Top 10 Places To Go Backpacking in America

Backpacking is a spectacular way to travel. It’s just you, your backpack and supplies, and the great outdoors. Often, backpackers can experience remote areas that mainstream vacationers can’t get to. Here, we’ll share 10 of the best places in the US to go backpacking.

Pacific Northwest

The Pacific Northwest is a beautiful area and is chock full of amazing backpacking excursions. This lush, green paradise is perfect for the outdoor enthusiast. Here are some of the best backpacking trails in the area:

  • Mount Rainier National Park Wonderland Trail, Oregon – This 93-mile trail encircles Mount Rainier, the Pacific Northwest’s crowning jewel. The hike is strenuous and traverses through lowland forests, valleys, and high alpine areas. Expect multiple elevation gains and losses.
  • Kesugi Ridge in Denali State Park, Alaska – While Alaska is generally characterized by frigid temperatures and ice capped mountains, the weather gets much more manageable in the summer. Try this trail during the warmer months to experience fantastic views of Denali.
  • Twisp Pass, Washington – This trail is quite a drive away, but it’s well worth it for any backpacking trip. Surprisingly, the hike is an old mining road turned trail and during the summer or fall, travelers can see open meadows with brilliant yellow aspens, many creeks, and multiple spots to camp (including the accompanying campground)



California has nearly every sub climate, including beautiful beaches, mountains, and desert. Backpackers of all skill levels and preferences will find a trip for them in the Golden State. Here are some of our favorites:

  • The John Muir Trail – This iconic California trail passes through some of the “finest mountain scenery in the United States,” according to many backpackers and the Pacific Crest Trail Association. Look forward to 14,000-foot peaks, thousands of lakes, granite cliffs, and much more.
  • The Lost Coast Trail – It’s hard to find a place in California without swarming crowds and miles of traffic, but the Lost Coast Trail is still untouched and rugged. There aren’t even roads to this beautiful trail. Grab your backpack and get ready for hidden beaches, expansive vistas, and pure solitude.



Colorado is quickly becoming backpackers’ first choice due to its many trails and opportunity for adventure. Check out these favorite backpacking trips in The Centennial State:

  • The Four Pass Loop – This backpacking loop circles the beautiful Maroon Bells. Plan for a 3-4 day trip as you climb four 12,000-foot passes for a total of 26.6 miles.
  • The Continental Divide – This trail is more than just a beautiful hike. According to the website, it is “one of the largest conservation efforts in the history of the United States.” Reconnect with nature on this unique adventure.
  • Blue Lakes Trail – The Blue Lakes Trail is located just outside of Telluride, Colorado and features dramatic glaciers, wildflower meadows, and turquoise lakes.


Utah has countless break taking backpacking trips, including:

  • The Highline Trail – This trail is only recommended for very experienced adventurers because of its major elevation gains (more than 12,000 feet) and length (64.6 miles) and requires strategic preparation. It is definitely one for the backpacking bucket list, though!
  • White Pine Lake – This trail is just outside of Sandy, Utah and is just over 9.5 miles long. Visit this beautiful trail from April until October for the best conditions!

One Response to “Top 10 Places To Go Backpacking in America”

  1. Aman says:

    Pacific Northwest looks mesmerising and i would love to go there. These kind of place are heaven for backpackers. Thanks for letting me know about this beautiful place.

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