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

Vermont’s Long Trail Reopens After Mud Season; COVID-19 Precautions Issued

Vermont’s Long Trail Reopens After Mud Season; COVID-19 Precautions Issued

The Green Mountain Club declared mud season over and reopened the Long Trail to hiking on May 22, but reminded hikers to take precautions because of

May 23, 2020 : Hugh Owen
Shenandoah Park Begins Reopening, but not for Overnight Use

Shenandoah Park Begins Reopening, but not for Overnight Use

Shenandoah National Park will begin a phased reopening on Saturday, May 23, for day use only in certain areas. Overnight camping will be

May 21, 2020 : Hugh Owen
Forest Service Reopens AT Trailheads in Georgia, North Carolina, Tennessee, and Virginia

Forest Service Reopens AT Trailheads in Georgia, North Carolina, Tennessee, and Virginia

Appalachian Trail trailheads and access points in four national forests in Georgia, North Carolina, Tennessee, and Virginia will reopen on May

May 21, 2020 : Hugh Owen
PCTA Says Day Hikes, Backpacking Without Resupply Now OK on Pacific Crest Trail

PCTA Says Day Hikes, Backpacking Without Resupply Now OK on Pacific Crest Trail

The Pacific Crest Trail Association issued new guidelines for hiking the Pacific Crest Trail, supporting single-day hikes or horseback rides on the

May 19, 2020 : Hugh Owen
Yellowstone Reopens for Limited Use; Backcountry Still Closed

Yellowstone Reopens for Limited Use; Backcountry Still Closed

Yellowstone National Park reopened for limited use on May 18, nearly two months after closing because of the COVID-19 pandemic. The south and east

May 18, 2020 : Hugh Owen
Hiking the Adirondacks? Pack Masks, Maintain Social Distance on Trails

Hiking the Adirondacks? Pack Masks, Maintain Social Distance on Trails

Hikers in New York's Adirondacks are being asked to wear masks when they cannot maintain a safe distance from others, such as in parking lots, on

May 17, 2020 : Hugh Owen
Yosemite Reopens for Pacific Crest Trail Thru-Hikers

Yosemite Reopens for Pacific Crest Trail Thru-Hikers

Yosemite National Park has reopened to Pacific Crest Trail thru-hikers with valid PCTA permits, more than a month after closing for all

May 16, 2020 : Hugh Owen
Outdoor Retailers Cautiously Reopening Some Stores, with Safeguards

Outdoor Retailers Cautiously Reopening Some Stores, with Safeguards

Outdoor retailers are beginning to cautiously reopen some stores across the country, after shutting them down in March because of COVID-19. REI

May 12, 2020 : Hugh Owen
ATC Updates Planning for Return to Appalachian Trail, Reminds Hikers to Stay Home

ATC Updates Planning for Return to Appalachian Trail, Reminds Hikers to Stay Home

The Appalachian Trail Conservancy issued an update on its work to provide a safe return for hikers to the Appalachian Trail, while reminding them

May 11, 2020 : Hugh Owen
Arizona Trail Association Opposes Border Wall Construction

Arizona Trail Association Opposes Border Wall Construction

The Arizona Trail Association is speaking out against a border wall project that it says would “significantly impact the Southern Terminus of the

May 10, 2020 : Hugh Owen