Friday's here, it's summertime, and the weather's great (well, at least here it is). That means it's time to get your weekend adventure plans in full gear. But where Friday afternoons are usually a scramble for gear, food, and trip beta, you can rest easy this time. BACKPACKER's brand new Print & Go weekend planners have you covered, no matter where you live—and it's all free.
These Print & Go PDFs give you turn-by-turn trail instructions and photos embedded on a usable topo map. We've also got full-on gear checklists, driving directions, and geo-references for finding the nearest campground, restaurant, gas station, and grocery store. Oh—don't forget to download tracks for your GPS for each trip.
This month, we've got a couple doozies, no matter where you live in the US:
Mt. St. Helens National Volcanic Monument: Ape Canyon
Traverse the eastern flanks of the most active volcano in the Cascades on this 11.3-mile trek in Mount St. Helens National Volcanic Monument.
Yellowstone National Park: Heart Lake and Mt. Sheridan
Spend a few nights in Yellowstone National Park on this 23.1-mile out-and-back complete with lakeside campsites and spectacular summit views.
Austin, TX: Enchanted Rock Loop
Circumnavigate a 425-foot monolith on this 4.9-miler that crosses a sandy creek and cruises classic Texas Hill Country west of Austin.
Great Smoky Mountain NP: Charlies Bunion
Get away for a night or three on this 12.8-mile lasso loop that delivers you to the high reaches of the Great Smoky Mountains.
Now you have everything you need (except perhaps gas). So get out there and hike!
(Look out for more Print & Go trip planners coming soon at backpacker.com/printandgo).
— BACKPACKER Editors