Here's an insider's guide to the best of Philly hiking - Philly


Mar. 25, 2016 8:18 am

Here’s an insider’s guide to the best of Philly hiking

So many pro-tips from RJMetrics designer and hiking enthusiast Lauren Hallden. Like, where to see a bald eagle in Philly. Get out there!

Lauren Hallden day-hiking the Wissahickon.

(Courtesy photo)

Ugh, thank you, Lauren Hallden, because now that it’s nice out, all we wanna do is be out in nature (or the grit of Graffiti Pier).

Hallden, a designer at RJMetrics, built Philly Day Hiker, an insider’s guide to local hiking.

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(You might remember Hallden from her Twitter bots: The Lonely Project, Online Dating Ipsum and Name My Bar.)

Hallden said she made the tool because hiking Philly is all about being prepared.

Some of the parks around here are kind of tricky — there’s no trial map, or it’s only posted at the park itself, or it doesn’t mention the coolest things you might see. For example, I’d been to John Heinz a dozen times before a friend mentioned there’s a Bald Eagle nest there. And the next time I went, I was prepared and I SAW A FRIGGIN’ EAGLE. You just have to know what to look for.

She built the site in a month with Webhook, Mapbox Studio and Mapbox.js, which, she wrote in an email, “has a GREAT set of data on hiking trails.”

Juliana Reyes

Juliana Reyes became's associate editor after reporting on the Philadelphia tech scene for four years. She's co-president of the Asian American Journalists Association Philadelphia chapter and a two-time Philadelphia News Award winner for "Community Reporting of the Year." The Bryn Mawr College grad lives in West Philly, likes her food spicy and wears jumpsuits often.


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