Wildflowers in Indian Peaks, CO, an old climbers' trail in Wyoming, and more.
Tag two tough fourteeners.
In our September 2013 issue we polled our experts on their favorite views in the U.S. What are your favorite views in each state?
Of all the reasons to be jealous of Denverites (craft beer, deep powder, Peyton Manning), the Front Range's backyard peaks might top the list. These glacier-carved mountains straddle the Continental Divide and offer 133 miles of maintained trails, plus endless serrated ridges to explore. Local or visitor, venture into this land of massive crags with these routes that promise views from every vantage point—if you don't live here yet, you'll wish you did.
Choose your own adventure on this rocky mountain routefinding test piece.
Join Backpacker magazine photo editor, Genny Fullerton, and Backpacker contributing photographer, Steve Howe, on a four-day, three-night backpacking photo safari where you'll learn what it takes to shoot images worthy of publication.
Our second-annual Adventures Denver is a family friendly day of fun in the outdoors trying out new gear and activities...for free!
Make a late-season hike to an aspen-dense Colorado mesa, spot bears in the Beartooths, explore gypsum dunes, and discover more fall must-hikes.
Discover your own private Rockies paradise.
Descend from a cliff-rimmed mesa to a trout-filled lake.
Our favorite high-risk, high-reward adventures in North America.
Our favorite high-risk, high-reward adventures in North America.
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.
Your region's go-now guide.
Tour glacial valleys and navigate to off-trail lakes and waterfalls on this six-day circuit.
Scramble up a 12.7-mile sneak route to the park's highest peak.
Hike cross-country to explore this secluded chain of hanging lakes.
Our map team scouted more than 500 miles of trails and cross-country routes to bring you a summer's worth of escapes in the Rockies.
Park your tent in one of these 10 spots, and you'll be happy in the morning. Guaranteed.
Jump-start your hiking season on these spring-ready trips from around the country.
Scramble a class 3 route and claim your own private peak.
Scramble on red rock, camp at alpine lakes, cross a high pass, explore a trailless moonscape, and bushwhack to a peak.
Upgrade your winter fun at these 8 beginner-friendly, expert-ready spots.
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.
Cross elk-filled woods and bighorn- busy flats on this park's quiet side.
Feel like you've notched a first ascent.
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.
Hike these long trails in Montana, Idaho, Arizona, and Colorado, and raft an eight-mile section of the Arkansas River.
The only thing better than enjoying the life-list scenery in the country's premier national parks? Getting that same scenery, minus the crowds. Find it in these 10 backcountry hotspots, along with no-hassle permits, choice campsites aplenty, and solitude to match the world-class terrain.
Hike Denver's lost wilderness, a twofer of peaks in Idaho, lava tubes in New Mexico, Zion's sneak route, and Bozeman's trout-filled lake.
The undisputed local experts—you—chose the top parks, trails, campsites, and weekend getaways from Alaska to Alabama.
Your favorite western hikes—from dayhikes to weekenders to multiday trips.
Your favorite parks, weekend getaways, peak ascents, campsites, and more in the Rockies.
Your favorite Rockies hikes—from dayhikes to weekenders to multiday trips.
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.
Find the best skiing, snowshoeing, cross-country skiing, and winter camping trips in the U.S.
See the Rockies' most iconic mountains.
Aim upward for majestic views over an ancient canyon.
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.
Forge your own route through the Rockies' most rugged corner.
Alpine views and starry skies are nice, but on these unsettling hikes you might see something really stunning.
See North America's deepest river gorge, the west's most violent mating Display, and the Southeast's last longleaf pines.
Witness bighorn rams' skull-bashing attempts to win a date.
The best hikes near Aspen, CO.
The best hikes near Grand Junction, CO.
The best hikes near Denver/Boulder.
The best local hikes in Colorado, Utah, Arizona, New Mexico, Montana.
Explore waterfall-filled Gorges with fossils preserved in the shale walls.
Climb a fourteener for a view across the continental divide.
Hike streamside near pacific northwest greenery and caribbean-blue eddies.
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.
Visit a Wrecked alpine village.
No one loves maps more than a backpacker, and the USGS's central repository in Denver is a veritable cartographic paradise.
Spot a grizzly, basecamp amid Fourteeners, and relax in secluded hot springs. (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.
How to beat the crowds and find solitude in the Rockies
The top peaks for every type of hiker.
Find your hike on the country's highest footpath.
Like your life and limbs intact? Then you'd better get skilled before visiting these trails.
Hit the trail, then hit the oh-so-soft mattress at one of these hiker-friendly lodges.
Three treks to life-list phenomena from Death Valley to Colorado.
Disappear into Yellowstone's forgotten peaks. Bag Colorado's most exciting Fourteener. Hike Utah's unknown long trail Our field editors pick 24 epics for your Rockies life list.
Explore a secret wonderland in the West Needle Mountains.
Hike high on this above-treeline route through the Weminuche Wilderness.
Scramble to a remote refuge on this peak's secret side.
See a 365-foot cascade turned to ice at Bridal Veil Falls.
Hike to a hot springs and private cabin.
Which towns offer the ideal mix of accessible trails, inspiring teachers, and great recreational resources? We worked with The Outdoor Foundation to identify America's top 25 places to beat nature deficit disorder.
A weekend in Glacier, a quiet 14er, and the Rockies' best hot springs.
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.
Gaze into the world's most beautiful labyrinth.
Relax in an effervescent bath far from the dayhiking crowds.
Trip through kaleidoscopic color amid high-alpine splendor.
Get big payoffs on an easy hike.
Thru-hike America's highest trail.
See the park's famed glaciers from a high mountain pass.
Think you know all there is to know about these famous peaks? Get an insider's guide right here.
Traverse alongside delicate ecosystem, open tundra and hit nine summits on this "grand slam" of cross-country treks.
Hike these paths before the masses find them.
What's better than hiking every weekend? Hiking every day. Here are the best big-city escapes from New York to Los Angeles. Plus: Bill Donahue explores the remote reaches of Portland's Forest Park and discovers secrets even locals don't know.
Online or via your cellphone these trips are ready to be downloaded and explored.
Descend into Colorado's Black Canyon and explore a park that has everything–life-list scenery, challenging terrain, a revitalized river–except hikers.
Take a historic train to the trailhead and climb this Colorado beauty, nestled deep in the Weminuche Wilderness.
Our editor in chief digs through his years of trips, trails, and tales to share some of his adventures in the wild, from the Grand Canyon to Mount Rainier.
For our 2010 Readers' Choice issue we want to know your favorite trail in America.
Sharing is for kindergarten. Take one of these 30 hikes and you can have the wilderness all to yourself.
Follow a long-forgotten loop in Rocky Mountain National Park across the Continental
Divide, through moose-infested meados, and up Longs Peak via a rarely climbed
Get big views and rack up long miles with these close-to-home adventures.
Find real solitude amid the crowds at these secret stashes.
Lose yourself in a private paradise the crowds have overlooked.
From the top day hike to the key skills you'll need, we'll have you ready for the Rockies in no time.
A quick guide to the best acres, trails, and views.
Threatened by OHVs, logging, and overgrazing a 120,000-acre proposed addition to Red Buttes Wilderness would quintuple its size and benefit the Pacific Crest Trail.
The biggest threat to his critical gap between the Weminuche and Uncompahgre Wilderness Areas? Off-highway vehicles.
Does your kid want to be an ice climber? How about a thru-hiker, or paddler? These cities have just what you need.
From Boulder to Juneau to Bozeman, see which cities made the cut for the best place to raise an outdoor kid, and why.
From dawn-to-dusk epics in Utah canyons to lazy-picnic blueberry strolls in Maine–plus hikes to peaks, redwoods, hot springs, beaches, and more–here are 100 ways to spend a perfect day on the trail.
Fly the Rockies with our 3D video, then download the GPS track to do the route yourself.
Get national park scenery without the crowds on an alpine overnight with lakeside camping.
Nine ways to get your cascade fix from Tennessee to Montana.
We've got a selection of cozy shelters and trail-side restaurants from Washington to Maine. Check out these hikes in the Rockies, the Northeast, and the Northwest.
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.
Discover the best hike in every state, as voted by BACKPACKER readers. Plus: your essential gear, most desirable tentmate, worst-ever adventure movie, and our picks for the best reader-submitted photos.
Pack snowshoes for these nine epic treks to snowy solitude in the Pacific Northwest, Rockies, and Northeast.
The Ice Age left its mark from Acadia to Yosemite. Here's scenic evidence.
In Colorado, wilderness hut managers recruit hikers to track an elusive wildcat.
Use our comprehensive state-specific pages to find hikes in your home state our a state you're planning on visiting.
Use our comprehensive city-specific pages to find hikes near your hometown or in a city you're planning to visit.
Ten perfect summits for your next group hike
Trek into the wilderness but sleep in comfort with these hut treks
Denver teacher Mike Haugen sets a new state summits speed record–fifty state highpoints in less than 50 days!
Read these real-life tales from five survivors who made it out alive, and learn what they did wrong–and right.
Dodge high wattage on the newest stretch of the Colorado Trail.
An autumn climb turns life-threatening when a hiker endures a night in a whiteout at 12,000 feet in the Rockies.
A hair-raising hike
Head to the RMNP for the highest designated camp–find out where below.
From the West Coast to the Rocky Mountains to New England, we've got nine epic ridgewalks just for you.
How Cold War weapons sites are becoming America's most unusual new preserves.
Trek the best spring blooms from the Ozarks to the Olympics with these two, three, and four day treks.
The most exotic hike in the United States is smack in the middle of the country: Welcome to Great Sand Dunes National Park.
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. Here, read the Backpacker Blog on the project, and view three exclusive on-the-trail video.
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.
Hit the wilderness in search of beasts big and small.
From Florida to Wyoming, track wild horses for four hours or 10 days.
Whether you are after fishing holes or skinny-dipping, Backpacker tracked down the best campsites in the country
Good news: Both women returned to safety as of Friday, September 13.
Don't miss your chance to take the best dayhike on the CDT.
The best overall weekend hike you'll find on the CDT.
Live life on the edge as your dayhike three vertiginous ridges in Arizona, Vermont, and Colorado.
16 wild ways to find backcountry solitude and big-time scenery. All this, and you can bring the ice chest, too.
Slide through Rocky Mountain National Park's mellower back door.
Feel mile-high by hiking foothills, paddling downtown, and pedaling Mt. Falcon Park.
Push yourself on any of these challenging hikes
Come enjoy this high peak's playground
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
Spring comes earlier to this mountain paradise.
This summit will put you high above what many consider to be Colorado's finest mountain range.
Giant cliffs and numerous waterfalls are among the stunning sites that can be viewed along this Colorado hike.
Here's a detailed hiking planner that will take you to the hidden corners of Colorado's most scenic park.
Learn the weird science behind our addiction to waterfalls, and the location of the best trails in North America.
Our comprehensive guide to the best backpacking you can find in Colorado.
Hike into the Collegiate Peaks Wilderness and you'll enjoy Colorado's best summer school.
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.
Can you tackle our readers' favorite long trail? Test your hiking mettle against the Continental Divide Trail.
Easily said and
done, when you have a constant reminder at bedtime.
Need someplace to go shoe with your snowshoes? Whet your whistle with one of these great places.
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.
When summer ends, crowd-free hiking begins in Colorado's Indian Peaks.
No color in nature comes close to matching the heart-stirring golden aspen found in the Rockies in autumn.
Mountain vistas: the ups and downs of a mountain-biking/hiking paradise.
A primordial oasis of rivers, bighorn sheep, and canyons.
The majestic San Juan Mountain range is often called America's Switzerland. -- and the wildflowers match.
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.
Tiny Gibson Lake will take you out of Denver in a hurry with its big-wilderness feel and smirking brook trout.
There's elbow room to spare in this lofty hiker's haven.
If the beauty of the Colorado Sangres doesn't leave you breathless, the altitude will.
A high country stunner that defines Colorado wilderness.
Exploring the wilder, uncrowded reaches of our highest national park.
Wilderness doesn't get much better, or higher, than Holy Cross.
Hike like a conquistador through Colorado's Sangre de Cristo Mountains.
Extend the hiking season at these three destinations, all perfect for winter newbies.
Besides being home to a mythical reptile, Colorado's Lizard Head Wilderness is the site of some great hiking.
Crowd-free, rocky mountain highs -- you'll find this and more in Colorado's South San Juan Wilderness.
James Peak is a gem just 50 miles west of Denver.
Highest, biggest, wildest: Colorado's Weminuche Wilderness is a land of superlatives.
Gain a raptor's-eye view of the world in Colorado's Eagles Nest Wilderness.
Who needs Everest when you can have these eight summits, all hikeable, all close to home, no sherpas or yaks required.
Twelve trails that'll chew you up, spit you out, and have you begging for more.
If any long trail is likely to induce a headache, it's the Colorado Trail.