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    Re: 50 Years Later, the Incalculable Gift of the Wilderness Act

    Quote Originally Posted by clownboy View Post
    So cool! Did you happen to stop by Bagby hot springs while you were in the area?
    The name doesn't ring a bell. Sorry. The two images that spring to mind were an obsidian hillside and one of the bluest lakes I've ever seen. The hilliside was pure black, made up of broken pieces of obsidian. Not a single plant grew there. The lake was in a low spot surrounded on all sides by steep hills. We had to leave the horses above and scramble down to the lake on foot. Azure blue. We fished for trout there. I also remember how bright the milky way was in the night sky. I don't see the milky way any more. Haven't seen it for years.
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    Re: 50 Years Later, the Incalculable Gift of the Wilderness Act

    Here are a few images of some of the federal wilderness areas my son and I have backpacked in and fished:

    The Upper Buffalo River in Arkansas, Ponca Federal Wilderness:

    buffaloriver.jpgbuffaloriver2.jpg

    Crater lake in the Indian Peaks Federal Wilderness in Colorado:

    CraterLake.jpg

    Lake Constantine in the Holy Cross Federal Wilderness in Colorado:

    lakeconstantine.jpg



    Bridger Federal Wilderness in Wyoming (this one is absolutely epic):

    islandlake.jpg
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    Re: 50 Years Later, the Incalculable Gift of the Wilderness Act

    Oh yeah! That last is my idea of heaven on earth.

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    Re: 50 Years Later, the Incalculable Gift of the Wilderness Act

    Quote Originally Posted by clownboy View Post
    I've done the Pacific Crest Trail back when it was only Mexico to Canada. I celebrate that we've put aside some places for future generations to explore for themselves what it's like to be around more god made than man made things.
    That is totally cool CB!! PCT. No small thing.
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    Re: 50 Years Later, the Incalculable Gift of the Wilderness Act

    Quote Originally Posted by SouthernDemocrat View Post
    That's cool. How long did it take you? My son and I have done backpacking trips to Paddy Creek Federal Wilderness in Missouri, Devil's Backbone Federal Wilderness in Missouri, Buffalo River Federal Wilderness in Arkansas, Indian Peaks Federal Wilderness in Colorado, Holy Cross Federal Wilderness in Colorado, and Bridger Federal Wilderness in Wyoming. We go on a week long backpacking trip every summer and try to get some weekenders in throughout the year. My son did his first one with me when he was 4 and he is 13 now. The most remote place we have been to thus far is in the Wind River Range in Wyoming. If you take off walking east to west across the Winds, you will walk nearly 40 miles before you get to another road on the other side and that is if you could actually walk it in a perfectly straight line. Its pretty cool knowing you are at least a couple of days walk from the nearest road.

    Personally, I think that our wilderness in America is what defines us as a country more than anything else. Its unfortunate that so many people take it for granted these days and don't understand how hard previous generations had to work to for these areas to be protected.
    I dint see the Ouachita Trail in there SD!?!?
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    Re: 50 Years Later, the Incalculable Gift of the Wilderness Act

    Quote Originally Posted by SouthernDemocrat View Post
    It may have seemed that far from a road, but in terms of how the crow flies, the furthest one can get from a road in any direction in the lower 48 is a point in the Greater Yellowstone Region. At that point you can be at least 22 miles from a road in any direction (of course in some directions it would be far further).

    The only places in the United States you can get more than 100 miles from a road is in the Alaskan Interior. Its kind of sad when you think about it. There is a married couple who are both wildlife ecologists that are actually doing a project where they travel to and document the conditions and ecology of the most remote point in each of the 50 states. You can read about it here:

    Project Remote |

    Of course that all said, a road can be simply a forest service fire trail and there are still some very remote places left in the lower 48, many of them are thankfully protected from any future development.
    Wow! I love that link. So glad you put it up.
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    Re: 50 Years Later, the Incalculable Gift of the Wilderness Act

    Quote Originally Posted by SouthernDemocrat View Post
    Here are a few images of some of the federal wilderness areas my son and I have backpacked in and fished:

    The Upper Buffalo River in Arkansas, Ponca Federal Wilderness:

    buffaloriver.jpgbuffaloriver2.jpg

    Crater lake in the Indian Peaks Federal Wilderness in Colorado:

    CraterLake.jpg

    Lake Constantine in the Holy Cross Federal Wilderness in Colorado:

    lakeconstantine.jpg



    Bridger Federal Wilderness in Wyoming (this one is absolutely epic):

    islandlake.jpg
    The pic of Bridger looks like it has a very well established trail.
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    Re: 50 Years Later, the Incalculable Gift of the Wilderness Act

    Quote Originally Posted by Montecresto View Post
    I dint see the Ouachita Trail in there SD!?!?
    I just included Federal Wilderness. I have backpacked other areas as well. Most of the Ouachita Trail runs through National Forest, only segments traverse wilderness areas. I have done some trail runs on it above Jessieville.
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    Re: 50 Years Later, the Incalculable Gift of the Wilderness Act

    Quote Originally Posted by Montecresto View Post
    The pic of Bridger looks like it has a very well established trail.
    Yeah, that area around Island Lake is pretty popular. It is right up near treelike as well, you are over 10,000 feet there. Trails near treelike always get well worn because of how long it takes them to be reclaimed by vegetation. Our campsite was in that large grove of trees in the middle of the picture. This is deep, deep in the backcountry. The Wind River Range is huge, it would take a lifetime to explore all the backcountry there. I was hopping to see a grizzly (at a safe distance) while we were there, but never saw one.
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    Re: 50 Years Later, the Incalculable Gift of the Wilderness Act

    Quote Originally Posted by SouthernDemocrat View Post
    I just included Federal Wilderness. I have backpacked other areas as well. Most of the Ouachita Trail runs through National Forest, only segments traverse wilderness areas. I have done some trail runs on it above Jessieville.
    Im working that trail now. Moving west to east, I'm east of Jessieville 20-25 miles at about 176. The western trail head is visible from my front porch. Buffalo River, cool too.
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