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

The best tips for how to avoid tick bites while hiking, including which ticks to watch out for and where; plus how to prevent tick bites on your dog. How to Avoid Ticks While Hiking

How to Avoid Ticks While Hiking

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Learn tips for identifying and avoiding ticks while hiking and know what to do if you get bitten.
Looking to visit a PCT thru-hiking friend? Here are the 20 easiest & best places on the Pacific Crest Trail to meet hiking friends. Pacific Crest Trail: 20 Best Places to Meetup with Family and Friends

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Check out my review of the new REI Quarter Dome SL 2 Tent - a spacious ultralight backpacking tent...
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Here is advice for meeting up on the Pacific Crest Trail with friends or family & how to support PCT thru-hikers on their 2,650 mile hike. Tips for Visiting Thru-Hiking Friends on the Pacific Crest Trail

Tips for Visiting Thru-Hiking Friends on the Pacific Crest Trail

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Tips and advice for meeting up with friends and family while thru-hiking the Pacific Crest Trail and how they...
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Read our list of 2019’s best sleeping pads for backpacking, comparing temperature rating, weight & comfort. Best Sleeping Pads for Backpacking in 2019

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Read our list of the best sleeping pads of 2019 for backpacking that are lightweight, warm and durable enough...
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Thinking about thru hiking the PCT? Get 11 tips from a solo female hiker who successfully completed all 2,650 miles of the Pacific Crest Trail. 11 Tips for Hiking the PCT from a Solo-Female Thru-Hiker

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Get the scoop on camping, hiking, marine life & outdoor adventure in this outdoor enthusiasts guide to the five islands of Channel Islands National Park. Channel Islands National Park: An Outdoor Enthusiast’s Guide

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Baron Lakes is one of those iconic hikes in Idaho's Sawtooth Mountains with several high alpine lakes to choose from and wide open views of the jagged Sawtooth Range.  Get my trail and campsite tips with this detailed Baron Lakes backpacking guide. Trail Guide: Backpacking to Baron Lakes in Idaho

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Plan an epic backpacking trip to Baron Lakes in Idaho's Sawtooth Mountains with this trail guide.
https://bearfoottheory.com/?p=37574&preview=true Best Sleeping Bags for Backpacking in 2019

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A round-up of the best hikes in Utah. Explore Utah's epic landscapes and get tips for tackling these bucketlist trails. Best Hikes in Utah: 14 Epic Trails for your Bucketlist – MAPPED!

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