Hiking is an EASY to-do Romantic activity. Hiking can
quickly get you away from the crowds and into the beauty
of Nature. Keep you eye open for private and peaceful
spots to take a break. Once you’re off the trail the Romantic
possibilities are endless.
Using the correct shoes or boots when hiking is crucial.
When walking several miles there is an opportunity for
your feet to develop a blister. If you get a bad blister
you will NOT want to walk anywhere! I’ve got more blister
information in the Outdoor
The BEST way to avoid discomfort is by wearing the proper
socks and footwear. Here are a few basic factors to consider
when looking for good-fitting hiking shoes and boots:
All you really need for a hike is quality footwear and
a trail to walk on. It also helps to bring a small daypack
loaded with the right stuff. Your daypack should include
the following items:
- Water: Bring
plenty of drinking water on you hike. You will use it!
As an emergency measure you may want to put a few water
purification tablets in your first aid kit. Remember these
tablets have a shelf life and they will expire.
It’s IMPORTANT to be mindful of our personal impact on
the environment. One of the best ways to minimize the
trace we leave on the land is to respect the trails we
hike on. Hiking single file helps prevent damage to the
sides of the trail and reduces the possibility of erosion.
Right of Way:
Practice proper trail etiquette when you encounter others
on the trail. Trails can be used not only by hikers, but
also by people on horses and mountain bikes. Follow these
basic guidelines when you meet others on the trail:
1) Hikers yield
the right-of-way to horses.
2) Bikers yield
to horses and hikers.
3) Uphill travelers
yield to those moving downhill.
When yielding the right-of-way, completely step off the
trail, STOP and wait for the group to pass.
Established trails are typically marked with signs. Sometimes
these signs will indicate the trail name and maybe even
the distance to the destination point. Of course, good
signage is the best-case scenario.
Trails often encounter creeks or other natural barriers.
Trails can also become overrun or washed out. Locating
your trail again in these situations can be tricky. The
following are a few trail markings that are commonly used
to help you stay on the right track:
- Blaze: This
is a physical cut into a tree with an axe. Blazes are
usually made on both sides of the trunk so they are
visible from both directions on the trail. Don’t worry
the tree will survive!
- Cairns (Care-ins):
These indicators are simply stacks of rocks. They are
commonly found in treeless areas like along creeks and
- Paint: This
is the ugly way to mark a trail. Usually white or orange
paint is sprayed in a simple line or circle on a tree
Hiking Trail Resources
As the national voice for America’s Hikers, American Hiking
Society promotes and protects foot trails and the hiking
experience. This site has information on trails and other
news useful for hikers and backpackers.
American Trails is the only national, nonprofit organization
working on behalf of all trail interests, including hiking,
bicycling, mountain biking, horseback riding, water trails,
snowshoeing, cross-country skiing, trail motorcycling,
ATVs, snowmobiling and four-wheeling. Their goal is to
find common ground and promote cooperation among all trail
interests. A large collection of trail related information
and articles can be located at this site.
The Appalachian Trail Conservancy is a volunteer-based,
private nonprofit organization dedicated to the conservation
of the 2,175-mile Appalachian National Scenic Trail, a
250,000-acre greenway extending from Maine to Georgia.
If you are considering any sort of hike on the Appalachian
Trail this is the spot to begin planning your trip.
Continental Divide Trail
The Continental Divide Trail Alliance (CDTA) was formed
in 1995 to assist the federal land management agencies
in the completion, management and protection of the trail
that extends the full length of the Continental Divide
from Canada to Mexico. This site has all the information
you need about the trail, including maps and access points.
Pacific Crest Trail Association
The mission of the Pacific Crest Trail Association is
to protect, preserve and promote the Pacific Crest National
Scenic Trail. There is general trail information and updates
on trail conditions. The site has trip planning information
and even journals from hikers.
Peak to Peak
The mission of the Peak to Peak site is to provide visitors
with links to other Web sites containing original content
about hiking, trail, walking, and also wilderness communities.
There is truly a wide selection of links on this site!
The mission of Trail Peak is to provide the best source
of hiking, mountain biking, climbing, kayaking, canoeing,
skiing, and snowshoeing trails and trip planning tools
across Canada and the US. Their trail database is built
and maintained by... you (and everybody else). Cool site!
This award winning website provides its customers with
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- Unlimited access to our more than 40,000 routes;
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