Our Pacific Crest Trail correspondent has finally reached the northern terminus. Here are his final thoughts from his time on the trail.
Stories From the Trail
"When you have a very fat 400-pound bear, it will take it ages to starve to death. That’s a horrific way to die, decaying from the inside out."
The top nonprofits win a customized Land Rover Defender 130 and a pile of cash. Cast your vote starting on September 15 to help choose this year’s winners.
Late season snow damaged trails and delayed start to the season, pushing hikers into hotter summer conditions
We sat down with this year’s PCT correspondent to learn about the highlights (and lowlights) of his hiking season.
As rutting season begins, officials warn hikers to take extra caution around the wildlife.
Nothing powers me up the trail like the promise of lunch with a view.
Dr. Hitesh Tolani created Gays of National Parks to create community, but it’s become so much more than that.
From choosing the right water filter to evaluating your gear list, AT hiker Michael Perry shares his advice for getting trail-ready
Find adventure out your own back door. Here are 10 urban hiking trails—each under 2 miles—worth exploring.
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.