock

The annual Trails Week on Mount Monadnock, when volunteers help repair damage to trails on one of the most frequently hiked mountains in the world, is coming up. In the annual event, conservation professionals and volunteers from the Forest Society and New Hampshire State Parks gather to work on restoring the heavily used trails, overseeing all volunteers – no experience...

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Are Hikers the Key to Saving Nature?

Two years ago, a major survey revealed trouble in ecosystems of the United Kingdom (U.K.). A third of their functions—such as providing habitat for wild species and clean water for people—are declining. Now the same researchers show that protecting these ecosystem functions, and in particular outdoor recreation, significantly boosts the economic value of land. But...

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Report: 3 of 4 U.S. Forest Service trails don’t meet standards

New federal reporting says only one-quarter of U.S. Forest Service trails meet the agency’s own standards as it attempts to catch up with a $524 million maintenance deficit. Volunteer groups like the Backcountry Horsemen of America and The Wilderness Society have stepped into that gap, but they worry the backlog will drive folks out of the woods. “We found problems with...

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Washington World of Waterfalls

On a hot day, just looking at a waterfall can make you feel cooler – even if you have to hike a ways to do it. That at least was the prevailing feeling of those who flocked to Wallace Falls State Park near Gold Bar, WA recently. It’s an easy round-trip of only a mile from the parking lot to the closest set of falls, and a farther and steeper hike for the...

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Humpback Rocks: A hiking hot spot on the Blue Ridge Parkway

For the inexperienced hiker, the task might be a bit rigorous. But for anyone, be it a novice or a seasoned mountain climber, the reward for reaching the peak is spine-tingling. Humpback Rocks, a hiker’s picturesque paradise, draws tourists from all over to the Blue Ridge Parkway. Located just outside Waynesboro, VA, about 6 miles down the parkway at the northern end,...

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Fluke Fire Burning Atop Sequoia Tree Leads To Small Closure Of Congress Trail At Sequoia National Park

A fluke fire burning in the crown of a giant sequoia has prompted the partial closure of the Congress Trail at Sequoia National Park. The fire is a hold-over from the Circle Meadow Prescribed Fire, conducted last summer to maintain a regular fire cycle that improves forest health by reducing the amount of dead, woody debris that can lead to larger, more intense fires,...

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Renovated Rosendale trestle reopens, reconnecting long-sundered Wallkill Valley Rail Trail

“A great day for Rosendale” is how supervisor Jeanne Walsh characterized the grand opening of the renovated railroad trestle spanning the Rondout Creek, linking the northern and southern portions of the nearly completed 24-mile Wallkill Valley Rail Trail from Gardiner to Kingston in New York. Four years after the Wallkill Valley Land Trust (WVLT) and the Open Space...

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New trail christened at Baker Lake, ID

The Baker Lake Trailhead northeast of Ketchum, ID gives recreationists access to serene views of crystal-blue alpine lakes and stunning vistas of the Boulder Mountains. Now, hikers have more options off of this versatile trailhead. The Idaho Trails Association worked to complete an extension of the Osberg Ridge trail system. Hikers can now begin at the Baker Lake...

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What it’s like to be a national park ranger

As a park ranger for the National Park Service, you share the science, history and beauty of this natural wonder with thousands of visitors from around the world. National parks are like outdoor museums. They preserve some of America’s most beautiful and historic places. Park rangers protect the parks’ animals, plants, land, buildings, artifacts and people. They have a...

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Appalachian Trail Biennial features music, culture, trails

The Appalachian Trail Conservancy’s Biennial Conference invites the public to attend live music, dancing, presentations about hiking trails, and a Cherokee storyteller July 21-25 at Western Carolina University in Cullowhee, NC. Events each evening begin at 8 p.m. Nightly tickets are $7, and children younger than 12 are admitted free. Some of the highlights: • On July 21,...

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Acadia reopens hiking trails

Hiking trails at Valley Cove and Jordan Cliffs in Acadia National Park, ME, closed earlier this spring to protect peregrine falcons, have been reopened. Falcons had been observed defending and engaging in courtship behavior at Valley Cove and Jordan Cliffs areas in April and May but have failed in their nesting attempt, Superintendent Sheridan Steele announced. The...

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Move your downward dog to the hiking trail this summer

Considering hiking is truly about the journey, Steve Tsilimoss is taking each step in the right direction. The new Hiking Yoga program he’s introduced to the Vail Valley this summer brings eastern philosophy to the Western Slope of Colorado, where mindfulness meets movement. “I think this program adds an important element to what yoga was founded on — serenity in being...

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One-night trips into the Smokies

For day hikers who want to take the next step or for a seasoned backpackers who can’t find the time or resources to make that long trip this year, outdoor author Jim Parham is offering up the solution that is just right: the short backpacking trip. His recently published book, Backpacking Overnights, details 50 one- and two-night trips in the Carolina Mountains. The...

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Maine author traces Thoreau’s steps in new hiking guide

“I have met but one or two persons in the course of my life who understood the art of Walking,” Henry David Thoreau wrote in the mid 1800s. Thoreau, a Massachusetts man, was many things — an author, philosopher, naturalist, historian, transcendentalist — but perhaps more importantly, he was a walker. And if Thoreau hadn’t learned “the art of walking,” his life and legacy...

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An angel for trekkers

Wiffer’s Wayside is really just a condo. But for hikers trekking across North America on the Continental Divide Trail, it’s truly a luxury hotel. Sharon Henschen of Sidney, Ohio, is well-known to the hiking community as “Wiffer,” a trail name she was given because of her keen sense of smell. She makes her vacation condo – two miles north of Purgatory, CO at Durango...

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Wildflower Festival Coming To Cedar Breaks National Monument

At 10,000 feet and above, wildflowers bloom a wee bit later than, for instance, at sea level. That’s why Cedar Breaks National Monument’s 8th Annual Wildflower Festival is just beginning on July 6th. “During this spectacular display, visitors to the Monument will be able to see paintbrush and primrose, lupine and larkspur, and a spectrum of other flowers in...

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5 Facts You May Not Know About California’s National Forests

In California, we rely on our National Forests for half of our water. That is one of the many reasons why the National Forest Foundation is working to restore the valuable resources in the forests that contribute to $37 billion in food and commodities. From their work in the Tahoe on aquatic, forest and rural communities to their work in the Angeles National Forest to...

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Group of teachers, coaches take hiking challenge

Hiking 34 miles in steamy, hot temperatures probably isn’t what most schoolteachers dream about doing on their summer vacation. For five Hampton School District teachers and coaches, though, it was their idea of a “challenge.” The group got together June 22 for the 17th annual Rachel Carson Trails Conservancy Challenge – a 34-mile hike between...

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Hike Florence Nature Preserve with CMLC

Join Carolina Mountain Land Conservancy (CMLC) on Saturday, July 13, for a guided hike through CMLC-owned Florence Nature Preserve. Hikers will trek a lollipop-route, circumnavigating the Preserve to reach two of FNP’s most scenic locales: Rattlesnake Knob and Little Pisgah Point. These rock outcroppings feature scenic views of the rugged Hickory Nut Gorge. This...

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Mount Hood book guides hikers safely around the mountain

A handy, pocket-size book that has long been in many a Portland hiker’s collection has gotten an upgrade and a facelift. “Around & About Mount Hood” is a new edition of an old classic that was first published in 1997. The author is Sonia Buist, with Emily Keller. Lots of things have changed around the mountain since the previous version of the book...

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Hiking enthusiasts flock to Mount Fuji as climbing season opens

Hikers flocked to Mount Fuji on Monday as Japan’s highest mountain, which last month was added to UNESCO’s World Heritage List, opened for the climbing season. At the 3,776-meter summit, climbers cheered as the sun broke through the clouds at around 4:40 a.m. Monday. They trekked up the mountain, which straddles Shizuoka and Yamanashi prefectures, after three of its four...

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