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Towns, States Are Ponying Up to Keep National Parks Open

Posted by on Oct 6, 2013 @ 10:04 am in Hiking News | 0 comments

The Arizona town of Tusayan, on the southern rim of the Grand Canyon, has 558 residents and 1,000 hotel rooms. And by Saturday, it had $350,000 to reopen temporarily closed Grand Canyon National Park. “The reason we exist is the Grand Canyon National Park. This closure is devastating,” said Greg Bryan, Tusayan’s mayor and general manager of a Best Western hotel. The town is offering to fund a partial reopening of the park that would allow visitors to drive through on a main road and stop at overlooks. As the...

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Hikers climb fence into Zion National Park in protest of gov’t shutdown

Posted by on Oct 6, 2013 @ 9:49 am in Hiking News | 0 comments

Hikers climb fence into Zion National Park in protest of gov’t shutdown

A heavy metal gate with a large “do not enter” sign was not enough to stop James Milligan from visiting Zion National Park on October 5th. “I wanted to go hiking today, and so I thought I’d invite some friends to come join me,” Milligan said before leading about a dozen protesters over the fence and into Zion. “The way I see it this is our park over here and no one has a right to shut us out of it.” The group met about 8 a.m. just outside the park’s entrance, energetic about their plan despite...

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Treasures of the Cinque Terre

Posted by on Oct 5, 2013 @ 10:09 am in Hiking News | 0 comments

A millennium ago, when pirates began marauding in the region, the Cinque Terre on the Ligurian coast of Italy had no beaches, and villagers hid high on the hills amid their vineyards and gardens. Eventually, they built watchtowers to look out for buccaneers. Those watchtowers still spike the coastline, darkly romantic mementos of an age of swords and bullion. Half a dozen centuries later, following the raiders’ retreat, a garland of beaches and breakfronts bloomed at water’s edge, eventually attracting an invasion of vacationers. They came to...

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With Shutdown, Questions About Visiting National Forests

Posted by on Oct 5, 2013 @ 8:56 am in Hiking News | 0 comments

While closing gates around a national park or monument is relatively simple, closing a forest is not. Newspapers and radio and television news operations around the country are reporting that while offices and facilities within the national forests have been closed, the land is still open to outdoor enthusiasts. Any activity requiring a permit, like hunting or camping, will still require a permit, according to many reports, and while forest stations are closed, permits can be purchased through local commercial retailers, while supplies last....

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Hiking the Trails of Dominica

Posted by on Oct 4, 2013 @ 5:11 pm in Hiking News | 0 comments

Hiking the Trails of Dominica

Dominica has long been known as the Caribbean’s “Nature Island,” and it’s easy to see why. It is the most mountainous island in the region — but also one of its most sparsely populated, and there are myriad ways to explore this natural Caribbean treasure. Earlier this year, Dominica declared the Waitukubuli National Trail an Eco-Tourism site, and the 115-mile trail is the longest of its kind in the Caribbean Sea and the region’s first major walking trail. Completing the 115-mile trail will take an experienced hiker about two weeks, although...

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FMST supports dual routes to connect Smokies to Blue Ridge Parkway

Posted by on Oct 4, 2013 @ 4:50 pm in Hiking News | 0 comments

FMST supports dual routes to connect Smokies to Blue Ridge Parkway

For 30 years, the ultimate route of the Mountains to Sea Trail (MST) from the Great Smoky Mountain National Park (GSMNP) to the Blue Ridge Parkway (BRP) in North Carolina has been uncertain. The original vision was a trail route that would roughly parallel the Blue Ridge Parkway from its southern end just outside the entrance to the GSMNP, but a precise route that would work on the ground had never taken shape. Now, thanks to a planning effort funded by State Parks exciting new routing ideas have been formulated, and the GSMNP, BRP, Nantahala...

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MILE… MILE & A HALF is now available on DVD/BluRay, iTunes and other VOD platforms

Posted by on Oct 3, 2013 @ 8:43 pm in Hiking News | 0 comments

MILE… MILE & A HALF is now available on DVD/BluRay, iTunes and other VOD platforms

Just 250 miles from Los Angeles and fewer than 200 from San Francisco, the John Muir Trail (JMT) stretches 211 miles through some of the most beautiful and pristine wilderness in the world. In July of 2011, five friends and artisans set out on an epic 25-day journey on the JMT from Yosemite to Mt. Whitney to document the sights and sounds of the Sierra Nevada high country. What began as an adventure to see – let’s be honest – if they could complete the trail, became the need to capture the experience in order to share the trail with others....

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Hiking during hunting season: How to stay safe

Posted by on Oct 3, 2013 @ 6:21 am in Hiking News | 0 comments

If you’re like me, when you were a kid your parents warned you not to play in the woods in the fall and winter. “Hunting season,” they said. The prospect of being mistaken for a deer didn’t always deter us kids (sorry, Mom and Dad!), nor should it deter hikers looking to take advantage of the cool weather and fall colors. If you take the proper precautions, you can play outside to your heart’s content and make it back home safely. Here are some tips…...

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Teamwork can help to protect wildland

Posted by on Oct 2, 2013 @ 3:20 pm in Hiking News | 0 comments

This is the time of year when Montanans shoulder their backpacks or saddle their horses and head for the hills. From snow melt to the end of hunting season, Montana’s wilderness and backcountry beckon, calling with opportunities to reconnect with nature and rebalance Life through solitude, adventure and recreation. Every year, people from all over America and the world journey to Montana to answer the call of the wild. Many do as most Montanans do — explore the wild lands on their own. Tens of thousands of other visitors, however, do as...

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Camp Hale Efforts Focus on Restoring the Headwaters of the Eagle River

Posted by on Oct 1, 2013 @ 1:54 pm in Hiking News | 0 comments

Camp Hale Efforts Focus on Restoring the Headwaters of the Eagle River

Just below the Continental Divide in the high Rockies of Colorado lies a truly iconic landscape. To most, this flat valley surrounded by majestic peaks is simply a high-elevation recreation mecca. Visitors use Camp Hale for convenient car camping, to start a hike on the Colorado Trail or Continental Divide Trail, to launch a multi-day ski hut tour, to hone their rock climbing skills, to ride ATVs or snowmobiles through open spaces, to catch trout or even bag an elk. Yet, few think about the many other values of this landscape. Camp Hale...

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How to stay safe around wildlife while hiking

Posted by on Sep 30, 2013 @ 11:28 am in Hiking News | 0 comments

From black bears to mice, it’s almost a certainty hikers and backpackers will eventually encounter wildlife during their travels. Depending on how prepared you are, these animals can either spoil your trip or make it a little more memorable. Here’s what you should know: The big beasts such as bears might sound scary, but the animals most likely to give you trouble are the little creatures such as squirrels, chipmunks and mice. These little buggers can scurry into your pack and start nibbling away at your trail mix in less time...

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Getting your tree legs at British Columbia’s Greenheart Canopy walkway

Posted by on Sep 29, 2013 @ 9:09 am in Hiking News | 0 comments

Carol Pucci NBC News contributor I can’t say I’m ready for a romp through the treetops of an Amazon jungle, but after crossing the second of 10 foot bridges suspended above a Vancouver, B.C. rain forest, I’m paying less attention to the swaying and more to the sounds and smells of nature. “Eventually, you get your tree legs,” promises my guide, Matthew Boyes, as he leads me on a stroll along the Greenheart Canopy Walkway, a quarter-mile system of aerial trails and viewing platforms inside the University of...

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Today is National Public Lands Day

Posted by on Sep 28, 2013 @ 2:08 am in Hiking News | 0 comments

Today is National Public Lands Day

Today, September 28, 2013 marks the 20th anniversary of National Public Lands Day. Join in and celebrate with volunteers in your community at parks and additional public lands, including community gardens, schools, refuges, rivers and many more. More than 170,000 volunteers are expected at more than 2,100 sites across the country to take part in the 20th anniversary of the largest single-day volunteer effort for public lands in the United States. Volunteers in every state will visit parks, public and community gardens, beaches, wildlife...

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Our national parks won’t have clean air for another 300 years

Posted by on Sep 27, 2013 @ 7:58 am in Hiking News | 0 comments

On a clear day in Yellowstone National Park, you could theoretically see for miles. But according to EPA calculations, about 53 of the miles are obscured by haze, which, along with blocking visibility, puts ecosystems and human health at risk. At our current rate of cleaning up air pollution, the park won’t be back to “natural” air quality until the year 2163. A new campaign from the National Parks Conservation Association (NPCA) is seeking to remind federal officials that, back in 1977, Congress passed a law promising to restore the air...

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Hiking through Pennsylvania’s fall splendor

Posted by on Sep 26, 2013 @ 2:27 pm in Hiking News | 0 comments

Any trail at the right point in autumn will lead to some spectacular fall foliage, but some offer something extra that enhances the hiking and leaf-peeping experience. Here are 10 of those trails. The Falls Trail at Ricketts Glen State Park near Benton has plenty of difficult spots along its 7.2 miles, including some gorge wall-hugging, steep sets of steps, but it also has 21 waterfalls with 11- to 94-foot drops. The two-mile Upper Spring Trail in the Boyd Big Tree Preserve Conservation Area passes through some oaks, hickories and beeches on...

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Help Erase Graffiti In Arches National Park On Public Lands Day

Posted by on Sep 25, 2013 @ 12:24 pm in Hiking News | 0 comments

You can be part of the solution in the battle against graffiti in national parks on National Public Lands Day, September 28, by helping to erase graffiti at Arches National Park. National Public Lands Day is an annual event intended to improve the health of public lands and encourage shared stewardship through volunteer service. This year marks the 20th anniversary of National Public Lands Day and volunteer opportunities are available across the country. With an increase in graffiti in the parks, at places such as Joshua Tree and Saguaro...

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Loowit Falls awesome payoff for hiking Mount St. Helens

Posted by on Sep 24, 2013 @ 1:15 pm in Hiking News | 0 comments

You might think tourists would crowd a trail that leads to a hot waterfall in the mouth of a recently active volcano. Strangely, they don’t. Mount St. Helens hasn’t erupted spectacularly for a few years, so most of the National Forest Service visitor centers are shuttered and the huge parking lots are quiet. Only three trails are at all busy — and they are definitely worth a visit — but you should also hike the lonely path to the crater mouth. The 9.2-mile loop trail crosses the 1980 blast zone, where wildflowers are repopulating...

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Cottonwood Canyon opens as Oregon’s second-largest state park

Posted by on Sep 23, 2013 @ 3:34 pm in Hiking News | 0 comments

Cottonwood Canyon opens as Oregon’s second-largest state park

Unique and bold approach to running a land conservation trust pays dividends this week when Oregon dedicates the state’s second largest state park, located on the lower John Day River. Cottonwood Canyon State Park encompasses 8,000 acres, from the river bottom up 1,250-foot canyon walls to wheat fields and wind turbines on the rim. The desert park in Sherman and Gilliam counties will have its dedication ceremonies and events from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Wednesday, September 25 before opening for business Saturday, on National Public Lands...

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Appalachian Trail Conservancy Celebrates 3rd Annual Family Hiking Day

Posted by on Sep 22, 2013 @ 10:17 am in Hiking News | 0 comments

Appalachian Trail Conservancy Celebrates 3rd Annual Family Hiking Day

On Saturday, September 28 at 4 East First Street, Boiling Springs, Pennsylvania, the Appalachian Trail Conservancy (ATC), invites families to venture out on the Appalachian Trail (A.T.) for the 3rd Annual Family Hiking Day. Held on National Public Lands Day, Family Hiking Day is an initiative developed by the ATC to introduce families to the A.T. and the benefits that come from spending time outdoors. Families will have their choice of finding their own adventure or participating in one of the three guided hikes led by volunteers from the...

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Seeking PCT volunteers for September 27-29 in Washington

Posted by on Sep 22, 2013 @ 10:11 am in Hiking News | 0 comments

What’s the best way to enjoy a crisp, early-autumn weekend? Out on the Pacific Crest Trail, of course! Join the Sasquatch crew in the Indian Heaven Wilderness, Washington for the weekend of September 27-29 to help with their last project of the season. They will be camping near Blue Lake to do some tread work on the trail near Berry Mountain and enjoy the changing colors. You can meet at the Thomas Lake Trailhead at 8:00am on either Friday or Saturday. Meals will be provided starting with dinner on the 27th (please bring a lunch for that...

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Chimney Rock State Park, NC earns recognition as environmentally friendly destination

Posted by on Sep 22, 2013 @ 9:45 am in Hiking News | 0 comments

Chimney Rock State Park, NC earns recognition as environmentally friendly destination

Chimney Rock State Park has earned recognition for its environmentally friendly practices, according to officials with the state’s NC GreenTravel Initiative. “We’re proud of all the great North Carolina tourist spots that have earned recognition as NC GreenTravel destinations,” said John Skvarla, secretary of the N.C. Department of Environment and Natural Resources, or DENR. Chimney Rock Management LLC, which operates the Chimney Rock component within the larger developing state park under a concession contract with state parks, earned its...

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As Adirondack Reserve Grows, Asking How Wild It Should Stay

Posted by on Sep 22, 2013 @ 1:37 am in Hiking News | 0 comments

A 250-foot waterfall, one of the tallest in the Northeast, tumbles over giant slabs of marble. A chain of 13 crystalline lakes and ponds teems with bass and lake trout. A 10-mile stretch of the Hudson River gorge winds through dense stands of hemlock, white pine and red maple. These natural features make up the more than 21,000 acres of the Adirondacks that were recently purchased by New York State from the Nature Conservancy, a nonprofit organization. By October, the land will be entirely opened to the public for the first time in more than...

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TAAN unveils three new trekking trails in Nepal

Posted by on Sep 21, 2013 @ 8:21 am in Hiking News | 0 comments

Trekking Agencies´ Association of Nepal (TAAN) has unveiled three trekking routes – Humla-Rara, Rara-Khaptad and Jaljala Trek – in mid and far western development regions. Sushil Ghimire, secretary at the Ministry of Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation (MoCTCA), launched maps and promotional DVDs of the new trails during the 35th annual general meeting of TAAN held Sept. 20. Speaking at the program, Ghimire thanked TAAN for exploring new trekking trails in mid and far western regions which are yet to get benefits from tourism...

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Draft Assessment Report Available Online

Posted by on Sep 20, 2013 @ 3:54 pm in Hiking News | 0 comments

The U.S. Forest Service National Forests in North Carolina has made the draft Assessment Report, prepared as part of the Nantahala and Pisgah National Forest management plan revision process, available online at www.fs.usda.gov/goto/nfsnc/nprevision. Over the last year, the Forest Service has gathered information and compiled it into a draft Assessment Report. The document evaluates the current condition and trends of the ecological, economic and social conditions of the Forests. This information will help identify revisions that may be...

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Missoula duo completes 3,100-mile border-to-border trek on CDT

Posted by on Sep 19, 2013 @ 3:28 pm in Hiking News | 0 comments

Missoula duo completes 3,100-mile border-to-border trek on CDT

On Friday the 13th, Leland Earls and Rachel Renne ran out of trail. They also ran out of Continental Divide in the United States. It took 150 days to walk the spine of the nation, from the Mexican border to Waterton Lakes National Park in Canada. “The Pintlars, the Wind River Range, the San Juans, the Bob Marshall — it seems every big-name wilderness, we got to walk through it,” Earls said of the 3,100-mile journey. “It’s the longest, most difficult trail in the U.S., and so remote that you don’t run into a lot of people. But it’s a gorgeous,...

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Three Idaho hikes to find autumn colors

Posted by on Sep 18, 2013 @ 8:19 am in Hiking News | 0 comments

No bugs. Impressive color. Mild temperatures. Falling leaves. Empty trails. How can you not love the serenity of fall hiking? Most people associate Labor Day with the end of mountain play, but veteran hikers know this is the most spectacular time of the year to enjoy the woods. Depending on where your fall itinerary takes you, here are three excellent hikes in Idaho mountain havens. Your best bet for peak fall foliage is the third week of September through the first two weeks of October. Read full story…...

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New guides available for local day hikes on Mountains-to-Sea Trail

Posted by on Sep 17, 2013 @ 9:41 am in Hiking News | 0 comments

Hikers hoping to explore a portion of the Mountains-to-Sea Trail in North Carolina without lugging an overnight pack now can consult a detailed series of online day hike guides. The new guides focus on three sections of the 1,000-mile trail, including the 60-mile Falls Lake Trail. The guide for Falls Lake features 18 day hikes that range from shorter than one mile to seven miles, while most are between two and three miles. The information for each day hike includes distance, degree of difficulty, connecting trails, descriptions of the trails,...

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Earthquake Swarm Rattling Yellowstone National Park

Posted by on Sep 16, 2013 @ 8:18 pm in Hiking News | 0 comments

More than 100 earthquakes have shaken Yellowstone National Park since last Tuesday, with the strongest, a tremblor of 3.6 magnitude, felt Sunday, according to the University of Utah Semisograph Stations. The quake occurred at 9:53:02 a.m. Sunday; the epicenter of the shock was located in Yellowstone’s Lower Geyser Basin area, 8 miles north of Old Faithful, and 15 miles southeast of West Yellowstone. According to the seismograph station, the swarm began September 10 and has included quakes near Lewis Lake, the Lower Geyser Basin, and in...

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Encounter solitude on solo hikes

Posted by on Sep 15, 2013 @ 10:33 am in Hiking News | 0 comments

Of all the really good backpacking safety advice, there’s one tip worth disregarding from time to time: Don’t hike alone. When Karen Povey tells people she spent a week by herself in the summer of 2012 hiking 93 miles around Mount Rainier, she’s sometimes treated like a daredevil. And it makes her laugh. “Nothing could be further from the truth,” said the 50-year-old Point Defiance Zoo education curator. “I’m a scaredy cat.” Povey finds joy in being alone in nature. She can sit for hours watching pikas play in the rocks without having to...

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Veterans on Warrior Hike finish Appalachian Trail in Maine; aids transition to civilian life

Posted by on Sep 14, 2013 @ 8:16 pm in Hiking News | 0 comments

Veterans on Warrior Hike finish Appalachian Trail in Maine; aids transition to civilian life

After six months, four U.S. military veterans have completed their hike of the Appalachian Trail from Georgia to Maine, ending with a celebration at the summit of Mount Katahdin. The 2,185-mile Warrior Hike, called “Walk Off The War,” gives veterans a chance to process their wartime experiences while hiking with others who have been through the same thing. It is designed to help them transition from military to civilian life. “They are changed people,” Marine Corps Capt. Sean Gobin said Saturday of the veterans who completed the hike. Gobin...

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Rocky Mountain National Park Closed By Ongoing Storms

Posted by on Sep 13, 2013 @ 6:59 pm in Hiking News | 0 comments

An unrelenting storm system Friday, September 13th forced the closure of Rocky Mountain National Park, where rangers were escorting visitors out of the park. Rangers were working to escort what few remaining visitors were left in the park in the wake of major rainfall in the park and flooding in neighboring Estes Park, Superintendent Vaughn Baker said. They likely wouldn’t go far, though, as Estes Park was isolated by the storm, which has closed off the highways leading out of the resort town. Superintendent Baker said Trail Ridge Road,...

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Groups interested in preserving Mount Major hiking trails

Posted by on Sep 13, 2013 @ 6:36 pm in Hiking News | 0 comments

Each year, thousands of people hike the four trails leading up to Mount Major in New Hampshire to enjoy the stunning view. “You can see from the top, Lake Winnipesaukee,” said hiker Jenaya Paradise. “It’s really a wonderful view.” The lush landscape, the waterfalls and the trails of Mount Major are all part of an outdoor experience that’s unmatched. But it’s also privately owned. “It’s just been by the grace and goodwill of the landowners that they let us on this land for so long, but that...

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A vision for trails overlooking the Golden Gate

Posted by on Sep 12, 2013 @ 3:32 pm in Hiking News | 0 comments

A comprehensive trails and bikeways plan was developed for the Presidio, a former military base which has been transferred to the National Park Service to become part of the Golden Gate National Recreation Area in San Francisco. The Presidio Trails and Bikeways Master Plan will provide park visitors, neighbors, and Presidio residents with an interconnected, safe, and enjoyable trails and bikeways system, while protecting and managing the Presidio’s natural and cultural resources. The plan is a joint effort of the National Park Service and the...

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Volunteers add 80 Miles to the iconic Colorado Trai

Posted by on Sep 12, 2013 @ 3:26 pm in Hiking News | 0 comments

Volunteers add 80 Miles to the iconic Colorado Trai

The U.S. Forest Service had a need, the Colorado Trail Foundation (CTF) saw an opportunity, and trail users are the winners. Last year, the CTF, with Forest Service blessing, added 80 miles of tread to The Colorado Trail, an increasingly popular long-distance track spanning nearly 500 miles of spectacular Colorado high country between Denver and Durango. The “new 80” will not extend the end-to-end length of the trail. It will, however, offer users an exciting alternative to the existing route that skirts the eastern side of the Collegiate...

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