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WTA's hiking guide is the most comprehensive database of hikes in Washington, and comprises content written by local hiking experts and user submitted information. All data is vetted by WTA staff. This resource is made possible by the donations of WTA members.

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1148 Hikes
Swauk Forest Discovery Trail

Central Cascades -- Blewett Pass

 
2.45 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 660 ft.
Highest Point: 4530.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.92
(13 votes)
This popular summer trail offers a wonderful place to learn about woodland ecosystems with 25 different interpretive stops. Wandering just under three miles through woods and meadows near the summit of Blewett Pass, With five log benches throughout providing fascinating views. It also gives insight into an area recovering after a burn towards the end of the trail.
 
 
Tieton Meadows

South Cascades

 
9.8 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 2900 ft.
Highest Point: 3600.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.40
(5 votes)
This horse/hiker trail used to access Bear Creek Mountain, but years of underuse and neglect has rendered it nearly impossible to follow.
 
 
Blowout Mountain

Snoqualmie Region

 
4.6 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 650 ft.
Highest Point: 5450.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.00
(4 votes)
This trail takes you to Blowout Mountain through a forested area. The views from the mountain are spectacular.
 
 
Winchester Mountain

North Cascades -- Mount Baker Area

 
3.4 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 1300 ft.
Highest Point: 6521.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.46
(28 votes)
The trail up to Winchester Mountain is less than two miles long and only 1300 feet of elevation gain, with access to a lookout at 6500 feet with outstanding 360 degree views. What’s the catch? The road.
 
 
Dosewallips State Park - Steam Donkey Trail

Olympic Peninsula -- Hood Canal

 
3.5 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 400 ft.
Highest Point: 425.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
2.91
(11 votes)
The 3.5 mile Steam Donkey Loop Trail is an especially good choice in spring, with lots of creeklets, views of the Dosewallips River and silent forest. There is a strong chance that you will see wildlife in winter and spring. An elk herd resides in the area, and with the estuary so close, the area is rife with bird-life. As an added bonus for fall hikers, you can search for and pick chanterelle mushrooms.
 
 
Sinlahekin Natural Area

Eastern Washington -- Okanogan Highlands/Kettle River Range

 
8.0 miles of trails
Highest Point: 2700.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.50
(2 votes)
Tucked in a lush river valley in the Okanogan region, the Sinlahekin Wildlife Area provides the opportunity to wander at will, through a rich ecosystem harboring hundreds of species of big game, waterfowl, and native plants.
 
 
Gold Creek Pond

Snoqualmie Region -- Snoqualmie Pass

 
1.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 10 ft.
Highest Point: 3000.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.32
(22 votes)
Gold Creek Pond has different pass requirements when snow is present. Please see note
Gold Creek Pond is an ADA-accessible paved loop hike around a picturesque mountain pond atop Snoqualmie Pass.
 
 
Copper Pass via Twisp River

North Cascades -- Methow/Sawtooth

 
10.6 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 3100 ft.
Highest Point: 6720.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.14
(7 votes)
Take an old prospector’s trail from valley to the heights of Copper Pass. Of course, the style of route is direct, with more up the fall line than switchbacks. Once there, enjoy the views west to the heart of the North Cascades and take time for exploration in all directions.
 
 
Driveway Butte

North Cascades -- North Cascades Highway - Hwy 20

 
8.6 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 3030 ft.
Highest Point: 5982.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.55
(11 votes)
Spring, summer, and fall all beckon hikers up the slopes of Delancy Ridge toward Driveway Butte, attracted by the views, seasonal flowers, or just a hard workout. The trail tells the tale to two forests, a mature pine forest in the first half and a forest recovering from fire in the second.
 
 
West Tiger 3

Issaquah Alps -- Tiger Mountain

 
5.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 2100 ft.
Highest Point: 2525.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.30
(40 votes)
Temporary closure: Effective on Tuesday July 6 2021 portions of this trail and others that access privately owned forest lands surrounding the summits of West Tiger Mountain will be temporarily closed until further notice while road work and timber harvesting occur. For your safety please respect the closure area.
Don't expect solitude here- this is perhaps the most heavily used trail on Tiger Mountain, and for good reason. Fortunately, there is plenty of room to share. This close-to-the-city wild land trail provides stunning views, great forestlands, and ample opportunities to see birds and critters. West Tiger- one of the sprawling mountain's four primary peaks (West, Middle, South and East)- is itself a tri-crowned peak. Numbered 1 through 3, the third of the West Tiger peaks offers the best views, despite being the lowest of the triplets.
 
 
Deception Pass State Park - Pass Lake

Puget Sound and Islands -- Bellingham Area

 
3.4 miles, roundtrip
Rating:
Average rating:
4.00
(1 vote)
The Pass Lake Loop provides a nice, quiet forested trail near the popular Deception Point State Park. The trailhead is near the boat launch for Pass Lake at the junction of Highway 20 and Rosario Road.
 
 
McKenzie Conservation Area

Eastern Washington -- Spokane Area/Coeur d'Alene

 
6.0 miles of trails
Gain: 500 ft.
Highest Point: 2600.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
0.00
(0 votes)
Visit McKenzie to take in the wild side of Newman Lake, where one can watch for moose in the shallows along the 3,000 feet of lakeshore, or possibly see an eagle nab a fish before returning to its nest in the nearby cottonwoods. Mount Spokane and Ragged Ridge make the backdrop for this mellow loop trail system.
 
 
Forest Park - Ridge Trail

Southwest Washington -- Columbia River Gorge - OR

 
4.25 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 982 ft.
Highest Point: 1075.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
0.00
(0 votes)
Traverse Forest Park via an out-and-back or a point-to-point, soaking in urban forest that has old growth, wildflowers, mushrooms, berries and fauna, enjoying occasional glimpses of the Willamette and the fantastic St. Johns Bridge. If desired, take a side excursion along one of the connector trails near the Springville Road trailhead for an extended Tualatin Mountains experience.
 
 
Snowking Mountain

North Cascades -- North Cascades Highway - Hwy 20

 
Highest Point: 7433.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.50
(2 votes)
Snowking Mountain is a strenuous mountaineering trip or class 3 alpine scramble with stunning panoramic mountain views, deep blue alpine lakes and rewarding isolation.
 
 
Glacier Peak Meadows

North Cascades -- Mountain Loop Highway

 
25.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 4350 ft.
Highest Point: 6450.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
5.00
(1 vote)
The climb up the North Fork Trail to the Pacific Crest Trail is steep and often buggy, but vast meadows of wildflowers and alpine heaven are the well-earned reward.
 
 
Chief Joseph Wildlife Area - Joseph Canyon

Eastern Washington -- Palouse and Blue Mountains

 
2.0 miles, roundtrip
Highest Point: 1160.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
0.00
(0 votes)
The Chief Joseph Wildlife Area sits in the very southeast corner of Washington State. This trail follows Joseph Creek for a couple miles before ending in overgrowth.
 
 
Ryan Cabin

Eastern Washington -- Okanogan Highlands/Kettle River Range

 
1.7 miles, one-way
Gain: 700 ft.
Highest Point: 5200.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.33
(3 votes)
One of several feeder trails to the Kettle Crest, the Ryan Cabin Trail provides easy access to numerous route options in the Kettle Range.
 
 
Old Stage

Eastern Washington -- Okanogan Highlands/Kettle River Range

 
1.6 miles, one-way
Rating:
Average rating:
3.25
(4 votes)
A trail wide enough for a stage coach, which was its original and still permitted use, Old Stage Trail No. 75 serves as the main feeder trail to the Kettle Crest National Recreation Trail for access to nearby Copper Butte.
 
 
Copper Ridge Loop

North Cascades -- Mount Baker Area

 
34.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 8600 ft.
Highest Point: 6260.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.38
(13 votes)
Experience the variety offered by the North Cascades: high mountain ridges with spectacular views, a remote river valley, and even a self-propelled cable car river crossing. Popular side trips include Hannegan Peak and Whatcom Pass.
 
 
Rhododendron Park

Puget Sound and Islands -- Whidbey Island

 
3.0 miles, roundtrip
Highest Point: 295.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
0.00
(0 votes)
A multi-use county park with a short system of rambling trails through native rhododendron forest in central Whidbey Island.
 
 
Barnum Point

Puget Sound and Islands -- Whidbey Island

 
2.75 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 300 ft.
Highest Point: 130.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
0.00
(0 votes)
Enjoy a series of easy forest trails in this new Island County park. Descend to the beach at both ends of the bluff. Optionally, tide permitting, hike the entire length of the mile-long beach. Either way, finish your hike on more forest trails.
 
 
Double Bluff

Puget Sound and Islands -- Whidbey Island

 
4.0 miles, roundtrip
Rating:
Average rating:
3.50
(12 votes)
Looking for a great day at the beach with the dog? Double Bluff is the place to be! Time it just right and at low tide you could walk for miles!
 
 
Dry Creek

South Cascades -- Mount Adams Area

 
8.4 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 350 ft.
Highest Point: 1500.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.00
(4 votes)
Low-lying with impressive trees bordering each side of it, this trail is a nice option year-round. The Doug-fir bigleaf maple, and hemlock forest canopy in this narrow valley shades hikers in the heat of summer, and in winter the elevation means it's unlikely to have heavy snow to navigate. And since it's a former railroad grade, the trail is easy enough for hikers of all types.
 
 
Chilliwack River

North Cascades -- Mount Baker Area

 
17.3 miles, one-way
Gain: 2365 ft.
Highest Point: 4440.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.25
(4 votes)
The Chilliwack River Trail is an important part of the Copper Ridge Loop and is also part of the traverse between Hannegan Pass and Ross Lake via a connection with the Little Beaver Trail.
 
 
Chief Joseph Wildlife Area - Green Gulch

Eastern Washington -- Palouse and Blue Mountains

 
10.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 2500 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.43
(7 votes)
Hike down into a canyon starting at 1000 feet of elevation and descending. The trail is an old road that goes for several miles.
 
 
Cape Flattery

Olympic Peninsula -- Pacific Coast

 
1.5 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 200 ft.
Highest Point: 250.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.33
(48 votes)
Trail closed until at least January 1 2022
The furthest northwest tip of the contiguous United State, Cape Flattery provides a dramatic backdrop to a surprisingly accessible hike. It's managed by the Makah Tribe, who provide permits for parking here at Washburn's General Store, The Makah Museum, and many other locations in Neah Bay. As you drive through on the way to the trailhead, be sure to purchase yours -- they're good for the year, and you can also use it for Shi Shi Beach.
 
 
Chief Joseph Wildlife Area - 4-O Ranch

Eastern Washington -- Palouse and Blue Mountains

 
4.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 1500 ft.
Highest Point: 3000.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
0.00
(0 votes)
Famous for its wildlife, the 4-O Ranch portion of the Chief Joseph Wildlife Area provides hikers with access to the Grand Ronde River in the Blue Mountains. Walk over rolling hills and through ponderosa pine woodlands as you search for numerous species that call the area home.
 
 
White Pass - Pilot Ridge Loop

North Cascades -- Mountain Loop Highway

 
29.2 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 7500 ft.
Highest Point: 6360.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.75
(12 votes)
A loop hike, beginning and ending in the old-growth forests of the North Fork Sauk River that traverses high ridges and passes of the Pacific crest, visits beautiful alpine lakes, and finally follows the high and lonesome Pilot Ridge Trail before descending back down to the trail junction on the North Fork Sauk River.
 
 
Red Mountain Lookout

North Cascades -- Mountain Loop Highway

 
2.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 700 ft.
Highest Point: 2800.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.50
(2 votes)
This seldom-used trail within Glacier Peak Wilderness leads through an old-growth forest with magnificent, large trees to the site of an old fire lookout build in the 1930s.
 
 
Rose Creek Nature Preserve

Eastern Washington -- Palouse and Blue Mountains

 
1.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 60 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
0.00
(0 votes)
Stroll though a remnant of Palouse prairie, wetland and steppe ecosystem.