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ADIRONDACK MTNS

ALGONQUIN

BATOPILAS

BIGHORN MTNS

DANIEL BOONE N.F.

GALLATIN N.F.

GLACIER N.P.

GRAND TETONS

GREAT BEAR

GREEN MTNS

LBTL

PHILMONT

PORCUPINE MTNS

ROCKY MTNS N.P.

SMOKEY MTNS

SNOWMASS

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CHOOSING A STOVE
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PLANNING A BACKPACK MENU
- Amanda Outside
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- Hiking Adventure
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- The Packable Life
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EQUIPMENT SOURCES
- Alpine Mountaineering
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- EMS - Eastern Mountain Sports
- Erehwon Mountain Outfitter
- Equipment - Troop 33 Page
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- Sierra trading Post

BACKPACK GUIDES/TRAINING
- Backpacking Lightweight
- Backpacking Resources - oddjobhats.com
- The Backpacking Site
- High Altitude Illnesses
- Hypothermia
- How to Hike in the Winter
- How to Pack for a Backpacking Trip - Jen Reviews
- Leave No Trace Program
- National Outdoor Leadership School
- Outdoor Action Program - Princeton University
- Outward Bound
- Philmont - 2022 Guidebook to Adventure
- Ultimate Hiking Guide

OUTDOOR ADVENTURE LOCATIONS
- All Trails
- American Discovery Trail
- Appalachian Mountain Club
- Appalachian Trail
- Applachian Trail Conservancy
- Appalachian Trail Home Page
- Big Outside
- Bureau of Land Management
- Continental Divide Trail
- Ice Age Trail
- L.L. Bean Park Search
- Long Trail
- National Trail System
- National Park Service Search
- North Country Trail
- Pacific Crest Trail
- Peak to Peak Trail & Wilderness Links (Colorado)
ILLINOIS BACKPACK LOCATIONS
- Outbound - Best in Illinois
- Outside - Chicago's Top 5
- Shawnee National Forest
- Step Outside - Beautiful Spots in Illnois

OUTDOOR PUBLICATIONS
- Backpacker Magazine
- Mountain Zone
- National Geographic Map Machine
- Outside Magazine

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BACKPACKING AND HIKING SITES
EXPERIENCED BY TROOP 33


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ARIZONA
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Grand Canyon National Park (North Rim Hikes)
- Sunset Crater National Monument (Hiking)

COLORADO
- Arapaho National Forest (Hiking)
- Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park (Hiking)
- Garden of the Gods (Hiking)
- Great Sand Dunes National Park (Hiking)
- Mesa Verde National Park (Hiking)
- Pike National Forest (Hiking)
- Rocky Mountain National Park (Backpacking)
- San Isabel National Forest (Hiking)
- Snowmass Maroon Bells Wilderness (Backpacking & Snowshoeing)

FLORIDA
- Everglades National Park (Hiking)

GEORGIA
- Thunder Scout Reservation (Hiking)

HAWAII
- Diamond Head (Hiking)
- Hana Highway Sites (Hiking)
- Manoa Falls (Hiking)
- Pupukea Area (Hiking)

ILLINOIS
- Amaquonsippi Trail (Hiking)
- Atwood Park (Hiking)
- Garden of the Gods Recreation Area (Hiking)
- Great Western Trail (Hiking)
- I&M Canal State Trail (Hiking)
- Cantigny Park (Hiking)
- Lincoln Trail Hike (Hiking)
- Lowden State Park (Hiking)
- Matthiessen State Park (Hiking)
- Mississippi Palisades State Park (Backpacking)
- Morton Arboretum (Hiking)
- Red Caboose Trail (Hiking)
- Rim Rock National Recreation Trail (Hiking)
- Rock Cut State Park (Hiking)
- Shabonna Lake State Recreation Area (Hiking)
- Shawnee National Forest (Hiking)
- Starved Rock State Park (Hiking)
- Waterfall Glen Forest Preserve; Lemont, IL (Hiking)

INDIANA
- Indiana Dunes (Snowshoeing, Hiking)
- Shades State Park; Waveland, IN (Hiking)
- Turkey Run State Park; Marshall, IN (Hiking)

IOWA
- Backbone State Park (Hiking)
- Bellevue State Park (Hiking)
- Maquoketa Caves State Park (Hiking)
- Yellow River State Forest (Backpacking)

KENTUCKY
- Daniel Boone National Forest (Backpacking)
- Land Between the Lakes (Backpacking)

MAINE
- Acadia National Park (Hiking)

MASSACHUSETTS
- Cape Cod National Seashore (Hiking)
- Freedom Trail; Boston, MA (Hiking)
- Martha's Vineyard (Hiking)

MICHIGAN
- McLain State Park (Snowshoeing)
- Porcupine Mountains (Backpacking, Snowshoeing)
- Silver Lake Dunes (Hiking)
- Sleeping Bear Dunes (Hiking)

MISSOURI
- Mark Twain National Forest (Hiking)

MONTANA
- Gallatin National Forest (Backpacking, Hiking)
- Glacier National Park (Backpacking)
- Great Bear Wilderness (Backpacking)

NEW HAMPSHIRE
- Mt Monadnock (Hiking)
- White Mountains National Forest (Backpacking)

NEW MEXICO
- Capulin National Monument (Hiking)
- Philmont Scout Ranch (Backpacking)
- Rio Grande Gorge/Eagle Nest (Hiking)

NEW YORK
- Adirondack Mountains (Backpacking)
- Buttermilk Falls State Park (Hiking)

NORTH CAROLINA
- Smokey Mountains National Park (Backpacking)

NORTH DAKOTA
- Theodore Roosevelt National Park (Hiking)

SOUTH DAKOTA
- Badlands National Park (Hiking)
- Custer State Park (Hiking)

TENNESSEE
- Fall Creek Falls State Park, Spencer, TN (Hiking)
- Smokey Mountains National Park (Backpacking, Hiking)

UTAH
- Arches National Park (Hiking)
- Bryce Canyon National Park (Hiking)
- Canyonlands National Park (Hiking)
- Kodachrome Basin State Park (Hiking)
- Zion National Park (Hiking)

VERMONT
- Appalachian Trail (Backpacking)
- Long Trail (Backpacking)

WASHINGTON
- Mount St Helens (Hiking)
- North Cascades National Park (Hiking)
- Pacific Crest Trail (Hiking)

WISCONSIN
- Apostle Islands (Snowshoeing, Ice Hiking)
- Black River State Forest (Backpacking)
- Devil's Lake State Park (Hiking)
- Kettle Moraine State Forest (Backpacking, hiking)
- Newport State Park (Backpacking)
- Rib Mountain State Park (Hiking, Snowshoeing)

WYOMING
- Cloud Peak Wilderness (Backpacking)
- Devil's Tower National Monument (Hiking)
- Grand Teton National Park (Backpacking, Hiking)

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I N T E R N A T I O N A L

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A U S T R I A

TYROL
- Tyrolean Alps (Trekking, Hiking)

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C A N A D A

ALBERTA
- Bannf National Park (Hiking)
- Horseshoe Canyon (Hiking)

BRITISH COLUMBIA
- Kootenai National Park (Hiking)

ONTARIO
- Algonquin Provincial Park (Backpacking, Snowshoeing)
- Arrowhead Provincial Park (Dog Sledding, Snowshoeing)

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C O S T A   R I C A

NORTHERN LOWLANDS
- Sarapiqui County (Rain Forest Hikes)

CENTRAL HIGHLANDS
- La Paz Waterfall (Hiking)
- Poas Volcano (Hiking)

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M E X I C O

CHIHUAHUA
- Batopilas Canyon (Backpacking)
- Cusarare Canyon (Hiking)
- San Ignacio Arareco (Hiking)
- Tarahumara Mountains (Backpacking)
- Tararacua Canyon (Hiking)
- Valley of the Mushroom Rocks (Hiking)

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P A N A M A

BOCAS DEL TORO
- Isla Bastimentos (Hiking, Beach)

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S W I T Z E R L A N D

ZERMATT, VALAIS
- Swiss Alps - Matterhorn (Trekking, Hiking)

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Backpack Trip Location Descriptions
Troop 33, DeKalb, Illinois





ADIRONDACK MOUNTAINS
NEW YORK

The Adirondack Park is a publicly protected area covering much of northeastern Upstate New York state. The park covers over 6 million acres, an area bigger than Yellowstone, Yosemite, Grand Canyon, Glacier, and Great Smoky Mountains National Parks combined. Created in 1892, the land is a mix of public and private ownership, with 60% of the park privately owned.

We have enjoyed backpacking in the northern part of the Adirondack Mountains near Tupper Lake. Mt Arab is a fun place to visit with a fire tower located at it�s summit which offers an excellent view of the surrounding mountains and nearby lakes.

For more information: Adirondack Mountain Club

Interactive Hiking Map: Hiking in the Adirondacks

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ALGONQUIN PROVINCIAL PARK
ONTARIO CANADA

This vast park in Ontario Canada contains nearly 2 million acres of rugged wilderness. There are three backpacking areas with loop trails. There are hundreds of lakes and dense forests. Wildlife include bears, moose, and timberwolves. We have visited this area in February while doing winter backpacking with snowshoes.

For more information: Algonquin Provincial Park

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BATOPILAS CANYON, MEXICO

This was a great adventure into a canyon 6,000 feet deep. The greatest part about the trip involved meeting a Tarahumara indian who shared our campsite one evening. It is a land of rugged country and people who live in simplicity. We attended the great fiesta of Holy Saturday in Batopilas, and first visited the "Lost Mission of Satevo" on the late evening of Easter Sunday.

This area wasn't connected by road with the modern world until 1984. The photo above shows the swinging bridge above the Batopilas River near the village of Satevo. One of our campsites was on the left bank of the river beneath the bridge under a sprawling fig tree.

For more information:

GORP Copper Canyon

WikiTravel Copper Canyon

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CLOUD PEAK WILDERNESS AREA
BIGHORN MOUNTAINS NATIONAL FOREST
WYOMING

This is a beautiful wilderness area visited by few people if you avoid the Tensleep Canyon area. Early in the season you can hike days without encountering another person. We start from the Shell Canyon area in the north. High alpine lakes, moose, and rugged peaks await those who journey into this vast wilderness. Most of country is around 9,000 ft elevation with the highest point being Cloud Peak at 13,175 feet. For more information visit the web sites below.

Cloud Peak Wilderness Web site or the

Bighorn National Forest Web site.

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DANIEL BOONE NATIONAL FOREST
KENTUCKY

The Daniel Boone National Forest runs North to South through a rugged and scenic part of Kentucky. Wooded slopes, sandstone cliffs, narrow ravines, creates rugged terrain west of the Appalachian Mountains. The forest has some of Kentucky's best hiking, rock climbing, fishing, boating, and general recreation. It includes more than 700,000 acres of wilderness to explore.

Daniel Boone National Forest Web site.

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GREAT BEAR WILDERNESS AREA
FLATHEAD NATIONAL FOREST
MONTANA

The Great Bear Wilderness is part of the Bob Marshall Wilderness Complex. Located in Northwestern Montana, the complex includes three Wilderness areas: the Great Bear, the Scapegoat, and the Bob Marshall Wilderness. Together the complex makes up an area of more than 1.5 million acres, the third largest in the lower 48 states. Grizzly bear, lynx, wolverine, deer, elk, gray wolf, moose, black bear, mountain lion, mountain goat, and mountain sheep roam about. The Great Bear Wilderness Is an area with a total of 286,700 acres. The Great Bear Wilderness has the most significant grizzly bear range in the lower 48 states. The Great Bear Wilderness extends roughly 36 miles and at its widest point is about 34 miles across. The Middle Fork Flathead River runs through the area for about 50 miles as one of Montana's wildest waterway. The wilderness area contains approximately 310 miles of system trails. Elevations range from 4000 feet on the Middle Fork to 8,700 feet on Great Northern Mountain.

Great Bear Wilderness Web site or the

Flathead National Forest Web site.

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GALLATIN NATIONAL FOREST, MONTANA

The Gallatin National Forest is part of the Greater Yellowstone Area. The 1.8-million acre Forest spans six mountain ranges and includes two Congressionally designated Wilderness areas, the Lee Metcalf and the Absaroka-Beartooth. The Gallatin National Forest provides habitat for a full native fauna, including four threatened species – the grizzly bear, gray wolf, bald eagle, and the Canada lynx. The Gallatin National Forest offers a variety of summer recreation: hiking, backpacking, biking and fishing. Winter adds skiing, snowmobiling, and ice climbing.

Gallatin National Forest web site for more information.

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GLACIER NATIONAL PARK, MONTANA

Glacier National Park is one of the nation's most beautiful parks. Due to it's location you can avoid some of the crowds of people that are found in other locations. The "Going to the Sun" road is a definate must. Mountain goats are frequently seen. Remember this is Grizzly country so you must be especially vigilant about a clean campsite. For more information visit the sites below.

Glacier National Park web site for more information.

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GRAND TETON NATIONAL PARK
MONTANA

We have backpacked this wonderful park from the Jenny Lake as a base. The park can be crowded at times which takes a little away from the wilderness experience, but the scenery is worth it.

You can find more information on the Grand Tetons National Park web site.

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GREAT SMOKEY MOUNTAINS NATIONAL PARK
TENNESSEE - NORTH CAROLINA

A busy place in the summer, you need to get your permits in early. We have mostly backpacked along the Appalachian Trail which runs through the park. Our starting points have been at Cades Cove and Clingman's Dome. You can stay in shelters along the trail on the AT. Bears can be a problem. Expect rain. There are many attractions in the area which can add to the enjoyment of the trip. We usually visit Gatlinburg in Tennessee and Cherokee in North Carolina.

You can learn more by visiting the Great Smokey Mountains National Park web site.

There are other excellent web sites on the Smokey Mountainsworth visiting, Appalachian Trail Home Page, and don't forget this one.

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GREEN MOUNTAINS NATIONAL FOREST
LONG TRAIL, VERMONT

This trail runs the length of Vermont from the Canadian Border to Massachusetts. It was the first long distance hiking trail in America. The southern portion is conjoined with the Appalachian Trail. There are 70 shelters spread out along the 270 miles of trail. The area we have backpacked has been near Rutland, Vermont and Mount Killington. The main trail also has a network of side trails leading from it. It connects the major peaks of Vermont.

Visit the Long Trail for more information.

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LAND BETWEEN THE LAKES
KENTUCKY

This area is best hiked in the fall or spring, unless you're really fond of heat and humidity. We have backpacked the North/South Boy Scout Trail which follows the lakeshore on the west side of the park along the banks of Tennessee Lake. You can enjoy a cool swim in the many bays at the end of a long day of hiking.

Visit the Land Between the Lakes web site for more information.

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PHILMONT SCOUT RANCH
NEW MEXICO

Scouting paradise in the Sangre de Christo mountains of northeastern New Mexico makes for an adventure of a lifetime. Troop 33 has been to Philmont 11 times, backpacking on 7 trips, and riding horseback on cavalcades for 4 trips. We have been to nearly every point on the ranch except for the relatively new Valle Vidal area. The program and staff at Philmont are exceptional. There are a number of excellent resources about Philmont on the web created by other troops.

For more information, visit this website - Philmont Scout Ranch

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PORCUPINE MOUNTAINS
MICHIGAN

This wilderness park is located along the southern shore of Lake Superior in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. Thousands of acres of virgin woodland feature elevations up to 1900 feet. An extensive trail system features remote campsites and well as a number of rustic cabins available for rent. We have visited this area several times in winter backpacking using snowshoes. We've also backpacked in summer.

For more information click here.

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ROCKY MOUNTAIN NATIONAL PARK
COLORADO

One of our favorite backpacking locations. We have been to Rocky Mountain National Park numerous times. We have backpacked on both sides of the continental divide. Our favorite is hiking the divide itself. Usually you can expect snow in the high passes before mid July. We have had to posthole through some large snowfields on the divide in late June. It's fun at first, but the novelty wears off quickly. There are several excellent source of information on the Web.

Visit the Official Rocky Mountain Web Site, Gorp's Rocky Mountain NP Web site.

Mike's Hikes at RMNP

Rocky Mountain National Park by Rick Edwards

Unofficial Rocky Mountain National Park Home Page

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TARAHUMARA MOUNTAINS
SIERRA MADRE, MEXICO

This is in the Copper Canyon region of Chihuahua state in northwestern Mexico. It comprises the mountains above the canyons. Maps are very poor. Trails are usually not recreational, they often lead to goat pastures, then end. We followed land forms often hiking cross country and using trails when available. Water can be a major problem during the dry season (Nov-April). Be sure to carry adequate water and be alert to heat related illness. The nights will be cool. Laguna Arareco is a beautiful place to camp. Don't miss Cusarare Falls or the Recohuate Hot Springs. Also there are many cliff dwellings still inhabited by native people. Remember respect the privacy of those living in them, especially in the remote areas they are not used to outsiders.

For more information visit the Copper Canyon web site.

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GREAT GULF WILDERNESS AREA
WHITE MOUNTAINS NATIONAL FOREST
NEW HAMPSHIRE

This is a rocky and rugged area with the highest peaks in the Eastern United States. The Appalachain Trail runs through this area. We start from Pinkham Notch. Mount Washington is the greatest attraction for thousands of people, it is known as the windiest point on earth. More information is available by visiting the following sites. Great Gulf Wilderness

Mount Washington

Pinkham Notch

White Mountains Home Page web site

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SNOWMASS - MAROON BELLS WILDERNESS AREA
WHITE RIVER NATIONAL FOREST, COLORADO

This was the site of our greatest wilderness adventure. We entered the area early in June about a week after a major storm had dumped record snowfalls in the area. We were required by the district ranger to have snowshoes and ice axes before venturing into the high country. We encountered snow at about 9,500 feet. A major storm system caught us on day 4 at 12,000 feet forcing us to turn back. Avalanches were both visible and audible on the nearby peaks. Freezing rain pelted us while lightning was striking all around us. We returned to lower elevation by nightfall. The next morning we hiked out to our base near Marble, Colorado (a few miles from the Outward Bound School). We arrived at our vehicle just before another violent storm hit. We drove 20 mph through near zero visibility to Glenwood Springs where we returned our rented snowshoes and ice axes to a very relieved outfitter (he didn't think we'd make it). This area is remote, rugged and extremely scenic. We were the first group registered to go into the area since the previous October. For high mountain passes plan on mid July. If you plan to enter the high country earlier in the summer always consult with the local district ranger in Carbondale. For more information on this area visit the following websites. Maroon Bells/Snowmass Wilderness

White River National Forest

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