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Friends of the Forest Transform River Habitat

Posted by on Nov 10, 2012 @ 8:54 am in Hiking News | 0 comments

In Sisters, Oregon and throughout the Northwest, recent forest fires have reminded us just how much local forests impact our quality of life. With the Pole Creek Fire burning just 5 miles from Sisters, Central Oregonians came out in droves to volunteer at the National Forest Foundation’s Friends of the Forest® Day. More than 115 volunteers were escorted through the fire closure area, driven past charred landscapes, and taken to the beautiful and lesser known river, Whychus Creek. Both Whychus Creek and the Metolius River are the focus of...

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Denali Park Road closed for winter

Posted by on Nov 9, 2012 @ 7:10 pm in Hiking News | 0 comments

The 92-mile road that leads into Denali National Park and Preserve is closed at Mile 3 near park headquarters, and the winter trailhead has been established at the headquarters gate in anticipation of more snow. The park has received only about 5 inches of snow near park headquarters, and the snow cover is currently marginal for winter recreational activities such as cross-country skiing, dog mushing, skijoring and snowshoeing, the National Park Service said. The park has transitioned into winter hours and the Murie Science and Learning...

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Cougars captured in trail cam project in Waterton National Park

Posted by on Nov 9, 2012 @ 7:04 pm in Hiking News | 0 comments

On a chilly morning last September, a mother cougar and her two kittens were captured by a glass eye as they ambled along a grassy trail. It’s almost guaranteed a human eye wouldn’t have witnessed the Waterton National Park scene — snapped as part of a research project to gauge the health of animal populations, said Parks Canada’s Dennis Madsen. “It’s really rare … if you were hiking, you’d never see them yourself because the mother would know you were there before you knew they were,” said Madsen, resource conservation manager for...

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Decades old survival story

Posted by on Nov 9, 2012 @ 8:27 am in Hiking News | 0 comments

There’s an amazing story of survival following the recent discovery of military plane wreckage in the Sierra National Forest. A California schoolteacher out on a hike came across the scattered plane pieces. Reverend Jon Harris of Roanoke somehow managed to survive on a wing and a prayer that day and now this Virginia preacher shares a spiritual bond with the teacher. The middle school teacher from the north valley town of Salida looked up a hill and saw plane wreckage strewn across the rugged landscape. She said, “That wing part...

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Mori Point hike offers expansive vistas

Posted by on Nov 8, 2012 @ 6:15 pm in Hiking News | 0 comments

Mori Point hike offers expansive vistas

The place where Harold drove his Jaguar off a cliff in the cult movie “Harold and Maude” is today the 105-acre site of freshly restored hiking trails and inviting habitat for endangered species. Threatened with development for more than 30 years, Mori Point in Pacifica was purchased by the Golden Gate National Recreation Area in 2000. Since then, the Coastal Conservancy has restored wetlands, dug a pond, built a raised boardwalk over fragile habitat and created a trail with steps to the top of Mori Point bluff, which on clear days...

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Hiking Yoga classes: Stretch, breathe, sweat

Posted by on Nov 8, 2012 @ 6:08 pm in Hiking News | 0 comments

You can find yoga classes almost everywhere, and there are some pretty creative interpretations, from yoga in hammocks to yoga on paddle boards. We found one more and the philosophy is “take a hike.” An innovative workout called Hiking Yoga is 90 minutes long, and you guessed it — participants take a hike, and then strike a pose. “You just get this chance to have a really neat experience of combining fitness and being outdoors and the workout of the climb, with the peace and quiet of nature,” said Susannah Hall,...

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An easy, historical hike on the Carolina side of the Smokies

Posted by on Nov 7, 2012 @ 10:13 am in Hiking News | 0 comments

Hikers can participate in a leisurely, guided hike Saturday, Nov. 17, on the North Carolina side of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. The hike will follow the Kephart Prong Trail, located just nine miles from Newfound Gap or five miles from Smokemont Campground. In total, the hike will be four miles, round trip, with an elevation gain of 830 feet. The route will follow a varied walking surface — from an old gravel roadbed to old blacktop to dirt trail — as it weaves through an area that was a logging site in the 1920s and 1930s and...

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Trails initiative seeks input from Haywood, NC residents

Posted by on Nov 7, 2012 @ 10:09 am in Hiking News | 0 comments

A public workshop focusing on ideas for Haywood County trails that could become part of a Regional Trails Plan will be held at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 15, in the multi-purpose room at the Waynesville Recreation Center on Vance Street. The Southwestern Commission, through a grant from the North Carolina Division of Parks and Recreation and its State Trails Program, is leading a regional trails inventory and concept plan for Cherokee, Clay, Haywood, Graham, Jackson, Macon and Swain counties. Other workshops have been held in other counties...

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Appalachian Trail Conservancy – Trail To Every Classroom

Posted by on Nov 7, 2012 @ 10:04 am in Hiking News | 0 comments

Appalachian Trail Conservancy – Trail To Every Classroom

The Trail to Every Classroom (TTEC) program is a professional development program for K-12 teachers that provides educators with the tools and training for place-based education and service-learning on the Appalachian Trail (A.T.). Launched in 2006, in partnership with the National Park Service, the program offers educators resources needed to engage their students in their local community, while growing academically and professionally. Place based education and service learning is an effective method of teaching that combines academic...

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Helicopter replaces llamas to resupply snowbound LeConte Lodge

Posted by on Nov 6, 2012 @ 6:15 pm in Hiking News | 0 comments

A helicopter replaced llamas during last week’s historic snowfall on Mount LeConte to resupply staff and guests at LeConte Lodge. The 32 inches of snow and 7-foot drifts made it impossible for llamas to make the trek up the 6,593-foot peak in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. On Friday, LeConte general manager Tim Line secured special permission from the park service to enlist the services of Great Smoky Mountain Helicopters to airlift items that were running low, according to a news release from Stokely Hospitality Enterprises,...

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National Parks Waive Entrance Fees for Veterans Day Weekend

Posted by on Nov 5, 2012 @ 5:04 pm in Hiking News | 0 comments

America’s 398 national parks will offer everyone free admission during the Veterans Day weekend in honor of those that serve and have served in the United States military. “National parks preserve places that commemorate our country’s collective heritage – our ideals, our majestic lands, our sacred sites, our patriotic icons – which our military has defended through the years,” said National Park Service Director Jonathan B. Jarvis. “We are grateful for the service and sacrifice of military members, past and present, and honored to tell their...

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Planners to work on vision for Lake Michigan trail

Posted by on Nov 5, 2012 @ 4:55 pm in Hiking News | 0 comments

Government planners from Michigan, Indiana, Illinois and Wisconsin anticipate being among those meeting this week to work on plans for a proposed 1,640-mile trail network around Lake Michigan. The biking, hiking and kayaking route in the four states along the shoreline of Lake Michigan is the topic of the Nov. 8-9 Lake Michigan Trail Conference at Saugatuck Center for the Arts in southwestern Michigan. More than 150 people, including planners, are expected to attend. “The objective … will be to establish a long-distance...

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Bee warnings: New signs alert hikers on Camelback Mtn. to potential danger

Posted by on Nov 4, 2012 @ 8:43 am in Hiking News | 0 comments

New signs on Camelback Mountain’s hiking trails in Phoenix warn hikers that there are bee hives in the area. There have been two bee attacks this week alone. One of them was fatal. A trio of hikers was attacked by bees while climbing off the trail at Echo Canyon. One hiker fell about 60 feet to his death while trying to fend off the swarm. The others hunkered down in a crevice until helped arrived. Clad in white bee suit, firefighters were able to make their way through the bee swarm and air-lift the pair off the mountain. “They...

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Middle TN man completes hiking Triple Crown

Posted by on Nov 4, 2012 @ 8:35 am in Hiking News | 0 comments

It’s something most of us don’t often have the time or the courage to do, but one Middle Tennessee man gave up his job and home in exchange for a backpack, walking shoes and the open trail. Jim Boatwright spent the last five and a half months walking along the Continental Divide Trail from Mexico to Canada – a trip that spanned more than 2,700 miles. “It’s all about the journey. That’s what makes the mountaintop or the vista at the end so rewarding – what it takes to get there,” Boatwright said....

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Park Plans Prescribed Burn near Wears Valley

Posted by on Nov 3, 2012 @ 2:47 pm in Hiking News | 0 comments

Fire management officials at Great Smoky Mountains National Park have announced plans to conduct a 200 acre prescribed burn just inside the park south of Wears Valley in Sevier County, TN. The burn will take place during November 11th – 24th, depending on weather. Prescribed burn operations are expected to take 2 days. Great Smoky Wildland Fire Module, a National Park Service crew of wildland fire specialists, will be conducting the prescribed burn to reduce the build-up of flammable brush inside the Park boundary in order to reduce the...

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New trail connects Pisgah to Keene

Posted by on Nov 2, 2012 @ 7:45 pm in Hiking News | 0 comments

A new trail has been dedicated which members of the local hiking community say will make Pisgah State Park, NH the center of a regional trail network. The Keene Connector of the Wantastiquet-Monadnock Trail was broken in with a through hike of the 10 miles from Pisgah to Keene in late October. Together with the opening of the Wantastiquet-Monadnock Trail from Pisgah Park (Kilburn Trailhead) to Brattleboro, Vt., three years ago, this event solidifies the strategic position of Pisgah State Park, according to the Chesterfield Conservation...

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Gear Closet Raffle at Section Hiker

Posted by on Nov 2, 2012 @ 5:10 am in Hiking News | 0 comments

Philip over at one of our favorite hiking blogs, Section Hiker, is cleaning out his gear closet with sales, donations and raffles. This is a one a kind gear closet raffle of a mint Gossamer Gear SpinnShelter, one of most famous classic ultralight tarps ever made, featuring both a front vestibule and back door for full 4 sided coverage in case of stormy weather. This shelter is made from a material called Spinnaker Fabric which is lighter weight than silnylon and lower cost than cuben fiber. Unfortunately, manufacturing inconsistencies in the...

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Travel on Blue Ridge Parkway remains restricted

Posted by on Nov 1, 2012 @ 5:50 pm in Hiking News | 0 comments

Hurricane Sandy has affected the mountains of North Carolina and Virginia, bringing snow, rain, and extreme wind, forcing closure of most sections of the Parkway. Until the weather improves and cleanup is completed, travel on the Parkway is not advised. The National Park Service is asking motorists to avoid traveling on the Blue Ridge Parkway over the next several days until weather conditions improve. Officials said they are concerned that a large numbers of trees may come down as a result of superstorm Sandy. They also are concerned about...

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Appalachian National Scenic Trail Superintendent Honored with Prestigious Stephen T. Mather Conservation Award

Posted by on Nov 1, 2012 @ 5:30 pm in Hiking News | 0 comments

The National Parks Conservation Association (NPCA) this week, presented National Park Service Superintendent Pam Underhill from the Appalachian National Scenic Trail with the Stephen T. Mather conservation award. Underhill was recognized for her leadership in managing one of the Park Service’s most unique resources, which stretches 2200 miles and through 14 states, between Maine and Georgia. “Pam has fought tirelessly to preserve the integrity of the Appalachian National Scenic Trail corridor, and deserves great credit for her leadership to...

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Benton MacKaye guide series now complete

Posted by on Nov 1, 2012 @ 7:03 am in Hiking News | 0 comments

The Benton MacKaye Trail Association has announced this fall the completion of the new Benton MacKaye Trail Guide — Smokies Section. The guide completes the series of three trail guides, including the Georgia section and Tennessee/North Carolina sections. The 275-mile trail starts in Spring Mountain, Ga., like the Appalachian Trail. But, it veers more westerly, skirting the Tennessee state line along the edge of Cherokee, Graham and Swain counties, reaching from the southern tip of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park and all the way to...

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Storm Released ‘Staggering’ Amount of Pollution into Hudson

Posted by on Oct 31, 2012 @ 8:33 pm in Hiking News | 0 comments

Flooding due to Hurricane Sandy has released “unprecedented” pollution of the Hudson River, watchdog organization Riverkeeper warns, as the effects of the “superstorm” continue to unfold. The storm surge from Sandy caused flood levels to the river in New York, and allowed pollution from various contaminants from industrial and residential sites, fuels from boats and cars, subways and sewage overflows to be released into the river, the group says. “This is like an Exxon Valdez spill from nonpoint sources,” Capt....

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Forest Service urges caution after storm

Posted by on Oct 31, 2012 @ 10:39 am in Hiking News | 0 comments

U.S. Forest Service officials in Vermont and New York are urging extra caution for those who may want to venture out in the woods in the days following the storm. The Forest Service says overhead dangers may remain present even after the weather clears, with branches or even whole trees set to fall. Another concern is that streams and rivers may be swollen from the rains that fell during the storm. Colleen Madrid, forest supervisor for the Green Mountain National Forest in Vermont and Finger Lakes National Forest in New York, says crews will...

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Ice Age National Scenic Trail focuses on hiking — and geology

Posted by on Oct 30, 2012 @ 5:55 pm in Hiking News | 0 comments

Ice Age National Scenic Trail focuses on hiking — and geology

Badger Prairie County Park is a good place to hop aboard the still-developing Ice Age National Scenic Trail. The 339-acre ridge-top park lies east of Verona and southwest of Madison in southern Dane County, WI. The federally designated trail winds through a restored prairie. From Badger Prairie, the trail that is envisioned to be 1,200 miles in length runs south to the Verona trailhead, where it connects with the Military Ridge State Trail. The Ice Age trail offers solitude and glacial geology. Its southern border generally follows the...

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Bear Alert in Panthertown Valley

Posted by on Oct 29, 2012 @ 11:22 pm in Hiking News | 0 comments

Panthertown Valley is designated by the North Carolina Wildlife Resource Commission as part of the Panthertown-Bonas Defeat bear sanctuary. Bears live there and are protected there. This is their natural habitat. Due to recent significant bear activity in Panthertown, the U.S. Forest Service has issued a forest alert concerning bear encounters in Panthertown Valley. Over this past weekend one or more black bears visited campsites in Panthertown Valley near Mac’s Gap, Green Valley, and Little Green Mountain (including Greenland Creek,...

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Hiking China’s Tiger Leaping Gorge

Posted by on Oct 29, 2012 @ 4:48 pm in Hiking News | 0 comments

Tiger Leaping Gorge is one of the deepest gorges on the planet, and it has the best hiking trail in the Lijiang area. The scenery is spectacular. Foreign backpackers started hiking in the area in the 1980s. Inns and guesthouses have been built along the trail to accomodate hikers. If you hike the path, you’ll find some solitude because you may meet only a few groups of hikers all day. The valley is part of a UNESCO natural preservation area called the Three Parallel Rivers World Heritage Site, and it is also a part of China’s Three Parallel...

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Arizona to vote on taking control of Grand Canyon

Posted by on Oct 29, 2012 @ 7:28 am in Hiking News | 0 comments

Arizona voters have a big decision to make this November. Really big. Arizonans will vote next month on a ballot proposal to give the state control over the Grand Canyon – the latest move in the so-called “sagebrush revolt” in which western states are trying to reclaim federal land. The issue was put on the ballot after the proposal passed the Republican-controlled legislature. It would amend the state constitution to give Arizona sovereignty and jurisdiction over not just the Grand Canyon but all the “air, water, public lands,...

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World’s Highest National Park “Named”

Posted by on Oct 28, 2012 @ 10:11 am in Hiking News | 0 comments

According to the Xinhua News Agency, the highest national park in the world opened October 26th in “China’s Tibet.” The 30,000 square-mile Qomolangma National Park is situated at the border of China and Nepal, covering six counties of the Xigaze Prefecture in “China’s Tibet Autonomous Region.” In the West, Qomolangma, or Chomolungma, is most often referred to as Mount Everest, named in 1865 by Andrew Waugh, the British Surveyor General of India. With the formal naming of the world’s highest national park—China seems intent on...

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Jay Mt. hiking trail done

Posted by on Oct 27, 2012 @ 3:56 pm in Hiking News | 0 comments

The newly constructed 2.5-mile trail to the western end of the Jay Mountain Ridge is complete and available for public use, the New York Department of Environmental Conservation announced. The trail bypasses the steep and eroded sections of an existing “herd path” that had been the primary access to mountain’s summit. “DEC is pleased to provide another high-quality recreational opportunity in the Adirondacks for hikers,” said the agency’s Regional Director Robert Stegemann in a press release. “The new...

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Trail will soon loop around Bogus Basin

Posted by on Oct 27, 2012 @ 3:50 pm in Hiking News | 0 comments

By next summer, hikers, bikers and horseback riders will be able to circle Shafer Butte in Idaho on one continuous trail. On foot, this trip is not for the faint of heart. Its average elevation will approach 6,500 feet. There will be ups and downs. Even a fast hiker will spend about four hours making the 10-mile loop. But there’s a payoff. “Incredible views 360 degrees around the mountain,” said Dave Beck, former vice president of Southwest Idaho Mountain Bike Association, which pushed for creation of the Around the Mountain Trail. In the...

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National Park Service Recovers Fuel Pods, Debris in Northwest Alaska

Posted by on Oct 26, 2012 @ 5:09 pm in Hiking News | 0 comments

The National Park Service says it has completed a five-year-long project to remove heavy debris from areas it oversees in Northwest Alaska – including more than two dozen military fuel pods, mostly from F-4 Phantom II fighter jets. According to NPS spokesperson John Quinley, the aluminum pods – which measure about 15 feet long and weigh about 450 pounds each – were dropped during the 1970s by jets training over the western Brooks Range. The 25 fuel pods as well as the other debris, including a dozen 55-gallon drums as well...

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Worrying About Hurricane Sandy, White Mountain National Forest Urges Caution

Posted by on Oct 25, 2012 @ 8:54 pm in Hiking News | 0 comments

With the possibility of a severe storm hitting New Hampshire and New England early next week, officials of the White Mountain National Forest are issuing a warning to hikers. It’s not clear yet whether Hurricane Sandy will hit the New Hampshire area early next week, but officials at the White Mountain National Forest aren’t taking any chances, says spokeswoman Tiffany Benna. Starting Sunday and going through Wednesday people are being urged to stay out of the more remote areas known as the backcountry. “The concern in the backcountry is it...

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Take the White Squirrel Hiking Challenge 2.0

Posted by on Oct 25, 2012 @ 5:02 pm in Hiking News | 0 comments

Take the White Squirrel Hiking Challenge 2.0

The endless, rippling mountain views, the cascading fall colors and the sparkling waterfalls were nice enough. But what really inspired professional musician Stephen Lynch-Maass to write a song, was the dream of the White Squirrel Patch. “I was inspired while we were hiking to write ‘White Squirrel,’” said Lynch-Maass, 35, of Black Mountain, NC. The song’s refrain, which includes, “I want the White Squirrel Patch,” was tongue in cheek, but Lynch-Maass said the song’s subject was real — to obtain the coveted patch given only to those who...

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First section of hiking trail system in Boston opens to public

Posted by on Oct 25, 2012 @ 4:54 pm in Hiking News | 0 comments

The first section of a planned 40-mile system of hiking, walking, and biking trails atop old aqueducts in Boston and 13 western suburbs officially opened this week in Framingham. State and local officials said opening the 1.1-mile trail along a scenic section of a century-old, no-longer-used aqueduct owned by the Massachusetts Water Resources Authority off Elm Street is the first step in creating a lasting impact on the area for generations to come. “This is a new policy, and quite honestly a different way of thinking,” said Richard K....

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High Trestle Trail (Ankeny to Woodward Recreation Trail)

Posted by on Oct 24, 2012 @ 11:15 pm in Hiking News | 0 comments

The High Trestle Trail (f.k.a. the Ankeny to Woodward Trail) is named for the original railroad bridge that spans the Des Moines River between Madrid and Woodward, IA, on the trail’s northern end. This dramatic trestle is a work of art itself: a half-mile long, the bridge rises 13 stories, that’s 130 feet, and includes scenic overlooks with spectacular views of the valley below. The 25-mile trail runs between Ankeny, on the outskirts of Des Moines, and Woodward. You can pick up the paved corridor in several places, but a great...

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