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Backpacker’s Readers’ Choice Awards 2008

America's 100 Best Hikes–chosen by you.

Your Favorite Mountain Range…

40% Rockies

26% Appalachian

20% Sierra Nevada

9% Cascades

When you finally arrive, your best reward is…

Seeing a great sunset: 41%

Eating fresh trout from the frying pan: 27%

Soaking in a hot spring: 12%

Taking a dip in a freezing-cold lake: 6%

“Is ‘all of the above’ acceptable?”


We asked for the toughest hike in America. You nominated:

Continental Divide Trail

Miles: 3,100 Elevation gain: 372,000 feet

Whitney Portal Trail to Mt. Whitney

Miles: 11 Elevation gain: 6,145 feet

Angel’s Landing, Zion National Park

Miles: 5 Elevation gain: 1,488 feet

Wonderland Trail, Mt. Rainier National Park

Miles: 42 Elevation gain: 11,700 feet

Rim to Rim to Rim, Grand Canyon

Miles: 24 Elevation gain: 6,000 feet

Appalachian Trail

Miles: 2,175 Elevation gain: 471,151 feet

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