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Wilderness



Deam Wilderness, IN

Chicago, IL: Watch raptors' sunset hunts.

Dominguez Canyon Wilderness Area

Denver, CO: Explore a canyon oasis.

Rip and Go: Canaan Mountain

Navigate across a slickrock plateau in Zion's backyard.

Tennessee: Virgin Falls Trail

Camp alongside a thundering waterfall and explore some of the regionís best karst features on a short-distance overnight into an old-growth forest.

The Pemi Loop: New Hampshire

Pass from deep hardwood forests to above-treeline mountaintops again and again.

Cramer Lakes, Idaho

Follow the chiseled Rockies to a cluster of secluded alpine lakes and waterfalls.

Readers' Choice 2012: Appalachian Trail, 100-Mile Wilderness, ME

Tackle the Northeast's most remote wilds for bears, moose, and berries.

Readers' Choice 2012: Grasshopper Glacier, Absaroka Beartooth Wilderness, MT

Visit a glacier with millions of extinct grasshoppers entombed in its ice.

Readers' Choice 2012: Shoal Creek Loop, Gros Ventre Wilderness, WY

Backpack to a local ranger's favorite mountain getaway.

Perfect 10: North America's 10 Most Memorable Hikes

Ten trails. Ten unmatched miles each. Get maximum bang for each boot step on hikes that our most-traveled contributors call their all-time favorites.

A Piece of Quiet

Americaís leading advocate of wilderness silence shows the way to Mt. Rainier National Parkís quietest corner. Plus: 9 more campsites with life-list listening.

Going to Extremes

Can you ever really have too much of a good thing? Once you've seen the biggest tree, largest glacier, and deepest canyon, nothing else compares.

The High Life: Hiking Utah's Highline Trail

Watch your step on Utah' Highline Trail. The nonstop views and rampant wildlife are distractingly spectacular. Plus: Gaze away on 9 more elevated hikes.

Our Backyard: Trinity Alps Wilderness, CA

Follow trail-savvy locals to nine sweet spot in the Trinity Alps Wilderness.

Best Hikes Ever: Ben Avery Trail, AZ

Trek a desert landscape under a purple sun.

Best Hikes Ever: Gospel Hump Loop Trail, ID

Find private valleys, mountain passes, and riverside campsites.

Hoover Wilderness, California

Lay claim to your own California mountain valley and bask in utter solitude.

Golden Trout Wilderness, Sequoia & Inyo National Forests, California

Catch rainbows -- trout, that is -- in Rockhouse Basin's rivers, where you're more likely to see a wildcat than another human.

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