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Backpacker Magazine – January 2012

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

Grand Canyon and Colorado River (Photo by Trung Q. Le)
Grand Canyon and Colorado River (Photo by Trung Q. Le)
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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 Mountain West . Here's how you responded.


Q: Of these most viewed weekend trips on our website, which would you most like to do next weekend? (Assume weather's not an issue.)


A: These three trips topped the list: 
HIKE IT: Download the tracks and waypoints for the most viewed trips on our website.
>> Aspen, CO: Four Pass Loop (Maroon Bells) backpacker.com/hikes/256394
>> Rocky Mountain National Park: Sandbeach Lake Loop backpacker.com/hikes/8204
>> Grand Canyon National Park: South Kaibab Trail to Bright Angel Trail backpacker.com/hikes/56089


Q: Of these big, classic trips in the Mountain West, which is #1 on your list to do before you kick the bucket?

HIKE IT: Download the tracks and waypoints for these life-list trips.
>> Teton Crest Trail backpacker.com/hikes/406836
>> Crest of the Wind River Range backpacker.com/hikes/37344
>> Grand Canyon: Tanner to Grandview backpacker.com/hikes/329099


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


A: 47% of you prefer the Continental Divide Trail.

HIKE IT: Find more info, including tracks and waypoints, on our website.
1. Continental Divide Trail (47%)
2. Colorado Trail (33%)
3. Arizona Trail (9%)
3. Great Western Trail (9%)
4. Grand Enchantment Trail (2%)





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