Backpacking Destinations in Oregon & Washington
View all backpacking destinations listed on I Heart Pacific Northwest based on location, difficulty rating, and best seasons.
The difficulty ratings listed here are based on the initial hike in to setup camp and do not include additional hikes on the trip.
- Easy: Up to 6 miles, and up to 1,000 ft. gain
- Moderate: Up to 8 miles with 1,000-2,000 ft. gain
- Strenuous: Up to 10 miles with 2,000-3,000 ft. gain
- Very Strenuous: Up to 12 miles with 3,000-4,000 ft. gain
The best times listed will vary somewhat from year to year, but in general, what is listed is based on my own experiences in each location and take into account when areas tend to be snow-free, have a lower risk of biting black flies and mosquitoes (no guarantees on this though!), or when water access is more plentiful.