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Mountain Map: Coast Range - Olympic Mountains

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Explore peaks and forests in this coastal range.

Readers' Choice 2012: Top 3 - West Hikes

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The region's best picks from our top field correspondent, who's notched more than 1,800 trail miles throughout the West and mapped 116 trips.

National Parks: Olympic

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On a climb from the Hoh River's silty riffles to high-country glacier views, pass through a moss-hung rainforest that might be the lushest place in America.

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: Olympic's Spring Waterfalls

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Hike through a wild water park in Enchanted Valley.

Best Hikes Ever: Olympic Traverse, WA

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Go from rainforest to glaciers.

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.

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: Traverse a Mountain Range

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Walking a high ridge with countless views and no people is the stuff of dreams. Make it real in Olympic National Park's Bailey Range.

Rip & Go: Hoh River to Third Beach Olympic National Park, WA

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Cross a rugged coastline on the edge of Washington's Hoh Rainforest.

Secret Hikes: Olympic National Park Hiking

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Walk from lush rainforest to wide-open glacier views on this 43-mile sneak route.

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.

Forest: Hoh River Trail, WA

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This Olympic National Park trail features serious elevation gain and switchbacks galore.

National Parks Hall of Fame: Photo Galleries

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Catch the best views in the nation's marquee parks from the comfort of your computer. Prepare to drool...now.

National Parks Lifelist

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The ultimate vacation in one of America's iconic parks requires the ultimate hiking plan: classic scenery, no crowds, and secret campsites. Here's how to spend a perfect week in Glacier, Yosemite, Yellowstone, Grand Canyon, Olympic, Denali, and the Great Smoky Mountains.

Lost in the Olympics

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A gym teacher's speed hike becomes a five-day bushwhack in Olympic National Park.

Denali National Park

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Hike with grizzlies in this remote northern corner of Alaska's greatest park.

Yellowstone National Park

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America's first national park is a playground for grizzlies, wolves, moose, and hikers (not in that order).

Olympic National Park

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Explore two ecosystems in this hinterland of moss-draped forests, ancient trees, and snowcapped peaks.

Great Smoky Mountains National Park

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Graze blueberry patches, explore swimming holes, and tag the South's high points on this sultry hike.

Grand Canyon National Park

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Drop into America's belly on a little-known hike that dips in and out of four different canyons, each blessed with gurgling spring water.

Yosemite National Park

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Climb classic Sierra passes, ogle granite monoliths, and camp above treeline in John Muir's second home.

Glacier National Park

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Scramble up class III peaks and cross late summer snowfields on this strenuous but straightforward trip through Montana's big-mountain country.

National Parks Lifelist: Intro

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How Your Kid Can Save a Park

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Send him out on a work trip. Let wilderness do the rest.

How to Light a Campfire in the Smokies

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Trees, trees are everywhere, but sometimes there isn't a dry twig in sight.

Is Inadequate Funding the Main Problem Facing the National Park System?

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This question fuels the debate regarding how to help the aging national park system improve.

National Park Vacation Planners: 3D Videos and Downloadable Beta

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3-D hike videos, complete trip planner pdfs, our interactive ParkFinder tool, and more.

How to Score Denali's Choicest Permits

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The system was rigged, says a former ranger. Here's how to beat it.

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.

Life List: Backpack Olympic National Park

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Add Olympic National Park to your to-do list.

Weekend Adventures: Big Tree Hikes

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Get ready to feel puny--and profoundly grateful--on three hikes through ancient forests.

PERFECT DAY: Olympic National Park

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In the Elwha Valley, tidal rivers collide with towering old-growth forests, creating an outsized multisport playground. You'll need a bike, a kayak, and a boatload of stamina to join Sara Gagnon, an area native and co-owner of Adventures Through Kayaking, on this rollicking tour.


Washington: Grand Valley, Olympic National Park

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On this trip you'll find everything from alpine meadows to ancient rainforests

Wander Along The Wild Olympic Coast

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A trip along Washington's Olympic Coast is one whale of a day at the beach.

Best Backpacking In Washington

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

Hiking Washington's Elwha Trail Rainforest

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Washington's Elwha Trail is a rain-forest classic: green, primeval, spongy soft, and wonderfully wet.

Washington's Olympic Coast

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It's the longest stretch of virgin coastline left in the Lower 48. But that's just one of many reasons to hike it.

Olympic National Park, Washington

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Olympic National Park is pristine and isolated -- rare commodities these days.

Washington's Olympic Coast

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Washington's rocky, log-strewn shore is no place for beach bums.

Snowshoe Camping, Northwest-Style

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When temps warm but the going's still snowy, strap on snowshoes to reach Washington's hidden camping gems.

Olympic National Park's Grand Valley Loop

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The best way to see all Olympic has to offer is on the grand Valley Loop.

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