Free Print & Go Trip Planners from Backpacker Magazine

Friday is here & our minds are drifting…what to do outside this weekend?  If you’re looking for a real adventure, our friends at Backpacker Magazine have something special for you: free Print & Go Trip Planners for some great destinations, with more are on the way!

The Print & Go PDFs give you turn-by-turn trail instructions and photos embedded on a usable topo map. They also include complete gear checklists (great for those of you who are about to scramble for one of these trips after reading our post), driving directions, and geo-references for finding the nearest campground, restaurant, gas station, and grocery store. Last, but not least, don’t forget to download tracks for your GPS for each trip.

They’ve kicked off their soon-to-grow collection with some great ideas:

Ape Canyon, Mt. St. Helens National Monument

Traverse the eastern flanks of the most active volcano in the Cascades on this 11.3-mile (round-trip) dayhike in Mt. St. Helens National Volcanic Monument. You’ll encounter tufts of vibrant wildflowers and postcard views of Mt. Rainier and Mt. Adams.

Heart Lake and Mt. Sheridan, Yellowstone NP

Experience the rugged side of Yellowstone on this two-day, 23.1-mile backpack. You’ll track past steaming creeks and old-growth lodgepole on the way to a campsite near Heart Lake’s rocky shoreline. On day two, rise early for the 2,800-foot climb to Mt. Sheridan’s 10,308-foot crown.

Enchanted Rock Loop, Enchanted Rock State Park, Austin, TX

Circumnavigate a 425-foot-tall pink granite monolith on this 4.9-miler, which crosses a sandy creek and cruises classic Texas Hill Country west of Austin. Spur trails to Moss Lake (backcountry campsites available) and the summit are short and worthwhile.

Charlies Bunion Loop, Great Smoky Mountains NP

Pack a camera for this lollipop loop to one of the best mountain views in the park: a sit-awhile panorama, atop a 5,565-foot knob with thousand foot drop-offs on three sides, that stretches from Mt. LeConte to the jagged peaks of the Sawteeth Range.

Now…what are you waiting for???  Get out & play this weekend!

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