GPT photo of the Week

Board Members Luke Jordan and Kevin Purdy on the GPT in Nebraska National Forest.

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GPT Photo of the Week

Deep in the Nebraska National Forest.

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Happy 50th NTS!

This is the day! October 2, 2018 marks the official 50th birthday of the National Trails System! I know I’ve posted this picture before, but I always find it interesting to note where President Johnson seems to be looking – yup, he’s looking right at the Great Plains!

 

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GPT Photos of the Week

It was a great hike on the Great Plains Trail yesterday at Toadstool Geologic Park! We had a nice turnout and perfect weather. Here are some shots from the hike.

The sign for the Great Plains Trail heading north to Orella Road!

Barren? Yes. Beautiful? Yes.

In the Toadstool area.

Ranger Mike Watts explaining fossilized tortoise shells.

 

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Reminder – Upcoming Event

 

Oglala National Grassland and Great Plains Trail Alliance are hosting a casual hike of the new trail section at Toadstool Geologic Park. Here are the basics:

What: A five mile loop hike beginning and ending at the Toadstool Campground. Join representatives from GPTA as well as Nebraska National Forest and Oglala National Grassland as we hike the new Great Plains Trail segment. The new trail connects  to the established Bison Trail to complete the loop. The hike will be moderate to strenuous depending on experience and fitness. Anyone who wants to do a shorter hike can simply turn back and hike out at their convenience. Please pack a lunch and we can relax in the shade at the campground after the hike. Bring plenty of water as well!

Where: Toadstool Campground, Oglala National Grassland – 19 miles north of Crawford, Nebraska on Toadstool Road.

When: Saturday, September 22 (National Public Lands Day) Meet at the campground at 9:00 am.

Who: Open to anyone who can make it.

Why: It’s a “grand opening” of sorts for the new trail segment at Toadstool. This segment provides another hiking option in the park as well as adding trail for the GPT while shortening the route to Orella Road to the north.

How: A big thanks to the ONG staff and ranger Mike Watts for making this trail a reality!

Hope to see you there!

 

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GPT Photo of the Week

You can almost feel the wind.

South Dakota: Photo: Ken Ilgunas

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Upcoming Event: Toadstool Hike

 

The Trailhead

Oglala National Grassland and Great Plains Trail Alliance are hosting a casual hike of the new trail section at Toadstool Geologic Park. Here are the basics:

What: A five mile loop hike beginning and ending at the Toadstool Campground. We will be hiking the new Great Plains Trail segment, and then connecting to the Bison Trail to complete the loop. The hike will be moderate to strenuous depending on experience and fitness. Anyone who wants to do a shorter hike can simply turn back and hike out at their convenience. Please pack a lunch and we can relax in the shade at the campground after the hike.

Where: Toadstool Campground, Oglala National Grassland – 19 miles north of Crawford, Nebraska on Toadstool Road.

When: Saturday, September 22 (National Public Lands Day) Meet at the campground at 9:00 am.

Who: Open to anyone who can make it.

Why: It’s a “grand opening” of sorts for the new trail segment at Toadstool. This segment provides another hiking option in the park as well as adding trail for the GPT while shortening the route to Orella Road to the north.

How: A big thanks to the ONG staff and ranger Mike Watts for making this trail a reality!

Hope to see you there!

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