5 Hikes That Offer Solitude in Iconic Destinations

National parks are wildly popular: In 2017, people traveled outside with nearly 331 million visits to national parks, monuments, and historic and cultural sites maintained by the National Park Service.  This isn’t a revelation to any hiker who’s spent enough time outdoors to get a sunburn in recent years. Head to the nation’s most popular national…

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Building Community Through Group Hiking

Jenny Bruso, founder of an online community of self-proclaimed unlikely hikers, shares what she’s learned from hiking with others and offers advice for organizing your own group hike. Exploring the outdoors with a group, witnessing their reactions to the same things you’re seeing and engaging in teamwork paints a broader picture of what nature has…

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Fastest Known Mom

Record-setting long-distance hiker Jennifer Pharr Davis slows down to help bring families outdoors—including her own. Most parents can recount at least a few dirty diaper fiascos. However, it’s a rare breed that can cop to handling a poop-filled nightmare during the darkest hours of a brisk September night in Alaska’s Denali National Park. Jennifer Pharr…

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Op-Ed: Why Now—More than Ever—We Must Live by Leave No Trace

In a time when more and more people are embracing outdoor recreation, here’s how to combat the destruction of the wild places we love. Last year, for the centennial of the National Park Service, park visits were up by over 25 million across the nation. Yosemite traffic increased by 21 percent year over year—up almost…

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How Hiking Helped a Utah Mom Connect With Her Daughter With Special Needs

Spending time outdoors has created a unique bond between Melody Buck Forsyth and Ruby, who was born with Down syndrome. Through their goal to visit all 59 national parks, the family hopes to inspire others. Many people contemplating parenthood may think having a child will significantly scale back their adventuring. For Salt Lake City mom…

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