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Monday, July 22, 2013

Lonely trails in Idaho have satisfying rewards

A lone hiker and dog cross a grassy area on a lesser-used trail near the U.S. Forest Service Elk Creek Guard Station in Central Idaho's Bear Valley, north of Lowman, Idaho. In the summer, such trails are ignored by trekkers because they aren't on the radar screen of popular hikes.