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

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Tent Maintenance and Cleaning Tips to Extend The Life Of Your Tent

Backpacking Gear

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My Complete John Muir Trail Gear List (2020)

My Complete John Muir Trail Gear List (2020)

Backpacking Gear

Planning a long-distance backpacking trip? This complete John Muir Trail gear list includes all of the camping gear, clothes...
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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. The Best Women’s Hiking Boots of 2020

The Best Women’s Hiking Boots of 2020

Apparel

Find the perfect pair of hiking boots for your feet with these tips and recommendations.
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3-Day Backpacking Checklist

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