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Backpacker Magazine –

Best of the National Parks

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Top Trips
Mt. Cammerer, Great Smoky Mountains, TN
North Palisade, Kings Canyon, CA
Half Dome, Yosemite, CA
Tanner Trail to Inner Gorge, Grand Canyon, AZ
Mummy Range, Rocky Mountain, CO
Adventure Guides: Life-list Routes, Maps, and Stories
Secret Hikes of Classic National Parks
The perfect dozen: Embark on one of these 12 treks, and turn America's most iconic preserves into your own private paradise.

National Parks Hall of Fame
The all-time best. That's what every hiker wants on a national park trek, and that's what you'll get if you tackle one of these 25 trips.

National Parks Confidential: Q & A with Filmmaker Ken Burns
Ken Burns discusses the heroes and history of America's most precious wildlands-and the new challenges they face now.

Yellowstone
Disappear into Yellowstone's northern fringe, where you'll find a rejuvenated landscape and total solitude.

Footprints Needed: Colorado's Undiscovered Black Canyon
Descend into Colorado's Black Canyon and explore a park that has everything–life-list scenery, challenging terrain, a revitalized river–except hikers.
Great Smoky Mountains
Follow this circuit linking the park's many historic homesteads.

Rocky Mountain
Set off on a long-forgotten loop across the Continental Divide, through moose-infested meadows, and up Longs Peak.

Yosemite
Hike to surprising solitude on a lost trail to Yosemite's North Rim.

Grand Canyon
The canyon's best view isn't from the rim. Trek to Royal Arch to see for yourself.

Channel Islands
Paddle gentle swells through seacaves, then hike across this reborn island paradise.
3D Trip Maps
GPS Hikes: Search 300+ Downloadable Trips
Skills: Get Fit, Hike Smart, Learn from the Pros
Your guide to 52 common mistakes hikers make–and how to avoid them.
True tales from the front lines–and behind the scenes–of America's national parks.
If seeing bears or bighorn sheep, moose or mountain lions is on your life list check out our tips for where, when, & how to catch an eye full.
Get trail-fit fast with this 4-week program was designed specifically for hikers.
Our resident expert answers all the little questions. And a few big ones as well.
Wherever you're headed, our Editor-in-Chief helps you pack for a week-long trip.
Park Finder
National Park Quick Links

READERS COMMENTS

Carl
May 29, 2011

Why isn't Crater Lake on the pull-down list?

Dennis Cashman
May 27, 2011

Thanks for arbitrarily expunging Cuyahoga Valley National Park from your list of Nat'l Parks.

As residents of Willoughby, OH ,my wife and I, along with several memebers of our hiking group greatly appreciate and make extensive use of the Buckeye Trail and the hiking and backpacking programs offered by the Cuyahoga Valley National Park Service.

Not nearly as rugged as a 2-day hike down and up South Kaibab Trail at the Grand Canyon which we had the great pleasure to experience 2 years ago, the Buckeye Trial offers challenging hiking and multi-day excursions.

It is also easily accessible to people in the northeastern midwest and western northeast who do not have the luxury of time to spend planning and completing a weeklong hike through the Grand Tetons or the Cascades.

Granted these are experiences not to be missed before one's time is over on terra firma; however, there are rewarding excursions to be had in the meantime.

Your publication should try its best to accomodate everyone who is joining the routine and camaraderie of hiking; be it dayhiking or backpacking. Unfortunately, your publication seems to have taken an elitest bent of late, and I (albeit, just one reader) am bitterly disappointed.

Best regards,

Dennis Cashman
dmcashman@dynametricsltd.com
Dynametrics Ltd
(800) 837-5199
(440) 951-4995 TEL
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Dennis Cashman
May 27, 2011

Dennis Cashman
May 27, 2011

James Bragg
May 25, 2011

Monongahelia National Forest Info
It's a huge NF and a great place
jdbraggconstruction@gmail.com

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