Paddle an Outer Banks island, hit a new trail in Tennessee, stargaze in Pennsylvania, and grab nine more adventures.
Sample a section of Missouri's Ozark Trail, harvest Minnesotan morels, see endangered sea turtles in coastal Texas, and more.
Get your waterfall fix in Oregon's Columbia River Gorge, find solitude in Wyoming, check out a new Denver-area state park, and tag more spring hikes.
We've gathered top skills for new backpackers and a dozen unforgettable—yet beginner-friendly—trails. What they say is true: You'll never forget your first time.
Three readers who hit the trail for the first time (newbies!) in 2013 as part of our Year of the Reader celebration.
Three authors write about the moments that changed their impressions of the backcountry forever.
Can you walk off a war? A veteran who served in Iraq embarks on a thru-hike of the Pacific Crest Trail to find out.
Dodge these common errors with our prevention primer.
Learn how to set up your kitchen, store food, and wash dishes in the backcountry.
Learn how to treat water in the backcountry.
How to choose a campsite, set up camp. and sleep comfortably.
How to dress comfortably and stay fueled while hiking.
Three trails teeming with wildlife
Outdoor experts have refined the list of key safety and survival tools into these 10 categories. Don't leave home
Tips on packing and planning for your first night under the stars.
Three beautiful water-side hikes
Three hikes with spectacular views
Three hikes with scenic wildflower vistas
Push yourself on a self-supported, 167-mile race through the Southwest. The blisters will go away; the accomplishment will stay with you forever.
Miles from the trailhead, your hiking partner springs a gusher after taking a fall on an iffy scramble. Here's what to do.
Improve your balance on uneven terrain, figure out if your water filter is still working, and determine the crossability of a questionable river or stream during spring and early-summer.
An integrated burner, pot, and heat exchanger sized for solo hikers.
Use these tips to advance your cooking skills and improve your camp grub's taste and nutritional value.
Your region's go-now guide: Take in Pennsylvania's nighttime skies in the Cherry Springs State Park, ascend the 2,625-foot Mt. Moosalamoo in Vermont, enjoy the new 38-mile section of the Cumberland Trail in Tennessee, and more.
Let our field scouts' beta fuel your next adventure from the wildlife-rich Sky Meadows State Park Loop, to thickets of mountain laurel in Georgia, and more.
Minutes from Salt Lake City, The Wasatch Front is a gold mine for adventure. The 2.1-million-acre area includes 22 peaks above 11,000 feet and with at least 300 feet of prominence, houses 78 bikeable miles on 11 different bike trails, and boasts an average of 226 sunny days annually.
Enjoy the wildlife of Mississippi, search for Morels in Minnesota, view the nesting turtles on Texas' Padre Island, and more.
Take in the birder's paradise around Vern Wolf Lake in Wisconsin, cleanse yourself in the mist of a 15 foot waterfall in Arkansas, marvel at a 320-million-year-old sandstone formation in Ohio, and more.
Test your bravery with these scrambly hikes that take you to airy heights and rewarding views. Don't forget to watch your step.
Your region's go-now guide: get your heart rate up by climbing 1,500 feet in 2.4 miles in Santa Barbara, visit the newest state park in Colorado, enjoy the solitude of the Wyoming Range, and more.
From a panoramic hike above Sin City and Lake Mead to a slot canyon adventure in Utah, our scouts provide trail beta.
Spot waterfalls and wildflowers on a rainforest loop into one of the gorge's wildest canyons.
Paddle to explore beach, dunes, and maritime forest on an uninhabited barrier island.
Climb from ravine to ridge for views over a trio of river valleys.
Use extreme-distance hiker Andrew Skurka's plan to construct an ultralight, ultracheap cooking system.
Take your fish seriously with this recipe for Planked Salmon.
Keep it simple with this recipe to spice up freshly caught fish.
Slurp up satisfaction with EBC soup.
Bring the ocean to the forest with Klondike Thai Peanut Shrimp.
Enjoy healthy eating with this veggie-infused stir fry.
Bring the written word to life with these featured Master Class backcountry dishes.
Eat fresh with this hook-to-table recipe for Poached Trout.
Eat fresh with this hook-to-table recipe for Poached Trout.
Travel the world from the comfort of your campfire with these globally-inspired Foil Packets.
Indulge yourself with the chocolatey goodness of these Fabulous Fry Brownies.
Take your trail meals up a notch with this easy Indian Fry Bread.
Fry up your own breakfast biscuits with this easy recipe.
Be prepared for trips of all lengths with this first aid kit from REI.
Are you blowing big bucks driving to your favorite hike? Use these gas-mileage-boosting tips so you can get to more trailheads for less money.
Bears in the lower 48 have rebounded from decades of declining populations and shrinking habitat. Also improving: your chance of seeing a bruin in the wild. By Ted Alvarez
Grizzlies vanished from North Cascades National Park five decades ago. Or did they? Our scout joins the search for Washington's elusive mountain ghosts. By Ted Alvarez
For 40 years, BACKPACKER readers have explored the wilderness and returned with photographic gold. But we were wowed by the entries for this contest—more than 650 of them. Check out these finalists (and this year's winner), then go to backpacker.com/photos
to submit your own images. We’ll showcase the best entries in upcoming issues.
Tromp through a Florida cypress swamp, find solitude on a Catskills peak, look for rare Carolina blooms, plus 9 more.
Snag a dozen great winter trips, including a texas Hill Country overnight, a Lake Superior snowshoe,
and a hike to Apostle islands ice caves.
Soak in a New Mexico hot spring, spot wintering bighorn sheep in the Winds, hike to a lost California oasis, and more.
In celebration of our readers, we have designed a second tour (in addition to our popular Get Out More Tour) that will launch in 2013, the GEAR and GO TOUR.
You want your kiddos to enjoy the outdoors – camping, hiking, biking, etc. – as much as you do. Northwest editor Michael Lanzas has 10 tips on how to accomplish that – and have fun along the way.
Your region's go-now guide: Visit a new hikers' hostel connected to 50 miles of trail in Maine's Bigelow Mountains, see the rare Oconee bell in South Carolina's Jocassee Gorges area, explore the world's longest mapped cave system near Louisville, and more.
Our trail scouts' top local hikes, including fire tower views in New Jersey, a New York waterfall, and more.
Traverse a primeval landscape of cypress swamp, hardwood hammocks, and pinelands.
The Granite State's crown jewel is an epicenter for alpine adventure, from peakbagging to ridgewalking to hut camping. Where to start? In the heart of the Whites, with beta from our map team. Trek across windswept plateaus, tag a handful of the range's 48 peaks above 4,000 feet, and get a taste of high-altitude tundra.
Your region's go-now guide: Explore ice caves on Wisconsin's Apostle Islands, overnight in peace in northern Missouri, and more.
Follow the footsteps of Wild West outlaws in Oklahoma, marvel at Gooseberry Fall's frozen cascades, search out arrowheads at Hot Springs National Park, and more.
Warm up for hiking season with a mellow escape to a maze of limestone plateaus.
What off season? Bundle up and reap the benefits of colder weather in these snowy playgrounds.
Your region's go-now spring guide: Scramble to Salado Indian cliff dwellings in Arizona, spot bighorn sheep in Wyoming, and more.
Our trail scouts' top local hikes: ancient Oregon volcanoes, a Nevada slot canyon, a hidden California oasis, and more.
Explore a slot canyon and soak in a warm backcountry pool in the country's first designated wilderness.
See the world's best sky show from your private backcountry cabin.
Beachside trek meets pub crawl meets castle tour on Europe's newest long trail, the 870-mile Wales Coast Path, officially opened in May 2011. We have the beta on its highlights.
Climb hiker-friendly 16,000-foot summits--and maybe nab a first ascent--on a shoestring budget, plus get an unchaperoned glimpse of Tibetan culture.
Test yourself on these wild routes.
Explore spectacular places by air, land, and sea.
Take your pick of adventures from this major ferry stop about three hours from Natales: Beach camp next to a private glacier or paddle to a gem lake.
Escape to trekking and horseback riding nirvana on Patagonia's high plains.
Explore peak-lined Chilean waters by boat or by foot—in solitude.
Explore Chile's mind-bending terrain without joining the throngs on the popular trekker circuit.
On this paddle/hike/horse adventure, you'll have glacier-chiseled fjords, sky-piercing
mountains, and best-ever camping all to yourself.
Meet the four lucky readers -- two guys and two gals -- who will scouring the Outdoor Retailer Winter Market for the greatest (and weirdest) new gear!
Backpacker Editor Dennis Lewon prefers solid design over shaving weight.
Going the distance? Use these tips to ease big-mile trips.
You don't have to travel across the world to get off the map. British Columbia's Haida Gwaii boasts uncharted coastline, seaside hot springs, and more sea lions, whales, and bears than you can count.
Norway's Jotunheimen National Park bristles with glacier-clad peaks amid northern Europe's highest mountains, but a five-star hut system makes it a place you can bring your kids. And mom.
Find solitude high above Los Angeles.
Camp lake-side in Arkansas, summit 800-foot Nebraska bluffs, see Wisconsin's best foliage (alone), and dayhike near Dallas. Plus: 8 more autumn hikes.
Kentucky's Land Between The Lakes, see a South Carolina swamp (without the bugs), hike through four states in one huge day, and more.
Make a late-season hike to an aspen-dense Colorado mesa, spot bears in the Beartooths, explore gypsum dunes, and discover more fall must-hikes.
New Elite program from map partner Trimble Outdoors serves up best-in-class trip planning tools, exclusive map data, and mobile app extras.
Elisabeth has been testing gear since she was a BACKPACKER intern.
As excited as she gets about new gear, Climbing's Gear Editor knows that the best gear is the items that she comes back to again and again.
BACKPACKER's former Editor-in-Chief says that his best tester quality is his clumsiness.
When it comes to gear, Jackie believes in comfort.
Bob has been testing gear for 50 years.
Nancy believes you get what you pay for.
When it comes to gear, tester Allison believes in open-mindedness and innovation - just don't forget about designing gear for the ladies.
Leave it to our seasoned map contributors to find solitude in America's most-visited park. This exclusive trip planner serves up routes guaranteed to get you off the tourist trail and into deep wilderness.
Your region's go-now guide: Explore New York City, hike four states in 24 hours, and perfect days in NC, GA, and NH.
Discover Glacier's historic lodging.
Hike our quieter insider's variation on this classic route.
Discover your own private Rockies paradise.
Go high and wild in Europe's other Alps.
Claim an eagle's roost above Mt. Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest.
Why should a backpacker want anything other than a tent? Michael Lanza can think of five good reasons.
Explore a new shelter system with old-school wild.
Dine lavishly in the homeland of huts.
Score iconic Kiwi scenery without lining up.
Explore the best of Yoho National Park.
Hike Yosemite's granite-rimmed loop.
Climb to a view over all of the Dolomites.
Test your courage—and your quads—this Halloween on one of these spooky cemetery trails.
Trek to the Peruvian high spot where the planet's most powerful river is born.
Maximize your winter fun with a backcountry basecamp where you can spend all day skiing or snowshoeing, and all evening lounging by the fire. These 10 huts and yurts will make you hope the snow never melts.
A dining kit made for ultralight soloists.
261 reviews and camping tips
Our favorite high-risk, high-reward adventures in North America.
Our favorite high-risk, high-reward adventures in North America.
Our favorite high-risk, high-reward adventures in North America.
Our favorite high-risk, high-reward adventures in North America.
Four moves that'll help you make an injury-free transition to lightweight hiking shoes.
Your region's go-now guide
Your region's go-now guide
Our trail scouts' top local hikes
Our trail scouts' top local hikes
William feels an obligation to share the outdoors with others, and good gear is how you get them there.
Tanner likes to think of himself as a tester and guinea pig for real-world accidents.
If you're looking for experience in the outdoors, Steve Howe is your man.
When it comes to gear, Shelby believes in weight, comfort, and function.
Molly believes in ditching the frills, shaving weight, and giving gear a real beating.
Tester Merrill believes in quality, well-built gear that won't fail on you when it counts.
Tester Kelly has tough standards, and it takes a lot to convince her that something new can replace what she already has.
President of Dartmouth's Outing Club, Gerben considers the practicality of gear and has a soft spot for the tall folks.
A long-time tester, Dan is tough as nails and scrupulous with gear.
Tester Cameron is as meticulous as they come.
Becca is president of the Hiking Club at the University of Colorado - Boulder.
Southwest Editor Annette has been testing gear since 1990. She is on the trail every day.
After an off-trail slide tosses two hikers down a slope, they’re trapped by their injuries.
Load the trunk this Labor Day with weight-is-no-object comfort gear.
A souped up camp kitchen
Your region's go-now guide
Our trail scouts' top local hikes
When Karl Bushby set out to hike 36,000 miles across four continents, he vowed he would only return to his native England on foot. Which could be a real problem if he ever wants to get there.
Trek among giraffes, rhinos, lions, and elephants in one of the world's premier wildlife parks.
We asked a few of our favorite pros how to fix some common backcountry annoyances
Combine the best of car camping (spacious tents, comfy chairs, frosty margaritas!) and the best of backpacking (deep solitude, outrageous scenery, swimming holes!) with these 17 accessible hideaways.
Grand to Grand Ultra is a 160-mile stage race from the Grand Canyon’s North Rim to the highest point in Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument--and we have a free race entry to give away!
Our trail scouts' top local hikes
Our trail scouts' top local hikes
Our trail scouts' top local hikes
Our field scouts scrambled up airy ledges, trekked to giant arches, and dropped into deep gorges to bring you the best dozen trips in this slickrock paradise.
When 37 hardcore hikers set out to scale 10 of the Sierra's highest and remotest peaks in a single Herculean, 10-day, 154-mile push, it will be an all-pain, 54,000 feet of gain kind of adventure.
Your region's go-now guide.
Your region's go-now guide.
Your region's go-now guide.
BACKPACKER's fearless gear editor since 1994, few (if any) know outdoor gear like Kristin Hostetter.
Yes, all wilderness is sacred. But this mystically beautiful slot canyon is holier than most.
This culture activist is bringing diversity to the outdoors.
This tank-tough stove is easy to use and boils water fast, even in below-freezing temps.
Boost performance and be a better backpacker with these fitness- and strength-building moves from our experts.
Murphy’s Law, meet your match. Our experts offer trip-saving fixes for 44 mishaps, from bug bites to bad partners to broken bones.
Climbing Mt. Kilimanjaro is plenty hard with two strong legs. Imagine crawling to the top, like the first congenital quadruple amputee to reach the summit.
Hike to life-list hot spots without waiting in life-list lines. These under-the-radar trails deliver everything but the crowds.
A former Denali ranger shares her secrets for finding solitude, scoring the most coveted permits, seeing wildlife, beating the weather, and more. Follow her from-the-field advice for the ultimate trip in America's wildest park.
Yes, all wilderness is sacred. But this mystically beautiful slot canyon is holier than most.
Our map scouts scaled 13,000-foot peaks, trekked to hidden lakes, and explored glacier-carved canyons to bring you our 21 favorite routes in America's most vertiginous range.
A dayhiker fights for her life—as her body shuts down.
Pro Tips: Boost Performance, Planning, Safety, and More
Student and president of the Hiking Club at the University of Colorado, Boulder
Yes, the views and fresh air and exercise make every backpacking trip worthwhile. But now, new research shows, staying home is just plain dumb. Learn why backpacking boosts brainpower in this exclusive report from the frontiers of environmental neuroscience.
Explore Chicago's wild places, seek out solitude, and experience three perfect days, all this summer.
Explore wilderness bounty, see fawns in Shenandoah National Park, and experience three perfect days, all this summer and all in the east.
Explore high points, see astronomical rarity and experience three perfect days, all this summer and all in the west.
Explore the west coast in a whole new way with these five summer hikes.
Experience the east in a new way this summer with hikes that each offer a special glimpse of what the east coast has to offer.
Looking to relax this summer? These central hikes offer beautiful lakes, great views, and a breath of fresh air.
Empty White Mountain summits. Tourist-free Yellowstone geysers. Rarely hiked Yosemite ridges. Rangers, guidebook writers, outfitters, and ultra-hikers dish their favorite routes for the first time.
Tour glacial valleys and navigate to off-trail lakes and waterfalls on this six-day circuit.
Hike cross-country to explore this secluded chain of hanging lakes.
Scramble up a 12.7-mile sneak route to the park's highest peak.
Our map team scouted more than 500 miles of trails and cross-country routes to bring you a summer's worth of escapes in the Rockies.
A compact kit that provides you with the survival essentials you need while you're on the go.
Jump-start your hiking season on these spring-ready trips from around the country.
$50 or less can buy you some nice gear. Here are our favorite finds.
The Olicamp Xcelerator Titanium was a favorite for our ultralight AT thru-hiker.
We mapped nearly 300 miles of trail to bring you the only resource you'll need to jump-start your adventures in this premier park.
Slip past tides along cliffy coasts on an easy-to-plan long weekend.
Park your tent in one of these 10 spots, and you'll be happy in the morning. Guaranteed.
The ultimate stove: anywhere, anytime, any gas
Contributing editor Tracy Ross talks about the aftermath of publishing her abuse memoir, The Source of All Things, which originated as a BACKPACKER feature story and is now available in paperback.
Well, maybe 105. But who's counting? Contributing editor John Harlin defies conventional wisdom with a 1,400-mile circumnavigation of this mountainous kingdom.
Don't have time to hike all 1,200 miles of the Pacific Northwest Trail? No worries: Our scout pinpointed the finest two-week stretch.
Hiker heaven, redefined, is a month-long hike/paddle/camp in Adventureland.
See the Himalayan giants--and cross three passes more than 17,000 feet high--on this off-the-radar route through the Khumbu region.
Every hike is a pilgrimage, but this new path from Nazareth to the Sea of Galilee is holier than most. Literally following in His footsteps, the 40-mile route immerses hikers in biblical history.
We've taken the best trips on backpacker.com and made them even better. Check out updated, interactive PRO trips and PRO bundles on GPS Trails. Use your Android or iPhone to discover these premium guides, or map your own adventures and share them with your friends.
A stable canister stove
We've teamed up with map partner myTopo to create custom, pre-planned adventures printed on waterproof topo paper. No need to buy and carry multiple maps. Bonus: PRO Maps sync with your handheld GPS, your smartphone, or your tablet for a complete in-field mapping experience. Our archive is over 100 maps strong and growing.
On Wednesday night, reggae-hip-hop-fusion artist Michael Franti was recording a new track for his follow-up to the hit album "The Sound of Sunshine." On Thursday night, he rocks The Depot at Outdoor Retailer in a concert presented by Wolverine. BACKPACKER's Jonathan Dorn and Anthony Cerretani spoke to Franti right before the show about how the outdoors influences his music, lifestyle, and clothing line.
Don't get sidelined by these common and painful foes. Fight back with these tips and tricks for preventing and treating any kind of hot spot problem.
Your body is a temple? Then your feet are the altar. Treat them right, and enjoy every hike from the first mile to the last.
From Nepal to New Zealand, we have stories and tips to help you plan the perfect 'life list' backpacking trek abroad.
Backpacker magazine has teamed up with AvidTrips
–the leading travel platform that connects travelers directly to local tour guide operators–to create three awe-inspiring expeditions exclusively for Backpacker readers. Our Backpacker Expeditions will challenge your outdoor fortitude and indulge your passion for discovery
Explore wildly sculpted rock.
Sea kayaking unlocks a new world of solitude and scenery.
Cast for beautiful fish that live in beautiful lakes.
See a week's worth of terrain on an epic dawn-to-dusk hike.
Kick it up a notch with these quick fixes.
Be a real explorer by going where others don't.
Scramble a class 3 route and claim your own private peak.
Serve a 5-star meal that matches the scenery.
Ski remote winter terrain—and have the most winter fun.
Discover a higher world.
Tired of the same old weekend loops? Looking to create memories your grandkids will talk about? In this how-and-where guide, we serve up 15 extraordinary escapes that will shatter your expectations of "normal." From adventure moviemaking to canyoneering, we'll take you places you've never been—but will long to visit again soon.
Name: Ross Mason, 44
Predicament: Off-course and severely dehydrated
Location: Gila Wilderness, New Mexico; November 2010
Four trail-proven picks from the winners of our Be a Gear Tester Contest
Hiker heaven, redefined, is a month-long hike/paddle/camp in Adventureland.
Discover solitude on the Swiss border with this highlights tour of John Harlin's favorite trips—rope not required.
Escape time as you glide through an endless chain of connected lakes.
Hit four technical summits in the birthplace of North American mountaineering.
Link two gorgeous cabins by scrambling through craggy alpine country.
Routefind across precipitous ridges to an ice-filled lake.
Empty of people, that is. Because the 3,000 miles of wilderness that stretch from Newfoundland's fjordlike coastal cliffs to British Columbia's rainforest and skyscraping peaks are brimming with every type of mountain, water, and wildlife adventure a card-carrying backpacker could want—crowds not included. Our Rocky Mountain Field Editor spent two months exploring places we've never covered to assemble our most extensive guide to Canadian backcountry yet.
Treat severe hypothermia with this life saving technique.
Seven lucky-to-be-alive subscribers share their real-life backcountry disasters. Here’s how they survived, and what you can learn from their mistakes.
Bad decisions and running scared got this reader struck by lightning--but he survived.
A scape of pulmonary edema sends this reader down the mountain, fast.
Two readers shiver for their lives through a cold, Alaskan summer night.
A charging grizzly comes too close for this reader's comfort.
A summer snow slope gives this reader the scare of his life.
Rising water sends this reader running--and hiding--in Utah.
Outsmart stiff boots and constant heel lifting with these anti-friction tips.
More than 150 of you entered our contest to become a BACKPACKER field scout. Meet the winners here, starting with Colleen Contrisciane-Lewis, of Phoenixville, Pennsylvania. She earned the all-expenses-paid grand prize: an assignment to hike—and report on—her dream trip. Read about her 85-mile, weeklong transect of Glacier National Park on the Pacific Northwest National Scenic Trail.
Iconic scenery bolstered by serious solitude? Get them both on this weeklong traverse.
Two stoves, a deluxe kitchen set, and a bunch of pots and pans.
More than 150 of you entered our contest to become a BACKPACKER field scout. Meet the winners.
Tackle the Northeast's most remote wilds for bears, moose, and berries.
Visit a glacier with millions of extinct grasshoppers entombed in its ice.
Hike through a towering redwood forest on this easy-access overnighter.
Hike cross-country to a pocket of dreamy lakeside camps on the John Muir Trail.
Looking for a mellow weekend with swimming options? We have you covered.
Backpack to a local ranger's favorite mountain getaway.
Upgrade your winter fun at these 8 beginner-friendly, expert-ready spots.
After a season of backcountry skiing, hiking, and climbing everywhere from the Rockies to the Andes, we took the year's best winter gear for a final shakedown in Iceland's remote Glacier Fjords. What we found: awesome ice-carved terrain and the sweetest boat-in camping and skiing on earth.
Hit the trail with your kids on these family-friendly hikes all over the country.
Tell us about your dream destination and why it fits in the pages of Backpacker Magazine...and we may just send you there.
Pocket-sized waterproof survival and first aid kit
See Shenandoah's tallest waterfall, traverse secluded ridgelines, score cliff-top panoramas, swim beneath falls, and walk through wildflowers and oak stands on the Florida Trail.
Get more hiking, gear, and wildlife-spotting advice from our map contributors—and see our full survey results.
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.
Rock-hop and wade your way down a wild sandstone corridor.
Prevent these two painful toe problems.
Two skills to take with you to the backcountry
Ventilate your tent to avoid this danger.
Do not underestimate this tiny stove's competence!
Ski (or snowshoe) hut-to-hut in the East's wildest preserve.
Score quiet views of the southern Virginia highlands on this lush loop.
Camp next to forest lakes and rock-hop across clear streams.
Hard-won-lessons and tips about medical emergencies from the front lines of survival.
Ten trails. Ten unmatched miles each. Get maximum bang for each boot step on hikes that our most-traveled contributors call their all-time favorites.
A stove that combines the versatility, power, and cold-weather performance of liquid fuel with the ease of no-priming-required canisters.
Circle an upland swamp rich with views, solitude, and wild edibles.
A stove that combines the versatility, power, and cold-weather performance of liquid fuel with the ease of no-priming-required canisters.
A reliable, user-friendly cooker that's extremely lightweight for liquid fuel.
Hike a high escarpment above a northern forest and Lake Superior.
Cooler days mean fewer crowds and bugs—and riots of leafy color. Here are 38 fall-weekend classics near you.
Climb through towering evergreens to in-your-face Cascade views.
Name: Rachel Drayer, 24, and Matt Pierce, 24
Predicament: Hypothermia rescue in whiteout
Location: Mt. Washington, NH
Itsy bitsy? Sure, but spiders loom large in hiker phobias. They shouldn't: Only a few subspecies of the black widow and brown recluse can inflict enough damage to cut short a hike. Here's what you need to know about North America's most venomous spiders, from how to avoid them to treating their bites.
Itsy bitsy? Sure, but only a few subspecies of the black widow and brown recluse can inflict enough damage to cut short a hike. Here’s what you need to know about North America’s most venomous spiders, from how to avoid them to treating their bites.
Jetboil’s Personal Cooking System (PCS) is fast, fuel-efficient, and foolproof, and this new titanium version is barely half the weight.
Journey through America's most accessible wilderness in search of untouched places, and you might just find peace of mind to match the lakes and hills.
Cross deep, vine-laced forests to bluff-top views over rivers and prairie.
Trace the watery divide between the Carolinas.
Learn to decide when to walk out and when to stay put with a variety of backcountry medical ailments.
Cross the northeast's wildest moose country beneath fall's fiery canopy.
We've picked the top 10 miles of North America's 10 most memorable hikes. Find your way to wilderness nirvana with these map and planning guides.
Climb to an expansive view of green rollers that inspired two long trails.
Climb to a wonderland of tundra, rugged peaks, and dreamy lakes.
America’s leading advocate of wilderness silence shows the way to Mt. Rainier National Park’s quietest corner. Plus: 9 more campsites with life-list listening.
Discover hidden wonders in a cave-riddled wilderness.
Discover a pocket of wildlife beyond Yellowstone's borders.
Cross ancient lava fields on a lake-filled weekend.
Bad things happen to good hikers. Everyone should have a smart back-up plan--or two.
Walk deliberately into woods filled with waterfalls and stone walls.
Warren Doyle has hiked the Appalachian Trail 16 times, and he has a no-fee plan guaranteed to help others complete the 2,180-mile trek. The hardest part? Hiking with Warren Doyle.
Once you've stabilized a backcountry injury or illness, the next step is to prevent the patient from worsening. Here's some key steps to take.
When an emergency strikes, your mind can go blank. These easy clues and rhymes will help you remember what do to first.
How the pros treat an injured hiker
Blisters are the most common on-trail injury, but blisters are also easy to prevent.
BACKPACKER and CLIMBING have teamed up to bring you a one-stop resource for scaling the best treks and technical climbs in the country.
Navigate a vertical sandstone maze to guaranteed solitude on a high-desert summit.
Scramble a sneak route to Rainier-worthy views-of Rainier and much more.
Top a Yosemite-like dome in a sea of green.
Claim a rare feat on this classic-in-waiting loop.
Stand atop The Mountain State's most famous peak.
Feel like you've notched a first ascent.
Walk a scary-narrow rock fin to an airy summit.
Tackle tricky terrain to gain a solitary alp.
Bag a stout weekend adventure-and vistas from the big lake to the High Uintas.
Climb without crowds to the state's top mountain view.
Cross elk-filled woods and bighorn- busy flats on this park's quiet side.
Venture off SoCal's coast for long beaches, hidden canyons, and sea life.
Glide through back-to-back lakes on a classic North Country canoe trip.
When you're planning a weekend outing, you don't want good, you want the best. Well, here's perfect. These hikes tour the deepest backcountry, best
views, and quietest wilderness areas in every state.
Name: Michael Hays Predicament: Shattered kneecap, dehydrated, starving Location: Baxter State Park Days lost 4
Discover surprising solitude and endless vistas on an easy-access multiday trip between rim and river.
Rule #1 when planning a hike through this iconic park: Let your ambition match the scenery.
Bake without an oven! Build your own spice kit! A DIY guide to dining while summer camping.
On a climb from the Hoh River's silty riffles to high-country glacier views, pass through a moss-hung rainforest that might be the lushest place in America.
Wade through wildflowers, listen to wolves, and escape the crowded trade routes in this secluded corner of the park.
Go ahead, look again. And again. These images are worth a third, fourth, and then a tenth gaze.
Enjoy this legendary park (without the legendary crowds) on a four-day trip through the Clark Range.
A forgotten explorer's route leads to off-trail, high-peak adventure and bona fide solitude.
Sprained or broken ankles are the most common injury for hikers and backpackers. Here's how to deal.
Your hiking buddy torqued their knee? This simple splint can prevent further injury and let you both limp home.
Get ready for your summer adventure with these these essential on-trail skills.
Learn to tie a basic, but essential knot, staunch a bleeder, and purify water.
It's the final push. Complete the final week's challenge and get ready for next week's call to submit your video.
The prognosis for naming new sanctuaries looks grim. Is our best strategy to vote a few misfits off the island?
Seven great books and the outdoor places to enjoy them
Hike these long trails in Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio, Kansas, and Oklahoma, and head south to Texas to see Horned Lizards.
Hike these long trails in North Carolina, Georgia, South Carolina, Alabama, and Florida, and paddle three days in the Everglades backcountry.
Enjoy soaring views from open ridges on this easy-access overnight.
Escape Skyline Drive to discover secret summits and hidden valleys.
Ramble along a wide river to quiet, old-growth hollows.
Use these first aid techniques to control and treat a bleeding wound.
We're down to the last two weeks of our five-week Tough Guy Challenge. Are you still hanging in there?
Your life-list only starts with the top 10 parks. Our favorite hikes from the next 40 will fill it with glacier-edge paddling, desert-oasis exploring, and more.
For guaranteed solitude in the park's southwest reaches, explore this quiet loop during the off-season.
Denali isn’t just for experts. These guinea pigs will prove it. Probably.
Can you ever really have too much of a good thing? Once you've seen the biggest tree, largest glacier, and deepest canyon, nothing else compares.
Watch your step on Utah' Highline Trail. The nonstop views and rampant wildlife are distractingly spectacular. Plus: Gaze away on 9 more elevated hikes.
Week three of our five-week challenge will have you navigating obstacles and increasing mileage.
Climb across mesas and up canyon walls to a cave full of pictographs.
Discover real wilderness just two hours from Portland.
Hike these long trails in Montana, Idaho, Arizona, and Colorado, and raft an eight-mile section of the Arkansas River.
Hike these long trails in Washington, Oregon, and California, and climb to a 10,064-foot peak in Angeles National Forest.
Come for the sheer, glaciated peaks, but be mesmerized by rain-fed waterfalls that pour down on all sides.
Discover a private paradise by crossing the park’s convoluted Waterpocket Fold.
This remote chasm boasts big views, craggy mountains, abundant wildlife, and staggering solitude.
See scores of stunning images from the Grand Canyon, Denali, Yosemite, and more.
Welcome to accessory and apparel heaven: puffy jackets, stoves, windpants, knives, iPad apps, solar panels, GPS, hydration, first aid, socks, camp food, baselayers, and more.
Build on week one's regimen by mastering even more survival and navigation skills and improving your overall fitness level.
Rev up for the first week of our plan to make you the ultimate tough guy, or gal.
A backcountry setup for the maestro in the kitchen.
A gourmet cook set for fancy feasts
Smaller, lighter, and even better performing than the original
Don't just boil water, cook up a masterpiece
This low-bulk bracing is used by sports trainers and wilderness medics to stabilize weak ligaments and discourage further injury. You can apply all sorts of extras like pre-wrap liners, ankle pads, and skin adhesive, but here's the down and dirty trail version.
Easily puncture and crush spent fuel cans with this handy tool.
Everything you need to cook up a feast in the backcountry.
A 2.4-liter hard anodized aluminum cookpot.
A 1.8-liter aluminum cookpot.
A white gas stove that doesn't require priming.
A first aid kit that can handle way more than blisters.
The Trekker is a more affordable descendant of the NeoAir, which won our Editors' Choice Award in 2009.
5 near-perfect pieces of gear in our 2011 Editors' Choice testing
For sheltered scenery high above the trees, there's no better place than a fire tower. Try one of these editor-approved hikes to backcountry rooms with a view.
Hike Denver's lost wilderness, a twofer of peaks in Idaho, lava tubes in New Mexico, Zion's sneak route, and Bozeman's trout-filled lake.
Does God love camping? A new church movement foot-soldiered by wilderness-loving young people could transform the way conservative Christians perceive and protect the environment. We hit the trail with the new green evangelicals.
Make one simple resolution–to hike more in 2011–and we guarantee you'll lose that spare tire around the middle. Here's the proof, the plan, and the inspiration.
Your guide to 52 common mistakes hikers make--and how to avoid them.
Peakbag in the White Mountains—without lugging in water.
Hike through a wild water park in Enchanted Valley.
Notch the best northern lights show in the Lower 48.
Witness a river of slush flow through Yosemite Valley.
See shooting stars from a five-star backcountry observatory.
Hit Idaho's Owyhee River just right, and you get one of the West's best paddles to yourself.
See these colorful flutters fuel up for the long flight to Mexico.
Hit the leaf jackpot on these classic footpaths.
Soar with the world's largest migration.
Wait for El Nino and cruise through mesmerizing fields of seldom-seen desert blossoms.
Ascend Rocky Top in Tennessee; spot herons and Pelicans in a Florida bayou.
Discover east Texas's longleaf pine forest; see the Boundary Waters on foot.
Hike through three ecological zones in east Texas's carnivore country.
The only thing better than enjoying the life-list scenery in the country's premier national parks? Getting that same scenery, minus the crowds. Find it in these 10 backcountry hotspots, along with no-hassle permits, choice campsites aplenty, and solitude to match the world-class terrain.
See California dunes, Nevada red-rock canyons, Alaska's deep forest, quiet Oregon Coast, and Washington's Cascade lakes.
Paddle to shoreline solitude, then perch on dunes above the Atlantic Ocean in Maryland's Assateague Island National Seashore.
Track beneath waterfalls and icicle-hung trees to a soothing soak.
From the iPad to the iPhone and Android, check out these BACKPACKER mobile apps.
A cool way to boil and carry water, all in one package.
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Hike from forest floor to a rocky ridge linking twin summits in Great Smoky Mountains National Park.
An easily packable pot stand that will end tipping.
Your favorite western hikes—from dayhikes to weekenders to multiday trips.
Escape front-country crowds on a trek to the park's idyllic interior.
Climb, hike, and camp in Joshua Tree National Park.
Your favorite parks, weekend getaways, peak ascents, campsites, and more in the west.
The undisputed local experts—you—chose the top parks, trails, campsites, and weekend getaways from Alaska to Alabama.
These six winning shots represent the best photos we saw all year from you, our readers.
Get comfort and convenience with these four well-priced picks.
In this step-by-step guide, we'll show you the proper height of trekking poles for various types of terrain.
In this guide, we show you methods for lacing your boots to prevent blisters and maximize comfort.
Complete kitchen in an easy to pack compact package
Free Print & Go PDFs give you turn-by-turn trail instructions and photos embedded on a usable topo map. Also: gear checklists, driving directions, and geo-references for finding the nearest campground, restaurant, gas station, and grocery store.
Your favorite Southeast trips—from dayhikes to weekenders to multiday trips.
Relax in a hiker-friendly lodge at the Appalachian Trail's southern tip.
Paddle to a beach-camping paradise in the Everglades.
Your favorite parks, weekend getaways, peak ascents, campsites, and more in the southeast.
Your favorite Southwest hikes—from dayhikes to weekenders to multiday trips.
Soak up high-desert views amid the Lone Star State's tallest peaks.
Your favorite Great Plains hikes—from dayhikes to weekenders to multiday trips.
Roll from dark hollows to dolomite ridges in the Ozark highlands of Missouri's Mark Twain National Forest.
What’s your cooking style? In this guide, gear editor Kristin Hostetter walks you though all the camp stoves options, so you can pick the type that best matches your needs.
Explore the wildest corner of the Great Plains.
Your favorite parks, weekend getaways, peak ascents, campsites, and more in the Great Plains states.
Explore slots and marvel at arches in Glen Canyon.
Hike from a wildlife-choked river valley to soaring mountain views.
Hike among moose and wolves on this two-day escape to Isle Royale National Park.
Your favorite Alaska hikes—from dayhikes to weekenders to multiday trips.
Your favorite Appalachians hikes—from dayhikes to weekenders to multiday trips.
Your favorite Northwest hikes—from dayhikes to weekenders to multiday trips.
Your favorite parks, weekend getaways, peak ascents, campsites, and more in the Appalachians.
Conquer the rocks, ridges, and ravines on the East's toughest trail.
Your favorite Northeast hikes—from dayhikes to weekenders to multiday trips.
Explore Denali's top dayhikes, photo ops, and epic wildlife treks.
Follow trail-savvy locals to nine sweet spot in the Trinity Alps Wilderness.
Your favorite parks, weekend getaways, peak ascents, campsites, and more in the Great Lakes.
Your favorite parks, weekend getaways, peak ascents, campsites, and more in the Northeast.
Nine ways to see Vermont's Green Mountains
Your favorite parks, weekend getaways, peak ascents, campsites, and more in the Rockies.
Your favorite Rockies hikes—from dayhikes to weekenders to multiday trips.
Like peaks, lakes, and wildflowers? You'll love this Rockies classic in White River National Forest.
Trek through grizzly terrain in Glacier National Park.
Stay connected, warm and well fed, with these staple gift ideas.
Apparel, cookware, stoves...swimsuits?
Discover a hidden basin filled with wildlife, lakes, and granite peaks.
Cross the west edge of the Chugach for glaciers, bears, and wildflowers.
The undisputed local experts—you—choose the top parks, trails, campsites, and weekend getaways in the Northwest.
The undisputed local experts—you—choose the top parks, trails, campsites, and weekend getaways in Alaska.
Extra gear reviews from our January 2011 Reader Test Team reports.
A wood or pellet-burning stove that doubles as windscreen.
An all-in-one titanium kitchen kit.
A sturdy stove with claw-like appendages that grab most surfaces.
A propane system that takes camp cooking to a whole new level.
From routes to food to post-hike brewski, we've got your weekend backpacking plans dialed. This week, we've got three killer adventures in Kings Canyon, Shenandoah, and the Grand Canyon. Ready? Read. Rip. Go!
We traveled to Fjordland and discovered that nothing compares to skiing glacier-clad mountains above deep-water fjords. Plus: 20 winter adventures, from California to New York.
Find the best skiing, snowshoeing, cross-country skiing, and winter camping trips in the U.S.
Get backcountry spoils--snorkel-deep pow on remote Rockies peaks--with frontcountry comforts (warm fire and hot toddies, anyone?) in this famed hut system. More than 350 miles of trails wind through prime winter terrain, connecting the 31 full-service cabins.
Few places serve up fierce, unpredictable winter weather quite like Mt. Washington, the 6,288-foot capstone of New Hampshire's White Mountains. Battle hurricane-force winds--and 20-plus feet of annual snowfall--while tackling the East's best mountaineering, or choose from hundreds of miles of snowy trails for a lower elevation romp.
Towering 7,000-plus feet above Jackson Hole, the Tetons wrest more than 30 feet of snow from passing storms and pile it thick on road-accessible slopes.
The granddaddy of the Cascades looms above Seattle like a great white beacon for snow junkies. The mountain's 25 major glaciers hold enough ice to bury Manhattan 150 feet deep, and some of the planet's highest recorded snowfalls guarantee powder for all. Paradise, the park's winter epicenter, has year-round road access.
Traverse a Glacier: On Norway's west coast, ancient ice scapes offer an otherworldly adventure.
Explore the Adirondack's valleys.
Explore resurrected sandstone slots.
Go from rainforest to glaciers.
Feeling small among the world's tallest trees.
Go high and wide in Wyoming's untamed range.
Immerse yourself in Minnesota's liquid wilderness.
Traverse the first long trail in Vermont.
Hike to a natural day spa.
See the Rockies' most iconic mountains.
Watch a waterfall cascade from the sky.
Tackle an epic adventure in the far north.
Circumnavigate the West's most majestic mountain.
Aim upward for majestic views over an ancient canyon.
Trek a desert landscape under a purple sun.
Find private valleys, mountain passes, and riverside campsites.
Ascend a remote summit pyramid far away from civilization.
Skirt lakes to soaring ’Daks views.
Find deep solitude where the continent crashes into a frigid ocean.
Hike through waterfall spray to a rarely summited grassy bald.
Rise from the desert floor to an airy, see-all perch.
Hike lake to lake through bear central in Glacier National Park.
We've covered 245,591 miles of trails in our 37-year history. Here are our 20 all-time favorite trips, plus—shocking!—20 routes we never covered.
Hike along bluffs and fern forests in total solitude on Michigan's Upper Peninsula.
Sluice through towering walls of sandstone in Utah's Zion National Park.
Bag a little-known triple crown in New England's northern woods.
Weave around grassy meadows and mirror lakes.
Backpack a knee-trembling route through an active geothermal zone.
Snag views of swaying prairie grass stretching to the horizon.
Traverse rolling hills to star-gazing meadows.
Forge your own route through the Rockies' most rugged corner.
Hike America's most punishing paradise.
Thru-hike America's most revered long trail: the Appalachian Trail.
Pick your pilgrimage through the backcountry Holy Land: Mt Eielson Loop or Kesugi Ridge.
Track through dense forests ringing with bugling.
Brave thick forest to reach rugged twin summits.
Tag a team of the East's most challenging peaks in the White Mountains.
Hike a forested, fire-scarred trail between two iconic pools.
Emerge from crane-crossed coastal grasslands to pristine beaches.
Plumb the wild depths of the Big Ditch.
Traverse the nation's most photogenic range on the Teton Crest Trail.
Step for scenery-packed step, nothing else compares to the John Muir Trail.
After sifting through scores of submissions, we've chosen a reader who will be an official BACKPACKER field scout.
Take the scenic--and sporting--route to New York's highest summit.
See North America's deepest river gorge, the west's most violent mating Display, and the Southeast's last longleaf pines.
Walk beneath trees that predate the Revolutionary War.
Witness bighorn rams' skull-bashing attempts to win a date.
Hike into North America's deepest river gorge--a canyon that could hold five stacked Sears Towers.
Cast a fly to land lunker brown trout.
Explore Gushing, Rain-fed waterfalls.
Rains summon salmon and slugs.
Make the best of fall storms on trails that improve with soggy weather.
Cross the Olympic Range on a forgotten explorers' path.
Trek along–and in–the Gila River.
See bears, gorges, and waterfalls on this 77-mile South Carolina hike.
This 39-mile Alaska hike offers big scenery without a bush plane.
Climb high (really!) in the Midwest.
Traverse a seldom-hiked national park.
Tackle Vancouver Island’s wild coast.
Go straight to the top in the Range of Light.
Cross Nevada's loftiest range in 6-7 days.
A 59-mile "long trail" through Pennsylvania.
Ten point-to-point treks with the payoffs of a thru-hike, but hikeable in a week.
You're hiking. You slip. You're hurt. But the first-aid kit is back in the car--12 miles away. What should you do?
Everything you need to stay sated in the backcountry.
Ramble through brilliant red and yellow fall foliage.
Descend to the Ditch's primitive core on a three-day loop.
Hike in the spray of waterfalls deep in the heart of black bear country.
Cook with just about any fuel with this versatile stove.
Our free guide to the 20 best international hikes ever written about in the pages of BACKPACKER.
Fight rough effects on your skin with this moisturizing climbing salve.
BACKPACKER's Life List: The International Edition
is a free guide to the 20 best international hikes ever written about in the pages of Backpacker.
Our editor-in-chief's picks for the finest writing in this magazine's history.
This classic roundup appeared in the June 2003 issue of BACKPACKER
The best local hikes near St. Louis.
The best hikes near Knoxville, TN.
The best hikes near Spokane.
The best hikes near Portland.
The best hikes near Anchorage.
The best hikes near Boise.
The best hikes near Portland, ME.
The best hikes near Rochester.
The best hikes near Burlington.
The best hikes near Philly.
The best hikes near Manchester.
The best hikes near Boston.
The best hikes near Pittsburgh.
The best hikes near Albany.
The best hikes near New York, as selected by the Big Apple's best hiking clubs.
Reach great granite heights on Katahdin's next-door neighbor.
Have rocky ridges and sparkling alpine lakes all to yourself.
Discover the inner sanctum of California's second largest wilderness.
Hike through a winding canyon, then cool off in a whitewater spa.
True tales from the front lines--and behind the scenes--of America's national parks.
Video footage & backcountry skills tips from Backpacker's winter ski testing in Norway & Colorado.
These cooking systems offer remarkable power, efficiency, and wind resistance to gourmet cooks and noodle boilers alike.
Experience the rugged side of Yellowstone on this two-day, 23.1-mile backpack. You'll track past steaming creeks and old-growth lodgepole on
the way to a campsite near Heart Lake's rocky shoreline. On day two, rise early for the 2,800-foot climb to Mt. Sheridan's 10,308-foot crown.
Free Print & Go PDFs give you turn-by-turn trail instructions and photos embedded on a usable topo map. Also: Gear checklists, driving directions, and geo-references for finding the nearest campground, restaurant, gas station, and grocery store.
On a thru-hike of the 165-mile Tahoe Rim Trail, two brothers get some perspective - on America's largest alpine lake, and each other.
Explore waterfall-filled Gorges with fossils preserved in the shale walls.
Climb a fourteener for a view across the continental divide.
Hike streamside near pacific northwest greenery and caribbean-blue eddies.
Enjoy solitude and fixed-rope scrambling on the East's highest mountain.
What makes a backpacker a backpacker? It's not the garage full of gear or piles of guidebooks--it's the experiences, from thru-hiking a long trail to pushing your personal envelope to inspiring a child's love of wilderness. Here we present BACKPACKER's new Life List: 10 experiences to add to your tick-listnow--and the key skills you need to nail them.
Experience the thrill of being a pioneer: Trek to a remote corner of the globe.
The roof of the world is open to everyone, and your personal Mt. Everest is waiting.
Coming face to face with the biggest predator in North America might just alter your worldview.
Stand alone atop Washington's Glacier Peak--a summit that others rarely see, let alone climb.
Walking a high ridge with countless views and no people is the stuff of dreams. Make it real in Olympic National Park's Bailey Range.
See a week's worth of scenery in 24 hours, and redefine your idea of what's possible.
The only thing equal to a life-list trip? An image that brings it back to life.
World-class scenery, luxe camping, and easy paddling await your family on the Green River in Canyonlands. Your kids will remember this forever.
Get a taste of the vertical alpine world--no experience required.
A lifetime of weekend trips is like trying to live on appetizers. Get real sustenance with a two-week trek through the best of the Sierras on California's John Muir Trail.
The moon is full on Monday, July 26. Get out this weekend to explore open meadows and ridgelines at night.
Online gear tester Will Rochfort weighs in on his toughest piece of backpacking gear to date–and how it has impressed the ladies.
Need instant inspiration? Download these BACKPACKER destination photos–Switzerland, Grand Canyon, & John Muir Wilderness–and get lost.
See snaggly summits and hook trout galore on a high-alpine trek.
Contemplate the south's wild side on the trail that launched America's greatest wilderness champion.
Use our guide to make your Wales hiking adventure a reality.
Cross a sprawling preserve of broad mountains, lonely ridgelines, and lush river valleys.
Follow a long-distance trail along the once-violent, now-bucolic border between England and Wales.
The highest peak. The wildest ridges. The largest lake. Find them all in Wales's alpine heart.
Tiptoe along oceanside bluffs with views across the Irish Sea.
What crowds? Lose yourself in the Lamar Valley on this weeklong hike.
The last lonely stretch of the AT beckons from the mountains of western Maine.
Score wildlife sightings daily, choice views hourly--and at least one juicy burger--on this weeklong circuit.
Explore a granite wonderland, cross two little-used passes, and score High Sierra solitude on this point-to-point hike.
Pack an extra memory card for what is, mile-for-mile, the most photogenic hike in the Southwest.
Dive into the heart of the Lower 48's wildest park.
Ever dreamed of exploring another planet? Hike here.
Trek to shoreline campsites through woodlands rife with moose, birds, and wolves.
Walk from lush rainforest to wide-open glacier views on this 43-mile sneak route.
Surprise: This park's busy corridor trails offer a fast track to a private slice of heaven.
In a Utah mash-up of adventure racing and wilderness medicine, everyone wins.
Climb from sublime desert to pine forests and peaks with 100-mile views.
Rise above the crowds and earn solo views of elk, wildflowers, and summit sunsets.
The perfect dozen: Embark on one of these 12 treks, and turn America's most iconic preserves into your own private paradise.
The only problem with cancer survivors and rockers joining forces for a fund-raising concert on top of Mt. Kilimanjaro? It's hard to cheer when you can't breathe.
Don't be fooled by the cozy pubs and low elevations. The birthplace of mountaineering overflows with challenges, from rugged peaks to history-laden coastal treks.
Discover the world's tallest geyser, North America's smallest bird, and the country's best shade tree on these three treks.
Walk 100 or more years back into history--and deep into wilderness outposts now reclaimed by nature--with these routes to three abandoned frontier communities.
walk 10 miles of demise carved in stone.
Visit a Wrecked alpine village.
Hike to a hotel with no visitors.
The fit, the fabric, and the details make these pants shine.
Go big with these expedition trip planning tips.
This 1.6 oz. canister stove has our tester neglecting his regular go-to stove.
Hike across a state, gain the country's best foliage view, and top alpine balds. (Click linked trips for GPS waypoints, photos, and more.)
See moose, bag a high-desert peak, and sample a quiet long trail. (Click linked trips for GPS waypoints, photos, and more.)
Our army of reader-reader scouts mapped 59 local hikes from South Carolina to Northern California. See their favorites, then learn how to download tracklogs and waypoints.
See five volcanoes, camp at secluded lakes, and hike through a swarm of butterflies. (Click linked trips for GPS waypoints, photos, and more.)
Whether you're looking for Coastal, Canyon, Peak, Forest, or Urban hikes, we have those. Plus some paddling (Water) trips for good measure.
Hike amongst the trees in these Washington, California, and Vermont hikes.
Hike high points on Mt. Rainier, Mt. Washington, and Mt. Whitney.
Marvel at Mother Nature on these canyon hikes in Utah and North Carolina.
Hug the coastline in these Michigan, California, and British Columbia hikes.
Hit the water, and see plenty of wildlife and scenic views, on these paddling trips in Alaska, Florida, and Minnesota.
How to beat the crowds and find solitude in the Rockies
Looking for animals? This Minnesota paddle is a sure bet.
See the Everglades by boat on this 23 mile trip.
Paddle along Glacier Bay's dynamic shores.
Hike Canada's Pacific Coast harbor on this British Columbia trail.
Hike Lake Superior's shoreline in this 12+ mile hike.
This 26-mile trek along California's coast should have been a highway...except it was too riddled with cliffs to build on.
This picturesque Utah hike features natural arches and ancient petroglyphs.
Head to Asheville, North Carolina for this beautiful gorge loop.
Hike, swim, and scramble in this 16-mile slot canyon route.
If you don't mind the potential of extreme weather and wind, Mt. Washington is your hike.
Check out the Mountaineer's Route of Mt. Whitney if you're looking for a challenge.
This challenging climb on Mt. Rainier gains almost 2,000 feet per mile.
If you think you missed the age of exploration and discovery, you haven't tried the latest mapping tools. Join our tech scout as he learns how to hike like a cartographer--and sees the wilderness in an entirely new way.
Score your own private paradise with this
insider's guide to uncrowded areas in Grand Canyon National Park.
See giant sequoias, including General Sherman, on this great family hike.
This Olympic National Park trail features serious elevation gain and switchbacks galore.
This 15-mile section of the Long Trail traces the spine of Vermont's Green Mountains.
This 5.3 mile sunset tour of Vegas takes in all the sights and sounds.
If you don't mind the crowds, hiking Manhattan is urban hiking at its finest.
Hike Disney's Magic Kingdom with the family.
Whether it's a torn pack, cracked buckle, ripped tent mesh, or leaky sleeping pad, these kits can pretty much restore anything that breaks.
Become an official BACKPACKER Map Correspondent and get FREE GEAR!
The official rules for entering and winning prizes in our "Be A Mapper" Contest.
Official rules for "Be A Backpacker Mapper" Giveaway
We know. You've always wanted to hike a long trail. Lucky for you, we've got the comprehensive guides to make your dreams a reality. Check out the best sections and dayhikes along the AT, PCT and CDT. PLUS: See how four hikers beat the recession...by hiking through it.
We pulled these four guys off the streets, eh, the trail, to test some of the compelling and crazy products that come across our desks everyday.
Stop big bleeds fast.
Catch the best views in the nation's marquee parks from the comfort of your computer. Prepare to drool...now.
This light survival kit has all the essentials.
A masterpiece of no-compromise indestructibility.
Thirty indestructible gear picks from two decades of hardcore field-testing.
From Georgia to Oregon, spring blossoms are finally pushing through the winter frost. That means it's time to clear the cobwebs out of the boot soles and bag your first hike of the spring. Here's our exclusive guide to the best spring dayhikes around the country from east, middle, and west.
Get all-day protection without the greasy white tint with this chemical-free sunscreen.
This healing balm soothes cracked skin, dry lips, and minor cuts and burns.
Finally, a canister stove that thrives in cold weather.
With a low center of gravity and a wide, stable burner, this stove is perfect for big groups or melting piles of snow.
With great fuel efficiency, quick boil times, and a small packed size, this stove is ideal for campers who need hot water fast, without the fuss.
A disposable grill for backcountry feasts
A handy, all-inclusive first aid kit
Build your own superlight first aid kit
A great two-pot cookset
A ceramic coated cook pot with a fry pan lid
An all-natural sunscreen with bug repellant
Stop blisters in their tracks.
A light emergency bivvy sack
We've collected the best hikes, most amazing photos, and mind-blowing videos for the ultimate National Park planning center. Get inspired and get hiking now!
Three treks to life-list phenomena from Death Valley to Colorado.
Hit the trail, then hit the oh-so-soft mattress at one of these hiker-friendly lodges.
Disappear into Yellowstone's forgotten peaks. Bag Colorado's most exciting Fourteener. Hike Utah's unknown long trail Our field editors pick 24 epics for your Rockies life list.
Plan your perfect Alaskan trip–from a budget-friendly weekend to an entry-level expedition–with field reports from Steve Howe.
Are wilderness webcams good for the backcountry–or bad for privacy?
The upside to being downsized? Having time to hit the nation's long trails.
On a remote Arctic peak, a father and his teenager encounter the hardest of all human challenges.
Imagine an Alaskan paradise with trout bigger than your leg, bears, and caribou traipsing by camp, and no people–except your good friends. This place exists, we just can't tell you where it is.
Witness the effects of climate change on a challenging trek in the Delta Mountains.
Easy routefinding and life-list sights make this thru-hike a must for Alaska novices.
Hike to a private paradise deep in the Talkeetna Mountains.
Hike a classic in Kenai Fjords–and escape the crowds by making it an overnight.
Tackle an epic route through Chitistone Canyon in Wrangell-St. Elias National Preserve.
Hike a historic, kid-friendly trail to wildflower meadows and fish-filled lakes.
Just minutes from town, score big scenery fast on the South Fork of Eagle River.
Bring plenty of supplies to this alpine plateau in the Chugach Mountains–you'll want to extend your stay.
See the awesome Valdez Mountains on this off-trail adventure to Point Odyssey and beyond.
Hike to an historic fire tower and camp beside secluded ponds.
Explore an unknown Nebraska wilderness for a surprising dose of rolling hills, wildlife, and solitude.
Discover the rewards of winter camping on this easy snowshoe trek.
Hit three 13,000-foot peaks in the wildest wilderness south of Glacier.
Climb to the crown of the Sangre de Cristo Range.
Explore a secret wonderland in the West Needle Mountains.
Hike high on this above-treeline route through the Weminuche Wilderness.
Hike to the heart of the Winds.
Discover Utah's best-kept secret.
Climb this iconic summit on an uncrowded sneak route.
Go high for the see-it-all hike in this iconic park.
See the best of Montana without the crowds.
Find solitude with this surf-and-turf trip.
Climb the high point of the Sawtooth Mountains.
Swim, climb, nap–repeat. This Sawtooths trek has it all.
At Mt. Tam you'll find wilderness solitude with Pacific views only 20 miles from San Francisco. Plus, there's a beer garden.
Trek through lush fields that thrive on just two inches of annual rainfall.
See a 365-foot cascade turned to ice at Bridal Veil Falls.
Trek to an off-the-grid bunkhouse.
Discover a desert oasis.
Hike to a hot springs and private cabin.
Hike Switzerland's Via Alpina route with the Backpacker editors in our video series.
View stunning vistas and snowy passes in these photos of Switzerland's Via Alpina route. Included: the Eiger, the Wetterhorn, and Jungfrau Glacier.
Paula Patterson learns how to share the trail–but not her tent–with the wildlife.
Finding it hard to get the whole family out for a hike? Let Danny Griffs show you the way.
Who knows the secret trails and must-do classics in every corner of the country? Our teams of regional experts, recruited from the ranks of readers like you. Here are their top hikes from coast to coast.
Mississippi river vistas, ocean-size grasslands, and guaranteed solitude.
A weekend in Glacier, a quiet 14er, and the Rockies' best hot springs.
A state high point, killer foliage, and a hike loaded with waterfalls
Crashing waterfalls, hidden lakes, and a choice Denali view highlight the 2010 Northwest Readers' Choice hikes.
Colossal trees, sweet swimming holes, and the USA's best picnic spot.
The world's prettiest shoreline, giant pines, and Yosemite's premier view.
Hike Hawaii's all-world coast to a secluded beach.
Explore lonely alpine scenery in this off-the-radar wilderness.
Trek 211 miles through hiker heaven.
Take a lightly trafficked trail into the word's biggest grove.
Bag a granite peak with big views and small crowds.
Get a highlights tour of the High Sierra backcountry.
See big water, massive trees, and tiny amphibians.
Celebrate the arrival of summer with an unrivaled circus of color.
Have a picnic on one of the Southeast's biggest balds.
Bag four scenic peaks in Great Smoky Mountains National Park.
See wild, historic surprises in the Sunshine State.
See a Great White North south of the Mason-Dixon.
See this deciduous pine turn electric-yellow.
Find primo lakeside camping on a rainforest-to-alpine loop.
Want guaranteed peace and quiet? Hike to two of the Lower 48's most remote alpine lakes.
Climb the Northwest's tallest nontechnical volcano.
This classic alpine loop belongs on every backpacker's tick list.
Enjoy unparalleled views from one of the country's finest skyline trails.
22 falls in a one day. Need we say more?
Bag New York's high point and two other big peaks.
Hike to a crowd-free view of the ocean.
Ogle fiery color in the Green Mountains.
Explore the Appalachian Trail's wildest stretch.
Scramble to the Catskills' highest peaks.
Gaze into the world's most beautiful labyrinth.
Relax in an effervescent bath far from the dayhiking crowds.
Trip through kaleidoscopic color amid high-alpine splendor.
Get big payoffs on an easy hike.
Thru-hike America's highest trail.
See the park's famed glaciers from a high mountain pass.
Explore a vast, trail-free prairie.
See the country's best light show.
Bushwhack into what very well might be the quietest spot in America.
Climb to views of the mighty Mississippi River.
Thru-hike one of the country's least-known National Scenic Trails.
Hike the River-to-River Trail over rugged ridges, through narrow canyons, and into small caves.
William G. Godlove discovers that even a short hike can last forever.
James Dammar dishes up some brotherly love on Isle Royale.
Greg Hoover shares his secrets for finding quiet on the busiest trail in the country's busiest park.
Jon Heaton and his son survive a deadly Yellowstone windstorm.
The trip would start like this, imagines Wayne Wright.
Reece Price finds himself lost and alone in the desert.
Robert DeNike demonstrates how NOT to greet a bear.
Caught between a goat and a hard place? Don't move, says Daniel Claar.
John Joy goes fist-to-nose with an invasive species.
New to hiking? Brian Simpson
has a foolproof plan for doing it all wrong.
Is the reward always equal to the effort? Uh...maybe, says this bloodied, bruised, and bandaged reader.
Meet five of BACKPACKER's most inspirational heroes–they're also readers.
Most common backcountry injuries.
Car camping? Here's the ultimate setup for any chef.
Your buddy just slid down a steep scree and broke his leg. Should you go for help–or haul him out? It's a tough call. The answer depends on several factors. Here's how to decide.
Lose the leaf-peeping crowds on this quiet ramble above Virginia's loftiest canopies of color.
Explore off-trail in a wilderness with more bison than boot prints.
Don't waste winter: Tackle this cross-country canyon trek in the Lower 48's largest national park.
Loosen up–and stay pain-free–with
Here's how to prevent–and treat–three common backcountry eye problems.
Use this chart to determine if you can finish your trip–or should hightail it to the ER.
Construct a solid emergency kit with these medical must-haves.
"Be prepared" is a great maxim, but be honest: Who among you packs a SAM splint and an irrigation syringe on every backpacking trip? Fear not–everyday items can serve as medical equipment in a pinch.
When you're miles away from medical help and it's serious: Here's how to handle extreme injuries in the backcountry.
Sprains, strains, and fractured bones. Here's what to do in the case of a distressed limb.
As much as we try to protect ourselves from extreme elements, sometimes the elements hedge even our greatest efforts. Here's what to do when Mother Nature wins.
Check out what to do when it's much more than a simple scrape or puncture wound.
Soothe tooth pain with these helpful remedies.
Ugh. It's happened to us all. Here's how to handle a bad belly when you're away from far from home.
Though we love backcountry wildlife (well, mostly), sometimes we get no love back. Read up on what to do when Mother Nature bites.
No wound, now matter how minor, should go ignored in the backcountry. Check out these quick tips to clean it up and keep trekking.
Treating injuries miles from the ER is an essential skill. But don't pack a medical text: Instead, learn what really matters. Wilderness Medicine Institute cofounder Buck Tilton boils down a lifetime's worth of experience into 62 tips every hiker should know. Read it, save it–and go forth to save lives.
The all-time best. That's what every hiker wants on a national park trek, and that's what you'll get if you tackle one of these 25 trips.
Hawaii's Nakalele blowhole rivals Old Faithful. Plus: Trek to Oregon's salmon run and California's wine country.
If less people, more elk has become your mountain mantra, check the Guadalupe Mountains backcountry camping sites and trails and get that so sought after alone time.
Don't go up, go around. Rainier's Wonderland Trail loop offers the marathon hiker two weeks of backpacking bliss.
Zero in on your perfect hike, from thrilling slots to soak-awhile hot springs.
Live longer, take the North Circle Route. Glacier's highcountry views and crisp alpine air are rumored to add years to a backpacker's being.
Beat the crowds by tackling this classic dayhike by moonlight.
The Tanner Trail in the grandest of U.S. canyons is a camping classic.
Who ever said out of sight, out of mind was certainly not referring to the wealth of wildlife that are making some big noise in Thorofare Valley.
Traverse alongside delicate ecosystem, open tundra and hit nine summits on this "grand slam" of cross-country treks.
Smelling the flowers doesn't require slowing down your trek (though you might want to) through the explosion of wildflowers that cover the Great Smoky Mountains each year.
Swap summits for sand scrambling along nearly 18 miles of quiet coastal terrain.
No crowds. No frills. No cakewalk. This hang-on-for-your-life climb is not for the meager-hearted.
No one knows the national parks better than the rangers who patrol them. We polled a bunch of insiders on their favorite national park sights, sounds, and tastes.
Kick back, throw your feet up and enjoy this super comfy camp lounger.
Cook almost anything in this burly outdoor oven.
Keep your weekend fixings cool with this soft, spacious cooler.
This sturdy four-person mess kit boasts more than pretty colors.
On dish duty? This portable basin makes scrubbing easy.
Interchangeable cooking surfaces make this compact stove a cook's backcountry dream
Calling all equipment designers: Everest summiteer and Rainier veteran Peter Whittaker has some advice.
Learn how to take the perfect fall foliage photo with our tutorials and slideshows.
Fly these classic hikes in 3D with our guided tours.
Haunted mountains? Vanished campers? Bloodthirsty creatures? An evil wind that lures hikers over a waterfall? We dare you to hike America's scariest trails.
True tales from BACKPACKER editors and readers
Bigfoot? He's a softy compared to the other menacing monsters lurking in the woods near you.
Lost? Murdered? When the wilderness swallows people without a trace, who's to say what happened?
Alpine views and starry skies are nice, but on these unsettling hikes you might see something really stunning.
When bodies can't be buried, do their spirits ever rest? Hike to the scene of this wreck and find out.
Go ahead and hike to this park's famous lakes and waterfalls. Just watch your step–and your back.
Never let your guard down on this deadly peak, where the weather–and spirits–are unpredictable.
With more than 200 murders recorded here, it's no wonder the Chisos Mountains are named for ghosts.
After three decades of silence, a reporter reveals the story he was afraid to write.
From splinting a broken leg to duct taping a bloody wound, the BACKPACKER First Aid Center is an invaluable resource for backcountry first aid.
Be the first to thru-hike an exploratory route from Portland to the Pacific.
The Dartmouth Outing Club targets an Appalachian Trail hiking record.
What's better than hiking every weekend? Hiking every day. Here are the best big-city escapes from New York to Los Angeles. Plus: Bill Donahue explores the remote reaches of Portland's Forest Park and discovers secrets even locals don't know.
When urban trails blend with raw wilderness, the sum is much greater than the parts.
The perfect metro-area trail: close, wild, uncrowded. Here are 10 major city options.
Kayak to pocket beaches and Gulf islands at Florida's southern tip.
Cross the Stillwater Plateau to trout-rich ponds at the foot of Montana's second highest peak.
Tackle a challenging, rocky route in the shadow of America's most famous volcano.
It's not the smallest peak in the Smokies, but spend a night on its summit (no tent required), and you'll agree it's the finest.
Washington, Arkansas, and Georgia are host to these three life-list phenomena treks.
Close your eyes and hear the bullets fly: These three routes pass through
parks drenched in United States military history.
Catch these highlights from The National Parks: America's Best Idea
, then download maps to hike to them yourself.
On the eve of his much-anticipated documentary, Ken Burns discusses the heroes and history of America's most precious wildlands–and the new challenges they face now.
From camping with wolves to fly-fishing smarts this insider's guide has you covered.
Disappear into Yellowstone's secret northern fringe, where you'll find a rejuvenated landscape and total solitude (except for the bison and grizzlies).
These potato cakes are heavy on the carbs–and taste.
Spice up boring potatoes with some summer sausage, brown sugar, and tomatoes in this Italian-inspired dish.
The wasabi adds a kick to instant potatoes, while the salmon is a perfect protein source.
In an attempt to hike the continent's wild divide, one ultrahiker does something he's never done–quit.
These workhorse cookers are ideal for long expeditions, cold weather, and foreign adventures.
Hike these paths before the masses find them.
Descend into Colorado's Black Canyon and explore a park that has everything–life-list scenery, challenging terrain, a revitalized river–except hikers.
Trek 18.2 miles from the South's best view to its most famous mountain.
Connect alpine lakes and tag three summits on this wildflower- and wildlife-packed loop.
Explore a supersized wilderness that's home to Idaho's densest population of gray wolves.
Keep a group of peakbaggers safe with these field-proven tips.
Explore these redrock mysteries safely with expert tips on gear and technique.
Take a historic train to the trailhead and climb this Colorado beauty, nestled deep in the Weminuche Wilderness.
These three treks to life-list phenomena will take you to Bryce Canyon, Florida gator land, and fall foliage in the Texas desert.
Pack up your brood for a day in the outdoors with these kid-friendly trails.
From secret spots to the perfect campsites, this insider's guide has the goods on the Smokies.
A unique route linking historic homesteads yields an exciting Smokies adventure for hikers and history buffs alike.
Romero climbed Denali at 11 and has bagged five of the Seven Summits. He hopes to climb Everest in 2010, but is mountain climbing good for a growing kid?
For our 2010 Readers' Choice issue we want to know your favorite trail in America.
During a one-month August journey, BACKPACKER undertook multiple crowd-free Alaskan backpacking routes and returned with extensive photos, video, & GPS.
Trek to the trail-free summits of Macomb, Hough, and The Dixes
Climb through bear country to a campsite with views of The Grand.
Stroll through wildflower-filled meadows to a frozen slice of the Cascade Range.
Get national park-caliber scenery without crowds (or entry fees!) in these dead ringers for Great Smoky Mountains, Zion, and Yosemite.
From the best guiding service to ultimate summit routes, Washington's highest peak is still the greatest.
From the top day hike to the key skills you'll need, we'll have you ready for the Rockies in no time.
Follow a long-forgotten loop in Rocky Mountain National Park across the Continental
Divide, through moose-infested meados, and up Longs Peak via a rarely climbed
Three pack-friendly snacks that soothe tired, overworked muscles.
Fast, hassle-free, ultralight,–we explore five different water treatment scenarios and the right system to use.
Stay itch-free this summer with these guide-tested tips.
Marcus Woolf explores history and wilderness during a six-day trip through the Smokies.
Kristin Bjornsen hikes into the Sierras to meet Gus, a new breed of highly trained
rescue professional that's already patrolling Yosemite for lost and injured
By crunching numbers on the thousands of lost hiker cases in the backcountry each year, Robert Koester hopes to keep you on track.
Tiny. Featherweight. Simple. Affordable. From the windy peaks of Colorado's Rockies to the icy summits of New Hampshire's Presidentials, these canister stoves kept us fat and happy.
Everything you need to eat well in the backcountry.
Go wireless, get dialed in, and navigate like a pro with these gadgets.
Follow our fool-proof three-stage guide to getting your kids as psyched as you are about getting outside.
Get outside earlier and faster by taking less with you. Here's how to ditch excess gear and pack light, tasty food.
Team trips will help get you outside faster than solo outings.
If you want to hit the trail before everyone, you'll need to get your gear in gear. Here's how.
A little thought and planning in the office can put you on the trail earlier than everyone else. Get started with this primer from productivity experts.
We guarantee you can triple your trail time this summer. How? Our step-by-step guide solves every challenge–work overload, gear chaos, no partner, family demands–so you can enjoy more of what you live to do every weekend: hike.
A quick guide to the best acres, trails, and views.
Threatened by OHVs, logging, and overgrazing a 120,000-acre proposed addition to Red Buttes Wilderness would quintuple its size and benefit the Pacific Crest Trail.
Urban sprawl and local opposition lead the threats to this 84,000-acre tract of Coronado National Forest.
A two-day, 17-mile zigzag along blueberry-lined mountain ridges will give you a dose of the 24,000-acre "Crown Jewel of the Monongahela," threatened by oil and gas drilling.
The biggest threat to his critical gap between the Weminuche and Uncompahgre Wilderness Areas? Off-highway vehicles.
Oil and gas development threaten these 65,000 acres. Float the Green River to see what's at stake.
On the Brooks Range's Arctic slop, coal mining and oil and natural gas drilling are threats to half a million caribou, and the Arctic's highest concentration of grizzlies.
Development, bureaucracy, and apathy threaten this Glacier-like mecca, home to grizzlies, fields of beargrass, and superlative alpine hiking.
Oil drilling and vacation homes threaten on of the last Chestnut tree bastions, a 5,191-acre proposed Wilderness Area in the Allegheny National Forest.
The thread to this Down East trail? Vacation homes. Passing through roughly 10 miles of private land that has yet to be protected, wilderness designation could neutralize the looming threat.
It's never been easier to help save the wilderness–no donations, no petitions, no pulaski swinging required. The only thing you have to do is go backpacking.
Climb riverside bluffs in the South's oldest national forest.
Camp cooking and cleanup goes much faster with Evernew's ceramic-coated pots.
This sustainable light gives cap-wearers a viable headlamp alternative.
This stove comes tailor-made for winter campers and high-altitude mountaineers.
Few stoves are tougher or more stable than the Brunton Raptor.
This tiny, fast stove performs great in poor weather.
The Optimus Crux Lite is meant for backcountry foodies who need precise cooking control.
If you need speed, this boil-test champ is your stove of choice.
Extremely lightweight and versatile, this stove can handle just about anything.
Our restless guinea pig snooze-tested the latest science and gear to bring you a simple plan that's guaranteed to improve your backcountry ZZZ's.
Three generations of American mountaineering royalty discuss their sport, their fears, and their new mission: design great gear.
Treat dental problems–from minor to major–with these tips.
Search-and-Rescue guru Robert Koester creates a quick profile of the average victim and his behavior.
You know that the big-name parks draw big-time crowds. But each of those outdoor icons has a lesser-known replacement that offers some of the same classic features and epic scenery–and you get it all to yourself.
Get the bug dope ready: The bloodthirsty mosquito is heading your way this summer.
The secret to long-term health and fitness? Reap backpacking's many benefits–a strong heart, lean muscle, superior endurance–through every stage of your life. Here's how.
Beaches, wildlife, and prairies in Minnesota, Mississippi, Wisconsin, Missouri, Iowa, Ohio, North Dakota, Kansas, and Illinois make the Midwest a hiker's paradise.
From blueberry picking in New York and New Hampshire to pure solitude in New Hampshire and Maine, moose sitings in Vermont, and peaks in New York, these the hikes feature the best of the Northeast.
From canyons to rock art to waterfalls, the Southwest has an abundance of natural beauty.
Take is stunning rivers and waterfalls, killer views, and amazing wildlife in Virginia, Alabama, Arkansas, Florida and Texas with these hikes.
With alpine views, hot springs, wildflowers and wildlife, these hikes in Colorado, Wyoming, Idaho, and Montana offer the best of the Rockies.
From dawn-to-dusk epics in Utah canyons to lazy-picnic blueberry strolls in Maine–plus hikes to peaks, redwoods, hot springs, beaches, and more–here are 100 ways to spend a perfect day on the trail.
From dayhikes to weekends to weeklong hikes our Grand Canyon expert will have you ready to hit this natural wonder in no time. PLUS: Get dialed with essential skills.
The best view in the Grand Canyon can't be seen from the rim. Brave the trek to Royal Arch, hidden deep in the gorge, and your world will never look the same.
Hike across forested hills to gape at ocean vistas just one hour north of San Francisco.
Get national park scenery without the crowds on an alpine overnight with lakeside camping.
Disappear into the largest–and probably the wettest–wilderness east of the Mississippi.
This iconic summit shouldn't be rushed. Save the experience on this 33-mile trek.
A stunning new hike—plus two thrilling classics—in the Rockies' top spot for big backpacking adventures.
Kelly Bastone hiked a long-forgotten trail through Yosemite's North Rim and documented the trek on video, in photographs, and using GPS.
Ed Viesturs, Peter Whittaker, Dave Hahn, and young guns Seth Waterfall and Melissa Arnot are joining forces to create a new line of gear and attack Mount Everest.
Heading out for a long haul? With these backpacks, you'll have the room you need for long trail comfort.
From this year's Editors' Choice winner to the ultimate organizational wonder, these weekend packs are perfect for heading to the hills Friday to Sunday.
Heading out for the day? We have your can-do ultimate daypack. From the best bargain to the lightest on the market, these packs have everything you need.
From the most headroom to the best deal, three isn't a crowd with these tents.
All you need is a roof over your head you say? A tarp might be just what you're after.
Head to the high-country with these altitude-ready tents.
Going solo? Options abound with these 1-person tent choices.
From the most innovative to the most eco-friendly, pitch one of these 2-person tents for your home away from home.
We tested 150 boots this year, tallying enough trail miles to hike from Acadia to Denali–and back. Why? To help you find the perfect outdoor footwear.
We tested 150 boots this year, tallying enough trail miles to hike from Acadia to Denali–and back. Why? To help you find the perfect outdoor footwear.
We tested 150 boots this year, tallying enough trail miles to hike from Acadia to Denali–and back. Why? To help you find the perfect outdoor footwear.
We tested 150 boots this year, tallying enough trail miles to hike from Acadia to Denali–and back. Why? To help you find the perfect outdoor footwear.
Home improvement: The best new shelters are roomy and light, thanks to innovative pole structures that expand space and reduce weight and bulk.
How do we know this year's packs are lighter and more comfortable than ever? We spent the last 12 months lugging loads from Denali to the 'Daks to bring you the 32 best.
From sleeping pads to trekking poles, we'll have you good to go in no time.
Accessible national forests like the George Washington and Jefferson surround national park gems like Great Smoky and Shenandoah in a southern terrain that varies dramatically from Florida's Everglades to West Virginia's wilderness.
We tested more than 500 products–stoves, clothes, cameras, filters, tech tools, knives, and meals–to find these proven performers.
Undeterred by injuries that would cripple most men, a Colorado hiker nears the halfway point in a pioneering attempt to thru-hike the true crest of the Continental Divide. In this extended online interview, Dunmire talks about his gear essentials, near misses, and the challenges that lay ahead as he continues to trace North America's spine.
A knife expert's guide to blade selection and safety
Frostnip and frostbite are poetic names for a serious health issue: frozen skin. Frostnip occurs when the first layer of skin freezes, creating pale blotches on the affected area (usually the fingers and toes). If unchecked, the condition deepens into frostbite, in which multiple layers of skin freeze. Frostbite turns the flesh white and makes it feel solid to the touch. It often causes permanent tissue damage, and in rare cases requires amputation.
Explore secret Africa on an alpine wildlife safari.
See sheer-sided fjords, calving glaciers, and the northern hemisphere's largest ice sheet.
Experience the magic of the remote Himalaya.
Lose yourself in Europe's last great wilderness.
Explore a hiker's fantasy island on Tasmania's rough-and-wild long trail.
See the Andes the way Cortez did–totally wild.
Discover the best of Kiwi wilderness–north and south–with these two hikes.
Score classic Alps scenery, adventure, and hut culture without the classic crowds.
Spain's little-known Valencia region beckons the mountain-minded adventurer with dramatic topography, sun-drenched hiking and biking, and sumptuous end-of-day feasts.
It takes a certain kind of trail to earn such a lofty title. But our top 10 deliver unrivaled scenery, challenge, local culture, and most of all–fun.
A veteran traveler discovers a world of adventure in his backyard.
In this interview the founder of adventure travel dishes on his favorite wild places, oddest encounters, and the world's next great trekking destinations.
As prosperity spreads across China, so does a passion for the outdoors. But can millions of new trekkers save Asia's vast wilderness from the march of development? Welcome to the world's next hiking frontier. PLUS, check out China's Top Treks.
Bound for one of the globe's most exotic locales? Thrive in any environment with these tips.
Tackle everything from jet lag to malaria (and those pesky mosquitoes) with our guide to staying healthy abroad.
Start your adventure right with these tips on getting to the trailhead and keeping in contact once you get there.
Leave that fuel canister at home, and other tips to consider when you're packing for your international adventure.
Don't suffer through a poorly planned trip: Use our tips to choose a destination and create a to-do list to begin your adventure.
We've traveled to 10 countries and uncovered the best adventures you never knew existed.
From stings to dehydration, this fully-stocked kit has everything you'd need to handle a medical issue, even when overseas
This tech-saavy passport sleeve protects your documents from radio wave scanners
LowePro CompuRover is the outdoor photographer's best friend.
For a rough day on the trail, wear Patagonia's stable Scramble 35 daypack.
Roll, carry, or tote around your gear with the versatile High Sierra Overpass Wheeled bag.
The North Face Base Camp Series duffel is reliable through the worst dragging, zipper-yanking and rain.
Durable and lightweight, the Granite Gear Ultraflight 115 will keep you rolling.
Trek across the roof of the Andes, mix in some trail riding–on bike and horseback–and climb a 19,000-foot volcano.
Traverse the unknown end of the Alps–by trail, canyon, and cliff face–on this demanding journey in and around Triglav National Park.
Superheated water sprays from Yellowstone ground.
Nepal's Annapurna Circuit can't compete with the world's best treks for lavish huts, extreme solitude, and sumptuous cuisine. So why is it still number one? Let us count the reasons.
Hike, paddle, and swim narrow canyons before running class IV rapids on an inflatable boogie board.
Trek between Buddhist villages, raft Himalayan whitewater, and ride an elephant in the shadow of 8,000-meter peaks.
Float, backpack, and mountain bike Canada's wild west coast.
Discover the best hike in every state, as voted by BACKPACKER readers. Plus: your essential gear, most desirable tentmate, worst-ever adventure movie, and our picks for the best reader-submitted photos.
Associate editor Shannon Davis tells us more about the highs and lows of his honeymoon trek (featured in March 2009's "The Perfect Circle") on the sky-scraping Annapurna Circuit in Nepal.
Happy coincidence for wildlife-loving paddlers: Canoes and woodland caribou converge like nowhere else on Earth in Ontario's Slate Islands. PLUS: See video of caribou on the move.
One Minnesota doctor and his team have discovered a new treatment that reduces the need for amputations.
Have one of these three common health problems? Stay safe on the trail by taking sensible precautions.
Frostbite is bad news. Learn how to safely treat frozen feet.
The Trip Doctor reveals what works better against grizzleis than buckshot.
Hike North America's deepest canyon
Climb the Lower 48's highest peak on a route with all of the thrills but none of the crowds.
We'll show you how to see these majestic birds in the wild.
You guessed, it, you need to head North. Here's where you'll get the best view of the Northern Lights.
Plunge from rainforest to caldera in Hawaii's famously explosive national park
Denver teacher Mike Haugen sets a new state summits speed record–fifty state highpoints in less than 50 days!
Author Tracy Ross discusses her feature story "Dogs of War" devoted to the debate raging in Alaska over the famed Toklat wolf pack.
The last time our author took his buddy camping, they stopped speaking for a year. A decade later, they still haven't hit the trail together. Which means there's only one thing to do: Try again.
Thirty miles up the trail from Springer Mountain, Winton Porter shelters and feeds thru-hikers–and works tirelessly to slash their pack weight.
Maine's newly minted Thoreau-Wabanaki Trail tracks the famous naturalist's 1800s expeditions. Good news: It's still wild.
At right around two pounds per person, these three-season, double-occupancy shelters do everything but weigh you down.
I'm organizing my first group trip. Can I rent gear for newbies who may not be ready to buy?
Pick your own path to an empty 14er.
Explore hidden gorges and spy rarely seen wonders on this three-week raft trip designed specifically for hikers.
Scout for gold–and desert views–amid this Texas park's spray of late-fall foliage.
Eat like a pro with our recipes for every course.
Close a wound, remove a tick, prevent poison ivy rash, and more essential tips.
Patch a tent hole, layer for extreme conditions, clean your stove, make an old bag warmer, and more.
Find water anywhere, make a fire in five minutes, learn secrets for battling mosquitoes, and more.
We'll show you how to be ready to the the trail in 20 minutes, guaranteed. Now gear up!
Want to be a better hiker? Look no further. Our comprehensive guide is packed with the backcountry secrets that separate average campers from true wilderness experts.
Wouldn't it be cool if you could turn your friends into mewling, terrified--I mean, wouldn't it be cool to be able to tell a great ghost story on your next camping trip? Here's how.
Ghost stories always seem scarier beside a flickering campfire. So, dim your headlamp and scoot up closer: our writer-at-large explores the ghoulish beginnings of these age-old tales and shares a few of his all-time favorite blood-curdlers. We dare you to read on.
Flesh-eating bears. Dive-bombing eagles. Can a regular guy escape certain death armed with only the clothes on his back and the skills he learned on TV from Les Stroud, Bear Grylls, and John Rambo?
When a storm comes out of nowhere, learn how to handle the unexpected.
Learn how to plan and react when and unexpected injury creeps up on you.
How did you get here? How can you get out? Staying found starts at home.
Survival depends on more than dumb luck–to live to see another day, you must correctly navigate a tricky series of choices. Here's how to do it when the consequences couldn't be higher.
On a snowy night in New Hampshire, Congressional candidate Gary Dodds crashed his car, wandered into the woods, and collapsed. Twenty-seven hours later, rescuers carried him out. And then the real drama began.
Adventure racing isn't for those without high pain thresholds, but here's three ways to cut down on the inevitable hurt.
Survivors of the Bataan death march overcame one of history's most grueling
walks. What kept them on their feet? and could you do the same? every year,
more than 4,000 people hike through the New Mexico desert to find out.
Thru-hike the most remote miles in California's range of light
The world's tallest tree towers above a secret location deep within the
lush, tangled backcountry of Redwood National Park. Determined to find this
our correspondent discovers something more incredible than he ever imagined.
Is he a pilgrim, a victim, or a thief? The Appalachian Trail provides a path and refuge to all sorts of seekers. Few are as baffling as the man they called Saved.
Use this step-by-step guide to beat 7 common backcountry fears. Plus, ideal hikes for overcoming–or avoiding–the source of your scare.
Conquer any fear with this DIY guide to applying a proven treatment plan called cognitive-
behavioral therapy. Think of it as training for the mind.
Don't let groundless phobias ruin–or even prevent–your backcountry adventures. Here's a foolproof plan for overcoming your terrors.
What to know about hiking with asthma
Your partner can't go on. Should you stay–or go for help?
Here's how to avoid hypothermia.
The most remote spot in the Lower 48 is inside Yellowstone National Park. It's also the goal of our correspondent. What he encounters–and what it says about the solitude backpackers treasure–will surprise you. PLUS: See more of his photos and read a Q&A.
Grand Canyon raft guide and Havasupai tribal member Shana Watahomigie becomes a paddling–and Hollywood–pioneer.
The system was rigged, says a former ranger. Here's how to beat it.
Hike with grizzlies in this remote northern corner of Alaska's greatest park.
America's first national park is a playground for grizzlies, wolves, moose, and hikers (not in that order).
Explore two ecosystems in this hinterland of moss-draped forests, ancient trees, and snowcapped peaks.
Trees, trees are everywhere, but sometimes there isn't a dry twig in sight.
Graze blueberry patches, explore swimming holes, and tag the South's high points on this sultry hike.
Send him out on a work trip. Let wilderness do the rest.
Drop into America's belly on a little-known hike that dips in and out of four different canyons, each blessed with gurgling spring water.
It's the gear world's ultimate endurance event: a full day and night roaming the aisles at Bean's flagship store in Freeport, Maine. Will our man survive?
First John Francis stopped riding in cars. Then he stopped talking.
More than three decades, two continent-spanning hikes, and countless trail miles later, he's still following his remarkable path of protest–only now he's not alone.
Climb classic Sierra passes, ogle granite monoliths, and camp above treeline in John Muir's second home.
Scramble up class III peaks and cross late summer snowfields on this strenuous but straightforward trip through Montana's big-mountain country.
The ultimate vacation in one of America's iconic parks requires the ultimate hiking plan: classic scenery, no crowds, and secret campsites. Here's how to spend a perfect week in Glacier, Yosemite, Yellowstone, Grand Canyon, Olympic, Denali, and the Great Smoky Mountains.
And other ways to prevent tick-borne infections
To discover the best-kept secrets in Utah's Grand Gulch, you need to start
at the bottom.
You don't need a boat to see this spectacular national lakeshore. Here's how to explore the best of its bluffs and beaches by foot (and paddle).
This question fuels the debate regarding how to help the aging national park system improve.
Mark Jenkins, the author of "Destination Nowhere," discusses his Yellowstone assignment to find the most remote spot in the United States.
In "Destination Nowhere" (September 2008), Mark Jenkins explores the most remote wilderness location in the continental United States–a top-secret spot in Yellowstone. See his trip photos and read an interview with Jenkins where he discusses the assignment.
Finding total Southwest solitude
Exploring a high, wild corner of the North Cascades
Floating a liquid maze in the Northeast's lake-riddled forests
Rambling a granite redoubt
Ready to dial up the adventure meter? Try out your digital skills–and go places most people can't–on these life-list journeys.
How to retrace each segment of the author's perfect week from "A Perfect Week in the Tetons."
You won't waste a minute with our only-the-highlights hiking and climbing guide to the West's archetypal range. From the loftiest summits to the loneliest cross-country routes, this seven-day sampler visits every type of Tetons treasure-and then some.
Stay cool with expert tips for boiler days.
Spectacular lake views, granite-edged trails, and surprising solitude will make you want to go in circles on the Tahoe Rim Trail.
On your mark, get set ... hike. Inside a 5,600-mile footrace on the country's hardest trail.
3-D hike videos, complete trip planner pdfs, our interactive ParkFinder tool, and more.
We sent 209 readers out to GPS the Continental Divide Trail, the biggest, baddest long-distance path of them all. They brought back the makings of the first authoritative map of this American classic. These are their stories–and their favorite sections.
With the right preparation–and a little help from a half-dozen friends, two exotic techno-gadgets, and one very sweaty hypoxic chamber–can a sea-level-dwelling rookie climb the highest peak in Colorado?
Want to hike farther, explore tougher terrain, and carry big loads without bonking? To achieve your biggest backcountry goals, you have to change how you eat.
Get trail-fit in six weeks with this simple exercise plan.
Achieve peak performance on the trail with our complete guide to training and eating like a backpacker.
On this burly, 210-mile traverse, which crosses 33 passes and barely touches established trails, you can find Alaska-sized scenery, complete solitude, and just enough risk to keep things interesting.
Animals can't talk. But Ed Newcomer can. As an elite U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service detective, he goes undercover to protect threatened raptors, bears, even butterflies–and bring poachers and smugglers to court. Inside the agency's latest covert operation.
Dogs can get hurt on the trail just like you. Here's how to treat 5 common problems.
Long-distance runner Russell Secker feels your foot pain–and he knows how to get rid of it.
You can't hike with a bum ticker–follow these heart-healthy strategies to stay on the trail longer.
With a thousand islands and countless passages, this little-visited treasure is a watery maze. Here's the way in–and out.
Two Everest-scaling Sherpas face their biggest challenge yet–surviving suburban America.
Once a guide and counselor near Yosemite, up-and-coming musician Brett Dennen is now taking his backcountry jams to the masses.
The year's best packs, boots, tents, jackets, and sleeping bags. Period. Plus, a never-die headlamp, a life-saving beacon, a back-saving ultralight chair, and more innovative, trail-tested gear.
In search of a guilt-free adventure in the tropics, Jason Daley discovers the line between saving the world–and seeing it.
The planet's most dynamic landscape is full of bubbling hot springs, steaming geysers, and kaleidoscopic lava flows. Hike Iceland's epic Laugevegur Trail, and join the action.
6 more must-dip pools from Alaska to Hawaii
Here are the top wilderness soaks on the continent. Can you keep a secret?
Get ready for spring with 3 joint-specific routines.
The latest health news reveals that ankle injuries are more common than you'd think. Here's some beta.
Full schedule? Here's how to work in working out.
What to grab when you need a boost
Air travel advice from an FAA expert
Nature calls, even in the wilderness. We've found 5 products that will make your outdoor bathroom runs easy, hygienic, and safe.
Stay dry on spring treks in Minnesota, New Mexico, and more.
Discover a slice of rare Eastern wild country in West Virginia, where Canadian taiga meets Southern forests.
Want to hike where the most predators exist? Pack your courage and follow these directions.
Want to boost your backcountry karma? Here are three places to hike–and give back.
Like it or not, national parks are officially in the business of business. Will this focus destroy the soul of a national institution - or save it in these lean times?
New features and web-based tools enable Backpacker's passionate online community to share trips, post pictures, and get the latest in gear reviews and adventure news and content.
For these three fitness gurus staying fit is a job requirement.
The best gear in the world can be worthless in the wrong conditions. That's where Backpacker's Perfect System comes in.
Everyone loves national parks - but are they being loved to death? Join a star-studded roundtable to explore the fate of this embattled American institution.
Can I get married in a national park?
Want to hike visit Yellowstone in winter? Follow our guide to get all the winter highlights.
Advice on kids and herbs at altitude.
What happens when a couple's vows are tested by hard miles and hunger pains on the John Muir Trail? A sore-footed bride tells all.
Camp like a pro with 83 field-tested tips and techniques from experts who earn their paychecks in the backcountry.
Half a world away, you'll find exotic highs while hiking in Tasmania.
He'd toss the titanium stove and build a big fire. Our man enrolls in a traditional guide school and learns how to survive - and think - like an American original.
Packs, tents, boots, and bags--that's easy. Now comes the hard part: Everything else. Below, you'll find our top picks for all the lust-worthy backcountry essentials you'll need to make your trip safe, fun, and simple.
Our map team has been hard at work plotting the coolest hikes. Check out May's selections here.
Packs, tents, boots, and bags–that's easy. Now comes the hard part: Everything else. Below, you'll find our top picks for all the lust-worthy backcountry essentials you'll need to make your trip safe, fun, and simple.
When a scramble turns to a nightmare learn how to help yourself.
When you're stuck in the desert unexpectedly conserve, conserve, conserve.
How do hikers meet their maker in the backcountry? The answers may surprise you.
On August 25, 2005, Johan Otter and his 18-year-old daughter, Jenna, hiked right into the worst nightmare of any Glacier National Park backpacker: a 300-pound mother grizzly protecting two cubs. Here, in his own words, the 45-year-old physical therapist from Escondido, CA, shares the incredible story of their life-and-death struggle.
Did High Sierra ranger Randy Morgenson succumb to depression or disaster?
From snowblindness to wrong turns, everyday wilderness adventures can turn ugly if you're not prepared for everything.
Follow correspondent Kevin Fedarko into the remote Utah slot canyon where Ralston famously separated himself from his right forearm.
John Donovan disappeared in a high-elevation blizzard, leaving rescuers and friends stumped. His backpack contained a miracle clue. Bill Donahue investigates.
Retracing the route to people's accidents can help us prevent our own. These 10 trips lead you to the exact locations of disasters from Denali to the Grand Canyon.
Pine beetles are felling more trees than wildfires and the timber industry combined.
As the earth warms, here's how higher temps will affect our forests.
You're lost, hungry, and starting to shiver: Time to play squirrel.
Recover from high-mileage days with these before-and-after stretches.
With more features, a new look, and the most informative content this side of the trail, the new Backpacker.com is amped up with the best in adventure, gear, travel, skills, and survival on the web.
What do Florida's Everglades and Alaska's Wrangell-St. Elias have in common? Both face uncertain futures as temperatures rise.
One writer ditches his S.U.V. for a vegetable oil-powered Volkswagon Beetle and drives into the Sierras to hike the Pacific Crest Trail and test his environmentalist platitudes
We surveyed more than 40 scientists, conservationists, and professional adventurers, then ranked the 15 parks that are most in peril from climate change.
Learn the steps to take if you're bitten by a poisonous snake.
When cooking in the backcountry, don't leave home without...
Things happen fast in the wilderness. It's important to learn the right and wrong actions beforehand so you can react accordingly.
From water purifiers to first-aid kits, these accessories are also essentials.
Restaurant-quality dining on the trail. Choose from Mushroom and Tomato Orzo with Pesto or Chicken Posole Wraps for your next campfire dinner.
Unwind after a long hike chilé fondue, French bread bruchetta, or an Asian peanut dip
Spice up your oatmeal with lemony blueberry sauce. Or go for camp-side blueberry pancakes--topped by more blueberry sauce.
Avoid the Pop-Tart rut with Backpacker's seven-day, two-person shopping and menu list.
Eat for energy minus the meat with this three-day, two-person meal plan.
A three-day, two-person menu and shopping list for those who go camping to escape the rigors of everyday life--including the kitchen.
From cashew-ginger chicken to fruited scones, tasty breakfast, lunch, and dinner options for the trail and the campsite.
What to eat when you're one person spending one day on the trail and looking to travel light
There are plenty of pre-packaged first aid kits out there but, here are some good ingredients that should go in most kits for most types of hikes. Keep in mind that the longer the hike, or the larger the group, the more safety gear you should bring.
Make sure you don't forget a thing with our comprehensive gear checklists for pretty much any trip occasion. Plus, learn how to pick the perfect piece of gear.
Inspired by a mountain view, Don Moseman walked out of prison and hiked his way to a better life.
Help yourself hike out after an ankle injury
Four trailworthy variations on favorite regional recipes
Use this quick guide to determine what type of backcountry first aid training you need.
Learn how to avoid shady characters on the trail.
Different cities have different rules for recycling your used fuel canisters
3 simple heat shields to keep your meals toasty in the backcountry
Cardiac arrest is the number three killer in the outdoors&ndashlearn how to prevent, recognize, and treat trail-side heart issues.
Enhance bland backpacking food with an ultralight spice kit including everything from curry to soy sauce.
Banish blah food with this 3-day guide to quick, delicious meals.
4 easy recipes that will warm your whole body.
A naturopath's top 5 remedies for common backpacking injuries.
Sweaty feet, thick socks, and sturdy boots are a blister cauldron. Learn four easy ways to keep your feel clean, dry, and blister free.
4 steamy drinks to spice up your after-dinner stargazing
Find out what happens when four people hike the 221-mile John Muir Trail in just a week. Then learn how to bag the classic in more sensible lightweight fashion.
No, it's not an oxymoron. You, too, can say buh-bye to endless energy bars and instant rice glop--and eat like royalty for less than two pounds a day.
A 10-step plan for getting your base pack weight under 15 pounds
In 10 days, carrying just 25 pounds, you can pound through the John Muir Trail...happily. Get the plan.
The wilderness can be deadly if you don't know what you're doing. Take our test to rate your survival IQ—and learn a few skills that might save your hide.
Recently released as a full-length memoir, The Source of All Things
was first published as a feature article in BACKPACKER in December 2007. This is the full-text of that article.
Shave pounds from your whole packing list.
Got a few days off, a pair of healthy feet, and a pain threshold higher than Dean Karnazes? You can (possibly) blaze the length of America's Most Beautiful Trail
Sharpen your double-bit axe, get your pecs ready for action, and shoulder the biggest pack you've ever seen. Then dive into the trenches with a screwball trailbuilding crew, fixing the neediest hiking paths in the Adirondacks. Assuming you're not afraid of some very heavy lifting, this just might be the ultimate summer job.
Hiker Gerald Holzer recounts a 2005 grizzly attack in Yellowstone.
Learn the signs so you can get on the road to recovery faster.
Some things are so inevitable there's no sense disputing them: death, taxes, and the unrivaled beauty of the Sierra.
Get to know the ticks that cause Lyme-and those that don't
A park ranger's struggle with the tick-borne illness.
A comprehensive guide to tick-borne illnesses beyond Lyme Disease.
The latest on prevention, symptoms, and treatment
To protect yourself from ticks-and reduce your risk of contracting Lyme disease-follow these steps.
Several tests can detect the Lyme bacteria. Find out which one you should take if you are bitten.
Simple question, complex answer.
Use this quick approach to remove ticks from your body.
Any way you slice it, Lyme disease is an expanding problem. Use this map and chart to understand how the disease is growing.
You won't want to miss this breathtaking 8-mile dayhike.
Lyme disease may be the nation's #1 wilderness health threat, but it's no reason to avoid the outdoors. Check out this special report on tick-borne illness to learn how to protect yourself and your family.
Bob Coomber is determined to become the first man in a wheelchair to ascend a 14,000-foot mountain.
Learn to recognize, avoid and treat poison ivy, poison oak and poison sumac. Start by scrolling through the photos below.
30 days to a killer trail body with cardio and strength workouts for backpackers.
Teach your youngsters the basics; it could save your life.
A revolutionary stove-and-pot set that'll cramp your prep time with super-fast boils.
A compact, superlight canister stove to call your own.
Fend off a cold-weather slump with these expert strategies.
4 indoor workouts that'll keep you outdoors-ready
Pick your poison with three epic adventures in Yellowstone: camping, canoeing, and ski touring
Everyone loves national parks--but are they being loved to death? Join representatives from the Park Service, Department of the Interior, Sierra Club, American Hiking Society, and more to explore the fate of this embattled American institution.
Like it or not, national parks are officially in the business of business. Will this focus destroy the soul of a national institution--or save it in these lean times?
Our scribe-turned-pizzaman labors in the land of granite and pulls back the curtain on the seasonal-employment fantasy.
Drought is giving Glen Canyon--and those who love it--a second chance. Here are four spectacular reasons why we should protect this Southwest wilderness by making it America's next national park.
Write your own ticket to new adventures with these 10 territory-expanding skills.
Can you see the forest through the trees? Join a bittersweet trek through an old-growth wilderness in its final days.
Got summit fever? The sky's the limit with a fitness plan and climbing tips from world-class mountaineer Ed Viesturs.
The author sets out to camp in New York's Central Park--and winds up roused by matters of life and death.
Feel good at 10,000 feet with advice from a Rainier guide.
Catch the hot spot before it's too late
Up high and down under--Tasmania's wildest hiking route.
Get strong with yoga poses used by a world-class climber
16 wild ways to find backcountry solitude and big-time scenery. All this, and you can bring the ice chest, too.
Prevent blisters, hike grit-free, and find arch support in a lightweight boot
A lifeguard's guide to using sunscreen
Hot first aid tips for treating sunburn
No gyms, no weights–and, with our easy-to-follow plan–no bonking on the trail.
Hike a historic long path through Yellowstone--if you're lucky enough to find it.
Health tips for backpackers experiencing life-threatening or just plain annoying bee stings on the trail
Colorado climber Ricardo Peña's surprising discovery raises new questions in the infamous tale of survival
Coming soon to your city: far-out adventures that are shockingly close to home.
Push yourself on any of these challenging hikes
7 tricks for averting on-the-trail allergies
4 techniques to soothe trail-weary muscles
Show your knees a little TLC
To hike from Mexico to Canada and back, a man needs strength and speed and luck. He needs something else, too. If only he knew what it was.
It's better than you've heard, and closer than you think. Here's how to see it all in 10 perfect days.
Three days. Two nights. Five New Yorkers who had never slept outdoors. And a leader who has some issues with map and compass. What could go wrong?
Canyoning, mountaineering, kayaking, and camping, Kiwi-style
Get ready for your first race with a fitness plan from a world champ
Sunburned eyes can throw you to the sidelines for a painful 48 hours. Learn how to prevent and treat this winter threat.
America's preeminent bear tracker backpacks Idaho's most remote wilderness looking for signs of the lost grizzlies of the Bitterroots--and winds up staring at the great bruin's future.
Hike and climb-and then kick back-in a High Sierra sweet spot.
Head through the Pearly Gates for a heavenly sunrise
You could do it in a day, but don't rush this one.
Come enjoy this high peak's playground
Don't forget your sound judgment when summitting this high point.
The toughest high point in the lower 48
Your car does all the climbing here.
The mosquitoes make it challenging, but the towering sedimentary rock makes it worth it.
Get to the top and you'll hear a joyous echo
Bighorn sheep and golden eagles await you at this high point.
An easy high point with an unpredictable personality
Expect unexpected challenges to reach the summit
The longest and wildest approach in the bunch
Come visit this Cherokee named place of fresh green.
This peak lives up to its reputation.
The mile-long walk invites contemplation like few other high point approaches.
A high point that provides an alluring combination of scenery, storms, and access.
A humble high point in a low-lying state
Welcome to this delightfully weird world of extremes.
It's all about the journey.
Look closely for the path to this high point.
America's bloodiest high point
A downright goofy dome marks this highpoint.
Let our wilderness EMT teach you the best way to treat those gushing cuts and scrapes.
Go from the path of racecars to the path of a high point.
Hit the high point and move on to the other attractions this park offers.
You think thru-hiking the Appalachian Trail is a long walk?
Find this high point in the largest national forest outside of Alaska.
Lay low like Jesse James at this high point.
Something's happening in this spot where nothing happened.
The view is nothing to write home about, but this newly crowned high point deserves a visit.
This old logging camp and woolly mammoth marching ground provides incredible views.
A fitting place to ponder the true meaning of the term Hoosier.
If you loathe traffic, the commute to White Butte is pure ecstasy.
There's not a bad napping spot anywhere.
Access is limited, but well worth the view.
Is there a sense that's more powerful? We'll let you be the judge.
Time it just right to get to the top of this one.
Traveling to this point will leave you at a loss for words.
Ideas to help make the backcountry family friendly
4 simple stretches to relieve stiff, sore muscles.
Need a crash course in backpacking? Join our newbie and his brooding teenager as they fend off mountain lions, overzealous retail clerks, and other beginner hazards.
Allow the plants to color the landscape as you make your way along the trail.
Watch out for rough weather and serpentine-like roads as you drive up to this highpoint.
True highpointers will find this peak.
A long hike to the highpoint where weather and black flies could pose a challenge.
You'll find numerous surprises as you explore the lakes, rivers and forests of this highpoint.
We follow a giant, endangered caribou herd from the Yukon to Alaska's Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, Part 6.
Will anyone ever climb the dangerous northwest face of Alaska's Devil's Thumb? Maybe they shouldn't.
Sneak in the side door for a private viewing of the finest in California's High Sierra real estate.
Use your backpacking skills at the best surfing, climbing, trail running, and even paragliding spots
We follow a giant, endangered caribou herd from the Yukon to Alaska's Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, Part 5.
They kill swiftly and silently. They flit like ghosts through enemy forests. And they will brew you a fine cup of cowboy coffee. Meet America's deadliest hikers as we hump ruck with the Special Forces.
A night in Yosemite's most famous hotel
It's lean, it's mean, and it can last forever.
Learn the latest survival smarts with this military acronym
Secrets for staying on your feet from dancers, tightrope walkers, running backs, and more.
It's all fun and games 'til someone gets a tent pole in the eye.
Why are Sherpas so studly?
We follow a giant, endangered caribou herd from the Yukon to Alaska's Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, Part 4.
We follow a giant, endangered caribou herd from the Yukon to Alaska's Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, Part 3.
We follow a giant, endangered caribou herd from the Yukon to Alaska's Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, Part 2.
This classic snack offers more then just a tasty treat for backpackers.
Preventing sunburn is as simple as brushing your teeth.
Rodents can be real pests in campsites. Use this trick to stay rodent-free the whole trip long.
Got burgers on the brain? Learn why some experts say it's okay to indulge.
We follow a giant, endangered caribou herd from the Yukon to Alaska's Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, Part 1.
Can anyone really know what lurks in the heart of a grizzly? In the wilds of Russia's Kamchatka peninsula, Charlie Russell believes he is beginning to find out.
18 facts you didn't know about Alaska and Canada's Porcupine Caribou herd.
How do you plan an expedition to follow 123,000 migrating caribou across Canada and Alaska? Very carefully.
Will he keep up? Karsten Heuer embarks on an audacious 1,200-mile expedition-cum-caribou chase.
Protection one of Alaska and Canada's largest caribou herds is so close, yet so far away.
How do you plan a route following 123,000 migrating caribou across Canada and Alaska? Try to keep up.
Do your foot troubles warrant an expert's opinion? Take this quiz to find out.
A definitive guide to the hottest, sweetest, looniest, and most colorful spots in the great outdoors.
Don't let itchy eyes and a sneeze-machine nose ruin your hike. Here's our guide to keeping allergies at bay.
Winter warmth is easy with these tips from arctic explorers, cold-weather experts, and army docs.
Deep in the heart of the forbidden Tibetan kingdom, a long-awaited adventure inherited from the author's father takes an unexpected twist.
The best ultralight cookers built by BACKPACKER readers.
Deep in Wyoming's Wind River Range, an accident with a sliding boulder makes a hiker confront his life, his fate, and his faith in God.
A wilderness guide to proper care and maintenance of the family jewels.
Guide to common bugs in the backcountry.
Ten ways to avoid bug bites and what to do if bitten.
When illness or injury strikes, the medicine you need is in the plants alongside the trail and at your feet.
When you hike the world's highest peaks in search of the legendary snow leopard, be prepared for the unexpected.
Torrential rain and wind expose chinks in our author's ultralight armor, but don't dampen his enthusiasm for the pleasures of unencumbered trekking.
12 ways to get more miles out of your legs.
Watching snow fall is a backcountry joy--unless it's barreling 80 mph down a mountain and you're in its path.
Follow the Pacific Crest Trail through Washington's volcano country and discover the high life.
Got a bum knee or ankle? Better treatments for post-hike joint pain are on the horizon.
To keep trekking when you have the trots, feed your body the right fuel.
Our comprehensive guide to the best backpacking you can find in West Virginia.
Our comprehensive guide to the best backpacking you can find in Wyoming.
Here's what I keep in my first-aid kit to battle the itchiest rash known to medical science.
How America's tragedy affected one New Jersey hiker.
When water is scarce, minimize the amount your body expends.
Trouble sleeping in camp? Try our tips for a good night's rest.
Feeling pooped at the end of the day? Try these relaxation and breathing techniques to put more pep in your step.
Getting a good night's sleep on the trail is easier said than done. Our experts show you how to get your 20 winks.
Hike a rugged, historically rich trail for 21 miles along a nearly deserted island off British Columbia's coast.
Nuggets of knowledge from those who have brought their youngsters into the backcountry.
If disaster leaves you deep in the backcountry without any means to disinfect drinking water, what do you do? Follow these methods to stay hydrated without getting sick.
If you have asthma but don't have an inhaler, follow these procedures to breathe easy in the backcountry.
Experiencing a sore butt on the trail? Try these healing tips.
Should secret wildernesses be revealed? Utah's Anasazi artifact hotbed Cedar Mesa begs the question.
How to deal with and treat those bloodsucking leeches.
When you're deep in the wilds, a bedraggled stranger wandering into camp triggers a moral dilemma: Offer him dinner or run for the hills?
For years, hikers have dreamed of trekking in Baca Ranch's untouched, wildlife-thick backcountry. You'll soon get your chance.
Prescription drugs you should carry on the trail.
How many miles of trail or acres of wilderness will we sacrifice for a tank of gas? Here's a look at eight threatened wildernesses and what you can do to stop the drilling.
Our guide to spotting wolves on Michigan's Isle Royale.
When our firstborn son left us, the word "burial" was never uttered.
Got a clogged stove? Try this cleaning method before eating that camping meal cold.
Years and even decades after a forest fire, the healed land tells amazing tales about the benefits of flame.
How to treat yourself if you gulp down stove fuel in camp.
In an ancient cycle older than man, the fires that torched the West in summer 2000 are causing a dramatic and stunning rebirth of the once-charred landscape.
Some trailworthy soups can even help you heal.
Tips to improve your hiking stride.
Cooking with aluminum pots in camp won't cause Alzheimer's.
What to do if the berries you munched weren't safe after all.
What causes pain on the trail?
If you have a problem with snoring (that is, if you have a tentmate who snores), try this remedy on your next night in camp.
We head for the hills to escape the tensions of everyday life. So why do our heads often pound like a drum soon after hitting the trail?
Stop chafing with these tips.
A double lung transplant slows, but doesn't stop, Pacific Crest Trail hiker Dennis Coffey.
How to identify and treat swimmer's ear in the wilderness.
Our medicine man gives his food suggestions for recovering in the backcountry.
We know the strength that courses through flesh and bone when standing at a trailhead, ready to set out and practice our primitive art.
Antibiotic ointment, a basic element of every first-aid kit, has gotten a bad rap lately.
Use these tips to bug-proof your clothes.
Activist and former backpacker David Brower reflects on his life in the political trenches and on the trails.
Think blisters are a sure thing when you hike? Think again: Here's your ticket to preventing and treating the dreaded sores.
Ginkgo helps with altitude sickness and cold.
"With some eagerness, and some anxiety, and some misgiving, we enter the canyon below?." -John Wesley Powell, August 13, 1869
High on a Montana mountain, the mystery of a long-lost climber continues to unravel for those willing to make the arduous trek and search for clues that literally lie at your feet.
On your next tropical dip, beware of water-borne bacteria.
Even diabetes can't slow down hikers with these health tips.
After a long, hard day, nothing is more disappointing than a stove that refuses to fire. Follow these 10 essentials for foolproof stove features and techniques.
Water treatments defined.
Sometimes, despite all the commitments and obligations, you know what you have to do.
Do you know your backcountry poisonous threats?
To stem the pain, act fast when treating burns.
You can add another disease to those you might get from ticks: ehrlichiosis.
Soreness and tightness in your shins (aka shin splints) can make every step along the trail painful.
You can freeze to death and still live to tell about it.
Your daily cups of java seem innocent-until you hit the trail and don't get your normal caffeine buzz for a couple of days.
Forgot your toothbrush? You can still practice good hygiene.
Think crypto comes only from polluted water? Your healthy camp mate could be a carrier.
Keep scrapes clean with lightweight cleaning pads.
Everything you'd want in a long trail.
Quick Tips to Prevent, Recognize, and Treat Hypothermia.
Compared with the rough-and-tumble Chilkoot Trail, the Senate is a walk in the park for Ione Christensen.
Smelling foul in the outdoors is nothing new. Check out these historical tidbits.
Use ziplock baggies with your water purifiers for extra safety.
Body odor can get pretty bad on the trail. Here's how to make sure you never again hear the words, "What's That Smell?"
How to improve your tolerance for cold and enhance your outdoor performance.
Your 3 million sweat glands can make for a sweaty, smelly hike.
With a few precautions, expecting hikers can hit the trail.
The best way to honor a wilderness-minded senator is to hike the Jackson Wilderness.
We're not saying you need a pedicure, but a toenail trim doesn't hurt on the trail.
New trail-tested advice for shading your face from the sun.
Your finger got crushed between a rock and a hard place. Here's what to do.
Follow this cover-up advice before you head into the desert.
Hikes with a lot of elevation gain and loss are prime for getting tendinitis in the Achilles tendon.
Unless you're partial to polluted water, don't fill your bottle during or just after a major storm.
When you have park visitors asking such questions as, "The animals aren't really wild, are they?" you have a recipe for disaster.
Where the words "wild" and "life" take on new meaning
Robert Taylor wants African-Americans to know "there's something great out there."
Should we pave the wilderness and install escalators for the disabled? No, says a former backpacker.
Is the legendary jackalope the most endangered species in the Lower 48 or just an old cowboy tale that refuses to die?
Wind chill can nip noses or lead to frostbite. Here's what you should know.
Startling research reveals the backcountry melts tension.
In a strange way, music and wilderness go hand in hand.
Five troubled teens and three well-meaning volunteers head into the Colorado mountains, hoping the wilds will help heal the youngsters. But in the end, it's hard to tell whose lives were forever shaped by the experience, the youths or the adults.
Classic eastern mountain scenery along West Virginia's skyline pathway.
Sore shoulders after lugging a pack? Try this exercise remedy.
Suffer a bone-related injury and one of these high-tech splints will quickly become your best friend.
With the fervor of a pulpit-pounding evangelist, Ron Strickland has wandered the land, preaching the gospel of the Pacific Northwest Trail he hoped to create.
Another bug-beating option.
Other tips to beat the most annoying backcountry biters.
Eyeball to beak with impressively taloned hawks in West Virginia's Monongahela National Forest.
Vast meadows of wildflowers sprawl across the ridgetops and valley bottoms of the Three Sisters.
Tips to beat the most annoying backwoods biters
Encountering a rattlesnake is a splendid moment in time, a cherished wilderness event--at least that's the view of Arizona researchers trying to change public perception of all things fanged.
At a campsite along the Snake River, the bugling goes on night and day.
Whether it's old and dirty or fresh off the store shelf, your first-aid kit should be able to handle any emergency.
See if your stove or water filter is safe to repair.
Secretary of the Interior Bruce Babbit knows he can't please everyone. So rather than try, he spends his time righting environmental wrongs and preserving wildlands.
Finish foot fungus fast -- and naturally.
Protester celebrates victory in a two-year battle to save a giant redwood by coming back to earth.
Cold can harm in subtle and quick ways, so it pays to be prepared.
Or anything else, for that matter, once you use this easy-to-make stove platform.
A personal perspective on healing back, joint and other body pains.
If you've had a knee injury, follow these exercises before you hit the trail again.
To all the techno-weenies with your space-age outdoor gear, Cody Lundin has some advice: For that day when your butt's on the line, you better know how to get primitive.
Got a first-aid kit? Great. Now add these over-the-counter medicines and it'll be perfect.
Make your own backcountry survival kit.
A simple blister remedy gets you back on the trail fast.
Test to see if your "shocks" -- the arches of your feet -- are blown.
In every backpacker's life, there comes a time when you stare awestruck at a mountain and wonder, "What's it like to climb that sucker?"
Log some easy "city" miles in your new hiking boots before that epic trip.
What happens when you go from sea level to altitude too fast? One brave editor found out the hard way, and offers her blow-by-blow findings in hopes that you don't suffer a similar fate.
Clean and rub them, and feet will go the distance.
After you've spent a cold, drizzly, miserable night searching for a lost or injured hiker, sometimes a few simple words of thanks make it all worthwhile.
Stay calm, have a bite to eat, and remember there's nothing to fear but fear itself.
Use these specific stretches to alleviate muscle pain.
Nothing cramps your style like a knotted muscle. Here are simple ways to stay pain-free.
Imagine that your well-coiffed, country club mother calls and says, "I want to go backpacking." Would it be your worst nightmare or a family dream come true?
Last time you went looking for a new place to hike, you probably consulted a guidebook. We all do. So why is author Michael Kelsey getting lambasted for giving us what we want?
A once-in-a-lifetime solo hike through Lake Clark National Park, where the midnight sun shines like candlelight on the mountains.
Wrangell-St. Elias National park is known for its jaw-dropping scenery, but there's just as much beauty at your feet.
How to deal with all kinds of things that get under your skin.
Fish hooks can be painful and dangerous -- here's how to get 'em out.
Journey to Alaska's far northern edge, the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, where the midnight sun shines like candlelight on the mountains.
No joint is more prone to injury than the knee. Here's what to do when faced with a backcountry blow-out.
Pretend Your Leg Is A Jelly Roll.
The big hinge in your leg is essential to hiking -- here's how the knee gets you over the pass.
Take an advanced wilderness first-aid course and you'll never have to say "I didn't know what to do" to the next-of-kin.
They paw, prance, bang heads, and curl lips. The rut is on, and there's no better time to observe the wild kingdom.
If your feet are a source of backcountry air pollution, here's how to keep them smelling sweet.
Stay away from mice out on the trail, and you'll stay away from disease-carrying ticks.
Birds and deer are your only companions on this stretch of the Allegheny Trail.
Forget what CNN and Your Daily News say about Yosemite's crowds and crime and traffic. the "treasure of the Sierra" is still a golden place for backpackers to escape.
A techno-packer and a yard-sale minimalist go stride for stride to find out what kind of equipment is best for a good time. Or more importantly, does it really matter?
When it comes to hikers with skin damage, not all cancers are created equal.
Here's how to make sense of your sunscreen.
We travel to New Mexico's Aldo Leopold Wilderness to understand the roots of the preservation movement and see just how far we've come.
Plus 24 other round-the-campfire brain stumpers every nature buff should know.
The 10 once-in-a-lifetime adventures any backwoods fanatic should have under his hipbelt before hanging up the ol' pack.
The 25 often-overlooked ways to stay healthy and injury-free.
How to keep hiking when your ankle takes a turn for the worse. Plus, keeping them strong and trail-ready.
Athletic tape can still do wonders for an injured ankle.
Putting the Ray Jardine ultralight way to the test.
He rocked the world of climbing, challenged the accepted wisdom in sea kayaking, and now Ray Jardine turned his renegade way of thinking to backpacking.
If you think ringworms crawl or chewing poison ivy prevents the itch, you're obviously a fan of medical fiction.
As the temperature dips, hypothermia can threaten survival for backwoods adventurers unaware of its warning signs.
Your odds of surviving, much less enjoying, a -30°F night in the woods rate right up there with a snowball's chance in you-know-where. That is, unless you make friends with a guy they call The Iceman.
Utah's Grand Staircase-Escalante is huge, remote, controversial, and one of the finest destinations for backpackers in the Lower 48.
Some say Goat Rocks Wilderness has the best scenery along the 2,600-mile Pacific Crest Trail. Decide for yourself.
Here's how to stay sanitary in the backcountry.
When diarrhea strikes in the backcountry and there's no porcelain for 20 miles, the proper response can save your trip.
If you take a hit to the head in the wild, think twice before deciding to hike on.
If the thought of a spider bite or bee sting makes your skin crawl, then preventing a painful encounter is the key.
How to deal with common backpacking substances that are more toxic than three-day-old socks.
Your partner just disappeared under an icy torrent. Quick, do you know what to do next?
A trek through the blast zone of a restless volcano raises questions about a father's legacy and a child's future.
What makes those golf-ball-size lumps on trees? A tiny wasp with a lot of nerve.
Even though they eat boots and pack straps, there's newfound appreciation for porcupines.
The mountain lion is the only North American predator that occasionally stalks humans. Do you have anything to fear?
When it came to continent crossing, the noted U.S. explorers were a step behind Canada's Alexander Mackenzie. And until you hike his namesake trail, you can't truly appreciate the toughness of his journey or the magnitude of his accomplishment.
On their own and with help from the government, wolves are reclaiming their former range. Should you worry?