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Trail Chef: Regional Trail Delicacies

Just because you're on the trail doesn't mean abandoning local fare. Here are some favorite trail treats, by region.

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Recently, BACKPACKER awarded Tanka Bars & Bites a coveted Editors’ Choice Award. These buffalo and cranberry concoctions from Native American Natural Foods, LLC, are a tasty alternative to the traditional trail-food currency of energy bars and trail mix. The find inspired Trail Chef to canvas both our forums and staff for other trail snacks not readily available on the big-box shelves.


-Love fiddlehead ferns on the trail? Then you must be a New Englander. BACKPACKER forumite “GrinchNH” recommends removing the skins after picking them trailside then boiling for 10 minutes and sautéing with a little butter.

-In Washington state, BACKPACKER forumite “sarbar” sees hikers noshing on corn on the cob.

-Forum user “schmittdas” recommends caribou jerkey and salmon jerky. Guess where he lives?

-And if you live in the mid-Atlantic region perhaps you’ve heard of…

What are people noshing on where you hike? Drop the snack and your region in the comments below. Or join the discussion in our forums.

—Trail Chef