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August 3, 2018

Pacific Crest Trail (PCT)

Spanning 2,650 miles from the U.S. border with Mexico to the border with Canada, this trail ranges from burning desert to often-snowy alpine terrain. Already popular, the Pacific Crest Trail gained even more hikers with the 2012 release of the memoir Wild by Cheryl Strayed. Distance: 2,650 miles States: California, Oregon and Washington Year Established: […]

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August 3, 2018

Appalachian Trail (AT)

One of America’s most iconic footpaths, the Appalachian Trail travels nearly 2,200 miles between Georgia and Maine. Each year thousands of people head north from the trail’s southern terminus in an attempt to hike the whole trail in one year, but only one-fourth of them finish the journey, according to the Appalachian Trail Conservancy. Distance: […]

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August 3, 2018

Arizona Trail (AZT)

Hike, horseback ride, mountain bike or even snowshoe on the Arizona Trail from Mexico to the Arizona-Utah border. Established in 2009, this 800-mile trail is open to plenty of adventure. Distance: 800 miles States: Arizona Year Established: 2009 Best Times of Year to Visit: Year-round Notable Spots Along Trail: Hike from the oak-studded grasslands along […]

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August 3, 2018

New England Trail (NET)

Discover the scenery and communities of the Northeast along 215 miles of the New England Trail. Following the Metacomet–Monadnock–Mattabesett Trail System, it is sometimes also called the Triple-M Trail. Distance: 215 miles States: Connecticut and Massachusetts Year Established: 2009 Best Times of Year to Visit: Fall is best, but the trail can be hiked year-round […]

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August 3, 2018

Pacific Northwest Trail (PNT)

Passing through three national parks and seven national forests, the Pacific Northwest Trail spans 1,200 miles. Designated by Congress in 2009, it’s one of the newest national scenic trails. Distance: 1,200 miles States: Washington, Idaho and Montana Year Established: 2009 Best Times of Year to Visit: Summer and fall Notable Spots Along Trail: Cape Alava, […]

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August 3, 2018

Ice Age Trail

Following the edge of the glacier that covered much of Wisconsin during the Ice Age, this 1,200-mile trail winds from Sturgeon Bay in Door County to St. Croix Falls in Polk County. And today, you’re much more likely to view a moose than a mammoth. Distance: 1,200 miles States: Wisconsin Year Established: 1980 Best Times […]

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August 1, 2018

Rebuilding America’s Trails

Volunteer Working on a trail

On a secluded trail in the Gila National Forest, I could see 10,895-foot Whitewater Baldy shimmer in the distance. The highest peak in southwest New Mexico’s Mogollon Range, it was still capped with snow in early March. The plan was to summit an adjacent mountain for what seemed like a short but rewarding day hike […]

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July 30, 2018

Should Youth Programs Include All Genders? Outdoor Organizations Weigh In.

Gender inclusion in outdoor youth programs has been a topic of discussion among organizations, communities and families for years. The conversation bubbled up again in May when the Boy Scouts of America (BSA) announced plans to change the name of its Boy Scouts program to Scouts BSA in February 2019, following a decision by the […]

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July 30, 2018

Meet 8 of the 2018 Southbound PCT Thru-Hikers

Hiking the Pacific Crest Trail (PCT) is a huge endeavor. It’s a physical feat, a wilderness challenge and an unparalleled life experience. Most people, to the tune of 50 hikers starting each day in peak season (April), begin from the Mexican border and hike north. But every year, a few brave souls decide to hike […]

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