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Your Best Shots: 2011 Reader Photo Contest Winners

Breathtaking outdoor scenes yield immediate and enduring pleasure: when you hike there, and when you share the shots. Just ask the winners of our second annual Reader Photo Contest.


glacier national park photo

GLACIER NATIONAL PARK: At mile 3.8 on the Grinnell Glacier Trail, the self-described “recovering musician,” 46, came upon this perfectly lit scene of Grinnell Lake. (Rob Dweck)

yosemite national park photo

YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK: This college student, 21, and his father d hiked 16 miles round-trip to the top of Yosemite’s Half Dome and while dad recovered, Garner saw this peakbagging marmot. (Grant Garner)

alpine lake wilderness

ALPINE LAKES WILDERNESS, WA: Dense fog at Robin Lakes turned out to be a blessing in disguise. Becker enjoyed the peaceful scene—7.5 miles into the Cascades via Trail #1376.1–in a “whole new way.” (Jim Becker)

kings canyon national park

KINGS CANYON NATIONAL PARK: Teen brothers Andy and Garrett Munter, from Sacramento, California, camped at Lake Reflection during a Sierra trek. Here, Andy catches Garrett doing a backflip from 44 feet. (Andy Munter)

Everglades National Park

EVERGLADES NATIONAL PARK “The picture represents what adventure kayaking is all about,” says Kale Dabling. “It’s the ability to go places that one can’t travel to on foot or in a vehicle.” (Kale Dabling)