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 incredible Outbound community.

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • Backpack Park Butte

    Looking for somewhere to backpack or capture the Milky Way on the west slope of the Cascades? Look no further than Park Butte. With some of the best views of Mt. Baker's West Slope, on top of having access to the Park Butte fire lookout, and dozen...

  • Hike to Summit Lake

    Summit Lake, nestled in a small basin just north of Mt. Rainier National Park in the Clearwater Wilderness, has everything a hiker could want in a day-hike or easy overnight backpack. The views, the well-maintained trail, and a perfect distance ma...

    5 miles 1250 ft gain

  • Hike to Hidden Lake Lookout

    Be careful when heading up this 4.5 mile trail since there can be snow coverage into the summer. When you start the trail, you'll get a little tree coverage as you start climbing up. Unfortunately, the shade starts to dissipate after about a mile,...

    8 miles 3300 ft gain

  • Hike to Mount Pilchuck Lookout

    Hike the well-maintained Mount Pilchuck trail through old-growth forest and boulder fields. At the top, you'll reach a lookout tower perched on Mount Pilchuck. Pilchuck sits on the western edge of the Cascades, which offers up amazing panoramic vi...

    5.5 miles 2200 ft gain

  • 4 Day Backpacking Trip in the Enchantments

    The Alpine Lakes Wilderness named “The Enchantments” draws explorers from all over the world. On a four day backpacking trip you can take day trips from camp to explore over a dozen crystal clear lakes, summit surrounding peaks, and camp at an al...

    18 miles 6000 ft gain

  • Hike to Park Butte Lookout

    This place is really the stuff of fairy tales.Where else can you find a tiny cabin with 360-degree views of stunning mountain scenery? To the west, you can see all the way to Bellingham and the Puget Sound. To the south and east lie the jagged Nor...

    8 miles

  • Backpack to Marmot and Jade Lakes

    The road in is passable with basically any vehicle, though there are some potholes to be avoided. Start at the Deception Pass Trailhead near the parking lot. There is a quick and easy 4.5 miles as you pass Hyas Lake, then you start climbing up to ...

    18 miles

  • Snowshoe to Mount Pilchuck Lookout

    Snowshoe or hike through old-growth forest and snowfields to reach the summit of Mount Pilchuck. Along the trail you’ll catch glimpses of the phenomenal views that lie ahead. The second half of the hike emerges from the forest and snakes through b...

    5.4 miles 2300 ft gain

  • Hike Gothic Basin

    Looking for a hike that will make you feel like you're in a foreign landscape, but don't have to deal with that far of a drive? Then consider hiking Gothic Basin. This hike is located only 30 miles down the Mountain Loop Highway, which is nearly a...

    9 miles 3000 ft gain