I can still remember my first backpacking trip. I was 23, was not in the best of shape, and had no idea what I was doing. It was up in Washington, I forgot my hiking boots, and we didn’t bring nearly enough food. But ya know what? I still had the time of my life and have been hooked ever since. So much that in 2015, I spent 22 days backpacking the John Muir Trail.

I’ve learned a lot over the years, and whether you are completely new to backpacking to have a ton of miles under your belt, we offer a ton of resources to get away from the hustle and bustle and into the backcountry. From our most popular trail guides, to our favorite gear, and planning tips, our backpacking blog posts will help you plan a perfect trip under the stars.

Planning your Trip

Getting out the door is the first step! Use our detailed planning guides to help you get ready for your next adventure:

Best Backpacking Destinations

Here are some of our most popular trail guides. These guides talk about everything from permits, where to camp, necessary gear, and whether water is available on the trail.

Not close enough to you? We recommend using the app, Alltrails, to find backpacking trails near you, or check out the posts at the bottom of this page for more ideas.

Helpful Backpacking Tips

Take your backpacking skills to the next level with our detailed backpacking tips.

Thru-hiking

Ready for a long distance thru-hike that’ll leave you wanderlusting for a few weeks or months? I hiked the John Muir Trail in 2015 and Kim, our Director of Content, solo hiked the Pacific Crest Trail in 2016. Here are some of resources to help you conquer a long distance thru-hike.

Building Your Backpacking Gear Closet

Looking to pick up a new item? We have a “How to Choose” Series that walks you through building out your gear closet. gear closet as well as what to consider when making some big gear purchases:

PIN THIS GUIDE

Learn everything you need to know to plan a wilderness backpacking trip, including our favorite trails, tips, gear & all of our most popular blog posts.

Top 10 Tested & Tried Backpacking Gear Items

There are tons of options when it comes to selecting gear for backpacking. Our favorites have proven to be lightweight and durable to sustain multiple treks in the backcountry.

Recent Posts About Backpacking

Prevent dangerous wildlife encounters. Learn wildlife safety tips & what to do if you are attacked by a bear, snake, mountain lion or moose while hiking. Wildlife Safety Tips & How to Prevent Dangerous Encounters

Wildlife Safety Tips & How to Prevent Dangerous Encounters

Backpacking

Learn basic wildlife safety tips & what to do if you are attacked by an animal on the trail....
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Dreading going #2 while camping? Don't! In this post we teach you how to poop outdoors, how to pack out your toilet paper & tips for being sanitary. HOW TO POOP OUTDOORS: A STEP-BY-STEP GUIDE TO LEAVE NO TRACE

HOW TO POOP OUTDOORS: A STEP-BY-STEP GUIDE TO LEAVE NO TRACE

Stewardship & Leave No Trace

Dreading going #2 while camping? Don't! In this post we teach you how to poop outdoors, how to pack...
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The third Bearfoot Theory group tour is in the books. Explore Lake Clark National Park, one of the most remote parks in the country in this review of my 10-day backpacking trip with Alaska Alpine Adventures. Group Trip Recap: Backpacking in Lake Clark National Park with Alaska Alpine Adventures

Group Trip Recap: Backpacking in Lake Clark National Park with Alaska Alpine Adventures

Group Tours

The third Bearfoot Theory group tour is in the books. Explore Lake Clark National Park, one of the most...
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The best section hikes on the John Muir Trail that require less than a week to complete. Our detailed guide helps you plan permits, transportation and more! Best Section Hikes on the John Muir Trail

Best Section Hikes on the John Muir Trail

John Muir Trail

The best section hikes on the John Muir Trail that require less than a week to complete. Our detailed...
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My Complete Havasu Falls Packing List

My Complete Havasu Falls Packing List

Packing Lists

Get ready for your Havasu Falls backpacking trip! Check out our complete Havasu Falls packing list with all of...
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What are Rock Cairns & Why You Shouldn’t Build Them

What are Rock Cairns & Why You Shouldn’t Build Them

Stewardship & Leave No Trace

What are those rock structures on the trail? Understand the importance of rock cairns, who builds them, and what...
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Check out our detailed backpacking guide for exploring Coyote Gulch in Utah. Our guide includes information on gear, campsites, permits & trailheads. Coyote Gulch Backpacking Guide

Coyote Gulch Backpacking Guide

Utah

Check out our detailed backpacking guide for Coyote Gulch in Utah's Escalante National Monument. Our guide includes information on...
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Havasu Falls Do’s & Dont’s: Tips for a Successful Hike

Havasu Falls Do’s & Dont’s: Tips for a Successful Hike

Arizona

Headed to Havasu Falls? Here's a list of Do's & Don'ts with helpful tips and advice to ensure a...
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HOW T PLAN A BACKPACKING TRIP How to Plan a Backpacking Trip in 12 Simple Steps

How to Plan a Backpacking Trip in 12 Simple Steps

Backpacking

In this blog post, we break down how to plan a backpacking trip into 12 simple steps so you...
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Bearfoot Theory Group Tour: Join me in Alaska on a 10-day Backpacking Adventure! (August 17-26)

Bearfoot Theory Group Tour: Join me in Alaska on a 10-day Backpacking Adventure! (August 17-26)

Group Tours

Come backpacking with me! In August I'll be spending 10 days backpacking in one of Alaska's wildest National Parks,...
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Backpacking the Copland Track in New Zealand

Backpacking the Copland Track in New Zealand

New Zealand

The Copland Track on New Zealand's South Island is an incredible overnight backpacking trek with dense forest, glacier rivers,...
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Joshua Tree Backpacking: The California Hiking & Riding Trail

Joshua Tree Backpacking: The California Hiking & Riding Trail

Backpacking

Joshua Tree isn't just for climbers! Learn about the 35 mile California hiking and riding trail - an awesome...
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