Aug 04

Coffee for the Trail

Stoked Coffee for the Trail

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Stoked Stix Coffee

Outdoor coffee enthusiasts rejoice!! Now there’s a coffee company that caters to those of us who love drinking smooth coffee in the great outdoors. Stoked Coffee Roasters is headquartered in Hood River, Oregon and provides us with the perfect coffee for those of us who enjoy our caffeine while out on the trail.

What Makes Good Coffee for Outdoor Enthusiasts?

Whether you are a backpacker, bike-packer or car camper, you want coffee that meets the following criteria:

  • tastes good (duh)
  • easy and convenient to pack (doesn’t take up too much room)

    photo of dog, daypack & coffee

    Great Outdoor Coffee

  • easy to make (no electric outlets in the wilderness)
  • versatile (hot in the morning, cold in the afternoon)

Stoked Stix instant coffee meets all those requirements. A box of Stoked Stix comes with eight .12 ounce packets of instant coffee. The packets (sticks) of coffee are extremely easy to stow in a backpack or daypack without taking up much room or making a mess. I transferred my Stix to Ziplock bags as an added precaution and for easy access. Making coffee with Stoked Stix was about as easy as it gets. The instant coffee powder mixes easily with either hot or cold water. So I was able to enjoy hot coffee in the morning and cold coffee in the afternoon. And best of all, the coffee was delicious. I’m a cold-brew coffee fan because I like my coffee smooth and rich. I found Stoked Coffee Stix to make coffee that wasn’t bitter and could easily be mixed to whatever strength I desired.

Other Stoked Coffees

Stoked Stix Coffee review

Great Camping Coffee

If you’re about to hit the trail for a week of backpacking, then Stoked Stix is definitely the way to go. As mentioned above, they are lightweight and convenient for stowing in a backpack. But what about for back home or for car camping? Stoked also makes a line of Signature Series Coffee Blends that are great for brewing a pot of hot coffee or even whipping up a batch of bodacious cold-brewed coffee. So, my recommendation to all of you Trailsnet fans is to visit the Stoked Roasters website and add a box (or two) of Stoked Stix and at least one bag of Stoked coffee or espresso beans to your shopping cart. You love the great outdoors, so your coffee should be crafted with the outdoors in mind. Stoked coffee is going to be an essential supply on my backpacking list. Once you give it a try, I think you’ll feel the same way.


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Jun 16

Lost Coast Trail, California

Lost Coast Trail

Every once in a while, I find an interesting trail blog post that I’d like to share with Trailsnet subscribers. I hope you enjoy this post about the Lost Coast Trail.

UPDATE – King Range National Conservation Area: As of January 9th, 2017, all permits for backcountry camping within the wilderness area of King Range will be exclusively available through Reservations are now $10 per permit. There is now a quota system attached to use of the area, which allows for 60 entries per day during […]

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Apr 28

Should Pedal-Assist E-Bikes Be Allowed on Paved Trails?

Please take our latest Trailsnet Twitter poll to let us know what you think of electric bicycles on paved or cement trails.

2 Wheel Gear Pannier Backpack Convertible

Electric Bike on Trails

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Apr 23

Are Trails Necessary?

Do We Really Need Trails?

Glenwood Canyon bike trail

Glenwood Canyon bike path

This trail blog post is in response to a post on the Great Plains Trail website titled Are Long Distance Trails Necessary? It’s a good question, and the blog post already covers the more existential issue of “what do you consider necessary.?” But I’d like to approach the same topic from a slightly more general viewpoint regarding whether any trails are necessary. So to begin this discussion, let’s ask another pertinent question:

Are Roads Necessary?

Judging by the amount of money we spend on them and how much they are utilized, I’d say that most people would probably argue that they are necessary. Many political campaigns are based heavily on improving “infrastructure” with a huge percentage of that infrastructure spending going towards roads. So that brings us to the next question: What are roads good for? Fortunately, the answer to that question is all too simple and can easily be summed up in one word: transportation. That’s it in a nutshell. Roads provide transportation… period… full stop.

Are Trails Necessary?

So then we move on to the question du jour. Are trails necessary? Well if those trails are solely for recreation, many people would argue that they are not necessary. They are nice. They are scenic, they are fun. But they aren’t all that necessary. Instead they are convenient or enjoyable. But are trails solely for recreation? Those of us who are avid trail advocates know that they are indeed a great form of recreation, but they provide much more than just recreation; they also provide exercise and… in many cases… transportation.

Are Trails Used for Transportation?

French soldiers march on the Moselle River Trail in France.

troops on the trail

Not only are trails used for transportation, but they were the original transportation infrastructure worldwide. They may also be one of the most efficient modes of transportation from numerous standpoints. First of all, they are available to literally everyone. Trails do not require expensive vehicles, licenses and fuel consumption. So trails are available to 100% of the people, unlike roads that generally require some form of vehicle in order to navigate them safely and efficiently. Secondly, trails provide an environmentally sound form of transportation, unlike roads. The vast majority of trails are navigated by walkers and bicyclists. These trail users do not cause pollution nor do they require the burning of fossil fuel. Third, trails provide exercise while simultaneously providing transportation. The ultimate example of poor time management is when people get in their cars and drive to the gym for a workout. It makes so much more sense to combine exercise and transportation by walking, running or bicycling to a destination, whether it is to work, the grocery store or your local coffee shop. And a huge argument in favor of using trails for transportation is the safety factor. Nearly 1.3 million people die in road crashes each year. That comes to an average 3,287 road deaths per day. I would be glad to share the statistics for trail deaths but, as with most trail-related topics, no such comprehensive data exists for two reasons. Nationwide and worldwide trail data is not compiled by anyone. And trail deaths are nearly non-existent compared to road deaths. Trails are simply much safer than roads. And finally, for those who look only at monetary output as the sole arbiter of worth, trails are substantially less expensive to build and maintain than roads/highways.

How to Make Trails a Vital Part of the Transportation Infrastructure

trail sign to help people on trail tours.

This way to great trails

Connectivity– We need to do a much better job of connecting trails to both important destinations (cities, towns, schools, businesses, etc.) and to other trails. We have way too many “trails to nowhere.” This might be fine for trails that are solely recreational. But if trails are to become a vital part of our transportation system, then we need to start connecting them.

Inclusiveness – It is fairly elitist and non-inclusive to limit vital trails to only one or two user groups such as hikers and bicyclists. This is one of the reasons trails are seen as only recreational rather than as a mode of transportation. Trails should be much more inclusive and welcoming to such user groups as equestrians, electric bicyclists (See Trailsnet post about Electric Bikes on Trails.) and other (non-internal combustion engine) personal transportation vehicles (stand-ups, etc.) 

Communication – When it comes to making trails an important part of our transportation system, one of the biggest changes that needs to happen is in the realm of communication. Most people don’t even know about the wonderful trail system we already have. The trail support groups are too disparate and splintered. There is no single clearinghouse for trail information and communication. Instead we have websites and organizations that promote rail-trails, mountain bike trails, backpacking trails, running trails, urban trails, long-distance trails, equestrian trails, hiking trails, park trails…. But no one clearinghouse for ALL trails. United we stand, divided we fall. Or in the case of trails, divided we fail to prosper.

So Are Trails Necessary?

The answer is simple. They should be. But currently, they aren’t viewed as necessary by the powers that be. We can change that, if all trail groups unite and make our voices heard. Once trails are viewed as necessary.. for recreation AND transportation AND the environment AND for exercise/health… then funding will follow and trails will be built and trail use will increase and trails will be connected and we will live in a world where trails are an integral part of our overall infrastructure. That should be the ultimate goal of all trail enthusiasts and supporters.

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Apr 16

Trailsnet Voted One of Top Tucson Hiking Blogs

hiking blog award

Hiking Blog Award

Trailsnet Continues to Accumulate Outdoor Awards

Trailsnet is quickly becoming one of the most coveted websites for trail information, active travel and outdoor fitness. Most recently, Southwest Discoveries awarded Trailsnet a spot on the top Tucson hiking blogs list as a result of Trailsnet’s contribution to the active travel and trail enthusiast communities.

Top Active Travel and Hiking Trail Promoter

According to the award, “Trailsnet is a network of trails on the internet which allows users to find the trail of their dreams for biking, hiking, cross-country skiing, backpacking and trail running Founded by author Kevin Purdy, an avid hiker and freelance writer, it provides information about active travel opportunities worldwide.” 
 Trailsnet has won numerous similar blogging awards in the past, but the thrill of serving our community of outdoor enthusiasts never grows old. Thanks to Southwest Discoveries for recognizing the contribution that makes to the outdoor community and the world of trail lovers.
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Apr 11

People For Bikes Survey

People for Bikes Organization

people for bikes logo

People for Bikes

People for Bikes is an organization that promotes bicycle riding in America. Or, in their own words, they “aim to make riding better for everyone.” Of course those of us at Trailsnet hopes that means they promote more bike paths & bicycle trails nationwide including the promotion and connection of current bike trail networks. Getting folks on bicycles is more than just a recreational pursuit, although that is definitely part of the equation. But it is also about helping the environment, improving citizen fitness, lowering obesity rates, alleviating traffic congestion, improving public safety and making our communities better places to live. Bicycle advocacy is more than just a pipe dream. It is worthwhile and vital goal that should be front and center on the minds of politicians and average United States citizens. Thanks to People for Bikes and their efforts to improve bicycling in our nation.

People for Bikes Survey

Please take a couple moments to complete the People for Bikes survey and help them get a better idea what we want and need when it comes to bicycling infrastructure and goals. It’s a simple survey and is a worthwhile endeavor. 

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