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The High Life: White Mountains Traverse, NH

Hike our quieter insider's variation on this classic route.

The High Life: Never Summer Yurts, CO

Discover your own private Rockies paradise.

The High Life: Haute Route Pyrenees, France

Go high and wild in Europe's other Alps.

The High Life: Hidden Lake Peak Fire Lookout, WA

Claim an eagle's roost above Mt. Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest.

The High Life: Hut, Hut, Hike!

Why should a backpacker want anything other than a tent? Michael Lanza can think of five good reasons.

The High Life: Maine Hut Trail, ME

Explore a new shelter system with old-school wild.

The High Life: Pennine Alps, Switzerland

Dine lavishly in the homeland of huts.

The High Life: Kepler Track, New Zealand

Score iconic Kiwi scenery without lining up.

The High Life: Lake O'Hara, Canada

Explore the best of Yoho National Park.

The High Life: High Sierra Camps, CA

Hike Yosemite's granite-rimmed loop.

The High Life: Rifugio Lagazuoi, Italy

Climb to a view over all of the Dolomites.

Best Winter Trips: 10th Mountain Division Huts, Colorado

Get backcountry spoils--snorkel-deep pow on remote Rockies peaks--with frontcountry comforts (warm fire and hot toddies, anyone?) in this famed hut system. More than 350 miles of trails wind through prime winter terrain, connecting the 31 full-service cabins.

Maritime Alps: Plan it

If the February '08 Backpacker article "Magnifique" inspired you to take a hut trip to France's Maritime Alps, here are ten lodging options.

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