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Stepping Out on National Trails Day

Did you know that Saturday, June 6, 2009 is National Trails Day?

Sponsored by the American Hiking Society, the event reminds us of the benefits and pleasures of hiking. There’s no better way to travel off the beaten path than to walk one of our nation’s trails.┬áThe variety and levels of hiking trails in the U.S. makes this a doable activity for most baby boomers. And, you don’t have to be a long distance backpacker to loose yourself in scenic views and abundant wildlife.

This is not the way to Buckskin Gulch

This is not the way to Buckskin Gulch

In honor of National Trails Day, here are a few of our favorite hikes:

Green sand beach hike on the Big Island of Hawaii
Echo Canyon Loop in the Chiricahuas of Arizona
Dead Horse Trail, Black Canyon of the Gunnison, Colorado
Seven Falls Trail, Tucson, Arizona
Buckskin Gulch, Arizona (well we sort of got lost on this one)
Cascade Head Trail near Lincoln City, Oregon

I’m usually good for a 5 to 7 mile roundtrip trail that includes a vista or waterfall but omits steep, narrow passages. Lately, I’ve added walking poles to my hiking gear hoping to help with that fear of heights thing that probably means my depth perception is declining.

Will you be celebrating National Trails Day with a hike? Post a comment to tell me about your favorite U.S. trail. I might go for a hike.

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