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Backpacker Magazine – May 2013

Trail Mix — West

Your region's go-now guide: get your heart rate up by climbing 1,500 feet in 2.4 miles in Santa Barbara, visit the newest state park in Colorado, enjoy the solitude of the Wyoming Range, and more.

by: Sarah L. Stewart (Perfect Days), Dougald MacDonald (This Just In), and Paul Chisholm (Solitude Finder)

Wyoming Range NRT, Bridger-Teton NF, WY (Paul Chrisholm)
Wyoming Range NRT, Bridger-Teton NF, WY (Paul Chrisholm)
Photo by Lunstrumphotography.com
Photo by Lunstrumphotography.com
InstaWinner Richard Sterling
InstaWinner Richard Sterling

Perfect Days

Seattle, WA 
Far Country Lookout 
Climb through a mossy forest and skirt past a 30-foot cascade on this 4-mile out-and-back to Olympic Mountain views. Then head to Mercer Slough Nature Park to tour a blueberry farm (you-pick July to September). Or, head there prehike for a guided morning canoe tour of the park (May to September; $16; ci.bellevue .wa.us). Trip ID 5733

Bozeman, MT
Pioneer Falls
Follow a lush mountain drainage to a booming 35-foot waterfall on this 6.6-miler. Bring your rod and snag brown and rainbow trout in the Gallatin River at Kirk Wildlife Refuge on the return to Bozeman. (Montana fishing license required; fwp .mt.gov.) Trip ID 2134222

Santa Barbara, CA
Rattlesnake Canyon
Get your blood pumping by climbing 1,500 feet in 2.4 miles up a pine- and oak-shaded canyon along a creek. Watch hang gliders soar over the canyon, and stop at Franceschi Park on your way home for a panoramic sunset view across the city to the Channel Islands 25 miles offshore (santabarbaraca.gov). Trip ID 287064





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