June 2011 Table of Contents

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20 Finally getting a shot at the holy grail for hikers? Here’s how to do it right the first time. By Ted Alvarez


The challenge: plan a too-big trek that matches the epic scenery. The payoff: too much fun! By Casey Lyons

Grand Canyon

Between the rim and river lies a less-traveled route with more solitude and quick access. By Michael Lanza


See granite icons, thundering waterfalls, and high-country lakes on one perfect trek. By Brian Beer


The oldest park still keeps secrets. Our correspondent goes off-trail to find unclimbed peaks. By Jeff Burke

North Cascades

Calling all adventure-seeking hikers: The last place mapped in the Lower 48 is for you. By Kim Phillips

Grand Teton

Discover the other, uncrowded side of the postcard peaks on this locals’ route. By Molly Loomis


Pack your best wet-weather gear and explore the Hoh River’s primeval rainforest. By Michael Lanza

Capitol Reef

Head off-trail in this maze of slots and slickrock—and imagine leaving the first footprints right here. By Steve Howe

Great Smoky Mtns.

Can you really be alone in the busiest park? Easy, says our scout after three solitary days. By Charles Bethea

Acadia to Zion

The life-list trips don’t end with the top 10. Here’s how to fill 40 more summer vacations. By James Dziezynski


Gape at these 7 national park images, then go snap a stunner yourself with tips from the shooters.

Summer Camping Skills

Hit the trail faster, avoid high-season crowds, prevent injuries, camp more comfortably, and eat better. By Elisabeth Kwak-Hefferan

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