Backpacker

TRAILCHAT

Origin Story

The National Trails System Act turns 50 this year—and so does one of the original National Scenic Trails it designated, the Pacific Crest Trail. For early thru-hikers like Eric Ryback (SoBo, 1970; pictured), the PCT was, and read our picks for the National Scenic Trails’ best miles.

You're reading a preview, sign up to read more.

More from Backpacker

Backpacker18 min read
Best Summer Ever
WAKE UP FAST. SOAK IN FIFTH WATER HOT SPRINGS. Uinta-Wasatch-Cache National Forest, UT THESE STEAMY TUBS stacked under a trio of waterfalls don’t just feel heavenly: Minerals burbling up from the deep turn the pools bright shades of cobalt, periwinkl
Backpacker1 min read
Berry Bliss
THERE IS SUCH A THING as a death march on the water. I learned that one summer leading a group of teenagers through a daylong headwind on Quebec’s Lac Poulter. Whitecaps crested over our bows and we battled sideways rain for hours. When we finally re
Backpacker6 min read
Mountain Movers
ALL WEIGHTS ARE PROVIDED BY THE MANUFACTURER FOR SIZE MEN’S 9 UNLESS OTHERWISE NOTED. TEST CRITERIA Three-season, semi-automatic crampon-compatible mountaineering boots under 3 pounds Great flexibility means no-problem approaches. COMFORT ► 4.9 The R