Trails.com Announces Top 100 Trails of North America 2005

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Annual list of Top Trails provides valuable information to local and national outdoor and travel industry organizations and to trail enthusiasts all across the continent

Once again, Trails.com’s Top Trails list provides valuable information to the outdoor and travel industries

Trails.com, the most complete online planning resource for self-guided outdoor and adventure travel in North America, has released its annual list of Top Trails for 2005. Now in its fourth year, the Top Trails list is the only Nielsen® ratings-type ranking for trail popularity and usage. The Top Trails of 2005 were selected based on the analysis of more than 10 million ‘votes’ by subscribers and visitors to the Trails.com website of over 30,000 guidebook trail descriptions. The results of this year’s Top Trails list continue to show nationwide trail usage, a diverse selection of self-guided outdoor and adventure travel activities, and the popularity of multi-day trips.

Top 100 Trails of North America 2005

Voting is based on Trails.com’s proprietary data and includes the following criteria: trail page visits, trail review submissions and trail guide views.

View the entire Top 100 Trails of 2005 list at:

http://www.trails.com/toptrails-2005.asp

View the Top Trails by state and activity type at:

http://www.trails.com/toptrails.asp

1. Breakneck Ridge Trail (Beacon, New York; Hiking)

2. Cohutta Wilderness Area Trails (Ellijay, Georgia; Hiking)

3. Glacier Gorge (Estes Park, Colorado; Hiking)

4. Harriman State Park (Bear Mountain, New York; Walking)

5. Mount Whitney (Lone Pine, California; Hiking)

6. Appalachian Trail: The Pinnacle (Hamburg, Pennsylvania; Hiking)

7. Appalachian Trail: Springer Mountain to Hightower Gap (Suches, Georgia; Hiking)

8. Appalachian National Scenic Trail – Pennsylvania Section (Rouzerville, Pennsylvania; Hiking)

9. Conundrum Hot Springs (Aspen, Colorado; Hot Springs)

10. American River Confluence to Lake Clementine (Auburn, California; Hiking)

11. Furnace Mountain / Trayfoot Mountain Overnight Loop (Waynesboro, Virginia; Hiking)

12. Dolly Sods Wilderness (Petersburg, West Virginia; Hiking)

13. Appalachian National Scenic Trail: CT & MA (North Adams, Massachusetts; Hiking)

14. American River Bike Path (Sacramento, California; Mountain Biking)

15. Bear Mountain – Mount Riga State Park (Salisbury, Connecticut; Hiking)

16. Half Dome (Merced, California; Hiking)

17. Appalachian Trail: Crampton Gap to Harpers Ferry (Burkittsville, Maryland; Hiking)

18. Appalachian Trail (VA): Chester Gap to Harpers Ferry (Front Royal, Virginia; Hiking)

19. Cougar Mountain Regional Wildlands Park (Issaquah, Washington; Hiking)

20. North Country Trail (Morenci, Michigan; Hiking)

Key results from the Top 100 Trails of 2005:

  • Top activities: Hiking remains the most popular activity (85 trails), followed by hot springs, mountain biking, walking, road biking (new for 2005), and campgrounds (new for 2005).
  • Top states: Spread across 27 different states, the top states include New York (14 trails), California (13), Georgia (7), Virginia (7), Colorado (6), Pennsylvania (6), North Carolina (5), Washington (5), and Arkansas (4).
  • East vs. West: 68 of the Top 100 trails are located east of the Mississippi River
  • 2005 vs. 2004: Within the Top 20 trails, there are 4 new trails and 15 trails increased or decreased their ranking compared to 2004. In addition, 9 trails are over 20 miles long, indicating that there is a continued interest in longer, multi-day trips.

“It is encouraging to see that 17 of the top 20 most popular outdoor destinations were hiking trails,” said Dr. Gregory Miller, President of the American Hiking Society. “We are proud of our long-term partnership with Trails.com as we find more and more outdoor enthusiasts, particularly technologically savvy youth, using the internet to seek out reliable information on trail routes and conditions. The Top Trails data is also valuable when working with our land management partners on the national and local level to ensure adequate funding and resource allocation to keep these and other trails open, safe and well-maintained for all outdoor activities.”

“Once again, Trails.com’s Top Trails list provides valuable information to the outdoor and travel industries,” says Doug Colbeck, co-founder and CEO of Trails.com. “Local, regional and national outdoor and travel organizations will use our trail popularity and usage data to help support conservation and tourism programs. Trails.com has direct access to important consumer information along with immediate feedback on their interests and actions (page visits, reviews, downloads, etc.) involving outdoor and adventure travel activities across North America. This information cannot be found anywhere else. ”

About Trails.com

Founded in 1999, Trails.com is the most complete online planning resource for self-guided outdoor and adventure travel in North America. Through partnerships with leading guidebook publishers, including Falcon Guides, The Globe Pequot Press, The Mountaineers Books, Menasha Ridge Press, Wilderness Press, and others, Trails.com gives consumers access to over 30,000 trail descriptions covering more than 20 outdoor activities. Additional website features include USGS topographical maps, GPS tools, aerial photos, and more. Forbes “Best of the Web” Magazine has recognized Trails.com as a No.1 travel site since 2001. Trails.com, Inc. is a privately held company located in Seattle, Washington. For more information, please contact Rob Holmes at (206) 286-0888 x 115.

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