You have the right gear, now you need the right place to hit the trails and really stretch those legs on a backcountry adventure. There is no better place to look than the Pacific Northwest so here are a few destinations that will get you excited about backcountry trips into the wild.
Glacier National Park -National Park Service -Montana
Simply put this is what the world would look like if humans never existed. A truly pristine wilderness that extends across the Rocky Mountains of Montana and into the vast wilderness of Canada. Here you can take extended backcountry trips that will take you miles away from civilization and into areas that have mostly remained untouched by man. Clear blue lakes, white-water rivers, cascading waterfalls and endless mountains and valleys will make the perils of the trip well worth the effort. Going across some of the most rugged and untamed wilderness regions the world has ever seen. You will be surrounded by Moose, deer, elk, Grizzly bears, Mountain lions, and Wolves. Mountain peaks white with snow year round, and valleys so green you will be blinded by their vibrant glow.
Mount Rainer National Park – National park Service – Washington
Probably one of the Pacific Northwest’s most iconic peaks, Mount Rainer is host to a world of backcountry hiking trails that will take you on a journey through some of the most beautiful landscapes on planet earth. In the spring walk through vast and grassy meadows filled with colorful wildflowers in full bloom. In the fall, watch as the season changes everything into a kaleidoscope of colors that will ensure every picture you snap will be a masterpiece. You will also be able to ascend the mountain as well up that will take you to many scenic vistas and overlooks, high above the rain clouds that form daily below. It is a rain forest so be prepared for that, but you will be shocked at just how green the color green can truly be.
The Three Sisters Wilderness – United States Forest Service – Oregon
Covering an area of 448 Square miles but also being close to civilization makes this wilderness area not only accessible, but a must experience location. With 20+ trails that take you miles off the beaten path and into a true wilderness area. Some of the trails take weeks if you include all the off-trail stops you will take with all the scenes to take in, one of the trails is set for 3 days but do yourself a favor and give yourself a week. You simply cannot see it all in that span of time. Take the camera so you can capture the moments and make everyone green with envy about your backcountry trip.
The Pacific Northwest was made for those that love the backcountry. With so many options to chose from here are a few to serve as a starting point. No matter where you go plan ahead, and know that no matter where you chose to go, you will see the wild as it was meant to be.