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Take a hike: June 2 is National Trails Day

Jason Redmond/AP

With weather services predicting a sunny and temperate weekend in Southern California, it’s shaping up to be an ideal setting for this year’s National Trails Day on Saturday, June 2.

The annual “celebration of trails” was launched back in 1993 as the result of President Reagan's 1987 President's Commission on Americans Outdoors; the report touted “that all Americans be able to go out their front doors and within fifteen minutes, be on trails that wind through their cities or towns and bring them back without retracing steps,” according to the National Trail Day website. As a result, the American Hiking Society and a circle of private and public organizations came together to create the yearly occasion.

“We just want all Americans to get out on their local trails,” said John Michaels from the American Hiking Society’s office by phone of National Trail Day’s primary objective. “We want people to discover and celebrate everything this country’s trails have to offer.”

Michaels said that he and most of the Hiking Society staff would be marking the occasion in Patapsco Valley State Park in Maryland for a host of specials events in conjunction with a variety of partners including The North Face, Sierra Club and American military veterans affairs programs like the U.S. Marine Corps Wounded Warrior Regiment.

With official events happening in all 50 states, there are ample opportunities to partake in National Trail Day fun in the Southland. LA Trail Hikers will be hosting a four-mile round-trip hike in Griffith Park on Saturday morning (June 2), meeting in the Griffith Park Merry-Go-Round Parking Lot #1 at 10 a.m. sharp. The hike is considered Level 4 (moderate), which requires ample water and is not for beginners. Prospective hikers can RSVP for the hike on Facebook.

Find an official National Trail Day near you here, or just grab a friend, your best hiking shoes and blaze your own trail in the glorious California sunshine.