Wikiphotographer

Best Hikes for Leaf-Peeping in Yosemite

We'd like to think it's no coincidence that Yosemite National Park's shoulder season is also one of the most beautiful times to be in the park. The hoards of tourists are gone, leaving only the locals, the animals, and the most dedicated of the leaf...

Read More

Finding Wildflowers On the John Muir Trail

There's no reason to mince words—hiking the John Muir Trail is hard! You're likely shuffling with your blistered feet, heavy pack, eyes glued to the ground below your feet. Fortunately, that ground is dotted in a spectacular rainbow of high alpine wildflowers! June and July are prime wildflower...

Read More
How to Pee in the Woods, Wilderness Press

How to Pee in the Woods

Peeing in the woods. If you spend any time exploring in the outdoors, you'll end up having to do this sooner or later. And while it sounds self-explanatory, if you've ever tried to pee outside while it's windy, avoiding getting bitten by mosquitoes, or accidentally...

Read More
Afoot & Afield: Inland Empire, Backpacking in the Inland Empire

Best Overnight Hikes in the Inland Empire

We smell another long weekend ahead! Well, maybe we smell the fresh air and smoky campfire and sizzling backcountry bacon. Which all smells like long weekends! The Inland Empire in Southern California is home to California's best and most diverse hiking south of the Sierra Nevada....

Read More
PCT permit, Jordan Summers, Laura Randall, Wilderness Press, Pacific Crest Trail guide

How to Apply for a 2018 PCT Permit

You had a recent epiphany. Some may call it a life crisis, but we get you—we'll call it an epiphany. You want to thru-hike the Pacific Crest Trail. Class of 2018. As in, a few short months from now. Maybe it's the promise of a new...

Read More
Adventure dog, how to hike with your dog

How to Create an Outdoor Dog

You love to hike. You have a dog. It looks like she likes the outdoors, but she also likes to sleep. A lot. And eat. A lot. And did we mention sleep? So how do you know she will make a good adventure pup? What...

Read More
PCT lingo, PCT guidebook, Laura Randall

PCT Lingo: A Primer on Hiker Slang

"Zeros and Neros Welcome" A few years ago, before I started hiking the PCT, I would have guessed this sign was inviting losers and fiddlers to stop by. It's actually part of a whole new language you learn on the trail. Situated near Mile 127, this sign...

Read More
Pacific Crest Trail, Jordan Summers,

The Final Push on the Pacific Crest Trail

Section K September 1 – 8 Food. I’m gonna get food. There’ll be lots of food. I want all the food. Don’t rain. Smoke is better than rain. No rain. It’s raining. Aagh! Bus leaves High Bridge at 0945. Make miles. Can’t miss the bus. I can make the...

Read More
Pacific Crest Trail, Laura Randall, PCT Class of 2017

“Fire and Ice”: the Challenges of the PCT in 2017

Weather curveballs, wildfire detours, and other challenges are nothing new for Pacific Crest Trail hikers. But this year brought an unprecedented amount of difficulties for thru-hikers tackling the legendary 2,650-mile route from Mexico to Canada. Record snowpack. Swollen rivers. Raging wildfires in the Pacific Northwest...

Read More
Appalachian Trail

A Mountain, A Beer, and a Big Birthday

One of our favorite long trails is turning the big 8-0 this month. In honor of this momentous occasion, we asked one of our favorite Appalachian Trail authors, Lafe Low of Best Hikes on the Appalachian Trail: New England, to pen a birthday post. So the Appalachian...

Read More