Take A Hike Day

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“Take a Hike” Day occurs annually on November 17th.  Call your friends and family and set a course for the trail nearest you.

Share your latest hikes with us on Facebook or Twitter. We’d like to see how you celebrated “Take a Hike” Day!

If you can’t make it out on a hike today (or even if you can) consider marking June 4, 2016 on your calendar as National Trails Day®!

For information on National Trails Day, please click here.


Mountains should be climbed with as little effort as possible and without desire. The reality of your own nature should determine the speed. If you become restless, speed up. If you become winded, slow down. You climb the mountain in an equilibrium between restlessness and exhaustion. Then, when you’re no longer thinking ahead, each footstep isn’t just a means to an end but a unique event in itself. This leaf has jagged edges. This rock looks loose. From this place the snow is less visible, even though closer. These are things you should notice anyway. To live only for some future goal is shallow. It’s the sides of the mountain which sustain life, not the top. Here’s where things grow. But of course, without the top you can’t have any sides. It’s the top that defines the sides.
Robert Pirsig, Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance: An Inquiry Into Values, 1974