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Ive only backpacked Glacier Nat Park, but I want to know what others think in the US/Canadian National Park system their favorite national parks to backpack.  When I check out another national park I want to go for a week.  I was thinking Banff/Jasper in Canada as my next one but want to see which ones others like to backpack.
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Gros Morne
Grand Teton
Sequoia
Kings Canyon
Olympic
Yosemite
Zion
Gates of the Arctic

Not ranked, simply listed, btw.
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I haven't hiked it that many national parks but of the one I have, I rank them in the following order 1. Glacier;  2. Grand Canyon; 3. Olympic; 4. Zion;  5. Yosemite;
6. Denali  7. Bryce Canyon;  8.  Great Smokies;  9. Theodore Roosevelt; 10. Wind Cave

Of course everyone's experience is different.  Depends on personal preference, time of year, experiences encountered, area of the park, etc.  So many variables.  Interestingly enough, a while back, Backpacker Magazine posed the same questions to it's readers and Glacier came out on top.


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Yes Glacier is a special place.. seems to be a favorite of many experienced backpackers.  Plus the people in Montana are so friendly its hard to beat.. but I do want to see other parks, and backpack in other areas so Im just trying to see what everybody thinks.  So far there are some interesting responses and I'll check out all my options and see what other people like.
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Olympic is by far my favorite NP to backpack, but there are so many others.

Rainier is great, Glacier is phenomenal, but for really great backpack trips I think that wilderness areas are even better, especially Selway-Bitterroot, and Wemenuche, and Never Summer.

North Cascades has some wonderful vistas also.


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1. Sequoia/Kings Canyon
2. Yosemite
3. Isle Royale
4. Canyonlands
5. Zion
6. Joshua Tree
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Like WWWest, I prefer to backpack outside the parks, in part to avoid so many rules.

We spent July in the Canadian Rockies.  The scenery is incredible, and more than made up for the excessively structured nature of backcountry access there.  I can recommend both the backpacks we did, the Rockwall in Kootenay (see TR in Storytelling Forum) and the Berg Lake trip in Mt. Robson Provincial Park (TR not yet written. . .  :O )


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I've only backpacked in three national parks. Here they are in the order of "best"
1. Glacier
2. Smokies
3. Yellowstone. I love Yellowstone, but backpacking there has not been a good experience for me (done it 2x). I'll stick to day hikes in YNP.


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I also prefer destinations outside the parks.  No reservations, no fees, fewer people.

Eagles Nest Wilderness
La Garita Wilderness
Sangre de Cristo wilderness
Vasques Peak Wilderness
James Peak Wilderness
Weminuche Wilderness
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Nothing amiss about asking about opinions on members favorite national parks but asking to "rank" them fails to reflect on how few here have more than dabbled on a short list of parks.

Many National Parks in The West are vast places where local backpacking enthusiasts may spend decades exploring their nearby parks without running out of worthwhile destinations.   Thus few can reasonably know such parks well enough to comparitively rate them.  So the notion of "ranking" parks has little value unless coming from locals with considerable experience at different parks.  You would probably get a more meaningful answer by asking the few qualified to make such an opinion like tarol than asking the 98% of the rest of us that have only dabbled beyond parks in our local areas.   I could say a lot about backpacking in SEKI in my local region but not in a comparitive way to the long list of other mountain national parks in The West I've barely explored or never been to.


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The only three parks where I've backpacked, ranked:

Kings Canyon
Yosemite
Sequoia

NF Wilderness:
John Muir
Ansel Adams
Goat Rocks
Trinity Alps
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Nothing amiss about asking about opinions on members favorite national parks but asking to "rank" them fails to reflect on how few here have more than dabbled on a short list of parks.

Many National Parks in The West are vast places where local backpacking enthusiasts may spend decades exploring their nearby parks without running out of worthwhile destinations.   Thus few can reasonably know such parks well enough to comparitively rate them.  So the notion of "ranking" parks has little value unless coming from locals with considerable experience at different parks.  You would probably get a more meaningful answer by asking the few qualified to make such an opinion like tarol than asking the 98% of the rest of us that have only dabbled beyond parks in our local areas.   I could say a lot about backpacking in SEKI in my local region but not in a comparitive way to the long list of other mountain national parks in The West I've barely explored or never been to.

I disagree. The OP asked for favorites, of those favorites most would have a preferred order reflecting their own style.
"their favorite national parks to backpack. "
That's perfectly legitimate in my view: who else could rank MY choices except me?

I declined mostly since it varies with season, immediate goals (photos, bombing down steep slopes on skis, wildflowers, wildlife, geothermal features etc.) so a static ranking not overburdened with caveats and conditions didn't seem useful.
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Nothing amiss about asking about opinions on members favorite national parks but asking to "rank" them fails to reflect on how few here have more than dabbled on a short list of parks.

Many National Parks in The West are vast places where local backpacking enthusiasts may spend decades exploring their nearby parks without running out of worthwhile destinations.   Thus few can reasonably know such parks well enough to comparitively rate them.  So the notion of "ranking" parks has little value unless coming from locals with considerable experience at different parks.  You would probably get a more meaningful answer by asking the few qualified to make such an opinion like tarol than asking the 98% of the rest of us that have only dabbled beyond parks in our local areas.   I could say a lot about backpacking in SEKI in my local region but not in a comparitive way to the long list of other mountain national parks in The West I've barely explored or never been to.

I disagree. The OP asked for favorites, of those favorites most would have a preferred order reflecting their own style.
"their favorite national parks to backpack. "
That's perfectly legitimate in my view: who else could rank MY choices except me?

I declined mostly since it varies with season, immediate goals (photos, bombing down steep slopes on skis, wildflowers, wildlife, geothermal features etc.) so a static ranking not overburdened with caveats and conditions didn't seem useful.

The problem is, people rate what they know, and if their experience is limited, so is the quality of the results.

That's how Domino's and Pizza Hut come up frequently in local "Best Pizza" polls.  It's not that their pizza is good (it's not), it's that this is what people know.

So RMNP ranks high on lots of lists, and Arches doesn't, it only means more people have visited there.
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I enjoy backpacking in Yosemite. Next year I am planning  a week trip to Lassen and in August to Great Basin. I am looking forward to some solitude, and great views.
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What's a national park? We ain't got those in the northeast.

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Nothing amiss about asking about opinions on members favorite national parks but asking to "rank" them fails to reflect on how few here have more than dabbled on a short list of parks.

Many National Parks in The West are vast places where local backpacking enthusiasts may spend decades exploring their nearby parks without running out of worthwhile destinations.   Thus few can reasonably know such parks well enough to comparitively rate them.  So the notion of "ranking" parks has little value unless coming from locals with considerable experience at different parks.  You would probably get a more meaningful answer by asking the few qualified to make such an opinion like tarol than asking the 98% of the rest of us that have only dabbled beyond parks in our local areas.   I could say a lot about backpacking in SEKI in my local region but not in a comparitive way to the long list of other mountain national parks in The West I've barely explored or never been to.

I disagree. The OP asked for favorites, of those favorites most would have a preferred order reflecting their own style.
"their favorite national parks to backpack. "
That's perfectly legitimate in my view: who else could rank MY choices except me?

I declined mostly since it varies with season, immediate goals (photos, bombing down steep slopes on skis, wildflowers, wildlife, geothermal features etc.) so a static ranking not overburdened with caveats and conditions didn't seem useful.

The problem is, people rate what they know, and if their experience is limited, so is the quality of the results.

That's how Domino's and Pizza Hut come up frequently in local "Best Pizza" polls.  It's not that their pizza is good (it's not), it's that this is what people know.

So RMNP ranks high on lots of lists, and Arches doesn't, it only means more people have visited there.

The OP asked for favorites: of course favorites are going to be based on what they know.

Personal opinion is valid as personal opinion.

My favorite book IS my favorite book. I probably even have a ranking of several favorite books I could create. And that would also be valid. MY book list.

A ranking of "best" in a universal sense would be subject to the "limited  sample size bias" critique: but that isn't what the OP asked for. NOWHERE does he use the word "Best".

The title:
"Rank your favorite national parks to backpack"

"favorite" is NOT "best".

Nor in the post:
"Ive only backpacked Glacier Nat Park, but I want to know what others think in the US/Canadian National Park system their favorite national parks to backpack.  When I check out another national park I want to go for a week.  I was thinking Banff/Jasper in Canada as my next one but want to see which ones others like to backpack."

Asking for personal opinion based on personal experience for personal favorites.
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1. Jasper National Park
2. Gates of the Arctic National Park
3. Banff National Park
4. Katmai National Park

The first three keep us pretty booked up on vacations. Jasper is one of our weekend playgrounds also. Katmai is more of a basecamp destination instead of backpacking - but we're in a tent the whole time we there (usually 7 nights), so I'll list it here b/c it's just so darn fun to be amongst the bears there.


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What's a national park? We ain't got those in the northeast.

The White House grounds are a national park, or isn't that "northeast"?

Independence Hall?
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We spent July in the Canadian Rockies.  The scenery is incredible, and more than made up for the excessively structured nature of backcountry access there.  I can recommend both the backpacks we did, the Rockwall in Kootenay (see TR in Storytelling Forum) and the Berg Lake trip in Mt. Robson Provincial Park (TR not yet written. . .  :O )

The system isn't too bad once you get used to it, and have a NP backcountry season pass. Then booking trails from home is relatively easy, and you can avoid going to the visitor centres for passes.

We just did Mt Robson last weekend for Cdn Thanksgiving (it's just down the road from us essentially) ... pretty cool place when the crowds are gone. :cool:


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Really?  I always loved Acadia, and the history of how and why it came into being is a very inspiring story, to me.

Mt. Desert Island is a beautiful and magical place, in my memory.  Very glad that it is there.

Not so much for backpacking, but for natural beauty and a testament to the cooperation of human beings for the common good.

New England is much like Texas, the land was already fully involved in private ownership before the Federal government was created, so not much of a chance for National Parks.  But still a lot of great backpacking in the State parks and the Forests.

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Nor in the post:

By time you posted the sentence you refer seems to have been edited out with post shortened possibly from reading my post.  Regardless it remained in the title.  Could argue your comment a bit narrow but maybe so was my post.  In any case too trivial to make issue with .  Enjoy your weekend.


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1. Jasper National Park
2. Gates of the Arctic National Park
3. Banff National Park
4. Katmai National Park

The first three keep us pretty booked up on vacations. Jasper is one of our weekend playgrounds also. Katmai is more of a basecamp destination instead of backpacking - but we're in a tent the whole time we there (usually 7 nights), so I'll list it here b/c it's just so darn fun to be amongst the bears there.

Have you been to any of the following BC Provincial Parks?

Strathcona, ts'yl-os or Great Glacier?

How about Kulane NP in the Yukon?


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Have you been to any of the following BC Provincial Parks?

Strathcona, ts'yl-os or Great Glacier?

How about Kulane NP in the Yukon?

We've driven into the Ts'yl-os area just a bit. It's a beautiful region but I'm not sure about the hiking opportunities - as we haven't spent much time there. We drove in there one spring looking for a loop route back to the highway (saw a beautiful great gray owl that day). The Rainbow Range in Tweedsmuir Provincial Park (which is a little further down the highway towards Bella Colla) is spectacular - I highly recommend that. Great for backpacking.

Strathcona is on Vancouver Island and we rarely get there ... pretty long drive & ferry from the Prince George region.

You had me stumped on Great Glacier ... I had to look it up on the BC Parks website (so obviously I've never been there). Looks like it would be a plane or boat ride only area - pretty pricey judging by how far north it is (Prince Rupert would be your only BC access point I think, and that's a long way south). I would think you'd almost have to come in from one of the Alaska coastal towns to make it feasible.

Kluane NP is a pretty cool region. We tried to do a series of trips there a few years ago, but the weather was atrocious so we ended up heading north on the Dempster highway instead. Logistically it's a tougher park because the only town nearby is Haines Junction - which has really limited services. In fact, we just drove by there last month on our way to Katmai in Alaska, and found out their only grocery store had burned down a year ago. The only things we could find for food & drinks were one gas station store and an RV park selling some snacks. We got there too late for the one or two restaurants that were only open until 7pm. Might be different in the summer, but for September you really need to plan for supplies & meals. Whitehorse is 1.5 hours away. Hiking wise though, yeah - probably worth doing and it's on our list to do some year.


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I have visited nearly every NP West of the Mississippi, and a few East of there.  For Backpacking, my preferences are:

Grand Canyon
Yosemite
Glacier
Yellowstone
Sequoia/Kings Canyon

In my mind, there is a big gap between Yosemite and Glacier, but those are my preferences. I fell in love with the Canyon, and despite some rough trips there it is still my favorite.


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A little lesser-known one is North Cascades NP--some of the most spectacular mountain scenery in the lower 48 is found there. It's a "wilderness park," so it's a little more backpacker-friendly than most NPs, although you do still need permits.

Mt. Goode from N. Fork Bridge Creek:
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I've only backpacked in three national parks. Here they are in the order of "best"
1. Glacier
2. Smokies
3. Yellowstone. I love Yellowstone, but backpacking there has not been a good experience for me (done it 2x). I'll stick to day hikes in YNP.

oops, you forgot your favorite.  RMNP.  :)

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I dislike national parks for all the rules, restrictions, crowds of tourons, and the constant preaching about how much better off the place would be without my presence. However, I had the best backpacking trip ever this summer in Sequoia NP - didn't reserve a permit and had lots of solitude.
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A little lesser-known one is North Cascades NP--some of the most spectacular mountain scenery in the lower 48 is found there. It's a "wilderness park," so it's a little more backpacker-friendly than most NPs, although you do still need permits.

Mt. Goode from N. Fork Bridge Creek:



Berdeen Lake from Hagan Mt.:



Rainbow Lake with Autumn Larch:

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Definitely North Cascades NP(and Mount Baker Wilderness area to its west). It truly has remarkable scenery.

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North Manitou Island, South Manitou Island, Sleeping Bear National Lakeshore, MI...Ya I count them too. Only a couple hours away. Rarely see others on trails.

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1 - Canyonlands - Maze District
2 - Yellowstone
3 - Great Basin
4 - Canyonlands - Island in the Sky
5 - Grand Canyon
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