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  • Anton Krupicka scrambles across the summit of 14,205-foot Mt. Belford during an attempt at Nolan's 14, which links up 14 of the 14ers in Colorado's Sawatch Range. The Nolan's 14 route must be finished in a mind-boggling 60 hours to be considered a finish - something only eight people have done. Must-Do Rocky Mountain Trail Runs
  • Pinnacle stack at Mowingword is a popular area for climbing that can be found on the Pembrokeshire section of the Wales Coast Path. Wild Wales: The Wales Coastal Path
  • Acadia National Park, Bar Harbor, Maine (Dana Moos via Flickr) Beautiful Fall Foliage Photos
  • Alpenglow sunrise light strikes Windom Peak (left) and Sunlight Peak (right) in Sunlight Basin. The peaks are two of Colorado's 54 "fourteeners" (peaks over 14,000 feet in elevation) in the Needle Mountains, a sub-range of the San Juan Mountains in southwest Colorado's Weminuche Wilderness. Fourteeners of Colorado’s San Juan Mountains
  • The highest peak in the U.S. attracts mountaineers galore, but avalanches and sudden storms are persistent dangers. Six people lost their lives on the mountain in 2012. 
[image: AlaskanDude / Flickr] The 6 Most Dangerous National Parks
  • You'd probably jump for joy here, too. And why not? This little tarn with 10,781-foot Mt. Baker looming in the background isn't even the main attraction of the easy-access, 4.1-mile Lake Ann Trail just outside the park's southern boundary. The Beautiful North Cascades
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  • NOV12CH_13Moonrise-Cloudcroft-Peaks-1_445x300 Glacier National Park by Chuck Haney

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Go Big: Insider’s Guide

By: BACKPACKER Staff

Expert advice and inside scoops on your favorite national parks and premier destinations.

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Join the BACKPACKER editors on a trek through Tasmania.

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GPS-Enabled Trips

Chicago Illinois

Chicago, IL: Starved Rock Trail

This beautiful 4.3-mile loop adjacent to the Illinois River adds welcome relief–waterfalls, sculpted sandstone canyons, and impressive overlooks–to the usually pancake-flat landscape.

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Moab Utah

Moab, UT: Fisher Towers

This short hike threads through a hoodoo-filled climbing mecca with outrageous scenery and countless sidetrip options.

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Oregon Portland

Portland: Washington Park

Retreat into the thick, quiet woods of Washington Park for superb views of Mt. Hood and the Portland skyline on this easy 3-mile hike. Don’t miss the Japanese garden.

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Oregon Portland

Portland: Old Salmon River Trail

Hike along a renowned Salmon River on this 5-mile trip through a moss-covered virgin forest to salmon spawning pools, whitewater drops, and hollowed out Douglas firs large enough to resemble caves.

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