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Take a hike: June 2 is National Trails Day

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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.”