This month, nonprofit The Conservation Fund announced it had acquired 300 acres of land on Colorado’s popular Mt. Democrat, permanently opening it to hikers after a series of closures. But the future of its neighboring mountains is anything but certain.
Stories From the Trail
This vegetarian campfire dessert comes together with two convenience-store ingredients.
A bizarre rescue in Michigan has eerie similarities to a 2022 incident in Washington State
Psychology plays a large role in survival. Here's how to leverage it to your advantage.
To celebrate National Public Lands Day this month, the Secretary of the Interior reminds readers why stepping up for public lands has to be a priority.
Nick Fowler averaged 50-mile days through unfavorable conditions in an already complicated year for PCT thru-hikers.
She was tormented by homophobia—her own, and society’s. Then she took a fateful step at the top of a cascade in the Smokies.
Cocaine Bear's first trailer shows a bloodthirsty, intoxicated bruin rampaging through the forest. But how much of the based-on-a-true-story movie is real?
Reality check: Hitting the gym is the quickest way to hike farther, easier, faster, and pain-free. Get into a routine—or take yours to the next level—with these smart workouts for three different levels.
The Best Hikes
Full of rock scrambles, cactus clusters, and desert views for days, Joshua Tree National Park is the southwest at its finest.
Ending too many hikes with sore, wobbly legs? Trekking poles can help you make it that extra mile.
Which of these popular aprés accessories burns brighter?
The Narrows at Zion National Park offers an incredible adventure in America's most amazing slot canyons. Here's how to safely explore them.
Nature can be brutal. Learn how to to deal with wounds from all kinds of thorns, spines, splinters, shards, quills, needles, and anything else that might get under your skin when you’re on the trail.
If you're new to Colorado's 14ers or simply looking for a day hike into the clouds, try these (relatively) easy adventures on Colorado's tallest mountains.
Get the most out of your backpacking equipment with this sage advice.
Benton MacKaye's original proposal for the Appalachian Trail came out 100 years ago. While the trail may have changed, the appeal hasn't.
This is the year to dream big. With the world's last destinations finally reopening to visitors, now's the time to plan a life-list hike that you'll never forget. Even better: Backpacker's done the work for you.