New Trips This Week: New York, Washington, New Mexico

BACKPACKER mappers log New York's Big Slide Mountain, Washington's Klickitat Trail and New Mexico's Spence Hot Springs

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With Old Man winter on his last gasps and summer just around the corner, we’re betting you’re chomping to get back on the trail. Kick off your season with these three hikes in New York, Washington and New Mexico.


On this 10.9-mile Adirondack classic, trek through maple and birch forests before breaking the tree-line to gain spectacular vistas of the surrounding High Peaks region. After tagging Big Slide’s 4,627-foot summit, spend the night at John’s Brook Lodge, an Adirondack Mountain Club hut combining the solitude of the backcountry with the comforts of home.


Flanked by the majestic Columbia River Gorge to the south and the glacier-covered Mount Adams to the north, this 10.2-miler traces an abandoned railroad bed through twisting canyons and rolling rangeland in southern Washington. Bring a picnic lunch for the picturesque Swale Creek, which tumbles idyllically over chutes, sheet falls and small pools at the hike’s turnaround point.


Soak in the clear mineral waters of Spence Hot Springs on this mile-long out-and-back in New Mexico’s secluded Jemez Mountains. Tucked into the forest east of New Mexico’s remote Highway 4, Spence’s two pools are ideally perched on a ridge overlooking the sweeping, pine-blanketed Jemez Canyon.

For more sweet excursions, dive into the thousands of trips already mapped on our Destinations page. Otherwise, sit tight – we’ll satisfy your map cravings with more five-star hikes next week.

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