Chugach Children’s Forest – Get Out. Go Wild. Change the Future.

The Chugach Children’s Forest is a partnership led by Alaska Geographic and the USDA Forest Service. A symbolic designation for the entire Chugach National Forest, the Chugach Children’s Forest creates exciting opportunities for Alaska’s youth and communities to connect with the magnificent Chugach National Forest and neighboring public lands. The Chugach National Forest...

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Yellowstone National Park 1988: A 25th Anniversary Retrospective of Black Saturday

Today marks the 25th anniversary of Black Saturday, the most significant single day of fire growth to occur during the 1988 Yellowstone fires. The 1988 Yellowstone fires were also the most significant fires to ever occur in a national park, and an event that would in many ways transform fire management throughout the country. The fire season at Yellowstone that season...

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World’s biggest, baddest national parks

What do you imagine when you hear the word “wilderness?” Odds are your vision involves pristine rivers and lakes, untouched swaths of land and the possibility to go for weeks or months on end without seeing another living soul (but plenty of wildlife, of course). While there are numerous incredible protected areas around the globe, size matters when it comes...

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Cincinnati Health Foundation to announce grants for hiking and biking trails

Interact for Health of Greater Cincinnati will announce two grants that could help connect hike and bike trails throughout the region. Green Umbrella is to be presented with a $70,000 check to develop a master plan to connect existing bicycle and walking trails throughout Greater Cincinnati. It’s hoped such a network will spur economic development, increase property...

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Forest Service offers Tips for Fall Foliage Fun in the Mountains of WNC

The U.S. Forest Service National Forests in North Carolina today unveiled its fall foliage 2013 webpage, featuring scenic drives and others areas in the Nantahala and Pisgah National Forests to enjoy leaf viewing this autumn. With more than a month before the fall foliage season begins, the feature will help visitors plan their fall adventures. The feature is posted on...

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Record rainfall may dampen fall color show, says WCU’s foliage forecaster

Abundant rainfall during one of the wettest summers in Western North Carolina history may portend a dampening of the intensity of the fall color show this year unless autumn brings vastly drier conditions, predicts Kathy Mathews, Western Carolina University’s fearless fall foliage forecaster. “With record rainfall during July, the trees in the mountains look healthy and...

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Hiking reveals subtle charm of Bull Creek Wildlife Management Area

There was nothing subtle about the change a dozen hikers stepped into from shady pinewoods to open palmetto prairie in the Bull Creek Wildlife Management Area about 15 miles west of West Melbourne. On a recent trek guided by Tony Flohre of the Indian River chapter of the Florida Trail Association, the group was able to enjoy the beauty of the area’s two dominant...

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The Portable Percussionist: Long Trail concert tour

Vermont percussionist Jane Boxall will spend September and part of October hiking the Long Trail – all 272 miles between the Canadian and Massachusetts borders – and playing drum sessions along the way. She’ll stop off and give solo concerts/clinics, for “portable” percussion. That means found objects, bits of wood, stones, ceramic flowerpots, etc. The Long Trail...

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The 10 Most Dangerous Hikes

Talk to most mountaineers, trail runners, or mountain bikers, and they’ll tell you that hiking is the weak sibling of adventurous outdoor sports. A little too slow, a little too granola, not enough adrenaline. But that’s not always the case—some of the most dangerous adventures in the world involve simply putting one foot in front of the other. Exposure, wild animals,...

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TAAN to explore new trekking trails in Mahabharat Range

The Trekking Agencies Association of Nepal (TAAN) is exploring new trekking trails in the Mahabharat Range. A 15-member team of the association will leave for Kavre on August 19 to explore Timal area of Kavre and the Mahabharat Range. Along with TAAN officials and trekking entrepreneurs, the team will include a videographer, photographer, cartographer and report writer....

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Eight-mile trail opens at Big Bear Lake, first in two decades

Hikers and bikers take note: Touted as the first new trail in Big Bear (northeast of Los Angeles) in 20 years, a new eight-mile single track opens Saturday, August 17. Located on the backside of Snow Summit, the new Skyline Trail is designed to become the backbone of a new south shore trails system. When completed, it will be part of a 15-mile loop with views of Mt. San...

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Hiking in the Black Canyon of the Gunnison: Curecanti Creek Trail at Pioneer Point

One of the best ways to hike from the rim to the river at the Black Canyon of the Gunnison is the Curecanti Creek Trail at Pioneer Point. While there are easier and shorter ways to the water, if you want to hike rim to river, the Curecanti Creek Trail drops 900 feet in two miles AND it ends with a view of one of the canyon’s features, the Curecanti Needle, a rock...

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New recreation map details Cherokee National Forest

A new recreation map for the Cherokee National Forest is now widely available to the public. At 650,000 acres, the Cherokee National Forest covers more of East Tennessee than the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. The “Cherokee National Forest Adventure Map” takes this 10-county mountain region and highlights the natural and recreation features most likely to appeal to...

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South Carolina Upstate hiking trails closed

Caesars Head and Jones Gap State Park have closed all or parts of several trails. Rangers are working to clear debris and reroute high water. TRAIL CLOSURES: Please see the following list for closures: Raven Cliff Suspension Bridge – Open route of Gum Gap to Naturaland, the rest of Naturaland closed Cold Spring – Trail closed until water recedes. Dismal Loop...

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Hiking with Chimps in Uganda

One of the best places in Africa to hang with our closest relatives is Uganda’s Kibale Forest National Park, home to more than 1,400 chimpanzees and the continent’s highest diversity and density of primates. Most safari travelers opt for one of the twice-daily, ranger-guided, three-hour chimpanzee hikes. But as rewarding as this experience is, you are limited...

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Pedro Point Headlands Workday and Native Plant Hike

There are two opportunities in August to enjoy, give back, and learn about the Pedro Point Headlands and all are welcome. There will be a Habitat Restoration workday and/or a Native Plant hike on Sunday, Aug. 25, for anyone up for hiking and working on the rugged steep hilled property with spectacular vistas and breathtaking incline and declines. To pitch in and help...

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Thoughts on recent JMT and PCT speed records

Andrew Skurka is an accomplished adventure athlete, speaker, guide, and writer. The 31-year-old is most well known for his solo long-distance backpacking trips, notably the 4,700-mile 6-month Alaska-Yukon Expedition, the 6,875-mile 7-month Great Western Loop, and the 7,775-mile 11-month Sea-to-Sea Route. New Fastest Known Times (FKT’s) were recently set on both the John...

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Mount Fuji, So Popular It Hurts

The words printed on the buses that drive through Kawaguchiko, a scenic town in the foothills of Japan’s tallest and most sacred mountain, were as reassuring as they were disconcerting: “Preserve the Nature of Mt. Fuji.” The message was a reminder that despite years of effort, the millions who visit the mountain and nearby towns each year and the plethora of businesses...

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Earn college credit for hiking Appalachian Trail

Kasi Quinn did it. So did J.B. “Jason” Hibbitts. They thru-hiked the Appalachian Trail. Both also came back to Emory, Va., and reported on their hikes – even earning college credit – through a program called Semester-A-Trail at Emory & Henry College. Jim Harrison, the college’s director of outdoor programming, calls this “a special studies...

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Gordons Pond Trail trekking toward start

The Gordons Pond Trail project will create 2.7 miles of improved trail connecting Gordons Pond to Herring Point in Cape Henlopen State Park, Delaware. The Junction & Breakwater Trail and Gordons Pond Trail will be linked, becoming a major segment of a 15.5-mile loop forming a regional trail system connecting Rehoboth Beach and Lewes. The trail is aligned and...

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A major Maine — and national — mystery

Geraldine Largay, 66, an experienced hiker on the Appalachian Trail, left the Poplar Ridge Lean-to shelter near Rangeley, Maine on Monday, July 22, a beautiful, sunny day. She checked in with her husband via text message as she headed toward the Spaulding Mountain Lean-to, eight miles north. She had already hiked from Harpers Ferry, West Virginia, almost 1000 miles, with...

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Breaking the cycle of poverty starts on the Appalachian Trail

Cierra Schell, an incoming junior at Philadelphia’s High School of the Future, finished her ninth day of backpacking limping down the Appalachian Trail. She was in misery but so proud of it. “This is ridiculous,” she said. “I feel dirty. My feet got blisters all over. But it was worth it. I reached my breaking point yesterday. I fell. I...

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Your Own Private Idaho

The “Entering Stanley, Idaho” sign seems more like a friendly warning than a welcome. “Population 63,” it reads, as if to say: Congratulations, you’ve made it to the middle of nowhere. Stanley is the entry point to the Sawtooth Valley, a time warp of a place with four saloons, five mountain ranges and not much else. Established by Congress in 1972 and managed by the...

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Hikers adding Prince Edward Island to International Appalachian Trail

Ed Talone started his hiking journey from Key West, Fla., in 2011. Nine months and 6,500 kilometres later, he landed in Bangor, Me. At the same time, Julie King was doing some hiking through the International Appalachian Trail. Their paths crossed and the rest is history. “The hike started as a continuation, we left from Baxter Park and so far we’ve hiked over 2,100 km,”...

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Close-up Mount St. Helens crater view is worth the hike

The final few yards of climbing to the crater view are the toughest, with hikers digging their boots into soft sandy pumice, taking care not to dislodge rocks. But the view is worth the sweat-inducing slog. The route — which is scheduled to open to the public next year — leads to a spectacular view into the crater of Mount St. Helens. The scenery includes the heavily...

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WNC hiker Matt Kirk breaks AT unsupported record

Perhaps you were out hiking the Appalachian Trail this summer and thought you saw something really tall and skinny whiz by – it most likely wasn’t a misplaced giraffe. Chances are it was Matt Kirk, who on Wednesday night, August 7, broke the unsupported speed record for a thru-hike of the AT. What that means, exactly, is that Kirk, 32, a schoolteacher who most recently...

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National Park Service offers free admission on 97th birthday, Aug. 25

Admission will be free to America’s national parks on Sunday, Aug. 25, in honor of the 97th anniversary of the National Park Service. Special festivities will take place at parks coast to coast. “National parks belong to all Americans, and we invite everyone to join us and celebrate this special day,” said National Park Service director Jonathan B. Jarvis, in a...

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Pacific Crest Trail taking a beating from vegan hikers

Barring a broken leg, lightning strike or some other catastrophe, a 30-year-old California man is on track to set a record today by completing a supported through-hike of the 2,655-mile Pacific Crest Trail from Mexico to Canada in just 59 days. Josh Garrett has averaged 44 miles a day since leaving the Mexico border on June 10, and about 50 miles a day through Oregon and...

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How to pack food for long backpacking trips

On multi-day trips, the weight and bulk of food becomes significant, especially as your appetite rises, usually after a couple of weeks. This means that calorie-rich, dense dried foods are best. Long distance hikers are the ones in supermarkets searching out the highest calorie foods. Careful selection and a few additions can make dried meals quite tasty. Overall, around...

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Biking and hiking made easy at Whistler

Summertime, and the biking and hiking are easy at Whistler. The British Columbia resort, known for its world-class skiing, has also turned itself into a popular summer resort. Visitors can ride lifts that swoop up to more than 7,000 feet, giving spectacular mountain views and easy access to high-country hiking trails. Down in the valley, the 24-mile paved Valley Trail...

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Popular White Mountain National Forest trail closing for repairs

One of the most heavily used entrance trails at the Southwest corner of the White Mountain National Forest is closing on weekdays for extensive repairs. Colleen Mainville, spokesman for the forest, said the 2.9-mile Lincoln Woods Trail will close due to the damage caused by Tropical Storm Irene in 2011. The trail is a main route into the headwaters of the East Branch of...

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Group works to create national monument in Monongahela forest

Several organizations are working to establish a national monument in the Monongahela National Forest of West Virginia aimed at preserving about 123,000 acres. The proposed Birthplace of Rivers National Monument in and around the Cranberry Wilderness would include the headwaters of the Cranberry, Williams, Cherry, Greenbrier, Gauley and Elk rivers. Groups working on the...

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