Our Favorite Trail Bars for Backpacking

There are so many aspects to choosing what foods you want to bring on your backpacking trip. I will give you a list of trail bars that I like and you can decide how you want to eat them and when you want to bring them. Of course, these are just going to be more snack foods like bars and jerky that I took with me during my Pacific Crest Trail adventures!

PCT Food

1. Jerky

Mighty is my go to source for any kind of jerky. Why? They make 100% Grass-fed, Non-GMO, Organic jerky. Another plus is it’s packed with protein and are usually 100 calories per ounce which makes for some ideal lightweight backpacking food. One of my favorites is the Uncured Bacon & Apple.

mighty bar

2. Snack Bars

I love bars for hiking! The reason I like them so much is because they are extremely convenient, you can just grab one and eat it on the go. You don’t even have to stop, they are usually always small enough to fit in your hip belt or pocket. Depending on which ones you get, they are fairly healthy and effective for you; packed with nutrients and good fuel for hiking or what ever the adventure may be. Some great options that I like are:

  1. Evo Hemp
  2. ProBar
  3. ClifBar
  4. Primal Kitchen
  5. BoBo’s Oat Bars (This one got moldy pretty quick for me on the PCT)
  6. GoMacro
  7. RX Bar



3. Bites

Barnana’s are freaking so good. I have only tasted the Organic Peanut Butter but I have my eye on their other flavors. This was one of the favorite snacks during my Pacific Crest Trail endeavors. A few of my other favorites are gluten free crackers, basically any kind. This one girl let me try her plantain chips and those were a good salty snack.



4. Spreads

Peanut butter and hazelnut come to mind when I hear nut butter. Justin’s is one my favorite brands for these. I was actually browsing through Instagram and found this one recipe that was not Justin’s. Here it is:

  • Turmeric
  • Nutella
  • Black Pepper
  • Coconut Butter
  • Ashwagandha
  • Maple Syrup

Unfortunately I don’t know the quantities of each one so I just threw some stuff together and it turned out pretty dang good. I would use nut butters to mix onto tortillas, Rice Krispy Treats or just eat it straight up.

5. Meat Bars

Some great meat options are:

  1. Epic Bars. These are the best, though I usually need a drink with it as it can be a little on the dry side. I like the Chicken, Lamb or any of them actually.
  2. Bricks Bars. I haven’t actually had these but they look good!
  3. Tanka Bars. Another tasty option and less dry than others.

What are YOUR favorite trail foods? Let us know in the comments!

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