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Your Best Shots
How do we know BACKPACKER readers hike to some of the most spectacular places in the country? We pored over the visual proof–hundreds of images submitted for our second annual photo contest–to select six winners. Get ready to update your life list.
America’s Best Hikes
The country’s top experts on local trails—BACKPACKER readers—share insider secrets for 10 regions. Discover their favorite parks, weekend getaways, peak ascents, primo campsites, and more.
Top Trail Chefs
Fast. Easy. Delicious. That’s what you get with the hiker-approved meals that won our camp food taste test. From belly-warming clam chowder to no-bake cookies, here are 21 recipes guaranteed to satisfy hungry hikers–and gourmet trail cooks.
Reader Recipe: Warm Apple Crescents
Reader Recipe: No-Bake Cow Chips
Reader Recipe: Blueberry Crisp Bars
Reader Recipe: Pecan Pancakes with Fruit Compote
Reader Recipe: Sweet Potato Pizza Pie
Reader Recipe: Indonesian Pilaf
Reader Recipe: Creamy Clam Chowder
Reader Recipe: Chicken Curry Wrap
Reader Recipes: Easy Pasta & Rice Camp Meals
Our official Reader Test Team racked up more than 2,000 trail miles to find the best equipment for dayhikers, weekenders, ultralighters, alpine trekkers, tech fans, and family campers.
Reader Rated: The Family Camper
Reader Rated: Tech Gear
Reader Rated: Alpine Gear
Reader Rated: Weekend Warrior Gear
Reader Rated: Dayhiking Gear
Reader Rated: The Ultralighter