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Backpacker Magazine – April 2003

The Wild List: A Guide To The Best Outdoor Spots

A definitive guide to the hottest, sweetest, looniest, and most colorful spots in the great outdoors.

by: BACKPACKER Editors

Steepest Trail
Huntington Ravine Trail, NH

Mt. Washington is a perfect laboratory to battle test your legs and lungs--especially if you take this straight shot to the summit. In one nasty stretch, the hands-on scrambler climbs 650 feet in .3 mile. Just follow the yellow blazes and keep your cursing to a minimum.

Best Bouldering
Joshua Tree National Park, CA

Our requirements for perfect bouldering: great rocks, great weather, great camping. Happily, the three converge at J-Tree. Go in spring or fall, bring plenty of bandages for the maze of cheese-grater granite strewn across the Wonderland of Rocks, and pitch your tent under the soul-satisfying silhouette of a Joshua Tree.

Grandest 360-Degree View
Humphreys Peak, AZ

The snow-capped San Francisco Peaks rise like a lighthouse in an ocean of desert, and from the top, it's as close as you'll get to feeling like you're looking out an airplane window with your feet still planted on the ground. From the 12,643-foot-high Humphreys summit, you'll get an unobscured view for hundreds of miles in every direction--the north rim of the Grand Canyon, the red-rock buttes of Sedona, the pastel cliffs of the Painted Desert--simply by turning your head.

World's Biggest Berry Patch

Sorry friends: There's not a chance in hell we're going to tell you where it is. (We love you, but not that much.)

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