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7 of the Best Hiking Trails in New Jersey

Posted by on May 22, 2017 @ 11:45 am in Hiking News | 0 comments

7 of the Best Hiking Trails in New Jersey

For Dawn L. McClennen, there’s nothing like the feeling of being outside with just a pair of hiking shoes and a backpack.

“You’re away from technology, out in the fresh air,” McClennen said. “There’s this sense of adventure. You’re exploring sights you haven’t seen before.”

McClennen, 47, has been hiking for a little more than 20 years. She is the co-founder of NJHiking.com, a website dedicated to New Jersey’s large hiking scene that she created with her husband eight years ago.

She says the Hudson Valley doesn’t hold a monopoly on great hiking trails.

McClennen has hiked every spot featured on her site at least once.

“New Jersey is actually pretty diverse,” McClennen said. “It ranges from rugged rocky to hilly trails with views over forests and farmlands or views of the New York City skyline. There’s beachy trails on the coast and the Pine Barrens down south is an entirely different type of hiking, with flat, sandy trails dominated by pine trees.”

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The Top Four Hiking Trails Of South Florida

Posted by on May 21, 2017 @ 7:03 am in Hiking News | 0 comments

The Top Four Hiking Trails Of South Florida

For many people, the ideal Florida vacation includes beach, sun, sand and a cold beverage. While the beaches of South Florida are certainly some of the best in the world, there is much more to the region than beaches, theme parks and crocodiles.

Hiking in Florida might not be touted as the main tourist option, but if you get tired of sunbathing and Disney World isn’t something that you enjoy, consider one of these top hikes in South Florida.

Before you head out, however, there are a few things that you need to take into account to be best prepared for your hike, especially if you are planning your trip in the heat of summer. The temperatures in South Florida during the summer months can routinely reach into the high 90´s. Coupled with the humidity and the sun, hiking in Florida requires you to be prepared.

First and foremost, you´ll want to bring plenty of water. While this may seem like common sense, water is heavy. Sunscreen is also a must, especially for light-skinned people. If you are planning on making a backpacking trip out of your excursion into the South Florida wilderness, a lightweight camping hammock with a built-in mosquito netting will offer you a comfortable night´s rest while also protecting you from the sometimes vicious bugs.

So, where are the top trails?


Vail Nature Center expands hiking schedule

Posted by on May 20, 2017 @ 11:48 am in Hiking News | 0 comments

Vail Nature Center expands hiking schedule

Walking Mountains Science Center and the Vail Recreation District’s hiking schedule kicks off in June 2017 with added trails, more peaks and learning on public lands.

The Backcountry Hiking program, centered out of the Vail Nature Center in Vail, Colorado, runs from the beginning of June through the end of October, catching the summer wildflower blooms along with peak fall color season. To view the full schedule and register, visit Walking Mountains Science Center.

Hikes are guided by certified interpretive guides, wilderness first responders and outdoor enthusiasts that have been experiencing the valley underfoot for years.

Back again this summer are the popular family hikes every Thursday through the fall. Individuals or families with children ages 8 and older are invited to join a naturalist on these shorter, yet equally beautiful and impressive treks on local trails. Family hikes return to the Vail area by early afternoon.

New to the already extensive portfolio of trails this year are hikes in the San Isabel National Forest. Hikers will have the opportunity to summit the highest peak in Colorado, Mt. Elbert, or spend a few days on the world famous Colorado Trail.

Another new trail in the San Isabel National Forest will bring hikers to the turn of the century resort town of Interlaken, on the shores of Twin Lakes. This luxurious ghost town is an impressive reminder of the wealth that was found in the mountainsides surrounding Leadville.

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Cradle of Forestry Offers Walks to Beaver Wetland

Posted by on May 20, 2017 @ 7:24 am in Hiking News | 0 comments

Cradle of Forestry Offers Walks to Beaver Wetland

The Cradle of Forestry invites the public to a program, “Bogs, Bugs and Beavers,” on Saturday, May 27, 2017. The program begins in the Forest Discovery Center at 10:30 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. with an introduction about beavers’ adaptations to living in a watery world. Then naturalists will lead walks to elevated boardwalks along the Pink Beds Trail, interpreting the beavers’ wetland creating activities, the changing habitats they create, and the woods and water along the way.

Each program lasts about 1.5 hours with a walking distance of about 2 miles. Participants can use nets provided to dip for aquatic insects and salamanders from the boardwalk. Binoculars are welcome to observe birds, butterflies and dragonflies that thrive in the scenic Pink Beds valley.

The Pink Beds is part of the 6,500 acre Cradle of Forestry in America area of the Pisgah National Forest. Beavers have been active in the valley for over 20 years, creating early succession habitats and changing flow patterns of the South Mills River. The boardwalks, constructed largely by Forest Service volunteers, allow recreationists elevated access while protecting this fascinating wetland area.

Admission to the Cradle of Forestry is $5 for adults and free for youth under 16 years of age. America the Beautiful passes, Golden Age passports, and Every Kid in a Park passes are honored. Admission includes the Forest Discovery Center with hands-on exhibits, a scavenger hunt, a firefighting helicopter simulator, gift shop, historic cabins and antique equipment on two paved trails. It also includes the Adventure Zone, an activity designed to reach children with autism and engage young families. Lunch is available for purchase from the Café at the Cradle.

The Cradle of Forestry is located on Hwy. 276 in the Pisgah National Forest along the Forest Heritage National Scenic Byway, six miles north of Looking Glass Falls and four miles south of the Blue Ridge Parkway at milepost 412. For more information call (828) 877-3130 or visit www.cradleofforestry.com.


Smokies Park Reminds Visitors to be Bear Aware

Posted by on May 19, 2017 @ 12:37 pm in Conservation, Hiking News | 0 comments

Smokies Park Reminds Visitors to be Bear Aware

As the busy summer season approaches, Great Smoky Mountains National Park officials want to remind visitors about precautions they can take while enjoying the park to keep themselves and bears safe. Bears are particularly active this time of year in search for spring foods. Visitors should be prepared in how to safely observe bears without disturbing them during this critical season.

“Bears are very active right now, and we’re receiving reports across the park of bear sightings along trails and roadways,” said Park Wildlife Biologist Bill Stiver. “We ask for the public’s help by respecting bears’ space.”

Bears should be allowed to forage undisturbed on natural foods and should never be fed. Park officials remind visitors to properly store food and secure garbage. Coolers should always be properly stored in the trunk of a vehicle when not in use. All food waste should be properly disposed to discourage bears from approaching people.

Hikers are reminded to take necessary precautions while in bear country including hiking in groups of 2 or more, carrying bear spray, complying with all backcountry closures, properly storing food regulations, and remaining at safe viewing distance from bears at all times. Feeding, touching, disturbing, or willfully approaching wildlife within 50 yards (150 feet), or any distance that disturbs or displaces wildlife, is illegal in the park.

If approached by a bear, park officials recommend slowly backing away to put distance between yourself and the animal, creating space for it to pass. If the bear continues to approach, you should not run. Hikers should make themselves look large, stand their ground as a group, and throw rocks or sticks at the bear. If attacked by a black bear, rangers strongly recommend fighting back with any object available and remember that the bear may view you as prey. Though rare, attacks on humans do occur, causing injuries or death.

For more information on what to do if you encounter a bear while hiking, please visit the park website. To report a bear incident in the park, please call 865-436-1230.


Celebrate hiking on National Trails Day June 3, 2017

Posted by on May 18, 2017 @ 12:23 pm in Hiking News | 0 comments

Celebrate hiking on National Trails Day June 3, 2017

The New York-New Jersey Trail Conference and REI invite nature lovers and adventure seekers to an open house at trail conference headquarters on Saturday, June 3, in celebration of National Trails Day. The event includes tours of the headquarters at Darlington Schoolhouse, guided hikes through Ramapo Valley County Reservation, and stewardship opportunities to help make a difference at this popular park.

National Trails Day is an event held across the country recognizing the power trails have in connecting people with nature. In partnership with REI, the New York-New Jersey Trail Conference will be hosting a litter pickup and invasive species removal at the reservation, as well as a variety of hikes for all interests and abilities. Join them for a family-friendly nature hike, a yoga hike, a history hike, or a more challenging 3.8-mile hike of the Vista Trail Loop, part of which was recently built by Trail Conference volunteers.

Volunteers will also be leading tours of their 125-year old headquarters, where you can check out an art exhibition dedicated to the beauty of wildflowers. REI, as well as other partner organizations, will also be sharing ideas on ways to engage with trails and nature year-round. Refreshments will be available.

The National Trails Day Open House will be held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Trail Conference Headquarters, located at 600 Ramapo Valley Road in Mahwah. Free parking is available at Ramapo Reservation and Ramapo College of New Jersey’s south lot. Hikes and tours of Darlington Schoolhouse have a suggested donation of $5 for adults and are free for children. Space is limited, and preregistration is required. For details and registration, visit www.nynjtc.org.


Author publishes a beginner’s guide to mindful hiking in Sonoma County

Posted by on May 18, 2017 @ 7:14 am in Hiking News | 0 comments

Author publishes a beginner’s guide to mindful hiking in Sonoma County

Paula Phillips Marks was almost 50 when she took her first real hike, and she remembers it vividly. A friend took her on what was supposed to be a short stroll in Annadel State Park. They didn’t have a map and got lost. Seven hours and 11 miles later they limped back to the car.

For many, a first hike of this sort might also have been their last, but not for Marks, who glimpsed what was to become a ruling passion in her life. She signed up for a beginning hiking class at Santa Rosa Junior College, known as The Walking Class, and after the teacher retired, taught the class herself for six years.

Hoping to give new hikers an easier start than she had, Marks has now gathered her favorite beginner hikes into a book called “Soleful Hiking: A Beginner’s Guide to Mindful Hiking.”

The book lists over 50 easy-to-moderate hikes in Sonoma, Napa, Marin and Mendocino Counties in California, preceded by a few chapters on trail etiquette, safety and gear, all charmingly based on Marks’ own hard-won experience. Don’t for instance, leave your hiking boots in the trunk of your car during summer — the heat will melt the glue and separate the soles from the shoes.

“The biggest thing, especially for the beginner, is to take their time and not feel like this is a marathon race back to the car,” she said. “If they can slow themselves down they’re going to pick up on things they would have never seen if they were racing through the parks — a blue heron or a beautiful butterfly or whatever else is going on around you that miss when you’re in a hurry.”

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Harmon Den Timber Harvesting Project Resumes

Posted by on May 17, 2017 @ 11:56 am in Hiking News | 0 comments

Harmon Den Timber Harvesting Project Resumes

The USFS has resumed a project that includes timber harvesting in the Harmon Den area of the Appalachian Ranger District of the Pisgah National Forest, approximately 25 miles northwest of Asheville, North Carolina.

Benefits of the timber harvesting include improved wildlife habitat for species including elk, deer, grouse and other species that benefit from areas of young forest in which sunlight reaches the forest floor. Harvesting is taking place pursuant to the Harmon Den Project Decision Notice that was signed by the District Ranger in 2010, following detailed project analysis and public involvement.

Exposed soil, freshly cut stumps and logging slash (tree tops) may be seen in the project area immediately following harvesting, however within one or two growing seasons these negative visual impacts will rapidly fade away and the areas will show a large increase in wildflowers, grasses, and healthy young tree saplings. A total of 96 acres of harvesting will take place between now and December of 2018 and all of the harvested areas will be reforested.

Timber harvesting for the Harmon Den project is being accomplished under a timber sale contract, in which the Forest Service has designated which areas will be harvested, as well as which specific trees within those areas will be cut. Timber sales are inspected frequently by Forest Service personnel throughout the life of the project to ensure contract requirements are met and natural resources are protected. In addition to the timber harvesting, the timber sale purchaser performs road maintenance and road reconstruction, including road grading and replacement of failing culverts and other road drainage structures.

A large portion of the money paid for the timber stays in the project area and is used for other forest improvement activities such as treating invasive weeds, timber stand improvement, wildlife habitat enhancement, road maintenance, and water quality improvement. The most recent timber harvesting in the Harmon Den area of the Pisgah National Forest was completed in 2006.

Log truck traffic may be encountered on Cold Springs Road (FSR 148), Brown Gap Road (FSR 148A), and along Max Patch Road (State Road 1182) through the duration of the project. Please exercise caution and drive slowly on these and all mountain roads.


6 ways to get the best workout while hiking

Posted by on May 15, 2017 @ 9:00 am in Hiking News | 0 comments

6 ways to get the best workout while hiking

Modern workout machines, like treadmills, offer flat and predictable workout surfaces. Although you can adjust the incline slightly, it does not offer a consistent challenge. In fact, most people fail to see expected results after months of using their treadmill. Hiking engages the entire body as it requires the use of hamstrings, glutes, quadriceps, abdominals, calves, thighs and lower-back, as you navigate the terrain as well as whatever obstacles you may encounter. Every log you climb over during a hike will challenge you in a way treadmills never can.

Apart from facilitating calorie burning, being outdoors also offers other health benefits. For instance, exposure to sunlight supplies the body with Vitamin D, which reduces the risk of cancer, osteoporosis and Alzheimer’s. Spending enough time outdoors also aids in resetting circadian rhythms, which helps cure insomnia and other sleep-related conditions. It has also been shown that outdoor activities help to improve attention span.

Hiking appeals to most people as it requires no special skills. In fact, it is easy to get started, although it does get much more intense if you’re willing to push yourself and tackle those advanced routes. However, to get maximum hiking benefits, you have to remember some simple tips. Here are some simple tweaks to use to speed up weight loss during hiking. They are scientific techniques that offer great muscle-toning benefits for every workout. Most of these techniques can jump start a lagging metabolism and ensure that you continue burning extra calories throughout the day.

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Oregon club using hand tools to clear wilderness trail

Posted by on May 15, 2017 @ 6:59 am in Hiking News | 0 comments

Oregon club using hand tools to clear wilderness trail

The sharp teeth of the cross-cut saw carve like a file through the thick fir log to the rhythm of Jason Middleton and Aaron Babcock pushing and pulling this antique tool of the backwoods. “We’d already be through it but we hit a knot,” Babcock says.

The knot proves to be no match for the seasoned saw, and the split log sloughs into the Middle Fork Trail, where Gabe Howe joins the men in hauling the log away to make way on the trail. That’s 1 down, 14,999 to go.

Babcock, Howe and other members of the Siskiyou Mountain Club are embarking on an ambitious task of reclaiming a historic 27-mile hiking loop through the Sky Lakes Wilderness Area in the southern Cascade Range of Oregon that is blocked with an estimated 15,000 blown-down trees, including thousands within 2008’s Middle Fork fire zone.

Three SMC crews will each log 10-day hitches in the wilderness area, armed only with cross-cut saws, axes and other hand tools, because chain saws and other mechanized tools are banned in federally designated wilderness areas.

They’ll be joined by volunteers as they work their way all summer from the Middle Fork Trailhead through the long loop created by a suite of other conjoining trails. “I think it’s a reasonable goal, but there are features that are out of our control,” says Babcock, a SMC crew leader.

It’s all part of the nonprofit club’s credo of stepping into Southern Oregon’s backcountry to reclaim wilderness trails left impassable amid years of U.S. Forest Service maintenance backlogs, particularly those where a lack of post-wildfire work could see historic trails disappear.

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Officials stress preparation for hikers, warn of tricky trail conditions

Posted by on May 14, 2017 @ 11:22 am in Hiking News | 0 comments

Officials stress preparation for hikers, warn of tricky trail conditions

Law enforcement and search and rescue personnel encourage adventurers to plan ahead, use the buddy system and tell loved ones where they’re headed as they venture into the Columbia River Gorge or the Northwest’s other wonders as the weather warms. Trails can be tricky this time of year, a Multnomah County Sheriff’s Office spokesman said, citing slick and snowy conditions, as well as erosion caused by a wet season thus far.

Outdoor enthusiasts should keep watch for things like slippery rocks, downed trees, rockslides and erosion at edges of rocky outcroppings, Lt. Chad Gaidos, spokesman, said.

“While there are beautiful views out there, they can be treacherous this time of year because the rock that’s been stable the 15 to 20 years prior is not stable, as it’s been washed out,” he said of outcroppings people venture onto in search of views.

Conditions aside, hikers and others seeking an outdoor fix should stick to standard ground rules to keep themselves safe, officials said.

You’ll want appropriate clothes and footwear, extra food and water, a map and compass, sunscreen, first-aid supplies and other basic gear. The “10 essentials” are a good place to start.

You should also notify others of where you’re headed, what route you plan to take and when you plan to return. Bringing a friend and picking a trek that’s within your ability level are probably good ideas, too.

Get more safety info here…


For Palestinian Hikers In West Bank, A Chance To Enjoy Nature And Escape Tensions

Posted by on May 14, 2017 @ 8:17 am in Hiking News | 0 comments

For Palestinian Hikers In West Bank, A Chance To Enjoy Nature And Escape Tensions

The hikers pile out of minivans on the side of a serpentine highway, climb a dusty hill, pass a Bedouin woman preparing morning bread in a tent, then turn the corner and find themselves embraced by the desert hills — a world apart.

Outdoor exploration is a weekly Friday morning ritual for the group, which calls itself Shat’ha, or “Picnic” in Arabic – one of scores of informal Palestinian hiking groups that have sprung up in recent years.

Their home, the West Bank, is a hikers’ paradise: mountains shimmering with olive trees, exquisite views, natural springs, vineyards, desert expanses and historic ruins at nearly every turn. The Palestinian hiking groups aim to enjoy that nature, but also to escape the tensions of life under Israeli military occupation and display ownership over the land they walk.

Life in the West Bank is tense. That is why four Palestinians started the Shat’ha club about 11 years ago. They wanted to get some fresh air after the violence of the Second Intifada, a Palestinian uprising against Israel that brought scores of attacks on Israelis and military incursions into Palestinian cities.

Palestinian hiking clubs embrace a similar nationalistic ethos. One Palestinian hiking group even makes a point of carrying a Palestinian flag when hiking in the West Bank. There may be as many as 70 grassroots Palestinian hiking clubs.

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Navigating the Ups and Downs While Hiking the Condor Trail

Posted by on May 13, 2017 @ 12:17 pm in Hiking News | 0 comments

Navigating the Ups and Downs While Hiking the Condor Trail

The Condor Trail is a wilderness route through the mountains in the Santa Barbara, California backcountry running more than 400 miles from Lake Piru in the south to Bottcher’s Gap in the mountains above Big Sur near Carmel. It goes through seven wilderness areas in the Los Padres National Forest.

It is not an easy trail — in parts, there is no trail.

Inspired by trails like the Appalachian Trail, the John Muir Trail and the PCT, the Condor Trail route was laid more than 20 years ago. The trail was not successfully hiked until just two years ago, by Brittany Nielsen in 37 days.

Finding a route through the wilderness is not like walking on a trail in a park. Nielsen said she saw only 20 other people on parts of the trail, including one whom she literally bumped into when they were fighting brush, coming from opposite directions.

Everyday, there are wet river crossings, maybe 10 to more than 100 a day. You usually just wade across as the water is rarely deeper than your thigh, but it means hiking with wet feet all day.

March is a great time to start this year with water everywhere, green grass and spring flowers (as well as a bumper crop of poison oak). After May, it is almost impossible to hike the Condor Trail, as there are long sections without water.

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Make Hiking Rugged Again

Posted by on May 13, 2017 @ 8:51 am in Hiking News | 0 comments

Make Hiking Rugged Again

Leave your hydration monitor, bluetooth speaker, and autonomous drone at home. On the trail, you’ll only need your brawn, smarts, and a smattering of old-school gear for this sort of hiking trip.

Hiking trails these days are overcrowded, sissified dirt highways of giant-backpack-wearing, ill-prepared softies. Did the great explorers of pioneer days need zinc on their nose, gobs of pesticides on their bodies, and hand sanitizer for their soft, unworked palms? No, they surely did not. It’s time to get back to the basics of the outdoors experience of yesteryear.

Bug spray with tons of DEET? Why in the heck would you need that? Ya know what scares skeeters away? Flexing your muscles, that’s what.

Also: basil, lavender, lemongrass, and mint can be used as a natural repellent. Hang them from your pack. Or boil leaves, let them steep for a few hours, remove the leaves, mix the liquid with a few ounces of cheap vodka, and slather up.

No need for sunscreen either. That dust on the bark of aspen trees is a natural sun block.

Afraid of bears? Don’t be. Just sing and announce yourself. Hiking trails need more people belting out Whitney Houston classics anyways. “IIIIII wanna dance with somebody…” Of course, in high-risk places, a can of bear spray is cheap insurance.

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Boise’s hiking Grand Slam

Posted by on May 11, 2017 @ 9:07 am in Hiking News | 0 comments

Boise’s hiking Grand Slam

Tom Lopez created the Grand Slam peaks of the Boise, Idaho, area as a four-step training regimen for his summer climbs. Others have latched onto the concept as a goal unto itself, or a circuit worth completing against the clock.

“When I redid the website a couple of years ago, the Grand Slam peaks page disappeared,” said Lopez, a retired attorney, mountain climber and guidebook author (“Idaho: A Climbing Guide”) who lives in Boise. “I immediately got an email from someone going, ‘Where’s that page?’”

The trailheads for the four peaks are less than an hour from town, with one actually starting within the city limits. Their summits range from 4,987 feet to 6,336 feet, which makes them accessible earlier in spring than the more daunting mountains that climbers like Lopez attack in the summer.

Cervidae Peak — just north of Lucky Peak Lake — is short but relentlessly steep. Kepros Mountain, in the Danskin Mountains east of town, is a long walk on mostly rolling terrain. Lucky Peak is a challenging hike, right out of a residential neighborhood, with the most-established trail. And Mt. Heinen is the hike that will test your resolve with its terrain and sometimes-fuzzy trail.

“It’s good, varied terrain,” Lopez said. “You can start with Cervidae in February. The best way to get in shape is to hike … I always felt like once I did Heinen, I was ready for doing the big peaks.”

Lopez has hiked to each of the peaks at least a dozen times since he began tracking his ascents in 1990. Heinen is his favorite, but he’s climbed Cervidae — by far the quickest climb on the list — the most.

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Trail photographers provide an eye into Oregon’s wilderness

Posted by on May 10, 2017 @ 7:56 am in Conservation, Hiking News | 0 comments

Trail photographers provide an eye into Oregon’s wilderness

Ever wonder what nature looks like when you aren’t watching it? If a critter scurries through the forest and there’s no one there to see it, is it still adorable?

The answer is yes. We know this through the efforts of trail photographers who operate remote trail cameras that capture nature as it looks when no humans are there to disturb it.

There is a part of Oregon that no one will ever see with their own eyes. It is filled with wolves, foxes, bears and other creatures undisturbed by human activity. In fact, it is the very absence of humans that defines this unseen world.

Fortunately, there is a window into untamed Oregon provided by dedicated folks who take to the wilderness looking to capture images with remote cameras. There are two types of people who set up “camera traps”: those looking to survey species, like the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife, and those looking to create intimate portraits of wild animals.

The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife also uses camera traps to track certain species and get population estimates for endangered animals, like the gray wolf.

See some of the photos they have captured…


Vermont’s Green Mountain Club looks to the future

Posted by on May 9, 2017 @ 8:07 am in Conservation, Hiking News | 0 comments

Vermont’s Green Mountain Club looks to the future

The Green Mountain Club, based in Waterbury, Vermont, is a membership based nonprofit organization that is responsible for the maintenance of the Long Trail system, including the 272-mile footpath through the wilderness, 185 miles of side trails and 70 backcountry campsites. The GMC also participates in maintenance and protection of Vermont’s 100-mile portion of the Appalachian Trail, a long-distance national scenic trail that extends from Georgia to Maine.

The mission of the Green Mountain Club is to make the Vermont mountains play a larger part in the life of the people by protecting and maintaining the Long Trail system and fostering, through education, the stewardship of Vermont’s hiking trails and mountains. The GMC is headed by executive director Michael DeBonis, who has been with the organization for three years.

Over the years, as use of the Long Trail system has risen and development pressures have increased, the GMC has evolved from being focused on purely trail building and maintenance to a more comprehensive program focused on protecting natural resources from overuse, protecting the trail from development, safeguarding special natural areas, backcountry sanitation and waste disposal, educating hikers and publishing guidebooks and maps.

In short, the GMC is managing how people relate to and interact with our hiking trails, campsites and their surrounding land. DeBonis put it this way: “We’re providing a wild experience. We manage the resource to provide that.”

A stewardship program at GMC manages land conservation and easements. As a maintainer and protector of the Long Trail, the GMC works in partnership with the Green Mountain National Forest, state of Vermont, Appalachian Trail Conservancy, and private land owners.

Learn more here…