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Hike cross-country to a pocket of dreamy lakeside camps on the John Muir Trail.
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.
Your favorite western hikes—from dayhikes to weekenders to multiday trips.
Your favorite parks, weekend getaways, peak ascents, campsites, and more in the west.
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.
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.
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.
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.