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May 31, 2011 / Greg Vaughn

Take a Hike! National Trails Day.

Drift Creek Falls Trail, Siuslaw National Forest, Oregon

Father and son hiking on Drift Creek Falls Trail, Siuslaw National Forest, Oregon.

Saturday, June 4, is National Trails Day, an annual event that celebrates trails of all types for non-motorized adventure and recreation in the U.S.A. The American Hiking Society has been organizing this event for 19 years, with the cooperation of the U.S. Forest Service, National Wildlife Service, National Park Service and the Bureau of Land Management. This year’s sponsors and partners include Backpacker Magazine, Columbia, Eastern Mountain Sports, Fetzer, Merrell, The North Face, American Park Network and REI.

If you really want to get involved, hiking groups such as the Obsidians in Eugene and the Washington Trails Association are having trail maintenance parties on Saturday (and throughout the summer).

In Oregon, June 4 is also State Parks Day, which means free admission and free camping at all Oregon State Parks. There will be special events at several state parks, with a focus on programs to get kids involved in outdoors activities.

Not only that, the weather forecast for this weekend in the Pacific Northwest is looking pretty darn good. So no excuses – get outside, go for a picnic or campout, and take a hike!

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