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Hikes



Great Family Hikes: Chosen by the Editors of Backpacker

Hit the trail with your kids on these family-friendly hikes all over the country.

Local Hikes: Extend Your Season

Cooler days mean fewer crowds and bugs—and riots of leafy color. Here are 38 fall-weekend classics near you.

The Best Hikes Near You

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.

Top 3 Luxury Hikes

Hit the trail, then hit the oh-so-soft mattress at one of these hiker-friendly lodges.

America's Best Day Hikes: West

Tick off these life list hikes in Washington, Oregon, California, and Alaska.

Gear Guide 2009: Deuter Speed Lite 30 Review

For dayhikes and light overnights, strap on the simple and smartly configured Deuter Speed Lite 30 pack.

The Fix: Shenandoah National Park

Catch this national park's brightest fall foliage on a short stroll or an all-day epic.

Trip Finder: Waterfall Hikes

Nine ways to get your cascade fix from Tennessee to Montana.

PERFECT DAY: Redwood National and State Parks, CA

Here's longtime ranger Jim Wheeler's plan for an eye-popping adventure among the ancients.

Perfect Day: Saguaro National Park

Many people think exploring this 91,440-acre desert park is all about dodging the tall, spiny cacti that earned the place its name. But Southern Arizona Hiking Club guide Steve Singkofer knows better. His favorite 20.3-mile route - including a 4,500-foot climb - reaches overlooks of Tucson and far beyond.

Time 2 Go: Hike With Birds

Whether you've got hours or weeks, here's where to go for the birds.

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