If you’ve spent any time hiking, you’ve come across a cairn or two – small piles of rocks left by other hikers.

Sometimes they’re there to help mark faint trails in the backcountry, and sometimes they’re just exercises in rock-balancing — but this little guy near the summit of Mount Hawkins has got to be hands-down the best one I’ve seen in a long time:

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This cairn was standing just to the east of the summit of Hawkins, and seems to be pointing directly at it, as if to remind wayward hikers of their destination.

Kudos to whoever built this, and I hope you don’t mind if I added a summit stone in his right hand.

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