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Free Print & Go PDFs give you turn-by-turn trail instructions and photos embedded on a usable topo map. Also: Gear checklists, driving directions, and geo-references for finding the nearest campground, restaurant, gas station, and grocery store.

by: Kim Phillips & Shannon Davis. Maps provided by MyTopo and Google Maps

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WEST

Mt. St. Helens National Volcanic Monument: Ape Canyon
Traverse the eastern flanks of the most active volcano in the Cascades on this 11.3-mile trek in Mount St. Helens National Volcanic Monument.


MOUNTAIN WEST
Yellowstone National Park: Heart Lake and Mt. Sheridan
Spend a few nights in Yellowstone National Park on this 23.1-mile out-and-back complete with lakeside campsites and spectacular summit views.


Circumnavigate a 425-foot monolith on this 4.9-miler that crosses a sandy creek and cruises classic Texas Hill Country west of Austin.


EAST
Great Smoky Mountain NP: Charlies Bunion
Get away for a night or three on this 12.8-mile lasso loop that delivers you to the high reaches of the Great Smoky Mountains.







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Gary
Feb 18, 2011

Oh come on all you Texas folks - admit it you are in the middle of the country from east to west and the southern area so lets call you what you really are - a state that most of us from the east want to get across so we can get to the "real" west and southwest and northwest. You and Oklahoma are the wastelands between us and paradise.....

Tom S
Oct 05, 2010

Where do you put the trip on this home page???

John L
Sep 30, 2010

Southern Midwest?

Anonymous
Sep 17, 2010

It's pretty obvious that the magazine divided the country into four columns and listed them as above (West - Pacific rim; Mountain West - Rockies; East - Atlantic Rim; everything else - Mid-west) Is it really too hard to just overlook your own limited geographical definitions and figure out theirs?

And really? It's like saying Oregon is on the East Coast? Did you even TRY to figure out their organizational system? You're just exaggerating a non-existent example to defend a weak point.

D
Sep 02, 2010

Austin, TX is in the southwest in my book.

Anonymous
Aug 27, 2010

Hmmm....If Austin isn't mid-west, what is it? It's definitely not west, mountain west or east.

Anonymous
Aug 27, 2010

Hmmm....If Austin isn't mid-west, what is it? It's definitely not west, mountain west or east.

Al
Aug 23, 2010

Saying Austin,TX is in the the mid-west is like saying Oregon is on the east coast. Come on people in the NON-EDITING department wake up and get real, or maybe we will have to send you a sign, if you can read it.

DeanofDance
Aug 20, 2010

Are we really supposed to take directions from somebody that believes Austin, TX is in the Midwest?

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