NATIONAL SUMMIT DAY - First Saturday in August

National Summit Day - First Saturday in August


Views from the top of the world are some of the most spectacular sights, and they are also some of the hardest to achieve. National Summit Day on the first Saturday in August recognizes those mountain top summits and the people who climb there.

National Summit Day isn’t just about the highest mountain peaks; it’s also about those vertical inclines in our own neighborhoods. The day encourages us to get into the great outdoors, hit the trails, and explore. Climb the summit nearest you or claim the one that challenges you. Reaching the peak is only one of the many rewards of setting out on the trek.

The day is also about the people who hike the trails and climb. Teaming up with others on the trail helps us to develop a network of interested trekkers. At the end of the day, we’re rewarded with a sense of satisfaction. Oh, and did we mention the view?

HOW TO OBSERVE #NationalSummitDay

Gear up and join the celebration! Invite others to join you, too. The more the merrier.

  • Organize a hike.
  • Hit a trail you’ve been wanting to try.
  • Join a hike that’s already organized for the day.
  • Take a climbing course.
  • Share your experiences reaching the summit.
  • Don’t forget to enjoy the view.

When you celebrate, be sure to share the story on social media using #NationalSummitDay.


Backpacker Magazine established National Summit Day in 2017 to celebrate summits and all those who climb them.

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