There is really no wrong age to take a child on their first backpacking trip, but picking the right trail length and difficulty can be an art. Backpacker's kids' how-to guides teach you how to pick, plan and pack for motivating, fun hikes that will leave your kids excited for your next family adventure.
Take a leisurely hike among the giant redwoods to Tiptoe Falls at Portola Redwood State Park in the Santa Cruz Mountains.
Backpack into the heart of Sequoia National Park to the beautiful snow-melted Pear Lake in Tokopah Valley.
Ahoy matey! Come along on a foggy, mysterious hike to Pirates Cove in Golden Gate National Recreation Area just outside of San Francisco, California.
Peacefully hike along Maguire Peaks awesome views on this northern loop of Sunol Regional Wilderness in the East Bay Hills.
Backpack into California’s history to Stewartville Backpackers Camp, when Black Diamond Mines was the largest coal mining operation in the San Francisco East Bay Hills.
Roam the Alahambra Valley hills, where John Muir spent 32 years of his life, enjoying Mt. Wanda's nature trails in the San Francisco Bay Area.