Hiking - By Category
Whether you're a new hiker or just want a refresher, here are the basics of planning a hike and pulling it off.
The Gear Guide
Looking for hiking clothing, footwear, gear, or even a mobile app for hiking? This guide will help you find exactly what you need.
Find a Hiking Trail
A guide to the best hiking trail organized in several ways: By state, or by national/state parks and forests. We'll also connect you with the best resources for finding other trails not listed here.
Hiking safety means planning ahead and being aware of possible dangers on the trail. Changing weather, wildlife encounters, and injuries can turn a great day of hiking into a sudden emergency. The odds are that you won't face any serious problems. But educate yourself about hiking safety with these tips.
Your questions about hiking -- answered! With Lisa Maloney, About.com's Guide to Hiking.
Hiking for Health and Fitness
Hiking is a simple and safe way to stay in shape and lose weight. Hiking delivers benefits for both body and mind as you burn calories and reduce stress. Learn about the basics of hiking for fitness and how to prevent and cope with injuries.
A glossary of definitions for common terms you'll encounter when hiking, backpacking, or dealing with outdoor gear.
Reader's Choice Awards
There's no single perfect piece of hiking gear; no completely perfect trail -- but some of them come pretty close. Read about which hiking gear our readers use most, and where they use it, in the About.com Reader's Choice Awards.
Whether you're just starting out or an experienced hiker, there's always room for improvement. Use these hiking tips to travel farther, faster, and more comfortably.
Spring hiking brings a mix of pleasure and challenge: From rushing, snowmelt-laden springs to muddy trails and lingering snow deposits, here's how to get the best out of your early-season hikes.
Summer is a friendly hiking season, but it's not without its hazards. Learn how to deal with warm-weather hazards like stream crossings, thunderstorms and extreme heat right here.
Yes, you can hike in winter! A little knowledge will do a lot to keep you warm and comfortable, so get started here. You can learn how to dress for winter hikes, how to identify and cope with winter hazards, and even how to hike in the dark.