Explore the watery continent on trips from the Indonesian coastline to Tasmania's mountains, and discover the on- and off-trail secrets of a place seemingly made for explorers.
Combine unique wildlife, extreme conditions, and an ever-changing icy landscape, and you've got the adventure of a lifetime.
What's the best backcountry guide service in Nepal? The best trail town in Chile? New Zealand's best hiker bar? Nominate your faves on every continent for our first-ever Adventure Travel awards!
The Great Walks are New Zealand's premier walking tracks. They take the walker on an incredible journey through some of the best scenery in the country.
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A slick drop-bottom feature sets this tough, smooth-rolling duffel apart.
Want to set a big goal to give your training more focus and direction? Sign up for one of these mettle-testing trail events.
If you've hiked the park's established paths, it's time to raise your game. Explore the South Rim's wilder side with this 41.1-mile, off-trail trek. The challenges: routefinding, exposure, class 3 scrambling. The rewards: riverside beach camps, big views, solitude.
Scramble through remote ravines, soak up private riverside vistas, and tour from rim to river on this stout, 25.1-mile circuit.
Start early for sunrise in the canyon and crowd-free hiking on this 13.4-miler that descends to the gorge's mezzanine level.
Find world-class scenery and challenges (no passport required) with our scouts' top day, weekend, and weeklong routes in the Big Ditch. Whether you're a canyon-country pro or a first-timer, we guarantee you'll find terrain that tests your boundaries.
See more wildlife, climb more peaks, and hike more miles with these tips that'll help every adventure traveling backpacker raise their game.
See more wildlife--and capture it better on film.
Going the distance? Use these tips to ease big-mile trips.
Read these tips to make your kids more comfortable on the trail.
Tips for overcoming jetlag, gathering beta, and getting your summit gear to foreign peaks in one piece.
Always looking for a way to go farther and faster? Get ready with these tips to take your hiking to the next level.
Learn these skills for trips that involve more than just hiking.
Follow fern-lined trails to scramble up a rocky pinnacle.
Pass waterfalls, cross empty peaks, and visit monster-size trees.
String together the Appalachian, Benton MacKaye, and Mountains-to-Sea Trails for a 48-mile instant classic that hits the park's best views and backcountry campsites.
For BACKPACKER'S Fall/Winter Gear Guide 2012, Kristin tested tons of gear. Here are a few of her special favorites.
A bomber traction device that's durable and versatile.
Ultralight, oblong, zippered sacks to help you keep all your traveling gear organized.
A lightweight, rolling duffel bag with plenty of compartments to keep you organized.
A perfect pack for the world traveler.
This culture activist is bringing diversity to the outdoors.
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.
Don't miss these affordable services, local haunts, and cultural highlights recommended by adventure-travel experts. Plus, bargaining 101.
Stay charged and in touch abroad.
Reduce the physical stress of getting there–and enjoy the ride.
Get backcountry-worthy accident insurance and plan for good-weather windows and low-traffic trails.
Stay on track in exotic terrain with tips from adventurer Pete Takeda.
Save time and energy with a knowledgeable local pro.
Our bags logged thousands of miles–through airports and atop donkeys–and we came back with these top picks, from gigantic rollers and impervious duffels to laptop carriers and packable organizers.
A staff favorite, again and again.
This spacious shoulder bag holds a surprising 45L of goods.
This cargo hauler is outfitted with a surprising number of organizational features.
If you're mixing business with adventure travel, this is the bag for you.
This stable roller bag handles curbs and rough terrain with ease.
These ultralight storage sacks, made from water-resistant and strong Ultra-Sil fabric help you stay super organized.
Going far and going big, hauling monster loads? This is your bag.
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Create a story-driven video that engages you on the trail and offers a fresh perspective on trip memories.
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.
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.
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.
Think there's nothing wild left in the Lower 48? Don't tell the grizzlies on this traverse of the Bob Marshall Wilderness.
Think you're a tough guy (or gal)? Take our five-week challenge and enter our video contest for a chance to prove it.
Hike through three ecological zones in east Texas's carnivore country.
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.
Hike from forest floor to a rocky ridge linking twin summits in Great Smoky Mountains 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.
This 10.2-mile circuit through a forest of maple, oak, and sweet gum follows the 2,000-foot ridge of Buckeye Mountain, before dropping to
peaceful Caney Creek (with plenty of camping options). Follow the flow and view multiple falls on your way back to the trailhead.
Skip Colorado's wildly popular Fourteeners and their buzzing crowds. Instead, explore Lost Creek Wilderness's granite domes, mansion-size
boulders, and fingerlike spires on a rugged, 27.6-mile circuit packed with sweeping Continental Divide views and killer riverside campsites.
Mt. Rainier's snowy, 14,411-foot crown rises less than 20 miles southwest of this 3-day, 23.3-mile lasso loop--
and you'll get
picture-perfect views of it at miles 9.8 and 10.4. Hike south along the Greenwater River before starting a 17.2-mile counterclockwise
circuit that connects Lost, George, and Echo Lakes with ridgelines overlooking Rainier's glaciated slopes.
Relax in a hiker-friendly lodge at the Appalachian Trail's southern tip.
Soak up high-desert views amid the Lone Star State's tallest peaks.
Roll from dark hollows to dolomite ridges in the Ozark highlands of Missouri's Mark Twain National Forest.
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 Appalachians hikes—from dayhikes to weekenders to multiday trips.
Conquer the rocks, ridges, and ravines on the East's toughest trail.
Your favorite parks, weekend getaways, peak ascents, campsites, and more in the Great Lakes.
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Your favorite parks, weekend getaways, peak ascents, campsites, and more in the Rockies.
Like peaks, lakes, and wildflowers? You'll love this Rockies classic in White River National Forest.
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.
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 resurrected sandstone slots.
Traverse the first long trail in Vermont.
Tackle an epic adventure in the far north.
Circumnavigate the West's most majestic mountain.
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.
Forge your own route through the Rockies' most rugged corner.
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.
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.
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Clear the schedule for next Saturday (and the rest of the year). We partnered with regional hiking clubs in 50 cities to bring you the country's top 121 local trails.
In Glacier National Park, summit a mountain that feeds three oceans.
Pass between waterfalls and mossy boulders for this long, gentle slide.
Traverse the eastern flanks of the most active volcano in the Cascades on this 11.3-mile (round-trip) dayhike in Mt. St. Helens
National Volcanic Monument. You'll encounter tufts of vibrant wildflowers and postcard views of Mt. Rainier and Mt. Adams.
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.
Circumnavigate a 425-foot-tall pink granite monolith on this 4.9-miler, which crosses a sandy creek and cruises classic Texas Hill Country west
of Austin. Spur trails to Moss Lake (backcountry campsites available) and the summit are short and worthwhile.
Pack a camera for this lollipop loop to one of the best mountain views in the park: a sit-awhile panorama, atop a 5,565-foot knob with thousand
foot drop-offs on three sides, that stretches from Mt. LeConte to the jagged peaks of the Sawteeth Range.
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.
Explore quiet forests where George Washington wintered his troops.
See ferns that play dead, then dramatically come back to life.
Witness the birthing of a species that shared the seas with dinosaurs.
Gaze into a 2,000-foot-deep tub of snowmelt.
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.
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.
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.
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 aspens and alpine hiking, plus views of the Grand Canyon, on this trek up Arizona's 12,633-foot highpoint.
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.
Climb to two killer views, see the South's best flowers, and hike to secluded falls. (Click linked trips for GPS waypoints, photos, and more.)
Hike across a state, gain the country's best foliage view, and top alpine balds. (Click linked trips for GPS waypoints, photos, and more.)
Spot a grizzly, basecamp amid Fourteeners, and relax in secluded hot springs. (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.)
Hike to the world's best tropical campsite, see elephant seals, and trek through poppies. (Click linked trips for GPS waypoints, photos, and more.)
Tackle our toughest and least-crowded routes in the Grand Canyon with this interactive map.
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.)
Bag a peak every day (and a view every step) on the country's highest-elevation footpath.
Devour the world's best scenery, chocolate, and cheese on the Via Alpina.
Learn where solitude reigns--and why. Plus: Tackle the hardest Big Ditch route we've ever published.
How to beat the crowds and find solitude in the Rockies
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This epic trip is hard, dry, steep--and gorgeous. The Cranberry Route--the final leg of this challenging loop--is the boldest, hardest scramble our scouts have done in the Grand Canyon. Study the key steps of this eight-mile section and see more details at backpacker.com/hikes/637440
. Warning: Don't attempt this route without advanced navigation skills.
Find solitude and Adventure in the Big Ditch.
Find solitude and adventure in the big ditch.
Find the best trail for your backcountry skills.
Score your own private paradise with this
insider's guide to uncrowded areas in Grand Canyon National Park.
Score wildlife sightings daily, choice views hourly--and at least one juicy burger--on this weeklong circuit. Northwest editor Michael Lanza shows you how with a GPS tracklog and Google flyover video..
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.
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See more–and have more fun–this winter with these gear and technique trips.
Take the 5.5 mile trek up Bellows Pipe Trail to the summit; while you're there, enjoy a local cocktail and a cup of chowder at Bascom Lodge.
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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.
Discover the world's oldest tree, America's biggest cavern, and Florida's largest herd of wild horses on these three treks.
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.
Mike Long, a 20-year veteran, snares a primo big-water day on the Rio Grande.
Native Americans consider hot springs sacred. Pioneer hucksters claimed they had magic healing powers. Hikers just think they feel awfully good after a long slog. The key, of course, is finding one far from beer-packing partiers. These wilderness springs require sturdy, crowd-discouraging journeys amid stunning scenery.
The Alaska Marine Highway is the world's most scenic floating campground.
Experience the magic of the remote Himalaya.
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.
Circumnavigate Europe's most iconic peak.
Walk the World's Highest Trail.
A veteran traveler discovers a world of adventure in his backyard.
Stand on the roof of Africa.
Master every detail of far-flung adventure–from visas to vaccinations–with these time-tested tips from guides and veteran globetrotters.
Explore Great Britain's answer to the Appalachian Trail.
Marvel at Middle Earth on this 33-mile, four-day Milford Track.
Brave the Old World's newest and wildest long-distance route.
Hike locals-only trails in Europe's other Alps. This 500-mile track combines rugged hiking by day with luxe living by night
We've traveled to 10 countries and uncovered the best adventures you never knew existed.
Trek across the roof of the Andes, mix in some trail riding–on bike and horseback–and climb a 19,000-foot volcano.
Weave through the Dolomite's limestone daggers.
Hike to South America's acropolis.
See azure seas from rocky peaks.
You better stand back if this Sicilian island volcano starts to spurt.
There is a reason the native's call it Sagarmatha, meaning "head of the sky."
Trekker-friendly glacier is largest in the Alps.
Trek through the earth's wildest mountain range.
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.
For one soul-searching hiker, Grayson Highlands stirs powerful memories.
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.
Denver teacher Mike Haugen sets a new state summits speed record–fifty state highpoints in less than 50 days!
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.
Experts dissect the missteps in five recent hiking tragedies
Swallowed by Sierra scenery
Gambling in the slots
Fatten griz for winter
Lost in the labyrinth
We settle the debate with winner-takes-all smackdown: Meet history's true hard man.
A staged photo op in the Tetons results in a near-crushing.
Stunned by the loss of his friends, a stranded climber struggles down one of Alaska's toughest peaks.
A gym teacher's speed hike becomes a five-day bushwhack in Olympic National Park.
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
Trek empty terrain all the way from the Grand Canyon to Zion.
Test your self-arrest skills on Mt. Adams's 12,276-foot fractured glacier.
See one of the sea's keenest hunters as you paddle San Juan Island.
Traverse the wildest part of the lower 48's last great grizzly hideaway.
Beat your own path through Denali National Park's confounding and little-traveled
Get vertical on a tricky class IV route to the top of Granite peak.
Get your feet (and more) wet on the Florida Trail's best section.
Dodge high wattage on the newest stretch of the Colorado Trail.
Got guts? Good. Now learn what skills you'll need to bag America's Little Everest—a traverse of New Hampshire's Presidential Range in Winter.
Follow these guidelines to keep your gear dry, secure, and well balanced in a canoe or kayak.
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.
Gas prices are soaring. Glaciers are melting. What's a conscientious hiker to do? Take the bus, says Dan Koeppel, who did
just that to escape downtown L.A.
As conservationists and energy developers fight over Wyoming's Red Desert, one thing is certain: There's no time like the present to hike through its unreal geography.
Sample the best section of the country's first thru-hike.
Coastal views, mountains, and fjords await on the Long Range Traverse in Newfoundland's Gros Morne National Park.
The name doesn't say it all: Arizona's premier cactus preserve conceals a cool mountain escape.
To discover the best-kept secrets in Utah's Grand Gulch, you need to start
at the bottom.
On this 70-miler, see rhododendrons by day and hike light by staying in shelters at night.
Explore big skies and pristine lakes in the Medicine Bows.
Nine ways to get your cascade fix from Tennessee to Montana.
Want a backcountry room with a view? Climb these lookouts from Vermont to Washington.
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).
Guarantee yourself a great adventure– every time–by adopting these proven routines for planning and pulling off the perfect trip.
Want to make adventure films? Emmy Award-winning director Michael Brown shows you how. Plus, go behind the scenes as BACKPACKER staffers learn from the masters at Adventure Film School.
A killer whitewater trip at the end of a stunning 40-mile canyon hike? That's the scenario on Oregon's Rogue River Trail.
From the West Coast to the Rocky Mountains to New England, we've got nine epic ridgewalks just for you.
These weekend float trips have side hikes that rival the paddling for scenery and solitude.
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.
Spectacular lake views, granite-edged trails, and surprising solitude will make you want to go in circles on the Tahoe Rim Trail.
Shhh! Find silent shores in this isolated Boundary Waters hideaway
After nearly two centuries of ecological havoc wreaked by invasive species, the gem of Channel Islands National Park is becoming a paradise again. ONLINE EXCLUSIVE: Watch a video and see two photo galleries from the island.
Hike this burly wonder to find out what inspired the Appalachian and Long Trail's founders.
Learn where to bag peaks, visit hidden cold water lakes, and trek through the eroded wonder of Badlands National Park in our Black Hills primer.
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?
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.
Hike the best section of the Great Divide Trail.
With a thousand islands and countless passages, this little-visited treasure is a watery maze. Here's the way in–and out.
Only an hour from Seattle, this Cascades gem offers killer Rainier views.
Trek the best spring blooms from the Ozarks to the Olympics with these two, three, and four day treks.
No, not the famously wind-whipped peaks in New Hampshire. Explore some of the country's lesser-known Whites with these accessible spring summits in Arizona, New Mexico, and Alaska.
Check out the steepest trail, the best swimming hole, and the wildest vista in America's most popular national park.
Utah's Range Creek hides the most intact Native American artifacts in the United States. Get there now–while you can still play archaeologist.
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?
Stay dry on spring treks in Minnesota, New Mexico, and more.
Traverse Guadalupe Mountains National Park to the state's airiest perch.
Discover a slice of rare Eastern wild country in West Virginia, where Canadian taiga meets Southern forests.
Avoid the crowds in Maine's Acadia National Park by skipping getting a jump on the season and hiking the park in the Spring. Stephen King country never looked so good.
Want to boost your backcountry karma? Here are three places to hike–and give back.
Think the Dakotas are just endless prairie? Get ready for climbing, backpacking, and biking of the highest order.
Looking to catch baby animals taking their first step? You can't go wrong with these picks.
There's a science to why we love waterfalls: When water crashes earthward, it releases negatively charged ions that--you can't make this stuff up--some researchers think can reduce anxiety. Spring is when cascades' spigots open full bore, so head off on these three beguiling treks for a dose of nature's backcountry Rx.
Three ways to hike, bike, and paddle your way to freedom in the Twin Cities.
Invent your own hike, and go where no one (well, almost no one) has gone before.
Badlands, peaks, wildflowers: Catch the best of the California desert with this trio of hikes.
The most exotic hike in the United States is smack in the middle of the country: Welcome to Great Sand Dunes National Park.
For these three fitness gurus staying fit is a job requirement.
When Utahans really wants to disappear, they head to the magnificent canyons of Grand Staircase-Escalante.
How can I comparison-shop for a guided trek in Alaska?
Half a world away, you'll find exotic highs while hiking in Tasmania.
Visitors to Montana's Glacier National Park can visit on the cheap or pay an arm and a leg -- but each way has its unique charms.
Whether you've got hours or weeks, here's where to go for the birds.
Adventurous types can still find magic in the rivers, lakes, and paths of Detroit.
When you're trekking into a backcountry bowl, avalanches are almost always a threat. Learn how to protect yourself when the worst happens.
When you're slipping and sliding, don't let your partners help you. Learn how to climb yourself to safety.
Don't worry about lava. Worry about rocks and mud and ash.
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.
Stay sanitary, and for your travel companion's sake, pack what's on this list.
By loading your backpack properly you protect your gear and prevent back issues--plus it's easy to find the gear you need.
Time is of the essence in the backcountry. Learn how long it will take an impending thunderstorm or avalanche to find you.
Dotted, dashed, and curvy. Red, blue, and brown. All these colors and styles criss-cross a topo map. Learn what they mean.
By understanding your terrain, knowing your pace, and reading the map regularly you can stay on course wherever you are.
A successful hike often starts with a bit of research.
Learn the easiest way to hang a bear bag and keep your camping snacks safe from rummaging paws.
High Sierra Sport Company Donates to A Silver Lining Foundation and Susan G. Komen For the Cure Chicagoland Affilitiate: The Company to Support The Third Annual "Dancing With Chicago Celebrities" Benefit.
The Adventure Travel Trade Association (ATTA) today announced it will host two distinct Adventure Travel World Summits in 2008 on two continents.
SOLE, makers of performance custom footbeds, socks and sandals, has inked a deal to be the title sponsor of the third annual Baja Travesia Adventure Race.
Secluded coastline and bikable rain forests are just two things waiting for you in Mexico
Try this 30-mile lollipop loop that is almost entirely above 9,000 feet.
Add Adirondack State Park's Mt. Marcy to your life list.
This wilderness area houses a classic section of the CDT but is a little off the beaten path.
Cozy huts, five-course meals, and world-class foliage highlight one family's fall trek.
America's 100 Best Hikes–chosen by you.
The Grand Canyon is steep and deep, but besides rock you can take in lush springs and junipers.
Thru-hike L.A. County? It can be done with Southern California's Backbone Trail.
Where classic Euro trekking meets the Mediterranean coast.
Smart ways to foolproof your next hike.
Pretty pictures and promises of a trade might get unenthusiastic spouses out the door.
Head to Hawaii for three of the tallest
Take a winter hike to the steaming pools of Melanie Hot Springs in Gila Wilderness, New Mexico.
Idaho's capital offers hiking, kayaking, and climbing close to downtown
Try this black diamond, three-day kayak trip that navigates Lake Superior's piney islands.
Traverse the Yukon Territory's Tombstone Range, sea kayak Baja, trek Torres del Paine, Patagnoia–all in 2008. Plus, monthly adventures closer to home.
If you've always dreamed of descending into the center of the earth, try one of these creekbed hikes.
Hike, paddle, or ride in America's favorite steel town.
Try a stunning new hike–or two thrilling classics–in the Colorado Rockies' top spot for big backpacking adventures.
A rarely-attempted traverse reveals the Navajo Nation's vast red-rock wilderness.
By foot, kayak, or on top of a Boulder, North Georgia has plenty of outside activities.
Inspired by a mountain view, Don Moseman walked out of prison and hiked his way to a better life.
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.
Load haulers for light and fast adventures
Trek into the wilderness but sleep in comfort with these hut treks
There's a backcountry killer on the loose, and it's not hypothermia, grizzly bears, or rockfall. The thing mostly likely to maim you on your next hiking trip is living inside your head.
A pilgrim heads into the canyon where Aron Ralston lost his arm to pin down the meaning of survival.
Hiking, climbing, and fishing in this New South boomtown.
Head out with six hard-charging huskies, and winter will never feel more alive.
Seven national parks in 7 days--starring a ragtop, Red Bull, and one scary rabbit.
Pick your poison with three epic adventures in Yellowstone: camping, canoeing, and ski touring
Get ready to feel puny--and profoundly grateful--on three hikes through ancient forests.
Hike, bike, and climb in this Utah gem--much more than a skier's paradise
Kayak amid the reefs and sand of Virgin Islands National Park
Tour the wildlife menagerie that is southeast Alaska on two kayak trips
Start packing now for a once-in-a-lifetime ski tour through silent, snow-draped Yosemite.
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.
Stand on the roof of Africa this winter with our all-you-need-to-know guide.
Foliage, lazy canoe waters, and high-ride hiking make the Delaware Water Gap a prime fall destination.
Forget Sunset Boulevard. The City of Angels' abundant coastline and steep canyons will have you creating your own walk of fame.
Link two classic Southern rivers on a trek along the newly completed Benton MacKaye Trail in Tennessee and North Carolina.
Live life on the edge as your dayhike three vertiginous ridges in Arizona, Vermont, and Colorado.
Texas-sized solitude is practically guaranteed when you explore the high peaks and striking river canyons of this lightly visited wilderness.
Scratch the picturesque postcard surface of Big Sur...and there's far more than you imagined, including hot springs and high-rise trails.
Up high and down under--Tasmania's wildest hiking route.
Canada's outdoor playground par excellence
Pioneer a brand-new trail in Louisiana's Atchafalaya swamp, where the gators are friendly. Really.
Michigan's Upper Peninsula has way more than big lakes. Explore it all by foot, paddle, or pedal.
Kayak island-to-island on the Maine coast
The stampede is over--but not the fun--in this trailhead town.
Appreciate Seattle's fresh and saltwater beaches, plentiful forests, and the 27-mile urban path as much as locals after a long, wet winter.
Idaho is full of surprises--whitewater in the country's deepest canyon, endless climbing at City of Rocks, and high, wild scrambles in the Sawtooths.
Prolong summer weather by planning a vacation to the mountains and waters of heat-blessed Arizona. You'll soon understand what makes Phoenicians so proud.
Hike a historic long path through Yellowstone--if you're lucky enough to find it.
Slide through Rocky Mountain National Park's mellower back door.
Experience the nighttime sky from 20,320 feet up majestic Mt. McKinley -- but first read our guide to the trip.
Classic hike-in spots in Wyoming, South Carolina, and Oregon let you ditch the trail mix for pan-fried fish.
Beantowners are seeing the light at the end of the Big Dig tunnel, and it's a beautiful shade of green.
The Long Trail offers steep climbs and solitude-and a whiff of border intrigue.
Explore burial effigies, seven-foot petroglyphs, and images etched in lava as you discover the ultimate mix of manmade and natural beauty.
Hike, climb and fish the wild Adirondacks
Feel mile-high by hiking foothills, paddling downtown, and pedaling Mt. Falcon Park.
Invent your own hike, and go where no one (well, almost no one) has gone before.
Big currents flowing down the Mississippi, recently-blazed trails, and howling coyotes make up only a few of the many attractions that draw crowds to this city's outskirts.
Jump off into the North Woods' best wilderness
Learn everything you'll ever need to know about swamps while canoeing the Everglades.
You'll never confused Plains with plain after exploring these hard-changing hiking, biking, and climbing routes.
The slow boat to Alaska requires duct tape, an elastic itinerary, and a hunger for in-your-face adventure.
Discover the beauty of our most southern states by paddling down Carolina rivers, camping out beside Alabama waterfalls, and climbing a 3,792-foot summit in Georgia.
Hike and climb-and then kick back-in a High Sierra sweet spot.
Hurricane-force winds and a snowfall average of 246 inches per year? Cake, compared to the challenge the mountain poses in summer.
Relax after a long day of hiking at scenic hot soaks in Idaho, Arizona, and Colorado
Lose the sun-baked stereotype and bring thoughts of shady canyons and breezy passes.
Here are tons of tree-climbing resources to get you started.
Visit this scary state forest and let your imagination run wild.
Here's your chance to uncover secret paths in this popular park.
Can't make it to Canada? Try Glacier Peak, Baker Peak, or Catamount Mountain
Helpful tips for scrambling Canada's Rocky Mountain parks
Paddle through a timeless Mojave Desert landscape in Arizona
Canoe the wildlife-filled waters of Everglades National Park
See Hawaii's humpbacks in late winter
Explore classic views in the Coronado National Forest
Springtime in the Sonoran Desert
Lake effect snow and a vast virgin forest make this a spectacular winter getaway for skiing and snowshoeing
Explore wild canyons just an hour from Las Vegas
A seldom-visited peak on the Continental Divide Trail
Clear-running creeks, longleaf pines and wildlife in Florida's outback
Flowing water means a lighter load and an easier time exploring
Scrambling this 6,471-foot mountain is a trip, even mid-winter
Snowshoe to a scenic high balcony
Spend New Year's in the Big Ditch, where fishing, camping, and hiking await
This famous slot canyon hike in Utah and Arizona delivers broad views of the Colorado Plateau
A hike with an otherworldly desert, a striking escarpment, and hot springs
Only in 400,000 acres of wet backcountry will you find the oldest bird
This canyon in the Guadalupe Mountains offers an endless cluster of colors mixed together with some famous geology
Vibrant colors and a ridge walk you'll never forget
Explore the past on Otero Mesa
Blazing foliage and broad Lake Superior views
Mellow temperatures, low water and autumn colors make for a perfect time in the Smokies
A meandering river and towering cliffs make this the perfect early winter spot
Autumn solitude on a well-watered, 10,000-foot plateau
Take a stunning ridge walk in this glacier-clad wilderness park
Wildlife aplenty at Walrus Islands State Game Sanctuary
A peerless art gallery of bristlecone pines, wildflowers and a ridge walk
A glacial sculpture of incredible symmetry in northern Canada
A backpacker's go light heaven: thru-hiking California's High Sierra
The ultimate continental divide and a legendary mountaineering traverse
Conquer the East's hardest dayhike
Delve into the Shoshone National Forest on the North Fork Trail
Memorable panoramas of Glacier National Park's high peaks
An Arctic wildlife extravaganza
Celebrating wilderness protection where the idea began: the Gila Wilderness
Prime time in the Rockies to explore the San Juan Hut System
From paddling Lake Superior to glacier-hopping in Alaska: 6 hair-raising, lung-busting adventures from America's top outfitters
An exclusive guide to five hikes that have been under water for 40 years
We follow a giant, endangered caribou herd from the Yukon to Alaska's Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, Part 6.
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.
On this trip you'll find everything from alpine meadows to ancient rainforests
Hike and canoe through the pristine springs of Missouri's Ozarks.
Get lost in the land o' lakes with 3 quiet, crowd-free trails
Come to this tropical oasis for great weather, an array of fruit and some great swimming.
Enjoy a slickrock playground of your very own
If you can't hook a monster in one of these fishing holes, you better hang up your rod.
We follow a giant, endangered caribou herd from the Yukon to Alaska's Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, Part 4.
Visit this remote section of the Arctic before climate change alters it forever
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.
The Cascade scenery on this hike can only be compared to those of the Alps.
Beantowners love the sights the High Ledges area has to offer.
Here's a challenging hike with constant Grand Canyon views.
Abandon the Big Apple for a visit to this great wilderness.
Paddle blue inlets too new for any topo.
Waterfalls abound on this great 8.2 mile loop.
This summit offers the finest view anywhere of the Grand and surrouding peaks.
This summit will put you high above what many consider to be Colorado's finest mountain range.
Camping in Death Valley might give you the hottest day of your life.
This wild paradise is the Galapagos of California.
Some of the most classic glacier scenery is offered to all visitors of this national park.
Spring comes earlier to this mountain paradise.
The most-studied glacier in the park lets you see global warming in action.
Michigan's Proud Lake has many flavors of wilderness to offer.
Giant cliffs and numerous waterfalls are among the stunning sites that can be viewed along this Colorado hike.
3 hidden hikes in our readers' favorite backpacking park
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Come to Acadia and you'll earn your lobster.
This Indiana Dunes trail offers visitors views of the lake, the Chicago skyline, wildflowers and some of the tallest trees in the region.
A thousand-foot-deep gorge is the centerpiece of this tri-state park.
This Texas park holds true to its name with some of the best preserved dinosaur tracks in the world.
The beauty of this hike comes alive with the rain.
The ultimate guide to greenhouse adventure, featuring 8 surprising new trips, acres of virgin terrain, and a peek at the future of North American wilderness.
Scenic ridges and some high White Mountain peaks abound on this great hike.
Receding water levels mean more miles of choice desert hiking and kayaking.
If you are in search of southwestern wildlife, this is the place to be.
Explore a glacier-covered forest near the Canadian Rockies' highest peak
You'll never get a bad view of Rainier's glacier-clad slopes.
This favorite Pennsylvania destination of our editors is filled with old trees, shale cliffs, wildlife and stunning wildflowers.
Don't let well-known Sierra neighbors like Yosemite overshadow this stunning wilderness.
Who wouldn't want to be marooned on this Florida barrier island?
Some of Arches' best sites come in short hikes.
Don't miss these 200 foot candles carved from sandstone towers.
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.
Just minutes from Anchorage lie dozens of world-class hiking and paddling trips. This guide gives you the best, plus gear and travel tips to smooth the way.
How do you plan a route following 123,000 migrating caribou across Canada and Alaska? Try to keep up.
How do you plan an expedition to follow 123,000 migrating caribou across Canada and Alaska? Very carefully.
18 facts you didn't know about Alaska and Canada's Porcupine Caribou herd.
Protection one of Alaska and Canada's largest caribou herds is so close, yet so far away.
Hike to see arty rock sculptures left by the last Ice Age into the Wisconsin rock.
This wild Ozark gem is close to St. Louis, but still waiting to be discovered.
You'd never guess it: Three quiet trails in such a busy, beautiful place.
Will he keep up? Karsten Heuer embarks on an audacious 1,200-mile expedition-cum-caribou chase.
River rats wait years to ride the wild Selway River. Hikers can taste its raw beauty right now.
Visit Croatan National Forest, a place so wild it has more flesh-eating plants than people.
A definitive guide to the hottest, sweetest, looniest, and most colorful spots in the great outdoors.
Spring is for the birds. Here's where to find a flock near you.
Hike through the limestone caves, sinkholes, and springs of Missouri's Cuivre River State Park.
Can a place that sees 9 million visitors a year really have any surprises? You bet. We found three hikes full of unexpected history, scenery, and solitude.
This gorgeous alpine lake hike sports huge glacier views just an hour outside of Vancouver.
It's as big as California, boasts more volcanoes than Alaska, and counts nearly as many geysers as Yellowstone.
Stay cozy this winter by bedding down in a heated cabin or yurt.
Here's a detailed hiking planner that will take you to the hidden corners of Colorado's most scenic park.
Bust out of winter doldrums on one of these stellar snowshoe routes.
Want a ceremony that reflects your passion for the outdoors? Here's everything you need to know to pull off a wilderness wedding.
Deep in the heart of the forbidden Tibetan kingdom, a long-awaited adventure inherited from the author's father takes an unexpected twist.
With strong legs and an ambitious plan, you can see more wild country in 12 hours than some backpackers see in a week, and still make it home in time for dinner.
Learn the weird science behind our addiction to waterfalls, and the location of the best trails in North America.
Do you have what it takes to climb Alaska's Denali? Find out with our mountaineer's guide.
Jasper National Park, Alberta
Haystack Mountain offers a sweet climb in Wyoming's remote Wind River Range.
Aconcagua's West/Southwest Face offers climbers more challenge on the Western Hemisphere's highest peak.
Try this ultra-scenic route if you attempt North America's third highest peak.
Denali National Park and Preserve, Alaska
The Obelisk offers a remote climbing challenge far removed from other Sierra hotspots.
Tuolomne Meadows monarch Mount Conness has been a classic Yosemite climb for years -- and for good reason.
Kilimanjaro National Park, Tanzania
Try climbing the standout Banner Peak, just around the corner from Mammoth Lakes.
Planning to climb Mexico's famous volcano Iztaccíhuatl? Start with our online guide.
Mount Kenya offers classic climbing to all backpackers
Yoho National Park, British Columbia
Matthes Crest features superb climbing deep in Yosemite's backcountry.
Hidden deep in Montana's high country lies the Anaconda-Pintler Wilderness, a seldom-visited range of cool forests and skyscraping peaks.
In Michigan's Trap Hills, you'll find space to wonder and wonder, and quiet rock outcrops with panoramas so wide you'll be blinking in disbelief.
City life got you down? Head for the quiet hills of southeastern Washington, where the air is clean, the water clear, and bighorn sheep outnumber hikers.
With an abundance of wolves and water--two rarities in the desert--Arizona's remote Blue Range may be the Southwest's best kept secret.
Hiding in the arid plains of Nevada you'll find a cool refuge from the desert heat and room to let your imagination soar.
The short but stunning Mahoosuc Range has major-league attractions, like the toughest mile on the Appalachian Trail and conditions that discourage the faint of heart.
This spire deep in Wyoming's Wind River Range serves as the climbing pinnacle of the Cirque of the Towers.
Visitors to Siberia's Lake Baikal encounter endless coastline, brown bears, and exotic hiking to last a lifetime.
Face your fear of snakes and spiders in Australia's Royal National Park, and the bush will reward you with the journey of a lifetime.
Southeast France's Gorge Du Verdon provides backpackers with miles of narrow canyon walls, river wading, and strenuous hiking.
When you hike the world's highest peaks in search of the legendary snow leopard, be prepared for the unexpected.
Deep in the cloud forests of Costa Rica, you'll learn to dodge fireballs and poisonous frogs while tracing a circuit around a living volcano.
Endless varieties of coral and birds await when you kayak the blue waters of Mexico's Yucatan Peninsula.
If you've never heard of Arizona's 40,000-acre Wabayuma Peak Wilderness, take heart--most people haven't. That's why the silence is deafening.
Jungles, coral-reef wading and rocky scrambling await Tahitian adventure hikers.
Rather than simply stare at the Great Wall, a determined hiker decided to get a different perspective.
The Bossi Bivouac Hut offers culture and comfort at the base of the Matterhorn.
Planning an overseas backpacking trip? Here's a few tips to prepare you before you go.
Torrential rain and wind expose chinks in our author's ultralight armor, but don't dampen his enthusiasm for the pleasures of unencumbered trekking.
Let rivers and ridgelines be your compass as you hike in the shadow of Alaska's Mt. McKinley.
A trek from rim to river reveals the Grand Canyon's ancient, storied history.
A trip along Washington's Olympic Coast is one whale of a day at the beach.
In Minnesota's Boundary Waters, thousands of blue routes await those willing to dip a paddle.
The Annapurna Circuit is your path to the rooftop of the world.
In the Paria River canyon, adventure and breathtaking views await around every narrow bend.
Shady hiking and cool waters make the San Pedro River an oasis for desert trekkers.
Hike the Myakka Trail for a glimpse of the Sunshine State's wild and grassy past.
You'll have a hard time keeping track of all the critters along Mississippi's Black Creek Trail.
Time spent in California's Death Valley can be a life-enhancing experience.
Follow the Pacific Crest Trail through Washington's volcano country and discover the high life.
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With fossils present in all states (although New England tends to be fossil poor), you can get a glimpse of the past almost anywhere you backpack.
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You could be walking on an ancient seabed or a swamp where dinosaurs played. Look closely and you'll see history in the rocks.
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Nuggets of knowledge from those who have brought their youngsters into the backcountry.
Thanks to the Cutler Coast Public Reserve, Maine's rocky, wild coastline is now open to backpackers who like solitude as much as scenery.
Head to the White Cloud Mountains for a crowd-free taste of Idaho high country.
How can we conserve South Dakota's Badlands?
Camping with kids can plant a wild seed in them that will grow as they do-but only if you get them Out There.
Hike a rugged, historically rich trail for 21 miles along a nearly deserted island off British Columbia's coast.
Hear wild horses thunder through camp. Look for wolf tracks in the mud or eagles' nests in the cliffs high above. Cast off the workaday world and go hike an island paradise.
You won't have a lot of company in North Dakota's badlands, which is why hiking the Maah Daah Hey Trail is so good.
Hike to the edge of the Cascade Range in this forgotten corner of the Washington wilderness.
Twenty years of hard work near Tahoe yields a 150-mile path so high, you'll breathe "angel air."
Should secret wildernesses be revealed? Utah's Anasazi artifact hotbed Cedar Mesa begs the question.
Follow the hummingbirds in the Mt. Naomi Wilderness to the best high-country wildflower show in all of Utah.
If overpowering stillness is your thing, try the old-growth forests in Oregon's Bull of the Woods Wilderness.
Sniff the rhododendrons and enjoy hiking the Valley Rim Trail in North Carolina's Valley River Mountains.
Feeling people-shy? Follow Wisconsin's wolves to this lonely section of the Ice Age 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.
Hike into the Collegiate Peaks Wilderness and you'll enjoy Colorado's best summer school.
Paddle Wisconsin's Turtle-Flambeau waterway, watch the aerial show, and lay claim to your own island.
Seven places where you can walk through a whole new landscape, plus opportunities to help rebuild charred trails.
In Virginia, a miracle occurs and hikers get some new wilderness, thanks to The Priest.
Washington's Elwha Trail is a rain-forest classic: green, primeval, spongy soft, and wonderfully wet.
It's the easiest hiking on Earth, and you get to sleep with buffalo, listen to coyotes sing, and bask in quiet so deep you can hear the grasslands growing. Welcome to the prairie.
Everything you need to know about hiking in the high country, from talus hopping to finding the right gear to dealing with wind and glaciers.
High above the trees you'll find the hike of your dreams: a ridgeline trail where your only companion is an occasional mountain goat.
Take the finest mountains in the world, add high-country meadows, glacial valleys, alpine lakes, pine-and-hemlock forests, and what do you have? A recipe for backcountry bliss.
Are you a dayhiker who's ready for an all-nighter? A weekender longing to try a 5-day trek? Or are you ready for a thru-hike? Regardless of your skill level, here's the information you'll need to go that extra mile.
Face it: you aren't Moses and the waters won't part, so here are ways to cross wild rivers safely.
For 30 years, some wide-eyed dreamers have been chiseling a 745-mile route through the Canadian Rockies. The result is a labor of love set to become one of North America's most magnificent long trails.
We know the strength that courses through flesh and bone when standing at a trailhead, ready to set out and practice our primitive art.
You won't find Utah's 725-mile rogue route on any map. But thanks to two passionate Utah hikers, you'll soon be able to search it out with your boots.
"With some eagerness, and some anxiety, and some misgiving, we enter the canyon below?." -John Wesley Powell, August 13, 1869
When it pours, good rain gear and a great sense of humor help you find the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow.
If you're a backpacking purist, Tennessee's new Cumberland Trail was made for you.
There's a fascinating world of fur and claws underfoot. Here's how to tell who's down there.
In Point Reyes National Seashore, you'll find peace and quiet in the heart of California's earthquake zone.
Albuquerque's backyard wilderness lets hikers perform a disappearing trick.
Can't wait for the snow to melt? Get warmed up at Minnesota's Jay Cooke State Park.
Easily said and
done, when you have a constant reminder at bedtime.
If you're a fan of waterfalls, then Arkansas's Richland Creek Wilderness is your dream trip.
Sometimes, despite all the commitments and obligations, you know what you have to do.
In Florida's Big Cypress National Preserve, you'll walk on water -- almost.
Meet Jamie and Joe, who need help with everything from planning to packing to eating well. Enter our team of experts, with a few simple tricks designed to turn them-and you!-into well-oiled backpacking machines.
Arizona's Red Rock Secret Mountain Wilderness is so incredible, you'll want to tell the whole world.
You'd better like your own company, because that's all you'll have in Oregon's Badlands Wilderness Study Area.
Ed Abbey said the Sonoran Desert "leaves a golden glow on the mind," which is one of many good reasons why this cactus-spiked paradise should be the next national park.
Can you tackle our readers' favorite long trail? Test your hiking mettle against the Continental Divide Trail.
You may have the Ozarks' wildlife-rich Ridge Runner Trail to yourself, but that doesn't mean you're alone.
Cliff dwellings, petroglyphs, ancient pottery -- Utah's Grand Gulch is thick with history.
The challenge of Vermont's Long Trail will cure what ails you.
If any long trail is likely to induce a headache, it's the Colorado Trail.
Take along your plant guidebooks for this flora-filled treasure.
Mind-bending views, close-up wildlife encounters.
The famed peaks of the Appalachian chain entice some 2,500 people to attempt the thru-hike each year.
This magnificent trail travels through three California parks while showcasing the natural wonders Muir worked to preserve.
Everything you'd want in a long trail.
The little-known Ouachita Trail ranked third among the long trails for solitude.
It's the longest stretch of virgin coastline left in the Lower 48. But that's just one of many reasons to hike it.
A whale of a Minnesota trail beside a Great Lake.
The condors know all about Chumash Wilderness, but luckily, the masses in Los Angeles don't.
Carved limestone cliffs add even more to love on Wisconsin's Ice Age Trail.
In the 1800s, cowboys didn't think much of the Grand Canyon's Parashant National Monument. Luckily, times and attitudes have changed.
In the 20 years since the passage of the Alaska Lands Act, nothing has changed in many of the state's wild places. And that's reason to celebrate.
How do you protect the largest trees on Earth? Don't harm them in the first place.
The best trips are littered with mistakes, frustration, and, if a river called the "Little Misery" runs through it, boot-sucking mud.
For Deep South scenery, try Alabama's Conecuh Trail, where the gopher frogs and armadillos outnumber the people.
What's good for elk is good for backpackers on Michigan's High Country Pathway.
When leaves turn the colors on a painter's palette, head to the Adirondack's High Peaks Wilderness.
Where the words "wild" and "life" take on new meaning
The best way to honor a wilderness-minded senator is to hike the Jackson Wilderness.
Glacier National Park possesses scenery that'll suck the breath out of your lungs, quiet so intense you'll wonder if your ears still work, and enough wildlife to make a zookeeper drool with envy.
Some well-meaning, leave-no-trace horsepackers are trying to rein in their environmentally uncouth brethren. The question is: can they change practices and attitudes that date back to the wild west days?
More than ever, these empty parks offer medicine for the soul.
When summer ends, crowd-free hiking begins in Colorado's Indian Peaks.
If land has a personality, then Vermont's 270-mile Long Trail is one moody, unpredictable way to hike through New England.
Sure, you can summit Mt. Rainier, but the real treasure isn't on top. It's the Wonderland Trail down below.
The French-Canadian trappers are long gone, but the grizzlies and waterfalls remain in this alpine nirvana.
Washington's gentle "forgotten mountains" -- The Kettle River Range -- are ignored by those in a hurry to reach the Cascades.
Follow Jesse James's footprints to a land of shady valleys and cool, clear lakes.
Out of mistakes, miscues, and unexpected turns in the trail, we find the perfect trip.
History is carved in stone in this wild and scenic southern river corridor in North Carolina and Georgia.
Robert Taylor wants African-Americans to know "there's something great out there."
If you think the last truly wild, unexplored land is in Canada or Alaska, you haven't been to Wyoming's Absaroka range.
Why huff and puff to get to an isolated campsite? Simply grab a paddle, then let the current carry you to a secluded riverside trailhead.
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.
Some people head to Wyoming to summit the Tetons. But outdoor legend Paul Petzoldt had a better idea: Create a route for foot travelers along the spine of the great range.
Rare stands of virgin hardwood and creekside camping beckon sunburned hikers.
Are you antsy? Need to get away? Try New York's Tongue Range.
Even when you're trapped in the nation's most crowded metropolis, backwoods relief is only a short hike down a Long Path.
Wyoming's Medicine Bow National Forest is just what the hiker ordered.
Chambers Lakes are too cold for swimming, but a great place to watch 'bergs drift by.
Roads end in Arizona with tall tales, natural gardens, cacti forests, and shoe scorpions.
Myths and cactus in California: A life-filled land of sand and mountains.
Lay claim to your own California mountain valley and bask in utter solitude.
Alaska's premier area for fish and wildlife.
Mountain vistas: the ups and downs of a mountain-biking/hiking paradise.
Cool your feet and warm your brow in this Arizona desert wilderness.
A primordial oasis of rivers, bighorn sheep, and canyons.
A high point offering a year-round getaway for lovers of southern wildlife, lush forests, and redeye bass.
California's second largest park has an impressive trail system.
Porpoises escort you to a rugged island where buffalo really do roam.
In the shadow of magnificent Mt. Shasta lies a relic of ancient times.
Catch rainbows -- trout, that is -- in Rockhouse Basin's rivers, where you're more likely to see a wildcat than another human.
Watch for ghosts among the mushroom-shaped rocks in this weird, lovely landscape.
A hiker's oasis in the hills and valleys of the Midwest.
A pristine prairie river winds through a sea of corn and beans in the shadow of Chicago.
Near-complete isolation just a few miles from Virginia Beach.
Wooded trails, tea-colored waters -- and the Jersey Devil.
A precious backcountry jewel amid the hardwood forests.
Just beyond the neon and greenbacks of Vegas lies a priceless wilderness gem.
Old, haunted New York mountains, thick with legend.
Classic eastern mountain scenery along West Virginia's skyline pathway.
Raft or hike this desert paradise's secretive canyons -- but don't pass up the hot springs.
Heavy forests and the roar of whitewater wait in this section of the Appalachian Mountains.
Majestic peaks rise in all directions in Washington's Boulder River Wilderness -- elegant, jagged, draped in snow.
Too small to get much attention and a pain in the neck to reach: The perfect Wisconsin escape.
A bit of nerve opens up the stunning canyonlands made famous by Wile E. Coyote.
Trade your flip-flops for hiking boots and explore a seaside trail.
All trails lead to the top in this lake-lover's paradise.
Follow the Appalachian Trail to new heights in the rugged New England high country.
Where the shadows on the sandstone offer lessons from the past and there's not a soul to be found.
Wind through what remains of a lost Carolina world.
Strap on the skis and glide across wind-sculpted snow into alpine solitude.
Hike with sea turtles, watch the dolphins play, and share the beach with ghost crabs.
Lose yourself in the past on part of the Buckeye, America's longest loop trail.
It's amazing what nature can do with pasture a decade after the cows go home.
A slice of Utah canyon in the heart of Dixie.
Western prairie meets eastern forest in the land of healing waters.
A watery paradise, a hiker's secret.
Where you can look down on soaring eagles and feel the power of the Missouri River.
A water-lover's Wisconsin wonderland with forests, prairies, and the occasional eagle.
A big Midwestern sandpile turned into an otherworldly escape by pounding surf and forests.
Gorgeous gorge: Where the arches outnumber the footprints.
A peaceful rest stop in the shadow of the nation's largest city.
There's more to the Louisiana's deep South than swamps and Cajun food.
Take a lazy cruise through exotic scenery, where monkeys swing and eagles soar.
The hidden side of a watery Utah playground.
In Big Cypress' land of exotic plants and lurking alligators, swamps aren't such bad places after all.
Hike from Kentucky to Tennessee along an inland peninsula.
The current carries you through the Great Plains, where buffalo, elk -- and snapping turtles -- roam.
A rugged land of sweet-smelling wildflowers, bald mountains, and stone Indians.
Olympic National Park is pristine and isolated -- rare commodities these days.
Tucked away in a New England corner is an old-growth paradise.
If you're a fan of eskers, moraines, kettles, and kames, Wisconsin's Kettle Moraine State Forest is the right place for you.
Frozen fire shaped by cataclysmic forces and the footsteps of the ancient ones.
Hike up and down oak- and hickory-covered ridgetops, or explore underground.
Wisconsin's Brule River has great rivers galore -- just don't lose your uncle's canoe.
Once an impassable, swampy "ghost river," now a paddler's dream.
Hike up and down oak- and hickory-covered ridgetops, or explore underground.
Not your laid-back summer holiday -- canoeing and hiking galore.
Waterfalls and swimming holes aplenty.
Hike or climb this pristine pink-granite wonderland just outside Austin.
Where you'll share the mountain with curious goats and mysteries of the past.
Echoes of the ice age resonate throughout this Adirondack wilderness.
Not much company along this stretch of Deep South blackwater -- and that's just fine.
Sunny beaches, cool forests, and a birder's paradise along the shores of Lake Michigan.
Exploring hills and "hollers" in the Land of Lincoln.
Connecticut's South Taconic Mountains have bald peaks, deep, forested gorges, and trees as old as the Mayflower.
Tiny Gibson Lake will take you out of Denver in a hurry with its big-wilderness feel and smirking brook trout.
Hiking and backpacking at its finest, through pastoral grasslands and forests of pine and fur.
You're as likely to bump into Sasquatch as another human.
Ishi Wilderness trails run through stream-carved canyons, past stunning vistas, back to gold rush days.
Behind the forbidding name lies California's glacier-polished playground.
Follow these tips to make the most out of the northern night skies.
If you run into the big white bears, should you be scared?
If you plan on hiking the European Alps, get ready for some differences across the pond.
Only have a short time to tackle the Pacific Northwest Trail? Our guide will give you the best the PNT has to offer.
With the click of a shutter, Ansel Adams captured the beauty and soul of wild places and showed us that in nature, there is magic.
Mills Canyon is a hidden treasure where you can bushwhack through history.
In a region known for soggy times, Juniper Dunes is a warm sandbox where you can dry out.
In the Wind Rivers range, you can hike for days without seeing another soul, which is why it brings a pair of brothers back again and again.
Enjoy Vermont's autumn colors while you can -- they disappear all too quickly, and the Green Mountains recover their namesake hue in the spring.
Maine's seal pups are usually born in May, making early summer an ideal time to witness the youngsters learning to swim and fish.
The ungodly wailing that sometimes drifts through the dark woods is only an animal.
Figure on 9 days to do the entire 100-mile hikeunless you're slowed drastically by all the blueberries.
Pine Mountain and Wilson Ridge command high-country vistas stretching across rock-strewn meadows.
All along the 23-mile Shenandoah Mountain trail and in the forested areas throughout the Appalachian Mountains, vernal pools are rich aquatic breeding grounds.
The bawling in the black night is the spring chorus of hooting barred owls.
Consider trying to spot a red-cockaded wood-pecker in Florida's Big Cypress Preserve a form of treasure hunting.
Montana: The Pryor Mountains harbor the nation's last free-roaming wild mustangs, not to mention wilderness that is as wild as the horses.
hen it comes to sheer ability to alter a landscape and shock the human senses, you can't beat the May blooms of a mountain laurel thicket.
In winter, the glasslike menagerie of icicles in the Cumberland Plateau will send a chill down your spine.
You can spend days exploring the Dry River Valley forest without seeing another soul, even if it sounds like you're being chased by a well-armed militia.
Eyeball to beak with impressively taloned hawks in West Virginia's Monongahela National Forest.
Even if you don't see a moose, you'll hear the bulls' low grunts echoing off the hillside.
The lunarlike landscape and dark skies of this preserve make White Sands one of the best places for star watching.
Arkansas Buffalo National River features challenging trails and a river-laced wilderness.
In Whites Creek Cave you can explore in nature's own cooling system, and observe its grateful inhabitants.
Vast meadows of wildflowers sprawl across the ridgetops and valley bottoms of the Three Sisters.
The majestic San Juan Mountain range is often called America's Switzerland. -- and the wildflowers match.
Arizona: Every year millions of ladybugs head to Arizona and coat trees, rocks, and brush like a layer of living paint.
Life in the high desert in autumn is sweeter and more irresistible than any place on Earth.
The typical Delaware River float trip offers the opportunity to spy more bald eagles than people.
The Purple Trail through Chase Prairie or the Green or Red Trails through Floyd's Prairie are good routes for viewing Sandhill cranes.
Pennsylvania: You'll get wet and you may even stand in line behind a black bear or two.
"October is the month for painted leaves," Thoreau mused. He could have been talking about Kentucky's Red River Gorge.
You'll emerge from a forested hallway into a wilderness playroom, and there before you will be skidmarks in the snow.
Combine a full harvest moon with a remote island trail for the greatest show on Earth.
Wisconsin: Explore 21 islands and 12 miles of mainland shoreline where strings of cliffs and caves are bejeweled in ice.
The best bird window coincides with the best hiking season in the Chihuahuan Desert.
Have your camera ready near dusk, when sunlight warms the landscape with intense color.
When hiking on Virginia's high, exposed heath balds in late summer, leave gorp and other snacks at home.
A chaotic chorus of loon calls penetrate the darkness, the warbling sounds echoing off the wooded hills around the New Hampshire lake.
Observe the uncanny resemblance between the good doctor's famous Truffula Trees and a field of fuzz-topped flowers 5 miles up Long Canyon.
The blaze of fall color in Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore is unequaled.
North Dakota: America's own Serengeti.
California: Journey through a desert to bear witness to some of the loveliest wildflowers you'll ever see.
No color in nature comes close to matching the heart-stirring golden aspen found in the Rockies in autumn.
Here's your insider's guide to The Great Smokies, probably the epitome of a true backpacker's national park.
More than 200 preserves, parks, and other protected wildlands lie within 40 miles of San Francisco, exceeding Yosemite National Park in size, biodiversity, and visitation.
Besides being home to a mythical reptile, Colorado's Lizard Head Wilderness is the site of some great hiking.
Okay, so the weather stinks and so does the hiking. Change both by heading down the road to where the sun shines and the trail beckons.
In the European high-country Alps you can wander through the most stunning mountains in the world. Vive la difference!
If you think west Texas is nothing but tumbleweeds and cattle, you haven't walked 62 miles across one of the world's most famous geological formations.
The little-known Cheaha Wilderness Area is the gateway to Alabama's largest trail system.
When the footpath is named the Backpack Trail, you know what to do.
Steens looks like your average mountain, but hike up high and you'll find a hidden paradise.
Trail goers can experience a whole new world by hiking Virginia's newly renovated Lion's Tale Trail.
Combine white sand beaches and gin-clear water with snow-free highland hiking, and you've got Baja, the perfect midwinter escape.
When hiking California's Fish Valley, don't forget to pack your Richter scale.
Let the masses shop till they drop: On Arkansas's Ouachita River the pace is slow and easy.
Like shimmering rainbows in the night, the northern lights electrify the sky with color.
When the rest of the East is bare, snowshoers can find plenty of powder in New York's Five Ponds Wilderness.
In mountains most hikers don't even know exist, the 150-mile Cohos Trail just waiting to carry you far from the crowds and on to Canada.
Twelve trails that'll chew you up, spit you out, and have you begging for more.
If you think autumn is simply a time to rake leaves, then you need to read our guide to the best of the fall season.
Everyone's heard of the Cascades, but no one seems to know about Tillamook State Forest.
Gain a raptor's-eye view of the world in Colorado's Eagles Nest Wilderness.
In a park full of natural wonder, the route to Maddron Bald hits the high points.
What they've lost in height, the Penokee Mountains make up for in big views and solitude.
Relax and sniff the azaleas among Missouri's Whispering Pines.
Jim Lockart of Pughtown, Pennsylvania is part of a unique group who have scaled all 50 states' highest peaks.
As ice-cream makers in Los Angeles once knew, the Cucamonga Wilderness is the essence of cool.
Don't expect the red-carpet treatment in Arizona's Galiuro Mountains, just wilderness on its own terms.
Once a bumpy stagecoache route, Arkansas's Butterfield Trail now jostles hikers.
For almost half a century, California's rugged Ishi Wilderness hid "the last wild Indian." Even today, it is a place that can keep a secret.
Where artists once found inspiration, the Catskills' Escarpment Trail now challenges hikers.
Who needs Everest when you can have these eight summits, all hikeable, all close to home, no sherpas or yaks required.
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.
Way up in Nevada's East Humboldt Wilderness, finding solitude and water are sure bets.
Play out your Lawrence of Suburbia fantasies at Indiana Dunes.
Where 100 unknown Sierra miles wait.
The William O. Douglas Wilderness is a monument worthy of a great man.
If you look beyond the occasional cow, you'll find the BLM has lots of ruggedly beautiful land to offer. No mining, no oil rigs, just lots of solitude.
Why choose between breezy peaks and cool streams when you can have both at Big Frog Wilderness?
While Sawtooth Lake grabs the limelight, behind the scenes lie crowd-free peace and splendor.
Leave the book in the tent and make a date to chat with some owls and sing with the frogs.
The ambling Wisconsin River has only one speed: full-out relaxed.
A Thoreauvian classic hike in New Hampshire.
A hike up New Hampshire's Carter Dome has it all -- mountains, forests, water, views, solitude, and even a little challenge.
The colorful walls of Palo Duro Canyon will delight hikers with masterpiece washes of color.
Hickory Creek Wilderness in the Allegheny National Forest remains a great hiking destination all year -- even in winter.
It's not complete, but North Carolina's Mountains To Sea trail rivals Inman's journey in "Cold Mountain."
Think Iowa is nothing but flat? You haven't visited the Yellow River State Forest.
Texas' Lost Maples has beautiful desert vistas -- and mountain lions.
Secret scrambles and lakes abound in this northern California wilderness.
The bare rocks of Oklahoma's Charons Gardens will haunt and delight hikers.
Dark, volcanic mountains soaring along the Pacific Crest make for a forbidding wilderness perfect for U.S. Marines in training -- or solitude-seeking hikers.
Crowd-free, rocky mountain highs -- you'll find this and more in Colorado's South San Juan Wilderness.
Like your first love, you never forget your initial visit to the Arctic.
Cumberland Island's south shore provides remarkably pristine beaches and mossy forests.
Go through the looking glass in Utah's canyon country.
Visit Arkansas' Buffalo National River Trail, where the huckleberries are plentiful and the views are wondrous.
Escape from the urban at Wisconsin's Governor Knowles State Forest.
Find a new kind of California beach on the undeveloped shores of Santa Catalina Island.
Boy Scouts paved an excellent trail in this Ozark gem.
Can you find solitude in Sequoia National Park? You can if you go off trail.
Get spectacular Appalachian Trail mountain views without much effort on the Riga Plateau.
A hidden spot in Washington's popular Alpine Lakes Wilderness.
Waterfalls and wonder: Both are plentiful in Oregon's Columbia River Gorge.
Great Basin's Mt. Moriah is a big mountain of solitude.
Wilderness worthy enough to inspire any classical landscape painter.
Hikers often overlook the the quiet meadows, wildflowers, and mountaintops of New Mexico's Latir Wilderness. Their loss is your gain.
History and landscape meet at Caprock Canyos State Park.
Texas' Big Slough is as wet as the Big Bend is dry.
Kentucky's Cumberland Falls provide spectacular waterworks, day or night.
The Marietta Unit provides some of the greatest river trails in Ohio.
Break the long Michigan winter with a lengthy hike on Michigan's Riding and Hiking Trail.
Walk among giants in Redwood National Park.
Here's how to find the best of Wyoming's expansive Bighorn range.
Highest, biggest, wildest: Colorado's Weminuche Wilderness is a land of superlatives.
Oklahoma's own Tennessee awaits intrepid hikers.
Never heard of Utah's George Washington Hayduke Route, have you? That's because it's brand new.
Like to start your hikes up high? Then Arkansas Huckleberry Trail is for you.
Get above treeline in Maine's wild Saddleback Range.
History and nature intertwine when you hike South Dakota's stunning Black Hills.
Hike this gorgeous, mountainous section of Virginia's Appalachian Trail.
These quiet summits feature the best views of New York's high Adirondacks.
Burnt Rock Mountain provides great views along Vermont's Long Trail.
James Peak is a gem just 50 miles west of Denver.
Hiking through wetlands in Pennsylvania? Believe it.
Luckily, Aldo Leopold's prediction about Mt. Baldy didn't come true -- these Arizona forests are just as verdant as always.
High, cool peaks rise over 7,000 feet above the desert flats in New Mexico's White Mountain Wilderness.
Lake Superior's best coast lies on Wisconsin's Apostle Islands.
The best way to see all Olympic has to offer is on the grand Valley Loop.
The most old-growth forest in the east resides in North Carolina's Joyce Kilmer Wilderness.
Great Smoky's Gregory Bald features an amazing crown of wild azaleas.
Hike this crown of North Cascades National Park, Washington.
An Ozark oasis loaded with wildlife and fall colors.
Get away from the Ozarks crowd on the Berryman Trail.
Bears electrify an already incredible experience at Glacier National Park's Bowman Lake.
Three Bay Area hikes that'll quickly make winter a distant memory
In New Mexico's Pecos Wilderness, it's just you and the bighorn sheep looking down on the world.
With all of the trail options in Pennsylvania's Michaux State Forest, it's hard to pick just one.
To understand what goes on beneath the sea, find a rocky shoreline and explore away
You won't get a nosebleed on the Knobstone Trail, but you will get a taste of Hoosier high country.
A once-in-a-lifetime solo hike through Lake Clark National Park, where the midnight sun shines like candlelight on the mountains.
The Tordrillo Mountains are so rugged, you'd swear you're the first human to set foot there.
When gently paddling amidst the mini-icebergs that grace Prince William Sound, you ponder one question: why walk?
Wrangell-St. Elias National park is known for its jaw-dropping scenery, but there's just as much beauty at your feet.
Stomp and glide at Wild River State Park, where no snow monsters are allowed.
Journey to Alaska's far northern edge, the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, where the midnight sun shines like candlelight on the mountains.
Extend the hiking season at these three destinations, all perfect for winter newbies.
In Alaska's Tongass, the ancient trees have something to say...if you're willing to listen.
Think slickrock in July and your throat clenches, your skin shrivels, and parched bones rattle in your subconscious. But in winter, the snow sends the tourists and dry desert demons packing, and the frosted wonderland is all yours.
For some, reaching Maine's Mt. Katahdin is the end of a life-altering 2,100-mile pilgrimage. For others it's a lark. We captured the extremes, and a little bit of everything in between, one day atop Maine's "greatest mountain."
The Ouachita Mountains sheltered outlaws and gave John Wayne something to crow about. But it's not until you hike the 223-mile Ouachita Trail that you realize this country is the stuff of legend.
When the White Mountains' hot spots get too hot, there's always the Pilot Range.
An Ohio trail that reclaimed land from the ore era.
In the fortress-like Mazatzal Wilderness, you can barricade yourself in solitude.
You don't need a canoe to reach some of the Everglades' best beachfront campsites.
Deseret Peak Wilderness has everything the popular Wasatch Range does, except the crowds.
Looking for a really wild time? Grab your passport and head to Canada, where the mountains are big, the views stretch beyond your imagination, and you can't fling a moose pellet without hitting some kind of wildlife.
Who says the Appalachian Trail has to stop in Maine? Certainly not some plucky Canadians, who're extending the long-trail concept 600 more miles into their homeland.
Panoramic ridge-hiking through New England.
Vancouver's Juan de Fuca Marine Trail offers the best of both worlds in a challenging and surprising 29-mile ramble.
Hiking through Oregon's Jefferson Park puts you in the heart of what was once some pretty hot country.
Drop off the lip of Linville Gorge into a world of rock escarpments, deep forests, and whitewater.
Theodore Roosevelt ventured into the North Dakota Badlands an East Coast city Boy. After the land got through with him, he had the fortitude to run a nation and the insight to preserve more wildlands than anyone in history.
Sometimes you have to go where the guidebooks haven't been, but watch your step.
The Middle Fork of the Salmon River Trail is a 100-mile-long backpacker's dream that comes complete with muscle-soothing waters and the occasional glass of wine with your four-course dinner.
Thank the Ice Age for the challenging hiking and incredible views you'll find in the Blue Hills.
There are plenty of Bambi's brethren along the Quehanna Trail-if you know where to look.
Hike like a conquistador through Colorado's Sangre de Cristo Mountains.
Redwood Meadow's massive trees and wild countryside have changed little since Muir passed through 100 years ago.
Baldface Range's icy swimming holes and heights will get any hiker worked up.
Tune up your senses and turn off the lights for a wild walk on the dark side.
Birds and deer are your only companions on this stretch of the Allegheny Trail.
Keep your cool on Nevada's Mt. Charleston Loop 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.
You'll find North Cascades beauty minus the rain in Lake Chelan-Sawtooth Wilderness.
If you like stunning mountains, challenging trails, breathtaking scenery and warm temperatures in winter, New Zealand is your ticket to paradise. Just watch out for the thieving parrots.
Sometimes a place is so magnificent that it burns itself into your soul and overrides all sensation-even the urge to heave up your guts.
The 76-mile Foothills Trail takes in all of the Blue Ridge's scenic wonders.
The Continental Divide in Rocky Mountain National Park is a place of reckoning and, given its trackless nature, a place of choices. To a young man who came of age here, it offers perspective on paths not taken.
Two trails, same river, two different worlds.
Great lake views in Minnesota's land of moose and wolves.
All the park is a stage for nature's steamy performance in Lassen Volcanic National Park.
A small taste of Washington's mighty mountain.
The trails are lonely and the trout are always biting in this Inyo National Forest hideaway.
Wondrous lava formations in the Sierra's granite kingdom.
Waterfalls and old growth in this gorge-ous Oregon hideaway.
Head south to find the quiet side of the King.
Tundra hiking in the shadow of Washington's ice-cloaked behemoth.
Hiking Wisconsin's glacier-carved trail will set you back 12,000 years.
Nine hikes as big as the hearts of their namesake wilderness visionaries.
The 10 once-in-a-lifetime adventures any backwoods fanatic should have under his hipbelt before hanging up the ol' pack.
A roadless wonder in California's Los Padres Wilderness.
A high country stunner that defines Colorado wilderness.
If the beauty of the Colorado Sangres doesn't leave you breathless, the altitude will.
The best wildlife stronghold in California.
Washington's rocky, log-strewn shore is no place for beach bums.
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.
There's elbow room to spare in this lofty hiker's haven.
A 42-mile loop through America's version of the Black Forest.
When temps warm but the going's still snowy, strap on snowshoes to reach Washington's hidden camping gems.
The 50-mile-long Massanutten range in Virginia may be D.C.'s top-secret hiking getaway.
The East Cactus Plain Wilderness brims with life and solitude. Just don't forget the water.
On its way from the Ohio to the Mississippi, Illinois' new River to River Trail takes you through a surprisingly wild side of the Corn Belt.
Grab your passport and follow these 25 hikes where wild winds Blow, strange animals roam, and even the alpenglow adds to the adventure.
The ancient Uwharries have baffled geologists, but hikers know a good thing when they see it.
Harriman/Bear Mountain State Park is only an hour from Manhattan, but you'll feel like you're worlds away.
If the redwoods don't wow you, there's always the world-class California coastline.
Smooth and easy hiking deep in the heart of Texas.
Utah's Grand Staircase-Escalante is huge, remote, controversial, and one of the finest destinations for backpackers in the Lower 48.
It may be winter, but that's no reason to stop hiking.
Wilderness doesn't get much better, or higher, than Holy Cross.
Thrills and views by the minute on the Kinsman Ridge Trail.
Thirteen miles in the spectacular Sangre De Cristos.
Some say Goat Rocks Wilderness has the best scenery along the 2,600-mile Pacific Crest Trail. Decide for yourself.
The bison are relics from the past, and the wolves know no fear. Welcome to Wood Buffalo National Park, where time stands still and the land shrugs off man's attempts to alter its primitive spirit.
South Carolina: A wealth of waterfalls and world-class swimming.
At the edge of the world, Canada's Algonquin Provincial Park offers a window to the past.
Quirky geology leads to even quirkier residents at Missouri's Hercules Glades.
In a land with few trails, Alaska's Resurrection Pass stands above them all.
Explore Washington's storied old-growth forests plus an authentic ghost town.
While the desert sizzles, Arizona's Kachina Peaks are cool and comfortable.
A mysterious ravine, old-growth forest, and big climbs -- only at Mt. Greylock Reservation.
Exploring the wilder, uncrowded reaches of our highest national park.
A trek through the blast zone of a restless volcano raises questions about a father's legacy and a child's future.
Sierra scenery at L.A.'s backdoor.
Fifteen trails that'll take you from flaming maples to towering redwoods, with plenty of shimmering aspen in between.
Get lost on Georgia's Duncan Ridge Trail.
Challenge and a hint of risk are part and parcel in Ramseys Draft Wilderness.
Tackling the High Uintas Wilderness from the east offers big paybacks.
Go out at night for a whole new look into wilderness.
Big South Fork provides Utah-quality arches in Tennessee.
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.