10 Jul 2015

Here’s a dated press release, but it’s good stuff; the date doesn’t matter: A study by researchers at the University of Utah and the University of Kansas found that backpackers scored 50 percent better on a creativity test after spending four days in nature disconnected from electronic devices. The study … Read More

18 Jun 2015 – Trails recommended by The Nature Conservancy

There’s a lot of Nature Conservancy land that its members and others never get to walk on. But in the current issue of their magazine Nature they list four trails open for hikers on Nature Conservancy property. 1. The Bird Loop Trail, Waikamoi Preserve, Hawai’i. The 8900-acre rainforest preserve is … Read More

June 5, 2015

Dennis Lewon, Editor of BACKPACKER magazine, writes in his column in the current issue (June 2015), “Nothing against school, but my education wouldn’t be complete without the national parks.  As we start our year-long celebration of the NPS Centennial, rolling out the top 100 reasons we love the National Park … Read More

May 12, 2015

Your scribe leaves for Europe tomorrow.  During a 3-week trip I will be hiking in the Maritime Alps north of Nice in Parc National du Mercantour.  Blogs will resume by mid-June. Jim Kern

May 6, 2015

Dear Editor:   There is a serious trails concern for recreational hikers today, a significant group of 34 million that averages 18 outings a year.   We are a wide assortment of types.  I had lunch the other day with a 72-year-old insurance executive who had just finished hiking the … Read More

April 9th, 2015

I recently had an e-mail exchange with Jim Wolf, founder of the Continental Divide Trail Society.  My response fleshes out the mission statement of Hiking Trails for America, so I wanted to share it with our readers.  (See correspondence below.)   Jim Kern (Jim Wolf to Jim Kern) Hi Jim … Read More

27 March 2015

I picked up some very powerful statistics from an article entitled “Trails Make Good Economic Sense” that appeared in the American Hiking Society’s American Hiker, Spring 2014.  Here are two of the best:   The annual economic value of outdoor recreation in America is estimated by the Outdoor Industry Association … Read More

March 9, 2015

Quote from John Burroughs “A better world I have never wanted. I could not begin to exhaust the knowledge and the delights of this one. I have found within it deep within deep worlds within a world, an endless series of beautiful and wonderful forms forever flowing out of itself … Read More

February 27, 2015

Thoughts from the Pacific Crest Trail “I’d read the section in my guidebook about the trail’s history the winter before, but it wasn’t until now – a couple of miles out of Burney Falls, as I walked in my flimsy sandals in the early evening heat – that the realization … Read More

20 February 2015

20 February 2015 I was in Washington D.C. in late January to meet with staff of two senators and others about the status of our country’s National Scenic Trails. Here’s a recap: Wednesday, 28 January 2015: I had breakfast with Chuck Sloan, Vienna, VA, of counsel for the Appalachian Trail … Read More

January 16, 2015 This is our first blog.

You may remember that the president signed into law a budget submitted to him by the House back in early January. In that bill there was $28M of funding for the National Trails System. Funds are to come from the Land & Water Conservation Fund. The money was appropriated very … Read More