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!

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.

Give the Gift of Outdoor Access by Supporting Big City Mountaineers!

Donate $30 or more to BCM by August 1st and receive a YETI Lowball Rambler Mug!

Donate $300 or more to BCM by August 1st and receive a YETI Tundra 45 Hard Cooler!


Join the growing collection of planned hikes!

Sign up to join now!

Let us know if you are interested in joining an existing hike, want to lead a group of hikers, or if you just plan on doing a solo summit! 


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.