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Backpacker Magazine – February/March 2013

From the Field — Central — March 2013

Follow the footsteps of Wild West outlaws in Oklahoma, marvel at Gooseberry Fall's frozen cascades, search out arrowheads at Hot Springs National Park, and more.

by: Sarah L. Stewart

Gooseberry Falls (Photo by sundbergphotography.com)
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Gooseberry Falls (Photo by sundbergphotography.com)
Balanced Rock (Photo by Eric Coburn/NPS Photo)
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Balanced Rock (Photo by Eric Coburn/NPS Photo)
Stream feeding Kinkaid Lake (Photo by larrybraunphotography.com)
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Stream feeding Kinkaid Lake (Photo by larrybraunphotography.com)

Kinkaid Lake Trail, Shawnee NF, IL
Trace the pristine shoreline of a 2,750-acre lake on this little-traveled 9.3-mile out-and-back section of the Kinkaid Lake Trail. Descend 300 feet to the lakeshore and the base of 80-foot sandstone bluffs around mile 1.5, and scan for bald eagles and ospreys soaring above the water. Turn around at the junction for the Hidden Cove trailhead to retrace your steps, or connect to the four-mile Waterfall Trail to loop back to your car (8.9 miles). Trip ID 60520

“In winter, bare trees afford open lake views the whole way.”

Field scout: Kelly Pearson, Jonesboro, IL


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