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AZ Wildfires Prompt Forest Closures, Shutting Down 38% of Arizona Trail

AZ Wildfires Prompt Forest Closures, Shutting Down 38% of Arizona Trail

Wildfires currently raging across Arizona have prompted full closures of several national forests within the state in the interest of public safety. The move effectively shuts down 300 miles of...

Jun 23, 2021 : Kelly Floro
Inyo Creek Fire Closes Whitney Portal, Hikers Evacuated

Inyo Creek Fire Closes Whitney Portal, Hikers Evacuated

Hikers are being evacuated from Whitney Portal trailhead near the community of Lone Pine due to a wildfire in the area. The Inyo Creek Fire was discovered southeast of the...

Jun 22, 2021 : Kelly Floro
The Virginia Triple Crown: 34 Iconic Miles of AT Backpacking

The Virginia Triple Crown: 34 Iconic Miles of AT Backpacking

Dragon’s Tooth. McAfee Knob. Tinker Cliffs. Hike all three of these spectacular destinations along the Virginia Appalachian Trail to complete the coveted Virginia Triple Crown (aka the Roanoke Triple

Jun 22, 2021 : Kelly Floro
Walking Distance #09 | Hiking with Kids ft. Gayheart Family, Percy Family & Heather Balogh Rochfort

Walking Distance #09 | Hiking with Kids ft. Gayheart Family, Percy Family & Heather Balogh Rochfort

In this episode of Walking Distance presented by The Trek and hosted by Blissful Hiker (Alison Young), we are joined by Jason Gayheart, Heather Balogh Rochfort, and Kayla and Fynleigh...

Jun 22, 2021 : Jackie Marusiak
Sea to Summit Flame FmII Sleeping Bag Review

Sea to Summit Flame FmII Sleeping Bag Review

At just 1lb 1.8oz, the Sea to Summit Flame FMII sleeping bag provides exceptional warmth to weight ratio.

Jun 21, 2021 : Eloise Robbins
Best Backpacking Gear Deals from Amazon Prime Day

Best Backpacking Gear Deals from Amazon Prime Day

Amazon's annual Prime Day Sale is here again. If you're a Prime member, you can score sweet deals on backpacking gear—and much more—from June 21st to June 22nd (deal expires...

Jun 21, 2021 : The Editors
Hiker Dies on PCT Near Paradise Valley Cafe Amid Record Heatwave

Hiker Dies on PCT Near Paradise Valley Cafe Amid Record Heatwave

A hiker died on the Pacific Crest Trail just south of Highway 74 on Wednesday amid triple-digit temperatures. Firefighters were dispatched to the trail in Riverside County, near the community...

Jun 18, 2021 : Kelly Floro
Funding Earmarked for Alaska Long Trail: 500 Backcountry Miles from Fairbanks to Seward

Funding Earmarked for Alaska Long Trail: 500 Backcountry Miles from Fairbanks to Seward

Add another thru-hike to your bucket list, because Alaska is one step closer to having a long trail of its own. The Alaska Long Trail is a proposed 500-mile trail...

Jun 17, 2021 : Tina Mullen
19 Must-Have Gear Items According to 2021 Thru-Hikers

19 Must-Have Gear Items According to 2021 Thru-Hikers

Outfitting yourself for a thru-hike is hard: no amount of research will let you know for sure which items will work for you when it comes time to actually hit...

Jun 16, 2021 : Kelly Floro
This Week’s Top Instagram Posts from the #AppalachianTrail

This Week’s Top Instagram Posts from the #AppalachianTrail

The past 12 months have been challenging to say the least, especially for those who opt outside for their recreation. But with people finally able to release themselves from their...

Jun 15, 2021 : Katie Houston