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September 21, 2004 | Ashley Powers
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).
May 15, 1996 | LESLIE EARNEST
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.
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
April 7, 1990
The Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area, a unit of the National Park Service, offers the following tips for springtime hiking in the Santa Monica Mountains: * Water is life. Carry plenty of water and drink it. One quart or more for short walks. More for longer hikes. Alcohol is not a good substitute for water. * Sun protection. Wear sunscreen, hat and sunglasses. Long-sleeved shirts are recommended on sunny days. * Never hike alone; use the buddy system.
October 29, 2001
A San Jose engineer reached the snowy, wind-whipped summit of mile-high Mt. Katahdin in Maine on Saturday, becoming the first person to complete hiking's "Triple Crown" in a calendar year. Since Jan. 1, the 40-year-old computer systems engineer has trekked 7,400 miles on the Pacific Crest Trail, the Continental Divide in the Rockies and the Appalachian Trail.
April 4, 2009 | Louis Sahagun
Wildlife biologist Kevin Ryan stood on the edge of a rocky ridge in the heart of untamed Santa Catalina Island on Friday, inhaled deeply and admired a vista rimmed in cobalt blue that has changed little in thousands of years. Fog drifted off green hills bristling with cholla cactus and spiced with the scent of sage. The loudest sounds were the songs of meadowlarks. About 600 feet below, the ocean crashed on the boulder-strewn base of steep mountains riven by wind and water.
March 7, 1999
As temperatures dropped and rain clouds gathered, about 65 rescuers from the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department were searching Saturday night for a missing 16-year-old hiker in the rugged mountains south of Pyramid Lake in Angeles National Forest. The boy, identified as Peter Knickerbocker of Torrance, had been hiking with three friends from a campsite about three miles south of the lake to a nearby creek, said Lt. Larry Gump of the Santa Clarita sheriff's station.
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