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Hello all,

I'm writing a story highlighting the best views in all 50 states for an upcoming issue, and I'd love your input. I need nominations for the best views each of the Midwestern states. Here are a few guidelines:

1. The view must be one you have to hike to (roadside overlooks don't count).
2. The viewpoint should be an exact location, not just a general area.
3. Please include a brief description of how to reach the viewpoint (i.e., which trails to take). If you have a GPS track or UTM point for the viewpoint, include that too!

Do any favorite views come to mind? If so, feel free to email nominations my way as soon as possible--and please share this with any fellow hiker friends who might also want to nominate a favorite view or two for this article!

Thanks for your help!

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PostIcon Posted on: Apr. 26 2013, 3:13 pm Skip to the previous post in this topic. Skip to the next post in this topic. Ignore posts   QUOTE

The midwest isn't exactly ripe with panoramic views, if that's what you're getting at.

Couple questions:

Can the views be seasonal? (as in, fall colors?)

Can the views be non-panoramic, or not landscape views?  I'm thinking of things like waterfalls, views inside a gorge, etc.


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Kansas:  Elk City Trail has a great overlook about one mile from the east trailhead which overlooks the Lake.  It's been a while, but I remember that you go to the east trailhead, start by heading south, then winding around the bluffs before climbing to the overlook.  The approximate coordinate is N 37.27392 W 95.80430.

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The view of Chapel Rock at Chapel Beach at Pictured Rocks.

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Little Todd Harbor - Isle Royale NP at sunset...Perfect small private beach looking towards the Canadian shoreline. Coming from Minnesota take the boat to McCargoe Cove and either book it there in a few hours or take you time and camp night 1 at Todd Harbor.
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The view from the Escarpment at Porcupine Mountains SP in MI. Lots of great views at Pictured Rocks and on Grand Island, MI.
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I will try to help out with the entries for Illinois.

For hikers, the best views are probably in the Shawnee region. Jackson Falls viewed in full flow from the creek below its lagoon is beautiful. The trailhead is accessible from the end of Mustang Lane in Eddyville, IL. From the parking area at the end of the gravel road it is a short 1/2 mile walk southwest on FS trail 497 to reach the top of the falls (this trail follows the drainage that feeds the falls). There are climbers trails on each side of the falls that allow access to the bottom. The better choice is probably the north side.


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Whatever you do for Oklahoma, make sure it is NOT in the Ouachitas but in the Wichita Mountains. Few places in any of the plains states can equal the awesomeness of this small mountain range. Perhaps the best view in the range is Mount Scott, but since that is a drive-up vista it would be disqualified. There are several great view points in the Charon's Garden area, but most are off-trail scrambles and harder to pinpoint if not having been there. That said, the easiest to point out would be the summit of Granite Mountain:





That said, I think the view from Post Oak Lake and from the divide south of the Crab Eyes are my most favorites:




However, Post Oak Lake is only a short trip off of the road and it would be really hard to pinpoint where the Crab Eyes Vista is.


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Jackson Falls is very nice, but the best sunsets in the state are at the Garden of the Gods in the Shawnee National Forest

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Re the Wichitas, that is some crazy scenery. Looks like some fun scrambling.

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