American Trails participated in the largest ever Hike the Hill ®, which brought 123 hikers and trail organization representatives to Washington, D.C. to advocate before Congress and the federal government for trails and public lands.
American Trails participated in the largest ever Hike the Hill®, which brought 123 hikers and trail organization representatives to Washington, D.C. to advocate before Congress and the federal government for trails and public lands. American Trails joined the American Hiking Society and the Partnership for the National Trails System (PNTS) for a week of action and celebration of the 50th Anniversary of the National Trails System Act. Events and meetings honored the achievements of this landmark law and called on Congress and federal agencies to complete the National Scenic and Historic Trails System and other trails and to fully fund the programs that provide for the stewardship, maintenance, and expansion of trails and public lands.
In anticipation of attending Hike the Hill®, American Trails polled our key partners to determine some of the most pressing issues in the larger trails community. We brought these issues to appropriate representatives and senators throughout the week. Some of these key issues included:
American Trails will seize upon the momentum from Hike the Hill® to
continue the push for trail partnerships, development, and funding in
our advocacy efforts. Stay tuned for new opportunities for members to
This first hand account from American Trails contributor Lora Goerlich is a great reminder about why you need to be prepared for yellowjackets on the trail.
October is here, which means it's time to enter the 2nd annual American Trails Costume Contest!
Excess rain negatively impacted trail conditions and access to parks across the country. Flooded, muddy, impassable trails lingered for nearly four months, creating an impatient, ridged mindset in our perceived need to get on the trails. MUD… multiple, long stretches of quaggy, slippery mud with or without standing water were present longer than normal. We expect mud in the spring, but not for four months.
A totally unbiased analysis by a kayaker with a disability.