Casey Nocket Pleads Guilty

The National Parks vandal has been sentenced to 200 hours of community service in the National Parks

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Waterton Lakes

The "Canadian side" of Glacier NP has TONS to offer hikers with passports

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Sequoia National Park

Open up those arms, treehuggers!

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Best Hikes in L.A.

You thought L.A. was all urban sprawl and strip malls, right? WRONG. If you don't know where to start hiking, here are my favorite trails in SoCal.

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Anza-Borrego State Park Hearing

What We Learned about the State Park Proposal to Restrict Access

Tonight, I attended the public hearing hosted by the California State Parks and presided over by Alexandra Stehl, Roads and Trails Manager for the California Department of Parks and Recreation (CDPR). The two hour hearing was an opportunity for concerned citizens comprising a vast spectrum of interests to speak their mind about the proposal. Additionally, CDPR representatives went through the trouble of attempting…

read » June 23, 2016
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ParkWatchReport App Helps Hikers Report Trail Vandalism

Graffiti and vandalism in public lands — you may have read a few things about it on this very site on occasion. All too often, though, the follow up to stories of vandals defacing our favorite trails and parks is the eternally asked question, “but what can we do?!” Many times, hikers who want to donate their time and elbow grease…

read » June 22, 2016
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Hiking Underwear 101

Undies. Drawers. Chonies. Tighty Whities. Unmentionables. Whatever you call it, underwear is often overlooked when people begin outfitting themselves for hiking and backpacking trips. However, they are not only the literal foundation of your layering system, but they’re also situated right next to your delicates, so we’d argue you’re doing a disservice by making them an afterthought. In the name of…

read » June 21, 2016
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3 Must-Stops on the Alberta Cowboy Trail

Alberta Highway 22 runs some 363 miles near the province’s western border. Riding the boundary between the epic prairies of the Great Plans and the equally epic Rocky Mountains, the road is a stunning and picturesque way to experience the landscape — and some uniquely Alberta places. Because the road passes through huge stretches of ranch land as well as…

read » June 17, 2016
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Best Food for Hikers in Waterton Lakes

Best Lunch on the Go: Pearl’s Sharing space with the also tasty Pizza of Waterton, the supremely cute eatery space of Pearl’s Cafe is almost always filled with hikers in the early hours of the morning — and with good reason. The place is stocked with well-worn (and well-dog-eared) hiking guides for the surrounding trails, you can make any lunch…

read » June 16, 2016
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Casey Nocket Pleads Guilty to Vandalism

Casey Nocket (aka Creepytings), who may be the most high-profile outdoor vandal in memory, pleaded guilty this week to seven misdemeanor charges of injury and depredation to government property. According to the plea agreement, Nocket agreed that the government recommended she be sentenced to an initial term of 10 days imprisonment and 100 hours of community service, and that she was responsible…

read » June 14, 2016
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Hiking Indianhead Mountain

This route to one of Borrego Valley’s iconic peaks features a sampling of the best features of Anza-Borrego Desert State Park all rolled into one. The views from the summit of Indianhead Mountain are spectacular, as is the vertigo-inducing ascent. This hike is a must for all lovers of the Anza-Borrego Desert. Anza-Borrego Desert State Park is rich in all…

read » June 7, 2016
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Hike at Head-Smashed-In Buffalo Jump World Heritage Site

An easy nature trail outside a fascinating UNESCO World Heritage Site that provides a great opportunity to learn how the region’s First Nations people utilized this unique terrain over thousands of years. A wonderful accompaniment to the excellent on-site museum and a great place to experience the wide-open magic of Canada’s Great Plains. Located between Calgary and Waterton Lakes National…

read » June 6, 2016
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Proposed Restrictions to Hiking in Anza-Borrego

The California Department of Parks and Recreation (CDPR) recently released a proposal to introduce restrictions for off-trail use in cultural preserves, state natural reserves, natural preserves, and state cultural reserves within state park land. CDPR has created this proposal in order to “better protect sensitive natural and cultural resources” by restricting foot traffic away from trails, roads, or boardwalks. CDRP defines…

read » June 2, 2016
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Hike Bear’s Hump

This short trek is a perfect introduction to Waterton Lakes National Park. Beginning just behind the main Visitor Centre for the park, this rugged little trail makes a surprisingly steep climb to a rocky promontory with clear views in nearly every direction. From here, you’ll have unparalleled views of Waterton Village and the Lakes themselves, not to mention the picturesque…

read » May 24, 2016

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