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Trails Magazine Issue 5

Trails Magazine Issue 5

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At 100 pages, Issue 5 is the biggest, best issue of Trails Magazine yet, filled with stories about Navajo bikepacking pioneers, murder in one of the country's deepest wildernesses, the demise of the American backcountry, and a whole lot more. 

As always, our "spring" issue features delicious backpacking recipes, trip reports from amazing adventures, beautifully illustrated trail maps, tons of big photos, and the best backpacking stories you can find anywhere, and it's all printed on hefty 80-pound paper with fewer ads than any other magazine. Stories in this latest issue include:

  • A detailed profile of a Diné bikepacker and the routes he's building across the Navajo Nation, 
  • Our crystal-ball look at what the future of the American backcountry could look like in a changing world,
  • The disturbing history of the Loon Creek murders and one writer's mission to explore the area that rugged people have called home for thousands of years, 
  • An interview with an expert on making his adventures more about the experience than the summit, 
  • Miranda Webster's "Trail Obscura" column about whether or not backpacking always needs to be a race, 
  • One rafter's attempt at transitioning into ultralight backpacking, 
  • A recipe for a tasty backcountry desert, 
  • The story about what it's like to carry your surfboard on your backpack, deep into the Olympic wilderness in search of backcountry waves, 
  • Campsite recommendations from Mount Hood to West Virginia's Dolly Sods Wilderness, 
  • An introduction to the world of Instant Urban Trails, 
  • A post-wildfire field guide,
  • Outhouse Reviews, backpacking destinations, gear reviews, photo features, maps, and a whole lot more.

You won't find any of these stories online. The only way to read them is to pick up a copy of Issue 5 while supplies last. 

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A note for international readers: Back issues are shipped from our headquarters in Washington, so international shipping costs apply if we send them out of the US. Readers in Canada should consider a subscription which includes free shipping—Those copies ship directly from the printer in Winnipeg and don't need to cross the border.

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