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Backpacker Magazine – May 2013

Trail Mix — East

Your region's go-now guide: Take in Pennsylvania's nighttime skies in the Cherry Springs State Park, ascend the 2,625-foot Mt. Moosalamoo in Vermont, enjoy the new 38-mile section of the Cumberland Trail in Tennessee, and more.

by: Sarah L. Stewart (Perfect Days), Graham Averill (This Just In), and Nathan Pipenberg (Bring Your)

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Cherry Springs SP (Northeast Bay Photography)
Cherry Springs SP (Northeast Bay Photography)
InstaWinner (Garrett Kreiner)
InstaWinner (Garrett Kreiner)

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Garrett Kreiner, 18, of Simpsonville, South Carolina, found this epic perch just off the 2-mile loop trail to 4,930-foot Whiteside Mountain, which boasts the highest cliffs in the East. That’s him in the photo—his friend Matthew Clayton snapped the winning shot. Join the fun: Tag your hiking photo #BPmag on Instagram, and follow us @backpackermag. Trip ID 2148469

Perfect Days

Baltimore, MD
Cascade Falls
Trail This rocky 2.4-mile loop leads from the banks of the Patapsco River to a 10-foot cascade. Post-hike, dive into a bucket of steamed crabs at Ships Cafe in Catonsville (shipscafe.net). Trip ID 5665

Burlington, VT
Mt. Moosalamoo
Ascend a 2,625-foot summit on this 6.2-mile out-and-back for views to the Adirondacks and a 985-acre lake hugging the peak’s base. On the way home, meander the 1.2-mile, poetry-lined Robert Frost Interpretive Trail to channel the hometown bard (bit.ly/frosttrail). Trip ID 5705

Newark, NJ
Great Swamp Wildlife Refuge
Glimpse ducks, herons, and some of the 200 other bird species that call this wetland home on a 2-mile boardwalk stroll. Pack a picnic to savor more Garden State serenity 5 miles down the road along Passaic River County Park’s shoreline (morrisparks.net). Trip ID 419399
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