Join BACKPACKER for National Summit Day on August 1st 2020!

Join BACKPACKER, Big City Mountaineers, and hikers around the country on Saturday August 1st, 2020, to celebrate our favorite mountains and the people who climb them!

Join us after your hike for a virtual National Summit Day After Party filled with restorative yoga, skills sessions and live music! Watch on our Facebook.


Everyone with a pair of shoes and nearby hill or mountain is invited. 

You already know that summits are sensational.

When it comes to outdoor adventure, access is key. But the components of access—knowing where to go, having the gear and the knowledge you need, and feeling safe and accepted in the outdoors—aren’t available to everyone.

To celebrate and expand access to the outdoors, BACKPACKER has joined up with Big City Mountaineers to present the Third Annual National Summit Day. Your contribution to Big City Mountaineers through National Summit Day will break down barriers to outdoor access by providing free, fully outfitted, and professionally led backcountry trips for youth from disinvested communities.

This year, we’re all about the individual effort. COVID-19 is making it difficult to ensure safety on group hikes, so we’re asking hikers to turn out for solo (or small group) hikes if they feel safe and comfortable doing so.

On August 1, we’ll hike for the love of nature, summits, and each other. Anyone with a pair of shoes and a nearby mountain or hill is invited. Join us, wherever you are.

See where people are hiking on August 1st!


Sign up to hike now and be entered to win!

Register your hike, or share your dream hike, for National Summit Day by 8/17 and automatically be entered to win a mystery prize pack!

Explore Summits and Hikes Close By

Looking for a peak near you? Start with our list of hikes by state and check back here regularly for new group hikes you can join.