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First Wind and Appalachian Trail coalition agree to protect viewshed lands

Posted by on Feb 21, 2014 @ 10:55 am in Hiking News | 0 comments

Blue Sky West, a subsidiary of First Wind, together with a coalition of non-profit organizations representing the Appalachian Trail (A.T.) announced an agreement to protect Appalachian National Scenic Trail (ANST) viewshed lands in Maine through the creation of a dedicated $700,000 land conservation fund. The nationally recognized 2,180-plus-mile Appalachian Trail footpath stretches from Maine to Georgia. The Appalachian Trail Coalition groups, which include the Appalachian Mountain Club (AMC), Maine Appalachian Trail Club (MATC) and...

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A Beginner’s Guide to Hiking

Posted by on Feb 21, 2014 @ 10:47 am in Hiking News | 0 comments

From gear malfunctions to altitude sickness, there are lots of things you need to prepare for when hitting the trails. Whether you’re powering through a local trail or conquering Mount Everest, there’s a lot more to hiking than just putting one foot in front of the other. No one knows that better than 16-year-old Matt Moniz. The teenager is an expert mountaineer, having climbed the highest points in all 50 states in just 43 days. He was even named National Geographic’s 2011 Adventurer of the Year. This year, Matt and his father...

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Western North Carolina Gets Ready To Welcome Its Newest Trail System

Posted by on Feb 20, 2014 @ 3:25 pm in Hiking News | 0 comments

At this time of year, when many parts of the country have had their fill of winter weather, people look forward to the first signs of spring, sunny days and a wish list of things to do when the temperatures warm. The rolling hills of western North Carolina are no different. Once upon a time in a corner of the Blue Ridge nestled in Rutherford County, NC, the best view of the verdant mountain beauty came as you paddled down the Broad River that flows through the region. The native geography makes it a natural home to a wide variety of outdoor...

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Marana, Oro Valley partner for hiking challenge

Posted by on Feb 20, 2014 @ 8:16 am in Hiking News | 0 comments

The towns of Oro Valley and Marana in Arizona are teaming up to host the third annual Move Across 2 Ranges hiking challenge. Open to those of all ages and abilities, the event takes place in the Tortolitas and Santa Catalinas. Hike lengths range from five to 21.5 miles. The event goes from 6:30 a.m. to noon March 1. There is a post-event party called Managed the Move from 3 to 6 p.m. at Summit Hut, 7745 N. Oracle Road. There will be prize drawings, hors d’ouevres and live music. Registration is $30 and includes admission to the party....

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MWA travels to D.C. to promote trail

Posted by on Feb 18, 2014 @ 7:26 pm in Hiking News | 0 comments

MWA travels to D.C. to promote trail

Representatives of the Montana Wilderness Association were in Washington, D.C., recently advocating for the Continental Divide Trail. Shannon Freix, Continental Divide Trail program manager, and John Gatchell, conservation director for MWA, were in D.C. as part of the 17th annual Hike the Hill event organized by the American Hiking Society and the Partnership for the National Trails System. The event brings trail groups and other nonprofits to the nation’s capitol to meet with delegates and impress on them the importance of trails, Freix...

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Memories of hiking with Tillie of Indian Fort

Posted by on Feb 17, 2014 @ 6:58 pm in Hiking News | 0 comments

Tillie was the name of the Border Collie mix in Berea, KY whose self-assigned job was to lead visitors up Indian Fort Mountain to one of its many scenic overlooks. It has been estimated that she made this hike as many as 10 times a day, leading a new group of hikers up as soon as she had safely escorted the last group back down. Her innate sweetness and complete dedication to her “job” quickly won over the hearts of many. However in June, it was discovered Tillie had inoperable bladder cancer. Tillie was simply an amazing soul. She was so...

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Hendersonville, NC view of Long John Mountain preserved

Posted by on Feb 17, 2014 @ 2:43 am in Hiking News | 0 comments

Virginia Turner didn’t grow up on the dairy farm her family owned on Long John Mountain, the distinctive 2,700-foot peak that looms over Hendersonville, NC, but as a child she explored virtually every inch of the place. “I had my horses out here and the herd manager had three daughters my same age, so almost all my spare time was spent climbing that mountain,” Turner said. “We’d splash in the water and look for treasures. It was a gigantic playground such as our kids today don’t have much.” Late last year, Turner and her...

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Monrovia Wilderness Preserve continues hiking era

Posted by on Feb 16, 2014 @ 8:26 am in Hiking News | 0 comments

You could say Monrovia’s chapter of the Great Hiking Era began in 1905 when resident and building contractor Ben Overturff discovered a plateau in the mountains north of the city he called Deer Park in California. He later built his resort cabin there where his wife would bake pies and residents would make the five-mile trek to enjoy them. In 1993, the Trust for Public Land and the Big Santa Anita Canyon Historical Society restored the land and rebuilt the trail named after the Monrovia pioneer. With a variety of mini-ecosystems, the trail...

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New hiking trail opens in Iron County, Missouri

Posted by on Feb 16, 2014 @ 8:11 am in Hiking News | 0 comments

Iron County has a new hiking trail thanks to county native Rob Cofer, a resource assistant with the Missouri Department of Conservation. In December the MDC completed construction of a 2.3 mile loop trail on Ketcherside Mountain Conservation Area, located approximately six miles south of Ironton on Highway 21. The trail is accessed from the Claybaugh Creek Trailhead parking lot on Highway 21. It follows along a creek before leading to the top of the Royal Gorge. At the top of the gorge there are scenic overlooks with expansive views of the...

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Appalachian Trail Conservancy receives grant from L.L.Bean

Posted by on Feb 15, 2014 @ 8:11 am in Hiking News | 0 comments

The Appalachian Trail Conservancy (ATC) is pleased to announce it has received a $20,000 grant from L.L.Bean, a multi-channel merchant of outdoor gear and apparel, to support the ATC’s Grants to Clubs program. The Grants to Clubs program is administered by the ATC and helps support the 31 Appalachian Trail (A.T.) maintaining clubs and their partners to complete necessary projects along the Trail. These projects include Trail, shelter, and bridge construction, recruiting and training new volunteers, purchasing tools and safety gear, developing...

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Long-awaited Trolley Trail project inching closer

Posted by on Feb 14, 2014 @ 5:01 pm in Hiking News | 0 comments

Long-awaited Trolley Trail project inching closer

Fourteen years after a Pennsylvania nonprofit embarked on its community trail project, work on the first multimile stretch appears to be on the horizon. The Countryside Conservancy received bids from 10 contractors to build the first phase of the 14-mile Trolley Trail. The 3-mile, mostly crushed-gravel path will run from South Turnpike Road in Dalton, PA to Old State Road and Routes 6 and 11 in Clarks Summit. Officials expect to award the project by March 1, with construction pinpointed for the spring, Executive Director Bill Kern said. The...

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Deeply rutted hiking trail at Saguaro National Park getting much needed makeover

Posted by on Feb 14, 2014 @ 2:23 pm in Hiking News | 0 comments

The newly re-routed Carrillo Trail at Saguaro National Park will open on Wednesday, February 19, after President’s Day weekend. Carrillo Trail was in horrible condition and not in any shape for rehabilitation because of the location. The trail was deeply rutted so water could not be stopped, causing is to have deeper ruts. Brad Shattuck, Facilities Manager for Saguaro National Park, said the trails were in this condition because the trail tracks were located directly up a hill, without diverting water off the path. Shattuck also said...

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Appalachian Trail Conservancy reports record number of volunteer hours

Posted by on Feb 13, 2014 @ 4:23 pm in Hiking News | 0 comments

Appalachian Trail Conservancy reports record number of volunteer hours

The Appalachian Trail Conservancy (ATC) is pleased to announce that volunteers devoted a record number of hours last year to maintaining and protecting the Appalachian Trail (A.T.) for hikers to use. For the federal fiscal year ending Sept. 30, 2013, close to 6,000 volunteers reported approximately 245,500 hours, donating time equivalent to what is completed by 118 full-time workers. Since the ATC began reporting volunteer hours in 1983, volunteers have contributed 4.9 million hours to the A.T., and the past 10 years have seen a 33 percent...

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PAC kicks off its spring hiking series Friday, Feb. 21

Posted by on Feb 13, 2014 @ 4:15 pm in Hiking News | 0 comments

PAC kicks off its spring hiking series Friday, Feb. 21

Join the Pacolet Area Conservancy (PAC) for five Friday hikes and two Saturday hikes, offered this spring, free of charge. Starting Feb. 21, PAC’s first hike will head to the Keowee-Toxaway State Natural Area for a 4.2-mile, moderate/strenuous loop hike with beautiful mountain and lake views. The trail begins at the Jocassee Gorges Visitor Center, the former Holly Springs Baptist Church, on the Natural Bridge trail. The Natural Bridge trail crosses Poe Creek, a tributary to Lake Keowee on a natural granite bridge. At this point, hikers pick...

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National Scenic Trails Added to Washington State Maps

Posted by on Feb 12, 2014 @ 4:56 pm in Hiking News | 0 comments

National Scenic Trails Added to Washington State Maps

Newly released US Topo maps for Washington now feature segments of the Pacific Crest and Pacific Northwest National Scenic Trails. Several of the 1,446 new US Topo quadrangles for the state now display parts of the Trails along with other improved layers. These trails are two of 11 National Scenic Trails in the U.S. The Pacific Crest National Scenic Trail is a treasured pathway through some of the most scenic terrain in the nation. Beginning in southern California at the Mexican border, the PCT travels a total distance of 2,650 miles through...

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Hike the ice: The best glacier trekking trips

Posted by on Feb 12, 2014 @ 4:32 pm in Hiking News | 0 comments

More and more adventure-hungry travelers are turning to glacier hiking to get their kicks – and with very good reason. Increasing awareness of climate change and wildlife conservation, coupled with a desire to experience a uniquely varying terrain, has meant that glacier hiking has enjoyed a surge in popularity. Glaciers are one of the world’s most fascinating natural environments due to their dynamic nature. Glacier National Park, for example, attracts on average just under two million visitors each year – with half of those...

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Free entry to national parks, forests, refuges for President’s Day weekend

Posted by on Feb 12, 2014 @ 9:00 am in Hiking News | 0 comments

Celebrate this Presidents Day weekend, Saturday through Monday, Feb. 15-17, 2014 with a free visit to a national park, national forest or wildlife refuge. All three days are included as fee-free days for 2014 for parks, museums, trails and other facilities operated by the National Park Service and U.S. Forest Service. The fee-free days also apply to sites operated by the U. S. Fish & Wildlife Service and the Bureau of Land Management.  

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Sylva, NC couple completes 900 miles of Smokies trails

Posted by on Feb 11, 2014 @ 6:48 pm in Hiking News | 0 comments

Sylva, NC couple completes 900 miles of Smokies trails

Sylva, NC couple Sue and James Nations are members of a prestigious 400-member hiking club – the 900 Milers – now that they have traversed every trail in Great Smoky Mountains National Park. It all began back in 2006 with a four-mile hike to the Kephart Shelter, which they said nearly wore them out. “We thought we were dead after that one,” Sue Nations said. The couple’s big adventure was triggered by the...

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Hiking into the volcano

Posted by on Feb 11, 2014 @ 9:23 am in Hiking News | 0 comments

Volcanoes National Park, a World Heritage Site that will celebrate its centennial in 2016, covers 333,000 acres on the southeastern side of the Big Island of Hawaii. No matter what you think a volcano is supposed to look like, you will find the park isn’t what you expected. The terrain – from cloud-shrouded rain forest to arid coastal cliffs to stark black lava flows broken by vents where puffs of steam rise – ranges from beautiful and exhilarating to harsh and unnerving. The best way to experience it is step by step, so that you can...

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Arizona’s other national parks

Posted by on Feb 11, 2014 @ 8:59 am in Hiking News | 0 comments

Yes, the Grand Canyon is impressive; there’s a reason it’s called grand. But just because Arizona bills itself “The Grand Canyon State” doesn’t mean the nation’s biggest ditch is the only national park in the state worth a visit. There’s plenty to see out there, from a forest of petrified wood to acres of rare cacti resembling the columnar pipes of an organ. And for those yearning to see a “grand” canyon without the crowds, Canyon de Chelly is lesser known than its larger counterpart but...

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Grand Canyon Association Receives $1 Million Towards Trails Endowment

Posted by on Feb 10, 2014 @ 2:57 pm in Hiking News | 0 comments

Grand Canyon Association Receives $1 Million Towards Trails Endowment

Grand Canyon National Park has some of the steepest trails, trails that switchback slowly down a mile into the depths of the canyon. Maintaining those trails is not an insigificant matter, and thanks to the Grand Canyon Association a trails endowment fund has been launched with a $1 million deposit. The association was able to make that downpayment thanks to Arizona Public Service, which provided the money to establish the Grand Canyon Trails Forever Endowment to help preserve and protect Grand Canyon’s trails. This is one of the most...

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Scouts help build low-intensity hiking trail at Texas state park

Posted by on Feb 10, 2014 @ 7:03 am in Hiking News | 0 comments

Efforts at Mother Neff State Park to create a low-intensity hiking trail got a boost thanks to Boy Scout units from Copperas Cove, TX. Seven adult leaders, eight Scouts from Boy Scout Troop 258 and three Webelos from Cub Scout Pack 258 assisted two Texas master naturalists in the state park project. The new trail will connect new park facilities. Because it is flat, the new trail will be hiking-friendly for those with strollers or others. The Scouts removed barbed wire and T-posts and lined the trail with rock. They also cleared the trail of...

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Day and Section Hike guides to the Pacific Crest Trail

Posted by on Feb 9, 2014 @ 6:34 pm in Hiking News | 1 comment

In his Southern California Day and Section Hikes guidebook, published by Wilderness Press, David Money Harris chronicles noteworthy shorter hikes along the southernmost 700 miles of the Pacific Crest Trail. Though many informational books about the Pacific Crest Trail target the thru-hiking crowd, this book – and the three others in the series – are geared toward the vast majority of the trail’s users who spend a few hours or days on the PCT at a time. In addition to objective statistics regarding hiking distance and total elevation change,...

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Minnesota state parks light trails for hiking, skiing, snowshoeing

Posted by on Feb 8, 2014 @ 7:54 pm in Hiking News | 0 comments

The woods were lovely, dark and deep on a night ventured onto the trails at Afton State Park. The only light comes from a sliver of new moon and flickering candles that spill gold halos onto the snow. Afton is among a growing number of parks that host annual nighttime hikes or skis along trails lined with candles. They are magical events, luring Minnesotans out of warm homes to experience the beauty of nature at its darkest and coldest time. People mill outside the visitor center where ice lanterns mark the trailhead. The event can draw many...

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Columbia Cascades Trail Skills College

Posted by on Feb 8, 2014 @ 3:42 am in Hiking News | 0 comments

The 6th Annual Columbia Cascades Trail Skills College will be held April 25-27, 2014. Trail Skills College is a place to learn all you ever wanted to know about building and maintaining trails. Choose from a variety of classes from trail tread construction to crew leadership. Through trail stewardship, you can enhance the trail experience, leading to healthier and happier trails. Trail Skills College is free to all participants. Camping and meals are provided throughout the weekend. Whether you are new to trail maintenance or a seasoned...

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Ouray Trail Group to Receive ROCC Outstanding Citizen Award

Posted by on Feb 7, 2014 @ 1:52 pm in Hiking News | 0 comments

The Ouray Trail Group will receive the Outstanding Citizen Award from the Ridgway-Ouray Community Council at ROCC’s 20th annual Spaghetti Dinner, Saturday, Feb. 8 at the Ouray Community Center. ROCC’s Outstanding Citizen Award recognizes and thanks individuals who have made a sustained contribution to Ouray County’s quality of life. This year, the ROCC Awards Committee chose to honor a nonprofit organization comprised of local volunteers. The Ouray Trail Group maintains more than 300 miles of world-class trails that annually draw thousands of...

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Group Making The Trails Along The Hockanum River More Accessible

Posted by on Feb 7, 2014 @ 1:45 pm in Hiking News | 0 comments

Many of the trails on the banks of the Hockanum River twist and turn along peaceful meadows and fields or on boardwalks through deep marshes. And then there is the Adams Mill hiking trail. A trail that goes to the top of a towering, knee-knocking, stomach-in-your-throat railroad trestle. A path that goes along the bottom of huge sandstone cliffs and across deep gorges. A trail that passes watergates, abandoned dams, dikes and sluiceways. A place you wouldn’t expect to find in a highly developed portion of “Silk City.”...

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Tallulah Hike steps off a year of wilderness

Posted by on Feb 6, 2014 @ 9:05 am in Hiking News | 0 comments

A guided hike along the Tallulah River in the Southern Nantahala Wilderness will be held on Saturday, Feb. 15, to celebrate the 50th anniversary of passage of the Wilderness Act. It is being led by the Nantahala Hiking Club and the Southern Appalachian branch of the Wilderness Society. The hike is part of a year-long series of outings and programs in honor of the 50th anniversary of the Wilderness Act and organized by the Southern Appalachian branch of The Wilderness Society in partnership with other organizations. Activities will include...

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Hiking and more at Cerrillos Hills State Park, NM

Posted by on Feb 6, 2014 @ 8:59 am in Hiking News | 0 comments

Snow is great, but ice and mud are the bane of trail users in Santa Fe’s mid-winter. Often ice-free, visit Cerrillos Hills State Park, 16 miles south of Santa Fe on N.M. 14. It opened as a park in 2003 and became part of the state system in 2009. Sarah Wood, the park manager, says she inherited the “nicest of all possible worlds, a fully baked park — we just added the frosting.” The frosting includes weekly events such as hikes and talks by historians who share the fascinating story of Cerrillos Hills and the surrounding area. Also scheduled...

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O‘ahu’s hiking trails: a disappearing act?

Posted by on Feb 5, 2014 @ 4:32 pm in Hiking News | 0 comments

O‘ahu’s hiking trails: a disappearing act?

Anyone who harbors doubts that this island is paradise should spend a few hours on one of its hiking trails. Many trails offer sweeping vistas of mountains and the ocean, meander through forests of bamboo or fragrant native foliage or feature waterfalls with pools for a cool, refreshing dip. However, these trails did not magically materialize for our enjoyment. Many routes were scouted and developed into trails by early members of the Hawaiian Trail and Mountain Club. Contrary to logic, extensive foot traffic doesn’t keep the trails clear and...

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Big South Fork National River And Recreation Area Seeking Trail Maintainers

Posted by on Feb 5, 2014 @ 10:17 am in Hiking News | 0 comments

Lovers of Big South Fork National River and Recreation Area in Kentucky and Tennessee can give back while enjoying the park by volunteering to help maintain a favorite trail there. You might not win anything more than appreciation, but you’ll have a good excuse to spend more time in the park. The volunteer program, new this year, is called the Trail Keepers program. Its goal is to provide an extended presence in the backcountry and at the same time provide the Big South Fork’s staff with information on trail conditions and issues....

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North Carolina protects 3,200 acres in Transylvania County

Posted by on Feb 4, 2014 @ 12:38 pm in Hiking News | 0 comments

More than 3,200 acres of the East Fork Headwaters in Transylvania County were conserved in 2013, thanks to a private-public partnership between the N.C. Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, The Conservation Fund and the U.S. Forest Service. The goal is to conserve nearly 8,000 acres along the crest of the Blue Ridge Mountains in Transylvania County. Located on the border of North and South Carolina, the newly protected lands will eventually become part of the prospective Headwaters State Forest. When conserved in its entirety, the...

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The original five routes before Highway 9

Posted by on Feb 3, 2014 @ 3:58 pm in Hiking News | 0 comments

It may surprise some of you that there was life in, and access to, Breckenridge, CO long before good old Highway 9 came along. Furthermore, “back in the old days” — meaning the spring, summer and fall of 1860 and before — there were actually a lot more ways to enter the Breck area than there are now, and these alternatives were used very extensively. It’s probably safe to say that all of the “old” routes into Breck were originally seasonal game trails used by migrating mountain buffalo, elk, deer and other animals that moved to and from...

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Hiking for fitness: Passion found as pounds are lost

Posted by on Feb 2, 2014 @ 8:06 am in Hiking News | 0 comments

Active hikers use about nine calories a minute, over 500 calories per hour, to reach trail’s end. Chris Oswalt has no idea how far he’s hiked and jogged on trails in national, state and city parks, but he’s lost more than 100 pounds and found himself in the process. In 2007, when Oswalt was still in college, he reached 330 pounds and decided to do something he’d never done. He became a hiker. A trip to Big Bend National Park stretched into a three-month visit to 22 national parks. He made a second marathon national park tour in 2008. The...

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