25 Epic Backpacking Trips

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    Head into the backcountry.

    Backpacking is the ultimate way to remove yourself from the comforts of your usual routine, connect with the outdoors, and find the explorer in you. There's nothing quite like the feeling you get from waking up surrounded by nothing but beautiful scenery and maybe a few friends. Finding the time and figuring out where to go can be tough so we've taken care of the latter for you. Check out this list of 25 epic backpacking trips and get ready to leave the real world behind for a night or two...or more.

    1. Death Canyon

    Distance: 26-30 miles total | Location: Wyoming | Learn more.

    Photo: Kathleen Morton

    2. The Grand Canyon Rim-to-Rim-to-Rim

    Distance: 47 miles total | Location: Arizona | Learn more.

    Photo: Rob Witt

    3. Four Pass Loop in the Maroon Bells

    Distance: 28 miles total | Location: Colorado | Learn more.

    Photo: Kevin Kaminski

    4. Redwood National and State Park

    Distance: 6 miles total | Location: California | Learn more.

    Photo: Austin Trigg

    5. Havasu Falls

    Distance: 20-36 miles total | Location: Arizona | Learn more.

    Photo: Bernini Ngo

    6. Evolution Basin via South Lake

    Distance: 38 miles total | Location: California | Learn more.

    Photo: Greg Owens

    7. Wind River Range - Island Lake

    Distance: 22 miles total | Location: Wyoming | Learn more.

    Photo: Greg Owens

    8. Sahale Glacier Camp

    Distance: 12 miles total | Location: Washington | Learn more.

    Photo: Scott Kranz

    9. Mount Assiniboine Sunshine Village to Mount Shark

    Distance: 34.6 miles total | Location: Alberta | Learn more.

    Photo: Talia Touboul

    10. Sawtooth Lake

    Distance: 10 miles total | Location: Idaho | Learn more.

    Photo: Dusty Klein

    11. Amethyst Basin

    Distance: 12 miles total | Location: Utah | Learn more.

    Photo: Conor Barry

    12. Sam Knob Loop

    Distance: 12 miles total | Location: North Carolina | Learn more.

    Photo: Steve Yocom

    13. Red Castle and Red Castles Lakes

    Distance: 25 miles total | Location: Utah | Learn more.

    Photo: Sam Watson

    14. Bear Rocks

    Distance: 12 miles total | Location: West Virginia | Learn more.

    Photo: Christin Healey

    15. McKittrick Ridge Campground

    Distance: 20 miles total | Location: Texas | Learn more.

    Photo: Andrew Miller

    16. Hurricane Creek

    Distance: 6 miles total | Location: Arkansas | Learn more.

    Photo: John Chau

    17. Isle Royale National Park - The Minong Ridge

    Distance: 30-45 miles total | Location: Michigan | Learn more.

    Photo: Joe Whitson

    18. Tuckerman’s Ravine on Mt. Washington

    Distance: 9 miles total | Location: New Hampshire | Learn more.

    Photo: Shannon Kalahan

    19. Spade and Venus Lakes

    Distance: 28 miles total | Location: Washington | Learn more.

    Photo: Jason Zabriskie

    20. Shortoff Mountain Summit

    Distance: 4.4 miles total | Location: North Carolina | Learn more.

    Photo: Justin Costner

    21. Howe Sound Crest Trail

    Distance: 18 miles total | Location: British Columbia | Learn more.

    Photo: Matthew Hosford

    22. Garibaldi Lake

    Distance: 11.8 miles total | Location: British Columbia | Learn more.

    Photo: Emily Haggar

    23. Tuck and Robin Lakes

    Distance: 16 miles total | Location: Washington | Learn more.

    Photo: Jason Zabriskie

    24. Reflection Canyon

    Distance: 18-20 miles total | Location: Utah | Learn more.

    Photo: Kathleen Buenviaje

    25. Backpack The Enchantments via Stuart Lake Trailhead

    Distance: 18 miles total | Location: Washington | Learn more.

    Photo: Sam Patterson

    Remember to always Leave No Trace when you are backpacking.

    We want to acknowledge and thank the past, present, and future generations of all Native Nations and Indigenous Peoples whose ancestral lands we travel, explore, and play on. Always practice Leave No Trace ethics on your adventures and follow local regulations. Please explore responsibly!

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