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Welcome to the National Forest Foundation blog. Explore the various articles to learn more about our forests and places to play.

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Hiking and Backpacking

A Pilgrimage to Mount Baldy

This past fall, the NFF sponsored a blog contest to celebrate local community connections the San Gabriel Mountains National Monument outside of Los Angeles. Special thanks to REI for helping to sponsor the contest and providing prizes for the winning entries. Read Jonathan's third place entry here.

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Six “Off-the-Beaten-Path” Hiking Trails in the White Mountain National Forest

For many hikers, an important feature of an escape into the wilderness is the feeling of isolation and separation from crowds. This can be difficult in a popular National Forest, such as the White Mountain. For anyone who finds peak weekend hiking to resemble a wilderness highway more than a wilderness trail, we’ve highlighted six “off-the-beaten-path” trails in the White Mountain National Forest.

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A National Treasure, Without the Crowds

Patrick Shannon, the NFF’s Pacific Northwest Director, recently visited the Gifford Pinchot National Forest and avoided the nearby crowds while still experiencing the beauty of the region and our public lands.

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Exploring a Classic Backpacking Route in the Sipsey Wilderness

The first time I hiked in the Sipsey Wilderness I felt like I’d wandered into some strange oasis. With deep canyons, high waterfalls, and forests of hemlocks and mountain laurel, the Sipsey seems out of place in north Alabama. It’s as if, by some miracle, a 25,000-acre chunk of North Georgia was transported 190 miles to the West.

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The 10 Best Hikes in Asheville

You're holed up at a coffee shop in downtown Asheville, sipping an espresso and pouring over a stack of trail guides. What would you like to do today—summit the East coast's highest peak, or explore the East Coast's deepest canyon? Scramble up the chutes and ladders of Grandfather Mountain, or weave gently through a verdant valley to reach a 70 foot waterfall?

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