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.
Fill Your Bucket • If you want memories that last a lifetime, don’t put off big trips until “later.”
TrailChat • Your opinions, photos, and feats
Viewfinder • Canyonlands National Park, Utah
Done in a Day • Bundle up and tackle three hikes that can only be completed when the world is frozen.
The Experience • This holiday season, do it up different and start a new ritual—outside.
Insider's Guide • The Palmetto Trail winds 360 miles (and counting) northwest from the coast, threading together South Carolina’s wildest lowlands to its highest mountains. Between, it crosses historic battlefields and defunct railways, giving hikers a full immersion in the state’s history. Start planning a thru-hike, or knock off the best sections now: no bugs, no problems.
Mark Your Calendar • They don’t break, they’re light, and they’re quick to chill. Cheers to you, beer cans.
…in which we honor the best hiking clubs in the country.
Viewfinder • Allagash Wilderness Waterway, Maine
Life List • You don’t have to go far away to get far away in this winter-perfect national park.
Stop and Smell the Flowers. • Hit the trail this month to check out these winter blooms.
Geopinion • One reason we love backpacking is because it’s hard—but are we maximizing the benefit?
Viewfinder • Little Big Econ State Forest, Florida
Weekends • Waimea Canyon State Park, Hawaii
The Good Fight
Weekends • Cumberland Island National Seashore, Georgia
Weekends • Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness, Minnesota
Hike Like a Mountaineer
Adventure U • Who needs an off-season? Take on the challenge with Colorado mountain guide Jason Antin’s top tips for alpine travel in the fourth season.
Should I Hike This Peak in Winter?
It Happened to Me • In December, 2013, 26-year-old pro skier Amie Engerbretson was completely buried by an avalanche near Alta, Utah. Her training saved her life.
Cheat Sheet • Pay attention before and during your hike to make sure you’re on solid snow.
Boot Camp • Strengthen your hips to avoid pesky knee pain on the trail.
Pass/Fail • Snow opens up new options for hauling gear, but that doesn’t always mean you should use them.
Trail Chef • Nothing provides comfort like chocolate—whether it’s in a savory soup or a warm mug on a cold night.
Out Alive • Dylan “Flip” Zitawi, 25, and Colton “Rook” Lulfs, 21, spent 60 hours in a snow pit near Indian Pass, Washington, when a blizzard struck in 2017.
Leave No Trace Confessional • “When I was young and hiking the Appalachian Trail, I came across a downed tree with a blaze on it. Since I thought it was only a matter of time until a trail crew cleared the deadfall, I flaked off the blazed bark and brought it home as a memento. Now it sits in my garage, a constant reminder of a good, formative time—and my lousy outdoor ethics. What can I do to feel less guilty when I see it?” –Nostalgic in Nederland
Pack for Anything
Shakedown • These products will hold up to whatever the world has in store.
Map Happy • When adventuring abroad, basic navigation rules still apply. And that means having a map on you at all times. Here are our favorite options.
The Kit • Glide through the backcountry with these time-tested picks for cross-country...