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Backpacker Magazine – August 2009
You won't find bottlenecks on these untrammeled peaks.
Guide's Secret Acadia
"I often recommend that folks explore the west side of Mt. Desert Island in Acadia, also known as the 'quiet side,'" says Jeff Butterfield, of Maine's Atlantic Climbing School. "Western Mountain (1,071 feet) is less traveled than the mountains on the east side of the island." Plan a 4.9-mile loop starting at the south end of Long Pond. nps.gov/acad
Mt. Barnard, California Here's alpine proof that biggest isn't always best.