After taking a walk outside whether just a quick mile loop or a full day 10+ mile climb, I always come back feeling revitalized and refreshed. For a lot of people, hiking is the activity that sparks a greater interest in all things outdoors pursuit for the outdoors. Getting into hiking is easy. All you need is a day-pack, water, and a good pair of shoes, and you are out the door. On this page you’ll find all of our best hiking blog posts, including our favorite trails, gear, and tips for hitting the trail.

Best Hiking Destinations

Our National Parks are home to some pretty incredible trails that you can almost always rely on for being well-maintained. Here are some guides to finding the best trails in our National Parks:

Our National Parks aren’t the only place to find awesome hiking trails. Here are some of our other favorites:

Hiking Tips

Ready to take your hiking skills to the next level? Check out these popular hiking tips posts:

Moving on up to Backpacking

If you’re interested more in backpacking and long distance thru hiking check out our backpacking main page here.

PIN THIS GUIDE

Plan an epic day on the trail with our ultimate hiking guide, including our favorite trails, tips, gear & all of our most popular blog posts.

Bearfoot Theory Favorite Hiking Gear

Like we said, you don’t need too much special gear for hiking. However, as you get more into the sport and are ready to invest in some quality gear, we have some tried and tested favorites to recommend.

Recent Posts About Hiking

Looking for the best hiking boots for your feet? In this blog post, we compare different styles of hiking shoes and what to consider before buying, including trail conditions, distance & more. We also include a list of the best women's hiking boots based on what we are currently wearing on the trail. Hiking Boots: How to Choose the Right Pair + the Best Women’s Hiking Boots

Hiking Boots: How to Choose the Right Pair + the Best Women’s Hiking Boots

Apparel

Find the perfect pair of hiking boots for your feet with these tips and recommendations.
Looking to discover new hiking trails? This blog post has a list of the best trail finder apps and websites for iPhone and Android smartphone users. Through these resources, you can find awesome hikes, navigate the trail, view photos and trail reviews & more. The Best Trail Finder Apps and Websites for Discovering Local Hikes

The Best Trail Finder Apps and Websites for Discovering Local Hikes

Hiking

Looking to discover new hiking trails? This blog post has a list of the best trail finder apps and...
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The practical guide on what to pack for a day hike based on the gear we really take on the trail. From the right hiking layers, to a comfortable pack, to healthy snacks and more, here are our favorite day hiking essentials. Day Hiking Essentials: The Gear You Need to Hit the Trail

Day Hiking Essentials: The Gear You Need to Hit the Trail

Outdoor Gear

The practical guide on what to pack for a day hike based on the gear we really take on...
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Discover the Do's and Don'ts of how to be respectful to others and to the environment while you are out on the trail. Here is a complete guide to hiking trail etiquette - the unwritten rules of hiking - that every hiker should know. Trail Etiquette 101: The Basic Rules of Hiking

Trail Etiquette 101: The Basic Rules of Hiking

Hiking

Here is a complete guide to hiking trail etiquette - the unwritten rules of hiking - that every hiker...
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Learn four strategies to improve your hiking lung capacity so you can climb higher & farther without running out of breath. We'll also get you prepared for hiking at high altitudes and elevations where the air is thinner. 4 Ways to Improve Your Hiking Lung Capacity

4 Ways to Improve Your Hiking Lung Capacity

Fitness

Feel like you are always huffing and puffing on the trail? We've all been there. In this new blog...
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Want to hike with your dog? Learn the basics of dog first aid when you're out on the wilderness with these expert tips from veterinarian Nancy East. Learn symptoms and treatment of insect bites, sprains, ticks, snake bites, heat exhaustion and more for dogs, plus how to make a simple dog first aid kit for hiking. Dog First Aid for Hiking: Expert Tips from a Veterinarian

Dog First Aid for Hiking: Expert Tips from a Veterinarian

Traveling with Dogs

DOG FIRST AID FOR HIKING: EXPERT TIPS FROM A VETERINARIAN Charlie the adventure dog is a part of our...
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Knee pain while hiking is real. Learn how to safely protect your knees while hiking downhill or uphill. Discover the best gear for protecting your knees on the trail and how to support healthy & strong knees off the trail. How to Protect your Knees While Hiking

How to Protect your Knees While Hiking

Hiking

Knee pain while hiking is real. Learn tips for protecting your knees with your stride, gear, exercises, and stretching.
Want to introduce your friends to the outdoors? Check out our helpful tips for taking your friends hiking for the first time. From planning the hike, to packing your backpack, these tips will make for a successful first time on the trail. Tips for Taking Friends Hiking for the First Time

Tips for Taking Friends Hiking for the First Time

Hiking

Want to introduce your friends to the outdoors? Check out our helpful tips for taking your friends hiking for...
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Don't miss the deadline for popular trail and National Park permits in 2018! This blog post has the details on lottery dates, reservation processes, fees & other planning tips. Popular Trails & National Parks: Permit Deadlines and Reservation Processes for 2018

Popular Trails & National Parks: Permit Deadlines and Reservation Processes for 2018

Backpacking

Don't miss the deadline for popular trail and National Park permits in 2018! This blog post has the details...
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Interested in winter hiking? Learn about base layers, insulating layers, shells, and other cold weather hiking clothes with our winter outdoor apparel guide Winter Hiking Clothes & Cold Weather Layering Basics

Winter Hiking Clothes & Cold Weather Layering Basics

Apparel

Interested in winter hiking? Learn what clothes to wear for cold weather hiking and how to layer appropriately for...
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Learn our top 10 winter hiking tips to keep you toasty and safe on cold and snowy trails, including advice on layering, snacks, staying hydrated & more. 10 Winter Hiking Tips for Staying Warm on the Trail

10 Winter Hiking Tips for Staying Warm on the Trail

Winter Activities

Don't let winter keep you inside! Learn our top 10 winter hiking tips to keep you toasty and safe...
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Don't let Type 1 diabetes hold you back. Learn everything you need to know about hiking with diabetes, including practical safety & first aid tips. 10 Tips for Hiking with Type 1 Diabetes

10 Tips for Hiking with Type 1 Diabetes

Hiking

Don't let Type 1 diabetes hold you back. Learn everything you need to know about hiking with diabetes.