Name These Mountains

It's time for another Mystery Destination. We've covered many national parks, some state parks and a few long distance hiking trails in that past but this week the correct answer is the name of a mountain range or the very large park with the same name. Simply look at the photos, read the 5 clues below and then enter your guess in the comments below.

Mystery Destination Photo by Robert S Donnovan

  • While it's frequently referred to as a state park, this park has much more in common with a national forest. It mixes private and public land and has year-round residents within its boundaries in long-established settlements.

  • It's the largest state-level protected area in the contiguous United States and the largest National Historic Landmark. The park covers some 6.1 million acres, a land area roughly the size of Vermont.

  • Some hikers who enjoy these mountains make an effort to climb all of the 46 tallest peaks, and there is a Forty Sixers club for those who have successfully reached each of these summits. Twenty of the 46 mountains don't have trails to the summit, so climbing them requires some bushwhacking.

  • The name of these mountains and this park is a Native American expression that is intended as a derogatory name meaning 'the ones who eat bark'.

  • Beyond hiking and mountain climbing, lake and whitewater canoeing and kayaking are very popular in this area. Hundreds of lakes, ponds, and slow-moving streams link to provide routes of varying lengths. Cliffs with rock climbing and ice climbing routes are scattered throughout the park boundaries also.

Do you know the name of the park or the mountains we described above? Enter your guess in the comments below then forward this on to a friend to see if they know the answer.

Have you ever been to this area? Have you climbed any of the peaks?


Andy Hawbaker
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Andy is a hiker, backpacker, snowboarder and outdoor fanatic. When he isn't exploring the Rocky Mountains, burning marshmallows or scratching his dog behind the ear, he shares his experiences here on the Sierra Trading Post Blog.
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