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

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.
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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Explore Arkansas’s Hot Springs National Park with our travel guide that has all the details on trails, bathhouses, camping, lodging, and where to find the best views. Ultimate Hot Springs National Park Travel Guide

Ultimate Hot Springs National Park Travel Guide

Hiking

Explore Arkansas’s Hot Springs National Park with our travel guide that has all the details on trails, bathhouses, camping,...
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Trail Guide: Hidden Lake Lookout Day Hike in the North Cascades

Trail Guide: Hidden Lake Lookout Day Hike in the North Cascades

Washington

Hidden Lake Lookout is an awesome day-hike / overnight backpacking trip in North Cascades National Park in Washington. Get...
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Four days at Lake O'Hara was the highlight of my Canadian Rockies trip. Get my detailed hiking & camping guide to this British Columbia National Park. Camping & Hiking at Lake O’Hara in Yoho National Park (Canadian Rockies)

Camping & Hiking at Lake O’Hara in Yoho National Park (Canadian Rockies)

Canada

Four days at Lake O'Hara was the highlight of my Canadian Rockies trip. Get my detailed hiking & camping...
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Looking to explore the National Parks of Southern Utah? Check out my recap of the Bearfoot Theory 5 day hiking tour with Arizona Outback Adventures. Southern Utah National Parks Hiking Group Tour with Arizona Outback Adventures

Southern Utah National Parks Hiking Group Tour with Arizona Outback Adventures

Group Tours

Looking to explore the National Parks of Southern Utah? Check out my recap of the Bearfoot Theory 5 day...
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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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5 Popular Alpine Lake Hikes near Salt Lake City

5 Popular Alpine Lake Hikes near Salt Lake City

Utah

Get trail descriptions for the 5 most popular alpine lake hikes near Salt Lake City. From crystal clear water...
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