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Q&A How do I find a less crowded trail in the southeast United States on the 4th of July?

In addition to "longest walk possible" are there any good guidelines for finding trails/areas in the southeast that are typically less crowded on holidays such as the 4th of July? State parks here...

2 answers  ·  posted 11y ago by Russell Steen‭  ·  last activity 4y ago by System‭

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Q&A Trail marking material that will last a few years

I'm currently trying to remark a trail that seems to be forgotten or had very little use in the past few years. The markers that remain (different types of ribbon) are fraying or crumbling dependin...

4 answers  ·  posted 4y ago by WaterMolecule‭  ·  last activity 4y ago by System‭

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Q&A Can putting nails in trees cause longterm health problems for the tree?

I asked a question about marking trails and one of the answers suggested nailing markers to the trees. Does this damage the trees? I'm mostly concerned about long-term infection or rot that will ev...

2 answers  ·  posted 4y ago by WaterMolecule‭  ·  last activity 4y ago by System‭

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Q&A Permission from military when hiking in Israel

When hiking in Israel I've seen some trails that had information on them to contact IDF first for permission before going on them. How I'm supposed to get the permission? How much in advance you h...

1 answer  ·  posted 4y ago by pbm‭  ·  last activity 4y ago by System‭

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Q&A Do animal trails have switchbacks?

When hiking in a rarely frequented area, trails may be very faint to the level of being essentially invisible. In such situations, it has happened more than once that I accidentally followed an an...

2 answers  ·  posted 4y ago by gerrit‭  ·  last activity 4y ago by System‭

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Q&A Where are some good places for a day-hike within an hour or two of Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA?

Some friends and I were thinking of doing a one day hike somewhere in Minnesota. I have looked online for places but nothing I have found really gives me a sense of the place. My requirements are...

5 answers  ·  posted 6y ago by JIMMYPlay‭  ·  last activity 4y ago by System‭

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Q&A What does "out and back" mean in terms of understanding the length of a trail?

If I am going on a 10 mile hike and the book says the hike is 10 miles out and back, how many miles will it be total?

1 answer  ·  posted 6y ago by Annella Prosser‭  ·  last activity 5y ago by System‭

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Q&A Backpacking in southern NY or PA

All- I'm looking for a good 25-30 mile backpacking trail in southern NY or PA. I've looked into Allegany State Park and National Forest, but couldn't find a loop that would keep us out of campgrou...

3 answers  ·  posted 11y ago by coder‭  ·  last activity 5y ago by System‭

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Q&A What is the leave no trace thing to do when parallel trails start to form?

Sometimes in areas with sandy/muddy ground, multiple parallel trails will start to form. What is the least impactful way to walk a trail like this? Do you stay on whichever trail shows the most ...

1 answer  ·  posted 5y ago by Charlie Brumbaugh‭  ·  last activity 5y ago by System‭

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Q&A Devils path shuttle

I'm planning on through hiking Devil's Path in the Catskills in November with some friends, and I'm trying to figure out the transportation. We leave about 3 hours away, so I'd prefer not to have t...

1 answer  ·  posted 11y ago by coder‭  ·  last activity 5y ago by System‭

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Q&A Additional map source information for Willmore Wilderness Park in Alberta?

I currently have the Canada NTS 1:50,000 maps, and the 1990 revision of the complete park map. They don't agree on details, and so far the NTS maps have higher error rates. I also have a couple o...

0 answers  ·  posted 5y ago by Sherwood Botsford‭

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Q&A How do you determine how long a hike will take?

Is there a general rule of thumb for converting miles to hours when looking at a potential hike? For example, how long does it take an average person walking at an average speed to walk a mile on t...

13 answers  ·  posted 12y ago by jrdioko‭  ·  last activity 5y ago by System‭

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Q&A I am lost, I found a trail, which way do I go?

If I am lost in the woods, and I find a trail or a road, how do I decide which way to go? Autumn Veatch was 16 years old in 2015, when her grandparents small plane crashed in the North Cascade Mo...

10 answers  ·  posted 5y ago by James Jenkins‭  ·  last activity 5y ago by System‭

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Q&A What is the longest dead end road on US public land?

In this answer at; I am lost, I found a trail, which way do I go? It claims ...logging roads These may extend many miles into the forest, with multiple branches, all ending in dead ends. There...

0 answers  ·  posted 5y ago by James Jenkins‭  ·  last activity 5y ago by System‭

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Q&A What equipment is used to "groom" single track hiking and biking trails?

I've heard of single track hiking/biking trails being "groomed" before to keep them in good condition for users. The use of shovels, rakes, and possibly chainsaws to keep the trails free of debris...

1 answer  ·  posted 5y ago by wanderweeer‭  ·  last activity 5y ago by System‭

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Q&A What were the original trail signs on the Toiyabe Crest Trail?

This summer I did the Toiyabe Crest Trail and noticed that there are three different kinds of trail signs: Cheap plastic triangular ones that say Toiyabe Crest National Recreation Trail Square po...

0 answers  ·  posted 7y ago by Charlie Brumbaugh‭  ·  last activity 5y ago by System‭

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Q&A What are directional, height, and distance guidelines for marking trails?

Generally, I'm more used to methods described here for the US. Our task this past weekend was to use dots to remark a trail, but the method of placement was opposite to what I'm used to: the dots ...

1 answer  ·  posted 5y ago by Andrew Jennings‭  ·  last activity 5y ago by System‭

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Q&A How is elevation gain and change measured for hiking trails?

If a trail is listed as 1500m of elevation change, what exactly does that mean? For example, if the trail goes up 500m, then down 200m, then up 100m, then down 300m, then up 400m, is that consider...

3 answers  ·  posted 6y ago by RockPaperLizard‭  ·  last activity 5y ago by System‭

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Q&A Is there a difference between a hiking trail and a backpacking trail, including if it's the same piece of land?

I saw an article about the Long Trail, a 272-mile trail through the Green Mountain range in Vermont, USA. It's famous for being the oldest hiking trail in the United States, having been built betw...

3 answers  ·  posted 6y ago by Sue Saddest Farewell TGO GL‭  ·  last activity 6y ago by System‭

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Q&A Is there a standard hiking trail difficulty rating system in the United States?

At a local park I've seen hiking/mountain biking trails marked with a green circle, blue square, or black diamond representing easy, intermediate, and hard trails. I've only ever seen this while h...

1 answer  ·  posted 6y ago by wanderweeer‭  ·  last activity 6y ago by System‭

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Q&A Hiking trails between Mt Moosilauke and Rumney NH

I would like to hike from Mt Moosilauke to Rumney NH. From the all trials map it looks like I can take the Carriage Road Trail almost all the way to some sort of extension to the Three Ponds Trail,...

1 answer  ·  posted 6y ago by StrongBad‭  ·  last activity 6y ago by System‭

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Q&A How can I distinguish between rock pile types cairn, duck, and natural?

I've seen cairns while hiking in mountains and they are usually easy to distinguish from natural rock piles. However, I am a bit confused by what makes a duck and what distinguishes it from a cair...

1 answer  ·  posted 6y ago by wanderweeer‭  ·  last activity 6y ago by System‭

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Q&A What are good designs for volunteer-buildable trail bridges?

We have several places on local trails maintained by volunteers where the trail crosses a small stream or ditch. In these places the stream is a bit too wide and deep to expect people to jump accr...

4 answers  ·  posted 10y ago by Olin Lathrop‭  ·  last activity 6y ago by System‭

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Q&A How are trail surface firmness and surface stability defined?

Nevada State Parks have the most numerically precise characterisation of hiking trails I have yet seen. For example, see this map and list for Valley of Fire State Park or this one for Beaver Dam ...

1 answer  ·  posted 6y ago by gerrit‭  ·  last activity 6y ago by System‭

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Q&A How do I find known and documented trails for trail running in New England?

In my past experiences running on trails, the paths are demarcated for hikers and bikers and I learned about these running-appropriate paths through word of mouth and in person park information. Af...

4 answers  ·  posted 12y ago by Seth Rogers‭  ·  last activity 6y ago by System‭

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Q&A Printable maps of the Tony Knowles coastal trail

The maps of the trail at http://anchoragecoastaltrail.com/index.php are not well suited for printing. Even the printable map is pretty much illegible. Are there perchance higher quality maps availa...

2 answers  ·  posted 6y ago by neubert‭  ·  last activity 6y ago by System‭

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Q&A What's the best way to plan a 3D archery course?

Let's say you want to establish a 3D archery tournament. You want to create a small 3D course. You are at the stage where you want to make a concept for the trail. How do you create a map to ensu...

1 answer  ·  posted 8y ago by OddDeer‭  ·  last activity 6y ago by System‭

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Q&A What devices would help me track my outdoor activities and fitness?

I recently moved to CO and I want to buy a device to help me track various activities such as hiking, trail running, snowboarding, etc. Along with the general "outdoor activities", I also want to u...

2 answers  ·  posted 7y ago by Eric‭  ·  last activity 6y ago by System‭

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Q&A New Zealand recommended hiking maps, books and other resources

Me and my girlfriend will go there in January and we plan on hiking for a week or so. Unfortunately there are no maps or books available for NZ hiking in my area. Could you recommend some for me? ...

8 answers  ·  posted 11y ago by Paul Irofti‭  ·  last activity 6y ago by System‭

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Q&A What are the busiest months for hiking in the New Hampshire Presidential Mountains?

I'm planning a 3 day hike (somewhere between early June and early September) in the New Hampshire's White Mountains, specifically the Presidentials. I'd like to avoid the biggest crowds and would...

2 answers  ·  posted 6y ago by Gilles‭  ·  last activity 6y ago by System‭

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Q&A What resources are needed to attempt E3?

E3 is a 7000 km hike through Europe. What resources would every member of a small group of average adults need in order to realistically have chance of completing it: Vacation time Money Equipmen...

2 answers  ·  posted 11y ago by Vorac‭  ·  last activity 6y ago by System‭

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Q&A Does it harm deer when I walk on their trails?

I've often walked on deer trails already. The last time I've done this I suddenly realized that it might not be the best practice. I was (and I am) concerned that the "human smell" might stop the d...

1 answer  ·  posted 8y ago by OddDeer‭  ·  last activity 6y ago by System‭

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Q&A Yosemite in late March a good idea?

My wife and I have never been to Yosemite. We will have some time off in a couple of weeks (end of March) and we're considering planning a trip to Yosemite. The amount of rain and snow in recent w...

1 answer  ·  posted 8y ago by somerandomdude‭  ·  last activity 6y ago by System‭

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Q&A What does the status "W: Available at the Facility" mean regarding trail permits?

When looking for trail permits for a particular trail at recreation.gov, I almost always see the status "W: Available at the Facility" for today and the next day, and rarely anything available for ...

1 answer  ·  posted 10y ago by helm‭  ·  last activity 6y ago by System‭

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Q&A Is it offensive to "just hike" on a pilgrim's path?

I am considering taking a pilgrim's path - Olaf's Trail - in Norway (about 3 weeks). However, I don't want to do it for any religious reasons. I just saw this trail in pictures and thought: "What a...

0 answers  ·  posted 8y ago by OddDeer‭  ·  last activity 6y ago by System‭

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Q&A Is it offensive to "just hike" on a pilgrim's path?

I am considering taking a pilgrim's path - Olaf's Trail - in Norway (about 3 weeks). However, I don't want to do it for any religious reasons. I just saw this trail in pictures and thought: "What a...

3 answers  ·  posted 8y ago by OddDeer‭  ·  last activity 6y ago by System‭

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Q&A Are pets allowed to thru-hike US National Scenic Trails?

In the US, National Scenic Trails span many different land types (state/federal parks, forests, etc). While these all have different rules on pets, I was wondering if the National Trail System desi...

2 answers  ·  posted 8y ago by Chris Mendez‭  ·  last activity 6y ago by System‭

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Q&A Are there reasons for not putting the mileage on trail signs or is it just a matter of style?

I have seen a lot of trail signs and one thing I noticed is that sometimes they have the distance from one point to another like, Phelps Lake 4 miles Death Canyon Shelf 8 miles and somet...

2 answers  ·  posted 7y ago by Charlie Brumbaugh‭  ·  last activity 6y ago by System‭

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Q&A Can a dog thru-hike 2500 miles in 6 months?

Recently I came across the story of Bobbie the Wonder dog and it really got me wondering about the veracity of this. So, aside from the fact that the dog found the way on his own, if a person is ...

1 answer  ·  posted 6y ago by Thiago Valle‭  ·  last activity 6y ago by System‭

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Q&A How to describe a trail well for others in a systematic way?

I occasionally design or lead hikes in areas with multiple trail junctions. I attempt to be thorough in the planning by having several different ways for hikers to follow the trail. (Maps and GPS ...

1 answer  ·  posted 6y ago by Pooneil‭  ·  last activity 6y ago by System‭

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Q&A Why does the Iditarod sled dog race use separate routes in alternating years?

The Iditarod sled dog race is a competition that takes place in Alaska, USA. Each team consists of a musher, who drives the sled, and 16 sled dogs. The race usually starts in Anchorage and ends in ...

1 answer  ·  posted 7y ago by Sue Saddest Farewell TGO GL‭  ·  last activity 6y ago by System‭

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Q&A How to hide a trail turn?

There is a trail (Not really a "trail" as such), adjacent to my appartment I am lucky to be by a 100m x 500m patch of earth (not an official park), that is not built on. Swerving from the trail, wh...

4 answers  ·  posted 9y ago by Vorac‭  ·  last activity 6y ago by System‭

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Q&A How are the routes of hiking trails determined?

While hiking and backpacking, I often ponder how the trail came to be located where it is. Some trails, especially longer ones, seem like they could take several different routes to get to their de...

3 answers  ·  posted 7y ago by Peter Schilling‭  ·  last activity 6y ago by System‭

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Q&A What are the best possible ways of indicating a 'closed' trail?

I live in a region where you have trails that are open any time of the year, some of the other trails are usable throughout the year except rainy (monsoon) season. There are also rare cases of the ...

2 answers  ·  posted 7y ago by WedaPashi‭  ·  last activity 7y ago by System‭

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Q&A Do military style obstacle course trails exist in a genuinely forested setting and open to the general public?

I am interested in knowing if there are any military style obstacle course trails that exist in a completely forested setting for the military, police, search and rescue, and so on, yet are open to...

1 answer  ·  posted 7y ago by Ken Graham‭  ·  last activity 7y ago by System‭

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Q&A Is it feasible to hike Zion and Bryce in Utah in mid-May?

Is it feasible to hike trails to at least some overlooks around Zion National Park and Bryce Canyon in Utah in mid-May? If yes, do we need a 4x4, or will a sedan do? We are only interested in day ...

2 answers  ·  posted 9y ago by AlexC‭  ·  last activity 7y ago by System‭

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Q&A When is it OK to hike off trail?

I visited my local forest preserve recently (in a suburb of Chicago, IL) and found new signs every mile or so that read something to the effect of Please stay on the trail so as to preserve th...

3 answers  ·  posted 9y ago by drapkin11‭  ·  last activity 7y ago by System‭

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Q&A Wood versus plastic trail signs?

My town (Groton MA, USA) has 110 miles of trails open to the public, but virtually no signs helping people navigate at intersections in the woods. I am on the Trails Committee, and I'm pushing har...

7 answers  ·  posted 10y ago by Olin Lathrop‭  ·  last activity 7y ago by System‭

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Q&A Hiking uphill, two choices of trails: how to deal with each one?

There are two trails leading to a beautiful spot in a nearby park. One of them has a steady climb all the way (trail A) while the other has some sharp climbs followed by relative level segments (tr...

3 answers  ·  posted 8y ago by Mindwin‭  ·  last activity 8y ago by System‭

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Q&A Marked trail off the Beartooth Highway to a peak

I'm looking for a marked trail off the Beartooth highway that leads to a peak with a nice overview about the region. I googled for the last couple of hours, but couldn't find a lot of information. ...

3 answers  ·  posted 8y ago by RoflcoptrException‭  ·  last activity 8y ago by System‭