Washington: A Fascinating Backpacking Destination



Despite being a major metropolitan city, hikers often regard Washington D.C. as a hiker’s paradise. It is a small state, but it has bountiful spectacular wild lands and offers some of the country’s finest hiking trails.

And today we are going to learn about those famous hiking trails across Washington.

Twisp Pass – Dagger Lake: Elevation: 2460 feet. July to October is the best time to visit. Lush and beautiful landscape and if you decide to stay overnight, you might even get the chance of roaming around the Dagger Lake.


Thunder Creek: Elevation: 600 feet. April to November is the best time to visit. Trek through the emerald green waters of the Thunder Arm of Diablo Lake as well as the giant old growth forest.  McAllister Creek camp is within 6 miles and here you can enjoy the sun and relax in a welcoming environment.


Park Butte: Elevation: 2200 feet. August is the best time to visit. From beautiful meadows to the white-capped Mt. Baker and the Easton Glacier; this region has everything you might require for an overnight hike. It is a very popular trail, therefore if you want to avoid crowds, come here during the middle of the week.


Pratt Lake: Elevation: 3000 feet. Mid-June to September is the best time to visit. The higher you go, the more isolation you will notice and it provides breathtaking views of some of the finest lakes around, like the Alpine Lake, the Ollalie Lake apart from the Pratt Lake itself.


Navaho Pass: Elevation: 3000 feet. Mid-June to September is the best time to visit. Throughout the trail, you will get flowers and foliage of all colors imaginable. The hike might be a little difficult, but the view it offers, like the Mount Stuart and the Stuart Range will make the difficult hike worthwhile.


Gothic Basin: Elevation: 2840 feet. Late July to October is the best time to visit. It is a challenging trail, but you will come across some very beautiful waterfalls that will make you forget the exhaustion of the trek. And once you reach the basin…paradise awaits you.


Upper Big Quilcene – Marmot Pass: Elevation: 3500 feet. July to November is the best time to visit. Experience the wonders of the Buckhorn Wilderness. And despite the steep climb, once you reach Camp Mystery, you will feel blessed amidst the green meadows and the colorful wild flowers.


Hoh River: Elevation: 300 feet. Visit it any time of the year you wish. Hike through the thick forest exhibiting various shades of green. And then the Hoh River along with the snowy peaks awaits you.


Ozette Triangle: Cape Alava – Sand Point Loop: Elevation: 300 feet. The entire year is ideal to visit this place. The surroundings are beautiful as you walk along the boardwalk of the beach.


Greenwater and Echo Lakes: Elevation: 1600 feet. June to October is the ideal time to visit. Towering green forest, a swift-flowing river and two back country lakes…ideal hiking spot to relax or catch fish.


Summerland: Elevation: 1950 feet. Late July to October is the ideal time to visit. You will get the snow-capped peaks, green wilderness and the Summerland camp…everything that will make your hiking trip memorable.


Killen Meadows – Adams Creek Meadows: Elevation: 2300 feet. Late July to October is the best time to visit. As you hike through the alpine meadows and the breath-taking view of Mount Adams, you will reach the East Fork Adams and come across various camp sites.


Horseshoe Basin: Elevation: 1550 feet. Late June to Mid-October is the ideal time to visit. A huge expanse of alpine wilderness that offers endless opportunities of hiking.


Thirteenmile: Elevation: 2000 feet plus. Late June to Mid-October is the ideal time of visit. It is a little known area but it offers glorious ridges, beautiful forested valleys and divine solitude.   


To know more about these trails and more on backpacking at Washington, take the help from the backpacker himself. Backpacking Washington by Douglas Lorain is a book that you will find helpful. Equipped with all the tips and information regarding weather, water, elevation, etc. this book will surely enlighten you more about backpacking in Washington.

Hope you have the trip of your life, when you decide to go backpacking amidst the beautiful trails of Washington!


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