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New Life List: Traverse a Mountain Range

Walking a high ridge with countless views and no people is the stuff of dreams. Make it real in Olympic National Park's Bailey Range.
George-Wuerthner_445.jpgPaintbrush and Lupine in Olympic NP. (George Wuerthner)

RESOURCES Getting there Start: From US 101, two miles west of Lake Crescent, take Sol Duc River Rd. south 14 miles. End: From Port Angeles, take US 101 west 8.5 miles, to a south onto Elwha River Rd. Go four miles to Whiskey Bend Rd. and drive 4.3 miles. Maps Green Trails 134 Mount Olympus, 133S Seven Lakes Basin (from $6; Key waypoints Cream Lake: E 455143 N 5300824; Ferry Saddle: E 457500 N 5298337; Zone 10T, datum NAD27 Contact (360) 565-3100;

Traverse New Hampshire’s Presidential Range on a 20-miler from Lowe’s Path trailhead on US 2 (west of Gorham) to US 302 in Crawford Notch State Park. (603) 374-2272;

Trace the Continental Divide Trail 94.6 miles from Stony Pass to Wolf Creek Pass, in Colorado’s biggest wilderness area—mostly above  treeline. (970) 247-4874;

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