Backpacking Washington

Backpacking Washington


3rd Edition

From Volcanic Peaks to Rainforest Valleys

Backpacking Washington presents 26 carefully crafted backpacking trips to some of the most magnificent landscapes in the state, providing vital information and detailed trail maps.

Get ready for a lifetime of awe-inspiring adventures!

In Washington, backpackers can explore wild beaches, enjoy sparkling lakes and streams, hike amid stunning granite peaks, relax in wildflower meadows, and pass through unspoiled forests. Discover 26 of Washington’s best and most diverse backpacking trips (plus 13 bonus ones) with expert backpackers Douglas Lorain and Mark Wetherington. Backpacking Washington details the premier opportunities across the entire state. This fully updated edition describes scenic escapes ranging from one night to two weeks. Choose from carefully crafted trips in Mount Rainier National Park, Mount St. Helens National Volcanic Monument, the North Cascades, the Olympic Coast, the Olympic Mountains, Pasayten Wilderness, Salmo-Priest Wilderness, and more. Each carefully crafted itinerary offers geographic diversity, beautiful landscapes, and attainable daily mileage goals.

This in-depth guide provides all the information backpackers need, including trail highlights, mileage, elevation gain, days on the trail, shuttle distances, required permits, and more, not to mention photographs and detailed trail maps. Plus, ratings for scenery, solitude, and difficulty help you to find the exact adventure you seek. Whether you’re a novice backpacker or a veteran hiker, with this many options, you may have trouble deciding where to go first!

Alpine Lakes, Blue Mountains, Columbia Basin, Glacier Peak Area, Mount Rainier, North Cascades, Northeastern Washington Mountains, Olympic Coast, Olympic Mountains, Pasayten Wilderness, Southern Cascades

Additional information

Weight 14.4 oz
Dimensions 6 × 9 in

Douglas Lorain


Mark Wetherington



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Illustration Notes

B&W photos and maps throughout



Publication Date



Wilderness Press


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