Hugh Owen

Editor, writer at The Trek. Passions: hiking, snowshoeing, bicycling, craft beer. After 42 years in the crucible of daily and weekly journalism, working for The Trek from home in my sweats and a with cup of coffee brings me great pleasure.

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Millinocket Area, Gateway to Katahdin, Becomes COVID Hot Spot

Millinocket Area, Gateway to Katahdin, Becomes COVID Hot Spot

Millinocket, a crucial trail town for Appalachian Trail thru-hikers, has become a COVID-19 hot spot.

Aug 30, 2020 : Hugh Owen
PCT Permits Uncertain for 2021 Hiking Season; No October Applications

PCT Permits Uncertain for 2021 Hiking Season; No October Applications

The application process for 2021 Pacific Crest Trail long-distance permits will not open as planned in October.

Aug 25, 2020 : Hugh Owen
White Mountain National Forest Pleads: Take Your Trash with You

White Mountain National Forest Pleads: Take Your Trash with You

Trash and even human waste are littering the landscape in the White Mountain National Forest.

Aug 14, 2020 : Hugh Owen
Trump Signs into Law the Great American Outdoors Act

Trump Signs into Law the Great American Outdoors Act

The Great America Outdoors Act will infuse billions of dollars into overdue national park maintenance and land preservation.

Aug 4, 2020 : Hugh Owen
Sierra Club Confronts Racism of John Muir, Lack of Diversity

Sierra Club Confronts Racism of John Muir, Lack of Diversity

The Sierra Club is addressing what it calls "our substantial role in perpetuating white supremacy," staring with iconic club founder John

Jul 22, 2020 : Hugh Owen
Scout and Frodo Will Host PCT Hikers in San Diego in Spring 2021

Scout and Frodo Will Host PCT Hikers in San Diego in Spring 2021

Scout and Frodo, who have given shelter to hundreds of PCT thru-hikers on their way to the Southern Terminus in California since 2006, will resume

Jul 6, 2020 : Hugh Owen
Energy Companies End Battle to Build Pipeline Under the Appalachian Trail in Virginia

Energy Companies End Battle to Build Pipeline Under the Appalachian Trail in Virginia

The energy companies behind a natural gas pipeline that would have run under the Appalachian Trail in Virginia have dropped their efforts to

Jul 5, 2020 : Hugh Owen
Appalachian Trail Footbridge Reopens at Harpers Ferry

Appalachian Trail Footbridge Reopens at Harpers Ferry

The Appalachian Trail footbridge at Harpers Ferry reopened on Friday, July 3, months after it was damaged when freight cars toppled across. "The

Jul 4, 2020 : Hugh Owen
Gear Review: HOKA ONE ONE Torrent

Gear Review: HOKA ONE ONE Torrent

The Torrent is HOKA ONE ONE's foray into their version of minimalist footwear, and its introduction in 2018 showcased a shoe unlike any of HOKA's

Jun 29, 2020 : Hugh Owen
Appalachian Trail Workers Get ATC Approval to Resume Maintenance

Appalachian Trail Workers Get ATC Approval to Resume Maintenance

Volunteer trail workers have been given the go-ahead by the Appalachian Trail Conservancy to resume maintenance on the Appalachian Trail, months

Jun 27, 2020 : Hugh Owen