Best Backpacking in United States

Looking for the best backpacking in United States? We've got you covered with the top trails, trips, hiking, backpacking, camping and more around United States. The detailed guides, photos, and reviews are all submitted by the incredible Outbound community.

  • Backpack to Havasu Falls in the Havasupai Reservation

    The Havasupai Reservation is a remote area just outside Grand Canyon National Park, full of blue-green water and dramatic waterfalls.  Despite being an extremely isolated location, camping in the canyon is overwhelmingly popular and reservations a...

    10 miles -2000 ft gain

  • Backpack to Spade and Venus Lakes

    Nestled in a high rocky cirque near the upper reaches of Mt Daniel, Spade and Venus Lakes are two of the most remote lakes in the Alpine Lake Wilderness. But to experience this level of pure isolation, you'll need to earn it; the shortest hike in...

    28 miles 2300 ft gain

  • Backpack Sunrise Lakes to Clouds Rest

    Start out at the Tenaya Lake Trailhead, where you can head directly onto the trail for Clouds Rest or you can branch off after 2.7 miles to Sunrise Lakes. This allows you to break up the hike, spend a night relaxing and help you have an early star...

    15.5 miles 1775 ft gain

  • Backpack to the Ventana Wilderness' Sykes Hot Springs

    The trek to Sykes Hot Springs is about 10-miles one way along the Pine Ridge Trail. This is a great backpacking trip, but can be done as an out-and-back hike from the campgrounds at Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park if you're really moving.The trail is ...

    20 miles 5600 ft gain

  • Hike to White Pine Lake

    Just about 5 miles (2-2.5 hrs) from the trailhead, you will find the beautiful White Pine Lake where the water is an intense blue color. It's an amazing place for photos and just hanging out on a summer or fall afternoon. Along the way you will ha...

    10 miles 2450 ft gain

  • Backpack to Silver Lake

    The trail is 4.1 miles roundtrip gaining almost 1,500 feet for the duration of the adventure. Some parts are exposed, so you can get a fair amount of sun.When you're on the trail, you'll get amazing views as you’re hiking to the lake of Mount Timp...

    4.1 miles 1500 ft gain

  • Backpack Redwood National and State Parks

    Day 1: Check with the Rangers station before heading up for best camping opportunities. Assuming you've checked with the rangers for approval...if there are openings, off of the main road, there are side streets with access to the beaches. Pull in...

    6 miles

  • Hike Bryce Canyon's Riggs Spring Loop

    Bryce Canyon National Park in Utah is a spectacular place. It really has to be seen to be believed. Some of the most scenic parts of Bryce are easily accessible by the average visitor via car-accessible overlooks. However, if you're not into crowd...

    9 miles 2335 ft gain

  • Hike to Olympic Hot Springs

    A local favorite, this moderate day hike winds its way uphill from the Appleton Pass trailhead through old growth stands of fir, hemlock and cedar for 2.2 miles to a cluster of hot springs interspersed among the trees.Located in the Olympic Nation...

    4.4 miles 260 ft gain

  • Clifftop Camping & Hot Springs in Big Sur

    Campsite:There is nothing quite like driving or biking along US-1, the Pacific Coast Highway. Make sure you get a chance to do the drive during the day so that you can see all that Big Sur has to offer. Be careful when pulling off especially onto ...

  • Backpack the Grand Canyon: Rim-to-Rim-to-Rim

    Start at the North Rim of Grand Canyon National Park at the North Kaibab Trail. You have 14 miles and 5,761 feet of elevation to descend to the Bright Angel Campground, so bring those trekking poles if you have bad knees (like myself).Along the No...

    47 miles 10141 ft gain

  • Hike to Winchester Mountain Fire Lookout

    Winchester Mountain is said to have the greatest reward for least amount of effort in all the North Cascades. One of the last fire-lookouts in the region stands on the summit. Views from the summit of Winchester Mountain are beautiful and dramati...

    3.5 miles 1320 ft gain