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.

  • #1 Chain Lakes

    11 Reviews

    Scenic, WA

    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 ...
    •  2 days minimum
    •  22 miles
    •  Guide

    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, ...

  • #2 Enchantment Lakes

    7 Reviews

    Leavenworth, WA

    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 ...
    •  Overnight backpacking trip
    •  25 miles
    •  Guide

    The quintessential Alpine Lakes Wilderness hike to the fabled Enchantment Lakes. No hike in the Alpine Lakes Wilderness compares ...

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

    7 Reviews

    Buckley, WA

    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 ...
    •  8-13 days
    •  93 miles
    •  Guide

    The famous Wonderland Trail, which completely circles Mount Rainier, is not only the finest long hike in Washington; it is ...

  • #4 Central Alpine Lakes Loop (Backpacking)

    4 Reviews

    Cle Elum, WA

    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 v ...
    •  3-4 days
    •  35 miles
    •  Guide

    The 75-mile stretch of the Pacific Crest Trail between Snoqualmie Pass and Stevens Pass is a very popular backpack trip, ...

  • #5 Heather Lake Trail

    9 Reviews

    Granite Falls, WA

    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 ...
    •  Day hike or backpack
    •  4 miles
    •  Guide

    The steep and rocky trail ascends through magnificent old-growth cedar and hemlock to a lake in a cirque at the foot of Mount ...

  • #6 Lower Lena Lake Trail

    7 Reviews

    Hoodsport, WA

    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 ...
    •  Day hike or backpack
    •  7 miles
    •  Guide

    Dominated by a shoulder of The Brothers, this forest lake was formed thousands of years ago by a massive rock slide that ...

  • #7 Mount Adams South Climb Route

    4 Reviews

    Trout Lake, WA

    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 ...
    •  Two days
    •  11.2 miles
    •  Guide

    The South Climb Route is the easiest way to climb the second-highest peak in Washington. Be sure you are in shape before ...

  • #8 Olympic Coast - North (Backpacking)

    3 Reviews

    Forks, WA

    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 ...
    •  3-4 days
    •  24 miles
    •  Guide

    The wild Olympic coast is a national treasure. With most of our country’s shoreline altered by roads, cities, and mobs of ...

  • #9 Barclay Lake Trail

    6 Reviews

    Index, WA

    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 ...
    •  Day hike or backpack
    •  4 miles
    •  Guide

    This shallow, low-elevation (2,442 feet) forest lake lies beneath the massive and spectacular north face of Mount Baring. ...

  • #10 Pacific Crest Trail - Stevens Pass to Snoqualmie Pass

    1 Reviews

    Skykomish, WA

    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 ...
    •  Overnight backpacking trip
    •  68.4 miles
    •  Guide

    A segment of the Pacific Crest Trail from Snoqualmie Pass to Stevens Pass, through the heart of the Alpine Lakes Wilderness. ...

  • #11 Shi Shi Beach Trail

    3 Reviews

    Neah Bay, WA

    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 ...
    •  Day hike or backpack
    •  5 miles
    •  Guide

    Children will enjoy a delightful secluded and scenic sandy ocean beach which curves out to the Point of Arches, offering ...

  • #12 Surprise and Glacier Lakes

    6 Reviews

    Scenic, WA

    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 ...
    •  7 hours (day hike or backpacking trip)
    •  11 miles
    •  Guide

    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 ...

  • #13 North Entiat Loop (Backpacking)

    4 Reviews

    Entiat, WA

    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. ...
    •  2-4 days
    •  23 miles
    •  Guide

    The headwaters of the Entiat River hide some of the most scenic country in Washington. The river’s main branch flows down ...

  • #14 Tuck and Robin Lakes

    2 Reviews

    Roslyn, WA

    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 ...
    •  Day-hike or backpack
    •  15.6 miles
    •  Guide

    A steep day hike or backpack to Tuck and Robin Lakes. Tuck and Robin Lakes are among the most revered by Alpine Lakes Wilderness ...

  • #15 Bridal Veil Falls Trail

    5 Reviews

    Gold Bar, WA

    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 ...
    •  4 miles
    •  Guide

    A beautiful waterfall flows out of Lake Serene above and cascades below the rugged east wall of Mount Index at the end of ...

  • #16 Enchanted Valley

    2 Reviews

    Hoquiam, WA

    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 ...
    •  14 -16 hours
    •  26.2 miles
    •  Guide

    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 ...

  • #17 Lena Lakes

    3 Reviews

    Hoodsport, WA

    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 ...
    •  6-14 miles
    •  Guide

    Take an easy kid-friendly hike or choose a challenging grunt. Lower Lena Lake is flanked by old growth, easy to hike ...

  • #18 Ingalls Creek

    1 Reviews

    Cle Elum, WA

    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 ...
    •  Overnight backpacking trip
    •  31 miles
    •  Guide

    A long backpack up Ingalls Creek to Stuart Pass. Ingalls Creek Trail is one of the longest and loneliest trails in the Alpine ...

  • #19 Deception Pass Loop

    2 Reviews

    Roslyn, WA

    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 ...
    •  Overnight backpacking trip
    •  14.4 miles
    •  Guide

    A loop hike connecting Deception Pass and Cathedral Pass, with several options. The Deception Pass Loop hike connects several ...

  • #20 Talapus Lake Trail

    5 Reviews

    North Bend, WA

    Easy access, a short trail, camping, fishing, and proximity to other woodland lakes are the reasons Talapus is one of the most popular lakes in the greater Snoqualmie Pass area. The trail continues ...
    •  Day hike or backpack
    •  5 miles
    •  Guide

    Easy access, a short trail, camping, fishing, and proximity to other woodland lakes are the reasons Talapus is one of the ...