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02.20.17

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  • Chimney Rock Trail in the Philip Burton Wilderness.- Wander Among Wilderness Areas
  • McClures Beach at Point Reyes National Seashore.- Wander Among Wilderness Areas
  • Point Reyes' Tomales Point is home to one of California's 22 herds of tule elk (Cervus canadensis nannodes).- Wander Among Wilderness Areas
  • Kehoe Beach at Point Reyes National Seashore.- Wander Among Wilderness Areas
  • Located on the southern end of the Point Reyes National Seashore, Alamere Falls is one of only two waterfalls in California that plunges directly onto a beach.- Wander Among Wilderness Areas
  • The Point Reyes Elephant Seal Overlook is located near Chimney Rock.- Wander Among Wilderness Areas
  • Mount Naomi Wilderness Area.- Wander Among Wilderness Areas
  • Tenaya Lake in Yosemite National Park.- Wander Among Wilderness Areas
  • Descending the Inner Gorge, Tenaya Canyon, in Yosemite National Park.- Wander Among Wilderness Areas
  • The Yosemite Wilderness.- Wander Among Wilderness Areas
  • Upper Cathedral Lake and Cathedral Peak in the Yosemite Wilderness.- Wander Among Wilderness Areas
  • Above the clouds on Mount San Jacinto in the San Jacinto Wilderness.- Wander Among Wilderness Areas
  • Moose frequent the area between Brainard Lake and Mitchell Lake in the Indian Peaks Wilderness.- Wander Among Wilderness Areas
  • Mitchell Lake in Indian Peaks Wilderness.- Wander Among Wilderness Areas
  • Blue Lake and Mount Toll (12,979 ft) in Indian Peaks Wilderness.- Wander Among Wilderness Areas
  • A marmot warms up in the sun above Blue Lake in Indian Peaks Wilderness.- Wander Among Wilderness Areas
  • East of Lake Isabelle in Indian Peaks Wilderness.- Wander Among Wilderness Areas
  • Pawnee Pass in Indian Peaks Wilderness.- Wander Among Wilderness Areas
  • Light plays on the shoulders of the Maroon Bells near Crater Lake.- Wander Among Wilderness Areas
  • Pyramid Peak (14,026 ft) in Maroon Bells-Snowmass Wilderness.- Wander Among Wilderness Areas
  • Dream Lake, Rocky Mountain National Park.- Wander Among Wilderness Areas
  • View north to the Mummy Range in Rocky Mountain National Park.- Wander Among Wilderness Areas
  • Ouzel Falls in Rocky Mountain National Park.- Wander Among Wilderness Areas
  • View of Rocky Mountain National Park from the summit of Lily Mountain (9,786 ft).- Wander Among Wilderness Areas
  • West Maroon Pass in Maroon Bells-Snowmass Wilderness.- Wander Among Wilderness Areas
  • Fravert Basin wildflowers in Maroon Bells-Snowmass Wilderness.- Wander Among Wilderness Areas
  • The heart of the Chicago Basin in the Weminuche Wilderness.- Wander Among Wilderness Areas
  • Punchbowl Falls in the Mark O. Hatfield Wilderness.- Wander Among Wilderness Areas
  • Punchbowl Falls in the Mark O. Hatfield Wilderness.- Wander Among Wilderness Areas
  • Eagle Creek fall colors in Mark O. Hatfield Wilderness.- Wander Among Wilderness Areas
  • Aerial photo of the Three Sisters Wilderness.- Wander Among Wilderness Areas
  • Broken Top Crater in Three Sisters Wilderness.- Wander Among Wilderness Areas
  • South Sister (10,358 ft) from Green Lakes in Three Sisters Wilderness.- Wander Among Wilderness Areas
  • Camp near a small pond below Trail Rider Pass in Maroon Bells-Snowmass Wilderness.- Wander Among Wilderness Areas
  • Alpine shooting star (Dodecatheon alpinum) along Fall Creek in Three Sisters Wilderness.- Wander Among Wilderness Areas
  • The welcoming warming glow of sunrise over Sparks Lake in Three Sisters Wilderness.- Wander Among Wilderness Areas
  • Ramona Falls in Mount Hood Wilderness.- Wander Among Wilderness Areas
  • The entrance to Snow Dragon in Mount Hood Wilderness, one of the three caves that made up the Sandy Glacier Caves network.- Wander Among Wilderness Areas
  • The dry, crusty, wind-beaten snow in Mount Hood Wilderness.- Wander Among Wilderness Areas
  • View east from upper Primrose Cirque in Mount Timpanogos Wilderness.- Wander Among Wilderness Areas
  • View north from the summit of Deseret Peak in Deseret Peak Wilderness.- Wander Among Wilderness Areas
  • Sundial Peak (10,320 ft) and Dromedary Peak (11,433 ft) over Lake Blanche in Twin Peaks Wilderness.- Wander Among Wilderness Areas
  • A beautiful sunset from near Lake Blanche in Twin Peaks Wilderness.- Wander Among Wilderness Areas
  • Lower Enchantments area in Alpine Lakes Wilderness.- Wander Among Wilderness Areas
  • Prusik Peak and the Temple seen from the Upper Enchantment Lakes in Alpine Lakes Wilderness.- Wander Among Wilderness Areas
  • Leprechaun Lake in Alpine Lakes Wilderness.- Wander Among Wilderness Areas
  • Mount Olympus (7,969 ft) and a herd of mountain goats (Oreamnos americanus) from the summit of Hurricane Hill (5,757 ft) in Olympic National Park.- Wander Among Wilderness Areas
  • View of the Quinault River from Pyrites Backcountry Camp near Olympic National Park.- Wander Among Wilderness Areas
  • The view into the eastern end of Seven Lakes Basin from the High Divide Trail in Olympic National Park.- Wander Among Wilderness Areas
  • Mount Rainier (14,411 ft) from Sunrise Point.- Wander Among Wilderness Areas
  • Sunrise from Mount Rainier's summit of 14,411 feet.- Wander Among Wilderness Areas
  • Mount Rainier (14,411 ft) from Unicorn Peak.- Wander Among Wilderness Areas
  •  Twin Tanks Backcountry Campsite in Joshua Tree National Park.- Wander Among Wilderness Areas
  • Sunset view from the Fortynine Palms Oasis Trail in Joshua Tree.- Wander Among Wilderness Areas
  • Night campfire at Jumbo Rocks Campground in Joshua Tree.- Wander Among Wilderness Areas
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Here we are in the middle of February in a year that is flying by, and this week’s #52WeekAdventureChallenge brings us to wilderness areas.

With the stroke of a pen, the Wilderness Act passed in 1964 under the administration of Lyndon B. Johnson protected 9.1 million acres of federal land for the sake of wilderness, “an area where the earth and its community of life are untrammeled by man, where man himself is a visitor who does not remain.” The Wilderness Act was enacted to preserve wilderness of a certain type—at least 5,000 acres where dominate the forces of nature, where the imprint of humankind is unnoticeable, and where the opportunity exists for “solitude or a primitive and unconfined type of recreation.”

Johnson, one of the most prolifically active and effective presidents of the 20th century, protected 9.1 million acres of federal land from any sort of commercial enterprise. Unless by special provision, no roads were to be built, no use of motorized transit or equipment allowed, no building of structures of any kind. In other words, nature preserved for nature’s sake. Since 1964, protected land has grown to encompass 109.5 million acres of federal land across the United States, including many of our most beautiful national parks, like Mount Rainier, Yosemite, Sequoia and Kings Canyon, and Rocky Mountain National Park.

No better opportunity exists for camping, hiking, fishing, climbing, or mountaineering than in the wilderness areas protected by the Wilderness Act. For those who carry with them a reverence for wild spaces, wilderness areas encompass the few remaining pockets of land where the idea of nature in its original condition persists, and along with it the sense of limitless potential inherent in the human spirit. This idea is the foundation the American idea, it has forged and reforged our society, and presidents from Teddy Roosevelt to Lyndon B. Johnson have recognized its importance—culminating in the many millions of acres that we have inherited and will pass to our children.

Certain rules apply: You won’t be able to find the amenities of a national park unless you’re in one, but you’ll have the opportunity to rely on your own wit and grit. You’ll have to travel on foot. Most of the time you’ll be out of cell phone service, but you’ll get to use the old map and compass. You’ll survive, and you'll experience a modicum of what it felt like to arrive on North American shores, cross golden prairies and summit the mountains of the West in search of something greater.

Below are just a few of the beautiful wilderness areas that have inspired generations. Take advantage of them!

California

Northern California

High Sierra

Southern California

Colorado

Oregon

Utah

Washington

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