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International Backpacking Trips

Vancouver, WA: Round Lake

Bring your swimsuit: This 4.6-mile canyon hike features picture-perfect waterfalls, chilly mountain pools, and slim sandstone walls set in lush oak and sycamore forests.

Vancouver, WA: Huckleberry Mountain

Trek above old lava fields to the summit of Huckleberry Mountain on this 10.2-mile round-trip ramble in Gifford Pinchot National Forest.

Calgary, Alberta: Healy Pass

This 3-day backpacking tour of Banff National Park offers outstanding mountain views, plentiful wildlife, and scenic meadows full of summer wildflowers.

Vancouver, WA: Sister Rocks to Observation Peak

Explore a moist forest of Pacific silver fir on this 5.4-mile out-and-back to the aptly named Observation Peak, where views of volcanic peaks await.

Vancouver, WA: Mount Mitchell

Test your legs and lungs on this 5.4-mile out-and-back through alpine meadows to a 5,000-foot peak with glorious views in Gifford National Forest.

Vancouver, WA Three Falls on Lewis River Trail

On this easy 5.4-mile out-and-back, you’ll follow the mighty Lewis River through a mossy old-growth canyon that harbors three photogenic waterfalls.

Vancouver, WA: Bird Creek Meadows

Walk into a hikers’ heaven on this 7.7-mile loop past waterfalls and through blooming meadows to a geologic hotspot of lava flows and active glaciers.

Vancouver, British Columbia: Dog Mountain

Visit Mount Seymour Provincial Park for bird’s-eye views of a classic Canadian city.

Whistler, BC: Panorama Ridge

Take the backdoor approach to a glacier-ringed lake in Garibaldi Provincial Park on this 18-mile out-and-back.

Vancouver, WA: Silver Star Mountain

Traverse a wildflower-strewn ridge to stunning views in the Gifford Pinchot National Forest.

Mount St. Helens National Volcanic Monument: June Lake (Winter Route)

Tramp through snow-draped forest en route to a mountain lake on this 5.2-mile snowshoe loop that boasts up-close views of Mount St. Helens.

Vancouver, WA: Table Mountain via Pacific Crest Trail

Follow the Pacific Crest Trail across wooded creeks and steep rock gardens to a broad summit overlooking the Columbia River Gorge on this strenuous 15-mile out-and-back.

Ontario, Canada: Slate Islands Provincial Park

This multi-day paddling trip tours Slate Islands Provincial Park, a group of islands off the coast of Ontario and home to the world’s densest population woodland caribou.

Vancouver, WA: Indian Heaven Wilderness

Escape onto the PCT in vast Gifford Pinchot National Forest.

Vancouver, WA: Klickitat Trail (Warwick to Swale Canyon)

This 10.2-mile out-and-back explores a section of the Klickitat Trail, a scenic rail-trail that winds through rolling rangeland and colorful river canyons.

Oregon Coast Trail (Section 01): South Jetty to Gearhart

This 14.7-mile section hike of the Oregon Coast Trail starts at the mouth of the Columbia River and explores sandy beaches and the remains of a 100-year-old shipwreck.

Portland, OR: Herman Creek Pinnacles

Ditch the crowds on this lesser-traveled, 8.7-miler in the Columbia River Gorge that features shady old-growth forest, striking rock pinnacles, and a breathtaking waterfall.

Vancouver, WA: Dog Mountain Loop

Discover spectacular wildflower displays and unrivaled views across the Columbia River Gorge on this popular summit hike.

Vancouver, WA: Mount Adams via South Spur

Climb the Northwest’s tallest nontechnical volcano.

Portland, OR: Eagle Creek to Twister Falls

Get your fill of breathtaking waterfalls on this 13.1-mile out-and-back in the Columbia River Gorge that visits Punchbowl Falls, Tunnel Falls, and Twister Falls.

Mount St. Helens National Volcanic Monument: Ape Canyon

Traverse the eastern flanks of the most active volcano in the Cascades on this 11.3-mile trek in Mount St. Helens National Volcanic Monument.

British Columbia, Canada: Nootka Trail

Trace the rugged and remote coastline of Nootka Island on this memorable 22-mile point-to-point that connects rocky beaches and incredible views of the Pacific Ocean.

Brecon Beacons National Park, Wales: Black Mountain

Trek through the far western heights of Brecon Beacons National Park, a landscape steeped in Arthurian legend, on this 11-mile route that starts in Llanddeusant.

Brecon Beacons National Park, Wales: Pen-y-Fan Loop

Tag the Brecon Beacons’ highest summit (2,907 feet), then descend one of the park’s wild, water-filled canyons on this 4.9-mile loop.

Pembrokeshire Coast National Park, Wales: Ceibwr to Poppit Sands

This view-a-second section often runs atop a 500-foot precipice, so you might want to stick to the pub in the most ferocious weather. Even on fine days, the steep 5.5-mile trek is a challenge.

Pembrokeshire Coast National Park, Wales: Porthgain to Whitesands

This 9.7-mile segment runs from a tidy harbor village to a vast beach, and ends only two road miles from a don’t-miss sixth-century church and museum in St. Davids.

Snowdonia National Park, Wales: Glyder Slate Quarries

This 9.6-mile scrambly route threads between Glyder Fawr and Glyder Fach before wandering along treeless tundra and descending through a massive, abandoned slate quarry.

Snowdonia National Park, Wales: Roman Steps

Climb across the crest of the Rhinog Range on this short, 2.3-mile dayhike in Snowdonia National Park.

Snowdonia National Park, Wales: Lockwoods Chimney

This 1.9-mile out-and-back leads to a steep, but climbable crag in Snowdonia National Park.

Snowdonia National Park, Wales: Snowdon Horseshoe via Crib Goch

This 7-mile circuit in Snowdonia National Park ascends Crib Goch en route to Snowdon (the highest peak in Wales), then descends the rugged ridgeline of Y Lliwedd.

Vancouver, WA: Siouxon Creek Trail #130

This 8-mile out-and-back makes for an excellent early-season romp up a narrow river canyon, boasting three gorgeous waterfalls, an ample serving of primitive campsites, and options for longer loops and side trips.

Jasper National Park: Skyline Trail

Go to hiker heaven on Canada’s finest high-country path.

Vancouver, WA: Trapper Creek Wilderness Loop

Climb through towering evergreens to in-your-face Cascade views.

Vancouver, WA: Larch Mountain

Leave the crowds behind on this secluded 5.2-mile forest hike to the top of Washington’s Larch Mountain, with views of Silver Star, the Columbia Gorge and Mt. Hood.

Parc National de la Gaspésie, Quebec: International Appalachian Trail

Find caribou, moose, and bald eagles on a hut-to-hut trek through the rugged McGerrigle Mountains on this 15.6-mile point-to-point in Parc National de la Gaspésie.

Missinipe, Saskatchewan: Churchill River Canoe Route

Escape time as you glide through an endless chain of connected lakes.

Kokanee Glacier Provincial Park, BC: Woodbury to Silver Spray Huts

Link two gorgeous cabins by scrambling through craggy alpine country.

Valhalla Provincial Park, British Columbia: Drinnon Pass to Gimli Col

Routefind across precipitous ridges to an ice-filled lake.

Glacier National Park, British Columbia: Asulkan Valley

Hit four technical summits in the birthplace of North American mountaineering.

Gros Morne National Park, Newfoundland: Green Gardens Loop

Follow serpentine barrens and stair-steep tracks to a rugged volcanic sea coast.

Gros Morne National Park, Newfoundland: Long Range Traverse

Bushwhack up a glacier-carved fjord to a lake-spangled subarctic plateau.

Pukaskwa National Park, Ontario: Coastal Hiking Trail

Hug pebbly beaches and cliffs along Superior shores in Ontario’s Pukaskwa National Park.

White Lake Provincial Park, Ontario: White River Canoe Route

Paddle and portage fish-filled waters past wild cascades to the greatest of lakes.

Mount Aspiring National Park, NZ: Rees-Dart Track

Hike through classic Southern-Alps scenery on a 37-mile route that has everything but the crowds.

Fiordland National Park, NZ: Doubtful Sound

Sea kayak beneath soaring mountains in waters that scared off early explorers, with dolphins and penguins for company.

Whanganui National Park, NZ: Whanganui River Paddle

Discover a local favorite: paddling through the heart of a Maori historic homeland.

Tongariro National Park, NZ: Mount Ngauruhoe and Mount Tongariro

Explore a colorful moonscape in the North Island’s geothermal hotbed.

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