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Use this app to find the all the little-known hikes around Philly

Developer Dominique Clarke, formerly of Wilmington, put together a platform that helps you find the best trails around.

Trekking through Wissahickon Trail.

(Photo by Flickr user Montgomery County PLanning Commission, under a Creative Commons license)

“Philadelphia, Pennsylvania is pretty hikeable” is the verdict HikeScore offers users when they enter a Philly ZIP code.
The online platform, a creation of Dallas-based developer Dominique Clarke, rates cities by how many hiking trails they can offer visitors.
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“HikeScore looks at the number of trails in the area based on an API  called Trails API,” Clarke said in an email. “And ranks each area based on the number of results that come back.”


Some 55 results pop up by entering a Philly ZIP code. Sure, you have your better-known options like the Wissahickon Trail and the Valley Forge Park River Trail, but there are also some lesser-known options like DeShong Park in Chester County.
As our sister site Technical.ly Delaware reported this week, Clarke recently served as community manager at Zip Code Wilmington but left the First State to join the DevMountain bootcamp in Dallas. Clarke developed HikeScore as part of that bootcamp and the project was named Best Technical No-Server Project.
And if you’re thirsty for some more hiking tech, check out P’unk Ave’s Latch app — developed in partnership with the Appalachian Trail Conservancy — which lets hikers use their phones to chronicle their journey through the Appalachian Trail while also getting  some much-needed “offline” time. There’s also Lauren Hallden’s Philly Day Hiker app.

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