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Vancouver Island's Wildside Trail is among the little-known backpacking routes listed on the map.

Website dedicated to discovering quiet, crowd-free backpacking routes.

(TRAVPR.COM) CANADA - August 30th, 2017 -

A new interactive trail map that helps hikers find little-known backpacking routes in North America officially launched this week.

The announcement comes as the Labor Day long weekend approaches — an especially busy time for national parks and hiking trail systems in the U.S. and Canada.

The map can be found on Slick & Twisted Trails, a website dedicated to helping backpackers and hikers explore areas that are off-the-beaten-path.

“Famous routes like the Appalachian Trail or West Coast Trail get all the attention,” said Dustin Walker, owner and editor of Slick & Twisted Trails.

“But often there are backpacking trails relatively close to those hotspots that are just as amazing — and they get just a fraction of the crowds.”

Walker added that it’s important to help build awareness around these lesser-known trails to help reduce the traffic on more popular routes. The number of visitors to national parks in the U.S. has increased by nearly 8% over last year alone.

Dustin created the map with the help of four backpackers and thru-hikers who are located across North America. Trails are each given a 'Solitude' factor and descriptions include tips on when to best experience the routes.

The map covers everything from remote treks through the wilds of New Mexico and the lesser-ssen side of Badlands National Park to overnight hikes on remote B.C. islands.
Dustin hopes more people contribute trail descriptions to the map.

“As backpackers contribute their own little-known trails to the map, it will help even more people appreciate places they wouldn’t otherwise know about.”

You can find the little-known trails map at: 

About S&TT

Slick & Twisted Trails helps people experience the outdoors in unique ways. You’ll find profiles of little-known treks, feature stories on unusual wilderness activities (night hike, anyone?) and gear reviews tailored for those who shun the beaten path.



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