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Results List

1151 Hikes

North Cascades -- Mountain Loop Highway

 
4.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 2100 ft.
Highest Point: 6989 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.50
(4 votes)
White Chuck Mountain (Northwest Route) is a Class III scramble that requires basic gear, route finding skills, and extreme caution to negotiate successfully and safely. Those who make the hour long trek down a gravel road, deal with a bit of overgrowth and route finding, and brave the scree and chossy rock will be significantly rewarded with phenomenal views of Thornton Lake and nearby peaks Pugh, Sloan and Glacier
 
 

Puget Sound and Islands -- Whidbey Island

 
1.2 miles, roundtrip
Rating:
Average rating:
3.80
(5 votes)
A stroll along the sand dunes of Deception State Park's West Beach offers a glimpse into this important geologic feature. The way is easy and interpretive signs provide information about the interesting seaside vegetation unique to this area.
 
 

Issaquah Alps -- Squak Mountain

 
1.1 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 800 ft.
Highest Point: 1340 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
2.50
(6 votes)
This is the western approach to Squak Mountain. Here, you'll have access to the Coal Mine Trail, Bullitt Fireplace Trail, and Chybinski Loop Trail.
 
 

Olympic Peninsula -- Olympia

 
17.0 miles, one-way
Gain: 700 ft.
Highest Point: 1000 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
2.14
(7 votes)
The entire West Fork Humptulips trail is 17 miles long. As such, it offers access to several other trails in the area, long riverside rambles, and a multi-day beginner backpacking option.
 
 

South Cascades -- Mount Adams Area

 
2.0 miles, roundtrip
Rating:
Average rating:
3.00
(2 votes)
The Willard Springs Trail is a two-mile loop along the edge of the Conboy Lake marsh and through the pine forest. Beginning at the refuge headquarters, the trail parallels the west shore of the old Conboy Lake lakebed, with views across the lakebed and north to the 12,000-foot Mt. Adams from the Observation Platform, then returns through the forest.
 
 

Southwest Washington -- Long Beach Area

 
3.5 miles, roundtrip
Highest Point: 10 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.00
(4 votes)
This area of the Willapa National Wildlife Refuge is no longer open to hikers.
 
 

Puget Sound and Islands -- Bellingham Area

 
1.5 miles, roundtrip
Rating:
Average rating:
3.75
(4 votes)
This family-friendly educational center features a short nature trail that will take you through forests and meadows. At low-tide, you can also explore down onto the beach via path away from the center and a spiral staircase.
 
 

North Cascades -- Methow/Sawtooth

 
1.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.00
(1 vote)
This area is being actively restored to a natural state. A loop hike suitable for all ages winds through wetlands in a critical salmon rearing area.
 
 
 
10.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 350 ft.
Highest Point: 3500 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.00
(2 votes)
Follow an unplowed forest road as it meanders up the Tieton River Valley and keep on the lookout for elk, fox, martens and other wildlife that thrive in this wilderness area. Along the way you can enjoy views of Old Snowy Mountain or explore the wide meadows that line the trail.
 
 

Puget Sound and Islands -- Bellingham Area

 
6.6 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 0 ft.
Highest Point: 25 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.67
(6 votes)
This hike is a flat 3.3 mile one way blacktop trail that starts at The Port of Anacortes and ends at March Point near The Shell and Tesoro Refineries. The trail has great views of Mount Baker, Fidalgo Bay and lots of blue heron, especially when the tides are low.
 
 

Central Washington -- Yakima

 
2.0 miles of trails
Gain: 0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
0.00
(0 votes)
Enjoy two miles of hiking trails at Toppeninsh National Wildlife Refuge. There is a variety of habitat, from native grasses to shrub steppe, to riparian areas and ponds that support many types of wildlife.
 
 

Central Cascades -- Stevens Pass - West

 
8.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 2300 ft.
Highest Point: 4500 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.00
(6 votes)
Heading to Surprise Lake in the winter can be rewarding, but be sure you know your avalanche warning signs before heading up.
 
 

Issaquah Alps -- Cougar Mountain

 
0.6 miles, one-way
Rating:
Average rating:
2.67
(3 votes)
This is a short connector trail between Bear Ridge and Shangri-La trails, allowing hikers to create many loops on Cougar Mountain.
 
 

Central Cascades -- Blewett Pass

 
3.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 500 ft.
Highest Point: 4550 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
1.50
(2 votes)
Swauk Forest Discovery Trail is a scenic loop adventure set among a bountiful mixed forest. Located on the south side of Blewett Pass, the trailhead is both convenient and efficient, giving the hiker a 4120-foot starting point. Periodic views that look onto higher peaks are framed by cheery ponderosa and Douglas fir.
 
 

South Cascades -- Mount Adams Area

 
9.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 1700 ft.
Highest Point: 5900 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.29
(7 votes)
Stagman Ridge is a long spine reaching out southwest from Mount Adams, and the hike through the pleasing forest is never overly steep.
 
 

Snoqualmie Region -- Salmon La Sac/Teanaway

 
2.4 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 476 ft.
Highest Point: 3586 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.88
(8 votes)
The trail to Stirrup Lake is a road less traveled and a moderate hike through second-growth forest to a serene alpine lake tucked between Big Muffin and Meadow Mountain, paying tremendous dividends for lovers of huckleberries, wildflowers, and riparian fauna.
 
 

Eastern Washington -- Selkirk Range

 
14.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 2370 ft.
Highest Point: 5600 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.33
(3 votes)
The aspen groves and golden larch are a sight to behold on this remote hike through a seldom-seen corner of the Colville National Forest.
 
 

Eastern Washington -- Okanogan Highlands/Kettle River Range

 
4.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 40 ft.
Highest Point: 940 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
5.00
(1 vote)
This one is a jewel. A railtrail with opportunities for biking, hiking, birding, wildlife, wildflowers, river views, salmon viewing, photography, waterfall, and history. If you want an urban trail this one has it all.
 
 

Olympic Peninsula -- Pacific Coast

 
45.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 4900 ft.
Highest Point: 5700 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.00
(4 votes)
This primitive trail spans over 20 miles through Montane and subalpine ecosystems. From the Low Divide Ranger Station to the Three Lakes campsite, the Skyline trail will take you on a steep journey past lakes and to the top of Kimta Peak.
 
 
 
12.0 miles of trails
Gain: 0 ft.
Highest Point: 500 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
2.83
(6 votes)
Soaring Eagle Regional Park features 12 miles of trails that are regularly used by hikers, mountain bikers and equestrians. The Pipeline Trail crosses through the park and is wide and flat—in fact, it is quite common to see families with baby strollers out enjoying the trail. Soaring Eagle is also popular for trail running competitions.
 
 

Eastern Washington -- Palouse and Blue Mountains

 
20.0 miles of trails
Gain: 0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
5.00
(2 votes)
A local spot to cool down when the temperatures soar in Walla Walla, Bennington Lake is a favored spot for hikers, birders, anglers, runners, and lots of local wildlife.
 
 

Puget Sound and Islands -- San Juan Islands

 
10.2 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 2600 ft.
Highest Point: 879 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
0.00
(0 votes)
 
 

Puget Sound and Islands -- Seattle-Tacoma Area

 
1.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
1.00
(1 vote)
 
 

Southwest Washington -- Columbia River Gorge - OR

 
6.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 1300 ft.
Highest Point: 4555 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
0.00
(0 votes)
 
 

Puget Sound and Islands -- Bellingham Area

 
1.0 miles, roundtrip
Rating:
Average rating:
5.00
(1 vote)
 
 

Central Cascades

 
Highest Point: 5040 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
2.00
(1 vote)
 
 

Puget Sound and Islands -- Bellingham Area

 
Rating:
Average rating:
2.75
(4 votes)
 
 

South Cascades -- Mount St. Helens

 
57.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 12300 ft.
Highest Point: 5690 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.50
(4 votes)
 
 

Puget Sound and Islands -- Bellingham Area

 
8.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 2600 ft.
Highest Point: 2767 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.62
(8 votes)
 
 

North Cascades -- North Cascades Highway - Hwy 20

 
Rating:
Average rating:
2.00
(2 votes)