Custer State Park, SD to Host Snowshoe Hike

Posted by on Feb 6, 2012 @ 3:39 pm in Hiking News | 0 comments

Visitors to Custer State Park will have the opportunity on Saturday, Feb. 11, to experience the winter sights and sounds of the popular park, by way of a pair of snowshoes. The Lover’s Leap Snowshoe Hike will guide participants through a dense pine forest, meandering near Grace Coolidge Creek. The three-mile hike is geared toward beginners, allowing participants the opportunity to try the recreational event and explore some of the park’s most beautiful winter scenery. Two hikes will depart on Feb. 11, leaving at 9 a.m. and 1 p.m....

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5 little hikes get you closer to some big Northwest legends

Posted by on Feb 5, 2012 @ 9:29 am in Hiking News | 0 comments

There’s no telling what you might stumble across when hiking in Western Washington. Bigfoot, vampires, bundles of cash. Maybe even Paul Bunyan. The region is steeped in nearly as much intriguing pop culture as it is in good options for cool-weather hikes. Here’s a list of lowland hikes that will get you in the right frame of mind to meet up with legends around the region. Paul Bunyan’s backyard Barefoot Bandit land Bigfoot country D.B. Cooper’s world Vampires and views Get details here…...

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Hiking the ancient trails of Greece

Posted by on Feb 5, 2012 @ 9:22 am in Hiking News | 0 comments

The deepest gorge in the world, towering limestone cliffs and ancient Zagori stone villages are all part of the Pindus Mountains of Northern Greece. The Pindus Range stretches from Albania to central Greece. Scattered throughout these mountains are Zagorian stone villages nestled on the sides of precipitous mountains. The inhabitants are descendants of semi-nomadic people and their inaccessibility allowed them some autonomy during Ottoman times. Trade routes were established by building stone paths and roads to accommodate mule caravans. The...

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Hiking the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu

Posted by on Feb 5, 2012 @ 9:14 am in Hiking News | 0 comments

As the sun rises and the mist settles, we make our way over Inti Punku, the Sun Gate Pass, and get our first glimpse of Machu Picchu, the Lost City of the Incas, nestled deep within the Andean mountain range in Peru. The descent past ruins, terraces and sacrificial altars is the culmination of a four-day and three-night backpacking trip over three mountain passes and 26 miles. There are two ways you can get to Machu Picchu. You can backpack the Inca Trail, which is part of a 14,000-mile network of roads and trails built by the Incas...

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100 Miles from Los Angeles, an Elysian Isle

Posted by on Feb 5, 2012 @ 9:01 am in Hiking News | 0 comments

Channel Islands National Park is an archipelago of five almost entirely undeveloped islands that remains one of the least visited parks in the country. Much like the park’s farther-flung islands — San Miguel to the west and tiny Santa Barbara to the south — Santa Rosa Island receives only about 5,000 visitors annually, despite its impressive sprawl: 53,000 acres, more than three times the size of Manhattan. That’s likely to change gradually. Until this year, 90 percent of the island was shut down for half the year for deer and elk hunting....

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Volunteers help clear Columbia River Gorge hiking trails

Posted by on Feb 4, 2012 @ 5:50 pm in Hiking News | 0 comments

In the wake of a storm that hit the Columbia River Gorge, volunteers with the Mt. Hood Chapter of the Pacific Crest Trail Association helped clear blocked hiking trails last weekend. The chapter’s volunteers care for 221 miles of the Pacific Crest Trail from the Mount Jefferson Wilderness to Mount Adams. And that help is critical considering that only one U.S. Forest Service worker is hired to serve the Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area, said Ron Goodwin, a Gresham resident and Pacific Crest Trail crew leader. Although the Forest...

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Twelfth Annual Hike for the Hardy on Brushy Hills Feb. 18

Posted by on Feb 4, 2012 @ 5:45 pm in Hiking News | 0 comments

The twelfth annual “Hike for the Hardy” on the Brushy Hills trail system west of Lexington, VA is planned for Saturday, February 18th, starting at 10:00 a.m. Area residents will have an opportunity to enjoy the natural beauty of Lexington’s 560-acre Brushy Hills woodlands during the traditional late-winter hike sponsored and led by members of the Friends of Brushy Hills. Everyone is welcome to come! “The route planned for this year’s hike will again take participants from the spring house at Union Run Road up to The Knoll, one of the...

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Physician assistants to “prescribe” healthy hikes

Posted by on Feb 3, 2012 @ 7:59 am in Hiking News | 0 comments

Everyone knows that exercise is one key to being healthy, but not everyone enjoys going to the gym. Georgia’s State Park system has teamed up with the Georgia Association of Physicians Assistants to make healthy living a bit more fun. Through the new “Rx for Fitness” Program, physician assistants can prescribe healthy hikes in the great outdoors, and patients can turn in their “prescriptions” for free park passes. “Rx for Fitness” is part of the State Park system’s new Tons of Fun Fitness Challenge which encourages citizens to use outdoor...

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Asheville area hiking challenges assist nonprofits, offer dose of history

Posted by on Feb 3, 2012 @ 7:52 am in Hiking News | 0 comments

Hiking isn’t just for fun in the woods anymore. After putting one foot in front of the other, and the other, hikers tend to look for a challenge. They are in luck. The mountains are filled with hiking challenges, from speed-hiking — more people are now trying to hike the Mountains-to-Sea or the Appalachian Trail faster than the last person — to tests of endurance. The Carolina Mountain Club hosts several challenges including the SB6K, aka South Beyond 6,000, which acknowledges hikers who climb all 40 Western North Carolina peaks above 6,000...

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Hiking Costa Rica’s wildest coastal trail

Posted by on Feb 2, 2012 @ 7:49 am in Hiking News | 0 comments

There is something magical about where forest meets the sea. The 11-kilometer coastal trail from Drake Bay to Corcovado, on southwestern Costa Rica’s Osa Peninsula, passes by towering giants surrounding rocky points pounded by Pacific waves. Broken only by wild beaches of all sizes, two small rivers and countless small streams, the trail is completely free of roads and cars. As you hike along the narrow path toward Corcovado, you walk back in time, and hopefully catch a glimpse of the future. Walking is a way of life here. There is no...

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War in the Pacific Historical Park to host hikes and educational events in February

Posted by on Feb 1, 2012 @ 7:17 am in Hiking News | 0 comments

War in the Pacific National Historical Park, Guam will host a series of events in February providing information on Park resources, the people honored by War in the Pacific, and how events of the past still have influence today. Park Rangers will lead special guided tours of park sites and share personal stories of those who fought in the Pacific War. All events are free and open to the public. Most programs occur outdoors at different locations and vary in length from 30 minutes to two hours. Most hikes are moderate and short but traverse...

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The Family That Hikes Together

Posted by on Feb 1, 2012 @ 7:12 am in Hiking News | 0 comments

Parenting outside is easier than parenting inside. When things start to get too crazy, our mantra is “go outside!” And sometimes that means us, the parents, as well. Outside, the noise level is definitely less of an issue. If there is food being eaten, there is no sweeping to be done, and cleaning up the table means merely brushing the crumbs off. Outside, there is no crowding, either — we can all find enough space. For this reason, some of our best family outings are hikes. We have a few different regular hiking locations, all within...

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West Virginia’s Best State Parks for Winter Hiking

Posted by on Jan 31, 2012 @ 7:29 am in Hiking News | 0 comments

Many of West Virginia’s state parks are open daily year-round and afford visitors a plethora of winter hiking trails to choose from. Plus, admission at the majority of the parks is gratis. If the snow flies, most of the winter hiking trails double as cross country and snowshoeing trails. Here’s a list: Droop Mountain Battlefield State Park Blackwater Falls State Park Twin Falls Resort State Park Pipestem Resort State Park Read full details…...

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Following in the footsteps of Thoreau

Posted by on Jan 29, 2012 @ 10:13 am in Hiking News | 0 comments

Henry David Thoreau had it right. “This was a cold, clear lake with scarcely a plant in it, of perhaps half an acre, and from a low ridge east of it was a fine view up the ravine,” he wrote. That came from his journal of July 9, 1858, a year when Thoreau hiked Mounts Washington, Lafayette and Monadnock. Many have followed in his footsteps, barebooting it along the deep but often hard snow that ringed the tiny third-of-an-acre pond sitting at 3,857 feet within sight of the great Tuckerman Ravine. The Tuckerman Ravine Trail is the...

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Partners lead acquisition of mountain for Cumberland Trail in Tennessee

Posted by on Jan 28, 2012 @ 9:15 am in Hiking News | 0 comments

The partnership for the Graysville Mountain Acquisition worked together for over two years to achieve this milestone that helps complete the 300-mile Cumberland Trail State Scenic Trail, which starts in Cumberland Gap National Park on the Kentucky/Virginia/Tennessee border and stretches south to the Chickamauga-Chattanooga National Military Park just outside Chattanooga, Tennessee. This project provides for over 10 miles of linear trail, nearly connecting existing sections of the Cumberland Trail, and the permanent protection of 3,200 acres...

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Butterfly pins available at Peninsula State Park, WI

Posted by on Jan 28, 2012 @ 9:05 am in Hiking News | 0 comments

A flock of colorful monarch butterfly pins has landed at Peninsula State Park. The monarch pins are available through Peninsula’s Like to Hike program. First established in 2001, Like to Hike promotes silent sports such as hiking, which enhances health and resource appreciation. Over the past decade, Like to Hike pins have featured the pelican, the pileated woodpecker, the fox and other park wildlife. A few people have collected the whole series, including the very first pin which pictured a hiker. The 1¼-inch pins are available for $3...

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Forest Service restoring popular trail in Sequoia National Forest with boardwalk

Posted by on Jan 27, 2012 @ 6:53 pm in Hiking News | 0 comments

It has taken almost half a year, but the National Forest Service has decided to use a boardwalk to restore a popular path taken out of commission by the fall of two giant sequoia trees last September. The Forest Service went through a lengthy public consultation process to determine what to do about the ruined portion of about 100 feet of trail within the Trail of 100 Giants in a Sequoia National Forest grove east of Porterville. The recreation site, currently inaccessible because of snow, is closed for the season, but as soon as it reopens,...

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American Hiking Society’s Volunteer Vacations build effective trail workers

Posted by on Jan 27, 2012 @ 7:29 am in Hiking News | 0 comments

Thousands of dedicated volunteers have sharpened their skills on trail stewardship projects hosted by American Hiking Society’s Volunteer Vacations. Volunteer crews provide their sweat equity to assist understaffed and underfunded federal, state, and local land agencies and organizations to keep America’s trails safe and accessible. Our nation’s trails need your help! Join American Hiking Society for a week of building and maintaining trails in exciting and diverse locations across the country. Take a vacation that nourishes...

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Two Memphis area greenways set to link up in summer

Posted by on Jan 26, 2012 @ 10:15 pm in Hiking News | 0 comments

The Wolf River Greenway in Memphis will connect to the Germantown Greenway this summer – making it the first time two cities will be joined in Shelby County with an off-road paved trail for joggers, walkers and bicyclists. Once the two projects meet and are open, residents will be able to travel close to five miles along the Wolf River and then continue on the paved trails from the pedestrian bridge leading to the 6.5-mile Shelby Farms Greenline. The greenline follows a straight path from Shelby Farms to Tillman in Binghamton along the...

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Building the Iron Goat

Posted by on Jan 26, 2012 @ 6:57 pm in Hiking News | 0 comments

The Iron Goat Trail is a rail-to-trial conversion along the old Great Northern Railway grade within the Stevens Pass Historic District in Washington State. Since 1990 volunteers have transformed this abandoned railway bed into a 10-mile hiking trail. Families, tourists, organized groups, rail fans and hikers of all abilities tread through lovely forests of ferns, alders and evergreens from Martin Creek to the Wellington townsite. About 10,000 people a year walk this historical scenic interpretive trail. It is featured in guidebooks, tourism...

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Guided geology hike explores footprints in the Ka‘u Desert

Posted by on Jan 25, 2012 @ 5:00 pm in Hiking News | 0 comments

January 2012 marks the Hawaiian Volcano Observatory’s 3rd annual Volcano Awareness Month and its 100 year anniversary. In honor of Volcano Awareness Month, the Hawai‘i Volcanoes Institute presents “Footprints Trail to Mauna Iki,” a guided geological hike in the Ka‘u Desert. The event takes place in Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park on Sunday, January 29 from 8:30 a.m. to 12:00 noon. Join UH-Hilo Educational Specialist Darcy Bevens for a four-mile round trip hike to explore features from Footprints Trail to Mauna Iki. The hike is rated moderate,...

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Santa Fe Trail Association emphasizes education and preservation

Posted by on Jan 25, 2012 @ 7:17 am in Hiking News | 0 comments

In 1821, the Santa Fe Trail became America’s first great international commercial highway, and for nearly sixty years thereafter was one of the nation’s great routes of adventure and western expansion. Mindful of this, the Santa Fe Trail Association (SFTA), a non-profit association with a 501 (c)(3) status, was created in 1986 to help protect and preserve it. The U.S. Congress likewise recognized the significance of the Trail to American history by proclaiming it a National Historic Trail in 1987. The Association works in...

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First Nationwide Park Rating System

Posted by on Jan 24, 2012 @ 7:38 pm in Hiking News | 0 comments, an attractive new online portal for outdoor enthusiasts and experts, made its debut at the Outdoor Retailer Winter Market show sponsored by the Outdoor Industry Association. Built and powered by those who know and love the parks best – outdoor enthusiasts and experts – the website features valuable, free information about nearly 5,000 U.S. national and state parks and activities as varied as hiking, rock climbing, cross-country skiing, canoeing, camping, or mountain biking. Designed with the outdoor enthusiast in...

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Maricopa regional trails system offers miles of trails

Posted by on Jan 24, 2012 @ 8:29 am in Hiking News | 0 comments

Maricopa County, AZ is home to one of the largest regional park systems in the United States. Ten parks in the system circle the Phoenix metropolitan area, preserving approximately 120,000 acres. For many Maricopa County residents, the cooler temperatures bring about a desire to get outside and reconnect with nature. This year, outdoor enthusiasts have access to 153-miles of new trails sprinkled throughout the Valley to recreate on. The trails are part of the Maricopa County Parks and Recreation Departments Maricopa Regional Trail System. In...

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Lebanon’s 275 Mile Mountain Trail is a World Class Hiking Destination

Posted by on Jan 23, 2012 @ 9:10 am in Hiking News | 0 comments

A few years ago, John Keyrouz fled the fast lane in Los Angeles and returned to Lebanon. When he ventured into the mountains to relive fond childhood hiking memories, he was astounded to discover a world class trail system that transects 75 towns and villages and 275 miles of breathtaking mountain scenery. Besieged with a desire to uplift the country’s rural poor through eco-tourism projects, in 2005 Joseph Karam and his colleague Karim El-Jisr applied for a $3.3 million US AID grant to establish a trail that would rival the organization and...

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Couple on 5,000-mile hike to document human kindness

Posted by on Jan 22, 2012 @ 9:50 am in Hiking News | 0 comments

The shoes of Kirk and Cindy Sinclair have tasted the deserts of Utah and Nevada, the Garden of the Gods wilderness and the trails of the Appalachians. Now they are sampling the alluvial soils of Southwestern Indiana. The Norfolk, Conn., couple set out on May 25, 2011, from Point Reyes, Calif., on a more than 5,000-mile journey and mission to spread awareness of humanitarianism within communities across the United States. Following the American Discovery Trail that stretches across mid-America from California to Cape Henlopen, Del., they have...

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Fight between local hikers, feds escalates

Posted by on Jan 21, 2012 @ 9:54 am in Hiking News | 0 comments

As hiker displeasure with the closure of a portion of the popular Bump and Grind trail continues to simmer, another trail closure controversy has erupted in the mountains above Palm Desert, California. The federal Bureau of Land Management last week installed a sign prohibiting dogs on the uppermost half-mile of the Hopalong Cassidy trail to where a well-known landmark, a lighted cross, shines at night on private property in the Santa Rosa Mountains. Like the closure of the top portion of the Bump and Grind trail, the BLM action is designed...

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Great free hiking apps for iPhone/Android

Posted by on Jan 20, 2012 @ 6:14 pm in Hiking News | 0 comments

You don’t need a fancy GPS device to help you go “Hittin’ the Trails”. If you have a cell phone, there are some free apps for that! Here’s a few of the best hiking apps for iPhone and Android. AlpineQuest for Android is an app that features detailed topographic maps, which you can load up whether you have service or not. It also has a nice compass feature, made functional by activating the GPS option on your device. Google has an incredibly easy-to-use app for Android called My Tracks. It uses GPS to plot out the...

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BLM offers bald eagle hikes at Cache Creek, CA

Posted by on Jan 20, 2012 @ 8:24 am in Hiking News | 0 comments

The Bureau of Land Management will host free guided hikes to look for wintering bald eagles in the Cache Creek Natural Area in Lake County on Saturdays in January and February. Hikes will be held, Jan. 21 and 28, and Feb. 4, 11, 18 and 25. Hikes will be canceled in rainy weather. Those interested in participating should reserve space for a specific date by calling the BLM Ukiah Field Office at 707-468-4000. Early reservations are requested for the popular hikes, which are limited to 25 participants each and fill quickly. Participants will...

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Hocking Hills’ 47th annual famed Winter Hike

Posted by on Jan 19, 2012 @ 5:24 pm in Hiking News | 0 comments

January 21 is the date for 2012 Annual Winter Hike. The six-mile trek from Old Man’s Cave to Ash Cave draws thousands of hikers each year to experience southeast Ohio’s most spectacular scenery. The hike features continuous starts from 9-11 a.m. Hot bean soup is served midway at Cedar Falls for a donation and a shuttle bus will return hikers from Ash Cave to the parking lot at Old Man’s Cave. Hikers are advised to wear layered clothing and good traction footwear, as snow and ice can make the trail slippery. They’re also...

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Coastal California’s hidden hikes

Posted by on Jan 19, 2012 @ 7:38 am in Hiking News | 0 comments

It’s not the Golden Gate Bridge or the golf course at the Ritz-Carlton; it’s not Pebble Beach or the Monterey Bay Aquarium. When it comes to the sweetest attractions in coastal northern California, try getting off the beaten path for some under-the-radar hiking on trails that are truly spectacular. These three hikes lie along the ever-popular Pacific Coast Highway (Highway 1), so if you’re making your way between San Francisco and central California via this celebrated route, take time to check out these scenic stops. McWay...

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Duke Energy to retire some coal-fired plants

Posted by on Jan 18, 2012 @ 3:03 pm in Hiking News | 0 comments

Duke Energy agreed in a legal settlement to retire more than 1,600 megawatts of old coal-fired power plants, making enforceable the shutdown plans Duke had previously revealed. The settlement removes the last legal challenges to Duke’s newest N.C. coal-fired unit, at the Cliffside plant in Rutherford County about 60 miles west of Charlotte. The Environmental Defense Fund, National Parks Conservation Association, the Sierra Club and the Southern Alliance for Clean Energy had challenged a state-issued permit for the 800-megawatt addition....

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Tennessee State Parks kick off 75th anniversary

Posted by on Jan 17, 2012 @ 6:53 am in Hiking News | 0 comments

The Tennessee State Parks system is celebrating its 75th Anniversary in 2012. The Tennessee State Parks system was established through legislation in 1937, and those laws – with modifications and additions over the years – remain the framework for park operations today. As in most states, it was state cooperation with federal programs that instigated individual parks. Later, Depression era recovery programs gave a boost to the idea and the possibility of creating parks. The Civilian Conservation Corps and Works Progress...

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Third edition of Canadian Rockies hiking book released

Posted by on Jan 16, 2012 @ 7:51 pm in Hiking News | 0 comments

In celebration of a 20 year milestone since he published his first book, author and photographer, Graeme Pole, has announced the release of the third, fully revised edition of his book, Walks & Easy Hikes in the Canadian Rockies. Boasting 151 walks and hikes and written for the “causal walker and hiker,” Pole describes the many trails of the Rockies accompanied by stunning color photographs and maps. The hikes range from Banff to Jasper, Yoho and Waterton, the Kootenay Plains and Recreation Area to the Kootenay’s, Mt. Robson,...

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