Washington's 30 Most Incredible Backpacking Trips

Washington, United States


Experience the best of Washington's backcountry.

Whatever kind of backcountry adventure you're looking for, you're likely to find it in Washington. From the rugged coast to the Cascade mountains, there is no shortage of amazing trails and beautiful places to spend a night under the stars. Newbie backpackers and seasoned vets alike can find the perfect backpacking trip on this list. Take a look at these incredible adventures and we're sure you'll start planning your next backpacking trip in Washington ASAP. 

1. Hike to Hidden Lake Lookout

Photo: Christin Healey

2. Backpack to Spade and Venus Lakes

Photo: Jason Zabriskie

3. Hike to Winchester Mountain Fire Lookout

Photo: Beau Ramsey

4. Backpack Park Butte

Photo: Derek Cook

5. Backpack to Tank Lakes

Photo: Mitch Pittman

6. Backpack Tuck and Robin Lakes

Photo: Jason Zabriskie

7. Backpack to Gem Lake

Photo: Felix Madrid

8. Backpack to Marmot and Jade Lakes

Photo: Colin Ayers

9. Backpack Anderson and Watson Lake

Photo: Holly Singh

10. Backpack along Rialto Beach

Photo: Greg Balkin

11. Backpack Ancient Lakes

Photo: Jason Zabriskie

12. Backpack Indian Heaven

Photo: Vic Garcia

13. Backpack to Upper Lena Lake

Photo: Tara Warolin

14. Snowshoe and Camp at Skyline Lake

Photo: Beau Ramsey

15. Backpack to Snow Lake

Photo: Michael Matti

16. Backpack the High Divide and Seven Lakes Basin

Photo: Nick Lake

17. Backpack the Siouxon Trail

Photo: Missy Fant

18. Backpack to Mount Margaret’s Ridge Camp

Photo: Andy Best

19. Backpack to Sahale Glacier Camp

Photo: Scott Kranz

20. Backpack the Cutthroat Lakes

Photo: Nick Lake

21. Backpack to Spectacle Lake

Photo: Randy Gordon

22. Backpack Gothic Basin to Foggy Lake

Photo: Scott Kranz

23. Backpack to Snow Lakes

Photo: Gemina Garland-Lewis

24. Backpack the Summerland Trail

Photo: Warren Behymer

25. Backpack to Rainy Lake

Photo: Colton Jacobs

26. Backpack to Vesper Peak

Photo: Catalina Salazar

27. Snowcamp on Mt. Dickerman

Photo: Scott Kranz

28. Backpack the Enchantments

Photo: Sam Patterson

29. Backpack Spider Gap to Buckcreek Pass

Photo: Nick Lake

30. 4 Day Backpacking Trip in the Enchantments

Photo: Rose Freeman

Cover photo: Christin Healey

Published: October 7, 2016


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