Launched last July by the oldest U.S. environmental group, Sierra Club Trails is a comprehensive hiking wiki and social network. Trails is a free resource and does not require Sierra Club membership. The Sierra Club Trails website promises both quick and easy hiking information as well as an online community:
A visitor to this site might simply search for details about a particular mountain trail before heading out the door, or they might settle in and create a profile, add trails, post events, lead a discussion, share photos, comment on our On Track blog, and create a group around a particular place or interest.
Each trail page in the hiking wiki features information for both the long and short-term, covering both permanent features and timely updates such as “I was at the lake last weekend and the mosquitoes were terrible — bring repellent!” or “A small rockslide wiped out part of the trail, so be sure to check in at the park office before you plan a trip there.” The wiki content is user-created and user-edited.
So far the most popular trail is California’s 211-mile John Muir Trail, which has 52 Sierra Club Trails members. Other trails with many online fans include:
- Silver Falls – Canyon Trail (Oregon)
- Breakneck Ridge (New York)
- Half Dome from Happy Isles (CA)
- Yellow Jacket Loop (OR)
- Mist Trail to the top of Vernal Falls (CA)
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