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Ten Epic Hikes

Paddling, hiking, testing self-arrest skills–we cover it all in these 10 epic trips throughout the U.S. and Puerto Rico.

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From Alaskan bushwhacks to Sonoran scrambles, here are directions–and essential techniques–for 10 top backpacking destinations where scenery, solitude, and challenge work together to turn adventure up a notch. Call it the virtuous circle of epic treks.

Cold War: A Winter Traverse of New Hampshire’s Presidential Range

Rocky Mountain (Extra) High: Lightning On The Colorado Trail

Hiking Hip Deep in Florida’s Swamps

Highpoint Montana

Alaskan Labyrinth: Bushwacking in Denali

Bear Patrol in Glacier

Washington Paddling: Operation Orca

Mt. Adams: Solitude On Ice

Canyon Connections: Link Grand Canyon To Zion

Thru-Hike The Roadless Sierra