Plan your perfect trip–from a budget-friendly weekend to an entry-level expedition–with field reports from Steve Howe.
Imagine an Alaska paradise with trout bigger than your leg, bears and caribou traipsing by camp, and no people–except your good friends. This place exists. Jonathan Dorn has photographic proof. He can’t tell you where it is, but he can tell you how to get there.
Forty years after his own adolescent ascent of the Arctic’s Mt. Chamberlin, John Harlin returns with his 13-year-old daughter. But can she overcome her fear of mountains? On this father-child epic, glaciers and grizzlies may be the least of the hazards.
Videos & Photo Slideshows
Go behind-the-scenes as our correspondents scour Alaska for the best trips available.
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. By Steve Howe
TOP 3 LUXE HIKES
Explore trails by day, then kick back by night at these hiker-centric resorts.
Death Valley’s blooms can blanket 100,00 acres. Plus: Colorado’s tallest ice waterfall and Florida’s tiny deer.
THE PEAK MT. TAMALPAIS
Nice: wilderness solitude with Pacific views. Nicer: It’s 20 miles from San Francisco and comes with a beer garden.
SHOOT LIKE A PRO
Our top photographers share their secrets. Plus: 6 trail-friendly cameras
THE MANUAL: SPRING SNOWFIELD
Cross the steeps safely and avoid avalanches with these guide-approved tips.
Dirtbag/Gourmet Recipes: Couscous
This satisfying whole grain is filling, fiber-rich, and ready in less than five minutes.
GEAR SCHOOL: INSULATION
Here’s how to choose, store, and maintain the right fill for your bag and parka.
FIELD TEST: HEADLAMPS
From superbright to superlight, we review five great lamps that do it all.
Drink up with the best new bottles, packs, and more. Plus: go-fast shoes.