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April 07, 2022

April 7 marks World Health Day.

The World Health Organization established this day in 1950 to encourage people to get moving. 

To mark the day, Midland Radio put together a list of hikes for you to embark on in an effort to get moving for your health. 

Nugget Falls Trail, Tongass National Forest

This hike is paradise for nature lovers.

Found in Juneau, Alaska, the Nugget Falls Trail brings you to dreamy views of of the Menddenhall Glacier and waterfalls.

While this hike gets you moving for exercise, don't worry about the difficulty level. This is a relatively easy two-mile hike.  

Throughout the two miles, hikers might get the chance to spot bald eagles, sockeye salmon, and black bear cubs. 

Hiking experts recommend you hit this out and back trail in between May and September to enjoy the best weather conditions. 

Keep in mind, it could very well be extremely busy if cruise ships are docked in the area. 

Nugget Falls Trail, Tongass National Forest

Burroughs Mountain Hike, Mount Ranier National Park

Mount Ranier in Washington state is home to one of the most iconic mountains in the world that you definitely want to check out.  

This loop is about 4.7 miles to the First Burroughs and 7 miles to the Second Burroughs. 

Round trip, this hike will take you about two and a half hours. 

The park is open year-round, but experts said the best time to visit is May through October.

Along the way, the views of the mountains are exquisite. Experts say this trail offers the best views of Washington's largest volcano.

You might even encounter some goats wandering the hillside or chipmunks, marmots and pika skitter amongst the rocks. 

Mount Ranier National Park

Halema'uma'u Trail, Hawai'i Volcanoes National Park

This park and trail brings its visitors a once in a lifetime opportunity. 

Halema'uma'u Trail is about a one-mile hike that takes you down 425 feet at the southern edge of the Kilauea Cladera. Hikers will trek through a rain forest, offering them unforgettable, panoramic views of the caldera. 

This hike is considered moderate in its difficulty rating so you don't have to be an expert to complete it. 

The National Parks Service encourages those interested in taking on this day hike to bring water, food, a hat, sun protection, and rain gear. 

Along the way, the NPS said hikers might encounter hot, dry, wet, and windy weather conditions.

Billy Goat Trail, Chesapeake and Ohio Canal National Historical Park

Just minutes from Washington D.C., this four-mile hike in Maryland is full of fun rock-hopping and spectacular views of the famous Potomac River. 

It isn't a particularly difficult trail, but you should be prepared to jump from rock to rock. 

It's important you check the trail conditions ahead of times because it does often close due to flooding. 

Experts also recommend getting to this hike as early as possible because it is a popular destination for tourists or those looking to escape to nature.

Certain aspects of this trail can be dangerous so it's important you proceed with caution and do your research ahead of time.

If you're visiting the nation's Capitol and looking for somewhere to escape to nature, this hike is a good place to start. 

Billy Goat Trail

Mount Ida Trail, Rocky Mountain National Park 

The Rocky Mountain National Park features 415 miles of Colorado's lakes, mountains, and exquisite hiking.

The Mount Ida Trail is one of the park's most popular trails.

While enjoying this hike, you have the chance to take in several different species of birds, reptiles, and maybe even a bear or two.

Mount Ida Trail is a little over nine-miles long and is an out and back trail. It takes an average of five hours and 20 minutes to complete. 

Hiking experts consider this a challenging route so be prepared for a challenge.

Cadillac North Ridge Trail, Arcadia National Park 

Cadillac North Ridge trail is one of the many hiking trails Arcadia National Park has to offer. 

This out-and-back hike brings you to the highest point both at Arcadia National Park and on the eastern seaboard.

It's about 4.4 miles long round trip. At an average pace, it will take you two and a half to four hours to complete.

You should expect granite slopes and stairs, making it a rocky trail.

This moderate trail is mostly exposed so you'll get fantastic views of Bra Harbor, Frenchman Bay, and Schoodic Peninsula. 

While this hike is important at sunrise and sunset, you'll need to make sure you pack the appropriate gear and headlamps in case you're hiking at dawn, dusk, and dark.

Midland Radio Gear for Hiking 


Grab a set of these walkie talkies for your hike.  

These license-free FRS radios will bring you clear reception, transmission, and sound quality.

While you're hiking, you might lose cellphone service so it's important you're able to reach someone in case of an emergency. Also, if your group splits up to tackle different portions of the trail, you can still communicate with one another. 

Weather Scan technology is crucial, especially as you hike to higher elevations. Weather can change quickly and these walkie talkies will let you know if you need to find your way to safety. 

The T61s also have a range of up to 36 miles. That will give you the power to reach others while you're hitting the trails in these spread out locations. 


Preparation before heading out on hikes is key. 

Midland's ER50 Emergency Radio has everything you need to make sure you're set when it comes to receiving life-saving alerts. 

The ER50 also has a flashlight with SOS Strobe in case you get lost or find yourself in any other emergency. 

With rechargeable batteries, a solar panel, and hand crank, you won't have to worry about this device losing power while you're out on longer hikes. 

Prioritizing your safety before your hike could safe your life.


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