9 ELITE Backpacking Trails In The United States

From the coast of Maine to the beauty of Alaska, the United States is full of incredible backpacking destinations.

Whether a beginner or an experienced hiker, you’ll have plenty of options in the US.

9

Grand Canyon National Park, Arizona

One of the most popular backpacking trips takes you from South Rim to North Rim, over 21 miles long.

Rim to Rim - 3-4 nights

8

White Mountains, New Hampshire

This 33-mile loop crosses four mountain ranges, with several challenging ascents and descents along the way.

Pemigewasset Loop 4-5 Days

7

The John Muir Trail

Most iconic trails in the US. The trail runs from Yosemite Valley to Mount Whitney and spans 211 miles, including Sequoia National Park

6

Denali State Park, Alaska

This is a must-see for any backpacker looking for a challenging yet rewarding experience. The trail spans roughly 24 miles

Kesugi Ridge 2-3 Days

5

The Lost Coast Trail, California

This takes you along the rugged coastline of the King Range National Conservation Area.  The trail spans 24 miles: 2-3 day hike.

4

Lake Aloha Trail, California

Explore the Sierra Nevada mountain range, with its stunning alpine lakes and lush meadows.

3

Great Smoky Mountains, Tennessee

This 12 mile loop trail takes hikers up to a stunning overlook at an elevation of 5,842 feet on Mount Sterling.

Mount Sterling Loop 2 days or less

2

Gila National Forest, New Mexico

This is a great first hike if you are getting into backpacking. The trail is only 6.8 miles.

Jordan Hot Springs

1

Glacier National Park, Montana

This 90-miler goes through the northern Glacier. You see some of the most scenic locations.

Northern Loop

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