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Easy Winter Hikes

Stop hibernating and start hiking with these low-risk, high-reward trips.

Multisport Playgrounds

Going by foot is only one way to see what’s best in the South. Bring your climbing gear, fins, or mountain bike to find the rest.

Peakbagging Treks

Go high in these dense clusters of mountains to hit several summits on a single hike.

Time-Scultpted Treks

Discover rock formations so unique you won’t even miss the mountains.

Canyon Hikes

Sample the Southwest’s most distinctive scenery—from intricate to immense—on these reader favorites.

Alpine Lakes

Kick back at one of these campsites—where nothing but an idyllic, high-country pool separates you from the Rockies skyline.

Destinations: Top 3 West



Most Rugged Coast: Tasman National Park



Most Diverse Landscape: Tasmanian Revel



Best Tropical Getaway: Raja Ampat Islands, Indonesia



Best Bird Watching: South Georgia Island



Gear Review: Rossignol Alltrack 130 Pro Ski Boots

Performance boots built for the best backcountry excursions.

Gear Review: Lorpen T3+ Polartec Light Ski Sock

A sock with double the layer of Polartec power.

Gear Review: Mountain Hardwear Compulsion 3L/Snowtastic Hardshell

The Swiss Army Knife of Hardshells

Gear Review: Millet Matrix 30 MBS Backpack

A pack low on price but full on features.

Top 3: Quad Burners

You're in mid-season shape—reap the rewards on some of the country's steepest hikes.

Top 3: National Park Hikes

Sample the best of our crown-jewel lands on these superlative trips.

Top 3: Knife-edge Ridges

Test your bravery with these scrambly hikes that take you to airy heights and rewarding views. Don't forget to watch your step.

Editors' Choice 2013

From a bomber ultralight tent to the best GPS watch we've seen, here are the 15 products that passed the ultimate field test.

Top 3: Better in Winter

What off season? Bundle up and reap the benefits of colder weather in these snowy playgrounds.

Outdoor Retailer 2013: A Tester's Wishlist

Becca Stubbs explores the floor in search of the gear she'd most love to run through the wringer.

Top 3: Ghostly Hikes

Test your courage—and your quads—this Halloween on one of these spooky cemetery trails.

Top 3: Beach Campsites

Fall asleep to the sound of crashing waves in these remote sandy spots—no boardwalks allowed.

Top 3: Heavenly Hikes

No early bedtimes on these overnights; you'll want to stay up and enjoy unusually dark skies with clear views of summer's showiest celestial fireworks.

Gear Guide 2012: More Tester Picks - Three-Season Sleeping Bags

These 3-season sleeping bags offer packability, reliability and durability for wherever your adventure takes you.

Readers' Choice 2012: Top 3 - Southeast Hikes

Our prolific map contributor has thru-hiked the Appalachian Trail and notched more than 90 bag nights while scouting routes for BACKPACKER.

Readers' Choice 2012: Top 3 - Northeast Hikes

The region's top map contributor—with 20 years of experience in the area—dishes tips for beating the crowds on her all-time favorite hikes.

Readers' Choice 2012: Top 3 - Mountain West Hikes

This region's top contestant in our Be a Mapper contest reveals his favorite off-the-beaten-path routes through canyon country and mountain refuges.

Readers' Choice 2012: Top 3 - Midwest Hikes

This region's top mapper has notched 20 bag nights and 200 trail miles in 9 states this year scouting trails for BACKPACKER. Here are three of his favorite routes.

Readers' Choice 2012: Top 3 - West Hikes

The region's best picks from our top field correspondent, who's notched more than 1,800 trail miles throughout the West and mapped 116 trips.

Top 3 Hot Springs Hikes

Native Americans consider hot springs sacred. Pioneer hucksters claimed they had magic healing powers. Hikers just think they feel awfully good after a long slog. The key, of course, is finding one far from beer-packing partiers. These wilderness springs require sturdy, crowd-discouraging journeys amid stunning scenery.



Top 3 Ice Hikes

Witness glittering underground gems, skate across frozen ponds, and wander amid towering walls of ice. Just don't try to lick anything.

Top 3 Night Hikes

These dark-sky treks serve up perfect viewing spots for autumn's intergalactic bling in North Carolina, New Mexico, and California

Top 3 Easy Canyoneering Hikes

If you've always dreamed of descending into the center of the earth, try one of these creekbed hikes.

Powerful Plants and Animals In Your Backyard

The wooly bear caterpillar, wild leek, and yew have "magical" qualities, but live in your backyard.

Top 3 Winter Hut Treks

Trek into the wilderness but sleep in comfort with these hut treks

Weekend Adventures: Big Tree Hikes

Get ready to feel puny--and profoundly grateful--on three hikes through ancient forests.

Top 3: Ridge Hikes

Live life on the edge as your dayhike three vertiginous ridges in Arizona, Vermont, and Colorado.

Top 3: Fishing-Hole Hikes

Classic hike-in spots in Wyoming, South Carolina, and Oregon let you ditch the trail mix for pan-fried fish.

Top 3: Hot Springs Hikes

Relax after a long day of hiking at scenic hot soaks in Idaho, Arizona, and Colorado

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