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Backpacker Magazine – March 2011

America's Best-Kept Secrets

The only thing better than enjoying the life-list scenery in the country's premier national parks? Getting that same scenery, minus the crowds. Find it in these 10 backcountry hotspots, along with no-hassle permits, choice campsites aplenty, and solitude to match the world-class terrain.

by: Michael Lanza

Oregon's Eagle Cap Wilderness. (Terry Donnelly)
Oregon's Eagle Cap Wilderness. (Terry Donnelly)




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AZ Hiker
Nov 09, 2012

Beautiful scenery minus the crowds means less chance of other hikers finding you if you need help but it can still be a safe and enjoyable hike. Why? Because you read Felix! the Sugar Glider Be Safe Hike Smart (Amazon) before you hit the trail. A MUST READ for hikers who love the secret trails! Learn essential day-hiking skills, including items to pack, how to navigate your way with and without a map or compass, and how to get rescued. Learn to stay found by using a compass and paying attention to your surroundings. A compass doesn't need a signal or batteries and works in all types of weather but you need to know how to use it and this book makes learning how to use a compass easy. Hike smart with this fast, easy read that could save your life and will definitely make hiking off the beaten path more enjoyable!

zade
Nov 09, 2012

Don't forget da UP, eh? I thought Porcupine Mountains Wilderness State Park would make the list too.

Jim Aiken
Aug 18, 2011

Nothing from the Northeast? I thought that the Cohos Trail would make this list.

dgross
Aug 18, 2011

Anybody know what lake that is in the picture?

dgross
Aug 18, 2011

headed to the Eagle Cap wilderness next week! Been going there for years! Gorgeous, unexpected snowfalls (late August, early September)

Lots of alpine lakes.

You cannot go wrong here!

rkealy
Jun 15, 2011

I'm going to plan a trip to Linville Gorge right now. It's only a couple of hours away. I'm due for a good hiking trip.

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