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BEST SPRING BACKPACKING WASHINGTON, OREGON, & PNW TRIPS

WHERE TO GO FOR SPRING BACKPACKING WASHINGTON, OREGON, AND PNW

For the best spring backpacking Washington, Oregon, and the PNW have to offer, look no further than these 10 spectacular destinations. Spring is not just for biding your time while waiting for the alpine to melt out. It is intrinsically excellent for backpacking, and we’re excited to inspire your next big spring trip.

What follows are some of the most scenic, rugged, and wild Northwest wilderness zones that become hike-able from early March through early June. This list prioritizes exceptional scenery over convenience and proximity to the urban metropolises of Seattle and Portland. I’ve visited each and every one of these regions, many of them multiple times. Trust me when I say that this is the crème de la crème.

While you’re here, why not upgrade your kit with our 9 lb Ultralight Gear List. And don’t miss our buyer’s guides for backpacks, tents, sleeping bags, quilts, and sleeping pads.

Continue reading about the best spring backpacking, written by Jaeger Shaw here.

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March 15, 2024

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