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Wilderness

Exploring a Classic Backpacking Route in the Sipsey Wilderness

The first time I hiked in the Sipsey Wilderness I felt like I’d wandered into some strange oasis. With deep canyons, high waterfalls, and forests of hemlocks and mountain laurel, the Sipsey seems out of place in north Alabama. It’s as if, by some miracle, a 25,000-acre chunk of North Georgia was transported 190 miles to the West.

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Eight of My Favorite Wilderness Areas in California

Travel in California and you will experience diverse Wilderness areas spanning coast to alpine and desert to montane. There are 149 wilderness areas in California ranging in size from six acres to 3.1 million. They cover nearly 15 million acres—roughly 15 percent of the state.

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Wilderness 101

Today the National Wilderness Preservation System contains nearly 110 million acres of lands enjoyed by all Americans. These wilderness lands all exist within our National Parks, National Forests, National Wildlife Refuges and Bureau of Land Management Lands.

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'Faces and Places of Wilderness' Photo Contest Winners

Our nation's Wilderness Areas are untamed, raw and incredibly beautiful. In our recent photo contest "Faces and Places of Wilderness" we received nearly 600 photos. Narrowing down to the winners was a challenging task, but we managed to pick our Top 3 shots in three different categories!

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