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Backpacking the Lakes Trail Overnight to Pear Lake — Sequoia National Park, CA

Backpacking the Lakes Trail Overnight to Pear Lake — Sequoia National Park, CA

Only a six mile hike past an epic valley lookout and four gorgeous alpine lakes makes the Lakes Trail one of the most popular trails in Sequoia National Park

Backpacking Minaret Lake — Mammoth, CA

Backpacking Minaret Lake — Mammoth, CA

Doable in a short weekend backpacking trip, Minaret Lake sits below the Minarets, some of the most dramatic peaks in the Sierra.

Backpacking Little Lakes Valley to Gem Lakes — Bishop, CA

Backpacking Little Lakes Valley to Gem Lakes — Bishop, CA

This flat trail spanning no less than 6 spectacular lakes in less than 5 miles makes for a leisurely hike with some of the best views in the Sierras

Hiking to Heart Lake — Mt. Shasta, CA

Hiking to Heart Lake — Mt. Shasta, CA

It's not often you'll get to experience such scenic mountain views from just a short one mile hike. The views of Mt. Shasta are one of a kind from this memorable vista.

Backpacking Duck Lake Pass Trail — Mammoth, CA

Backpacking Duck Lake Pass Trail — Mammoth, CA

Less than 10 miles roundtrip, the Duck Lake is the perfect overnight backpacking trip to experience classic Sierra lakes and mountains.

Hike and Climb Eagle Lake Buttress — Desolation Wilderness, CA

Hike and Climb Eagle Lake Buttress — Desolation Wilderness, CA

Hiking to Eagle Lake combined with climbing Eagle Lake Buttress make for a great day adventure of mountaineering, alpine views, and fun routes.

Nymph, Dream, & Emerald Lake Trail — Rocky Mountain National Park, CO

Nymph, Dream, & Emerald Lake Trail — Rocky Mountain National Park, CO

If you only have time for one hike in Rocky Mountain National Park, this is a great choice for jam-packed alpine views in just a few miles.

Backpacking Lake Aloha to Mt. Price — Desolation Wilderness, CA

Backpacking Lake Aloha to Mt. Price — Desolation Wilderness, CA

Aloha Lake is one of the most popular backpacking trips in Desolation Wilderness, CA. During our 3 day trip, we also hiked up to the summit of Mt. Price.

Backpacking Matlock Lake & Kearsarge Pass — Eastern Sierra Inyo NF, CA

Backpacking Matlock Lake & Kearsarge Pass — Eastern Sierra Inyo NF, CA

With it's incredible alpine views, Kearsarge Pass gives quick access to Kings Canyon from the Eastern Sierras, making it a perfect weekend backpacking trip.

Lone Rock Beach Camping - Glen Canyon NRA, AZ

Lone Rock Beach Camping - Glen Canyon NRA, AZ

If you need a place to stay for cheap while visiting Page, AZ, this was our favorite campsite in the area with its soft sand and incredible Lake Powell views.

North Fork Big Pine Creek (Summer) - Inyo NF, CA

North Fork Big Pine Creek (Summer) - Inyo NF, CA

One of the best backpacking trips in the Eastern Sierras, the North Fork Big Pine trail offers epic views of several turquoise alpine lakes below the Palisades

North Fork Big Pine Creek (Spring) - Inyo NF, CA

North Fork Big Pine Creek (Spring) - Inyo NF, CA

For our first backpacking trip of the season, we decided on the North Fork of Big Pine Creek - a beautiful basin of glacier-fed lakes that I have been eagerly waiting to do. Once we got there, I could see why this was a popular destination - the impressive snow-capped peaks towering above all 9 beautiful lakes, great fishing, and ease of access make the North Fork the ideal Sierra hike.

Sabrina Lake to Hungry Packer and Moonlight Lakes — Inyo National Forest, CA

Sabrina Lake to Hungry Packer and Moonlight Lakes — Inyo National Forest, CA

Looking for a Sierra backpacking trail to a basin full of alpine lakes? The area around Sabrina Lake offers great fishing, flower meadows, and waterfalls

Backpacking Mono Meadow to Lower Ottoway Lake - Yosemite NP, CA

Backpacking Mono Meadow to Lower Ottoway Lake - Yosemite NP, CA

Lower Ottoway lake is one of the prettiest lakes I have ever seen. Experience true wilderness and the best Yosemite scenery on this three day backpacking trip