TOP 9 Backpacking Trails in the United States

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 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


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


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, including Sequoia National Park


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


The Lost Coast Trail, California

Backpacking this route takes you along the rugged coastline of the King Range National Conservation Area.  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, 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


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


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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