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After hiking in, we spent the next day learning mountaineering skills: how to climb and descend snowfields and how to use an ice ax, crampons and ropes.
If you are looking to take a leisurely stroll, learn something new or participate in a strenuous mountain excursion into remote woodlands, there's something for everyone during Hiking Week," DCNR Secretary Michael DiBerardinis said.
Even closer to the city is Topanga State Park, a wonderful stretch of chaparral etched with hiking and biking trails.
KTA's hiking guide, "Pennsylvania Hiking Trails," describes more than 3,000 miles of trails in Pennsylvania.
Secretary Oliver said most of Pennsylvania's hiking trails have been built and are maintained by hundreds of volunteers.
Hikers should bring drinking water and lunch and wear good hiking shoes.
But you can go on a hiking trip and sleep in a comfortable bed, enjoy fine wine and gourmet meals and skip the tent and freeze-dried food that even an airline wouldn't serve.
Hiking alone is not recommended, especially in remote areas.
Thanks to the cooperative efforts of the co-sponsoring Keystone Trails Association and our bureaus of state parks and forestry, a wealth of healthy hiking activities is being offered to all ages and abilities," said Department of Conservation and Natural Resources Acting Secretary Cindy Adams Dunn.
Call 978-534-7529 for updates to the hiking schedule.
A second hiking book of hers, "120 Hikes on the Oregon Coast" was recently re-issued by The Mountaineers Books under a new title, "Day Hiking: Oregon Coast.
There are more than 600 miles of hiking trails in the Catskill mountains and the Hudson Valley, locales that are within just a few hours of New York City.