National Parks Week: Explore
Tip #4: Take the Long Journey
If you hike almost any trail for more than 15 minutes from the nearest parking lot, you'll leave behind 90 percent of the crowds. If you want even more solitude, plan an overnight backpacking trip. Keep in mind that a limited number of same-day wilderness permits may be available for walk-up visitors to the parks. To find out about breathtaking hikes or share your own experiences, join the community at Sierra Club Trails.
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