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Readers' Best Sunrise and Sunset Photos

One great thing about being out on the trail is allowing your schedule to be ruled by the rising and setting sun. Here are the best sunrises and sunsets you photographed and submitted to our photo contest this year.
  • To get this shot, Joshua Lais lay on top of ice-covered rocks holding his camera near the surface of Lake Superior. "The morning temps were 22 degrees below zero. The sheet of ice formed overnight and was slowly blowing into the rocks and breaking up."
  • Parker Blazevich, a student at Virginia Military Institute, sent in this photo he calls "Never once the same."
  • Greg Gomez captured the first light over Mono Lake, in Yosemite National Park.
  • George Mansfield of Henderson, NV travelled to the South Island of New Zealand to experience and photograph this sunrise over Ruby Bay.
  • Sunrise viewed from Mt Rainier, just above Disappointment Clever - photo by Kirk Smith of Brookhaven, MS
  • Mesa Arch, in Canyonlands is a classic sunrise photo spot. It's a short hike, and therefor can be a relatively crowded vantage point to watch the sun come up. Photo by Tracy Marcello from Fort Collins, CO
  • Tom Angsten went around the world from Hixson, TN to Mt Fuji to catch this sunrise.
  • Mount Le Conte is the perfect spot to watch the sun set over the hills. Consider staying at the Leconte Lodge: http://www.backpacker.com/october-09-the-peak-mt-le-conte-tn/destinations/13350 Photo by Michael Kaminski from St. Pete, FL
  • James Garner of Palm Springs, CA took this photo on the last morning of his trip on the High Sierra Trail. We agree when he says "Loved the way the colors reflected off the lake."
  • Jessica Alison, from Kennesaw, GA picked a rainy week to do the Annapurna Base Camp trek. She was at Machhapuchhre Base Camp when the clouds cleared for about ten minutes to reveal the sun setting beautifully behind Annapurna.
To get this shot, Joshua Lais lay on top of ice-covered rocks holding his camera near the surface of Lake Superior. "The morning temps were 22 degrees below zero. The sheet of ice formed overnight and was slowly blowing into the rocks and breaking up."
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To get this shot, Joshua Lais lay on top of ice-covered rocks holding his camera near the surface of Lake Superior. "The morning temps were 22 degrees below zero. The sheet of ice formed overnight and was slowly blowing into the rocks and breaking up."

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