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In our September 2013 issue, we asked guidebook writers, BACKPACKER field scouts, landscape photographers, and other local experts nationwide to rule on the sweetest backcountry vista in their corner of the union. The result? Fifty unforgettable views and a Top 10 list that will fill memory cards. We stand behind our choices, but no doubt you'll have your own favorites in your region. Think we got it wrong? Let us know by posting your own choice here (ideally with a photo)!

Our picks:

Utah
Observation Point, Zion NP
37.278151, -112.940226

The Subway, Zion NP
37.309983, -113.052633

Idaho
Fishhook Creek ridge,
Sawtooth NF
44.152036, -114.939351

Colorado
South Maroon Peak, Maroon
Bells-Snowmass Wilderness
39.070763 -106.988940

Middle of the dunes, Great Sand Dunes NP
37.751483, -105.558197

Montana
Hidden Lake, Glacier NP
48.685692, -113.741156

Wyoming
Cirque of the Towers, Wind River Range
42.770275, -109.219847
Trip ID www.backpacker.com/hikes/1563784

Fairy Falls Trail,
Yellowstone NP
44.523567, -110.840033
Trip ID www.backpacker.com/hikes/10256

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I went through this a few years ago when the the first "Readers Choice" edition came out.

It seems nothing has changed. The choices are mostly dayhikes in NP's, with just a couple of overnighter's to someplace else.

Our group of Rockie Mountain "EXPERTS", had picked our choice of "best view" and submitted it to the editors. But because it requires a 4+ day in / 4+ day out BACKPACKING trip, the editors decided it was too "extreme" for the readers of the mag. Instead, they threw away our choice and inserted a dayhike in the Grand Canyon, as best view in the Rockies.

Grand Canyon = Rocky Mtns ????

Here's a few pic's of my choice that got deleted.

As much as I love this spot, there's much better to come with another 2 days of bp'g.



These are a 360 deg. swivel head view taken near the base of the next pass.







Climb up another 3,000', off-trail, to the huge plateau, and the views really open up.





But heck, this requires 7-10 days just for an In/Out. Nobody BP's for that long do they ??


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SWT.....ssh let Backpacker send everyone to the Cirque.... I disagree with their selection for Wyoming (Cirque and Fairy Falls trail) and Idaho (Fish hook ridge).  They are nice but not the WOW scenery, but sssh, let everyone else go there   :D

I love your second to the last pic.....the essence!  Is that horse ridge)
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I love your second to the last pic.....the essence!  Is that horse ridge ?



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SWT.....ssh let Backpacker send everyone to the Cirque.... I disagree with their selection for Wyoming (Cirque and Fairy Falls trail) and Idaho (Fish hook ridge).  They are nice but not the WOW scenery, but sssh, let everyone else go there   :D

That's my philosophy--I don't want my favorite spots being pimped in a magazine, anyway.
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TOTALLY WRONG in several picks.

I was also on that panel whose choices for best view (and others) got edited out of the magazine.  That Grand Canyon hike that they chose over the Wind Rivers for view was a joke.  I hiked that Hermit Trail that was put in the magazine and loved it.  But for a hike into the canyon to the bottom.  If they wanted a Grand Canyon hike for the category "view" then it should have been a touron trail on the rim - not a trail into the canyon.

Here are a few better picks -
UTAH - The Zion picks are okay, but these are better:
UTAH - Almost anything along the crest of the Uinta Mountains
UTAH - Top of Mt. Timpanogos or other prominant Wasatch peak
UTAH - Inside Buckskin Gulch

IDAHO - Haven't done much hiking here, so will defer

COLORADO - Again, the dunes and Maroon Bells are good, but others are better
COLORADO - Instead of the touristy view of the Maroon Bells that makes every other postcard, calendar and jigsaw puzzle, how about some of the WOW views on the back side of the Bells?
COLORADO - Instead of the dunes view, ask Double Cabin for MUCH BETTER views a short ways away up in the Sangres
COLORADO - View from the top of Rio Grande Pyramid
COLORADO - On the Flattops

MONTANA - Hidden Lake is too touristy - Better views also in other parts of Glacier NP
MONTANA - Beartooth Plateau views - take your pick!

WYOMING - Instead of Cirque of the Towers, I defer to SWT's views that he posted above.  They are superb.
WYOMING - Fairy Falls in Yellowstone?  Horrible trail with traffic noise the whole way.  And the water going over the falls is only significant enough to be impressive during May and the first half of June.  If you want a waterfall in Yellowstone, go with Ouzel Falls on the back side of Bunsen Peak.  And, if you want the best view in that park, it HAS to be Avalanche Peak.

ONE LAST THOUGHT - If the editors of the magazine are so keen about Grand Canyon, why didn't they include a Grand Canyon view in their list above?  According to these forums, Arizona is out of our Rocky Mountain region.  Yet, they wanted it for a "Readers Choice" for view for Rocky Mountain region.  Doesn't make sense.  Pretty much every issue of the magazine has something about the Grand Canyon.  That is a nice place, but not worthy of being in every issue.


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Totally agree with SWT and burntfoot. The magazine is catering to to the masses.  If it's not easily accessible, it ain't there.  Oh well, maybe that's better in the long run.  Helps keep the riffraff away from the really great places.

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There's a magazine?

The dunes is a pretty nice view. There's a billion nice views in the Rockies. Also depends on the angle of the sun, clouds and such. The dunes looks really cool after a rain shower. Sometimes it's a little hazy. Sometimes I like to sit around in my underwear and drink beer.
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I'm just glad that beauty is still in the eye of the beholder. :)

And as others noted, it doesn't bother me at all that the magazine posts pictures of only easily-accessible places for such an article.  Better that way, IMO.


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I'm just glad that beauty is still in the eye of the beholder. :)

And as others noted, it doesn't bother me at all that the magazine posts pictures of only easily-accessible places for such an article.  Better that way, IMO.

I couldn't agree more.  I like to keep the amazing views to a select few.

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Yeah,

With all due respect you folks have consistently !@#$ed this category up. the Cirque is awesome but as SWT showed its not even the best view in the winds let alone the State.



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Knapsack Col

The Peak Lake-Knapsack Col area is not too shabby
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For Colorado I say Columbine Pass looking into Chicago Basin.  Lots of sweat equity to get there.  View behind you into Johnson Creek drainage ain't bad either.

Idaho - Cramer Lake
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ssh....................  :D
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ssh....................  :D

That's a nice spot. :)
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