Phoenix’s Top 5 Dayhikes

The best local trails, as selected by our BACKPACKER Local scout Scott Jones. No question: Phoenix is a desert kingdom, and the best trails near the city track into some of the country’s finest red-rock, cacti-studded wildernesses. From plunging canyons to desert oases to the tippy-top of Arizona, here are the premium goods within striking…

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New York City’s Top 5 Dayhikes

The best Big Apple escapes, as selected by BACKPACKER Local scout Justin Bailey. New York City may be the ultimate in America’s concrete jungles, but that doesn’t mean you have to drive for hours to get your wilderness fix. Soaring views over rocky peaks, quiet lakes, steep scrambles, and wildflowers galore await on these five…

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Seattle’s Top 10 Dayhikes

The best local trails, as selected by BACKPACKER Local scouts Anastasia Allison and Jason Bickford. Pity the poor Seattle hikers: On any given day, they must decide whether to explore one of three national parks (Olympic, North Cascades, and Mount Rainier), venture into the Central or South Cascades, head north into the Canadian Coast Range,…

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