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20 Winter Backpacking Trips For The Adventurous

Don't let a little snow stop you from spending a night in the backcountry.

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Most people pack away their camping gear for the winter...but you're not most people, are you? You're looking for the next way to push yourself in the outdoors and a little snow and cold weather aren't going to stop you. All it takes is careful planning, the right gear, and a little extra grit. When you're unzipping your tent to a few inches of fresh powder and an epic view of the mountains, most people will still be hitting the snooze button. We think know you made the right choice. 

1. Winter Backpack in the Mt. Baker Backcountry

Photo: Scott Kranz

2. Winter Backpack on Mt. Roothaan

Photo: Nick Lake

3. Winter Backpack to Diamond View Lake

Photo: Michael Graw

4. Winter Backpack to Artist Point

Photo: Sonja Saxe

5. Cross Country Ski or Snowshoe to Ralston Peak

Photo: Kira Minehart

6. Winter Backpack to Dog Lake and Backcountry Ski Reynolds Peak

Photo: Eric Harris

7. Winter Backpack Indian Heaven

Photo: Vic Garcia

8. Winter Backpack Trip to Russell Lake in Jefferson Park

Photo: Robby Edardsen

9. Winter Backpack Trip to Lake Blanche and Sundial Peak

Photo: Lindsay Daniels

10. Snowshoe and Camp at Skyline Lake

Photo: Beau Ramsey

11. Cross Country Ski to American Lakes

Photo: Devin K

12. Winter Backpack to Sentinel Dome in Yosemite

Photo: Kyle Frost

13. Winter Backpack to the Summit of Mt. Dickerman

Photo: Scott Kranz

14. Summit Mount St. Helens via Monitor Ridge

Photo: Matt Klemsz

15. Winter Summit Mt. Whitney

Photo: Alex Anderson

16. Winter Backpack to the Beartooths

Photo: Seth Langbauer

17. Winter Backpack below Chair Peak

Photo: Scott Kranz

18. Skiing the Grand Teton NPS Teton Park Road

Photo: Greg Owens

19. Winter Backpack to Jade Lake

Photo: Matt England

20. Backpack Lost Man Pass via Independence Lake

Photo: Eric Schuette

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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