Published nine times a year, Backpacker is a magazine of wilderness travel, offering practical, "you can do it, here's how" advice to help you enjoy every trip. Filled with the best places, gear, and information for all kinds of hiking and camping trips, each issue delivers foldout maps and stunning color photography.
Hikers Without Borders • Join me on a trek in Nepal, and let’s show how hiking and helping go hand in hand.
Trailchat • Your opinions, photos, and feats
Hit a Hole in One. • Poison Spider Mesa, Moab, Utah
Empire Building • Long Path, New York & New Jersey
Prepare For Winter. • This month, critters across the country are scrambling to get ready for the fourth season. Nature is all about give and take, so no surprise these industrious animals want to get in on the gig economy.
Way Off the Beaten Path • Venture off the trail to find solitude in one of America’s busiest parks.
Go Leaf-Peeping. • The only thing better than hiking in one fall foliage hot spot? Hiking in two. Or three—or four. Use this itinerary to stage a road trip through New Hampshire’s White Mountains to reach the area’s most underrated treks for fall color.
In the Club • …In which we honor the best hiking clubs in the country.
Touch the Void • White Sands National Monument, New Mexico
Upside-Down Fall • Maples and aspens are nice, but you better look down if you want to see fall’s best color show.
Ghost Town Hikes • Walk through history—and spice up your campfire stories—on these three hikes through abandoned communities.
The Good Fight • Appalachian Trail, Jefferson National Forest, VA/WV
Sense of Place: Plant ID • Find home anywhere, one leaf at a time.
Trick or Treat? • Celebrate Mother Nature’s version of Halloween, using this handy guide to stock up on wild treats—not tricks.
Start A New Season • Big Bend National Park, Texas
Paradise Found • Santa Barbara Island, Channel Islands National Park, California
Get Out More
A View of Your Own • Wantastiquet Mountain Natural Area and Pisgah State Park, New Hampshire
Little Trail on the Prairie • Soldier Creek Wilderness, Nebraska
Tune in to the Symphony. • There are so many sounds in the great outdoors, sometimes it’s hard to know what you’re hearing. Keep your ears pricked this month for these chatty creatures.
Armed and Dangerous • Get those noodles ready for hoisting heavy packs, hauling your body over boulders, and poling through tough terrain.
Bake in the Backcountry • The challenge: Make a dozen cupcakes with an ultralight stove.
The Great Pumpkin • Pack in sweet, creamy flavor with these fall-inspired recipes.
Right to Roam
Go-Go Gadgets • Stay safe and connected on the trail with these lightweight, durable electronics.
Eco Boost • These pieces perform well on the trail and benefit the Earth.
Home Run • You’ll never feel homesick if you carry your house everywhere you go.
Field Notes • The latest word from our testers
25th Anniversary Hall of Fame • We’ve tested thousands of products over the last quarter century, so we know a thing or two about gear. And, not surprisingly, we have favorites. Throughout this anniversary year, we’re recognizing perennial standouts with a special Hall of Fame Award.
Get Out ALIVE
The Most Dangerous Game • Do you have what it takes to survive?
No Shelter. No Food. No Lighter. Perfect. • The best way to ensure survival in the wild? Learn how to live like a hunter-gatherer.
Walk the Line • Get on a high ledge, a crumbly cliff, or a...