Seniors Hike for Health as Well as Pleasure
There are many seniors who enjoy hiking and who do so for their health, plus it can be just plain enjoyable to hike with spouse, with friends or by yourself. There are communities with senior hiking clubs all over our great nation that invite seniors to come and check out their trails. I wish to share just a few that you may find of interest, especially if you’re traveling in that area.
Senior Hikers in the Portland Area Hit Their Stride
At 8,000 feet, on Oregon‘s Mount Howard, you may feel the effect of altitude on your lungs. In the past seven years, the Portland Parks & Recreation has become renown for its Senior Recreation program, more than doubling the number of weekly hiking trips it offers, and interest continues to grow. This senior hiking program has become so popular that it cannot always accommodate all of the seniors interested in a particular trip.
Seniors Hike in Danville, California
The Danville (California) Area Senior Hikes (DASH) is open to all adults and meets on the second and fourth Wednesday of every month. Most hikes are not strenuous, but because of the local terrain, one needs to be steady on the feet. Distances are usually in the 4- to 5-mile range, the pace is moderate, and the leader makes stops to view scenery, wildlife and to talk about local history when appropriate.
Berks County, Pennsylvania Hikers
Seniors traveling or living near Berks County, Pa will discover a wide range of hiking possibilities for seniors of all skill and fitness levels. The Blue Mountains and Appalachian Trail offer easy hiking treks on a variety of terrain, taking you through farmland, by lakes and up rocky, mountain trails. There are many senior hiking groups in the area that meet weekly to hike.
Rhinelander, Wisconsin Hiking Trails
Seniors enjoy heading out from Rhinelander for good hikes that are held on Wednesday mornings, beginning June 20. The trails, chosen for beginner hikers, can be shortened or lengthened depending on the group and will last about an hour and a half. Directions to the trails are available at the Y or at oneidacountywi.com. You are asked to wear appropriate clothing and to bring plenty of water.
Advanced Senior Hikers
Here’s a challenge for you seniors that have hiking experience under your belts… The Appalachian Trail. Just thinking about this trail may find you heading the other direction, but before you chicken out, read this story about a 63 year-old senior who hiked the famed trail.
Here’s a Step by Step Guide that encourages seniors to give it a try and another fine guide where you will find good advice for any trail you may choose to hike. Info.com also has several trail hike information links for you to consider. Many seniors find that hiking a trail is much more fun and rewarding that mall-walking. So seniors…step up and step out! jeb