From the rugged coast of Maine to the serene beauty of Alaska, the United States is full of incredible backpacking destinations.
Whether a beginner or an experienced hiker, you’ll have plenty of backpacking trip options in the US.
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
, New Hampshire
This 33-mile loop crosses four mountain ranges, with several challenging ascents and descents along the way.
Pemigewasset Loop 4-5 Days
The John Muir Trail
One of the most iconic trails in the US. The trail runs from Yosemite Valley to Mount Whitney and spans 211 miles through some of California’s most beautiful wilderness areas, including Sequoia National Park
Denali State Park, Alaska
Some of the most stunning views to be found anywhere in Alaska. It 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
The Lost Coast Trail, California
Backpacking this route takes you along the rugged coastline of the King Range National Conservation Area, providing some incredible views. The trail spans 24 miles: 2-3 day hike.
Lake Aloha Trail, California
Offers an excellent opportunity to explore the Sierra Nevada mountain range, with its stunning alpine lakes and lush meadows.
Great Smoky Mountains,
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
Gila National Forest, New Mexico
Nestled in the heart of a forest of ponderosa pine, juniper, and Douglas fir. It is a great first hike if you are getting into backpacking. The trail is only 6.8 miles.
Jordan Hot Springs
Glacier National Park, Montana
This 90-miler goes through the northern Glacier. You see some of the most scenic locations including the park’s finest lakes and most remote locations.
For more information about each trail and tips on what to pack, click below.
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