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.
Youth Movement • Never underestimate what kids can—and want—to do outdoors.
Trailchat • Your opinions, photos, and feats
1. Play With Fire • ADIRONDACK MOUNTAINS, NY
2. The Greatest of All • Deepest Denali is big, bold, and sublime—for those willing to pay the price of admission. By Steven Miley
3. Save the Ocmulgee Mounds National Historical Park, GA
4. Desert Varnish • IRONWOOD FOREST NATIONAL MONUMENT, AZ The Ironwood Forest is a true redemption story. Home to arroyos, plains, foothills, and mountains, the monument’s coarse and well-aerated soil allows roots to dig deep. The result: The world’s densest stands of ironwoods, lowgrowing shrubby trees that enrich the earth, enable the Ironwood Forest’s species diversity, and burst with purplepink flowers in late spring. By Morgan McFall-Johnsen
5. Bulk Up • We don’t recommend this for mammals with puffy jackets and cook stoves, but fattening up works for these big gainers.
6. Fall Head Over Heels • COLUMBIA RIVER GORGE NATIONAL SCENIC AREA, WA
7. Soak in Stillness • BIG BEND NATIONAL PARK, TEXAS
8. Take Only Jewels • Hunt for buried treasure on one of these gem-studded dayhikes, where gathering rocks is legal. By Laura Lancaster
9. Pay to Play • Hunters fund conservation through taxes and tag fees. As their numbers decline, it’s time for hikers to step up. By Heather Balogh Rochfort
10. In the Club • …IN WHICH WE HONOR THE BEST HIKING CLUBS IN THE COUNTRY.
11. Think Deep Thoughts • HOCKING HILLS STATE PARK, OHIO
12. Bring the Binocs • Birding adds a new dimension to every hike. By Benjamin Graham
13. Cliffside Traverse • WHITE MOUNTAIN NATIONAL FOREST, NEW HAMPSHIRE
14. All the Pretty Colors • From golden yellow to dark purple, these trees stand out for the tones they add to the fall forest.
15. Eastern Canyonland • BLACK FOREST TRAIL, PENNSYLVANIA
16. Weekend Blast • HIGH ROCK BAY, MICHIGAN
17. Hiker Forecast • Your guide to where’s good this fall.
18. First Snow • KINGS PEAK, UTAH
19. Colorado Spirits Trail
Paddle the Day Away
Care for Your Kit • Keep your gear going season after season with these tips from Boulder Mountain Repair technicians Sam Goodhue and Matt Wintston to prevent little problems from becoming big (and expensive) ones. By Ryan Wichelns
Clean Your Stove • Liquid-fuel stoves are fast and efficient, but unlike canister stoves they need regular maintenance. You’ll know yours needs a cleaning when there’s soot buildup around the jet and burner, or a weak or erratic flame, which often indicates blockages in the fuel line or burner.
Night Swimming • Failing to inspect gear leads to an unwelcome surprise in camp. By Dennis Lewon
Repair vs. Retire • Extending the life of your gear is better for the environment and saves money, but some damage can’t be fixed. Here’s how to know when it’s time to let go.
Paddle Power • You train your legs for the trail, right? Now do the same for your upper body and make your days on the water easier. Bonus: These exercises work the same muscles that help you carry a heavy pack. By Jenessa Connor
SUP Into Camp • It’s just like backpacking, but with a paddleboard instead of boots. Right? By Will McGough
Plant Power • Going meatless shouldn’t mean going hungry. These...