For those going stir crazy inside, as they say, there’s an app for that! AllTrails, an app for hikers has an “outdoors” platform with crowdsourced trails from nearly 10 million hikers, bikers and runners from more than 100 countries. The app has been downloaded over 12 million times, with plenty of local options available.
Some fresh air may do you some good during these crazy times. If there’s one thing we can all do during the COVID-19 pandemic, it’s to go outside. If you thrived on routine before, downloading AllTrails and getting into a set local trail routine could be a great way to keep your life calm during the uncertainty. Nature can heal us all in so many ways and become a safe haven that many are seeking.
The Glover-Archbold Trail is currently on the app, marked as “easy.” The 3.1-mile trail is great for all skill types and dogs are allowed on it too (leashed only). Another local top trail on the app is the Westen Ridge Trail, Rock Creek, Valley Trail. The trail is marked as easy and is slightly longer than Glover-Archbold at 5.2 miles. If you’re lucky enough you can even see some wildlife. The trail also allows leashed dogs.
Please do keep in mind though: Trails may be open, but facilities might be closed including public restrooms, visitor centers and campgrounds. Plan accordingly. While the app is great for new routes to learn to get out and about, keep in mind social distancing precautions as the entire Washington area is currently under stay-at-home orders. Individuals are allowed to exercise outdoors but must maintain at least a six-foot distance from others. Masks are not required but are also now recommended.
AllTrails was founded in 2010 by Russell Cook and is now led by Ron Schneidermann. The San Francisco-based company was acquired by Spectrum Equity in 2019.
While we take care of Mother Nature, now she can take care of us.