Backpacking Washington  by Douglas Lorain

Backpacking Washington Guide Book

by Douglas Lorain (Wilderness Press)
Backpacking Washington  by Douglas Lorain
Backpacking Washington details the premier backpacking opportunities across the Evergreen State. Each of the 28 trips (plus 12 bonus ones) described here provides a scenic escape whether you have 3 days or 2 weeks to enjoy it. Explore the famous Wonderland Trail around Mount Rainier or visit the unspoiled Salmo-Priest Wilderness for the chance to glimpse a grizzly bear. Choose between the alpine wonderland at the peaks of the North Cascades or the tidepools and rainforests on the wild Olympic Coast. No matter which trip you pick, spectacular scenery and superb vistas await.

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Trails from the "Backpacking Washington" Guide Book
Displaying trails 20 of 28.

Displaying trails 1 to 20 of 28.

The 75-mile stretch of the Pacific Crest Trail between Snoqualmie Pass and Stevens Pass is a very popular backpack trip, and it deserves to be. The route is supremely scenic with countless viewpoints, ...
Cle Elum, WA - Backpacking,Hiking - Trail Length: 35
East of the Lake Chelan trench rises the craggy Sawtooth Range. Although they carry the same name as the more famous mountains in Idaho, these peaks are much less crowded. Protected by the moisture-lo ...
Twisp, WA - Backpacking,Hiking - Trail Length: 43
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This diverse and enjoyable loop is a good example of how creative hikers can do some fine backpacking despite having a road in the middle of their trip. The highway only briefly intrudes on the wonder ...
Naches, WA - Backpacking,Hiking - Trail Length: 44
The Alpine Lakes Wilderness has many supremely beautiful areas and a diversity of charms. This attractive loop trip gives you a nice sampling of what this part of the wilderness has to offer, with a m ...
Leavenworth, WA - Backpacking,Hiking - Trail Length: 41
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When Olympic National Park was established in 1938, its boundaries were rather arbitrary, usually following neither recognizable natural features nor any other discernable pattern. As a result, some o ...
Sequim, WA - Backpacking,Hiking - Trail Length: 27
Arctic tundra isn’t an ecosystem normally associated with the lower 48 states. The Pasayten Wilderness, however, hides large expanses of this unusual terrain, and you don’t have to go all the way to A ...
Winthrop, WA - Backpacking,Hiking - Trail Length: 65
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Amid glorious mountain scenery, the trip samples every major environment in the range from lush rainforests to glaciers. There is also plenty of wildlife to enjoy, including marmots, deer, elk, and bl ...
Hoquiam, WA - Backpacking,Hiking - Trail Length: 59
The Glacier Peak Wilderness features so many great hikes it was difficult to select only a few representative backpacking trips. The decision to include the Entiat River Loop, however, was an easy one ...
Entiat, WA - Backpacking,Hiking - Trail Length: 35
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Nestled along the Cascade divide south of Mount Rainier, the Goat Rocks are the spectacularly eroded remains of an ancient volcano. Nature’s sculpting by ice and water has left behind a beautiful regi ...
Packwood, WA - Backpacking,Hiking - Trail Length: 34
Based upon decades of voting with their boots, backpackers have selected this as the supreme wilderness experience in the Olympic Mountains. Every attraction that makes this range so magnificent can b ...
Port Angeles, WA - Backpacking,Hiking - Trail Length: 45
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The Boundary Trail traces a circuitous course along the ridge dividing the watersheds of the Lewis and Cispus rivers. Along the way it travels through the Dark Divide Roadless Area, some of the finest ...
Randle, WA - Backpacking,Hiking - Trail Length: 30
The Kettle River Range is unlike the rugged mountains familiar to hikers in other parts of Washington. Here there are no icy crags, cirque lakes, or glaciers. This range has a friendlier look with rou ...
Republic, WA - Backpacking,Hiking - Trail Length: 30
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The Pasayten Wilderness is the backpacker’s cure for claustrophobia. From atop any of the area’s tundra-covered ridges, views extend over a vast array of peaks, ridges, and valleys that hold no trace ...
Winthrop, WA - Backpacking,Hiking - Trail Length: 55
Of the five major volcanic peaks in the Washington Cascades, only Mount Baker lacks any sort of around-the-mountain trail. The remaining four all have very scenic routes that feature lots of flowers, ...
Trout Lake, WA - Backpacking,Hiking - Trail Length: 38
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The famous Wonderland Trail, which completely circles Mount Rainier, is not only the finest long hike in Washington; it is considered by many to be one of the best in the world. The route provides a g ...
Buckley, WA - Backpacking,Hiking - Trail Length: 93
Mount St. Helens was once the prettiest mountain in the Pacific Northwest. Its almost perfect conical shape, glistening white glaciers, and deep-green surrounding forests made it strikingly attractive ...
Randle, WA - Backpacking,Hiking - Trail Length: 56
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The headwaters of the Entiat River hide some of the most scenic country in Washington. The river’s main branch flows down from a mountain wonderland filled with dramatic lakes, cliffs, and peaks. The ...
Entiat, WA - Backpacking,Hiking - Trail Length: 23
This excellent loop trip explores the less-well-known northeastern Olympic Mountains. While far from arid, this part of the range is drier than the peaks to the west, so there are no glaciers or grand ...
Port Angeles, WA - Backpacking,Hiking - Trail Length: 47
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The popular and well-known southern portions of Mount St. Helens National Volcanic Monument feature great scenery, awesome volcanic landscapes, and, not surprisingly, lots of people. Those who prefer ...
Kosmos, WA - Backpacking,Hiking - Trail Length: 20
Nowhere is the rugged beauty of the North Cascades on better display than it is here. Everything seems to be on a larger-than-life scale. There are big trees, huge glaciers, incredibly deep canyons, i ...
Glacier, WA - Backpacking,Hiking - Trail Length: 45
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