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Backpacker Magazine – June 2012

Trail Mix: East

Explore wilderness bounty, see fawns in Shenandoah National Park, and experience three perfect days, all this summer and all in the east.

by: Rachel Zurer

Allegheny National Forest (Blackley)
Allegheny National Forest (Blackley)


Earn Your Stripes Allegheny 100 Backpacking Challenge

Why try to conquer 100 miles of the North Country Trail through Pennsylvania’s Allegheny NF in just 50 hours? “It’s been a great way to refine my packing and get in better shape,” says Mike Merry, the only finisher in the hike’s two-year history. “Plus, it’s a nice walk.” This year’s event starts Friday, June 8, with 25- and 50-mile options as well. Hikers will head north from Marienville on the mostly level path through white pine and hemlock, past rock outcrops and mountain laurel-choked drainages. Registration deadline for the official hike is June 1 ($30 includes shuttle; northcountrytrail.org), or do it on your own anytime.


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