September 5, 2013 |
Looking for an excuse to get the kids out in the fresh air this fall? Los Angeles and 10 other U.S. cities will be hosting Hike & Seek events, a combo hiking and scavenger hunt aimed at getting families outside to enjoy nature together. The one- to two-mile hikes, sponsored by the National Wildlife Federation , will feature live wildlife displays, activities and interactive stations. Every child will receive map and mission guidebooks. Participants move along the trails at their own pace.
September 21, 2004 |
Hurricane Ivan pummeled parts of the Appalachian Trail over the weekend, downing trees and soaking hikers along the 2,174-mile route. Pisgah and Nantahala national forests in North Carolina are expected to reopen this week after Ivan doused them with almost a foot of rain, says Laurie Potteiger of the Appalachian Trail Conference. No injuries were reported.
September 6, 1987
Mark Aspinwall's article on the Olympic Peninsula in the Aug. 23 issue was excellent. There is no question that the prime entry for an introductory hike to the Olympic Mountains is the Dosewallips River. Further, the Hoh rain forest is gorgeous and a once-in-a-lifetime experience. People combining the two or otherwise going around the north side of the peninsula can heighten their enjoyment in two ways. From Port Angeles there is a clearly marked road to Hurricane Ridge, a short and scenic side trip which gives a glorious view of the Olympics as an entity.
March 30, 2004
Hikers shuck their routine -- and their given names -- beginning this month to tackle the 2,650-mile trek between Mexico and Canada on the Pacific Crest Trail. Most will travel south to north for 4 1/2 to 5 1/2 months if they go all the way. Some will adopt trail names like Soupbean, Blaze, Memory Lapse, Molasses and French Fry and Yucca (a couple).
March 15, 2005
After Edith Liu summits Mt. Whitney or any of the other 500 peaks she has to her credit, the 66-year-old celebrates with a headstand. The secret to her durability: an on-the-trail warmup routine. The truth is, most hikers think stretching is for runners, but Liu is the exception. Here she models two of the exercises that help keep her feet on the ground. From "Stretching & Massage for Hikers & Backpackers" by Victoria and Frank Logue (Menasha Ridge Press).
May 31, 2009 |
When hiking Yosemite Falls, the tallest waterfall in North America, keep an eye out for the unexpected. Trekking up the steep path to the top, I couldn't believe what I was seeing: A bright red dot seemed to float across the clear blue sky just above the 2,425-foot waterfall. Once I made it to the top, I had a front-row seat for a sort of Mother Nature-style circus act. Walking barefoot across a thin rope suspended over the falls was a guy wearing sunglasses and a red Windbreaker.
May 6, 2007
Spring hiking may be at its best right now, almost anywhere. Just remember the old maxim: It's the art of knowing what not to take. Here are the best current fares to some grand hiking areas.
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May 15, 1996 |
Hikers now have a variety of opportunities to explore the canyons and hillsides of Laguna Canyon. Docents are leading guided walking tours into Laurel and Emerald canyons every Saturday morning. Shorter tours, which begin at 9 a.m., last about three hours and are moderately strenuous. More strenuous tours lasting up to six hours begin at 7:30 a.m. Hikers must make reservations for either tour by calling (714) 854-7108.
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July 3, 2000 |
The storms hit Deukmejian Wilderness Park with the force of a thousand fire hoses, blasting tons of water through the canyon gorges and knocking out two bridges that had led hikers to the Rim of the Valley trail. More than two years after El Nino battered the 702-acre park, the city, citing a lack of adequate funds, has yet to repair the route, the main link to a broader system of trails in the Angeles National Forest. Hikers who venture up the path leading to the valley's rim don't get far.
February 10, 2004
I have been begging my wife for years to cancel the Los Angeles Times because it's a leftist rag. Since discovering Outdoors, I no longer encourage her to do so. I particularly enjoy the hiking articles and The Guide. Dennis Kuntz Covina