The best backpacking trips
(and when to book them)

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Enchantments Trail

Alpine Lakes Wilderness

2–3 days

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Now
Jul – Oct
Feb 15 – Mar 1

Mt. Whitney

Inyo National Forest

2 days

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Jul – Sep
Feb 1 – Mar 1

Rim to Rim Trail

Grand Canyon National Park

2–4 days

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May 15 – Jun 30
Dec 16 – Feb 1
Sep 1 – Oct 15
Apr 16 – Jun 1

The Narrows

Zion National Park

2 days

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Jun – Oct
May 5 – Sep 5

Nā Pali Coast Trail

Kauai

2 days

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May – Oct
Feb – Jul

Lost Coast Trail

King Range Wilderness

2–3 days

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M
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May – Oct
Feb – Jul

Teton Crest Trail

Grand Teton National Park

3–5 days

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Jul – Sep
Jan 10

John Muir Trail

Yosemite National Park

15–21 days

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Jul – Sep
Jan 14 – Apr 13

High Sierra Trail

Sequoia & Kings Canyon National Parks

5–8 days

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Jul – Sep
Jan – Mar

Rae Lakes Loop

Sequoia & Kings Canyon National Parks

4 days

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Jul – Sep
Jan – Mar

Half Dome

Yosemite National Park

2 days

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Jun 1 – Oct 10
Jan 14 – Apr 13

Wonderland Trail

Mt. Rainier National Park

7–10 days

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Jul – Sep
Feb 12 – Mar 7

High Divide and Seven Lakes Basin Loop

Olympic National Park

3–4 days

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Jul 15 – Oct 15
Apr 15

Three Sisters Loop

Central Cascades Wilderness

4–6 days

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Jul 1 – Oct 15
Apr 2

North Circle Loop

Glacier National Park

5–6 days

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Jul – Sep
Mar 15

Trans-Catalina Trail

Catalina Island

3–5 days

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M
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May – Nov
Jan 1

Copper Ridge Loop

North Cascades National Park

3 days

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Jul – Sep
Mar 4–15

Longs Peak

Rocky Mountain National Park

2 days

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Jul 15 – Sep 15
Mar 1

Four Pass Loop

Maroon Bells-Snowmass Wilderness

2–3 days

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Jul
Feb 15
Aug – Sep
Jun 15

Pawnee-Buchanan Loop

Indian Peaks Wilderness

3–4 days

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Jul – Sep
Mar 5

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