Welcome to Backpackers Review! On this site you will find backpacking and camping trip reports that provide detailed information on routes, scenery, and general tips. You also can find gear lists and short product reviews for all of the gear that I used while on these trips.
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Banff National Park Hiking Highlights (Peyto Lake, Moraine Lake, Bow Lake, Lake Louise)
View of Peyto Lake from a viewpoint along the Bow Summit Lookout Trail.
View of the stream as it exits the canyon. The colors here are great.
View of Bow Lake and the Crowfoot Mountain backdrop as seen from a turn on the Icefields Parkway.
Taking in one of many beautiful views at Moraine Lake in Banff National Park (from atop of the rock pile near the lake outlet stream)
Fairview Mountain and Lake Louise.
Banff National Park is home to many beautiful turquoise lakes and intimidating mountains. In this report we describe hikes starting at several of the signature lakes within Banff. The scenery in this park is hard to beat and the backdrops are truly one of a kind.
Four Pass Loop – Maroon Bells Snowmass Wilderness, CO (28 mile loop)
Wildflowers and Snowmass Lake in the background (credit: mrubenstein01)
The famous view of the Maroon Bells framed behind Maroon Lake (credit: mrubenstein01)
Hiking down into the Minnehaha Gulch, the trail follows some large sweeping switchbacks (credit: mrubenstein01)
View of Snowmass Lake and Snowmass Peak (credit: mrubenstein01)
The day starts with a ~1 mile climb to the top of West Maroon Pass. As you get closer to the pass, the terrain changes and you becomes much more sparse with no trees (credit: mrubenstein01)
The Four Pass Loop in the Maroon Bells-Snowmass Wilderness near Aspen, CO is one of Colorado’s premiere backpacking trails. Along this route you cross four mountain passes over 12,000 feet high and have many different views of the Colorado Rockies.
Three Sisters Wilderness – Broken Top Loop (24 mile loop)
Along this descent you keep the great view of the Three Sisters.
Near the 5 mile mark on the Broken Top Trail you get a nice view of the Cayuse Crater in the background. The trail eventually skirts around to the right of the crater.
View looking back at No Name Lake, the Ball Butte, and Mount Bachelor from the Broken Hand Ridge
Sunset view from the night one camp at Golden Lake in the Three Sisters Wilderness
View of the South Sister from across the larger of the Green Lakes.
The Three Sisters Wilderness near Bend, Oregon offers excellent backpacking opportunities with varying terrain. Trails traverse volcanic features (craters, solidified lava flows, buttes), alpine lakes, and small glaciers. This is a truly unique area!
Yoho National Park – Iceline Trail and Takakkaw Falls (13 mile loop)
Glacial lake along the Iceline Trail. This lake sits in front of the Secretary-Treasurer sub peak.
On the other side of the ridge, you find another lake made of Emerald Glacier melt.
View of Takakkaw Falls from the Yoho River Trail.
Descending from the Iceline Summit and hiking towards two more lakes along the trail.
View of Laughing Falls near the Yoho River.
The Iceline Trail is one of the signature hikes within Yoho National Park in British Columbia. Along the trail you are treated to views of waterfalls, glaciers, and expansive alpine views.
Teton Crest Trail – Grand Teton National Park (48 mile loop)
View looking forward on the trail from the base of Sunset Lake.
Mount Meek with wildflowers in the foreground.
John Moulton barn near Grand Teton National Park
The Teton Crest Trail then works its way through the South Fork Cascade Canyon. There are some truly amazing views in this section of the hike. Grand Teton and Middle Teton as viewed from the Teton Crest Trail
Looking back at Marion Lake during the climb.
View along the Teton Crest Trail looking up at Fox Creek Pass and the start of the Death Canyon Shelf
The Teton Crest Trail is one of the most beautiful backpacking loops within the continental United States! Grand Teton National Park is full of amazing scenery and has an abundance of wildlife.
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