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Backpacker Magazine – February 2008

Backpacker's Readers' Choice Awards 2008

America's 100 Best Hikes–chosen by you.

by: The Backpacker Readers

Shenandoah National Park, Charles Gurche
Shenandoah National Park, Charles Gurche
Hemphill Bald Loop, Tim Johnson
Hemphill Bald Loop, Tim Johnson

Quick Fixes: Most Downloaded Big-City Hikes
City Trail/Park Name Mileage (Total) Distance From Downtown Highlights
Albuquerque Vacas Trail, San Pedro Parks Wilderness 15.2 92 Forested hills, fish-filled creeks
Atlanta Panther Creek Trail, Chattahoochee National Forest 10.8 93 5 waterfalls and great swimming holes
Boston Ponkapoag Pond Loop, Blue Hills Reservation 4.1 15 Rare white cedar bog is home to 17 endangered species
Chicago West Loop, Red Gate Woods 5.9 23 Glacier-carved ravines; a buried nuclear reactor
Columbus Zaleski Backpack Trail, South Loop, Zaleski State Park 11.7 70 Indian ceremonial sites and an old mining town
Dallas Cross Timbers Trail, Lake Texoma 8.9 99 Bayous, blackjack oak, and BBQ
Denver Dakota Ridge via Red Rocks Trail, Matthew Winters Park 6.0 14 Wildflower meadows and two lakes below Mt. Massive
Indianapolis Low Gap, Morgan-Monroe State Forest 10.3 46 Gorges, bridges, rock overhangs, and an old cabin
Las Vegas The Strip 8.3 0 Canals, palm trees, slots, and interesting wildlife
Los Angeles San Bernardino Peak, San Gorgonio Wilderness 16.8 83 SoCal's third-highest summit (11,502 feet); views of Bear Lake
New York City Hurd Corners to Morgan Stewart Shelter, via the AT 19.2 75 Wetlands, lakes, oaks, and access from Grand Central
Philadelphia Fall Trails Loop, Ricketts Glen State Park 7.2 143 21 waterfalls, 23 species of warbler
Portland Hawk Mountain, Mt. Hood National Forest 4.6 86 Start at a rustic cabin, end at a protected summit
Salt Lake City Mineral Fork Trail, Wasatch-Cache National Forest 9.8 23 Climb 3,500 feet; commanding views over the city
San Diego Santa Margarita River Trail, Santa Margarita Canyon 5.7 58 The last wild river in the canyon–with great wildlife
San Francisco Tolman Peak Loop, Dry Creek Pioneer Regional Park 5.5 34 Giant redwoods and sandy beaches
Seattle PCT north from Snoqualmie Pass, Snoqualmie NF 6.3 50 Routefinding, switchbacking, and solitude
St. Louis Wilderness Trail, Meramec State Park 9 70 Lollipop loop with scenic bluffs

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