Unique Ways to Celebrate National Trails Day

National Trails Day is next week (we know, how did June sneak up so quickly?)!  On June 3, American Hiking Society is encouraging everyone to go outside and walk, run, paddle, horseback ride, swim, do anything on your local trail systems. There are events throughout the country where...

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Pacific Crest Trail, Pacific Crest Trail Association, Wilderness Press 50th anniversary

The Time Before the Pacific Crest Trail

The trails in the Sierra and the PCT are so engrained in our 50 years as guidebook publishers that it's hard to imagine a time before the iconic Pacific Crest Trail weaved its way from Mexico to Canada. Yet Wilderness Press was already a year...

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Afoot & Afield: San Diego County, Scott Turner, Wilderness Press, San Diego hiking

Photographing the Pages of my Favorite Book

Every once in a while, there’s a moment in life where a single choice will send you down a profoundly different path. One of these choices happened to me in Spring 2011. I received an unexpected chunk of change, and with all that coin burning...

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Top Trails: Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Johnny Molloy, horseback riding in the Smokies

Best Trails for Horseback Riding in the Smokies

Great Smoky Mountains National Park boasts more than 800 miles of trails; 500,000 acres of land; and some of the largest stands of old-growth forest in the eastern US. And with more than 9 million guests annually, it's the most visited national park in the...

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Rails-to-Trails Conservancy, Rail-Trails Illinois, Indiana and Ohio, the 606, Chicago cycling

Best Rail-Trails for Cycling in Chicago

With an abundance of rail-trails in the midwest, cycling in and around the Windy City is a breeze. And rail-trails have the added benefit of preserving historical landmarks, serving as wildlife conservation corridors, linking isolated parks, establishing greenways in developed areas, and stimulating local economies...

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Tom Winnett, Wilderness Press 50th Anniversary

Tom Winnett—The Father of Wilderness Press

It’s only fitting that the story of a publishing company’s humble beginnings starts with a man who had a love for both the written word and the wilderness. It’s a comforting thought when, at times, it feels like everyone is so power-hungry and money-driven. The...

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Gear Up Get Out, National Trails Day, American Hiking Society

Why You Should Gear Up and Get Out

Fill up your water bottle and lace up your hiking shoes—National Trails Day is right around the corner! On June 3rd, the American Hiking Society invites people of all ages and abilities to hit the trails at one of the thousands of events hosted throughout the country....

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Rails-to-Trails Conservancy, Rail-Trails Illinois, Indiana and Ohio, rail-trails, Wilderness Press

Exploring the Historic Rail-Trails of the Midwest

Wilderness Press has again partnered with Rails-to-Trails Conservancy to publish three new guidebooks that present the best rail-trails of the midwest—Rail-Trails Illinois, Indiana & Ohio; Rail-Trails Iowa & Missouri; and Rail-Trails Michigan & Wisconsin. Railways helped build America. Spanning from coast to coast, these ribbons of steel linked people, communities, and...

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Walking Los Angeles, Erin Mahoney Harris, Zach Behrens, Wilderness Press

Walking the Vibrant Streets of Los Angeles

Los Angeles is quickly becoming more of an outdoor city. The smog is lifting (you can see the mountains now!), and there's a public push and political will to make the city more walkable and bikeable. The crumpled sidewalks are being addressed, and hundreds of...

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