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Backpacker Magazine – August 2009
Find real solitude amid the crowds at these secret stashes.
Guide's Secret Mt. Rainier National Park
"Klapatche and St. Andrews Parks are two of the most spectacular areas of Mt. Rainier," says Eric Simonson, of International Mountain Guides, "but they've been visited very little since the West Side Road was closed by flooding." A perfect day trip: Ride a bike eight miles up the road to St. Andrews trailhead, and hike 6.5 miles (round-trip) to lily-filled meadows. nps.gov/mora
Mt. Watkin's trailless summit yields sweet views.