Looking for the perfect last-minute gift for an avid (or budding) hiker on your list? This do-it-yourself project fits the bill and you can easily put it together in about an hour. It’s inexpensive, and will inspire your friend to explore new trails — 52 of them to be precise — one per week for an entire year!
The Hike-a-Week in a Jar kit is free at A16 stores throughout Southern California. Just stop in and ask a cashier for the kit. You supply the jar — a Nalgene bottle with a wide-mouth opening works perfectly — and some twine. You can optionally attach a gift card or a twig to put the finishing touches on it.
The kit includes beautifully printed sheets with 52 hikes. You cut them out, roll them up, tie them with twine and put them in the bottle.
A16 has two versions, one with hikes in and around Los Angeles County and another for the San Diego area. Each hike references a site with details on the hike — many of them from right here on SoCalHiker.
You can get the full details on how to put it together on the A16 blog.