READER EXPERTS Erinn Morgan Durango, CO
Morgan moved to Durango from Manhattan seven years ago for its easy access to
more than 100,000 acres of wilderness. From running the Animas River to peakbagging above Chicago Basin,
she takes full advantage. Favorite hike Maze Overlook Trail, Canyonlands NP, UT
1. Favorite multiday: Swiftcurrent Pass
From Glacier NP’s Logan Pass trailhead, take the Highline Trail to Swiftcurrent Pass, then descend through Many Glacier Valley, past turquoise icemelt pools. You’ll cross fields of glacier lilies (watch for grizzlies here–they love the bulbs) and steep slopes (watch for mountain goats). 14.7 miles
2. Megafauna: Yellowstone NP
Yellowstone’s 60-by-40-mile rectangle packs in 1,000 miles of trail, 600 griz, and 12 wolf packs. Hike the 17-mile Specimen Ridge Trail for vistas of it all. You won’t share; it’s off the tourist route. 3. Best dayhike: Zion Narrows
Unknown? No. Unbeatable? Yep. Do it as a dayhike or an overnighter.
4. Favorite soak: Rainbow Hot Springs
From West Fork trailhead, hike eight miles round-trip to these sandy-bottom, 104°F pools. Seats eight.