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June 26, 2017

In our annual Outdoor Recreation issue we examine the lure of long hauls and personal pilgrimage. Something happens once we’re outdoors that touches our deeper human natures. As we encounter the wild, and recognize our own small place in it, we can’t help but be humbled and changed.

Feature

Could the lure of trails salvage Alaska’s economy?
Could the lure of trails salvage Alaska’s economy?
A trail along the Trans-Alaska pipeline could be the start of a booming recreation economy.

Editor's Note

Why we’re drawn to trails
Why we’re drawn to trails
On the kinship between walkers.

Current

Sage grouse review; false coal stats; elk deaths
Sage grouse review; false coal stats; elk deaths
HCN.org news in brief.
Learn the lingo: Trailworker slang
Learn the lingo: Trailworker slang
You probably wouldn’t ask a ‘traildog’ to ‘sprinkle your donut.’
Meet the woman behind Colorado’s highest trails
Meet the woman behind Colorado’s highest trails
How trail designer Loretta McEllhiney protects mountains from people.
The Pacific Crest Trail’s shadow hikers
The Pacific Crest Trail’s shadow hikers
At the border, migrants and long-distance trekkers hike side by side but worlds apart.
A network of trails that spans the country
A network of trails that spans the country
The National Trails System, by the numbers.

Essays

The making of a motorhead
The making of a motorhead
Ex-skiers, ex-climbers, ex-hikers take on long-distance travel with motorbikes.

Book Reviews

Cartographers have been making bad maps for centuries
Cartographers have been making bad maps for centuries
A new volume of maps shows the evolution of how we understand geography.

Writers on the Range

I am the High Priestess of Leave No Trace
I am the High Priestess of Leave No Trace
A miscreant is littering. What’s the Priestess to do then?
Why thru-hiking would be a disaster for the Yaak Valley
Why thru-hiking would be a disaster for the Yaak Valley
A long-distance trail would disrupt badly needed grizzly habitat.

Heard Around the West

California’s ‘covfefe’ craze; Bearthoven; How to stop a wedding
California’s ‘covfefe’ craze; Bearthoven; How to stop a wedding
Mishaps and mayhem from around the region.

Dear Friends

The man behind our new tribal affairs desk
The man behind our new tribal affairs desk
Our latest letter to readers welcomes Tristan Ahtone to the team.

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