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

  • Ronald, Washington

    Backpack to Spade and Venus Lakes

    5.0
    28 mi / 2300 ft gain
    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 to the lakes is 14 miles, the majority of which i...
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  • Port Angeles, Washington

    Olympic Hot Springs

    3.7
    21.52 mi / 3556 ft gain
    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. Note: This route is now closed due to a washed out road. The current route is ...
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  • Whatcom County, Washington

    Hike to Winchester Mountain Fire Lookout

    4.8
    3.5 mi / 1320 ft gain
    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 dramatic to say the least. Being one of the easiest hikes...
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  • Concrete, Washington

    Backpack Park Butte

    5.0
    Looking for somewhere to backpack or capture the Milky Way on the west slope of the Cascades? Look no further than Park Butte. It has some of the best views of Mt. Baker's West Slope, on top of having access to the Park Butte fire lookout. This is one of the best locations you can stay overnight ...
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  • Skagit County, Washington

    Hike to Hidden Lake Lookout

    5.0
    8 mi / 3300 ft gain
    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, where you'll cross over Sibley Creek and enter th...
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  • Carbonado, Washington

    Hike to Summit Lake

    4.5
    5 mi / 1250 ft gain
    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 make this hike a must-do for anybody in the Pacific ...
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  • Granite Falls, Washington

    Hike to Mount Pilchuck Lookout

    4.8
    5.5 mi / 2200 ft gain
    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 views once you reach the summit.Pilchuck is is one o...
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  • Leavenworth, Washington

    4 Day Backpacking Trip in the Enchantments

    4.7
    18 mi / 6000 ft gain
    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 alpine lake of your choice!Before you set out to cam...
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  • Concrete, Washington

    Hike to Park Butte Lookout

    4.5
    8 mi
    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 North Cascades. And the entire northern horizon is do...
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  • Ronald, Washington

    Backpack to Marmot and Jade Lakes

    5.0
    18 mi
    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 the trail junction for Tuck and Robin Lakes and th...
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  • Granite Falls, Washington

    Snowshoe to Mount Pilchuck Lookout

    5.0
    5.4 mi / 2300 ft gain
    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 both boulder and snowfields. Be mindful of where th...
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  • Granite Falls, Washington

    Hike Gothic Basin

    4.4
    9 mi / 3000 ft gain
    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 hour shorter for people that live in the greater ...
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  • Leavenworth, Washington

    Hike to Evergreen Mountain Lookout

    4.5
    This is a relatively short hike, at only 2.6 miles round trip, that takes you up to the nearly 5600 foot summit. The hike may be short but it is extremely steep, gaining 1300ft in the 1.3 miles to the summit, so be prepared for a good leg workout. On the way to the top you will walk through field...
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  • Ronald, Washington

    Backpack Tuck and Robin Lakes

    4.3
    16 mi / 3000 ft gain
    Robin Lakes have been coined "The Little Enchantments", and once you visit, you'll realize the nickname is strikingly accurate. But while the hike up is no Aasgard Pass, it's far from a walk in the park.When you leave the car at the end of the pothole-ridden Salmon La Sac forest service road, you...
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  • Skykomish, Washington

    Backpack to Tank Lakes

    18 mi / 3400 ft gain
    Tucked high in the heart of the Alpine Lakes Wilderness, Tank Lakes has everything you could ask for out of a Washington hike. You start low at the Necklace Valley trailhead just south of Skykomish along Highway 2 and meander five miles to a giant log crossing of the East Fork Foss River.From her...
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  • Deming, Washington

    Hike Skyline Divide

    5.0
    9 mi / 2500 ft gain
    If driving 13 miles on a forest road, and hiking miles of switchbacks doesn't bother you, your in for one of the most exquisite views that you can get from hiking in Washington state.Just a mile outside of the town of Glacier, turn onto Forest Road 37 and follow it up switchbacks for the majority...
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