News

Hike of the Week – A Devilishly Beautiful View

Posted by on Aug 11, 2011 @ 7:10 pm in Hiking News | 1 comment

Fri, Aug 19 10:00 AM Milepost 422.4 on Blue Ridge Parkway – Devils Court House Overlook Join rangers at the Devil’s Courthouse Overlook at milepost 422.4 for one mile round trip strenuous climb to the peak of Devil’s Courthouse. At 5720 ft. the panoramic view is one of the best around. It includes four states, North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, and Tennessee. Learn about this high elevation forest that supports unique plant and animal life. Put on your hiking shoes, bring some water, prepare for the ever changing...

read more

Hiking in Hawai‘i – O‘ahu’s best trails

Posted by on Aug 11, 2011 @ 6:55 pm in Hiking News | 0 comments

Surf and sand are not the only ways to experience Hawai‘i. Hiking is an excellent way for newcomers and locals alike to get to know O‘ahu. Sandwiched between the mountains and the sea, Honolulu alone has dozens of trails ready for exploring. O‘ahu offers many trails, especially if you have access to a car and can expand your range up the Windward side toward the North Shore, or west to the Wai‘anae range. Trail...

read more

Buffalo roams in wildflower center’s preserve

Posted by on Aug 10, 2011 @ 5:24 pm in Hiking News | 0 comments

Animal protection specialists will try again to tranquilize a large bison that has been roaming the grounds around the Austin, TX Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center since this weekend. The North American buffalo was spotted by gardeners Saturday, and officials at the center said they closed the hiking trails immediately. No damage has been reported, and the trails will remain closed until the buffalo is captured. The animal was last seen Monday, and officials believe it roamed to the center of the preserve from a farm in nearby Manchaca. A...

read more

Open Houses to Discuss Proposed Backcountry Management Changes

Posted by on Aug 9, 2011 @ 3:08 pm in Hiking News | 0 comments

Great Smoky Mountains National Park Superintendent Dale Ditmanson is inviting the public to two open houses to discuss changes the park is considering in the way it manages its backcountry campsite reservation. The open houses are set for Tuesday, August 16 at the Old Oconaluftee Visitor Center at 1194 Newfound Gap Road in Cherokee, NC and on Thursday, August 18 at Park Headquarters at 107 Park Headquarters Road in Gatlinburg. Both events will run from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Park managers are proposing changes to the system by which backpackers...

read more

Hunt for fearless cougar closes hiking trails

Posted by on Aug 8, 2011 @ 5:52 pm in Hiking News | 0 comments

A large swath of trails near Squamish, B.C., has been closed to users as conservation officers hunt down an aggressive cougar that’s been stalking people. Conservation officer Insp. Chris Doyle said three groups of mountain bikers encountered the cougar over the weekend on trails around Alice Lake, about 80 kilometres north of Vancouver. In each case, Doyle said the animal was very difficult to scare off, and showed considerable interest in the humans. Officers were on the trails over the weekend. On Monday they closed seven trails and...

read more

Ecosystems a welcome surprise on Olympic Peninsula hikes

Posted by on Aug 7, 2011 @ 4:39 pm in Hiking News | 0 comments

The lush, temperate rain forests of Washington’s Olympic Peninsula are like a Tolkien world of ancient, 300-foot spruce and hemlock. Far-reaching branches are heavily cloaked in moss and lichens. Certain characteristics define the forests of the Olympic Peninsula, including thousand-year-old trees, multilayered canopies and fallen logs that become nurseries for a variety of sprouting shrubs and trees. The Olympic Peninsula has no equal when it comes to diversity of terrain. Within its 1 million acres thrive three ecosystems —...

read more

Parks primer: Rocky Mountain National Park

Posted by on Aug 7, 2011 @ 9:06 am in Hiking News | 0 comments

With a mix of soaring granite peaks, lush alpine meadows, high country lakes and waterfalls, Rocky Mountain National Park, in northeastern Colorado, is a park straight out of central casting. Driving the 48-mile Trail Ridge Road from Estes Park on the park’s east side to Grand Lake on the west offers thrills you can’t find in a car without a number painted on the side. You’ll start out in the shade of aspen and ponderosa pine before rising above the timberline to more than 12,000 feet above sea level. It’s breathtaking — and in the very...

read more

Lessons on Nature From a Cellphone Call

Posted by on Aug 6, 2011 @ 5:43 pm in Hiking News | 0 comments

Once reviled by park rangers as an unfortunate distraction, cellphones are lately being embraced by national, state and local parks as a way to educate a more connected public. Fort Ord Dunes, on the Pacific coast about two hours south of San Francisco, features a new cellphone tour that hikers can dial into from the trail; it gives a guided walking tour of the cultural and natural history of the site, which used to be a military post and is now a protected habitat area for seals, sea lions and endangered snowy plovers. Numbered placards help...

read more

Buried in Snow, Many Trails at Mt. Rainier Are Hazardous to Hikers

Posted by on Aug 4, 2011 @ 10:22 pm in Hiking News | 1 comment

Most summers, the 3.8-mile round-trip hike to Comet Falls in Mount Rainier National Park is a popular, family-friendly walk. This summer, park rangers are recommending hikers use ice axes and crampons to navigate the route that is still covered with snow. And Comet Falls Trail isn’t the only one. Many popular summer mountain trails are still buried under slippery old snow, causing hazards for hikers and making finding routes more challenging. Heavy snowfall in the winter and spring coupled with what the National Climatic Data Center called...

read more

14er Trail Reopened To Public After 7-Year Closure

Posted by on Aug 3, 2011 @ 4:33 pm in Hiking News | 0 comments

The U.S. Forest Service has opened a popular hiking trail southwest of Telluride after a seven-year battle over public land. The Rock of Ages Trail restores public access to Wilson Peak, a popular 14er in the Lizard Head Wilderness. “We are thrilled to open this new trail that will allow climbers to hike through Silver Pick Basin on their way to Wilson Peak ” said Judy Schutza, Norwood District Ranger. “Public access would not have been restored without the efforts of The Trust for Public Land who purchased key private parcels on Wilson Peak...

read more

14ers: Your guide to getting started

Posted by on Aug 2, 2011 @ 7:12 pm in Hiking News | 0 comments

Looking to hike your first peaks this summer? Maybe you’ve driven past the road markers pointing toward the peaks in the distance. Maybe you’re tired of your friends yammering on about their last backpacking trip. Maybe it’s just time to try one — it might just lead to a whole new obsession. Aside from being mentally and physically prepared, experienced hikers will tell you that you should know your route. Guidebooks and fourteener Web sites (try www.14ers.com) can give you detailed descriptions, conditions and class...

read more

Hiking Trails in the Catskills Mountains of NY

Posted by on Aug 2, 2011 @ 7:22 am in Hiking News | 0 comments

The origin of many hiking trails in NY State have their roots in the Native American-made paths to various hunting grounds. The intrepid artists of the Hudson River School used these trails to find beautiful panoramas to sketch and later paint in their studios. There is a wide variety of hiking trails, ranging from the most easy such as the paved and flat, like the path along the Ashokan Reservoir, to the extremely difficult 3 mountain loop of Devil’s Path, or the ascent to Slide Mountain. Whatever your chosen skill level, it will be...

read more

Best Seattle Hiking Trails for Beginners

Posted by on Aug 1, 2011 @ 8:09 pm in Hiking News | 0 comments

One of the most unique things about visiting Seattle is you’re in a city surrounded by mountains, wilderness, and waterways. This means it’s easy to find a place to enjoy a short nature getaway when you don’t have time for a longer excursion. One of the best and most popular outdoor leisure activities in Seattle is hiking. After all, you don’t need much to enjoy a good hike: Just bring appropriate clothing, water, snacks, and a map. If you’re new to hiking, you probably don’t want to start out with a 4-day hiking and camping extravaganza....

read more

Hiking Arizona’s National Scenic Trail

Posted by on Aug 1, 2011 @ 4:58 pm in Hiking News | 0 comments

Grand things happen in the Grand Canyon State. Not only does Arizona hold claim on that huge scenic hole in the ground, it also is home to a lengthy, and unique, hike across the state — from the border with Mexico to the border with Utah — a trek of some 817 miles. Back before there were state borders and official trails, Native Americans created trails all over this territory, marveling at its pristine forests and clear mountain streams and stressing the relationship between man and nature. As Chief Qwatsinas of the Nuxalk Nation...

read more

Hiking trails re-open after Arizona’s Wallow Fire

Posted by on Jul 31, 2011 @ 8:09 pm in Hiking News | 0 comments

Although mop-up of the 538,049-acre Wallow Fire continues in Arizona, the Apache-Sitgreaves National Forests announced that the popular Mt. Baldy trails — including West Baldy, East Baldy and Baldy Crossover — have reopened for hiker use. As with all wilderness trails, no mountain bikes or motorized vehicles are allowed. However, trail users should be aware that downed trees across the trail at multiple locations may present difficulties for hikers as well as horses. Mt. Baldy is the second highest peak in Arizona at 11,420 ft....

read more

Hiking western NC trails just got more rewarding

Posted by on Jul 31, 2011 @ 8:57 am in Hiking News | 0 comments

The new Carolina Mountain Land Conservancy Hiking Challenge consists of eight hikes with varying difficulties and distances. The challenge encourages people to explore some of CMLC’s preserved lands. Hikes in the challenge range from easy to moderate difficulty, with distances between one and four miles. “CMLC works very hard to protect our beautiful mountain lands and facilitate access for people to enjoy them,” said Kieran Roe, CMLC executive director. “We believe that by getting out and exploring these places, you...

read more

National Park Managers Consider Backcountry Camping Changes

Posted by on Jul 30, 2011 @ 8:00 pm in Hiking News | 0 comments

Managers at Great Smoky Mountains National Park are considering some changes in the process by which backpackers make reservations for overnight camping at the Park’s nearly 100 backcountry sites and shelters. The proposed changes, which would update the reservation procedure as well as increasing Ranger presence on the Park’s 800 miles of trails, would be covered by a minimal user fee. No fees are being contemplated for day hiking. The Park currently requires that all those planning to stay overnight in the backcountry obtain a permit and...

read more

A.T. Boundary Crew to Recover Large Tract of Land

Posted by on Jul 30, 2011 @ 8:07 am in Hiking News | 0 comments

The Appalachian Trail Conservancy (ATC) Land Protection Program and volunteers from the American Hiking Society and Frostburg State University will be marking the Appalachian Trail (A.T.) boundary in Andover, Maine. Maine has more National Park Service (NPS) corridor boundary miles than any other state on the A.T.; with almost twice as many boundary miles as its approximately 280 Trail miles. This is due to the fact that a large portion of the Trail is not located within the confines of National and State Parks. The A.T. Boundary Crew works...

read more

Boy Scouts biking and hiking trails near completion

Posted by on Jul 29, 2011 @ 1:30 pm in Hiking News | 0 comments

The work of thousands of Boy Scouts will soon be open to the public as they approach completion of more than 16 miles of biking and hiking trails. The Order of the Arrow, the Scouts’ national honor society, is also rehabilitating about 12 miles of illegal ATV trails and removal of 4 acres of multiflora rose, an invasive species in West Virginia. The trails are located near Fayetteville and Oak Hill, both already hubs of outdoor recreation. Locals, one Scout representative said, were already trying to check out some of the new trails, which...

read more

Post office closures would make long hikes harder

Posted by on Jul 29, 2011 @ 1:12 pm in Hiking News | 0 comments

Hiking the nearly 2,200-mile Appalachian Trail already is grueling, and the U.S. Postal Service may make it even tougher. A plan to close rural post offices could shutter several outposts long used by hikers to receive food and gear as they walk the trail from Georgia to Maine. Closing the post offices in Fontana Dam, N.C.; Glencliff, N.H.; and Caratunk, Maine, would leave hikers without an easy way to get food and switch out equipment at critical points during their treks, which usually take between four and six months. Those key locations...

read more

Rocky Mountains Research

Posted by on Jul 20, 2011 @ 2:26 pm in Hiking News | 0 comments

I will be away for the next couple weeks for some r & r. I will be visiting my brother in the Rocky Mountains, doing some great hiking and sightseeing. We’ll be climbing a couple of fourteeners and checking out some of the national parks. Look for more trail reports when I return.

read more

Free hiking guide, sites and activities for U.S. national parks

Posted by on Jul 19, 2011 @ 5:32 pm in Hiking News | 2 comments

The National Park Foundation has released a free guide to some of the best hikes, activities, sites and sounds that the United States national parks have to offer. Make this summer one to remember by exploring your national parks. Download the FREE Happy Trails: 25 Unforgettable National Park Hikes with descriptions and insider recommendations on trails and treks for all ages and ability levels, as well as general hiking tips. This guide is a must-have for planning the perfect national park adventure. Our nearly 400 national parks stand, not...

read more

Ten Great Hikes In North Jersey

Posted by on Jul 19, 2011 @ 5:09 pm in Hiking News | 0 comments

High Mountain Loop in Wayne. Moderate with few rough spots. High Mountain Preserve in Franklin Lakes. Moderate with few rough spots. Campgaw Mountain Reservation in Mahwah. Easy to moderate. Wanaque Ridge Trail in Ramapo Mountain State Forest. Considered a moderate hike, there are extensive trails and junctions. Skylands Manor: Ilgenstein Rock, Erskine Lookout in Ringwood State Park. Another moderate hike with rugged areas. Ramapo Valley County Reservation in Bergen County. Also a moderate hike with some hills, rocky sections and stream...

read more

Walking the Canyons

Posted by on Jul 19, 2011 @ 7:11 am in Hiking News | 0 comments

Both Zion and Bryce Canyon stretch the boundaries of the word “beautiful.” They are more than beautiful; they’re life-affirming. Even if you’ve already seen photos of Zion’s famous fingertip-to-fingertip slot canyons or Bryce’s eerie valleys of vertical rock spires, you can’t truly experience either park until you get up close and personal. There simply aren’t words to describe the sprawling view of Zion Canyon from the top of 5,785-foot Angel’s Landing, or what it’s like to walk among hundred-foot-high sandstone hoodoos in Bryce’s...

read more

High Waters Finally Receding in Yellowstone National Park

Posted by on Jul 18, 2011 @ 8:44 pm in Hiking News | 0 comments

Above-average water levels from this spring’s lingering snowmelt nearly broke records in Yellowstone National Park’s lakes and streams this month. The good news is that the water has peaked and is on its way down. The not-so-good news is that a sizable portion of backcountry trails and some campsites throughout the park remain soggy and muddy, with a marked increase in visitation of hungry insects. All campgrounds in the park are open for the season, but some backcountry trails still have a significant amount of mud and standing water. A...

read more

NPS contemplates extending guided hiking on frontcountry trails in Denali NP

Posted by on Jul 18, 2011 @ 7:18 am in Hiking News | 0 comments

The original reason for limiting commercial guided use to parties camping at the Savage River Campground was to limit commercial traffic on the Park Road beyond the Denali Visitor Center. Additionally most of the Savage Alpine Trail is in designated Wilderness, and park managers were concerned about the impact of numerous commercially guided groups on wilderness character, including solitude and self-reliance. However, further experience and analysis of impacts from commercially guided groups on the other trails in the Park entrance area...

read more

Rock Castle Gorge hike

Posted by on Jul 17, 2011 @ 10:23 am in Hiking News | 0 comments

Saturday July 23rd at 9:30AM Milepost 176 – Rocky Knob Cabins Take a guided five-mile hike into Rock Castle Gorge, and learn the stories of the ruins from a community that existed there for over 100 years. Wear waterproof boots (or bring old shoes for stream crossings). The trail is moderately strenuous. Bring water and a snack. Meet at the entrance to the cabins. The hike will end at the Rt. 8 (CC Camp Rd.). The Park Service will be able to shuttle drivers back to vehicles at the end of the hike, or participants may set up their own...

read more

Blue Ridge Parkway Hike of the Week – A Call to the Falls

Posted by on Jul 17, 2011 @ 10:15 am in Hiking News | 0 comments

Friday, July 22nd at 10:00AM Milepost 419 – Graveyard Fields Tired of seeing the rivers and the lakes you are used to? Interested in learning more about the beginning of the conservation movement in Western North Carolina? Come join rangers for a guided hike in Graveyard Fields. They will be exploring an area steeped in history and biodiversity, ending at the upper falls, an extraordinary hydrological feature hidden in this beautiful wilderness. This is a 2.5 mile hike round-trip, and is considered easy to moderate. Please wear suitable...

read more

Hiking and camping safety tips from the American Red Cross

Posted by on Jul 17, 2011 @ 8:43 am in Hiking News | 0 comments

Summer is a great time for outdoor activities such as hiking, camping and swimming. Since unexpected things happen, however, the best way to help guarantee a good time for all is to plan ahead carefully and follow common sense safety precautions. If you have any medical conditions, discuss your plans with your health care provider and get approval before starting out. Review the equipment, supplies, and skills that you’ll need. You may need to know how to read a compass, erect a temporary shelter, or give first aid. It’s safest to...

read more

Blind adventurer conquers Arizona Trail

Posted by on Jul 16, 2011 @ 9:05 am in Hiking News | 0 comments

The first fall came on the first mile. Mike Armstrong picked himself up from the loose rock as his friends made sure he was OK. Armstrong is used to falls and pain – the 41-year-old teaches martial arts for a living – but this was different. Armstrong was hiking the Arizona Trail, which runs about 800 miles from the Mexican border to Utah. If successful, he would be the first blind man to walk the entire trail. It was early morning, April 2, a clear, sunny day. His guides – Ben Cane, 28, and Yancey Herriage, 37 – took...

read more

Hiking Colorado National Monument with Family

Posted by on Jul 15, 2011 @ 11:28 am in Hiking News | 0 comments

2011 is a great year to get out and visit the Colorado National Monument. Located approximately 250 miles west of Denver on I-70, the Monument (as it is affectionately known) is celebrating its 100th Anniversary as a unit of the National Park System with fireworks, special events and new displays in the Visitors’ Center. Hiking: Comprised of 32 square miles of breathtaking red rock canyons and monoliths between Grand Junction and Fruita, Colorado National Monument has miles and miles of hiking trails on established and backcountry routes. In...

read more

Great hikes of America

Posted by on Jul 15, 2011 @ 8:25 am in Hiking News | 0 comments

Ever since Lewis and Clark made their trek across the continent with Sacagawea, Americans have been moved to experience the variety of great-outdoors attractions available in the U.S. From redwood forests to Gulf Coast beaches, from Maui’s mountains to Alaska’s distant reaches, this land was made for lacing up hiking boots and launching down trails. Indeed, all 50 states — and even urban D.C. — have world-class trails to offer. A state by state...

read more

Canadian Cross-Country Hiking Trails

Posted by on Jul 14, 2011 @ 7:08 pm in Hiking News | 0 comments

Nature hikes in Canada will range from the most empowering and physically demanding trails, to footpaths natives took to get from one area to the next. Canadians love the outdoors, and it shows. The country’s current plan to construct not one, but two, cross-country recreation trails, is a sheer testament to the passion of nature hiking in the country as a whole. The two trails are called the Trans Canada Trail and the National Hiking Trail. The Trans Canada Trail will be, at its conclusion, the world’s longest recreation parkway. It will...

read more

Keeping Pace When Hiking

Posted by on Jul 14, 2011 @ 3:28 pm in Hiking News | 0 comments

Pacing is an essential part of hiking because it allows people to reach goals and objectives that they may not have otherwise been able to reach. As long as the steps of the participant are measured and regular, they will be able to keep going on for much longer than they would normally. Hiking can be a draining experience for those that are unprepared. Often times, unprepared people will go off on the trail with a huge burst of energy, and will quickly burn out and need frequent breaks, until they are so tired that they can no longer...

read more