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Backpacking 101

We love backpacking  and we bet you will too, if you don't already.

Enjoy starlight like you’ve never seen it before. The satisfaction of cooking a delicious meal 20 miles from the nearest supermarket. Waking up to the sounds of hermit thrushes echoing among the cedars.

Backpacking is more challenging than day hiking. But the rewards are well worth the extra effort. You’ll need to pack along a little extra knowledge and gear compared to a day hike. And, find a great destination for your ability level. You'll find all of our beginner backpacking tips and favorite destinations here.

planning stock.jpgPlanning Your Trip

Tips for new backpackers and those who want to refresh, from how to plan to what food and gear to pack.

Rampart Lakes Trail by Jason Reynolds.jpgOn the Trail

Best practices for backpacking: making camp, filtering water, hanging food, doing your business and more.

Lily Basin by Liz Rainaud.jpgFamily Backpacking

Learn the basics on how to plan a successful backpacking adventure with kids.

Gothic Basin by Andrea Sassenrath.jpgOvernight Backpacking Destinations

Stunning overnighter destinations under 14 miles round trip.

Lake Ann by Lindsay Lewin.jpgWeekend Backpacking Destinations

Classic backpacking destinations 15-23 miles round trip.

Artist Ridge by Romuald Szuberia.jpgFamily Backpacking Destinations

Easy backpacking destinations that kids will love (and so will adults).