Can you walk off a war? A veteran who served in Iraq embarks on a thru-hike of the Pacific Crest Trail to find out.
The region's best picks from our top field correspondent, who's notched more than 1,800 trail miles throughout the West and mapped 116 trips.
Watch your step on Utah' Highline Trail. The nonstop views and rampant wildlife are distractingly spectacular. Plus: Gaze away on 9 more elevated hikes.
We know. You've always wanted to hike a long trail. Lucky for you, we've got the comprehensive guides to make your dreams a reality. Check out the best sections and dayhikes along the AT, PCT and CDT. PLUS: See how four hikers beat the recession...by hiking through it.
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.
Find out what happens when four people hike the 221-mile John Muir Trail in just a week. Then learn how to bag the classic in more sensible lightweight fashion.
No, it's not an oxymoron. You, too, can say buh-bye to endless energy bars and instant rice glop--and eat like royalty for less than two pounds a day.
A 10-step plan for getting your base pack weight under 15 pounds
In 10 days, carrying just 25 pounds, you can pound through the John Muir Trail...happily. Get the plan.
Shave pounds from your whole packing list.
Got a few days off, a pair of healthy feet, and a pain threshold higher than Dean Karnazes? You can (possibly) blaze the length of America's Most Beautiful Trail
One writer ditches his S.U.V. for a vegetable oil-powered Volkswagon Beetle and drives into the Sierras to hike the Pacific Crest Trail and test his environmentalist platitudes
You won't want to miss this breathtaking 8-mile dayhike.
Some things are so inevitable there's no sense disputing them: death, taxes, and the unrivaled beauty of the Sierra.
To hike from Mexico to Canada and back, a man needs strength and speed and luck. He needs something else, too. If only he knew what it was.
Hike and climb-and then kick back-in a High Sierra sweet spot.
Use your backpacking skills at the best surfing, climbing, trail running, and even paragliding spots
A night in Yosemite's most famous hotel
Follow the Pacific Crest Trail through Washington's volcano country and discover the high life.
A double lung transplant slows, but doesn't stop, Pacific Crest Trail hiker Dennis Coffey.
Everything you'd want in a long trail.
The best way to honor a wilderness-minded senator is to hike the Jackson Wilderness.
Robert Taylor wants African-Americans to know "there's something great out there."
Vast meadows of wildflowers sprawl across the ridgetops and valley bottoms of the Three Sisters.
Some say Goat Rocks Wilderness has the best scenery along the 2,600-mile Pacific Crest Trail. Decide for yourself.