Backpacking is a time-honored Pacific Northwest tradition, strapping a few days’ worth of supplies to our backs, and setting off to explore and camp out in the remote wilderness.
In Oregon, there is a vast wealth of backpacking opportunity, taking hikers high into the mountains, out into the arid desert and along the stunning coastline. These 12 trips (in no particular order) are mostly two to five-day excursions, but if you’re really prepared for a long haul, you can be out on the trail for weeks or even months at a time.
If you’re new to backpacking, or if it’s been a while, it would be wise to get well supplied– but not overburdened – with the basics. Any local outdoor store can help advise you and get the gear that you need. It’s also important to leave no trace, and practice good outdoor ethics and etiquette. Safety is a big deal, too, so be sure to call the nearby U.S. Forest Service ranger station or local BLM office before you leave.
Backpacking requires a little more preparation and precaution than day hiking or car camping, but the extra efforts are well rewarded with a night under the stars in the thick of Oregon wilderness. Few experiences are as humbling, and as good for the soul, as rambling about our wild natural places.