Best Backpacking in Washington

This list represents the most popular backpacking in Washington. Use this list to plan your next Washington backpacking trip. Select a state and/or activity below to find even more top trails.

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#1. Chain Lakes


Don’t let the dog roam too far ahead on this trail—he could run all the way to Mexico without leaving the path. That’s right, Mexico. The Pacific Crest Trail (PCT) runs 2600 miles from Canada to Mexic…
From the guidebook "Best Hikes with Dogs: Western Washington"
Scenic, WA - Backpacking, Hiking - 22 miles Best Trail in wa - Click to view all (About Top Trails)
Published by The Mountaineers Books

#2. Enchantment Lakes


The quintessential Alpine Lakes Wilderness hike to the fabled Enchantment Lakes. No hike in the Alpine Lakes Wilderness compares with a walk through the Enchantment Lakes. Not even close. It is the hi…
From the guidebook "Backpacking Washington's Alpine Lakes Wilderness"
Leavenworth, WA - Backpacking, Hiking - 25 miles Best Trail in wa - Click to view all (About Top Trails)
Published by Falcon Guides

#3. Mount Rainier - Wonderland Trail Loop (Backpacking)


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…
From the guidebook "Backpacking Washington"
Buckley, WA - Backpacking, Hiking - 93 miles Best Trail in wa - Click to view all (About Top Trails)
Published by Wilderness Press

#4. Central Alpine Lakes Loop (Backpacking)


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,…
From the guidebook "Backpacking Washington"
Cle Elum, WA - Backpacking, Hiking - 35 miles
Published by Wilderness Press

#5. Heather Lake Trail


The steep and rocky trail ascends through magnificent old-growth cedar and hemlock to a lake in a cirque at the foot of Mount Pilchuck. The trail begins on a 1940s logging road, comfortably wide but s…
From the guidebook "Best Hikes with Kids: Western Washington & the Cascades"
Granite Falls, WA - Backpacking, Hiking - 4 miles
Published by The Mountaineers Books

#6. Mount Adams South Climb Route


The South Climb Route is the easiest way to climb the second-highest peak in Washington. Be sure you are in shape before attempting this climb because if you are not, it will be grueling. Altitude sic…
From the guidebook "Hiking Washington's Mount Adams Country"
Trout Lake, WA - Backpacking, Hiking - 11.2 miles
Published by Falcon Guides

#7. Olympic Coast - North (Backpacking)


The wild Olympic coast is a national treasure. With most of our country’s shoreline altered by roads, cities, and mobs of tourists, it’s a blessing to have this stretch of wilderness beach to remind u…
From the guidebook "Backpacking Washington"
Forks, WA - Backpacking, Hiking - 24 miles
Published by Wilderness Press

#8. Barclay Lake Trail


This shallow, low-elevation (2,442 feet) forest lake lies beneath the massive and spectacular north face of Mount Baring. Children will enjoy the chance to wade, splash, and paddle in this quiet lake,…
From the guidebook "Best Hikes with Kids: Western Washington & the Cascades"
Index, WA - Backpacking, Hiking - 4 miles
Published by The Mountaineers Books

#9. Lower Lena Lake Trail


Dominated by a shoulder of The Brothers, this forest lake was formed thousands of years ago by a massive rock slide that dammed the valley. The “dam” leaks and the lake resembles a reservoir in that t…
From the guidebook "Best Hikes with Kids: Western Washington & the Cascades"
Hoodsport, WA - Backpacking, Hiking - 7 miles
Published by The Mountaineers Books

#10. Shi Shi Beach Trail


Children will enjoy a delightful secluded and scenic sandy ocean beach which curves out to the Point of Arches, offering wooded campsites during storms and high tides and beach camping for the fearles…
From the guidebook "Best Hikes with Kids: Western Washington & the Cascades"
Neah Bay, WA - Backpacking, Hiking - 5 miles
Published by The Mountaineers Books

#11. Pacific Crest Trail - Stevens Pass to Snoqualmie Pass


A segment of the Pacific Crest Trail from Snoqualmie Pass to Stevens Pass, through the heart of the Alpine Lakes Wilderness. Very few hikers cover the entire 2,000-mile length of the Pacific Crest Tra…
From the guidebook "Backpacking Washington's Alpine Lakes Wilderness"
Skykomish, WA - Backpacking, Hiking - 68.4 miles
Published by Falcon Guides

#12. Surprise and Glacier Lakes


The cool forest trail and the lakes at trail’s end are the ideal recipe for a happy-dog hike. The shaded woodland trail keeps the pooch cool and hydrated, while the meadow-lined lakes at the end of th…
From the guidebook "Best Hikes with Dogs: Western Washington"
Scenic, WA - Backpacking, Hiking - 11 miles
Published by The Mountaineers Books

#13. North Entiat Loop (Backpacking)


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…
From the guidebook "Backpacking Washington"
Entiat, WA - Backpacking, Hiking - 23 miles
Published by Wilderness Press

#14. Tuck and Robin Lakes


A steep day hike or backpack to Tuck and Robin Lakes. Tuck and Robin Lakes are among the most revered by Alpine Lakes Wilderness hikers. These lovely lakes and the several granite-rimmed ponds scatter…
From the guidebook "Backpacking Washington's Alpine Lakes Wilderness"
Roslyn, WA - Backpacking, Hiking - 15.6 miles
Published by Falcon Guides

#15. Bridal Veil Falls Trail


A beautiful waterfall flows out of Lake Serene above and cascades below the rugged east wall of Mount Index at the end of a safe, newly constructed trail, No. 1068, on the east side of Bridal Veil Cre…
From the guidebook "Best Hikes with Kids: Western Washington & the Cascades"
Gold Bar, WA - Backpacking, Hiking - 4 miles
Published by The Mountaineers Books

#16. Enchanted Valley


Hike this 26.2-mile round-trip backpack in the southwestern Olympics, one of the state’s classic hikes into a deep rain-forest-blanketed valley. The trail follows the Quinault River from lush rain for…
From the guidebook "Hiking Washington"
Hoquiam, WA - Backpacking, Hiking, Horseback Riding - 26.2 miles
Published by Falcon Guides

#17. Lena Lakes


Take an easy kid-friendly hike or choose a challenging grunt. Lower Lena Lake is flanked by old growth, easy to hike to, accessible most of the year, and one of the most popular backcountry dest…
From the guidebook "Day Hiking: Olympic Peninsula - 2nd Edition"
Hoodsport, WA - Backpacking, Hiking - 6-14 miles
Published by The Mountaineers Books

#18. Ingalls Creek


A long backpack up Ingalls Creek to Stuart Pass. Ingalls Creek Trail is one of the longest and loneliest trails in the Alpine Lakes Wilderness. Few hikers complete the entire trail. Early season hiker…
From the guidebook "Backpacking Washington's Alpine Lakes Wilderness"
Cle Elum, WA - Backpacking, Hiking - 31 miles
Published by Falcon Guides

#19. Deception Pass Loop


A loop hike connecting Deception Pass and Cathedral Pass, with several options. The Deception Pass Loop hike connects several trails in a 14.4-mile loop, a popular long day hike or a two- or three-day…
From the guidebook "Backpacking Washington's Alpine Lakes Wilderness"
Roslyn, WA - Backpacking, Hiking - 14.4 miles
Published by Falcon Guides

#20. Snow Lake Trail


Snow Lake is one of the most popular hikes in the Snoqualmie Pass area. The trail, though, is long and steep for children and has endured erosion from the constant stream of hikers. My own kids rebell…
From the guidebook "Best Hikes with Kids: Western Washington & the Cascades"
North Bend, WA - Backpacking, Hiking - 8 miles
Published by The Mountaineers Books