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Join Us For a Hungarian Falls Hot Spot Week!
Leave No Trace Traveling Trainers visit the Keweenaw from August 21-28  
With more than 11 billion visits to public lands in the United States each year, many outdoor areas across our nation are negatively impacted by recreational use. We are literally loving our land to death. The reason is usually not malicious or intent to harm nature and wildlife, rather it’s simply a lack of knowledge or skills. The end result however is usually the same: Litter, invasive species, dog waste, trail and campsite erosion, water sources polluted, filthy campfire rings, and more.

Leave No Trace calls these areas Hot Spots or areas that are damaged but can recover again with a motivated community and after week-long Leave No Trace training. The training including a series of special workshops for local officials, land managers, volunteers as well as advocacy events for the general public conducted by expert Subaru/Leave No Trace Traveling Trainers. By identifying and working with Hot Spots and their communities across the country, we rapidly move toward recovering and protecting the places we cherish for generations.

The Leave No Trace Center for Outdoor Ethics and its Leave No Trace Traveling Trainers team are partnering with the Keweenaw Land Trust to host community events and educational activities from August 21-28, 2017 to address the many issues afflicting the Hungarian Falls gorge. Hungarian Falls was chosen as a Leave No Trace Hot Spot, one of 12 selected in 2017 for this special initiative. We encourage you to come learn how you can lighten your impact on the landscape and help heal special places across the Keweenaw!

Below is a schedule of events planned during the Hungarian Falls Hot Spot week. All events are free unless otherwise noted.

--Tuesday, August 22, 6:00 PM - Guided Hike at Hungarian Falls.

Join the Traveling Trainers and Hungarian Falls champion Clay Hixson for a guided hike to the falls. Learn about Leave No Trace ethics and what inspired Clay to lead the charge to protect public access to all of the waterfalls in this scenic site. Meet at the upper trailhead on Golf Course Road.

--Wednesday August 23, 6:00 PM - Guided Geoheritage Hike at Hungarian Falls.

Learn about the varied geology found at the Hungarian Falls gorge with Erika Vye from Keweenaw Geoheritage and Leave No Trace techniques from the Traveling Trainers as you hike around this beautiful area. Meet at the upper trailhead on Golf Course Road.

--Thursday August 24, 5:30 PM hike, 7:00 PM Presentation – Leave No Trace hike at the Quincy Mine and “History on the Hill” Speaker Series.

Join the Traveling Trainers for a hike and discussion on one of the most important Leave No Trace Ethics: Leave What You Find. Rangers from the Keweenaw National Historical Park will lead a hike around Quincy, followed by a Leave No Trace presentation in the Quincy Mine Hoist. Meet at the Quincy Mine gift shop off of US-41.

--Friday August 25, 4-7 PM - Meet ‘n’ Greet at Down Wind Sports - Houghton

Stop and chat with the Traveling Trainers to learn about how you can integrate Leave No Trace ethics into your next adventure around the Keweenaw!

--Saturday August 26, 7:00 PM - Gathering and music at the Orpheum Theater.

Celebrate Hungarian Falls with live music courtesy of Keweenaw Brewgrass and stories from the Traveling Trainers! $5/person, BYOB. Learn about Leave No Trace and the Traveling Trainers at 8 PM, followed by live music from 9:00 PM until close.

--Sunday August 27, 1-3 PM - Workday at Hungarian Falls!

Help out on various projects in the gorge, from invasive species removal to trail cleanup. Bring gloves, water, and grubby clothes suitable for working outside. Meet at the upper trailhead on Golf Course Road.


If you have questions or would like more information, please contact Nathan Miller at or call (906) 482-0820.

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