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Landers picks region’s top early season backpacking trips

Brook Landers hikes at sunrise up Trail 102 on the Idaho side of the Snake River in Hells Canyon National Recreation Area upstream from Pittsburg Landing.  (Rich Landers)
Brook Landers hikes at sunrise up Trail 102 on the Idaho side of the Snake River in Hells Canyon National Recreation Area upstream from Pittsburg Landing. (Rich Landers)

BACKPACKING -- With the snow still a few weeks from clearing off mountain trails, early season backpackers don't have to wait to hit the trail for multi-day trips.  The Inland Northwest has a good assortment of trails that some hikers have been enjoying since March. 

Here's my list of favorite early-season backpacking treks:




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Rich Landers
Rich Landers writes and photographs stories for a wide range of outdoors coverage, including a Sunday feature section and a Thursday column. He also writes the Outdoors Blog.

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