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AZ Wildfires Prompt Forest Closures, Shutting Down 38% of Arizona Trail

AZ Wildfires Prompt Forest Closures, Shutting Down 38% of Arizona Trail

Wildfires currently raging across Arizona have prompted full closures of several national forests within the state in the interest of public safety. The move effectively shuts down 300 miles of...

Jun 23, 2021 : Kelly Floro
Inyo Creek Fire Closes Whitney Portal, Hikers Evacuated

Inyo Creek Fire Closes Whitney Portal, Hikers Evacuated

Hikers are being evacuated from Whitney Portal trailhead near the community of Lone Pine due to a wildfire in the area. The Inyo Creek Fire was discovered southeast of the...

Jun 22, 2021 : Kelly Floro
Hiker Dies on PCT Near Paradise Valley Cafe Amid Record Heatwave

Hiker Dies on PCT Near Paradise Valley Cafe Amid Record Heatwave

A hiker died on the Pacific Crest Trail just south of Highway 74 on Wednesday amid triple-digit temperatures. Firefighters were dispatched to the trail in Riverside County, near the community...

Jun 18, 2021 : Kelly Floro
Funding Earmarked for Alaska Long Trail: 500 Backcountry Miles from Fairbanks to Seward

Funding Earmarked for Alaska Long Trail: 500 Backcountry Miles from Fairbanks to Seward

Add another thru-hike to your bucket list, because Alaska is one step closer to having a long trail of its own. The Alaska Long Trail is a proposed 500-mile trail...

Jun 17, 2021 : Tina Mullen
Man and 2-Year-Old Son Found Dead on Maryland AT in Apparent Murder-Suicide

Man and 2-Year-Old Son Found Dead on Maryland AT in Apparent Murder-Suicide

A father and son were found dead on the Appalachian Trail near Boonsboro, MD on Friday morning in an apparent murder-suicide, according to Maryland State Police. Authorities identified the victim

Jun 11, 2021 : Kelly Floro
Portion of AT in Cherokee NF Closed to Camping Due to Bear Activity

Portion of AT in Cherokee NF Closed to Camping Due to Bear Activity

A stretch of the Appalachian Trail in northern Tennessee near the Virginia border has been closed to camping "due to multiple reports of aggressive bear activity and evidence of bears...

Jun 7, 2021 : Kelly Floro
100-Mile Wilderness Designated International Dark Sky Park

100-Mile Wilderness Designated International Dark Sky Park

The International Dark-Sky Association (IDA) recently designated the Appalachian Mountain Club’s (AMC) Maine Woods property an International Dark Sky Park. The 75,000-acre property lies within the

Jun 3, 2021 : Tina Mullen
[UPDATED] Missing AT Hiker Found Safe According to PA State Police

[UPDATED] Missing AT Hiker Found Safe According to PA State Police

Updated 5:30 AM ET 5/31/2021: Pennsylvania State Police said that John Dunnam, a hiker who had been reported missing on the AT in the Chimney Rocks area, has been found

May 30, 2021 : Kelly Floro
The Homeplace Restaurant Closes Permanently

The Homeplace Restaurant Closes Permanently

The Homeplace Restaurant, a thru-hiker favorite in Catawba, VA, is shutting down permanently after a 10-month closure amid the COVID-19 pandemic. Nothing satisfies hiker hunger like an

May 27, 2021 : Tina Mullen
1,230 Mile California Coastal Trail 70% Complete According to New Map

1,230 Mile California Coastal Trail 70% Complete According to New Map

The California Coastal Commission has released a new digital map of the California Coastal Trail (CCT), an in-progress multi-use path that will ultimately run from the Mexican border to the...

May 18, 2021 : Kelly Floro