Pacific Crest Trail

A backpacker hiking to Burro Pass above Matterhorn Canyon, Yosemite National Park.

The 5 Best Backpacking Trips in Yosemite

By Michael Lanza After years of exploring all over Yosemite on numerous backpacking trips, I’ve learned two lessons about it: Few places inspire the same powerful sense of adventure. And Yosemite’s backcountry harbors such an abundance of soaring granite peaks, waterfalls, and shimmering alpine lakes—plus, over 700,000 acres of designated wilderness and 750 miles of trails—that you can take many …

Read onThe 5 Best Backpacking Trips in Yosemite

A backpacker near Park Creek Pass in North Cascades National Park.

Primal Wild: Backpacking 80 Miles Through the North Cascades

By Michael Lanza “Lots of bears at Grizzly Creek.” Those words that a backcountry ranger spoke to me over the phone just yesterday echo through our heads now, as my friend Todd Arndt and I descend switchbacks from misleadingly named, 6,500-foot Easy Pass into the densely forested valley of Fisher Creek in Washington’s North Cascades National Park. Fog swirls around …

Read onPrimal Wild: Backpacking 80 Miles Through the North Cascades

A backpacker in the Grand Canyon of the Tuolumne River, Yosemite National Park.

Backpacking 150 Miles Through Wildest Yosemite

By Michael Lanza In early evening on a bluebird September day, deep in northern Yosemite National Park, my friend Todd Arndt and I—with legs a little weary—reached our fourth pass on a 23-mile day, the second day of a four-day, 87-mile hike. Only a quad-melting, 1,500-foot descent stood between us and soothing our feet in the cool sand and cold water …

Read onBackpacking 150 Miles Through Wildest Yosemite

A backpacker on Nevada's Ruby Crest Trail.

9 Great Backpacking Trips You Can Take in 2021

By Michael Lanza My family just returned from two wonderful backpacking trips—six days in Utah’s High Uintas Wilderness and four days on Nevada’s Ruby Crest Trail (photo above)—and especially in this year of chaos, serious health concerns, and unusual stress, these getaways were precisely what we needed. Are you looking for a wilderness backpacking trip you can take this year? …

Read on9 Great Backpacking Trips You Can Take in 2021