Hike to life-list hot spots without waiting in life-list lines. These under-the-radar trails deliver everything but the crowds.
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Hike cross-country to a pocket of dreamy lakeside camps on the John Muir Trail.
America’s leading advocate of wilderness silence shows the way to Mt. Rainier National Park’s quietest corner. Plus: 9 more campsites with life-list listening.
Explore a granite wonderland, cross two little-used passes, and score High Sierra solitude on this point-to-point hike.
The perfect dozen: Embark on one of these 12 treks, and turn America's most iconic preserves into your own private paradise.
The world's prettiest shoreline, giant pines, and Yosemite's premier view.
Hike Hawaii's all-world coast to a secluded beach.
Explore lonely alpine scenery in this off-the-radar wilderness.
Trek 211 miles through hiker heaven.
Take a lightly trafficked trail into the word's biggest grove.
Bag a granite peak with big views and small crowds.
Get a highlights tour of the High Sierra backcountry.
Thru-hike the most remote miles in California's range of light
Our map team has been hard at work plotting the coolest hikes. Check out May's selections here.
Did High Sierra ranger Randy Morgenson succumb to depression or disaster?
Some things are so inevitable there's no sense disputing them: death, taxes, and the unrivaled beauty of the Sierra.
Get ready to feel puny--and profoundly grateful--on three hikes through ancient forests.
Hike and climb-and then kick back-in a High Sierra sweet spot.
The Obelisk offers a remote climbing challenge far removed from other Sierra hotspots.
Our comprehensive guide to the best backpacking you can find in California.
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.
Can you find solitude in Sequoia National Park? You can if you go off trail.
Redwood Meadow's massive trees and wild countryside have changed little since Muir passed through 100 years ago.