Eli Boschetto's Five Favorite Hikes in the West

Five must-do hikes from our top field correspondent, who's notched more than 1,800 trail miles throughout the West and mapped 116 trips.

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LOCAL EXPERT: Eli Boschetto, Portland, OR

“My coolest hiking achievement: completing a 130-mile section of the John Muir Trail—from Happy Isles to Muir Trail Ranch.”

\”ENCHANTMENT BASIN-ALPINE LAKES WILDERNESS\” by Forest Service Pacific Northwest Region is marked with CC PDM 1.0

1. Alpine Lakes Wilderness, WA: Enchantment Lakes

Located in the ‘Yosemite of the Northwest,’ this popular trail climbs  past forested lakes to the Enchantment Basin, an alpine wonderland of pocket meadows, gurgling creeks, crystalline lakes, and glacier-carved granite ridges and spires.

\”Goat Rocks Wilderness\” by Beyond Neon is licensed under CC BY 2.0

2. Goat Rocks Wilderness, WA: Snowgrass Flat

“A delightful two-day loop hike that climbs a ridge between two glacial valleys, skirts an ice-crusted lake, offers spectacular views of Mt. Rainier and other nearby Cascades volcanoes, and boasts one of the best wildflower displays in the Northwest.”

\”Punchbowl Falls\” by Navin75 is licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0

3. Columbia River Gorge, OR: Eagle Creek

“Arguably the best dayhike in the Columbia River Gorge, this trail showcases a series of unique waterfalls, including iconic Punch Bowl Falls, while clinging to the sheer cliffs of a deep, narrow canyon. There’s even an option for a longer backpacking loop.”

\”Strawberry Lake, Oregon\” by Bonnie Moreland (free images) is marked with CC PDM 1.0

4. Strawberry Wilderness, OR: Strawberry Lakes

“A pleasant hike to two lake basins and a cascading waterfall in Eastern Oregon’s alpine Rockies. There’s also an option to tag 9,038-foot Strawberry Mountain with views of the John Day Valley and the distant Blue Mountains.”

\”Cathedral Peak reflected in Lower Cathedral Lake\” by Alaskan Dude is licensed under CC BY 2.0

5. John Muir Trail, CA: Yosemite National Park to Reds Meadow

“This weeklong backpack features some of Yosemite’s best high country—Sunrise and Cathedral Lakes, Tuolumne Meadows and Lyell Canyon—plus a romp through the spectacular alpine lakes country of the Ansel Adams Wilderness. It’s an unforgettable experience!”