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Trail Mix: West

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Perfect days; Bring Your Skis, and finding solitude in Mt. Hood National Forest.

Trail Mix: West

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Backcountry swimming in Oregon, alpine lakes in John Muir Wilderness, and more.

Destinations: Top 3 West

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Local Hikes in the West

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Get your waterfall fix in Oregon's Columbia River Gorge, find solitude in Wyoming, check out a new Denver-area state park, and tag more spring hikes.

Top 3: Better in Winter

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What off season? Bundle up and reap the benefits of colder weather in these snowy playgrounds.

Trail Mix: Great November Hikes in the West

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Your region's go-now guide: See newts on the move in California and bears heading for lower elevation in Beartooths, MT

From the Field: West

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Our trail scouts' top local hikes

Trail Mix: West

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Your region's go-now guide.

America's Best Campsites

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Park your tent in one of these 10 spots, and you'll be happy in the morning. Guaranteed.

Local Hikes

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Jump-start your hiking season on these spring-ready trips from around the country.

Rip & Go: Oregon Coast Trail - Ecola State Park to Arch Cape, OR

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Slip past tides along cliffy coasts on an easy-to-plan long weekend.

Ultimate Adventure Handbook: Climb Big Trees

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Discover a higher world.

Ultimate Adventure Handbook

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Tired of the same old weekend loops? Looking to create memories your grandkids will talk about? In this how-and-where guide, we serve up 15 extraordinary escapes that will shatter your expectations of "normal." From adventure moviemaking to canyoneering, we'll take you places you've never been—but will long to visit again soon.

Readers' Choice 2012: Your Neck of the Woods - West Hikes

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Climb an 11,000-foot peak, hike to a secret summit, see the glacier-capped Cascades, soak in hot pools, and explore the ruins of a 100-year-old resort.

Online Exclusive: Readers' Choice 2012: Eli Boschetto's Five Favorite Hikes in the West

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Five more must-do hikes from our top field correspondent, who's notched more than 1,800 trail miles throughout the West and mapped 116 trips.

Perfect 10: North America's 10 Most Memorable Hikes

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Ten trails. Ten unmatched miles each. Get maximum bang for each boot step on hikes that our most-traveled contributors call their all-time favorites.

Rip & Go: Broken Top Loop - Deschutes National Forest/Three Sisters Wilderness, OR

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Cross ancient lava fields on a lake-filled weekend.

Going to Extremes

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Can you ever really have too much of a good thing? Once you've seen the biggest tree, largest glacier, and deepest canyon, nothing else compares.

Rip & Go: Rock and Serene Lakes Loop - Mt. Hood National Forest, OR

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Discover real wilderness just two hours from Portland.

Local Hikes: West

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Hike these long trails in Washington, Oregon, and California, and climb to a 10,064-foot peak in Angeles National Forest.

America's Best-Kept Secrets

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The only thing better than enjoying the life-list scenery in the country's premier national parks? Getting that same scenery, minus the crowds. Find it in these 10 backcountry hotspots, along with no-hassle permits, choice campsites aplenty, and solitude to match the world-class terrain.

Right Place, Perfect Time: Best River Paddle

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Hit Idaho's Owyhee River just right, and you get one of the West's best paddles to yourself.

America's Best-Kept Secrets: Eagle Cap Wilderness, OR

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Local Hikes: West

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See California dunes, Nevada red-rock canyons, Alaska's deep forest, quiet Oregon Coast, and Washington's Cascade lakes.

Trip Finder: Northwest

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

Readers' Choice: Northwest

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The undisputed local experts—you—choose the top parks, trails, campsites, and weekend getaways in the Northwest.

Natural Wonders: Hells Canyon, OR/ID

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Hike into North America's deepest river gorge--a canyon that could hold five stacked Sears Towers.

Local Hikes: Portland, OR

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The best hikes near Portland.

Local Hikes: Northwest

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The best hikes in Northwest, as suggested by the best local hiking clubs.

Top 3 Trailhead Pub Hikes: Buttermilk Falls SP, NY

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Explore waterfall-filled Gorges with fossils preserved in the shale walls.

Top 3 Trailhead Pub Hikes: The Barr Trail, CO

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Climb a fourteener for a view across the continental divide.

Top 3 Trailhead Pub Hikes: Deschutes River Trail, OR

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Hike streamside near pacific northwest greenery and caribbean-blue eddies.

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: Northwest

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See five volcanoes, camp at secluded lakes, and hike through a swarm of butterflies. (Click linked trips for GPS waypoints, photos, and more.)

The Best Cities To Raise An Outdoor Kid

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Which towns offer the ideal mix of accessible trails, inspiring teachers, and great recreational resources? We worked with The Outdoor Foundation to identify America's top 25 places to beat nature deficit disorder.

Northwest Readers' Choice Trips

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Crashing waterfalls, hidden lakes, and a choice Denali view highlight the 2010 Northwest Readers' Choice hikes.

Readers' Choice Northwest: Golden Larches - Alpine Lakes Wilderness, WA

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See this deciduous pine turn electric-yellow.

Readers' Choice Northwest: Wahtum Lake, OR

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Find primo lakeside camping on a rainforest-to-alpine loop.

Readers' Choice Northwest: Lost River Range, ID

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Want guaranteed peace and quiet? Hike to two of the Lower 48's most remote alpine lakes.

Readers' Choice Northwest: South Spur, Mt. Adams, WA

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Climb the Northwest's tallest nontechnical volcano.

Wonderland Trail, Mt. Rainier National Park

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This classic alpine loop belongs on every backpacker's tick list.

Readers' Choice Northwest: Hannegan Peak and Copper Ridge - North Cascades NP, WA

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Enjoy unparalleled views from one of the country's finest skyline trails.

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: The Pacific Northwest's Salmon Run

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Every year the salmon of the Pacific Northwest return to their birth place to spawn. See this natural phenomenon and a river of fish on an easy hike through tall pines.

The Wild Edge: Exploring Portland's Forest Park

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When urban trails blend with raw wilderness, the sum is much greater than the parts.

Your Daily Tread: Local Hikes Across the U.S.

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What's better than hiking every weekend? Hiking every day. Here are the best big-city escapes from New York to Los Angeles. Plus: Bill Donahue explores the remote reaches of Portland's Forest Park and discovers secrets even locals don't know.

Top 3 Family Dayhikes

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Pack up your brood for a day in the outdoors with these kid-friendly trails.

Vote on America's Best Trail

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For our 2010 Readers' Choice issue we want to know your favorite trail in America.

Natural Wonders: Ice Caves, Bison, and Huckleberries

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Three treks to life-list phenomena

Where Solitude Rules - Lonely Summits

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You won't find bottlenecks on these untrammeled peaks.

Top 3 Dune Hikes

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Trek through a trio of wilderness playgrounds on shape-shifting mountains of sand.

America's Newest Wilderness

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A quick guide to the best acres, trails, and views.

Hike It, Save It: Red Buttes, Oregon/ California

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Threatened by OHVs, logging, and overgrazing a 120,000-acre proposed addition to Red Buttes Wilderness would quintuple its size and benefit the Pacific Crest Trail.

Top Cities to Raise A...

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Does your kid want to be an ice climber? How about a thru-hiker, or paddler? These cities have just what you need.

The Best Cities to Raise an Outdoor Kid: The Winning 25

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From Boulder to Juneau to Bozeman, see which cities made the cut for the best place to raise an outdoor kid, and why.

Swimming Hole Hikes

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

Adventure Weekends: Luxury Hiking and Camping

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We've got a selection of cozy shelters and trail-side restaurants from Washington to Maine. Check out these hikes in the Rockies, the Northeast, and the Northwest.

Bioluminescent Organisms: 3 Living Lights

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According to folklore, the soft light emitted by bioluminescent organisms is magical. In reality, the eerie glow results from a chemical reaction–but it still looks enchanting on a moonless or cloudy night. Here's where to glimpse these living light bulbs.

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.

Weekend Snow Climbs in the Pacific Northwest, Rockies, and Northeast

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Pack snowshoes for these nine epic treks to snowy solitude in the Pacific Northwest, Rockies, and Northeast.

Party Peaks

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Ten perfect summits for your next group hike

Trip Finder: Indian Summer Hikes

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Fall camping season seems to go on forever with these fair-weather weekend trips.

Hike and Raft Oregon's Rogue River

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A killer whitewater trip at the end of a stunning 40-mile canyon hike? That's the scenario on Oregon's Rogue River Trail.

Trip Finder: Wildflowers

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Trek the best spring blooms from the Ozarks to the Olympics with these two, three, and four day treks.

Time 2 Go See Wild Horses

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From Florida to Wyoming, track wild horses for four hours or 10 days.

Best Damn Weekend Ever: Oregon's Crater Lake

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Circumnavigate Oregon's Crater Lake on snowshoes

Natural Wonders: Florida's Sea Turtle Capital

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Witness the birthing of a species that shared the seas with dinosaurs.

Natural Wonders: The Southeast's Living-Dead Plant

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See ferns that play dead, then dramatically come back to life.

Natural Wonders: America's Deepest Lake

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Gaze into a 2,000-foot-deep tub of snowmelt.

Paddling's Greatest Getaways

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16 wild ways to find backcountry solitude and big-time scenery. All this, and you can bring the ice chest, too.

Last Chance Adventure: Oregon's Umpqua National Forest

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Can you see the forest through the trees? Join a bittersweet trek through an old-growth wilderness in its final days.

Top 3: Fishing-Hole Hikes

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Classic hike-in spots in Wyoming, South Carolina, and Oregon let you ditch the trail mix for pan-fried fish.

The Unbearable Lightness Of Being Scott Williamson

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To hike from Mexico to Canada and back, a man needs strength and speed and luck. He needs something else, too. If only he knew what it was.

America's Hardest Dayhikes

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Push yourself on any of these challenging hikes

High Points: Mt. Hood, Oregon

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Head through the Pearly Gates for a heavenly sunrise

Backpack Oregon's Alvord playa

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A hike with an otherworldly desert, a striking escarpment, and hot springs

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

Oregon, Silver Falls State Park

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The beauty of this hike comes alive with the rain.

Hike Through Washington's Blue Mountains

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City life got you down? Head for the quiet hills of southeastern Washington, where the air is clean, the water clear, and bighorn sheep outnumber hikers.

Best Backpacking In Oregon

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

Hiking Oregon's Bull Of The Woods Wilderness

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If overpowering stillness is your thing, try the old-growth forests in Oregon's Bull of the Woods Wilderness.

Hiking The Pacific Crest Trail

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Everything you'd want in a long trail.

Oregon's Badlands: Only The Lonely

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You'd better like your own company, because that's all you'll have in Oregon's Badlands Wilderness Study Area.

Oregon's Volcanoes In Full Bloom

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Vast meadows of wildflowers sprawl across the ridgetops and valley bottoms of the Three Sisters.

Oregon's Eagle Cap Wilderness

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All trails lead to the top in this lake-lover's paradise.

Icebergs In Oregon: Chambers Lakes

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Chambers Lakes are too cold for swimming, but a great place to watch 'bergs drift by.

Oregon's Columbia Wilderness Area

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Waterfalls and old growth in this gorge-ous Oregon hideaway.

A Walk In Oregon's Volcanic Park

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Hiking through Oregon's Jefferson Park puts you in the heart of what was once some pretty hot country.

Oregon's Steens Mountain: An Airborne Oasis

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Steens looks like your average mountain, but hike up high and you'll find a hidden paradise.

Editor's Choice: Columbia River Gorge

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Waterfalls and wonder: Both are plentiful in Oregon's Columbia River Gorge.

Oregon's Tillamook Forest: A Craggy Option

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Everyone's heard of the Cascades, but no one seems to know about Tillamook State Forest.

Short Hikes On The Pacific Northwest Trail

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Only have a short time to tackle the Pacific Northwest Trail? Our guide will give you the best the PNT has to offer.

Washington's Juniper Dunes: Not So High, But Dry

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In a region known for soggy times, Juniper Dunes is a warm sandbox where you can dry out.

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