Advancing Trail Smarts
Supporting trails is not just about the much-needed trail maintenance and additional investment. It’s also about hiker awareness, transportation and road access, trip-reported conditions and so much more. Fun fact: our trip reports aren't just a useful tool for planning your next hike; they are critical to land managers as they make decisions and plan for the future needs of hikers.
All of this requires targeted education to improve your on-trail experiences and help you lessen your impact on the places you love. If you haven’t seen our Trail Smarts video series, now's a great time to check it out. These tools provide quick refreshers on some of the most important hiking best practices.
EXPAND YOUR TRAIL SMARTS
Turning the Dial: State Lands Will Reopen to Hiking
Apr 27, 2020
State lands are reopening, but hiking will look different for a little while. Pack a few extra supplies (like masks, extra toilet paper and hand-sanitizer), skip that post-hike beer, and be more willing to head to a different trailhead if your first choice is busy.
Plan Now, Hike Later
Apr 14, 2020
Take some time now to daydream about your adventures that await you. Then plan it all out.
3 Trail-Worthy Skills to Teach Your Hiking Pup at Home
Mar 23, 2020
Here are three essential skills that all good hiking dogs need to know when you hit the trails. They are surprisingly easy to work on in your living room or on strolls around the blog.
What Do I Need for a Close-to-Home Hike?
Mar 17, 2020
For a walk in your local greenspace, packing along the Ten Essentials may feel like overkill — but then where does that lead us?
3 Tips for Planning a Group Hiking Trip
Outdoor Leadership Training participants share the lessons they've learned. By Andrew Pringle
Teaching on Trail: Custom Workshops For Educators of Youth
Jan 06, 2020
Through workshops, a free gear library and trip funding, the OLT program provides customized training for educators who want to take youth groups outside.