there are literally thousands of blogs about the outdoors, camping, hiking and backpacking, and you can get lost in trying to find them all. so, to make it easier for you, we made a list of 50 of the best hiking blogs.
One of the most precious things about starting my own "outdoor" blog is the fact that it has opened my eyes to a wide variety of other web sites and blogs, often with different viewpoints but always with a common theme of the joys of fresh air and a closeness to nature.
Some have been a great influence on me, the likes of Al Humphreys, for example. Others have impressed me with their in depth coverage of a chosen field.
So we have compiled a list. I say "we" because this is not a solo effort. I am based in the UK so most of my references tend to be from UK bloggers, however I recognise that quite a lot of my audience is in the US so I have sought advice in including a good few from across the pond. Also, I couldn't possibly read this many or I wouldn't have time to sleep, let alone find the time for the number of projects I work on so I have enlisted further help in a few recommendations.
This is therefore not entirely my own list, and not an exhaustive list, but I hope it reflects a spread of blogs that you can enjoy, depending on who you are and what you like about getting out and propelling yourself with your own two feet.
In no particular order...
I should add that this list is not in order of preference although in compiling it this way we are tipping our hat at the volume of traffic each gets.
Adventure Journal is an online magazine devoted to outdoor adventure in all its forms. It was founded in 2008 by Steve Casimiro, former editor of Powder magazine, founding editor of Bike magazine, and West Coast editor of National Geographic Adventure.
Whether you are a seasoned outdoorsperson or new to The Great Outdoors, Modern Hiker is your trusted source of information and inspiration. For more than a decade, the site’s in-depth trail reports, authentic gear reviews, and fearless outdoor journalism have helped countless adventurers discover new trails and experiences all over the world — and in their own backyards.
A resource of favorite Californian hikes and backpack trips, complete with advice, tips, trip reports, checklists and “how-to.” Lots of printable trip packs that give you trailhead directions, a trail map, and all the extra details that make the hike more enjoyable.
The goal for this website is to make hiking simple, easy, and safe. His hike directions make your time on the trail simple and straightforward by giving you images of every turn. This let’s you mentally visualize what the hike will be like, and remove any uncertainty that may cause fear. He also reviews the essential hiking gear that will keep you safe and happy on the trail. Along with gear reviews are tips and techniques on how to hike.
HIKING IN THE SMOKYS
Hiking in the Smokys provides detailed information on more than 80 hikes throughout the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. The site provides Smokey Mountain trail descriptions, photographs, key trail features, hike length, difficulty ratings, trail maps and elevation profiles. The authors of Hiking in the Smokys have personally hiked every trail covered on this website, and have published original content base don those hikes.
BaldHiker, founded by Paul Steele in 2010, started as a personal blog. Over the years it has grown into a vibrant well read and shared place, filled with the travel stories of Paul Steele and friends from all over the world. You can also find food and drink, places to stay, tech gadgets, fashion and clothing. Plus nature and animals from all corners of the globe.
ERIK THE BLACK'S HIKING BLOG
Hi, my name is Erik Asorson. I got the trail name "Erik the Black" while thru-hiking the PCT in 2007. I am a long-distance hiker, cartographer and author of the "Pocket Atlas" Guidebooks and Maps. I created this blog to share some practical tips and advice about lightweight backpacking and hiking.
“Humphreys is clearly slightly bonkers and this is a wonderful thing” – Geographical Magazine. Alastair Humphreys is an adventurer, blogger, author, speaker, film maker and photographer. Alastair is a National Geographic Adventurer of the Year and has written nine books. He produces a monthly newsletter with the highlights of the blog, forthcoming speaking engagements and important expedition news.
TRAIL TO PEAK
Trail to Peak is a trusted resource for hiking guides, international travel guides, and thorough gear reviews.Drew Robinson brings content to life on the web through breathtaking photography and captivationg video. He goes on his weekly adventures with his partner Julia, their son Owen, and their two goldendoodles, Isla and Lilly.
Brian is a Charlotte based backpacker, gear junkie, runner, and CrossFit(er). Originally from Southampton, England, Brian has lived in the US for over 15 years, finally settling in North Carolina. He spends as much time backpacking as his busy work schedule and family life will allow.
Hiking Lady is the lively and fun online publication that makes it easy for women to embrace the outdoors! Looking to prevent blisters? How many calories do you really burn while hiking? Find answers to these and many more on Hiking Lady. In addition, with content such as Hiking 101, Ask Hiking Lady, How To Videos, and an updated blog, Hiking Lady is your stop for outdoor adventure.
GREAT HIMALAYA TRAILS
Great Himalaya Trails is a network of trails that makes it possible to hike in the Nepali hills and mountains from Humla and Darchula in the West to Kanchenjunga in the East. From the popular trekking areas of Everest and Annapurna to the more secluded treks in Dolpa and Makalu Barun, the GHT is the banner that covers the entire Nepali Himalayas.
HIKING IN FINLAND
Hendrik Morkel, the author of Hiking in Finland, writes about backpacking in Finland in English, presenting this beautiful country and showing what it has to offer to backpackers, climbers, bikepackers, skiers, cyclists and packrafters. You can read all about his adventures in Finland, Sweden, Norway and the rest of the world, as well as gear reviews, videos and interviews.
just a colorado gal
I think we all need to spend more time finding adventure: I've cycled my road bike across the United States, lived in a tent for four months, honeymooned in a van, climbed 45+ peaks of 14,000 feet or higher, and packrafted the Alatna after being dropped in the middle-of-freaking nowhere by an Alaskan bush pilot.
There are lots of blogs and online magazines that seek to turn us into alpinists and athletes by reporting extreme ascents by impossibly intrepid climbers, or describing the latest technique or piece of equipment you really must buy to crank your training up a notch. Horrell's aim is to provide an alternative voice in mountain writing by representing the quiet majority of enthusiastic amateurs.
hiking the trail
HikingTheTrail.com began as an online journal chronicling Adam Nuttingâ€™s preparation for and hiking of the Appalachian Trail in 2013. 200 miles in, that adventure was sidelined but the journal lived on. Since then Adam has used Hiking the Trail to share his outdoor life through trip reports, travel, gear reviews, tips, and much more.
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I quit the rat-race to live a more adventurous life. This is my journey.
THE BALKAN BACKPACKER
The Balkan Backpacker is an association of hostels with a goal to promote travel in the Balkans and make backpacking and holidays easier and better. The aim of the Balkan Backpacker is to take the hassle out of finding your next hostel/destination and make traveling easy so you can spend more time on the things that matter.
Since 2004 Rebecca has run Calipidder.com, a site that offers trip reports, photographs, and gear advice for exploring our country's parks and remote backcountry on foot. Recently relocated to Bend, Oregon, she looks forward to expanding the reach of trail coverage to the Pacific Northwest.
Alex Roddie is a writer, editor and photographer. He is the Online Editor of The Great Outdoors (TGO) Magazine. Many of the articles on this site are devoted to the wild places of Britain and Europe, and he has been an active backpacker, mountaineer and climber for over a decade. He is a feature writer for TGO and UKHillwalking.com a has also written for Trail, Mountain Pro Magazine, On Landscape, and other titles in the UK outdoor presnds.
appalachian trail girl
This is the blog of Megan Maxwell, a long-distance hiker, author, wilderness professional, and outdoor travel blogger. "I got my trail legs on the Appalachian Trail back in 2012, and since then I've hiked in the Himalaya, Andes, and all over the United States. This year I trekked Nepal's Great Himalaya Trail".
chris townsend outdoors
An outdoor writer and photographer with a passion for wilderness and mountains. Chris Townsend is someone who inspired me as a youngster and his catalogue of achievements in terms of long distance trails is quite astounding.
What started off as a simple bucket list has become a desire to encourage others to make the most of their lives by experiencing what life has to offer and creating memories that last a lifetime. Splodz Blogz is about demonstrating how that is possible, n-between the day job and other commitments.
adventures of kate
GetOutside Champion & Award Winning Blogger. She blogs travel, life, adventures, mountains & the great outdoors! Last year she reached the summit of Kilimanjaro and she is aiming for Mont Blanc in 2018 and the Matterhorn in 2019.
arran wild walks
Lucy holds the Winter and Summer Mountain Leader awards. She is based on Arran but work takes her all over Scotland and abroad. When not working, Lucy loves to roam the hills, mountaineering, watching wildlife and just taking it all in. Overseas expeditions both for fun and work have included trips to the European Alps, Morocco, South Africa, Tanzania and Malawi.