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 set of 10 bills currently in Congress will protect 7,000 miles of American waterways—if they pass.
Allie Weill • FIRE ECOLOGIST / AUTHOR
Viewpoint • Which summit challenge is the best: Colorado’s Fourteeners or the East’s Four-Thousand Footers?
Thru-Hiking, Canadian Style • When the pandemic shut down my plans to hike Europe, I found a world-class trail right on my doorstep.
Sand, Moon, and Stars • The white beaches of Florida’s Gulf Islands National Seashore are the perfect place for a moonlit pre-dawn hike.
Peak Season • The high country has finally melted out, the meadows are in full bloom, and the weather is warm. Time to tackle the hikes you dreamt about all year.
A Matter of Perspective • Regular backpacking trips are the key to contentment.
Level Up • A home dehydrator might be the handiest kitchen tool you never knew you needed. Upgrade your backcountry cooking with these drying (and rehydrating) tips.
Bootcamp • Widen your range of motion to feel your best on the trail and avoid injuries.
Trail Chef • This sweet crumble works as well for breakfast as it does for dessert.
Know Nature • Still settling for those tasteless supermarket white button mushrooms? Expand your palate with these five ’shrooms that grow in forests across the U.S.
Out Alive • In June 2021, Andrew Devers disappeared for nine days after setting out for a dayhike in Washington’s Mt. Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest.
Trail Craft • River adventures let you see the backcountry in a new way, but waterways offer different challenges than the trail. This guide to common water features will help you steer your craft to success
Head To Head • A softshell jacket is your ticket to staying comfortable in ever-changing conditions, from windswept alpine summits to chilly morning runs. These layers boast stretch, breathability, and weatherproofing that will keep you happy and protected on the trail.
Trekking with Tykes • Heading into the wilderness with your hiker-in-training? This gear will make the trip as fun for you as it is for your little one.
Trail Test • O+ members dish on their latest gear-testing experiences.
America's other Best Idea • Let the crowds stampede the national parks—in the U.S., you’re never far from state lands that boast sublime beauty, natural seclusion, and endless adventure. These 14 just scratch the surface.
Sierra Time • Before he won the Hugo, Nebula, and Locus awards for his science fiction, Kim Stanley Robinson was a hiker in the Sierra Nevada. He still is. Walk with him in this exclusive excerpt from his new book, The High Sierra: A Love Story.
The Backpacker's Guide to How Stuff Works • Curiosity is the root of adventure. You let it lead you to the next switchback, the next view, the next trailhead. Likewise, it probably drives you to ask questions—about everything from the color of the sky to why your knees are killing you. We gathered our editors’ most burning queries and spent weeks scouring textbooks, deciphering diagrams, and grilling experts for the answers. The result? Dozens of factoids that will impress even your most well-read hiking partner—and leave you with a new appreciation for our world.
To Walk Alone • Backpacking by yourself unlocks a powerful...