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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:

Oregon
Jefferson Park, Mt. Jefferson Wilderness
44.7163071, -121.80000

Alaska
Harding Icefield, Kenai Fjords NP
60.178944, -149.706711
Trip ID www.backpacker.com/hikes/10249

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Norway Pass, Mt. St. Helens National Volcanic Monument
46.310328, -122.105386

Second Beach, Olympic NP
47.886478, 124.626244
Trip ID www.backpacker.com/hikes/55411

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I am most familiar with ONP, and though Second Beach is nice, I think Shi Shi's Arches beats it hands down.

There is a view coming down off of Cameron Pass in ONP towards Lost Pass that is freakin' amazing, not just for the surreal beauty, but also for it's seclusion.

I don't have my photos hosted anymore, but I'll see what I can do to get them up here to show you what I mean...
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My picks - Most I like better than the list above:

OREGON = Jefferson Park was nice, but the view from on top of South Sister in the Three Sisters Wilderness is better.

WASHINGTON = Nothing from the North Cascades?  Almost anything along the PCT north of Stevens Pass is worthy of consideration.

ALASKA = Good choice.  I am partial to some of the views of Denali from about midway on the road and areas reached on foot from there.


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Itsa Washington sekrit.   :p   (But, GBH should remember....)





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While I cannot disagree with the selection of Harding Icefield as the best view in Alaska - at least post a picture of the Icefield and not just Exit Glacier; which is the rewarding hike to the icefield.

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This is great topic and the debate highlights the wonderful choices we have in the Pacific NW.  Meanwhile, the published magazine article listed Oregon as the Evergreen State.  Washington owns that nickname.  Oregon is the Beaver state!
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Eye of the beholder, 'far as I'm concerned. :D

I'm as big a fan of peaks and glaciers as anyone, but IMO too many overlook the views down inside the depths of the valley bottoms, many of which set the PNW aside from anywhere else on Earth.  :)







Most folks wouldn't pick a "best view" if they can't see miles in every direction (alpine only!), which leaves the valleys untrodden.  Which is fine by me.  Hee heeee.

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I agree with Dennis (almost) on Kalmia as posted in the magazine...only thing better than the picture in the magazine is being there in person...and maybe a picture of Kalmia printed the right way (your photo is flipped)...Cheers...
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Not familiar with the areas discussed for WA, but the deep mossy rainforest (like the guy above is discussing, is surreal and amazing to me.  I could wander in there and starve to death trying to see all the amazing things there are to see.  (This coming from a highly impressionable feller from AR).  I wondered if you considered the view off of High Divide towards Mt. Olympus and the Hoh valley, too.  I kind of thought I'd wandered off a bluff and ended up in paradise early.  The snow was smoking cool vapors among the dark trees, the view was amazing, the gulf of the valley, a tremendous smell of thousands of wildflowers, pushing up through the edges of the snow pack...I'll not soon forget that...and it goes on for a mile looking both ways...and then turns a corner and goes on again.  WA has so many beautiful places!
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