Backpackers regard Alaska the way surfers view Hawaii: Going there is a rite of passage. But too often, hikers think that the truly wild side of Alaska is accessible only to big spenders with heaps of experience and a bush plane. Wrong. Last summer, our team spent more than a month scouting trips. Result: 10 life-list adventures for every hiker and budget.*
The Goat Trail
Destinatons Alaska: Johnson Pass
Lost Lake, Chugach Mountains
*Total trip costs–after airfare, including ground transportation and food–start at just $200 per person for two hikers.
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