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

Get answers to the most common questions about following Leave No Trace when you pick a campsite, like camping near water, choosing durable surfaces & more. How to Pick a Campsite AND Leave No Trace

How to Pick a Campsite AND Leave No Trace

Stewardship & Leave No Trace

Learn how to choose a campsite that obeys regulations and follows Leave No Trace guidelines.
Keep your feet happy with these basic foot care tips for hiking. Learn how to prevent blisters while hiking & how to treat blisters on the trail. How to Prevent & Treat Hiking Blisters

How to Prevent & Treat Hiking Blisters

Hiking

Prevention is key! Learn how to prevent and treat painful blisters on the trail.
Want to cook in the backcountry? Learn the pros and cons of canister, liquid fuel, and alternative fuel backpacking stoves, plus get tips and our recommendations for choosing the best backpacking stove for your adventures. How to Choose the Best Backpacking Stove

How to Choose the Best Backpacking Stove

Camp Cooking & Food

HOW TO CHOOSE THE BEST BACKPACKING STOVE Having a backpacking stove can make all the difference at the end...
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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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Discover the best John Muir Trail planning tools. In this blog post, we share our favorite and most helpful John Muir Trail guidebooks, maps, apps, and blog posts for planning a successful thru-hike of the JMT. Best John Muir Trail Planning Tools, Books & Resources

Best John Muir Trail Planning Tools, Books & Resources

John Muir Trail

Discover the best John Muir Trail planning tools. Here are our favorite John Muir Trail guidebooks, maps, apps, and...
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13 Tips for Backpacking with a Dog

13 Tips for Backpacking with a Dog

Traveling with Dogs

Want to take your canine companion on the trail? Here's how to get ready for your first overnight backpacking...
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Learn everything you need to know about backpacking packs & the most important factors to consider when choosing a pack for your multi-day adventures. We also share a list of the best backpacking packs for thru-hikers, weekend hikers, and folks on a budget. Backpacking Gear: How to Choose A Backpacking Pack

Backpacking Gear: How to Choose A Backpacking Pack

Backpacking

Learn everything you need to know about backpacking packs & the most important factors to consider when choosing a...
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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.
A step-by-step how-to guide for planning your Pacific Crest Trail resupply strategy - including varying resupply strategy options, how to select resupply points, lightweight backpacking food recommendations & food packing tips for your 2,650-mile thru-hike of the PCT. How to Plan Your Pacific Crest Trail Resupply Strategy

How to Plan Your Pacific Crest Trail Resupply Strategy

California

Planning your resupply strategy is one of the most daunting parts of a PCT Thru-Hike. Learn how solo hiker...
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Want to shed weight from your backpacking setup? In this blog post, we share 10 practical ultralight backpacking tips and the best lightweight backpacking gear that will help you shave pounds from your load - all without sacrificing comfort. Ultralight Backpacking: 10 Tips for Shaving Weight without Sacrificing Comfort

Ultralight Backpacking: 10 Tips for Shaving Weight without Sacrificing Comfort

Backpacking

Want to shed weight from your backpacking setup? Get 10 practical ultralight backpacking tips that will help you shave...
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Planning a long-distance backpacking trip? Looking for lightweight backpacking gear recommendations? Start with this complete Pacific Crest Trail gear list that includes every single item packed for a 5-month thru-hike from Mexico to Canada. The Complete Pacific Crest Trail Gear List

The Complete Pacific Crest Trail Gear List

Backpacking

Planning a long-distance backpacking trip? Looking for lightweight backpacking gear recommendations? Start with this complete Pacific Crest Trail gear...
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