These 6 backpacking trails in Oregon and Washington offer stunning PNW scenery plus the convenience of loop logistics - what's not to love?

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This iconic loop around Mt. Hood is one of the most popular backpacking routes near Portland and can even be accessed by public transit! It's crowded but still worth hiking for the volcanic terrain, impressive views of Mt. Hood, and plentiful water and camping.

Timberline Trail

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A more rugged little cousin to the Timberline, the Loowit Trail encircles Mount St. Helens, an active volcano that's still settling from its last eruption in 1980. This engaging trail is a bit more advanced due to limited water, a long no-camping zone, and a few short rope-assisted scrambles.

Loowit Trail

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This lovely little loop in the Three Sisters Wilderness west of Bend, Oregon offers beautiful alpine scenery and a short section of cross-country navigation to keep backpackers on their toes.

Broken Top Loop

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Pack your climbing legs for this challenging backpacking loop in the far north of Washington state. The North Cascades are rugged and beautiful, and you'll hike for miles along the shore of Ross Lake which extends all the way into Canada.

Devil's Dome Loop

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This interactive trip planning guide is packed with checklists, key questions, and recommendations to take the worry out of planning your first or biggest backpacking trip.