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Backpacker Magazine – May 2010

Local Hikes: Mountain West

Spot a grizzly, basecamp amid Fourteeners, and relax in secluded hot springs. (Click linked trips for GPS waypoints, photos, and more.)

by: Ted Alvarez, Shannon Davis, and Kim Phillips.

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(Map by Andrew Matranga.)
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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

Bill Velasquez
Albuquerque, NM
Favorite hike Trail #135, Sandia Mountain Wilderness, NM

Jason Kauffman
Missoula, MT
Favorite hike Rattlesnake Trail, Rattlesnake NRA, MT
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.

5. Easy peak: Sandia Crest
Hop the tram to 10,000 feet. Then cruise 12 miles from aspens to desert.

6. Life-list basecamp: Chicago Basin
Take the Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Train to the Needleton stop; hike six miles to this cirque at 11,200 feet. Bag three Fourteeners or just explore.




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damian orchard
Jun 28, 2010

so much in southern new mexico, guess gunna have to find them and send them in.

Flagstaff
Jun 24, 2010

Nothing in Arizona?

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