Solitude in America

The BACKPACKER map team along with the help of regional experts and cartographers plotted roads, cities, and airports--and the wilderness areas farthest away from them--to find the most remote locations in the Lower 48.
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The BACKPACKER map team along with the help of regional experts and cartographers plotted roads, cities, and airports--and the wilderness areas farthest away from them--to find the most remote locations in the Lower 48.

Waypoints

WPT001

Location: 44.1351089, -110.0834732

Most Remote Spot in the Moutain West: Wilderness Thorofare Region: According to our research, this is the most remote spot in the Lower 48. Biologists say it's the best place to see North America's most elusive predator, the wolverine.

WPT002

Location: 36.3569832, -118.4697418

Most Remote Spot in California: Unnamed lake near Coyote Pass in Sequoia National Park

WPT003

Location: 48.3390541, -92.1813202

Most Remote Spot in the Midwest: Campsite Near Takucmich Lake in the Boundary Waters.

WPT004

Location: 48.9766617, -121.4793396

Most Remote Spot in the Northwest: Unnamed lake in North Cascades National Park

WPT005

Location: 46.3033257, -69.5463638

Most Remote Spot in Northeast: Allagash Lake, Maine

WPT006

Location: 35.4123039, -84.0274048

Most Remote Spot in the Southeast: Big Fodderstack, TN

WPT007

Location: 24.6382122, -82.920784

Farthest Park from a Road: Dry Tortugas National Park

WPT008

Location: 38.0736656, -119.6504898

Most Remote Ranger Station in Yosemite National Park: Wilma Lake

WPT009

Location: 37.6048622, -110.0087662

Darkest Skies in the West: Natural Bridges National Park, according to the International Dark-Sky Association

WPT010

Location: 48.2624054, -88.2619324

Most Remote Spot in Least-Visited Park in the Lower 48: Gull Islands, 10 miles off the main island at Isle Royale National Park

WPT011

Location: 48.5511742, -113.5707932

Quiest Spot in the West: Upper Nyack Campsite in Glacier National Park, according to Les Blomberg of the Noise Pollution Clearinghouse

WPT012

Location: 38.6677017, -100.9174042

Most Remote Park in Kansas: Lake Scott State Park

WPT013

Location: 44.1878395, -71.5692902

Most Remote AMC Hut: Galehead Hut, White Mountains

WPT014

Location: 46.3904533, -103.315918

Most Remote High Point in Lower 48: North Dakota's 3,506-foot White Butte.

WPT015

Location: 37.2684631, -110.6949844

Most Remote Canyon in Glen Canyon National Recreation Area: Alcove Canyon

WPT016

Location: 40.2196846, -124.3105316

Most Remote Beach: The Lost Coast's Cooskie Creek Beach

WPT017

Location: 45.5616226, -69.2349548

Most Remote AT Shelter: Logan Brook Lean-To in Maine

WPT018

Location: 28.9833488, -103.1829987

Most Remote Designated Campsite on US/Mexico Border: Talley Campsite, Big Bend National Park

WPT019

Location: 37.9868431, -106.931221

Most Remote CO Fourteener: San Luis Peak in La Garita Wilderness

WPT020

Location: 48.9259796, -120.7669983

Most Remote Spot on Pacific Crest Trail: Hopkins Lake in Pasayten Wilderness