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

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

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

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Hiking through Pennsylvania’s fall splendor

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

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

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Help Erase Graffiti In Arches National Park On Public Lands Day

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

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

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Loowit Falls awesome payoff for hiking Mount St. Helens

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Appalachian Trail Conservancy Celebrates 3rd Annual Family Hiking Day

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

Appalachian Trail Conservancy Celebrates 3rd Annual Family Hiking Day

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

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Seeking PCT volunteers for September 27-29 in Washington

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

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

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

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

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

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

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As Adirondack Reserve Grows, Asking How Wild It Should Stay

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

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

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TAAN unveils three new trekking trails in Nepal

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

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

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Draft Assessment Report Available Online

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Three Idaho hikes to find autumn colors

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

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

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

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

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

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Earthquake Swarm Rattling Yellowstone National Park

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

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

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Encounter solitude on solo hikes

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Rocky Mountain National Park Closed By Ongoing Storms

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

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

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Groups interested in preserving Mount Major hiking trails

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

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

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A vision for trails overlooking the Golden Gate

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

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

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Volunteers add 80 Miles to the iconic Colorado Trai

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

Volunteers add 80 Miles to the iconic Colorado Trai

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

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Monsoon damage keeps Kaibab hiking trail closed

Posted by on Sep 11, 2013 @ 11:43 pm in Hiking News | 0 comments

Hiking trails in Grand Canyon National Park experienced heavy rain damage from recent monsoons, and one remains closed to visitors. The South Kaibab Trail, just below Cedar Ridge, was temporarily closed until crews cleared debris from the area. The North Kaibab Trail below Supai Tunnel remains closed off until trail work is complete, which officials say will be early October. This restriction does not affect the North Rim mule operations conducted by Canyon Trail Rides between the trailhead and Supai Tunnel, according to a news release....

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Chestnut trees highlight of hike

Posted by on Sep 11, 2013 @ 2:38 pm in Hiking News | 0 comments

Chestnut trees highlight of hike

Take a walk along the Blue Ridge Parkway. The National Park Service will take hikers on a journey to explore the mighty chestnut tree and its future in Western North Carolina. Parkway rangers will lead the easy-to-moderate hike at 10 a.m. Friday, Sept. 13 along two miles of the Mountains-to-Sea Trail. Participants will learn about the chestnut trees once-critical role in the southern Appalachian Mountains and research efforts to help it regain its throne as king of the forest. Once numbering in the billions, the towering trees were a vital...

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Great Smoky Mountains National Park To Mark 80th Anniversary Of Civilian Conservation Corps

Posted by on Sep 9, 2013 @ 3:02 pm in Hiking News | 0 comments

Great Smoky Mountains National Park To Mark 80th Anniversary Of Civilian Conservation Corps

Saturday, September 14 at Great Smoky Mountains National Park a look back at the Civilian Conservation Corps is planned for the 80th anniversary of the workers’ program. The day’s events will take place in and around the Sugarlands Visitor Center from 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. All the activities are free to the public. The activities will include an interpretive program, a panel discussion, and a hike to the site of one of the park’s many CCC camps. The CCC was established in 1933 as a federal work project during the Great Depression,...

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Family-friendly hiking trails in Maryland

Posted by on Sep 9, 2013 @ 2:43 pm in Hiking News | 0 comments

It was pretty much a given that Joe Vogelpohl’s kids would love hiking. As a ranger at Patapsco Valley State Park, Vogelpohl spends most of his days on trails and often takes his children, Isaac, 4, and Cecelia, 1, along on weekends. Cecilia is usually strapped to Vogelpohl’s back, while Isaac can hike four miles, walking most of the way and being carried every now and then. “We have done lots of hiking,” says Vogelpohl. “I started them early.” He lets his children set their own pace and encourages...

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Bridges & Structures for Trails: A Tribute to Carroll Vogel

Posted by on Sep 8, 2013 @ 9:24 pm in Hiking News | 0 comments

If, as trailbuilders and advocates, we believe that trails form a critical piece of our green infrastructure, an essential component in the fabric of American life, then suspension bridges make a unique contribution to that fabric and infrastructure. They carry us over rivers, valleys and through treetops. They link together important destinations and communities. They can span much greater lengths than more rigid structures and they make crossings possible that no other structure can. Without them, many of our important trails would not be...

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Fall is prime time to view new stretch of Superior Hiking Trail

Posted by on Sep 8, 2013 @ 5:51 pm in Hiking News | 0 comments

Fall is prime time to view new stretch of Superior Hiking Trail

Working alongside geologists and ecologists to complete the last two segments of the Superior Hiking Trail taught volunteer Leon Pitzen to see the 296-mile-long footpath along the North Shore ridgeline in a new light. “Most people come up and run from one vista to the next,” said Pitzen, a former St. Cloud resident who retired to Two Harbors. He’s learned to appreciate elements of his surroundings — even when they don’t include expansive views of Lake Superior. “That’s what’s so fabulous on the Duluth section, if you like a variety of plant...

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Reed “Sunshine” Gjonnes youngest to complete hiking’s Triple Crown

Posted by on Sep 7, 2013 @ 6:26 pm in Hiking News | 0 comments

Reed “Sunshine” Gjonnes has successfully completed the Continental Divide Trail. Following her completion of the Pacific Crest Trail in 2011 and the Appalachian Trail in 2012, Gjonnes (age 13) is now the youngest hiker to complete the Triple Crown of hiking. Look here for more information as it becomes available. Update 09/19/2013: Gjonnes, 13, hiking with her father, Eric “Balls” Gjonnes, has become the youngest person to complete the triple crown of long-distance hiking. The pair from Salem, Ore., through-hiked the 2,652 mile...

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Chest-Compression-Only CPR

Posted by on Sep 6, 2013 @ 9:45 pm in Hiking News | 0 comments

Because of the sometimes extreme exertion involved with hiking, it is very possible for your companion or another hiker to go into sudden cardiac arrest. Researchers at the University of Arizona have found that chances for recovery improved with chest-compression-only CPR techniques vs. traditional mouth-to-mouth methods. You owe it to yourself, and your friends and loved ones, to watch this brief video to learn how to properly execute chest-compression-only CPR. You may save a life....

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Switzerland: Graubünden’s walking trail of epic scenery and enduring art

Posted by on Sep 6, 2013 @ 8:24 pm in Hiking News | 0 comments

Swiss hiking trails often lead you into and over colossal mountains, out of the tree line, up towards snowy peaks, but a newly created route in the spectacular Graubünden region sticks close to the tumbling river Flem, travelling through sedate valleys and wooden ravines as well as Alpine pastures. In addition, seven impressive and elegant footbridges over the river have been created for a new architecture project, designed by Switzerland’s pre-eminent bridge engineer, Jürg Conzett, making a walk along the new Trutg dil Flem Wasserweg...

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PAC kicks off fall hiking series Sept. 20 in WNC

Posted by on Sep 6, 2013 @ 6:45 pm in Hiking News | 0 comments

PAC kicks off fall hiking series Sept. 20 in WNC

Join the Pacolet Area Conservancy (PAC) for five Friday hikes offered this fall, free of charge. Starting Sept. 20, PAC’s first hike will head to the Pink Beds in Pisgah National Forest (Pisgah District) near Brevard, NC, a 5.4-mile, easy/moderate loop hike around a mountain bog located in a unique, relatively flat, high-elevation valley. On Oct. 4, hikers will head to Table Rock State Park for a 7-mile, moderate/strenuous out and back trek to Bald Rock Overlook to enjoy unobscured views of the Piedmont of South Carolina from the edge of the...

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Muddy Sneakers – The Joy of Learning Outside

Posted by on Sep 6, 2013 @ 12:19 am in Hiking News | 0 comments

Muddy Sneakers – The Joy of Learning Outside

The original idea behind Muddy Sneakers came to life out of the imagination and experience of Sandy Schenck, owner of the summer camp Green River Preserve near Brevard, North Carolina. Sandy had witnessed, summer after summer, the invigorating effects of the outdoors on young people, as well as the importance of passed-down stories that define a sense of place, community and relationship to the land. In his concept, a non-profit organization would work to merge active outdoor experiential learning with traditional studies in public schools,...

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Bent Creek Experimental Forest

Posted by on Sep 5, 2013 @ 9:36 pm in Hiking News | 0 comments

After World War I, when the Forest Service sought to establish an experimental station on a site that represented the diversity of the Southern Appalachian Mountains, the Bent Creek area of western North Carolina seemed the logical choice. Named for a bend in the creek near the French Broad River, Bent Creek typified the upland hardwood forests that spread across much of the region. In 1925, the Forest Service established the area that officially became the Bent Creek Experimental Forest on 150 acres set aside from the Pisgah National Forest...

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Must-See Mileposts on the Blue Ridge Parkway

Posted by on Sep 5, 2013 @ 1:27 pm in Hiking News | 0 comments

A Blue Ridge Parkway experience is unlike any other, a slow-paced and relaxing drive revealing stunning long-range vistas and close-up views of the rugged mountains and pastoral landscapes of the Appalachian Highlands. Protecting a diversity of plants and animals, the Parkway meanders for 252 miles in North Carolina, providing opportunities for enjoying all that makes this region of the country so special. The Parkway offers more than 100 trails ranging from short “leg-stretcher” walks to the Appalachian Trail. There are trails...

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