The West Coast's Top 20 Backpacking Trips

Explore some of America's wildest places.

There is no better way to see what you're made of and test your outdoor skills than in the backcountry and - this part is up for debate - there is no better place to explore the backcountry than the West Coast. Between California, Oregon, and Washington, the amount of jaw-dropping wilderness is enough to keep you on the trail for several lifetimes. Since you've only got the one, we did you a favor and put together this list of some of our favorite backpacking trips up and down the coast. From the towering Sierra Nevada to the rugged rocky beaches in the PNW, you've got plenty of options for an epic backpacking trip.  

Washington

1. Backpack along Rialto Beach


Photo: Greg Balkin

2. Backpack the Olympic Coast


Photo: Angela Anderson

3. Backpack to Spade and Venus Lakes


Photo: Jason Zabriskie

4. Backpack Park Butte


Photo: Derek Cook

5. Backpack to Tank Lakes


Photo: Mitch Pittman

6. Backpack to Tuck and Robin Lakes


Photo: Jason Zabriskie

7. Backpack the High Divide and Seven Lakes Basin


Photo: Nick Lake

Oregon

8. Backpack to Russell Lake


Photo: Erik Sanders

9. Backpack to the Wallowas Mirror Lake


Photo: Roark Nelson

10. Backpack around Broken Top


Photo: Michael Graw

11. Backpack the Painted Canyon Loop Honeycombs Wilderness


Photo: Dusty Klein

12. Backpack the Hurricane Creek Trail


Photo: Roark Nelson

California

13. Backpack Redwood National and State Parks


Photo: Austin Trigg

14. Backpack to the Waterfall Camp in Desolation Wilderness


Photo: Jake Young

15. Backpack to the Ventana Wilderness’ Sykes Hot Springs


Photo: Blake Maitoza

16. Backpack the Lost Coast


Photo: Whitney Whitehouse

17. Backpack to Little Yosemite Valley and Hike Half Dome


Photo: Eddie Jo

18. Backpack the Rae Lakes Loop


Photo: Kevin Kaminski

19. Backpack the Ansel Adams Wilderness


Photo: Greg Owens

20. Backpack the Trans-Catalina Trail


Photo: Drew Robinson

Cover photo: Erik Sanders

Published: March 23, 2017

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