Penas Blancas in the Bosawás Biosphere Reserve. Photo © Rebecca Ore (Own work), licensed CC BY-SA 3.0.

Hiking Bosawás Biosphere Reserve

North of Managua, Bosawás Biosphere Reserve is the largest uninterrupted tract of primary rainforest north of the Amazon. Any trip in Bosawás is a serious backcountry undertaking and should not be attempted without proper supplies, some wilderness experience, a tolerance for dampness and discomfort, and a basic survival instinct. Guides are both obligatory and absolutely necessary.

A black bear in Sequoia National Park. Photo © Nstanev/Dreamstime.

Wilderness Safety in Northern California

If you’re planning a backcountry expedition in northern California, follow all rules and guidelines for obtaining wilderness permits and for self-registration at trailheads. National and state park visitors centers can advise in more detail on any health or wilderness alerts in the area. Additionally, brush up on your wilderness safety; here’s how to prepare for temperature changes, high altitudes, and all manner of local wildlife.

In addition to being a great place to spot nene, Paliku is also the preferred camping area for hikers opting to walk out the Kaupo Gap.

Camping in Haleakala Crater and Beyond

While watching the sunrise, hiking the crater floor, or looking up at the stars as they come out are great introductions to the crater, spending a night in the backcountry is the absolute best way to commune with nature on this mountain. Learn how to make it happen.

View down at Lake Superior and another lake across a sea of trees.

The Huron Mountains in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula

The Huron Mountains have plenty of wilderness open to the public—more than enough to go around for those who are fortunate and smart enough to explore this special place. Laura Martone covers a bit of the history of the area as well as how best to experience this area of Michigan’s Upper Peninsula.

Blue misty mountain peaks fading into the distance with a mountain peak in the foreground.

Parque Nacional La Campana near Viña del Mar

Noteworthy for a network of integrated hiking trails that cross ridges and scale summits with spectacular views from the Pacific to the summit of Aconcagua (across the border in Argentina), Parque Nacional La Campana is also a historic site.

With mountains in the distance, golden light reflects off calm ocean water as the sun descends beneath a high layer of cloud cover.

Alaskan Wilderness: Tracy Arm, Fords Terror, and Vicinity

Located 50 miles southeast of Juneau, the 653,000-acre Tracy Arm–Fords Terror Wilderness contains country that rivals Glacier Bay National Park but costs half as much to reach. With massive glaciers and lots of wildlife, including harbor seals, killer whales, mountain goats, and black bears, there’s a lot to experience in this wild part of Alaska.