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The Forest Service's favorite Yonder images of 2015

Donavan Albert
Washington Office
December 28th, 2015 at 8:15PM

In 2015 the Forest Service saw some awesome pictures on Yonder

In celebration of 2015, the Forest Service assembled some of your most popular shots along with a few of our favorites.

Sunrise or sunset with a clear reflection of the clouds and sky on a lake in the foreground.

1. Sunrise or sunset on the Pike National Forest​

No description with this image.  The image is from the Pike and San Isabel National Forests in Colorado.

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A smokey, scenic picture of the Bitterroot mountains.

2. Smoke in the Bitterroot National Forest

"Smoke in the mountains." The photograph is from the Bitterroot National Forest in Montana.

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Medicine Bow National Forest

3. Fresh snow on the Medicine Bow National Forest

"@kspradleyphoto found the fresh snow - did you?! "Lake Marie in glorious fresh snow! Purdy! #wyoming #YonderOftheDay #TakeMeYonder."  The image is from the Medicine Bow National Forest in Wyoming.

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Two rock climbers in a cavern descending down into an area where they are surrounded by rocks on all sides.

4. Climbing in the Manti-La Sal National Forest​

"Went canyoneering this weekend in Pleiades Canyon. #utah #UtahIsRad #Moab #yondeoftheday."  The image is from the Manti-La Sal National Forest in Utah.

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A group of horses in the foreground with a stand of aspen trees in the background.

5. Aspens in the San Juan National Forest​

"#Yonderis taking time to enjoy the colors around us. My favorite time of year. #Aspens #YONDER #coloRADo."  The image is from the San Juan National Forest​ in Colorado.

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Pictures shows the front of a raft heading down the Sauk River with a group of mountains in the background.

6. Rafting in Mt. Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest​

"Beautiful day on the Wild & Scenic Sauk River taking in views of many Cascade peaks and smashing through some fun class III-IV whitewater. One week from today I'm off to Idaho to tackle the Selway for 5 days...Can't wait! #pnw #sauk #Solstice15 #durablegoods #yondeon #yondeoftheday."  The image is from the Mt. Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest in Washington.

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A picture of a female hiker on top of a scenic vantage point overlooking an endless view of mountains.

7. Hiking in the White Mountain National Forest​

"At the top! #franconiaridge."  The image is from the White Mountain National Forest in New Hampshire.

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A picture of a small red kayak parked on the shore of a small lake.

8. Paddling in the Routt National Forest

"This was what I woke up to... All by myself, because I wake up for SUNRISE and what a treat it is if you're able to get outdoors for sunrise....The world is just awekening and it's wonderful to be a part of it  #thehikingmermaid #reflections #enlight #iphone6plus #chelseastockton #YonderOfTheDay #paddle #sunrise #yonderco #coloradoHiking."  The image is from the Routt National Forest in Colorado.

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A picture of rolling hills that have been covered with a light dusting of snow.

9. Dusting of snow on the Wallowa-Whitman National Forest​

"Chief Joseph used to call it home and now #ItsAllYours I mean that it a positive way! Don't get me wrong #nationalforest in the process of #manifestdestiny at least we've had the foresight of setting beautiful places aside #betterthanamall #highrisecondos #wildlife." The image is from the Wallowa-Whitman National Forest in Washington.

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A picture with an owl perched on a large cactus.

10. An owl on the Tonto National Forest​

"This was the first destination where I ever took notice of #nationalforest I have always had a huge crush on the #tontonationalforest Now I just look for the green blobs on maps that most people take freeways and interstates to avoid. I hope that never changes! #greathornedowl #saguaro." The image is from the Tonto National Forests in Arizona.

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A picture of the front of a small boat pointing towards the sunset.

11. Paddling on the Ocala National Forest

"Only soul on the lake last night.... #YonderOfTheDay #OcalaNationalForest." The image is from the Ocala National Forest in Florida.

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A picture of a colorful sunset with several trees in the foreground.

12. Sunset on the Ozark National Forest​

"Sunset on our overnight backpacking trip this past weekend." The image is from the Ozark National Forest in Arkansas.

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A picture of a hiking trail going up through a forested area of trees.

13. Trail on the Stanislaus National Forest

"Pinecrest and Cleos bath hike today." The image is from the Stanislaus National Forest in California.

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A group of three female hikers, with rain gear, hiking in a forest.

14. Yondering on the Chugach National Forest​

"#YonderIs meeting new friends and going to a new place for an adventurer! @JAG83 @twinkledfeet #YonderAK15 #selfie #alaska #yonder #yonderon #itsallyours." The image is from the Chugach National Forest in Alaska.

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A picture with two kids and two dogs waiting down by shore of a river, in a raft.

15. Rafting on the Boise National Forest​

"Swirly Canyon Run." The image is from the Boise National Forests in Idaho.

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A picture of a large river making its way down from the mountains.

16. River on the Six Rivers National Forest​

"Ikes falls is a sweet play spot at high flows." The image is from the Six Rivers National Forest​ in California.

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A picture of a mountain biker heading over a forested trail.

17. Biking in the Ouachita National Forest​

"The #wombletrail is a #bikeitlist destination... But go in the cooler months! The heat was brutal!!! #rideurbike #arkansas #mtb #dirtpoets #zoic #mtblife #yonderon #gopro." The image is from the Ouachita National Forest in Arkansas.

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A picture of a small child and father on hike during a sunny day.

18. Backpacking on the De Soto National Forest

"Spending Easter on the Tuxachanie Trail. De Soto National Forest, MS." The image is from the De Soto National Forest in Mississippi.

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A picture of some waterfalls in the middle of a dense forest.

19. Thundering Falls on Green Mountain National Forest​

"Along the AT in Killington, VT." The image is from the Green Mountain National Forest in Vermont.

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A picture of an early morning desert hiking trail.  Sun light is barely visible.

20. Desert in the Tonto National Forest​

"It was a close one. The Southwest is definitely #Wild #yonderaz #backpacking #liveandlean #desert #nowater." The image is from the Tonto National Forest.

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A picture of a small boy down by a river a dusk, enjoying the outdoors.

21. Nature on the Deschutes National Forest​

"Must we always teach our children with books? Let them look at the stars and the mountains above. Let them look at the waters and the trees and flowers on Earth. Then they will begin to think, and to think is the beginning of a real education. ~David Polis." The image is from the Deschutes National Forest in Oregon.

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A picture of a dog standing on a rock looking over a smooth lake with a large mountain in the background.

22. Curious dog on the Beaverhead National Forest

"Enjoying Elkhorn Lake." The image is from the Beaverhead-Deerlodge National Forest in Montana.

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A picture looking down at a pair of shoes amongst pine needles, pinecones and leaves.

23. Outdoors in the Hoosier National Forest

"Saddle Lake, Hoosier National Forest. #indiana #hoosiernationalforest #ItsAllYours #camping." The image is from the Hoosier National Forest in Indiana.

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A picture of two hunders pointing their guns up towards the sky.

24. Hunting in the Francis Marion National Forest​

"Saturday shootout in the south." The image is from the Francis Marion and Sumter National Forests in South Carolina.

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A picture of two males in a small boat, with an outboard motor, on a river.

25. Boating in the Siuslaw National Forest​

"Oregon rivers in a drift boat with a merc 99. #hottroll #pullingplugs #salmon." The image is from the Siuslaw National Forest​ in Oregon.

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