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A backpacker at Sahale Glacier Camp in North Cascades National Park.
A backpacker at Sahale Glacier Camp in North Cascades National Park. Click on the photo to see my 25 Favorite Backcountry Campsites.

U.S.

America’s Top 10 Best Backpacking Trips

The 25 Best National Park Dayhikes

The 10 Best Backpacking Trips in the Southwest

Tent Flap With a View: 25 Favorite Backcountry Campsites

Morning Eagle Falls and backpackers on the Piegan Pass Trail in Glacier National Park.
Backpackers on the Piegan Pass Trail in Glacier National Park. Click photo to see “The 10 Best National Park Backpacking Trips.”

The 10 Best National Park Backpacking Trips

Photo Gallery: 30 Gorgeous Backcountry Lakes

5 Perfect National Park Backpacking Trips for Beginners

Extreme Hiking: America’s Best Hard Dayhikes

My 30 Most Scenic Days of Hiking Ever

Alaska

Lamplugh Glacier, Glacier Bay National Park, Alaska.
Lamplugh Glacier, Glacier Bay National Park, Alaska.

Back to the Ice Age: Sea Kayaking Alaska’s Glacier Bay

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Arizona

Backpackers and wildflowers along the Grand Canyon's Escalante Route.
Backpackers and wildflowers along the Grand Canyon’s Escalante Route. Click photo for my e-guide “The Best Backpacking Trip in the Grand Canyon.”

5 Reasons You Must Backpack in the Grand Canyon

The Best Backpacking Trip in the Grand Canyon

5 Epic Grand Canyon Backpacking Trips You Must Do

5 Reasons You Must Backpack in the Grand Canyon

 

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A backpacker at a waterfall on the Deer Creek Trail in the Grand Canyon.
Jeff Wilhelm at a waterfall on the Deer Creek Trail in the Grand Canyon.

Backpacking the Grand Canyon’s Thunder River-Deer Creek Loop

Fit to be Tired: Hiking the Grand Canyon Rim to Rim in a Day

In the narrows of Paria Canyon.
Backpackers in the narrows of Paria Canyon.

How to Get a Permit to Backpack in the Grand Canyon

April Fools: Dayhiking the Grand Canyon Rim to Rim to Rim

How to Hike the Grand Canyon Rim to Rim in a Day

Not Quite Impassable: Backpacking the Grand Canyon’s Royal Arch Loop

A Matter of Perspective: A Father-Daughter Hike in the Grand Canyon

One Extraordinary Day: A 25-Mile Dayhike in the Grand Canyon

Dropping Into the Grand Canyon: A Four-Day Hike From Grandview Point to the South Kaibab Trail

The Quicksand Chronicles: Backpacking Paria Canyon

Ask Me: Can You Recommend a Big Dayhike in the Grand Canyon?

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California

Backpackers hiking over Clouds Rest in Yosemite National Park.
Todd Arndt and Jeff Wilhelm hiking over Clouds Rest in Yosemite.

The 10 Best Dayhikes in Yosemite

The 5 Best Backpacking Trips in Yosemite

Where to Backpack First Time in Yosemite

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A hiker atop Half Dome, Yosemite National Park.
Mark Fenton atop Half Dome, Yosemite National Park.

Best of Yosemite: Backpacking South of Tuolumne Meadows

Best of Yosemite: Backpacking Remote Northern Yosemite

Hiking Half Dome: How to Do It Right and Get a Permit

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A backpacker passing Wanda Lake on the John Muir Trail in Kings Canyon National Park.
Todd Arndt passing Wanda Lake, in the Evolution Basin along the John Muir Trail in Kings Canyon National Park.

The Magic of Hiking to Yosemite’s Waterfalls

Thru-Hiking the John Muir Trail in Seven Days: Amazing Experience, Or Certifiably Insane?

Ask Me: Where Can I Hike in Yosemite in Late Fall?

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A young girl at Precipice Lake in Sequoia National Park.
My daughter, Alex, at Precipice Lake in Sequoia National Park.

Heavy Lifting: Backpacking Sequoia National Park

In the Footsteps of John Muir: Finding Solitude in the High Sierra

A Mind-Boggling Chunk of Lonely: Backpacking in Death Valley National Park

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Climbers approaching the East Face of Mount Whitney in the John Muir Wilderness, California.
Climbers approaching the East Face of Mount Whitney in the John Muir Wilderness, California.

Roof of the High Sierra: A Father-Son Climb of California’s Mount Whitney

Facing the Biggest Challenge Inside: Friendship and Climbing Rocks at Joshua Tree National Park

Trail Running Across Marin: Four Days, 42 Miles, Inn-to-Inn

In the Land of Dr. Seuss: Exploring Joshua Tree

Colorado

Ouzel Lake in Wild Basin, Rocky Mountain National Park, Colorado.
Ouzel Lake in Wild Basin, Rocky Mountain National Park, Colorado.

The 5 Rules About Kids I Broke While Backpacking in Rocky Mountain National Park

Ask Me: Should I Go Backpacking Solo (in Rocky Mountain National Park)?

Best Hikes in Rocky Mountain National Park and near Breckenridge

Ask Me: What Should We Do on a Trip to Colorado, Yellowstone, and the Southwest?

Rafters floating the Gates of Lodore section of the Green River through Dinosaur National Monument.
Rafters floating the Gates of Lodore section of the Green River through Dinosaur National Monument.

Why Conservation Matters: Rafting the Green River’s Gates of Lodore

Exploring America’s Big Sandbox: Colorado’s Great Sand Dunes

Where’s Best For Backpacking Photos, Glacier, Tetons, Rocky Mountain, or Cascades?

Connecticut

Ask Me: What Are Your Favorite New England Hikes?

Florida

Mangrove tunnel on the East River.
Mangrove tunnel on the East River.

Like No Other Place: Paddling the Everglades

Idaho

Backpackers on Trail 95 above Twin Lakes in Idaho's Sawtooth Mountains.
Backpackers on Trail 95 above Twin Lakes in Idaho’s Sawtooth Mountains.

The Best of Idaho’s Sawtooths: Backpacking Redfish to Pettit

Jewels of the Sawtooths: Backpacking to Alice, Hell Roaring, and Imogene Lakes

The Best Hikes and Backpacking Trips in Idaho’s Sawtooths

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A hiker above the Middle Fork Salmon River in Idaho's Frank Church-River of No Return Wilderness.
A hiker above the Middle Fork Salmon River in Idaho’s Frank Church-River of No Return Wilderness.

America’s Newest Long Trail: The Idaho Wilderness Trail

Going After Goals: Backpacking Idaho’s Sawtooth Mountains

Roof of Idaho’s Sawtooths: Hiking Thompson Peak

Baron Lake, Sawtooth Mountains, Idaho.
Baron Lake in Idaho’s Sawtooth Mountains.

Hidden Paradise: Backcountry Skiing Idaho’s Sawtooths

Chasing Summer’s Tail Climbing in Idaho’s Sawtooths and Castle Rocks

Hell Hath No Fury: The Stark Beauty, Solitude, and Surprises of Hells Canyon

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A hiker above Scoop Lake in the Boulder Chain Lakes, White Cloud Mountains, Idaho.
Scott White hiking above Scoop Lake in the Boulder Chain Lakes, White Cloud Mountains, Idaho.

Head in the Clouds: Thinking About Wilderness On a Big Dayhike In Idaho’s White Cloud Mountains

Exploring a Wilderness Hopeful: Idaho’s White Cloud Mountains

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Cliffside Rapid on Idaho's Middle Fork Salmon River.
Cliffside Rapid on Idaho’s Middle Fork Salmon River.

Big Water, Big Wilderness: Rafting Idaho’s Incomparable Middle Fork Salmon River

Reunions of the Heart on Idaho’s Middle Fork Salmon River

Photo Gallery: Idaho’s Craters of the Moon

Mt. Heyburn, Sawtooth Wilderness, Idaho.
Mt. Heyburn, Sawtooth Wilderness, Idaho.

Chasing the Snow: A Meditation on How ‘Compressed Adventure’ Can Be Your Salvation

Growing Up On Skis: Two Families, Yurts, and Many Memories

Key Ingredient to Family Yurt Trip: What’s Missing

Snowstorms, Skinny Skis, Yurts, and a Family Tradition

Lambert Gorge, East Fork Owyhee River
Lambert Gorge, East Fork Owyhee River.

The Wildest River: Kayaking the Upper Owyhee

Wild Back Yard: Trails of the Boise Foothills

A 12-Year-Old’s First Time Skiing Wild Snow

An Ode to Favorite Spots Most People Don’t Know: Backcountry Skiing Mores Creek Summit

Maine

Ask Me: What Are Your Favorite New England Hikes?

A Path Too Far: Hiking Maine’s Mahoosuc Range in a Day

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Massachusetts

Ask Me: What Are Your Favorite New England Hikes?

Montana

Above the Belly River Valley, Glacier N.P.
Above the Belly River Valley, Glacier N.P.

Descending the Food Chain: Backpacking Glacier National Park’s Northern Loop

Wildness All Around You: Backpacking the CDT Through Glacier

Jagged Peaks, Mountain Lakes, and Wild Goats: A 3-Day Hike on Glacier’s Gunsight Pass Trail

The 6 Best Long Hikes in Glacier National Park

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Morning Eagle Falls and backpackers on the Piegan Pass Trail in Glacier National Park.
Backpackers on the Continental Divide Trail in Glacier National Park.

Ask Me: What Hikes Do You Suggest For Three Days in Glacier National Park?

Ask Me: If I Have One Day in Glacier National Park, What Hike Should I Take?

Ask Me: Looking For a Moderate, Three-Day Backpacking Trip in Glacier National Park

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The view from the Gunsight Pass Trail, Glacier National Park.
The view from the Gunsight Pass Trail, Glacier National Park.

Ask Me: How to Grab a Hard-to-Get Permit For Backpacking Glacier’s Gunsight Pass Trail

Where’s Best For Backpacking Photos, Glacier, Tetons, Rocky Mountain, or Cascades?

Ask Me: How Hard Are the Trails in Glacier National Park?

Ask Me: Tips on Backpacking Glacier National Park and the John Muir Trail

New Hampshire

A hiker on the Zeacliff Trail, White Mountains, N.H.
A hiker on the Zeacliff Trail, White Mountains, N.H.

Still Crazy After All These Years: Hiking in the White Mountains

Step Onto Rock. Step Down. Repeat 50,000 Times: A 20-Mile, 9-Peak ‘Death March’ of the Presidential Range

Being Stupid With Friends: A 32-Mile Dayhike in the White Mountains

Big Hearts, Big Day: A 17-Mile Hike With Teens in the Presidential Range

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The Hardest 20 Miles: A Dayhike Across New Hampshire’s Rugged Wildcat-Carter-Moriah Range

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Backpacking the Appalachian Trail Across New Hampshire

North Carolina

Crabtree Falls, along the Blue Ridge Parkway, Pisgah National Forest, North Carolina.
Crabtree Falls, along the Blue Ridge Parkway, Pisgah National Forest, N.C.

In the Garden of Eden: Backpacking the Great Smoky Mountains

The 12 Best Dayhikes Along North Carolina’s Blue Ridge Parkway

Tunnel Falls, Eagle Creek Trail, Columbia Gorge, Oregon.
Tunnel Falls, Eagle Creek Trail, Columbia Gorge, Oregon.

Oregon

Learning the Hard Way: Backpacking Oregon’s Eagle Cap Wilderness

Full of Surprises: Backpacking Mount Hood’s Timberline Trail

Nature In Your Face: Hiking in the Columbia Gorge

Photo Gallery: A Big Day in the Columbia Gorge

Stacking the Deck for Adventure: Rafting Oregon’s Wallowa and Grand Ronde Rivers

Bottomless Powder, Big Ski Lines in Oregon’s Wallowa Mountains

The Wildest River: Kayaking the Upper Owyhee

Hell Hath No Fury: The Stark Beauty, Solitude, and Surprises of Hells Canyon

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Utah

A backpacker in the Paria Canyon narrows.
A backpacker in the Paria Canyon narrows.

The 10 Best Backpacking Trips in the Southwest

The Best Hikes in Utah’s National Parks

The Quicksand Chronicles: Backpacking Paria Canyon

The Best Hiking and Backpacking in Zion National Park

Pilgrimage Across Zion: Traversing a Land of Otherworldly Scenery

Mid-Life Crisis: Hiking 50 Miles Across Zion in a Day

No Straight Lines: Backpacking and Hiking in Canyonlands and Arches National Parks

Why Conservation Matters: Rafting the Green River’s Gates of Lodore

 

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A hiker in The Subway, Zion National Park.
David Gordon hiking The Subway, Zion National Park.

Luck of the Draw, Part 1: Hiking Zion’s Subway

Luck of the Draw, Part 2: Backpacking Zion’s Narrows

Still Waters Run Deep: Tackling America’s Best Multi-Day Float Trip on the Green River

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A hiker on the Peek-a-Boo Loop in Bryce Canyon National Park.
My then-81-year-old mom, Joanne Lanza, hiking the Peek-a-Boo Loop in Bryce Canyon National Park.

Photo Gallery: The Best Hike in Bryce Canyon

The Most Beautiful Hike You’ve Never Heard Of: Crossing Utah’s Capitol Reef

Playing the Memory Game in Southern Utah’s Escalante, Capitol Reef, and Bryce Canyon

Ancient Puebloan ruins in Woodenshoe Canyon, in Utah's Dark Canyon Wilderness.
Ancient Puebloan ruins in Woodenshoe Canyon, in Utah’s Dark Canyon Wilderness.

Ancient and Modern Folly: Backpacking Utah’s Dark Canyon

Ask Me: What’s Your Favorite Backpacking Trip in Zion National Park?

Plunging Into Solitude: Dayhiking, Slot Canyoneering, and Backpacking in Capitol Reef

Ask Me: Where Should We Backpack in Capitol Reef?

Vermont

Ask Me: What Are Your Favorite New England Hikes?

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Washington

A backpacker descending from Panhandle Gap on the Wonderland Trail, Mount Rainier National Park.
Todd Arndt descending from Panhandle Gap on the Wonderland Trail, Mount Rainier National Park.

American Gem: Backpacking Mount Rainier’s Wonderland Trail

The Wildest Shore: Backpacking the Southern Olympic Coast

Three Generations, One Big Volcano: Pushing Limits on Mount St. Helens

Larch trees reflected in Rainbow Lake in the North Cascades National Park Complex.
Larch trees reflected in Rainbow Lake in the North Cascades National Park Complex.

Primal Wild: Backpacking 80 Miles Through the North Cascades

Exploring the “American Alps:” The North Cascades

Nature In Your Face: Hiking in the Columbia Gorge

Favorite Dayhikes at Mount Rainier National Park

Backpackers on Trail 785 to Image Lake in Washington's Glacier Peak Wilderness.
Backpackers on Trail 785 to Image Lake in Washington’s Glacier Peak Wilderness.

Wild Heart of the Glacier Peak Wilderness: Backpacking the Spider Gap-Buck Creek Pass Loop

Ask Me: Where Should We Backpack Around Sahale Glacier Camp in the North Cascades?

Ask Me: Where Should We Backpack With Kids in North Cascades National Park?

Near Strawberry Point, Olympic National Park, Washington.
Near Strawberry Point, Olympic National Park, Washington.

Completely Alone on Mount Rainier’s Northern Loop

Wildflowers, Waterfalls, and Giant Slugs at Mount Rainier

Ask Me: 7 Great, Uncrowded Places to Hike

Ask Me: Backpacking Trips With an 11-Year-Old

Hiking above Paradise at Mount Rainier National Park.
Hiking above Paradise at Mount Rainier National Park.

Ask Me: Advice About North Cascades, Olympic, and Mount Rainier National Parks and Mount St. Helens

Ask Me: What Are Your Favorite Hikes at Mount Rainier and North Cascades National Parks?

Ask Me: What Are Your Top Picks For Long Backpacking Trips?

Where’s Best For Backpacking Photos, Glacier, Tetons, Rocky Mountain, or Cascades?

Ask Me: What Are Your Favorite Places in the Northwest and Northern Rockies?

Wyoming

Midway Geyser Basin, Yellowstone National Park.
Midway Geyser Basin, Yellowstone National Park.

The Ultimate Family Tour of Yellowstone

In Hot (and Cold) Water: Backpacking Yellowstone’s Bechler Canyon

The 10 Best Hikes in Yellowstone

Iris Falls on the Bechler River, Yellowstone National Park.
Iris Falls on the Bechler River, Yellowstone National Park.

Ask Me: The Best Multi-Day Wilderness Trips in Yellowstone

Cross-Country Skiing Yellowstone

The Best-Laid Plans: A Weeklong Ski Traverse in Yellowstone… and a Monster Snowstorm

A backpacker on the Teton Crest Trail in Grand Teton National Park.
Jeff Wilhelm backpacking the Teton Crest Trail on Death Canyon Shelf in Grand Teton National Park. Click photo to read about backpacking the Teton Crest Trail.

A Wonderful Obsession: Backpacking the Teton Crest Trail

5 Reasons You Must Backpack the Teton Crest Trail

The 5 Best Backpacking Trips in Grand Teton National Park

How to Get a Permit to Backpack the Teton Crest Trail

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A backpacker on the Teton Crest Trail in Grand Teton National Park.
Jeff Wilhelm backpacking the Teton Crest Trail n Grand Teton National Park. Click photo for my e-guide “The Complete Guide to Backpacking the Teton Crest Trail.”

The Best Short Backpacking Trip in Grand Teton National Park

American Classic: Backpacking the Teton Crest Trail

10 Great Big Dayhikes in the Tetons

How to Backpack the Teton Crest Trail Without a Permit

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A backpacker on the Teton Crest Trail.
A backpacker on the Teton Crest Trail. Click photo to get my expert custom trip planning for any trip at this blog.

American Classic: The Teton Crest Trail

Walking Familiar Ground: Reliving Old Memories and Making New Ones on the Teton Crest Trail

Ask Me: Hiking Across Grand Teton National Park in a Day

Rediscovering a Sense of Wonder: Backcountry Skiing the Tetons

A backpacker hiking into Titcomb Basin in the Wind River Range, Wyoming.
A backpacker hiking into Titcomb Basin in the Wind River Range, Wyoming.

Best of the Wind River Range: Backpacking to Titcomb Basin

5 Reasons You Must Backpack the Wind River Range

Adventure and Adversity on the Wind River High Route

A backpacker at a tarn in the upper valley of Middle Fork Lake on the Wind River High Route.
Justin Glass at a tarn in the upper valley of Middle Fork Lake on the Wind River High Route.

A Walk in the Winds: Hiking a One-Day, 27-Mile Traverse of Wyoming’s Wind River Range

Ask Me: What Backpacking Trip Do You Suggest in the Wind River Range?