There are many ways to find your way in the backcountry. There are trails marked by signs with individual trails named and well-graveled routes that are easy to follow.
Other trails have occasional markers along the trail that let hikers know they’re on the right path.
Alpine areas may have cairns or poles or bright fiberglass markers to show the way in whiteout conditions.
Some trails point the way by showing where not to go.
But sometimes, the best paths are those where there are no markers at all, where the route is all yours to choose.
On a scale of 1-10, how would you rate your route-finding skills?