National Public Lands Day this Saturday: Things to do in D.C.

Posted by on Sep 23, 2011 @ 11:47 am in Hiking News | 0 comments

This Saturday, Sept. 24, is National Public Lands Day, a countrywide celebration of national parks, exercise, killing weeds and other do-goodie things. It is also the World Wide Day of Play, and if you think these two events aren’t coming together into one synergized megaday of celebration, well, you’re just dead wrong. Since its birth in 1994, NPLD has become popular enough that as of last year 170,000 volunteers were working at more than 2,080 sites around America, clearing 450 tons of trash and 20,000 pounds of invasive plants...

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Residents urged to get outdoors for National Public Lands Day

Posted by on Sep 22, 2011 @ 8:11 pm in Hiking News | 0 comments

To celebrate National Public Lands Day, Salt Lake City volunteers are being sought to help repair and improve the Mormon Pioneer Trail on Sept. 24 in a project that supports the Wasatch Water Legacy Partnership. Volunteers 16-years or older are needed to do tread repair and brush out vegetation that has grown along the trail, which is a popular destination for bicycling, jogging and hiking. Visitors can hike along part of the original course of immigrants from 180 years ago, with trailheads at Big Mountain Pass and Affleck Park. The...

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Hiking trail access could widen under new San Francisco Peninsula parks plan

Posted by on Sep 22, 2011 @ 7:54 pm in Hiking News | 0 comments

Visitors to San Francisco’s Peninsula watershed could gain better access to 14,000 acres of local land under a new Golden Gate National Recreation Area proposal to complete local segments of the Bay Area Ridge Trail and connect it to the California Coastal Trail. The plan also proposes to increase access to Alcatraz and Muir Woods. Released earlier this month, the 20-year plan would connect people with green space and national treasures in the local cluster of national parks — including Golden Gate National Recreation Area and Muir Woods...

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With autumn arriving, it’s time to take a Georgia hike

Posted by on Sep 21, 2011 @ 6:56 am in Hiking News | 0 comments

The calendar says fall is here and even though we’ll still get some pretty warm days, there is a hint of cooler weather in the air. That means that hiking the Appalachian Trail and the dozens of other trails Georgia has to offer is on the horizon. Today, we will offer resources that can be used to locate hiking areas that suit your fancy. The southern end of the Appalachian Trail is located 8 miles north of Amicalola State Park on Springer Mountain. Originally, the trailhead was at Mount Oglethorpe east of Jasper, but was later moved to...

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Hike of the Week – Climb Up and Cool Down

Posted by on Sep 21, 2011 @ 6:46 am in Hiking News | 0 comments

Fri, Sep 23 10:00 AM Blue Ridge Parkway Milepost 363.4 – Greybeard Parking Overlook Do you need a break from the summer excitement? Are you looking for a spot to get away from the fall crowds? Join a ranger for a trek up to Lunch Rock, a little stone outcrop with a big view. This 1.5 mile section of the Mountains-to-Sea Trail is a moderate to strenuous one way hike, and is the second of two ways to get to the snack friendly Lunch Rock. Meet at the Greybeard Parking Overlook, Milepost 363.4, 1 mile north of the Craggy Gardens Visitor...

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2011 NPLD Signature Sites Announced

Posted by on Sep 19, 2011 @ 7:46 pm in Hiking News | 0 comments

National Public Lands Day is fast approaching. September 24th is right around the corner. A National Public Lands Day signature site is a volunteer event featuring special guests, speakers, unique programming or educational activities. This year, the signature sites are Rock Creek Park in Washington, D.C. and Martin Luther King, Jr. National Historic Site in Atlanta, Ga. Washington, D.C.: The National Environmental Education Foundation and the National Park Service invite you to Rock Creek Park to volunteer and participate in a recreation and...

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Man helps transform North Country Trail from ‘swamp walk’ into impressive path

Posted by on Sep 18, 2011 @ 6:29 pm in Hiking News | 0 comments

The North Country Trail is a 4,600-mile National Scenic Trail that runs through seven states from New York to North Dakota. The Michigan portion is 1,150 miles, of which 758 miles are complete. The trail is administered by the National Park Service, which works in cooperation with land managers along the route, sometimes federal, state or local government units or private individuals. NCTA chapters adopt sections of trail and work to construct and maintain it. The roughed-up logs and elevated trail that ran through the marsh originally was...

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Intrepid hiker tackles Florida Trail, all 1,150 miles of it

Posted by on Sep 16, 2011 @ 11:27 am in Hiking News | 0 comments

When Amanda Hus was a little girl growing up in Fort Myers, she dreamed about hiking the Appalachian Trail. “I used to read about it in magazines,” said the 53-year-old former stay-at-home mom. “I said to myself, Some day.” The Tampa resident had done a few day hikes in parks and nature reserves, but nothing serious. Then last fall she heard a talk by hardcore backpackers about “thru hiking” the Florida Trail. The hiking path, which stretches more than 1,100 miles from the Everglades to the Panhandle,...

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AMC Recommends Top 4,000-Footer Foliage Hikes

Posted by on Sep 16, 2011 @ 11:19 am in Hiking News | 0 comments

With New England’s fall foliage season almost here, the Appalachian Mountain Club (AMC) is offering free hike itineraries with maps for its top 10 “4,000-Footer Foliage Hikes” in New Hampshire’s White Mountains. Recommended hikes include a family-friendly option, and beautiful fall colors are an added bonus for peak-baggers. The AMC Four Thousand Footer Club officially recognizes hikers who have summited all 48 4,000-foot peaks in New Hampshire. Each expert-picked hike is available through a five-day trial of...

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Patagonia: Glacier Hiking

Posted by on Sep 16, 2011 @ 11:07 am in Hiking News | 0 comments

Now, I was walking across the glacier’s face, my metal crampons digging into the ice and soft rain falling on my face. We climb up and down the glacier’s icy slopes, stopping to drink from glacial melt – sweet and fresh, pure water – avoiding deep crevasses and photographing sapphire blue moulins. Our second guide takes the rear, running across the edge to proffer assistance and a helping hand to those of us who falter. After almost two hours, our guides lead us to a sheltered spot on the glacier, where a shot of brandy awaits. The warmth...

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National Public Lands Day Photo Contest and Volunteer of the Year Awards

Posted by on Sep 15, 2011 @ 7:57 pm in Hiking News | 0 comments

While planting trees, repairing trails and enhancing native habitats on National Public Lands Day, don’t forget to bring your camera and take some great shots of your fellow volunteers. Your photo could become a winner in the 11th annual NPLD Volunteers in Action Photo Contest. The Volunteer of the Year Awards recognizes outstanding National Public Lands Day volunteers who went above and beyond to make this year’s event a success. Nominate a colleague, friend or even yourself to receive an award and be recognized through the NPLD...

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A new book lists the 40 most scenic hikes in the Adirondack Mountains

Posted by on Sep 14, 2011 @ 8:48 pm in Hiking News | 2 comments

Most outdoor lovers are familiar with the Adirondacks, but with the park covering about 9,375 square miles of New York state, even the most experienced hikers haven’t seen all this segment of the nation’s oldest mountain range has to offer. More than 2,000 miles of hiking trails, 3,000 lakes and countless memories to be made are just a hop, skip and a jump away from Syracuse. And fall is the perfect time to check them out. Just be sure to call local tourism bureaus who can tell you if damage from Hurricane Irene remains. The Adirondack...

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Haw River Trail has grown a lot in five years

Posted by on Sep 13, 2011 @ 2:44 pm in Hiking News | 0 comments

While 10 miles of hiking trail may not seem like much, a great deal of conservation and development of viable recreation space along the Haw River Trail has been completed over the last five years. According to Haw River Trail Coordinator Brian Baker, about 320 acres in Alamance County, NC have been conserved. And that’s thanks to a five-year memorandum of understanding, signed by 10 government entities in 2006, pledging their support in protecting the Haw River and developing the Haw River Trail. At last week’s City Council meeting,...

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Watercolors Hiking in historic Locke and Delta Meadows State Park

Posted by on Sep 13, 2011 @ 2:38 pm in Hiking News | 0 comments

A Watercolors and Hiking event will be held in Locke, Calif. on Thursday, September 15, 2011 starting at 10:00 a.m. Bring the kids and the grandparents; everyone is welcome! Well-behaved dogs on leashes, okay. This is a mostly level 1.5 mile hike (apart from one 20 foot long, somewhat steep, narrow path up a levee hill), and some optional off-path routes along the way that are prickly and narrow. Locke artist and art teacher, Martha Esch, will demonstrate easy techniques to painting a quick, lovely, loose watercolor postcard of scenic spots...

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Fair Game: A wild and sacred place

Posted by on Sep 12, 2011 @ 6:55 am in Hiking News | 0 comments

There are no designated trails, only the tracks of elk. There are no posted signs, only a slight indentation through the tundra. There are no bridges, only fallen logs across the creeks. There are no people other than an occasional backpacker staggered by serenity and solitude. This wild and sacred place is not far from Aspen, but in 30 years of hiking the Elk Range, I had never been there until last weekend. Here is the archetype wilderness, where man is only a visitor, and a rare visitor at that. Here is a mountain valley with lakes and...

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Opportunities to Celebrate Public Lands Day in GSMNP

Posted by on Sep 11, 2011 @ 5:12 pm in Hiking News | 0 comments

On Saturday, September 24, Great Smoky Mountains National Park will celebrate National Public Lands Day by hosting several volunteer projects in a unified effort with many public lands across the country. National Public Lands Day is the nation’s largest hands-on volunteer effort to improve and enhance the public lands that Americans enjoy. Those interested in participating at the Smokies will have a chance to sign up for either a trail rehabilitation or a native meadows restoration project. The Trails Forever program – a...

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Hiking in Busan, South Korea

Posted by on Sep 11, 2011 @ 10:58 am in Hiking News | 2 comments

Koreans love to hike and you only have to see the huge array of clothing in the markets as well as the big brand names in numerous shops around the city to realize that it’s a serious business. I have not got myself the pink clothing… there can be too much pink on a walking track in my humble opinion. My backpack always contains ample water, raincoat and maps in Korean and English. I have discovered that there is not a walking map in English, but the Korean map is not too hard to follow and useful when you come across signs in Korean only. I...

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In Spain, Hiking Along the Volcanoes of Catalonia

Posted by on Sep 9, 2011 @ 6:36 pm in Hiking News | 0 comments

An old lady’s directions, in rambling Catalan, seemed somewhat improbable: go until you see a path that looks like it used to be a railroad, she said. Then follow it for about 35 miles until you reach Girona. When I hesitated, she added, “Just keeping walking along this volcano.” We were starting a three-day hike on the Vías Verdes, or Greenways, through the hinterlands of Catalonia, in northeast Spain. These hiking and biking trails have recently been etched throughout Spain by the federal government in an effort to bring eco-tourism (and...

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Urban Hiking: Exploring Your Local Terrain

Posted by on Sep 8, 2011 @ 7:07 pm in Hiking News | 0 comments

The concept of hiking for most people conjures visions of dirt paths, rocky trails, mountain passes, or grassy river banks. But what about metropolitan skylines, side streets, bridge passes, and old rail yards? Grokkers are a variable mix of urbanites, suburbanites, and country folk. When it comes to talk of hitting the trails and enjoying an outdoor workout, those in cities can occasionally feel boxed in. Sure, there are the parks, city beaches, and lake shore routes, but the opportunity for wilderness immersion is likely lacking. If you...

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Yosemite Celebrates Completion of Trail Upgrades & Habitat

Posted by on Sep 8, 2011 @ 8:46 am in Hiking News | 0 comments

Yosemite Conservancy and the National Park Service celebrated the completion of a $13.5 million campaign to restore popular hiking trails in Yosemite National Park from Yosemite Valley to the rugged back-country of the High Sierra. “Our goal was elegant in its simplicity – improve the condition of Yosemite’s most treasured, high-profile trails in order to protect irreplaceable natural resources,” said Mike Tollefson, president, Yosemite Conservancy. “Yosemite’s spectacular trails are a mirror of the democratic notion of the National Park...

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Adirondack Hiking trails reopen

Posted by on Sep 8, 2011 @ 7:48 am in Hiking News | 0 comments

The Adirondack Mountain Club (ADK) will reopen the Adirondak Loj and Wilderness Campground at Heart Lake and the Johns Brook Lodge on Thursday, Sept. 8. The reopening of the lodges and campground coincides with the reopening of a number of hiking trails in Adirondack backcountry. While Tropical Storm Irene left ADK’s north country properties largely unscathed, access roads to both properties were washed out. One lane of the Adirondack Loj Road was opened to local and official traffic last week, but the road remained closed to the public at...

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Hike of the Week – Tunnels of Love

Posted by on Sep 7, 2011 @ 5:00 pm in Hiking News | 0 comments

Fri, Sep 9 10:00 AM Blue Ridge Parkway Milepost 407.7 – Buck Springs Gap Parking Overlook The Parkway has 26 tunnels. There are far more tunnels of greenery in the southern Appalachians, with curving mountain laurels and rhododendrons. Trails through them make you feel that you are traveling into a special place – and you are; it is the place itself. In this hike you will learn about the heath plants, as well as the forest trees that are fighting for their lives. To walk through this vegetative tunnel, you will be hiking the end...

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Experience Fall at one of Wisconsin’s state parks

Posted by on Sep 6, 2011 @ 6:37 pm in Hiking News | 0 comments

There are currently 66 parks in the Wisconsin state system, covering more than 60,000 of the most beautiful acres in the state. In addition to the parks, the Department of Natural Resources administers nearly half a million acres of land in the state forest system. With festival season wrapping up, the kids back in school and options for outdoor entertainment dwindling, now is the perfect time to get out and enjoy these spots before the snow starts falling. Here are seven...

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Autumn Spectacular: A 2-Week Long Celebration

Posted by on Sep 5, 2011 @ 2:00 pm in Hiking News | 0 comments

The tourists are back to work and back in school, the temperatures are back to “beautiful,” the aspen trees are the perfect shade of golden, and the Town of Frisco, Co. is packed full of events and outdoor fun to make Autumn, well, spectacular. September 10-24, 2011, the Town of Frisco will host Autumn Spectacular, a two-week long celebration of everything Fall, including leaf-peeping hikes and excursions, the Adventure Bike Park grand opening, and Beetlefest, which is an environmental event focused on saving and replenishing...

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Iraq war veteran hikes the United States for a cause

Posted by on Sep 4, 2011 @ 12:03 pm in Hiking News | 0 comments

An Iraq war veteran returned home from a personal mission to raise money for military families in need. Troy Yocum spent the last 16 months hiking across the United States. He took off on foot from the Louisville Slugger Museum in April, 2010. Today he finished his last mile back at the museum with a crowd of people supporting him. “What a journey!” Yocum said, “I’ve had a lot of time to think about what I was going to say today.” Yocum’s journey began when he realized the struggles many of his veteran...

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Federal money to help complete trail at Bayou Teche National Wildlife Refuge

Posted by on Sep 4, 2011 @ 11:57 am in Hiking News | 0 comments

The Friends of Bayou Teche National Wildlife Refuge will use a $5,000 grant from the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation to build and improve the Palmetto Trail. The group in Franklin, La. leveraged its funds and volunteer labor to compete for the NFWF grant, according to a press release. The hiking trail, located on Janet E. Road just off of U.S. 90 near Franklin, on the Bayou Teche National Wildlife Refuge is about 2.5 miles long. It was once an oilfield location that was returned to the wild in the 1950s. The trail was started about two...

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A Great Escape To Some Local Hiking Trails For Labor Day Weekend and Beyond

Posted by on Sep 3, 2011 @ 8:55 am in Hiking News | 0 comments

Family outings can be a great escape from the norm, and an escape from cleaning and other entrapments at home, like the television and computer. The Audobon Society has a great way to inspire kids and their families to get out into nature. They created a passport booklet which lists several trails that families can enjoy in Rhode Island. If the kids hike at least six of the ten trails indicated in the passport, they can get a prize. Hike all the trails and they can get additional prizes. Passports can be picked up for free at the Audobon...

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Six-mile hike to Wildcat Falls includes steep climbs

Posted by on Sep 1, 2011 @ 5:25 pm in Hiking News | 0 comments

The Tail of the Dragon, that world-famous, 11-mile stretch of U.S. Highway 129 with 318 curves — may be a motorcyclist’s dream, but it’s no fun if you’re sitting in the passenger seat of a car. One of the best reasons to brave this stomach-churning stretch of road is the Joyce Kilmer-Slickrock Wilderness Area. Of the wilderness area’s 17,394 acres, 13,562 acres are located in North Carolina’s Nantahala National Forest, while the rest — approximately 3,832 acres — lie just across the Tennessee line in the Cherokee...

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Top spots for hiking in Hong Kong

Posted by on Aug 31, 2011 @ 8:26 pm in Hiking News | 0 comments

Hiking in Hong Kong is possibly the city’s most popular hidden activity. Tourism campaigns for Hong Kong rarely champion its hiking trails and yet 300 kilometers of designated trails, varying in length and difficulty, traverse the territory and many locals hike religiously. To really experience Hong Kong get out to one of the four major hiking trails: the MacLehose Trail, Wilson Trail, Hong Kong Trail or Lantau Trail. The city’s fervent enthusiasm for hiking comes to the fore at the many hiking events held there, including the Oxfam...

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Volunteers give back to national parks

Posted by on Aug 31, 2011 @ 4:12 pm in Hiking News | 0 comments

When Jim and Carol Miltimore approached officials at Mount Rainier National Park about volunteering, they thought the retired couple might spend a sunny afternoon bagging trash. They had no idea that six years later, the Enumclaw, Wash., couple would log more hours in the pristine park than many native bears. In six years, Jim, 70, and Carol, 63, have logged more than 12,000 volunteer hours making the 378-square mile park cleaner, more accessible and ever-luscious. “We’re avid hikers and nature lovers and, really, I think we get more out of...

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Hurricane Irene in the Catskills – Updates and Information

Posted by on Aug 29, 2011 @ 6:20 pm in Hiking News | 0 comments

Hurricane Irene hit the Catskills hard with heavy rains and strong winds. Some places received over 12 inches of rain, which created flooding that has exceeded historical records for almost all Catskill rivers. A number of Catskill communities including Windham, Tannersville, Margaretville, and Prattsville received catastrophic damage while almost every other community received some sort of damage. Many bridges are out or damaged and many roads are closed and washed out. Trails in the Catskills are closed until at least Tuesday, but as you...

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Hurricane Irene Takes a Toll on Adirondacks Hiking

Posted by on Aug 29, 2011 @ 5:56 pm in Hiking News | 0 comments

Updated August 29, 2011 TRAIL ADVISORY (8/29): Hurricane Irene has created dangerous conditions across most of the Eastern Adirondacks including flooding, bridge wash outs, trail wash outs and blow down of trees and other debris. Back country travel is difficult, if not impossible, throughout much of the Eastern Adirondacks. Hikers and campers should expect to encounter flooding, bridge wash outs, trail wash outs and blowdown when entering the backcountry. Plan accordingly and be prepared to turn back when conditions warrant. TRAIL CLOSURES...

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Louse Canyon among most inaccessible places in the West

Posted by on Aug 28, 2011 @ 4:35 pm in Hiking News | 1 comment

About 350 air miles southeast of Portland, the West Little Owyhee River, a rarely visited tributary of the better-known Owyhee River, has cut a squiggle of a gorge through sandy expanses of sage and rye. The canyon is surely among the most inaccessible places in the West. At its loneliest, the nearest human living under a proper roof is about 24 hours away by four-wheel drive, then horseback and foot. This cool crack in what is known as ION country, where Idaho, Oregon and Nevada collide, is so deep in the back of beyond that it sits in a...

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Station Fire, two years later: Kindling a comeback

Posted by on Aug 28, 2011 @ 8:57 am in Hiking News | 0 comments

When a group of young conservationists set foot in the blackened landscape of the Angeles National Forest more than a year ago, many were daunted by the sheer scope of their task. The 2009 Station Fire – which started two years ago Friday – had ravaged nearly 161,000 acres, leaving blackened trees, burned buildings, shells of incinerated cars and in some places, more than two feet of ash and mud that had sloughed off the mountainsides. Some of the group – made up of about 90 high school and college-aged students from all...

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