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Backpacker Magazine – January 2014

Trail Mix: Midwest

Find solitude in Minnesota, peak Arkansas' highest mountain, and view wildflowers in the grasslands of Illinois.

by: Kim Phillips

Photo by William Rainey
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Hogback Lake Area, Superior NF, MN

Find beauty in solitude at this remote cluster of six backcountry lakes. Pick up the trail at the northern tip of Hogback Lake, 75 miles northeast of Duluth, and climb southeast to a ridge between Hogback, Scarp, and Canal Lakes. Descend to Scarp’s western shore. “My favorite site is at the tip of a peninsula that juts into this intimate lake,” says Kristofer Whelan. “These trails are so under-used, we rarely see another soul.” Contact (218) 626-4300; Website




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