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Readers' Choice 2012: Reader Leader Contest Winners

More than 150 of you entered our contest to become a BACKPACKER field scout. Meet the winners.

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More than 150 of you entered our contest to become a BACKPACKER field scout. Meet the winners here, starting with Colleen Contrisciane-Lewis, of Phoenixville, Pennsylvania. She earned the all-expenses-paid grand prize: an assignment to hike—and report on—her dream trip.

Read about her 85-mile, weeklong transect of Glacier National Park on the Pacific Northwest National Scenic Trail, then check out seven more routes, from Sequoia/Kings Canyon National Park to Quebec, all scouted by our runners-up.



The Winner



Pacific Northwest National Scenic Trail, Glacier National Park, MT





7 More Reader Leaders Share Their Top Trips




Shoal Creek Loop, Gros Ventre Wilderness, WY



International Appalachian Trail, Parc National de la Gaspesie, Quebec



Creekside Loop, Pisgah NF, NC



Evolution Loop, Sequoia and Kings Canyon NP, CA



Skyline-to-the-Sea Trail, Castle Rock SP, CA



Grasshopper Glacier, Absaroka Beartooth Wilderness, MT



Appalachian Trail, 100-Mile Wilderness, ME



Want to land your own dream job? Fill out an application at backpacker.com/readerleader.