McSally Aims to Become the First Member of Congress to Hike an Entire National Scenic Trail

KNAU Arizona Public Radio (July 9, 2019) by

Arizona Republican Senator Martha McSally wants to become the first member of Congress to hike the full length of a federally designated national scenic trail. She recently hiked a seven-mile section of the Arizona Trail on a visit to Flagstaff. KNAU’s Ryan Heinsius reports.

McSally laced up her hiking shoes near Walnut Canyon with officials from the Coconino National Forest, representatives from Lowell Observatory, and others. The self-described outdoorswoman began linking up sections of the 800-mile Arizona Trail in 2017 when she was a member of the U.S. House. So far, she’s completed about 8 of 43 total passages. McSally acknowledges the project will likely take years, but she’s determined to finish.

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