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Backpacker Magazine – September 2012

From the Field: West

Our trail scouts' top local hikes

by: Sarah L. Stewart

Point Reyes (AGE Fotostock)
Point Reyes (AGE Fotostock)
Yovimpa POint, Bryce Canyon (Catherine Brooks)
Yovimpa POint, Bryce Canyon (Catherine Brooks)

Riggs Spring Loop, Bryce Canyon NP, UT
Jan Stock, Tropic, UT

See the other side of Bryce on this 8.5-mile loop through the park’s forested southern region, where pink cliffs meet evergreens and quaking aspens. Look for elk and deer in the first 1.5 miles, before the trail drops 1,500 feet off a plateau. Camp near Riggs Spring at mile 3.3, where a recent fire opened the aspen canopy to Bryce’s almost unparalleled night skies. “Unless you’re here under a full moon [see below], you can count over 7,500 stars,” Stock says. “In most parts of the world, 2,000 is considered pretty amazing.” Trip ID 445535

“Our backcountry trails are not heavily used at all.”




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