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.
The Good Fight • A new United States Forest Service proposal would roll back the Trump-era dissolution of the Tongass National Forest’s Roadless Rule.
A New Path • When Covid canceled their wedding, one hiker and her fiance went backpacking instead.
Standing at the Edge • A winter trip through Crater Lake National Park nets a once-in-a-lifetime photo.
Best Hikes for Spotting Wildlife • These ten routes will show you that nature never stops bustling, no matter how much snow is on the trail.
Light in the Darkness
That Plant is Worth More Than Your Picture • Hikers need to stop trampling trailside flora in pursuit of “the shot.”
Finding My Footing • A hiker pulls confidence from an unsolicited gear critique in the Catskills.
Plan the Trip of a Lifetime • A SKILLS GUIDE FOR YOUR OUTDOOR ADVENTURES
Better Laid Plans • Once-in-a-lifetime backpacking trips are just that: once in a lifetime. So when the opportunity to plan one arises, don’t miss a beat. Use these tips to get organized for a memorable trek.
Off-Season Tempo Training • During the winter, focused training can help ensure your next hiking season will be even better than the last—and help snowsport performance, too. Tempo training allows you to zero in on issues like shaking quads on descents, sore glutes after ascents, or tender calf muscles. Complete the following workout once or twice a week.
Veggie Pho Noodle Soup • This nutrient-and-protein-packed dish rivals what you can get at your favorite Vietnamese noodle restaurant back home.
I Survived a Polar Bear Attack • In July 2013, Matt Dyer was lucky enough to see a polar bear in Canada’s Torngat Mountains. His good fortune ended there.
Build the Perfect First Aid Kit
Adventure Time • Heading out on a bucket-list trip takes more than just planning. We’ve picked the best gear to take you from your front door to the trail—and back—as comfortably and efficiently as possible.
Have Gear, Will Travel • These eight products are versatile companions for every adventure.
Winter Camping • Take the dive into winter camping and you’ll discover uncrowded trails, easily attainable campsites, and a snowy serenity you can only get in the fourth season. These rewards require a hard look at your gear to keep you warm and thriving, though. Here are our picks for a beginner winter camping setup.
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America’s Best Hikes
Christopher Fisher • MOUNTAIN ATHLETE