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Backpacker Magazine – January 2012

Online Exclusive: Readers' Choice 2012: Regional Survey Results (Midwest)

Sage Creek Wilderness, Badlands National Park (Photo by Kim Phillips)
Sage Creek Wilderness, Badlands National Park (Photo by Kim Phillips)
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We called for your help—and you answered! We wanted to know your favorite long trails, parks, and hikes in the Midwest. Here's how you responded.



Q: Of the most viewed weekend trips on our website (shown below), which would you most like to do next weekend, if proximity is not a factor?


A: Island Traverse in Isle Royale National Park topped the list.

HIKE IT: Download the tracks and waypoints for the most viewed trips on our website.
>> Isle Royale National Park: Island Traverse: backpacker.com/hikes/393658
>> Ouachita National Forest, AR: Eagle Rock Loop:
backpacker.com/hikes/283162
>> Little Rock, AR: Black Fork Mountain:
backpacker.com/hikes/55146
>> Chicago, IL: Shabbona Lake:
backpacker.com/hikes/50372
>> Austin, TX: Enchanted Rock Loop:
backpacker.com/hikes/338185


Q: What is your favorite long trail in this region?

Q: Of these classic trips in the Midwest (listed below), which is #1 on your list to do before you kick the bucket?


A: 48
% of you wanted to paddle the Frost River-Whipped Lake-Round Lake route in the Boundary Waters.

HIKE IT: Read about these classic trips on our website.
1. Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness: Frost River-Whipped Lake-Round Lake: backpacker.com/november_2001_destinations_minesota_boundary_waters_trail/destinations/3385
2. Badlands National Park: Sage Creek Wilderness Area: backpacker.com/hikes/490492
3. Arkansa’s Buffalo National River Trail: Ponca to Pruitt:
backpacker.com/adventures_buffalo_river_trail/destinations/7265
4.
Big Bend National Park, TX: Outer Mountain Loop: backpacker.com/hikes/8572




Q: What's the best trailside pub in your region?


Q: What’s the top trail town in your area?


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