Whether you want an uncrowded hike in Zion National Park or a five-miler through a gypsum dune field in New Mexico, our scouts have paved the way.
Our trail scouts' top local hikes
Explore a seldom-visited stretch of the Continental Divide with hidden lakes, world-class trout fishing, and abundant wildlife.
Jump-start your hiking season on these spring-ready trips from around the country.
Contributing editor Tracy Ross talks about the aftermath of publishing her abuse memoir, The Source of All Things, which originated as a BACKPACKER feature story and is now available in paperback.
Ski remote winter terrain—and have the most winter fun.
Tired of the same old weekend loops? Looking to create memories your grandkids will talk about? In this how-and-where guide, we serve up 15 extraordinary escapes that will shatter your expectations of "normal." From adventure moviemaking to canyoneering, we'll take you places you've never been—but will long to visit again soon.
This region's top contestant in our Be a Mapper contest reveals his favorite off-the-beaten-path routes through canyon country and mountain refuges.
Upgrade your winter fun at these 8 beginner-friendly, expert-ready spots.
This region's top contestant in our Be a Mapper contest reveals his wildlife sighting tips.
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.
A forgotten explorer's route leads to off-trail, high-peak adventure and bona fide solitude.
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.
Hike these long trails in Montana, Idaho, Arizona, and Colorado, and raft an eight-mile section of the Arkansas River.
This remote chasm boasts big views, craggy mountains, abundant wildlife, and staggering solitude.
See Yosemite's river of ice, witness there-and-gone meteor showers in Hawaii, and mark your calendar for eight more fleeting natural wonders.
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.
Hit Idaho's Owyhee River just right, and you get one of the West's best paddles to yourself.
The undisputed local experts—you—chose the top parks, trails, campsites, and weekend getaways from Alaska to Alabama.
Your favorite parks, weekend getaways, peak ascents, campsites, and more in the Rockies.
Your favorite Rockies hikes—from dayhikes to weekenders to multiday trips.
Find private valleys, mountain passes, and riverside campsites.
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.
Take the guesswork out of weekend hike planning; download these new trips in Baxter State Park, the Bitterroot Wilderness, and the Trinity Alps.
See North America's deepest river gorge, the west's most violent mating Display, and the Southeast's last longleaf pines.
Hike into North America's deepest river gorge--a canyon that could hold five stacked Sears Towers.
The best hikes near Boise.
The best hikes in Northwest, as suggested by the best local hiking clubs.
Have rocky ridges and sparkling alpine lakes all to yourself.
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.
See five volcanoes, camp at secluded lakes, and hike through a swarm of butterflies. (Click linked trips for GPS waypoints, photos, and more.)
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.
Crashing waterfalls, hidden lakes, and a choice Denali view highlight the 2010 Northwest Readers' Choice hikes.
See this deciduous pine turn electric-yellow.
Find primo lakeside camping on a rainforest-to-alpine loop.
Want guaranteed peace and quiet? Hike to two of the Lower 48's most remote alpine lakes.
Climb the Northwest's tallest nontechnical volcano.
This classic alpine loop belongs on every backpacker's tick list.
Enjoy unparalleled views from one of the country's finest skyline trails.
Caught between a goat and a hard place? Don't move, says Daniel Claar.
Climb the high point of the Sawtooth Mountains.
Swim, climb, nap–repeat. This Sawtooths trek has it all.
Disappear into Yellowstone's secret northern fringe, where you'll find a rejuvenated landscape and total solitude (except for the bison and grizzlies).
From camping with wolves to fly-fishing smarts this insider's guide has you covered.
Explore a supersized wilderness that's home to Idaho's densest population of gray wolves.
A quick guide to the best acres, trails, and views.
Development, bureaucracy, and apathy threaten this Glacier-like mecca, home to grizzlies, fields of beargrass, and superlative alpine hiking.
Here are the top wilderness soaks on the continent. Can you keep a secret?
Pack snowshoes for these nine epic treks to snowy solitude in the Pacific Northwest, Rockies, and Northeast.
Use our comprehensive city-specific pages to find hikes near your hometown or in a city you're planning to visit.
Glimpse these rare mammals in Idaho's Salmo-Priest Wilderness.
6 more must-dip pools from Alaska to Hawaii
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.
In "Destination Nowhere" (September 2008), Mark Jenkins explores the most remote wilderness location in the continental United States–a top-secret spot in Yellowstone. See his trip photos and read an interview with Jenkins where he discusses the assignment.
Idaho's capital offers hiking, kayaking, and climbing close to downtown
Idaho is full of surprises--whitewater in the country's deepest canyon, endless climbing at City of Rocks, and high, wild scrambles in the Sawtooths.
Don't forget your sound judgment when summitting this high point.
If you can't hook a monster in one of these fishing holes, you better hang up your rod.
This summit offers the finest view anywhere of the Grand and surrouding peaks.
River rats wait years to ride the wild Selway River. Hikers can taste its raw beauty right now.
Our comprehensive guide to the best backpacking you can find in Idaho.
Head to the White Cloud Mountains for a crowd-free taste of Idaho high country.
Raft or hike this desert paradise's secretive canyons -- but don't pass up the hot springs.
Where you'll share the mountain with curious goats and mysteries of the past.
While Sawtooth Lake grabs the limelight, behind the scenes lie crowd-free peace and splendor.
The Middle Fork of the Salmon River Trail is a 100-mile-long backpacker's dream that comes complete with muscle-soothing waters and the occasional glass of wine with your four-course dinner.
Who needs Everest when you can have these eight summits, all hikeable, all close to home, no sherpas or yaks required.
Only have a short time to tackle the Pacific Northwest Trail? Our guide will give you the best the PNT has to offer.