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Backpacker Magazine – March 2014

Trail Mix: East

Perfect Days, Bring Your: Sweet Tooth and Hear This Now.

by: Sarah Stewart

(Brian Lasenby/iStockphoto.com) Peeper among first frogs calling each spring
(Brian Lasenby/iStockphoto.com) Peeper among first frogs calling each spring

Perfect Days

Pittsburgh, PA
North Park Bridle Trail

Walk through forested ravines and cross gurgling creeks on this 5.8-mile out-and-back just 12 miles north of the city. Post-hike, ice skate at the park’s outdoor rink ($5/adult, usually through mid-March). Trip data

Gainesville, FL
Big Shoals 

See class III rapids from 80-foot limestone bluffs on this 5.4-mile figure-eight. After, visit a sanctuary for abused horses, but don’t forget the admission fee: two carrots (millcreekfarm.org; open Saturdays 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.). Trip data 

 

New York City, NY
Popolopen Gorge

Roam a lush gorge under 1,000-foot peaks on this 5.7-miler. Then, indulge on homemade pies, doughnuts, and cider at The Orchards of Concklin (theorchardsofconcklin.com). Trip data 




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