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One of my all time favorites was Emerald Lake outside of Bozeman. Not super long (10 miles r/t) but really amazing the whole way up. Waterfalls all over the place. The actual lake is amazing. Super clear green (obvious from the name) water with Bald Eagles fishing all three times I've been up there. I would definitely recommend it to anybody living around Bozeman. Not my picture but this is Heather lake and Emerald. Heather is just another mile past Emerald.
Also not my picture but this is what the trail looks like near the top.
I absolutely agree with this. Zion is beautiful. If you want a challening and beautiful adventure I would recommend the Zion Grand Traverse. It is around 48 miles from one end of Zion to the other. A brief overview may be found here: http://adventurerun.wordpress.com/2008/05/26/zion-traverse/ Doing it in a day is a lot of fun, but it would make for a nice 5-7 day backpacking trip as well. Don't forget the Grand Canyon either, as Rim to Rim to Rim is a fantastic adventure which I enjoyed even more than Zion.
I'm in Eastern PA for the summer, and was on the AT yesterday. I have all of the trail done. /claim?
A few teaser pics:
Dawn in the Grand Canyon, already down to the River:
Running down the Virgin River on the Zion Grand Traverse, around mile 37: