Pennsylvania’s Hiking Week runs from May 28th through June 5th with more than 100 organized hikes statewide. The week is marking its tenth anniversary this year of highlighting Pennsylvania’s many trails and walking paths.
It’s a way to introduce newcomers to the sport of hiking according to Curt Ashenfelter, Executive Director of the Keystone Trails Association. He says there are hikes for people with disabilities, hikes for beginners and hikes for those who can handle more strenuous activity.
Ashenfelter says the entry cost for hiking is minimal. He says basically, you need sturdy shoes such as hiking boots or trail running shoes. To prepare for a hike, Ashenfelter says you just need to dress for the weather and bring some water and a snack.
He says wellness programs focus on diet and physical activity and hiking is a good way to get out in nature and hike up and down hills or hike around a pond, whatever is right for your aerobic capacity.
There’s a list of the hikes that will be taking place during the week at http://www.explorepatrails.com/
You can also learn more about hiking at the Keystone Trails Association website.