There is no better time to celebrate the brisk beauty that is late autumn than on Take a Hike Day. On November 17th, as the last of the deep red and orange leaves finally relinquish their grasp on their branches and fall crunchily to the forest floor, it’s time to take a hike and take advantage of all Mother Nature has to offer. Not only is hiking a great way to discover local scenery, there are also many health benefits – both physical and psychological – linked to hiking.
Depending on the difficulty of the hiking trail you choose to take, and the weight of your backpack, an hour of hiking can easily burn 500 calories. The usually grassy terrain of hiking trails is known to be easier on joints than the hard concrete of an indoor track, reducing your risk of a stress injury while exercising.
Hiking has been linked to decreasing the symptoms of depression. Removing yourself from the pressures of a busy life and the constant distractions produced by technology will allow you to reconnect with yourself, resulting in increased moods and a sense of well-being.
Santa Monica Mountains
Whether you choose to spend your time in self-reflection, or take the family out for an adventure in the forest, don’t forget to take a hike on this November 17th and enjoy the great outdoors! Stay safe out there!
- The Wisdom Tree
- Hike to the Hollywood Sign
- Baldwin Hills Scenic Overlook
- Hellman Wilderness Park
- Fish Canyon Falls
- Solstice Canyon
- The Bronson Bat Cave
- Castaic Lake Recreation Area
- Lake Hollywood Reservoir
- Franklin Canyon Park and Lake
- Griffith Park Bird Sanctuary and Trail
- The Hollywoodland Historic Stairs
- Will Rogers Stat Historic Park
- The Sepulveda Basic Wildlife Preserve
- Stough Canyon Nature Center
- Rustic Canyon Hike and Nazi Ruins
WHAT: Take A Hike Day
WHEN: November 17, 2014
WHERE: You choose!
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