An updated hiking trail website is being launched for Golden and surrounding area. The website goldenhikes.ca will likely prove to be a valuable resource of information for Golden locals, and visitors to Golden, seeking information on hiking trails.
The new Golden Hikes website is the evolution of work by several people. The goal of this group of individuals is to provide trail information for hiking opportunities around the Golden area. However, underlying this goal is the common value that each of these individuals sees in spending time outdoors, particularly in natural settings.
The trails showcased on the website will include descriptions for road access to the trails, trail route descriptions, photos, a map, and some will include a downloadable GPS track. Both the descriptions and maps can be printed from the website. Approximately 50 hikes are listed on the site. Trails range from walks in town such as Edelweiss Slough and the Rotary Trail, to day-long hikes such as Wolverine Pass and Prairie Hills.
While only about 15 hikes currently have a downloadable GPS track, the aim is to increase this number over subsequent hiking seasons. Currently, all trails have their trailhead marked by a location pin on the website map. Photos will be added and updated over time.
Golden Hikes will be run as a volunteer effort by Rick Seward and Chad Gennings under the umbrella of the non-profit society Golden Outdoor Recreation Association (GORA) where Chad is the Board’s Secretary. Funding was provided by Columbia Basin Trust’s Community Initiatives & Affected Areas Program (what is locally known as “CBT funding”) The funding was used to hire Dave Best of Best Impressions Photography and Web Design who then masterfully rebranded and redesigned the website. Kindly, Dave also donated some of his time to the project in addition to offering his services at a reduced rate.
Much credit goes to Kevin Finnegan, who in the early 2000’s, created the original website which was passed onto Rick and Chad for its redesign last fall. The new website includes a new look with added features. However, it was Kevin and his unofficial army of helpers who over the last 12 years crafted the core descriptions which make up the bulk of the site.
The new site is strictly a voluntary effort on the part of Rick and Chad. All fees collected from advertising go towards maintaining the site. Information for advertisers is available on the site.
There are many beautiful trails around Golden. Check out the website. Be inspired. Get outside. GoldenHikes.ca.