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As Hiker Numbers Soar, the Appalachian Trail’s Future Lies in Educating Hikers

As Hiker Numbers Soar, the Appalachian Trail’s Future Lies in Educating Hikers

As thousands of aspiring Appalachian Trail thru-hikers began their trek north from Georgia in 2019, they were joined by a new breed of hiker—trail ambassadors who serve as role models...

Sep 11, 2019 : Hugh Owen
Overmountain Shelter on AT Closed Because It’s No Longer Safe

Overmountain Shelter on AT Closed Because It’s No Longer Safe

Overmountain Shelter on the Appalachian Trail in North Carolina, a popular spot for countless thru-hikers and others, has been closed because it is considered no longer safe for overnight

Sep 5, 2019 : Hugh Owen
Hiker Found Dead on AT Near Roan Mountain Remembered as Man of Many Passions

Hiker Found Dead on AT Near Roan Mountain Remembered as Man of Many Passions

David Ladley Swanson, 53, of Durham, NC, who died of cardiac arrest on the Appalachian Trail near Roan Mountain on Sept. 2, had hiked the Pacific Crest Trail and other...

Sep 3, 2019 : Hugh Owen
PCT Hiker Dies after Tree Falls on Him in Washington

PCT Hiker Dies after Tree Falls on Him in Washington

A 28-year-old hiker from Germany died on the Pacific Crest Trail after a tree fell on him Tuesday near Trout Lake in Washington. Finn Bastian, of Preetz, Germany, was crossing...

Aug 29, 2019 : Hugh Owen
Casa de Luna Closing on PCT after 21 Years of Welcoming Hikers

Casa de Luna Closing on PCT after 21 Years of Welcoming Hikers

Casa de Luna, a refuge for weary Pacific Crest Trail hikers for 21 years, will close in 2019 after the final southbound hikers pass through. “It is with a heavy...

Aug 25, 2019 : Hugh Owen
Hiker Heaven on the PCT Is Officially For Sale

Hiker Heaven on the PCT Is Officially For Sale

It’s official: Hiker Heaven is up for sale. After 22 years of generously hosting hikers in their Agua Dulce home, Jeff and Donna are moving to the Washington Upper Olympic...

Aug 19, 2019 : Samantha Olthof
A Woman Has Died on the Colorado Trail After Tree Falls on Tent

A Woman Has Died on the Colorado Trail After Tree Falls on Tent

A 56-year-old woman died after a tree fell on her tent on the Colorado Trail near Grizzly Peak. The incident happened late Monday, Aug. 13. The San Juan County Sheriff's...

Aug 14, 2019 : Maggie Slepian
AT Hiker Found Dead in Tent Near Trail in Maine

AT Hiker Found Dead in Tent Near Trail in Maine

The body of an Appalachian Trail hiker was found in his tent near the trail in Maine on Monday, Aug. 5, two days after he was reported missing by his...

Aug 6, 2019 : Hugh Owen
Jeff “Legend” Garmire Just Set the Long Trail Unsupported FKT, his Third Speed Record of 2019

Jeff “Legend” Garmire Just Set the Long Trail Unsupported FKT, his Third Speed Record of 2019

You might know the name Jeff "Legend" Garmire from another 2019 Fastest Known Time (FKT) or two. Garmire has set three FKTs on three separate trails this year. On April...

Jul 26, 2019 : Maggie Slepian
2020 PCT Permit Application Dates Announced

2020 PCT Permit Application Dates Announced

Hikers planning a 2020 PCT thru-hike starting at the Mexico border will be able to apply for their permit on Oct. 29, 2019, at 10:30 a.m. PT. Southbound (or other...

Jul 24, 2019 : Maggie Slepian