Nothing against the Bright Angel Trail, the Narrows, the Presidential Traverse, or Half Dome, which are all certainly worth of their popularity, but hikers don’t need another resource pointing them toward those conga lines. It’s time we rewrite the backpacker’s life list. Enter Backpacker Hidden Gems. For the first time ever, here is a collection of Mother Nature’s best kept secret hikes, chockful of life-list worthy views, campsites, waterfalls, wildlife, and more. This book spills every secret and pulls back the curtain to reveal the top 100 trips across the country, with information on how to reach them, when to go, and what you’ll see. With color topographic maps and over 200 gorgeous photographs to complete the package, this book is the perfect keepsake for anyone looking to expand his hiking horizons.
Maren Horjus is the Destinations Editor at BACKPACKER. Her trips section, the Play List, which delivers more than 20 hikes from coast to coast every issue, was National Magazine Award-nominated in 2016. (Damn Culture Pages.) She has written for Skiing, Mountain, Men’s Health, Sports Illustrated, and SI Kids. Her first book, Haunted Hikes, is set to hit bookshelves this fall. She lives in Boulder, Colorado, with her husband and rescue dog because she is a living, breathing stereotype with a penchant for Chicago Style.