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Online Exclusive: Readers’ Choice 2012: Regional Survey Results (Midwest)

Sage Creek Wilderness, Badlands National Park (Photo by Kim Phillips)Sage Creek Wilderness, Badlands National Park (Photo by Kim Phillips)


We called for your help—and you answered! We wanted to know your favorite long trails, parks, and hikes in the Midwest. Here’s how you responded.

Q: Of the most viewed weekend trips on our website (shown below), which would you most like to do next weekend, if proximity is not a factor?

A: Island Traverse in Isle Royale National Park topped the list.

HIKE IT: Download the tracks and waypoints for the most viewed trips on our website.
>> Isle Royale National Park: Island Traverse: backpacker.com/hikes/393658
>> Ouachita National Forest, AR: Eagle Rock Loop:
backpacker.com/hikes/283162
>> Little Rock, AR: Black Fork Mountain:
backpacker.com/hikes/55146
>> Chicago, IL: Shabbona Lake:
backpacker.com/hikes/50372
>> Austin, TX: Enchanted Rock Loop:
backpacker.com/hikes/338185


Q: What is your favorite long trail in this region?

Q: Of these classic trips in the Midwest (listed below), which is #1 on your list to do before you kick the bucket?


A: 48
% of you wanted to paddle the Frost River-Whipped Lake-Round Lake route in the Boundary Waters.

HIKE IT: Read about these classic trips on our website.
1. Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness: Frost River-Whipped Lake-Round Lake: backpacker.com/november_2001_destinations_minesota_boundary_waters_trail/destinations/3385
2. Badlands National Park: Sage Creek Wilderness Area: backpacker.com/hikes/490492
3. Arkansa’s Buffalo National River Trail: Ponca to Pruitt:
backpacker.com/adventures_buffalo_river_trail/destinations/7265
4.
Big Bend National Park, TX: Outer Mountain Loop: backpacker.com/hikes/8572


Q: What’s the best trailside pub in your region?


Q: What’s the top trail town in your area?

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