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The Best Backpacking in Washington

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

Top backpacking spots in and near Washington

  • Washington, Utah

    Camping at Yant Flat

    5.0
    2.6 mi / 500 ft gain
    Though only a few miles from civilization as a bird flies, this trailhead is only accessible via a dirt road (that can be quite bumpy - high clearance vehicles recommended though I did it in a car).  Given the condition of the road, drive time can be 45 minutes from St George, Utah.  The road is ...
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  • Washington, Utah

    Yant Flats Trails

    3.44 mi / 466 ft gain
    Yant Flats Trails is an out-and-back trail that takes you past scenic surroundings located near Leeds, Utah.
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  • Pine Valley, Utah

    Forsyth to Wipple to Forsyth Loop

    24.71 mi / 6319 ft gain
    Forsyth to Wipple to Forsyth Loop is a loop trail where you may see local wildlife located near Pine Valley, Utah.
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  • Virgin, Utah

    Hop Valley Trail, Zion NP

    3.0
    14.58 mi / 1000 ft gain
    This 6.5 mile (one-way) trek is a multi-functional trail. The trail can serve as standalone trail allowing hikers to get in either a solid in-and-out day hike or as a leg to a much bigger and epic Trans-Zion Trek. For those interested in the later, the Hop Valley Trail is the leg of the journey t...
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  • Virgin, Utah

    Connector Trail, Zion NP

    5.0
    4.9 mi
    This 4.9-mile (one-way) trek is a multi-functional trail. The trail can serve as standalone trail allowing hikers to get in either a solid in-and-out day hike or as a leg to a much bigger and epic Trans-Zion Trek. For those interested in the later, the Connector Trail is the leg of the journey th...
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  • Pine Valley, Utah

    Chinle Trail

    15.67 mi / 1565 ft gain
    Chinle Trail is an out-and-back trail where you may see beautiful wildflowers located near Hurricane, Utah.
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  • Springdale, Utah

    Hike Wildcat Canyon Trail, Zion NP

    5.0
    5.88 mi
    This 5.8 mile (one-way) trek is a multi-functional trail. The trail can serve as standalone trail allowing hikers to get in either a solid in-and-out day hike or as a leg to a much bigger and epic Trans-Zion Trek. For those interested in the later, the Wildcat Canyon Trail is the leg of the journ...
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  • New Harmony, Utah

    Backpack the La Verkin Creek Trail

    5.0
    14 mi / 1200 ft gain
    I've visited Zion National Park twice this year and the experience between the two visitations were like night and day. Zion National Park is by no means a secret, and for good reason. Hikes such as Angels Landing, and the Narrows are locations which are sought after by every outdoorsman and novi...
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  • New Harmony, Utah

    Kolob Arch

    4.7
    13.86 mi
    In the lesser traveled area of Zion National Park sits Kolob Arch, a sandstone arch high up on a cliff tucked back in the canyon. To get to Kolob Arch take exit 40 on I-15 in Utah. You'll see a Zion National Park Visitor's Center. Here you can fill up on water, use the bathroom, and get a map to...
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  • New Harmony, Utah

    Backpack Kolob Canyons, Zion NP

    5.0
    16 mi / 1000 ft gain
    Overview Starting at Lee Pass trailhead the trail descends down to run alongside the Timber Creek, past the open finger canyons of the nearby cliffs. At roughly mile 3 the trail will bend slowly to the left and climb up before descending again to run upstream and alongside La Verkin creek. Camps...
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  • New Harmony, Utah

    Trans-Zion Trek, Zion NP

    5.0
    100.6 mi
    The following adventure guide for the Trans-Zion Trek will actually consist of six separate trails. The trails listed below are listed in order, going West to East. If the individual trail adventure is composed on the site as going east to west, it will be indicated that the reverse hike will be...
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  • Hurricane, Utah

    West Rim Trail, Zion NP

    5.0
    14.41 mi / 3000 ft gain
    This 14.5 mile (one-way) trek is a multi-functional trail. The trail can serve as standalone trail allowing hikers to get in either a solid in-and-out day hike or as a leg to a much bigger and epic Trans-Zion Trek. For those interested in the later, the West Rim Trail is the leg of the journey th...
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  • Springdale, Utah

    Angels Landing, West Rim, Telephone Loop

    14.6 mi / 3740 ft gain
    Angels Landing, West Rim, Telephone Loop Trail is a loop hike that takes you past scenic scenic located near Springdale, Utah.
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  • Washington County, Utah

    East Rim Trail from Big Bend

    10.25 mi / 3694 ft gain
    East Rim Trail from Big Bend Trail is a point-to-point trail that takes you by a waterfall located near Springdale, Utah.
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  • Orderville, Utah

    East Rim Trail, Zion NP

    5.0
    10.19 mi / 3000 ft gain
    The East Rim Trail is approximately 10-miles (one-way) and can either be started from the Eastern Entrance of Zion National Park, or more commonly from the Hidden Canyon or Observation Point Trailheads. Many people start from within Zion Canyon and do the arduous Observation Point Trail, forgoing...
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  • Duck Creek Village, Utah

    Hike The Narrows: Top Down

    5.0
    15.38 mi
    THE NARROWS This by far one of the most scenic and awesome hikes available in any National Park. There is no place in Zion National Park more sublime in its beauty and awe inspiring in its creation as you hike through the crystal clear Virgin River and marvel at the myriad of red, orange, yellow...
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