Best Wilderness Camping

James Lee
• Friday, 11 December, 2020
• 10 min read

Wilderness camping is a great getaway vacation for those who love the outdoors. Anyhow, it is a good idea to follow a few safety tips no matter how prepared you think you are.

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Read our sections about safety, equipment, and survival carefully: With the right gear and a good sense of safety tips and rules, a wilderness camping vacation is always a fun and educational experience.

The adventure of wilderness camping brings out the survival instinct in a person. Imagine the exhilaration of trekking into an utterly desolate setting where there is not even a hint of civilization.

Hypothermia due to freezing conditions is one of the main causes of death in the wild. Think about the type of apparel that will be needed; waterproof gear, extra changes of clothes, proper footwear.

Try to learn as much as possible about the terrain, vegetation, and wildlife ahead of time. If you are traveling by car to your point of departure, it is a good idea to leave a note in it stating your destination and the date you plan to return.

Surviving in the wilderness requires four basic human needs: warmth, water, sleep, and food. Sleep is important to remain alerted and have the ability to make life-saving decisions if necessary.

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Well don’t get caught short when camping, no matter what age or level of experience you have, you should always be aware of the basic (and not so necessary) clothing to bring. So here is a little article I found called Wilderness camping clothing which gave me a rough idea of what I needed to bring when I went for a trip out into the woods.

A pair of quality leather boots that you have taken care to break in before you hit the trail. A high-quality waterproof poncho for rain and snow is an absolute necessity if you are in the mountainous country at any time of the year.

Rain and snow poncho will keep you warm and dry and should be light enough to take along in your pack quickly. Whatever else trousers be made of a durable fabric (denim or canvas), should have plenty of pockets and fit snugly.

Wear cotton underwear and make sure it fits comfortably; an undershirt is a good idea; like the polyester socks, they can help ventilate next to your skin. If roughing it in isolated wilderness is your thing, you might have one problem: there are millions of acres of National Park backcountry to choose from, and most of us only have so much time to explore it.

The pressure to choose a spot that makes the absolute most of that time can produce unwelcome anxiety in the life of a trip planner. We’ve taken some guesswork out of the overwhelming acreage and narrowed it down to the 20 best backcountry campsites to give you access to the best views, the best open-air privies, and the best strategic launching points to National Park hikes and iconic landmarks in America.

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Investigate tide pools for crabs and colorful starfish when the surf is out, and look for harbor seals and distant whales when it’s not. Pebbled beaches, waterfalls, glacial views, sheer cliffs, and pine forests surround this turquoise jewel of a lake.

This one has outdoor food prep benches under generous roof, a composting privy comfortably nestled among the trees, bear bagging poles, and grassy areas just outside all the amenities if you’re particularly attached to sleeping in your tent. Bonus: hike an 8-mile out-and-back from the shelter to tag 6,643-foot Cling man’s Dome and the spiraling observation tower with 100-mile views atop it.

Half Dome is just one of several iconic Yosemite landmarks filling the view from Clouds Rest, a narrow granite ridge arching toward California sky. Camp about two miles north of the summit where the terrain level out and intersects a creek; water is scarce on top of the Rest itself.

Spot bison herds like this one, grazing in the Sage Creek watershed, from the trail to Deer Haven, a Badlands oasis. Look for herds of the big guys as well as sleek pronghorn antelope on the Sage Creek loop, but even if you fail to spot actual wildlife, you can’t miss Deer Haven.

This ledge-side campsite offers endless, uninterrupted views of Bedrock and Galloway canyons, stratified red bowls floored with pines. Hike a mile from the Swamp Point trailhead to MAV Saddle, then climb almost 900 feet to reach the plateau to the west.

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Reserve Cottonwood Camp (campsite #12) about a mile east of Beatty Spring for shade trees and more privacy than the clustered spring-side sites. When you wake up to the sound of murmuring ocean waves here, it won’t be because an errant beach ball smacked you in the face.

Waving grasses and palm fronds edge this remote white sand beach on the southernmost tip of the lower 48. This Salvador Dalí dreamscape of rolling dunes lies the imposing shadow of the Sanger de Cristo Mountains.

Hike about 1.5 miles north from the trailhead on Queen Valley Road to reach Pine City, remnants of a log cabin ghost town. Put in at the West Arm drop off point (changes regularly to minimize environmental impact) for a 4-5 day kayak winding between the islands and blue icebergs of Glacier Bay.

Camp on the broad gravel beach for glaciated views up the bay and plenty of space to pitch multiple tents. A trough scooped out of the raw earth by creeping glaciers and now filled with green vegetation and mountain views.

Camping just .6 mile east of the junction between the PCT and the JET gives you options for some iconic hikes as well as a convenient Basecamp to tag Mt. Park your tent in this sparse pine forest, which provides plenty of shade trees without blocking your view of Whitney’s western flank.

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Sadly, a push to open sulfide mining operations near Boundary Waters could put the wilderness area at risk. If such companies are allowed to open mines, pollution from sulfuric acid, mercury and toxic metals could contaminate the lakes and rivers that flow into the Boundary Waters.

This could have deep impacts on water quality, harming wildlife and fish in this wilderness area that, so many Americans fought so hard to preserve. On the western slopes of the small, granite Sandra Mountain range hikers may spy numerous birds of prey like raptors, golden eagles and various hawks.

Four fourteeners are in the long and narrow Sanger de Cristo Wilderness, including the most challenging Crest one Needle. Large aspen stands visible today are a result of heavy fires purposely set in the early 1900s to clear pasture land, expose minerals, and produce charcoal.

Great Sand Dunes National Preserve is offers skiing in winter, splashing in sandy creeks in spring, and dark starry skies year-round. Six insects protected here are found nowhere else on Earth, including the beautiful Great Sand Dunes Tiger Beetle.

The area held religious significance to early Spanish settlers, thus the meaning of its name: “Blood of Christ”. To access the heart of the area, visitor must drive the highest paved road on the continent, the Mount Evans Scenic Byway.

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Forests of fir and hemlock trees greet visitors in the rugged, glacier-carved North Cascades, less than 50 miles from Seattle. This wilderness area boasts over 700 mountain lakes, including Enchantment, Mason, Melania, Snoqualmie and more.

One of the most popular outdoor destinations in its state, Alpine Lakes contains part of the Pacific Crest Trail as well as Cashmere Crags, one of the best rock-climbing locales in the West. The area is named for its three major volcanoes, and includes other geologic features like Rock Mesa, Collier Cone, and Japan Crater as well as lava flows and tubes.

The headwaters of the Wild and Scenic Which Creek invite brook and rainbow trout for fishers and hikers can trek a section of the Pacific Crest Trail. On the northern side of Mount Hood is an area just south of the Columbia River Gorge and near enough to Portland that it attracts many visitors.

Mossy cliffs, forested plateaus and meadow ridges offer views of wildlife and majestic scenes of the Cascade Range. Running along the crest of the Sierra Nevada's is a wilderness filled with snow-capped granite peaks and expansive meadows.

The John Muir Wilderness was designated 50 years ago and is named after the revered advocate for wild lands. It has the largest contiguous area above 10,000 feet in the continental U.S. Wildlife includes marmots, pikes, Clark's nutcrackers, Golden Trout and black bears.

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In the 80s it was renamed after Angel Adams, the famous photographer of the Sierra Nevada and a former council member of the Wilderness Society. East of Angel Adams’ Ritter Range is the most visited section: the Middle Fork of the San Joaquin River, which contains Devils Postpile National Monument.

In forests of aspen, conifers, oak and maple visitors may spy Rocky Mountain goats, mule deer, elk and moose. Close to the greater Salt Lake City area, High Unitas is “loved to death” by hoards of avid rock climbers, fall hunters and hikers on Kings Peak.

The Quinta Mountains, named for the Intact natives, are the highest peaks in the state and home to cougars, black bears, bighorn sheep, river otters and 75% of Utah's bird species. “The Grand Canyon of North Carolina” is one of the most scenic river gorges in the eastern U.S. Its rough terrain prevented clear-cutting, so it remains one of only a few old growth forests in the Blue Ridge Mountains range.

Visitors are drawn to rock climbing at Jonas Ridge, scenic viewing at Linville Falls as well as backpacking, hunting and fishing. Those seeking more solitude are advised to explore the southern half of the wilderness or the rough northern section around Brush Ridge.

Strewn with streams, its West Fork of Pigeon River runs to Cold Mountain, the namesake of a novel and film set during the Civil War. Granite Peak, Montana's tallest, towers over the vast Bear tooth Plateau and alpine lakes are small but plentiful.

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The neighboring Baroda mountain range, named for what the Crow Indians called themselves, has dense forests and expansive meadows with trout-rich streams. It extends to the northern boundary of Yellowstone National Park, offering over 700 miles of trails for ultimate backpacking adventures.

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