Poop Week: Best Backcountry Privies in Washington
We conclude Poop Week on a high note. Literally. When nature calls, you'd be lucky to answer from any of these loos with a view. Plus, a roundup of reading, links and resources on this backcountry basic.
Welcome to the 5th and final day of Poop Week, the week where we get real about No. 2. From diapers to dogs, the conservation science of scat to the best backcountry privies in Washington, we're digging into the subject of poop on trail all week long.
- Day 1: Real Talk on a Backcountry Basic
- Day 2: Dealing with Diapers, Training Toddlers
- Day 3: Group Poop and Etiquette for Backcountry Potties
- Day 4: The Conservation Science of Scat
We've talked etiquette and science, but we'll conclude Poop Week on a high note. Literally. When nature calls, you'd be lucky to answer from any of the destinations below.
A loo with a view: 3 super-scenic backcountry toilets
There are tons of gorgeous spots to go in Washington's backcountry, from the high reaches of Sahale Arm to Lyman Lakes in Glacier Peak Wilderness. You won't need to bring a book or magazine with you on a visit to one of these outdoor commodes.
Tip: if you run across a backcountry toilet, it's better to use it than to dig a nearby cathole. It helps reduce your impact on the fragile (and popular) surrounding areas.
The Enchantments - (Alpine Lakes)
Pooping in paradise: With a perfect view of Prusik Peak, there’s no better place to take care of business.
Hidden Lake Lookout - (North Cascades)
You’re rewarded for your efforts to reach this alpine perch with lofty views from the lookout—and the toilet.
Desolation Camp (North Cascades)
Made famous by Jack Kerouac, you can go while you gaze out onto some of the harder-to-reach spires of the North Cascades.
Bonus reading, resources, stories and links
- Pooping in the Outdoors, A Flow Chart via semi-rad.com
- Guide to Going Number Two via Climbing Magazine
- How to Poop on a Big Wall When You Have a Crush on Your Climbing Partner via Verticulture, Outdoor Research's blog.
- The Most Scenic Backcountry Toilets in America via Adventure Journal
- What's Your Favorite Wilderness Outhouse via REI
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