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Members of our Facebook page submitted hundreds of their best pictures so far in 2015. We chose the 5 best ones spanning from Alaska to Colorado.
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#5 The Desolation Wilderness
The Desolation Wilderness is a 63,960-acre (258.8 km2) federally protected wilderness area in the Eldorado National Forest and Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit, in El Dorado County, California. The crest of the Sierra Nevada runs through it, just west of Lake Tahoe.
#4 San Gorgonio
San Gorgonio Mountain, also known locally as Mount San Gorgonio, or Old Greyback, is the highest peak in Southern California and the Transverse Ranges at 11,503 feet. It is in the San Bernardino Mountains, 27 miles (east of the city of San Bernardino and 12 miles north-northeast of San Gorgonio Pass. It lies within the San Gorgonio Wilderness, part of the San Bernardino National Forest. Spanish missionaries in the area during the early 17th century named the peak after Saint Gorgonius.
Since it is the highest point in a region which is separated from higher peaks (e.g. in the Sierra Nevada) by relatively low terrain, San Gorgonio Mountain is one of the most topographically prominent peaks in the United States. It is ranked 7th among peaks in the 48 contiguous states.
#3 Mt Jefferson Wilderness
The Mount Jefferson Wilderness is a wilderness area located on and around Mount Jefferson in the central Cascade Range of Oregon in the United States. It is situated where the Willamette, Deschutes, and Mount Hood National Forests meet. Mount Jefferson Wilderness is the second most visited Oregon wilderness area after the Three Sisters Wilderness.
#2 Hidden Lake Lookout – North Cascades
Hidden Lake Peak is a joyous hike that begins in cool forests but quickly propels the hiker into vast, open meadows filled with wildflowers, then rocky slopes and heather, before ending at a steep rocky pinnacle with a historic fire lookout perched on top. It is a very popular day hike, but also makes a nice overnight backpack trip and is an access route for climbers headed off into the Eldorado and Triad area.
#1 Mount Belford
This hike is not an easy one. The 4500+ feet of elevation that must be gained comes in a few short sections that really wear a person out. The hike starts off relatively simple, but soon enters the Missouri Gulch switchbacks that give you a warning of what lies ahead. The trail then eases off again and you enjoy a nice gradual ascent into Missouri Gulch which opens up to some spectacular views. In Missouri gulch the trail splits and a left turn heads up Mt. Belford. It is here that the Belford Switchbacks are visible and show what is in store. These switchbacks lead up a relentless 45 degree ridge, taking you from 12,000 to 14,000 with no breaks. Just before reaching the summit though the trail nearly levels off and the last 200 yards are a breeze.