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Backpacker Magazine –
Your Best Shots
How do we know BACKPACKER readers hike to some of the most spectacular places in the country? We pored over the visual proof–hundreds of images submitted for our second annual photo contest–to select six winners. Get ready to update your life list.
America's Best Hikes
The country's top experts on local trails—BACKPACKER readers—share insider secrets for 10 regions. Discover their favorite parks, weekend getaways, peak ascents, primo campsites, and more.
Top Trail Chefs
Fast. Easy. Delicious. That's what you get with the hiker-approved meals that won our camp food taste test. From belly-warming clam chowder to no-bake cookies, here are 21 recipes guaranteed to satisfy hungry hikers–and gourmet trail cooks.
Our official Reader Test Team racked up more than 2,000 trail miles to find the best equipment for dayhikers, weekenders, ultralighters, alpine trekkers, tech fans, and family campers.