Map: 16 Backyard Epics That Prove Everywhere is Hiking Country
You don't always need to go far to go big. Case in point: these stunning hikes, all within a day trip of a major metropolitan area.
Washington, located in the Pacific Northwest region of the U.S., is dominated by high peaks. The Olympic Mountains cover the far northwest, the Coastal Mountain Range extends into Oregon to the south, the snow-capped Cascades lie further east, the Rockies cut across the northeast into Canada, and the Columbia Mountains form deep valleys in the southeast.
Washington is home to Mountain Rainier, North Cascades and Olympic national parks. Mount Rainier National Park encompasses the 14-000-foot namesake peak, North Cascades National Park has some of the best camping in the state, and Olympic National Park encompasses nearly one million acres of rugged wilderness.
Washington also marks the beginning (or end) of the 2,663-mile-long Pacific Crest Trail, a National Scenic Trail that runs from the United States-Mexico border through California, Oregon, and Washington, where it reaches its northern terminus at the United States-Canada border.
The editors at Backpacker have created an extensive collection of popular trails and trips for hiking and backpacking Washington.