July 9, 1995
Having spent more than 20 years hiking throughout the Wildrose Canyon area of Death Valley National Park, I feel compelled to correct errors in the Hiking column on Telescope Peak ("Getting a Larger Scope of Life Below," May 21). First, the round-trip hiking distance, as provided by the National Park Service, is 14 miles, not 5.2. Second, the elevation gain from the trail head at Mahogany Flat campground, elevation 8,133 feet, to the 11,049-foot summit is 2,916 feet, not 1,800. Finally, the map showed the former national monument boundaries and not those of the enlarged Death Valley National Park.
November 1, 1987
Regarding the letter from Gemma Parks Oct. 18 on the Over the Hill Gang walking group: My Rainbow Walkers group has been going for five years. It's open to all ages of adult hikers. Singles are especially invited. We walk and talk on the horse and hiking trails in the La Canada-Flintridge area. We meet the most interesting people and sights. There is a requested $1 donation; I do this on my own and don't have the backing of a nonprofit organization. Please write, including a stamped return envelope, for details.
November 29, 2005
Re "Oh, C'mon, Get Over Yourself" [Nov. 15]: I am a Sierra Club hike leader and somewhat chunky myself. Nevertheless, I have taken up walking half-marathons. I have seen many very large women finish the half, and probably some also do a full marathon. So a hefty woman can be quite strong and healthy! SHEILA ANDERSON Oak View
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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April 4, 1993
The new hiking permit tax voted in by the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors is unreasonable, multiple taxation. Our regular taxes provide money to be used by the Department of Parks and Recreation to maintain the trails. I am entitled as a taxpayer to enjoy the horse trails, mountain trails and our local campgrounds. In some cases, a fee for overnight or daytime camping is already required. Now we have to pay additional fees to hike to the place we just paid to camp at. Something else that really pulls my chain is the adopt-a-trail program.
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).
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.
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).