Hamilton Lakes, High Sierra Trail, Sequoia National Park.

Photo Gallery: 15 Nicest Backcountry Campsites I’ve Hiked Past

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By Michael Lanza

It is one of those unfortunate inevitabilities of life, like death and taxes: Occasionally on backpacking trips you will hike past one of the most sublime patches of wilderness real estate you have ever laid eyes on, a spot so idyllic you can already see your tent pitched there and you standing outside it, warm mug in your hands, watching a glorious sunset. But it’s early and your plan entails hiking farther before you stop for the day—not camping there. Or you don’t have a permit for that site. Or even worse, you are looking for a campsite, but someone else has already occupied this little corner of Heaven.

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3 Responses to Photo Gallery: 15 Nicest Backcountry Campsites I’ve Hiked Past

  1. Rod Benson   |  April 24, 2017 at 9:14 am

    Wow! Those are some nice ones. It’s not really a backcountry site (only accessible by canoe), but here is my favorite campsite – Eagle Creek Campsite along the Missouri River in central Montana in October. https://bigskywalker.com/2017/03/26/white-cliffs-canoe-adventure-scenes-of-visionary-enchantment/

  2. zgr322   |  May 31, 2016 at 10:18 pm

    I’m very surprised you’ve never actually camped at Imogene Lake! On my first visit to Idaho 5 years ago my friend and I stayed the night at Imogene on the east side close to where you first meet the lake coming from Hell Roaring. Actually it wasn’t far at all from your picture location. When we got there we could hear/see campsites across the lake and figured they got all the primo locations. Fortunately our small camp on the east side allowed amazing views of sunset/sunrise of the light hitting Mt. Cramer and Payette. I can’t imagine the view from the west side was even close. Even better, the second night we were planning on camping at Toxaway Lake but once we spied a beautiful small lake from Sand Mountain Pass we made that our goal. It had no name, just elevation marker, but Google Maps now calls it Rendezvous Lake. The sunset hitting the walls around Sand Mountain and Payette were awesome. Idaho is truly special, I enjoyed the article.

  3. sierracanon   |  May 30, 2014 at 5:42 pm

    I have camped at Hamilton Lake, and agreed, it is a gorgeous spot. The only down side is, that it tends to be pretty crowded, since it’s not that far from Crescent Meadow. Last time we were there, there were a couple of large groups, and the camp area was pretty overrun.

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