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Your favorite Hiking Trails are open Every Day of the Year

May 4, 2008
Hiking trails are easy to decide on, if you know what you are looking for. Often, forest rangers provide free tours and useful tips. For northern locations, hikers will want to be in shape for the terrain, which is often a mixture of grass, prairie land and pine forest footpaths. Bison, elk, mule deer, coyotes and prairie dogs are frequent sites.

At mountain locations you can often mountain climb, raft, fish, ski and hike, or just plain relax in one of the hot springs, drinking in the beauty of the mountains. Mountaineering equipment such as ropes and spikes should also be taken on these longer walking trails. Expect the major down hills to be without consistent track and if mountain biking, expect to carry and walk your bike for considerable distances.

On remote trails, mountain bikers are requested to use caution, watch for all types of wildlife, as even mountain lions are sometimes seen. Stay standing and if you fall down try to get back on your feet. Avoid riding after rainfall when the trails are muddy so as to reduce trail erosion.

Forest Service have created an mapping tool which identifies which maps to purchase for recreational activities across eleven of the U.S. National access to recreation permits and other useful information is also available. Occasionally some provincial park and forest service management features, including campgrounds, may be privatized or transferred to municipalities and regional districts, but these changes usually will not affect the trails and routes.

Hiking routes in the Dolomites are well maintained by local authorities and the trails themselves are well marked to prevent hikers getting lost. Mountain bikes are permitted on 6.5 miles of multi-use trails. Portions of many trails are wheelchair accessible with assistance to some degree.

Visitors to Konza Prairie are allowed on the hiking trails from dawn to dusk, weather and trail conditions permitting. Konza Prairie's hiking trails are a destination for thousands of visitors each year, especially during the peak wildflower seasons of June and September.
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You can enjoy the backcountry environment through Hiking Trails, Susan Wilby writes articles for the outdoor enthusiast
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