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Return to the WILDS What if you lived your whole life in an organized, safe, bland and boring place—then one day you walked into a BRAND NEW WORLD? What if the Keeper asked you to SAVE IT? When the gates … Read More

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VISION: We explore wilderness and leave good tracks for others. We advocate for good trails and information and management that values public enjoyment as well as wilderness protection. MISSION: Wilderness Need Association advocates for the neglected wilderness visitor by exploring … Read More

Zion Wilderness, 2018
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I have hiked Zion National Park since teen years in Las Vegas, Nevada. Our 1970s-80s trips to West Rim from Lava Point, Kolob Canyons and a snowy December slog up from Zion Canyon offered solitude; campgrounds and trails were busy … Read More

Sawtooth Wilderness, 2018
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Three days after Labor Day weekend and the campgrounds and trailheads at Redfish Lake were still packed with people. But we had a plan to elude crowds in overused Sawtooth Wilderness in Central Idaho. We’d take shuttle boat across Redfish … Read More

Eagle Cap Wilderness, 2018
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Our 16-day loop through the Eagle Cap Wilderness in northeastern Oregon offered a week of solitude on rarely-used legacy trails, and a second week of constant company crossing popular loops on overused trails near Eagle Cap Peak. The Eagle Caps … Read More

Strawberry Mountain Wilderness, 2018
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A loop trip and two brief hikes off the beaten path in July 2018 offered waterfalls, glacial lake basins and miles of unused legacy trails in the soaring Strawberry Mountain Wilderness, just a few miles southeast of John Day, Oregon. … Read More

Chiricahua Wilderness, 2018 & 2015
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We hiked the eastside of Shenandoah National Park for 14 years before we realized much of it is wilderness—the 2nd largest in the East. Forty percent of this popular park astride the Blue Ridge Mountains was designated wilderness in the … Read More

Mount Wrightson Wilderness, 2018
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In January 2018, we visited Mount Wrightson Wilderness—designated in 1985 with 25,260-acres of soaring peaks, deep canyons, grasslands and dozens of trails. From Cave Creek we took the Arizona Trail (AZT) south, swung up Temporal Gulch to a saddle west … Read More

Organ Pipe Cactus Wilderness, 2018
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The casual visitor to Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument would never know 94% is wilderness. Visitors find the usual National Park Service (NPS) facilities: visitor center, campground, a few hiking trails (old mining roads near the campground) and two scenic … Read More

Stone Mountain Wilderness, 2014
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We were about three miles from the trailhead and about 2000 feet straight up, breaking camp on Olinger Peak in the Stone Mountain Wilderness, when we heard a mechanized hum in the distance. An ATV (All-Terrain Vehicle) rolled into camp, … Read More

Southern Blue Ridge wilderness areas, 2014
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A mile into Little Wilson Wilderness, we were deep in wet leaves on eroded trail. Jackie Street Trailhead was well marked from the road and a nice walk through a gate, and past cattle in a green pasture. When road … Read More

Southern Ridge & Valley wilderness areas, 2014
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Our Virginia Wilderness Project was going well. Between 2012 and mid-summer 2014, we had visited 16 of 24 wilderness areas. But other work and life caught up, and we didn’t hike for two months. In September 2014 we squeezed in … Read More

Central Ridge & Valley wilderness areas, 2014
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The long ridge of Potts Mountain runs for miles along or near the Virginia-West Virginia border north of Interstate-84 between Pulaski and Roanoke. Six wilderness areas on or close to Potts could offer interesting backpacking opportunity in remote country—with a … Read More

Northern Ridge & Valley wilderness areas, 2014
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It was getting dark and David had lagged behind. But I was determined to find the lovely green flat and chimney remnant from Sexton cabin on Jerry’s Run Creek. Years ago my preteen daughter and I lolled on the greens … Read More

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