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Olympic Peninsula, Wa

The Roadless Wilderness of Washington State

Obstruction Ridge Road, Olympic National Park

Obstruction Ridge Road, Olympic National Park

For anyone who travels around the country, you are aware of the drastic need for an improvement of our nations infrastructure. With few bus lines, fewer train options and price gouging occurring at both airports and at the gas pumps, getting around America seems harder and harder to do each year. Bridges have failed, freeways are full of potholes and nearly every week there are reports of a train derailment somewhere in the country. From the looks of our ground transportation infrastructure, it appears if everyone was anticipating we would have fuel efficient flying cars by now.

 

To illustrate just how many miles of roads exist in the United States, Fathom, a Boston information design firm, created maps that show the roads of each state in America. With no words, rivers, natural wonders or labels of any kind, the map shows just how much land we have taken over with our roads.

 

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A map of road in Washington State. Check out how few roads are in our National Parks and Forests!

A map of road in Washington State. Check out how few roads are in our National Parks and Forests!

A map of road on Washington State's Olympic Peninsula. Check out how few roads are in our National Parks and Forests!

A map of roads on Washington State’s Olympic Peninsula. Check out how few roads are in our National Parks and Forests!

 

If you are looking for a true wilderness experience, the map clearly shows the remoteness of Olympic National Park. It is as if, during the creation of the National Park, Doc Brown’s quote from Back to the Future was the school of thought: Where we’re going, we don’t need roads

 

Olympic National Park has nearly 900,000 acres of wilderness, making it one of the most isolated location in America. Complete with 611 miles of trails in the National Park and 301 miles of trails in the National Forests and Wilderness areas around the Peninsula, it is easy to see why so many people visit the region.

 

The maps shown above are interesting to me, as they show the “progress” of America reaching to nearly every inch of the country. Luckily, Washington State has some of the best parks and most isolated locations in the contagious United States, all waiting to be explored.

 

 

 

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2 Responses so far.

  1. I’m ROFL at your illustration of what might as well be a road along a ridge, wide and bare.

    • ExoticHikes says:

      I’ve been waiting for someone to say something! I figure I show enough images of wilderness on every article I should switch it up a bit. Plus, it does help illustrate a roads impact on scenery.

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