Washington's 30 Most Incredible Backpacking Trips

Experience the best of Washington's backcountry.

By: LifeStraw
October 7, 2016

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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

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Always practice Leave No Trace ethics on your adventures. Be aware of local regulations and don't damage these amazing places for the sake of a photograph.