Washington's 30 Most Incredible Backpacking Trips

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    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

    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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