Talk about a dream job: Photographer Ethan Welty roved secluded valleys and isolated mountaintops as an artist-in-residence at Washington's North Cascades National Park last summer. That was just the capstone on eight years he's spent photographing the area. Here are a few of his favorite spots.
Park your tent in one of these 10 spots, and you'll be happy in the morning. Guaranteed.
Can you ever really have too much of a good thing? Once you've seen the biggest tree, largest glacier, and deepest canyon, nothing else compares.
Come for the sheer, glaciated peaks, but be mesmerized by rain-fed waterfalls that pour down on all sides.
What makes a backpacker a backpacker? It's not the garage full of gear or piles of guidebooks--it's the experiences, from thru-hiking a long trail to pushing your personal envelope to inspiring a child's love of wilderness. Here we present BACKPACKER's new Life List: 10 experiences to add to your tick-listnow--and the key skills you need to nail them.
Stand alone atop Washington's Glacier Peak--a summit that others rarely see, let alone climb.
Dive into the heart of the Lower 48's wildest park.
The perfect dozen: Embark on one of these 12 treks, and turn America's most iconic preserves into your own private paradise.
Where's the best western foliage?
Our map team has been hard at work plotting the coolest hikes. Check out May's selections here.
Take a stunning ridge walk in this glacier-clad wilderness park
The Cascade scenery on this hike can only be compared to those of the Alps.
Learn the weird science behind our addiction to waterfalls, and the location of the best trails in North America.
Our comprehensive guide to the best backpacking you can find in Washington.
The best way to honor a wilderness-minded senator is to hike the Jackson Wilderness.
Majestic peaks rise in all directions in Washington's Boulder River Wilderness -- elegant, jagged, draped in snow.
Hike this crown of North Cascades National Park, Washington.
You'll find North Cascades beauty minus the rain in Lake Chelan-Sawtooth Wilderness.