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National Parks: View Finder

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Go ahead, look again. And again. These images are worth a third, fourth, and then a tenth gaze.

Right Place, Perfect Time

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See Yosemite's river of ice, witness there-and-gone meteor showers in Hawaii, and mark your calendar for eight more fleeting natural wonders.

Right Place, Perfect Time: Geminid Meteor Shower

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See shooting stars from a five-star backcountry observatory.

Trip Finder: West

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Your favorite western hikes—from dayhikes to weekenders to multiday trips.

Readers' Choice: West

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Your favorite parks, weekend getaways, peak ascents, campsites, and more in the west.

Local Hikes: New Hikes Near You

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Our army of reader-reader scouts mapped 59 local hikes from South Carolina to Northern California. See their favorites, then learn how to download tracklogs and waypoints.

Local Hikes: California/Nevada/Hawaii

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Hike to the world's best tropical campsite, see elephant seals, and trek through poppies. (Click linked trips for GPS waypoints, photos, and more.)

America's 10 Most Dangerous Hikes

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Like your life and limbs intact? Then you'd better get skilled before visiting these trails.

West Coast Readers' Choice Hikes: Kalalau Trail, HI

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Hike Hawaii's all-world coast to a secluded beach.

West Coast Readers' Choice Hikes

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The world's prettiest shoreline, giant pines, and Yosemite's premier view.

West Coast Readers' Choice Hikes: The Ruby Crest Trail, Humboldt NF, NV

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Explore lonely alpine scenery in this off-the-radar wilderness.

West Coast Readers' Choice Hikes: Thru-hike the John Muir Trail, CA

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Trek 211 miles through hiker heaven.

West Coast Readers' Choice Hikes: California's Giant Sequoias, Sugarbowl Loop, Kings Canyon NP

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Take a lightly trafficked trail into the word's biggest grove.

West Coast Readers' Choice Hikes: Sentinel Dome, Yosemite NP

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Bag a granite peak with big views and small crowds.

West Coast Readers' Choice Hikes: Lakes Trail to Pear Lake, Sequoia NP

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Get a highlights tour of the High Sierra backcountry.

Natural Wonders: Blowholes, Salmon Runs, & Wine Country

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Hawaii's Nakalele blowhole rivals Old Faithful. Plus: Trek to Oregon's salmon run and California's wine country.

Natural Wonders: Maui's Nakalele Blowhole

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Get sprayed by an oceanic geyser. Erupting every few minutes under perfect conditions, this is a natural wonder you can't miss.

Swimming Hole Hikes

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Time to cool down. Hike to these refreshing swimming holes and settle right into summer.

Readers' Choice Awards 2009

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Discover the best hike in every state, as voted by BACKPACKER readers. Plus: your essential gear, most desirable tentmate, worst-ever adventure movie, and our picks for the best reader-submitted photos.

Quick Fix: Dayhike Hawaii Volcanoes National Park

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Plunge from rainforest to caldera in Hawaii's famously explosive national park

America's 10 Most Dangerous Hikes - Kalalau Trail, Kauai, HI

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Killer coastline

Trip Finder: 2-4 Day Warm-Weather Hikes

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Track the sun on these 2-4 day trips in the Southeast, Southwest, and Hawaii

Find the Tallest Waterfall in the U.S.

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Head to Hawaii for three of the tallest

America's Best Campsites

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Whether you are after fishing holes or skinny-dipping, Backpacker tracked down the best campsites in the country

Top 3: Native Art Hikes

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Explore burial effigies, seven-foot petroglyphs, and images etched in lava as you discover the ultimate mix of manmade and natural beauty.

High Points: Mauna Kea, Hawaii

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Your car does all the climbing here.

Whale-watching and Hiking on Maui

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See Hawaii's humpbacks in late winter

A Hiker's Guide To Surfing and Snorkeling

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Use your backpacking skills at the best surfing, climbing, trail running, and even paragliding spots

Hawaii: Waimanu Valley

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Come to this tropical oasis for great weather, an array of fruit and some great swimming.

Best Backpacking In Hawaii

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Our comprehensive guide to the best backpacking you can find in Hawaii.

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