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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.

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.

Best. Hikes. Ever.

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We've covered 245,591 miles of trails in our 37-year history. Here are our 20 all-time favorite trips, plus—shocking!—20 routes we never covered.

Secret Hikes: Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks

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Explore a granite wonderland, cross two little-used passes, and score High Sierra solitude on this point-to-point hike.

Thru-Hike The Roadless Sierra

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Thru-hike the most remote miles in California's range of light


May Close-to-Home Hikes

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Our map team has been hard at work plotting the coolest hikes. Check out May's selections here.

Missing in Action: How a Backcountry Ranger With 28 Years Experience Disappeared

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Did High Sierra ranger Randy Morgenson succumb to depression or disaster?

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