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Elements of A Great Hike

    1. Flora

    Trees (especially autumn colours), moss, grass plains, and flowers.

    2. Fauna

    An animal sighting makes for great memories.

    3. Variety

    I like trails that go up and down, not just flat. Some open areas, some under tree cover, etc.

    4. Challenge

    To get a sense of accomplishment, there should be some adversity, difficulty or effort involved.

    5. Education

    Trail markers that explain the local history and/or ecology make a hike good for your brain in addition to your body.

    6. Views

    Great lookouts are why some people hike.

    7. Rests

    Catching your breath and allowing the quicker and slower members of your group to congregate helps keep the experience communal. That's when a lot of the bonding can occur.

    8. Snacks

    Having something yummy to eat can make a hike better.

    9. Water Features

    A great hike should have water features such as rivers, waterfalls, or lakes. These features add a sense of adventure and provide opportunities for hikers to cool off or take a dip. Additionally, they attract a variety of wildlife, which adds to the overall experience.

    10. Community Involvement

    Hiking trails that are maintained by the local community or have volunteer programs for hikers to participate in can foster a sense of community and responsibility. This can also help hikers learn more about the local culture and history of the area.

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