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Boucher - Hermit Loop: A Grand Canyon Backpacking Excursion

Boucher - Hermit Loop: A Grand Canyon Backpacking Excursion In April 2012, I did my first backpacking trip ever, hiking 23 miles over 3 days in Grand Canyon National Park. I tackled the rugged and challenging Boucher, Tonto, and Hermit Trails on my first voyage, a much different experience compared to the corridor trails that most novice backpackers see in the Grand Canyon. While challenging, this itinerary allowed me a wilderness experience that was in no way disappointing. This article is not intended to be a blow-by-blow summary of the trips events, but a reflection of my inner emotions and perceptions that I felt during the trip, and how they have strengthened, but also changed my connection with the Grand Canyon.
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How to Avoid the Crowds at the Grand Canyon South Rim

How to Avoid the Crowds at the Grand Canyon South Rim The Grand Canyon South Rim often gets a bad rap for being over-crowded, especially during summer at the height of the tourist season.  As a former tour guide at the Grand Canyon South Rim, I’m here to share a few secrets about how avoid the crowds.  None of these require hiking or driving tens or hundreds of miles into the backcountry either!
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Potato Lake Trail: Easy Hikes Near Durango

Potato Lake Trail: Easy Hikes Near Durango

Look at a topographic map of the mountainous terrain above Durango and you are certain to see an excess of high altitude lakes.

Many have trails going right to them, but most of these are demanding hikes, especially for the casual hiker. However, those seeking a shorter excursion to a backcountry pool are in luck. Clocking in at 2 miles round-trip and 400 feet of elevation change, the Potato Lake Trail is an easy hike to a beautiful backcountry lake.

Oh, and by the way, if you want to sound like local, call it Spud Lake instead of Potato Lake!

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