At 93 perfect miles long, the Wonderland Trail in Mt. Rainier National Park is about at short as thru-hikes get. But that doesn't make it any less spectacular. Plan your trip with our advice.
One of the windiest hikes in the world is no slouch on views, either.
No matter where in the country you are, theres a waterfall hike nearby. We've collected five of our favorites—get a preview now with this top pick.
Ohio is the last place you'd expect to discover an off-trail wonderland. But in Cuyahoga Valley, where cross-country hiking is allowed, finding the good stuff takes a little bit of work.
Bubbling hot springs, steaming geysers, and kaleidoscopic lava flows: If the world feels freshly made here, it's because, in a sense, it is.
The Appalachian Trail is the adventure of a lifetime. Make it yours with our ultimate guide to the country's most famous footpath and the prep, gear, and knowledge you'll need to go the distance.
Wildlife, wildflowers, and views await on this short but sweet Colorado hike.
The short and steep trip to Lake Agnes delivers with craggy peaks, scree fields (home to pika), and fish-filled alpine waters.
The 33.2-mile round-trip Hoh River Trail winds through a rainforest wonderland fueled by over 12 feet of rain per year.
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Grab your canoe or kayak and head for the water on one of these six summer paddle trips.
Paddle 7 miles up the Wailua River to secret waterfalls, hidden swimming holes, and one of Kauai's best rope swings.
The Bay Area's best hikes range from enormous redwoods to waterfalls dropping straight to the sea.
Link pristine forests, wildflower meadows, and two picturesque lakes on this gentle, 3.7-mile hike near Snoqualmie Pass.
Follow this loop mixing on- and off-trail travel through vibrant wildflower displays and past snow-fed streams to a huge alpine lake with unbeatable campsite views of Mount Meeker.
This 11-mile out-and-back climbs to two high-altitude lakes in New Mexico's Carson National Forest.
This 23.6-mile backpack along the shore of Lake Superior is perfect for a long weekend or a weekday escape.
Like its name suggests, the Lake Ouachita Vista Trail offers near-constant water views—and if you want to see it all, you’d better arrive before the dogwood flowers do.
Active Pass member Robin Mino takes the rocky route on the descent from Huemul Pass to Lake Viedma in Patagonia.
From lakeshore rambles to mountain peaks, these trails showcase the very best of the midwest.
Flowers aren’t just for meadows. Look up to see spring among the branches.
Link two of Grand Teton's deepest and most spectacular valleys via a high pass.
With America reopening, it’s high time to hit the road. See some of the country’s greatest parks, grasslands, and trails on these handpicked routes.
Summit peaks, swim lakes, and cross the Continental Divide on the best hikes in Rocky Mountain National Park.
This 10.5-mile out and back promises wildflower drenched meadows, stunning vistas, and two pristine alpine lakes perfect for a cold dip or sunrise photo op.
Not every summit needs to be grueling. Get all of the glory with none of the struggle on these 7 hikes.
Spring rains turn this swath of forest in the Loess Hills into a natural paradise.
Head from sea level to a ridgeline stretch of the Pacific Crest Trail on the best hikes near San Diego.
Hike some of the East Coast's wildest wilderness on the AT.
Our writer reconciles her family and her future on the path to Harding Icefield.
Jackson Hole has world-class summer adventures waiting for every adventurer!
The OCT might not have the wilderness solitude of other long trails. But lean into its unique charm and you'll find a thru-hike experience unlike any other.
World-class fishing, celebrated mountain biking, and epic canoe-access camping, and so much more in this gem of the North.
The 53-mile Lost Coast Trail heads through some of California's last pristine beaches.
This 7.2-mile round-trip hike to the Dutch Doctor lean-to in Harriman State Park takes you right into the wilderness, only an hour outside NYC.
Forget Yellowstone or Yosemite: One of the highest concentrations of bears in the U.S. lives right here in the Appalachians.
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Grand Staircase-Escalante’s Little Death Hollow takes you into one of the most remote corners of Utah.
After a year of virtual meet-ups and less-than-ideal fresh air intake, this Colorado mountain town is the perfect place to fill up your adventure tanks.
Feeling adventurous? Take on the seven-and-a-half mile hike to Panamint City, an abandoned village deep within Death Valley’s Surprise Canyon.
The national parks are our national treasure, and these 10 campsites are the best they have to offer. Hike in, pick up your jaw, and post up in paradise.
A short hike in the Adirondacks leads to a classic 1900s Great Camp and a smaller, but no less beautiful tent camp.
More miles means there's more to see when you go bikepacking off the grid.
Escape the city at this wild respite just a stone’s throw from downtown Chicago
Find seasonal solitude close to home on this ideal backpack for winter beginners in New Hampshire's White Mountains.
Socially-distanced adventures that are so worth the wait.
"You get to feel nature under your feet.”
Amid the vast plains and prairies of Kansas, find an unexpected expanse of rugged geological formations well worth visiting.
Follow BP Field Scout Korey Peterson's two-day route through the Dakota Badlands.
Meditations on a special place in the desert southwest.
Find alpine bliss halfway through this snowshoe beneath an active volcano in Mt. Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest
Spend anywhere from a few memorable hours to a few remarkable days circumnavigating one of these ten lakes.