Amazing Heritage Trails from around the World.

Just now finished an invigorating end-of-day , in a local and around beautiful ponds like this one. With temps dipping below freezing, its getting a bit nippy. The can be seen forming in the foreground around the edge of the pond. Looking forward to this route all winter long!

Evening descends upon the lake. Scoville Reservoir, Wolcott, Connecticut. July 19, 2021, 8:10 PM.

Nordmarka in Oslo, Norway

Fort Bridger in Fort Bridger, Wyoming

Named for a prominent scout and explorer, this Wyoming state park encompasses a replica of an 1840s trading post, a 19th-century Army outpost, and early 20th-century automobile lodgings.

The weekdays are all roads for squeaking in training, and then the weekend or holiday is such glorious relief on the that Im drunk with joy even on the same trails Ive seen over and over again.
Theres sage! All the kinds of sage! And a couple white flowers that dont know what time of year it is. They look like mariposa lilies but dont have spots or color in the center. Alt text attempts to identify the plants but no guarantees.

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May 4, 1983: Dave and I only made nine miles today. We were tired and sore and got off to a late start this morning. The terrain was heavily wooded with no real views, although there were some steep climbs.

Just passing through. Migratory Canadian geese taking a dinner break on a rainy autumn evening. Scoville Reservoir, Wolcott, Connecticut. October 13, 2020, 6:10 PM.

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September 2, 1983: The initial mile of trail was a meandering stroll through the forest on assorted trails and logging roads, after which the AT cut through a farm, crossing a pasture and going past some outbuildings before turning onto a dirt road. The next mile was all on dirt and gravel roads, at one point approaching Upper Baker Pond:

October dead water, New Britain Reservoir feeder stream, Wolcott, Connecticut. October 19, 2019, 2:35 PM.

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St. Mary of the Oaks Shrine in Cross Plains, Wisconsin

A tiny 1857 chapel sits on top of a secluded, forested hill.

Rainy day autumn walk, Scoville Reservoir, Wolcott, Connecticut. October 16, 2019, 6:09PM.

At the moment, the app provides sensible results: actual trails walked by actual people, often with photos and a nice description and properties of the trail and site. Given that it's little more than recorded GPS traces from real people, there's a wide variety of places, including cities, villages, fields, and mountains. On foot, bicycle, and even other forms of transportation.

No affiliation, I just find the app actually useful in its present form. Here is to hoping it won't change.

Pink and purple sunset over Scoville Reservoir, Wolcott, Connecticut on August 21, 2021 at 7:41 PM.

They say a rainy November day in Connecticut can be dreary, but sometimes you just need to look around and look closer. Finch Brook Preserve, Wolcott, Connecticut. November 7, 2019, 4:24 PM.

June 3, 1983: The fourteen miles of trail between Little Rock Knob and Hump Mountain traversed one of the most superb stretches of scenery I have ever encountered. The climb up Hump was a bear, but views from every inch of the trail lightened the load.

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Peaceful easy feeling sunset (h/t Glenn Frey). New Britain Reservoir, Southington, Connecticut. April 15, 2020, 6:54 PM.

I've seen a lot of empty hornets nests on the trail this year. It makes for a lovely late fall decoration.
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Autumn ravine. Sleeping Giant State Park, Hamden, Connecticut. October 27, 2022, 4:04 PM.

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May 2, 1983: I woke up to the sound of freight trains. One after another, they came clattering up from the distant mountain range to the west, circled the woods around my tent, and churned off toward the eastern horizon. My tent was pitched in a small, grassy clearing on the summit of Frosty Mountain in the Blue Ridge Mountains of northern Georgia.

Annual birthday trip is in the books! Had a great time the at Hillsborough River State Park. Beautiful way to start a new year.

Fire on the Mountain, Sleeping Giant State Park, Hamden, Connecticut. November 7, 2023, 4:19 PM.

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August 16, 1983: Today began with the final three-and-a-half miles of the Taconic Range: Mount Bushnell with its excellent views, Jug End with more extensive views, and a series of nice lookouts in between. Jug End in particular was outstanding.

The whole arklow mtb trails had been recently burnt in a fuel reduction burn. Lots of trees down. This was the biggest, and it has already been turned into a new feature!

I feel the need to tread carefully as I caption a pic of rock hard old wood. Fossilized remains of ancient trees, Petrified Forest National Park, Arizona, March 1984.

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September 1, 1983: The trail descended past a water source called Hairy Root Spring (I know sounds yummy, doesnt it) to the shores of Wachipauka Pond, the mountain tarn I had just seen from above. The AT crossed a marshy area and climbed over a wooded hill before dropping down to state road 25, another small two-lane highway,

Camp V in Naturita, Colorado

Stay in a luxury cabin or refurbished Airstream in this former mining camp-turned-retreat.

Pink swirl sunset. Scoville Reservoir, Wolcott, Connecticut. June 15, 2020, 8:45 PM.

A silent landscape almost without color. Few birds around all day, no frogs or insects. Barely a wisp of breeze. On the threshold of spring, Lost Ponds, Mattatuck State Forest, Plymouth, Connecticut. March 25, 2019, 5:17 PM.

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June 19, 1983: A vast open field, Symms Gap Meadow, ran across the crest towards the middle of the ridge walk. Some decent views through the haze into West Virginia gave me the bit of a lift I needed. I made somewhat better time over the last half of the day, although I was still not impressive.

Crescent moon at sunset, reflected in that puddle alongside the inlet stream. New Britain Reservoir, Wolcott, Connecticut. October 4, 2019, 6:42 PM.

The quiet time in the forest between winter and spring. Warm(ish) sunshine and not much to block it, no bugs yet. Not many hikers. Sleeping Giant State Park, Hamden, Connecticut. March 6, 2023, 4:07 PM.

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Mt Moosilauke, White Mountains New Hampshire
5 7.4-7.9 miles Medium difficulty

Hiawatha Trail in Mullan, Idaho

Cross the Continental Divide through an old railroad tunnel, and ride back to the top on a shuttle.

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May 17, 1983: I finally made my way back to the shelter no rides, so it was another 3-mile walk in Fontana. You would not think this would bother me, with all the walking I am already doing on this trip, but my legs and the bloody stumps I use for feet have only so many miles in them on any given day, and I hoard these like a miser.

For more information about these trails, visit https://raresites. org/trails/ The seasonal trails will reopen in March, pending safety checks.

Rising sun greets a beautiful spring day at Scoville Reservoir, Wolcott, Connecticut. April 6, 2021, 7:29 AM

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July 12, 1983: Not far past the shelter, the Appalachian Trail left the canal path, crossed the B&0 Railroad tracks, passed under US 340, and began the ascent of South Mountain. That is the long ridge I will be following throughout Maryland and into southern Pennsylvania. The climb was not all that bad.

Evening tranquility, New Britain Reservoir, Southington, Connecticut. October 22, 2017, 5:36 PM.






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