Whenever I get a chance I try to go backpacking.  I almost always plan my trips by buying a specific books that describes trails in the area I am interested in visiting. 

Therefore, I have listed some general backpacking books below and books which describes trails in specific areas of the country. Click on the titles to purchase and learn more. 

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Magazines (up to 80% off)
Outside Magazine
General Guides (20-30% off) 

Backpacking guideThe Backpacker's Field Manual: A Comprehensive Guide to Mastering Backcountry Skills by Rick Curtis

The Modern Backpacker's Handbook by Glenn Randall

The Backpacker's Handbook by Chris Townsend



Desolation Wilderness and the South Lake Tahoe Basin  by Jeffrey P. Schaffer, Jeffery P. Schaffer;  When I lived in California, Desolation Wilderness was my favorite place to go backpacking in the mountains.  This book lists some great trails that I highly recommend.

Point Reyes : Secret Places and Magic Moments  by Phil Arnot.  Pt. Reyes is awsome.  There are beatiful beachs, hills, views, and wildlife to be appreciated.  If you plan carefully and well ahead, you backpack in 3-6 miles and camp 100 meters from the shore.  The National Park service is good at limiting the number of backpackers so that the terrain does not get destroyed.  Limantour beach is also a great Northern California style beach.

Point Reyes : A Guide to the Trails, Roads, Beaches, Campgrounds, Lakes, Trees, Flowers, and Rocks of Point Reyes National Seashore by Dorothy Whitnah 

New York

Fifty Hikes in Central New York : Hikes and Backpacking Trips from the Western Adirondacks  to the Finger Lakes by William P. Ehling

50 Hikes in the Adirondacks : Short Walks, Day Trips, and Backpacks Throughout the Park by Barbara McMartin

Hiking Peaks of the Northeast  by Bruce Scofield.  Last winter my brothers and I climbed Mt. Marcy, which is the highest point in N.Y.  We camped in the snow one night, and then climbed the peak the next day with snow shoes.  The wind and snow eliminated any visibility form the top, but it was a great feeling to get there anyway.

Hiking New York   by Rhonda Ostertag, George Ostertag