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Backpacker Magazine – May 2012

Local Hikes

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

Phantom Falls, CA (Photo by Adrien Patane)
Phantom Falls, CA (Photo by Adrien Patane)
Windy Mountain Loop, MT (Photo by Stacey Thurlow)
Windy Mountain Loop, MT (Photo by Stacey Thurlow)
Pike Island Loop, MN (Photo by Steffan Fay)
Pike Island Loop, MN (Photo by Steffan Fay)
Orchard Beach-Twin Island Loop, NY (Photo by MacKenzie Ryan)
Orchard Beach-Twin Island Loop, NY (Photo by MacKenzie Ryan)
Leon Sinks Loop, FL (Photo by Eli Schelin)
Leon Sinks Loop, FL (Photo by Eli Schelin)

HIKES IN THE NORTHEAST

Allentown, PA
Hawk Mountain

Witness the migration of more than a dozen raptor species, including broad-winged hawks, sharp-shinned hawks, and ospreys, on this 4.7-mile ridgeline loop. You’ll hike beneath a flyway that about 10,000 birds of prey use en route to Central and South America each spring. Trip ID 311947

Boston, MA
Mountain Trail

Views rival the state’s higher peaks, but the snow melts earlier from this 4.8-mile out-and-back. On a clear day, see the Boston skyline 50 miles away from atop the fire tower at the 908-foot summit of South Mountain, a remnant of an ancient volcano in New Hampshire’s 5,500-acre Pawtuckaway State Park. Trip ID 27260

New York, NY
Alander Mountain

See the Berkshires’ spring awakening from the open summit of this 2,250-foot peak, where views to the Catskills reward a 12.1-mile traverse through three states (NY, MA, CT). Trip ID 8187

New York, NY
Orchard Beach-Twin Island
Venture 5.6 miles into the city’s largest park (three times bigger than Central Park), tracing some of NYC’s last salt marshes, springtime home to herons and egrets. Bonus: sandy beach walking at mile 1.8. Trip ID 417758

Portland, ME
Speckled Mountain Loop

Spring snowmelt fuels a seasonal stream and ups the flow of a 90-foot series of moss-lined cascades along this 8.4-mile loop to the summit of 2,906-foot Speckled Mountain, the highest point in the 14,000-acre wilderness bearing its name. Trip ID 30931

Washington, D.C.
Manassas Bridle Trail Loop
The battles of Bull Run raged on the grassy fields adjacent to this three-mile loop 150 years ago; today, they host seasonal species such as the grasshopper sparrow and Eastern meadowlark. Trip ID 44890

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I agree with Andy B. about the quality of the Backpacker website. Lots of good information but a challenge to get around in the site plus slow response time. Needs an overhaul. And being a subscriber to the magazine, it's maddening to have the ever present pop-up urging me to subscribe. Why not offer a way to have subcribers log in and avoid that nuisance?

Rick J.
Jun 14, 2012

I agree with Andy B. about the quality of the Backpacker website. Lots of good information but a challenge to get around in the site plus slow response time. Needs an overhaul. And being a subscriber to the magazine, it's maddening to have the ever present pop-up urging me to subscribe. Why not offer a way to have subcribers log in and avoid that nuisance?

Andy B.
Jun 14, 2012

The trip ID for Phantom Falls is not right, or I'm not doing something right. Is it too difficult for you to provide a direct link to these hikes in the article??? I swear, the Backpacker website is one of the worst on the web. So much potential not realized.

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Jun 14, 2012

And don't forget to read Felix! the Sugar Glider Be Safe Hike Smart (Amazon). Learn what survival items to keep in your vehicle, how to get rescued, and how to navigate your way with and without a map or compass. A fast, easy read that could save your life and will definitely make your adventure more safe and enjoyable!

daviswavis
Jun 14, 2012

What no Michigan hikes???

Richard Davies
Jun 14, 2012

"Trip ID: Get free maps and GPS data by adding the Trip ID to backpacker.com/hikes/______."

This is the web, is adding a link to each hike too much for you? You should add the link instead of requiring us to manually piece it together.

Harrison
Jun 14, 2012

Bays Mountain Park is located outside of Kingsport, TN, not Knoxville.

Harrison
Jun 14, 2012

Bays Mountain Park is located outside of Kingsport, TN, not Knoxville.

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