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"The Crystal Lake trail in the Uintas has multiple scenic lakes to backpack into for the night ranging from .2 to 4 miles long.
Crystal Lake is the first at less than a quarter mile in, or the last in this case on the way back down."
The reward for ultra-light packing means on-demand immaculate skies, like seen here at Todos Santos in Baja California.
With restrictions to random backcountry camping only, the Ghost River Wilderness Area is an outdoor immersion through rolling tundra, boulder fields, and high alpine lakes.
It’s a slight bummer when the reverse gear of your 1975 VW Bus craps out while parked near a steep drop-off, but at least you can still camp out in it while waiting for the overall situation to improve.