Calling on anyone with a trail name and matching beard

Reminder: Show Us Your Hiking Trail Contest Ends Tomorrow

A sampling of the current submissions.

Maybe you’ve spent the past two weeks conquering a mountain range, clinging to life more tightly than the edge of a cliffside, and you missed it the first time around. Hopefully you brought a camera along, because we’re accepting submissions for the soon-to-be-written Readers’ Choice: 15 Best Day Hikes in America. Two weeks ago we asked for sights and stories from our readers’ favorite day hikes in America, and they responded — massively. The photos you see above are just from Instagram; throw in the tweets and inboxes overflowing with the subject line “GP Hikes”, and you’ve got some stiff competition. Of course, we’re not surprised — these are GP readers we’re talking about, and we’re offering some pretty cool gear for the winners. Yet to enter? There’s still plenty of time. Submissions are due by Friday, September 19 at 5 p.m.

How to Enter

To submit, simply hashtag photos on Instagram or Twitter with #GPHikes and include @gearpatrol in your comment so we can find/see you, plus the name and location of the trail. Follow us while you’re at it so we can reach out to the winner. If you fly under the social media radar, you can also send us trail photos via email to [email protected]. The best entry will be selected in ten days. So strap on your hiking boots and comb the scruff. The trails (and some cool gear) are waiting.

The Kit


Daylite Madden Equipment Backpack
MSR Trail Lite Duo Cooking System
BioLite CampStove
DSTPCH x GP Orange Matte Black Paracord Camera Wrist Strap
Mountain House and Alpine Aire provisions
Packable Stanley Stainless Steel Shot Glasses
… and a few other surprises