12 Trails of Christmas: Tie City/Happy Jack Multipurpose Trails

In the summer it feels like there's sometimes angst between mountain bikers, horseback riders and hikers over trail usage.  In the winter we have our own set of trail issues: cross-country skiers vs snowshoers vs fat bikers. Skate skiers like and need a nice wide groomed platform of packed snow to ski. Classic skiers like to in a perfectly placed track. Backcountry skiers work really hard to break their own tracks on a non-groomed surface. It's the same with snowshoers. I get it when skate skiers are ticked because snowshoe crampons dig into the trails or classic skiers get annoyed…

Trail’ology: “It’s hard to get motivated to hike in the winter” + winter hiking tips

Last Wednesday I did not feel like hiking. Between the cold weather, a teething baby, and fighting to put layers of clothing  on our kids I had to dig deep to find the motivation to take my kids up to Happy Jack for a little snowshoeing. It wasn't any better when we got to the trailhead. Our 2-year-old was in tears when a gust of wind smacked him in the face and our baby was just well...angry. But, I strapped on my snowshoes anyway. I couldn't coax the toddler into his so I gave up and we left the barren…

Trail’ology: Can I hike in the winter? 5 Tips.

One common barrier to outdoor recreation is the weather! Do you think of hiking as just something to do during the summer? If you live in a cold or snowy place it's easy to be tempted to hunker down for the winter and stay off the trails. While our preferred forms of winter recreation and transportation are by cross-country ski or snowshoe we do in fact hike during the coldest winter months. And it's pretty fun. Here are a few tips for winter hiking. Dress in layers. Just like you would if you were cross-country skiing or snowshoeing and avoid cotton.…