Activists say to skip the mall and go hiking on Black Friday

An Orange County conservation group offers a plan to help make the Friday after Thanksgiving green instead of black.

Back to Natives has been doing this for eight years. You’ve heard of “Buy Nothing Day” — an informal protest against the American tradition of pumpkin pie with a binge-shopping chaser. In its honor, the group leads a hike in the Cleveland National Forest.

Over three hours, Orange County locals can wear off their tryptophan hangover by hiking through the Elfin Forest. The terrain is chaparral, a native ecosystem under threat from pretty much everything Southern California has to offer, including development and fire risk. Back to Natives guides point out granite outcrops covered with lichen along the route.

The group recommends that hikers reserve a spot in advance, and carry drinking water to the trail. Backers of Buy Nothing Day would just appreciate it if more people head for the hills and stay out of the malls.

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