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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 COVID-19. “Hiking is the...

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 prohibited in the first phase, and the...

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 22. In a statement here, the US Forest Service...

May 21, 2020 : Hugh Owen
ATC Releases Updated Trail Use Guidance, Asks Thru-Hikers To Continue Postponing Hikes

ATC Releases Updated Trail Use Guidance, Asks Thru-Hikers To Continue Postponing Hikes

May 20, 2020; 2:30 p.m. MST: The Appalachian Trail Conservancy (ATC) has released updated guidelines for Appalachian Trail users, including day hikers, overnight hikers, and prospective 2020

May 20, 2020 : Maggie Slepian
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 trail and longer, self-sufficient trips that don't

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 entrances in Wyoming opened as the...

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 crowded summits and trails,...

May 17, 2020 : Hugh Owen
Lake City, CO, to Become 7th CDTC Gateway Community

Lake City, CO, to Become 7th CDTC Gateway Community

On Thursday, May 14, the Continental Divide Trail Coalition (CDTC) announced that the historic mining town of Lake City will become its seventh Gateway Community. CDT Gateway Communities are

May 16, 2020 : Andrew Murphy
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 use. Yosemite's limited reopening took effect May 15,

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 said in an email May 12 that some...

May 12, 2020 : Hugh Owen