Hugh Owen

Editor, writer at The Trek. Passions: hiking, snowshoeing, bicycling, craft beer. After 42 years in the crucible of daily and weekly journalism, working for The Trek from home in my sweats and a with cup of coffee brings me great pleasure.

Posts

Top of Georgia Hostel on AT Has Been Sold; Future Uncertain

Top of Georgia Hostel on AT Has Been Sold; Future Uncertain

Top of Georgia Hiking Center, an Appalachian Trail icon for years, has been sold, and the property's future is uncertain. Jan Simony with Mountain

Jan 5, 2020 : Hugh Owen
Five Trail Resolutions for the New Year

Five Trail Resolutions for the New Year

We take to the trails for a simpler life, engaging the rhythms of nature, joining a community of like-minded people. Our days on trail follow the

Jan 2, 2020 : Hugh Owen
Appalachian Trail Footbridge at Harpers Ferry Closed after Train Derails

Appalachian Trail Footbridge at Harpers Ferry Closed after Train Derails

The Appalachian Trail footbridge across the Potomac River at Harpers Ferry has been closed indefinitely after a train derailed Saturday, Dec. 21,

Dec 21, 2019 : Hugh Owen
Proposed Power Line Expansion Casts Shadow Over AT, Maine Woods

Proposed Power Line Expansion Casts Shadow Over AT, Maine Woods

The battle over a proposed power transmission line is looming large in the Maine North Woods as environmental and sporting groups join towns in the

Dec 8, 2019 : Hugh Owen
Trail Personality: Walker Brook’s Cultural Niche on the Long Trail

Trail Personality: Walker Brook’s Cultural Niche on the Long Trail

Walker Brook grew up in the shadow of Vermont's Long Trail. He remembers riding in a pack on his father's back up Mount Mansfield, bringing supplies

Nov 4, 2019 : Hugh Owen
Gear Review and Comparison: BearVault 450, 500

Gear Review and Comparison: BearVault 450, 500

The BearVault 450 and 500 are easy, reliable ways to store your food away from your sleeping area with confidence that it will be there in the

Oct 28, 2019 : Hugh Owen
Appalachian Trail Hiker Found Dead in Pennsylvania

Appalachian Trail Hiker Found Dead in Pennsylvania

An Appalachian Trail hiker reported missing earlier this week was found dead Thursday, Oct. 17, near Bear Rocks in Lynn Township,

Oct 17, 2019 : Hugh Owen
As Hiker Numbers Soar, the Appalachian Trail’s Future Lies in Educating Hikers

As Hiker Numbers Soar, the Appalachian Trail’s Future Lies in Educating Hikers

As thousands of aspiring Appalachian Trail thru-hikers began their trek north from Georgia in 2019, they were joined by a new breed of hiker—trail

Sep 11, 2019 : Hugh Owen
Gear Review: MSR Carbon Reflex 2 Tent

Gear Review: MSR Carbon Reflex 2 Tent

The MSR Carbon Reflex 2  is a seriously lightweight tent made for two, but as with most two-person tents, it's better for one. It's

Sep 11, 2019 : Hugh Owen
Overmountain Shelter on AT Closed Because It’s No Longer Safe

Overmountain Shelter on AT Closed Because It’s No Longer Safe

Overmountain Shelter on the Appalachian Trail in North Carolina, a popular spot for countless thru-hikers and others, has been closed because it is

Sep 5, 2019 : Hugh Owen