Hike The Hill 2013

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We Hiked the Hill in 2013!

The 16th Annual Hike the Hill
is Now One for the Books!

Advocates from Across the Country
Gathered in Washington, DC to
Advocate & Educate on Behalf of Trails

Hike the Hill is a joint effort by the
American Hiking Society and
the Partnership for a National Trails System

  • The core of Hike the Hill has always been the meetings…and 2013 was no different! During Hike the Hill, advocates from across the country met with land management agency officials from Forest Service, National Park Service, Bureau of Land Management and the Fish and Wildlife Service as well as officials from both the Office of the Management of the Budget and the Council on Environmental Quality to share successes, needs, concerns and praise. Well over 100 meetings were also held with Congressional offices where advocates had the opportunity to highlight local successes and unique challenges with their local Representatives and Senators. Many advocates reported a positive reception from the offices yet the prospect of tough fiscal times continues to be omnipresent.
  • A series of 3 Policy Briefing Webinars was a new addition to Hike the Hill 2013 and were offered in direct response to feedback from previous attendees indicating the desire for such information before they arrived in Washington. The webinars were also open to any interested hiking advocates, even if they were not able to come to Washington. Topics included:
      • Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) and the Federal Land Transaction Facilitation Act (FLTFA)
      • MAP21 and Transportation Reauthorization
      • An Overview of the 113th Congress-Fiscal Outlook-New Leadership-Freshman Class: Who Are They?
  • The 4th Annual Hike on the Mall kicked off Hike the Hill 2013 on Sunday afternoon…advocates and local hiking enthusiasts gathered (under the sun!) at the base of the Lincoln Memorial and following welcome remarks from AHS President, Dr. Gregory Miller, proceeded to hike the length of the Mall.
  • American Hiking Society sponsored a House Congressional Briefing on the Economic Benefits of Trails during Hike the Hill 2013. This was a first for both Hike the Hill and AHS! It was very well attended and staffers were genuinely interested in the topic, asking thoughtful questions, etc. Many thanks to both the Outdoor Industry Association and the Rails To Trails Conservancy for their support of the briefing.
  • The Annual Congressional Trails Reception was once again a success…even if we did have to make a change in the date due to the scheduling of the State of the Union Address! Staffers, members, agency staff and advocates mingled together discussing all things trails. Dr. Miller presented the 2013 AHS Congressional Trailblazer award to Representative Gerry Connolly (VA), honoring his many years of trails support-both on a local level as well as a national level. Mr. Connolly (accompanied by his family) took the time to accept his award in person and address the group. Congressman Earl Blumenauer (OR), a long time Congressional trails champion (and recipient of the inaugural AHS Congressional Trailblazer award in 2012) also took the time to attend and speak to the attendees. Thanks to Vasque for donation of a hiking boot.


View Video of The 4th Annual Hike on the Mall


View Video of Congressman Blumeauer’s Reception Remarks


View Video of Congressman Connolly’s Award Presentation and Remarks


Video of the House Briefing: Economic Benefits of Trails


Thank You to our 2013 Hike the Hill Sponsor



Scenes from Hike the Hill 2013


HtH at memorial

The 4th Annual Hike on the National Mall kicked off Hike the Hill 2013

Award winner cropped


Congressman Gerry Connolly(D-VA) proudly accepts the (unique!) AHS Congressional Trailblazer Award. The Congressman is a long time champion of trails at local, state and federal levels.




Congressional briefing

AHS held our first House Briefing during Hike the Hill 2013. The “Economic Benefits of Trails” drew good attendance and solid interest by House staffers.


Congressman Blumenauer (OR), a perennial Congressional trails champion,took the time to attend the annual
Congressional Trails Reception. He addressed the attendees with his usual combination of passion and humor.




Reception Networking(2)

Hill staffers, hiking advocates and land management agency officials
enjoyed the networking opportunities afforded at the annual
Congressional Trails Reception.

Q and A at Briefing(2)


AHS Board Member and Conservation & Policy Committee Chair, Laura Bellville
helps out with the Q&A segment of the Congressional Briefing.
Laura works for the Appalachian Trail Conservancy.
For specific inquiries about Hike the Hill, contact Sheila Franklin, AHS Director of Government Relations @ 301-565-6704 ext 207.