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The Beautiful North Cascades

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Talk about a dream job: Photographer Ethan Welty roved secluded valleys and isolated mountaintops as an artist-in-residence at Washington's North Cascades National Park last summer. That was just the capstone on eight years he's spent photographing the area. Here are a few of his favorite spots.

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.

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.

National Parks: North Cascades

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Come for the sheer, glaciated peaks, but be mesmerized by rain-fed waterfalls that pour down on all sides.

Life's Short, Hike More!

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What makes a backpacker a backpacker? It's not the garage full of gear or piles of guidebooks--it's the experiences, from thru-hiking a long trail to pushing your personal envelope to inspiring a child's love of wilderness. Here we present BACKPACKER's new Life List: 10 experiences to add to your tick-listnow--and the key skills you need to nail them.

New Life List: Bag a Remote Peak

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Stand alone atop Washington's Glacier Peak--a summit that others rarely see, let alone climb.

Secret Hikes: North Cascades National Park

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Dive into the heart of the Lower 48's wildest park.

Secret Hikes of the National Parks

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The perfect dozen: Embark on one of these 12 treks, and turn America's most iconic preserves into your own private paradise.

Trip Doctor: Best Western Foliage

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Where's the best western foliage?

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.

Hike to Copper Mountain Fire Lookout in the North Cascades

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Take a stunning ridge walk in this glacier-clad wilderness park

Cascade Pass, North Cascades National Park

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The Cascade scenery on this hike can only be compared to those of the Alps.

Best Waterfall Hikes

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Learn the weird science behind our addiction to waterfalls, and the location of the best trails in North America.

Best Backpacking In Washington

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

Giving Thanks At Washington's Jackson Wilderness

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The best way to honor a wilderness-minded senator is to hike the Jackson Wilderness.

Boulder River Wilderness, Washington

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Majestic peaks rise in all directions in Washington's Boulder River Wilderness -- elegant, jagged, draped in snow.

Washington's Lake Chelan-Sawtooth Wilderness

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You'll find North Cascades beauty minus the rain in Lake Chelan-Sawtooth Wilderness.

Washington's North Cascade's Copper Ridge Loop

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Hike this crown of North Cascades National Park, Washington.

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