Steve Smith, 60, of Lincoln, New Hampshire, owns The Mountain Wanderer (a specialty map and guidebook shop) and co-authored the AMC's White Mountain Guide, which details 1,420 trail miles—all of which Smith has hiked, making him one of about 20 people to have "red-lined" the entire guide. Here are his favorite books for learning more about the area
The interactive museum showcases the mountain's notoriously extreme weather.
Stop hibernating and start hiking with these low-risk, high-reward trips.
Pass from deep hardwood forests to above-treeline mountaintops again and again.
Go high in these dense clusters of mountains to hit several summits on a single hike.
Hike New England's highest paths.
Four days on New England's idyllic waterways. Is it enough to win a father's blessing for his daughter's new life?
An after-hours trek on one of the Northeast's best hikes yields unexpected sights.
Enjoy panoramic views on an exposed, granite ridgewalk.
The Granite State's crown jewel is an epicenter for alpine adventure, from peakbagging to ridgewalking to hut camping. Where to start? In the heart of the Whites, with beta from our map team. Trek across windswept plateaus, tag a handful of the range's 48 peaks above 4,000 feet, and get a taste of high-altitude tundra.
Your region's go-now guide: Explore New York City, hike four states in 24 hours, and perfect days in NC, GA, and NH.
Hike our quieter insider's variation on this classic route.
Our favorite high-risk, high-reward adventures in North America.
Your region's go-now guide
Hike to life-list hot spots without waiting in life-list lines. These under-the-radar trails deliver everything but the crowds.
Empty White Mountain summits. Tourist-free Yellowstone geysers. Rarely hiked Yosemite ridges. Rangers, guidebook writers, outfitters, and ultra-hikers dish their favorite routes for the first time.
Five more must-do hikes from this region's top map contributor—with 20 years of experience in the area—dishes tips for beating the crowds on her all-time favorite hikes.
The region's top map contributor—with 20 years of experience in the area—dishes tips for beating the crowds on her all-time favorite hikes.
Ten trails. Ten unmatched miles each. Get maximum bang for each boot step on hikes that our most-traveled contributors call their all-time favorites.
We've picked the top 10 miles of North America's 10 most memorable hikes. Find your way to wilderness nirvana with these map and planning guides.
Claim a rare feat on this classic-in-waiting loop.
Head out on one of these trails in Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, New York, Pennsylvania, and Maryland.
Can you ever really have too much of a good thing? Once you've seen the biggest tree, largest glacier, and deepest canyon, nothing else compares.
Watch your step on Utah' Highline Trail. The nonstop views and rampant wildlife are distractingly spectacular. Plus: Gaze away on 9 more elevated hikes.
Paddle to Maryland's Assateague Island; pack an ice axe for the Presidentials.
The undisputed local experts—you—chose the top parks, trails, campsites, and weekend getaways from Alaska to Alabama.
Your favorite Northeast hikes—from dayhikes to weekenders to multiday trips.
Your favorite parks, weekend getaways, peak ascents, campsites, and more in the Northeast.
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.
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.
Traverse the first long trail in Vermont.
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.
Bag a little-known triple crown in New England's northern woods.
Tag a team of the East's most challenging peaks in the White Mountains.
The best hikes near Manchester.
The best hikes, as recommended by the best hiking clubs in the Northeast.
No one stays young forever, of course. Just don't tell the hut keepers in New Hampshire's White Mountains.
Hike across a state, gain the country's best foliage view, and top alpine balds. (Click linked trips for GPS waypoints, photos, and more.)
Our army of reader-reader scouts mapped 59 local hikes from South Carolina to Northern California. See their favorites, then learn how to download tracklogs and waypoints.
Hike high points on Mt. Rainier, Mt. Washington, and Mt. Whitney.
If you don't mind the potential of extreme weather and wind, Mt. Washington is your hike.
Who knows the secret trails and must-do classics in every corner of the country? Our teams of regional experts, recruited from the ranks of readers like you. Here are their top hikes from coast to coast.
A state high point, killer foliage, and a hike loaded with waterfalls
Haunted mountains? Vanished campers? Bloodthirsty creatures? An evil wind that lures hikers over a waterfall? We dare you to hike America's scariest trails.
Never let your guard down on this deadly peak, where the weather–and spirits–are unpredictable.
You won't find bottlenecks on these untrammeled peaks.
Ten perfect summits for your next group hike
Get big views and rack up long miles with these close-to-home adventures.
First, check out our tips for healthy hiking on steep terrain in the May 2009 issue then, put them to the test on one of our favorite high-angle trails from California to North Carolina.
Home to the White Mountains, the Appalachian Trail, and easily reachable urban trail networks like Boston's Emerald Necklace, this densely-populated region is small in size but big on recreational potential.
Pack snowshoes for these nine epic treks to snowy solitude in the Pacific Northwest, Rockies, and Northeast.
Like your life and limbs intact? Then you'd better get skilled before visiting these trails.
Paddling, hiking, testing self arrest skills–we cover it all in these 10 epic trips throughout the U.S. and Puerto Rico.
It'll blow you away
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.
Wind power offers clean energy–but how much will hikers compromise to get it?
From the West Coast to the Rocky Mountains to New England, we've got nine epic ridgewalks just for you.
You can only get so far off the grid in a single day - that is, unless you take a shortcut into the mountains. Many ski resorts, including the three premier sites mentioned below, open a lift or two in summer and fall, offering an express route to places high and wild. There's no other way to get this deep into the woods this fast.
Cozy huts, five-course meals, and world-class foliage highlight one family's fall trek.
Trek into the wilderness but sleep in comfort with these hut treks
Whether you are after fishing holes or skinny-dipping, Backpacker tracked down the best campsites in the country
Push yourself on any of these challenging hikes
Vibrant colors and a ridge walk you'll never forget
Here is your chance to tag six summits in only 3 days.
Scenic ridges and some high White Mountain peaks abound on this great hike.
Our comprehensive guide to the best backpacking you can find in New Hampshire.
Lines at backcountry outhouses. Hikers competing for tent sites. Is there any solitude left in New Hampshire's White Mountains? Lots of it, if you know where to go.
Sometimes walking "backward" is the only way to go in New Hampshire's White Mountains.
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.
A chaotic chorus of loon calls penetrate the darkness, the warbling sounds echoing off the wooded hills around the New Hampshire lake.
Guy Waterman died near the summit of Mount Lafayette, a peak in the White Mountains in northern New Hampshire, on February 6.
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.
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.
When the White Mountains' hot spots get too hot, there's always the Pilot Range.
Panoramic ridge-hiking through New England.
Baldface Range's icy swimming holes and heights will get any hiker worked up.
Thrills and views by the minute on the Kinsman Ridge Trail.