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Backpacker Magazine – August 2009

Where Solitude Rules - More Tips and Tricks

Alternative routes, where to find solitude in the Lower 48, and avoiding the crowds in America's most crowded park

by: Dougald MacDonald

Grand Teton, WY (Shannon Davis)
Grand Teton, WY (Shannon Davis)

GO WHERE OTHERS DON'T
Find solitude in the least visited national parks in the Lower 48.
Park Visitors* Best Route
1. Isle Royale, MI 14,038 Greenstone Ridge Trail (4-5 days)
2. North Cascades, WA 18,725 Easy Pass to Thunder Creek (3-4 days)
3. Great Basin, NV 69,235 Baker Lake-Johnson Lake Loop (2 days)
4. Congaree, SC 104,913 Cedar Creek Paddle (1 day)
5. Black Canyon of the Gunnison, CO 160,185 North Vista Trail (1 day)
*2008 recreation visitors



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