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The Best Backpacking in San Juan Island

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

Top backpacking spots in and near San Juan Island

  • Bow, Washington

    Hike to North Butte

    1.0
    6.5 mi / 1500 ft gain
    The Hike.  The hike there isn't short, has several steep sections, and ends at the top of the mountain. There are cliff warnings at the top, so be careful as you explore the view! The steepest portions are at the beginning and right at the end. The trail is very well maintained (because it is so ...
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  • Bellingham, Washington

    Hike to Pine & Cedar Lakes

    5.0
    5 mi / 1400 ft gain
    These two quaint lakes in the Chuckanuts are a must-do for people looking for a day hike, short camping trip or steep trail run in the Bellingham area. Starting at the trailhead off of Old Samish Road, one begins the 2 mile ascent to the two lakes. The first 1,400ft climb has its fair share of up...
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  • Port Angeles, Washington

    Backpack to Lake Angeles

    5.0
    7.12 mi / 2503 ft gain
    Lake Angeles is, rightfully, a popular day hike and overnight backpacking option, as its one of the larger, more accessible lakes in Olympic National Park. It can be done either as a moderate day hike with a refreshing swim and picnic lunch or a relaxing overnight with gorgeous views and reliable...
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  • Sequim, Washington

    Slab Camp Trail

    5.79 mi / 1381 ft gain
    Slab Camp Trail is an out-and-back trail that takes you by a river located near Sequim, Washington.
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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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  • Port Angeles, Washington

    Backpack 1000 Acre Meadows

    45.1 mi / 10750 ft gain
    There are many different ways to reach 1000 Acre Meadows, but this guide will get you there starting at the Deer Park trailhead (5,400').Day 1: 14 miles You will start out by descending 2,400' and 4.3 miles to reach the Graywolf Camp. This is where the loop meets up with itself later on. Our goal...
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  • Port Angeles, Washington

    Hike to Obstruction Peak

    14.3 mi / 2867 ft gain
    The Hike to Obstruction Peak is a 14.1 mile trail perfect for hikers who want their efforts to be rewarded with breath-taking views of Olympic National Park. The trail opens into views of Grand Valley and Badger Valley. The trail is best used from March to October. The trail sometimes gets windy...
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  • Port Angeles, Washington

    Hurricane Ridge to Heart of the Hills via Heather Park Trail

    9.36 mi / 1503 ft gain
    Hurricane Ridge to Heart of the Hills via Heather Park Trail is a point-to-point trail where you may see beautiful wildflowers located near Port Angeles, Washington.
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  • Port Angeles, Washington

    Hike to Sunrise Ridge

    5.43 mi / 1627 ft gain
    The trail crosses through fir trees and alpine meadows. Views to the north include the Strait of Juan de Fuca, Vancouver Island, and Mount Baker. Hikers will enjoy wildflowers, and a little dose of the freshest air you will ever breathe. The hike begins on the High Ridge Nature Trail, and connec...
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  • Port Angeles, Washington

    Hike the Little River Trail

    15.79 mi / 4626 ft gain
    Some old cabins and houses remain along the trail. The trail begins in DNR land and enters Olympic National Park after about 1.1 miles. The trail ascends next to a river, and winds through large rock faces. The trail features a waterfall, and is shared by hikers, horseback riders, and those wishi...
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  • Port Angeles, Washington

    Hike to Grand Valley via Grand Pass

    9.8 mi / 2400 ft gain
    Grand Valley is one of the most popular areas in Olympic National Park. The hike to Grand Valley via Grand Pass is perfect for experienced hikers who are looking for a breathtaking backpacking or hiking experience with friends. Camping is available around Grand Lake, Moose Lake, and Gladys Lake. ...
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  • Port Angeles, Washington

    Hike to Elk Mountain from Obstruction Point

    5.0
    4 mi / 644 ft gain
    Olympic National Park is built for someone with a week or more to spare for backpacking deep into the heart of the park's endless miles of wilderness. Between the mountains, the coast, and the rainforest, there is a lot of park to see for someone who is trying to fit their visit into an extended ...
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  • Port Angeles, Washington

    Backpack to Grand Park in the Olympics

    5.0
    7.5 mi / 2500 ft gain
    The beauty of many of the north coast trails in the Olympic Peninsula is that your car does a lot of the heavy lifting for you.  This is certainly true of the Grand Valley Trail, which begins more than a vertical mile above the Strait of Juan de Fuca at the end of the Obstruction Point Road.  Six...
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  • Port Angeles, Washington

    Lillian Ridge Way Trail

    8.14 mi / 2848 ft gain
    Lillian Ridge Way Trail is a loop trail that takes you by a lake located near Port Angeles, Washington.
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  • Port Angeles, Washington

    Badger Valley Trail to Grand Pass Trail Loop

    10.42 mi / 3235 ft gain
    Badger Valley Trail to Grand Pass Trail Loop Trail is a loop trail that takes you by a lake located near Port Angeles, Washington.
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  • Sequim, Washington

    Tubal Cain Trail

    19.67 mi / 4465 ft gain
    Tubal Cain Trail is a loop trail that takes you by a river located near Sequim, Washington.
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