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About Trailspotting

Category: Blog Update
Last updated: September 2022

Trailspotting provides an objective and singular voice to reviews of hiking routes, rail trails and other outdoor attractions. Reviews are written with the goal of providing you with just the facts, identifying the trails that best suit you, and getting you outside as easily and quickly as possible. We focus on day trips – from short excursions to walking routes that can take up to a full day, with hikes that commonly range from 1 to 10 miles.

Reviews include versions of our maps that you can use to navigate the trails. There are links to Trailspotting’s AllTrails maps that you can view on a smartphone app. If you’re more of a techie then you can also download KML files of our routes that can be used in many ways, including on services like Strava and Map My Run. By the way, if you spot similarities in content between Trailspotting and AllTrails, that’s likely because some of our California and Hawaii content is licensed to them.

Our coverage is limited to places we’ve lived or travelled to – mainly in California and now New England. We recently moved to New Hampshire and have been publishing new content in the area since 2021. We’ve also published what we believe to be the first complete New Hampshire Rail Trail Map available to the public, which depicts all live rails, rail trails and abandoned routes in the state. The map includes links to reviews and detailed route maps of all former railroad routes that are now accessible to the public - from dog walkers and families, to multi-day bike touring parties.

Riding rail trails with Trailspotting.

Trailspotting is the hobby of Stuart Green, who writes the articles, records the trails and frames the photographs that you’ll find on the site. Hiking on a routine basis is something my wife Jenna introduced me to and something we’ve been enjoying ever since. Sometimes we’re joined by our reluctant son, who after dragging him away from a screen usually figures out that he’s actually having fun too.

Trailspotting is published using using a customized Soho template. Costs to run the site are limited to only maintaining the domain name, so we don't run advertisements anywhere on this website.

If you want to be notified when we post new reviews, then we suggest joining our Facebook Group or following us by clicking on one of the social buttons at the bottom of the page. We also have a new YouTube channel where we’re dabbling in some raw short-form videos that give you an impression into the trails we hike.

Jenna and Stuart on Mount Monadnock in August 2022.

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