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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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Results List

1148 Hikes
Slate Creek

North Cascades -- Methow/Sawtooth

 
6.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 3700 ft.
Highest Point: 6600.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.00
(5 votes)
A steep as all heck hike (think: 1200 feet-per-mile) from the Twisp River Valley up to Abernathy Ridge with 360-degree views. The trail continues on to Slate Lake, but this side-trip adds 4 miles roundtrip for this add-on.
 
 
Cascade Pass

North Cascades -- North Cascades Highway - Hwy 20

 
7.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 1800 ft.
Highest Point: 5392.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.15
(33 votes)
9/17/2021 - The Cascade River Road is closed at milepost 20 due to road damage.
At Cascade Pass, the wow factor far exceeds the “ow” factor – perhaps no other trail in the state delivers as much reward for the effort. From the high peaks on either side of the pass, verdant meadows curve down to a saddle that offers sweeping views of nearby valleys, glaciers, mountains, and passing wildlife. Sedately climbing a little less than 1,800 feet in 3.6 miles, it is the perfect hike to show new hikers the extraordinary places their feet can take them.
 
 
Little Ranger Peak via Ranger Creek

Mount Rainier Area -- Chinook Pass - Hwy 410

 
12.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 2500 ft.
Highest Point: 5010.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.50
(10 votes)
This infrequently visited trail is the perfect hike early in the season, because the snow melts off the south-facing flanks of the peak early. If you miss the springtime, save it for fall, because the deciduous trees that line the path make it ideal for a shot of fall color. Enjoy a moderately graded that leads you to a summit that boasts views of Rainier and the White River valley from the summit.
 
 
Woodard Bay Conservation Area

Olympic Peninsula -- Olympia

 
3.5 miles of trails
Rating:
Average rating:
3.27
(11 votes)
With five miles of shoreline in South Puget Sound, the Woodard Bay Conservation Area includes forests, wetlands of freshwater, as well as historic and cultural resources that are a valuable diversion in the area.
 
 
Whistle Punk Trail

Southwest Washington -- Columbia River Gorge - WA

 
1.5 miles, roundtrip
Highest Point: 1200.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
2.50
(4 votes)
In logging's heyday, whistle punks were men tasked with operating the signal that let other loggers know a log had been hooked up and was ready to be moved. Using interpretive signage, this trail illustrates what was like to be on a logging show, from the crew, to the cook, to camp.
 
 
Vancouver Lake - North Trail

Southwest Washington -- Vancouver Area

 
2.5 miles, roundtrip
Highest Point: 10.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.00
(1 vote)
A gentle meandering barrier-free path leads through a mature cottonwood forest just west of Vancouver Lake. Although you can't see the lake through all the trees, there are other sights and sounds to enjoy along this route. Most notably the vibrant greens of the understory in spring, beautiful fall yellows and quite a few species of birds nearly all year.
 
 
Upper Lena Lake

Olympic Peninsula -- Hood Canal

 
14.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 3900 ft.
Highest Point: 4600.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.23
(31 votes)
The trail to Lena Lake is a pretty, and popular, weekend destination. But hearty hikers and backpackers who venture to Upper Lena Lake will leave the crowds behind and experience a little bit of nirvana.
 
 
John Tursi Trail

Puget Sound and Islands -- Bellingham Area

 
2.2 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 600 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.50
(2 votes)
Discover the natural history of South Fidalgo Island on this beautiful forested trail. The trail traverses past meadows and rocky balds, a red rock quarry, a miner’s shack, the “rock” of artist Morris Graves’ lore, and views of Pass Lake, Campbell Lake, and Mount Erie.
 
 
Middle Fork Snoqualmie River

Snoqualmie Region -- North Bend Area

 
12.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 200 ft.
Highest Point: 1100.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.78
(32 votes)
This long, meandering hike heads upstream along the Middle Fork of the Snoqualmie River, offering a long day hike, or a great beginning backpacking experience.
 
 
Trapper Creek

Southwest Washington -- Lewis River Region

 
9.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 3000 ft.
Highest Point: 4607.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.50
(6 votes)
This trail climbs from the trailhead on Forest Road 5401 through an old-growth forest to views of the many mountains of the South Cascades from Observation Peak.
 
 
Three Lakes

Olympic Peninsula -- Pacific Coast

 
13.8 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 2850 ft.
Highest Point: 3175.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
2.83
(6 votes)
The Three Lakes Trail is a tour of some of Olympic's finest old growth forests, and is the traditional start of the much longer Queets-Quinault Skyline route. Starting in lowland rainforest, the trail works its way through exemplary stands of montane and then subalpine forests before finally breaking out into meadows dotted with tiny lakes. This is a truly wild and remote corner of the Olympics that leaves a lasting impression on the lucky hiker who experiences its beauty.
 
 
Talapus and Olallie Lakes

Snoqualmie Region -- Snoqualmie Pass

 
6.2 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 1220 ft.
Highest Point: 3780.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.92
(120 votes)
With a moderate grade on a wide trail, the hike to Talapus Lake is the perfect introduction to the outdoors for hikers and beginning backpackers. Upon arrival at Talapus, break out lunch or pitch camp. Either way, you can cool off in the large lake. If you feel like pressing on, Ollalie Lake is just about a mile and a half up trail, where open campsites offer lakeside havens with calm waters and views of a beautiful lake basin.
 
 
Stimpson Nature Reserve

Puget Sound and Islands -- Bellingham Area

 
4.9 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 300 ft.
Highest Point: 800.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.29
(7 votes)
Take a stroll through 350 acres of undisturbed old-growth forest and thriving wetland ecosystem at the Stimpson Family Nature Reserve, a quiet place where hikers can experience the intricate grandeur of nature. Interpretive signs encourage adults and children to discover the nature of the reserve.
 
 
Lower South Fork Skokomish River

Olympic Peninsula -- Olympia

 
8.5 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 800 ft.
Highest Point: 900.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.38
(21 votes)
Venture up the Lower South Fork of the Skokomish River for an abundance of flora and fauna amid lush old growth.
 
 
South Fork Cascade River

North Cascades -- North Cascades Highway - Hwy 20

 
9.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 1800 ft.
Highest Point: 2000.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
2.60
(5 votes)
8/11/21 Trail Closed: This trail is closed due to the Pincer Creek Fire
A hidden gem revealed! The South Fork Cascade Trail was in the Mineral Park Fire of 2003, but recent efforts by WTA crews and other volunteer organizations have helped reopen a section of it, and continue to repair it.
 
 
Slavin Pond Loop

Eastern Washington -- Spokane Area/Coeur d'Alene

 
3.3 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 246 ft.
Highest Point: 2341.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.33
(3 votes)
With more than 600 acres of rolling fields, pine-forested buttes and wetlands, the Slavin Conservation Area provides plenty of room to stretch legs all year-round.
 
 
Shedroof Divide

Eastern Washington -- Selkirk Range

 
22.8 miles, one-way
Rating:
Average rating:
3.12
(8 votes)
The Shedroof Divide offers some of the best views in northeast Washington as it traverses the wild high country of the Salmo-Priest Wilderness.
 
 
Sharpe Park - Montgomery - Duban Headlands

Puget Sound and Islands -- Bellingham Area

 
1.9 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 425 ft.
Highest Point: 370.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.67
(6 votes)
Follow well-signed but sometimes rough trails to a great viewpoint near the water's edge at Porpoise Point. Enjoy views of distant islands, and on a clear day of the distant Olympic Mountains. Sightings of seals, eagles, waterfowl, and sometimes otters are likely.
 
 
Sams Walker Nature Trail

Southwest Washington -- Columbia River Gorge - WA

 
1.1 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 50 ft.
Highest Point: 100.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.00
(1 vote)
Take a mile-long stroll along a gravelled trail through abandoned farm fields. This trail is barrier free, and trail maintenance WTA is performing will greatly improve it, making it more wheelchair friendly in the future.
 
 
Salmo-Priest Loop

Eastern Washington -- Selkirk Range

 
19.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 3400 ft.
Highest Point: 6480.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.44
(9 votes)
Hike into the heart of Colville's Salmo-Priest Wilderness -- so remote that even grizzly bears have been spotted here. This is high country, with some of the most impressive old growth stands this side of the Cascades. You'll experience old growth cedar, moss, ferns and wildflowers galore. But the vistas are pure Inland Northwest - vast views of the Selkirks and the Upper Priest River Valley.
 
 
Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge

Southwest Washington -- Vancouver Area

 
2.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 100 ft.
Highest Point: 100.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.80
(5 votes)
More than 5000 acres of marshes, grasslands and wooded areas are home to more than one hundred species of birds, waterfowl and fish. Two trails and a loop road provide public access to this serene area just a few miles west of I-5. Spring and fall are the best seasons to see migrating songbirds and shorebirds, but summer offers the additional attraction of the barrier-free Kiwa Loop Trail.
 
 
Puget Park - Seattle

Puget Sound and Islands -- Seattle-Tacoma Area

 
5.0 miles of trails
Rating:
Average rating:
2.00
(2 votes)
Visit a wildlife-filled greenspace with a burgeoning trail system in West Seattle.
 
 
Port Gamble Forest - Forbidden Forest Trail Loop

Olympic Peninsula -- Kitsap Peninsula

 
8.5 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 350 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
2.00
(1 vote)
Enjoy a long ramble through the Port Gamble Forest full of second-growth Douglas firs and lots of ferns.
 
 
 
74.7 miles, one-way
Gain: 16000 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.62
(13 votes)
Crossing through the stunning Alpine Lakes wilderness, this section is a must-do for serious Washington backpackers. This 75-mile section leads through some of the most beautiful, remote and varied surroundings along the PCT.
 
 
Park Butte

North Cascades -- Mount Baker Area

 
7.5 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 2200 ft.
Highest Point: 5450.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.55
(67 votes)
Hikers must pack out their waste on this trail and dispose of it in the receptacles at the trailhead
On Park Butte, hike to an historic fire lookout and come face-to-face with Koma Kulshan. Along with unobstructed panoramic views of Mount Baker, the Twin Sisters, and the rest of the North Cascades, the route to Park Butte offers dedicated campsites, wildflower-filled alpine meadows, rushing waterfalls, and a stunning variety of mushroom species.
 
 
Green River Natural Area - Potter's Trail

Puget Sound and Islands -- Seattle-Tacoma Area

 
4.32 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 500 ft.
Highest Point: 500.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
2.22
(9 votes)
The 1,000-acre Green River Natural Area is a wonderful gateway to the middle stretch of the Green River. Composed of steep valley walls and a broad valley floor, the natural area provides trails for hiking and horseback riding as well as access to the most dynamic reach of the Green River in King County.
 
 
Newberry Hill Heritage Park

Olympic Peninsula -- Kitsap Peninsula

 
13.0 miles of trails
Gain: 250 ft.
Highest Point: 350.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.00
(4 votes)
This little gem of a park is located in Kitsap County, at the west end of Newberry Hill Road right before the T to Seabeck Highway.
 
 
Mount Walker

Olympic Peninsula -- Hood Canal

 
4.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 2000 ft.
Highest Point: 2804.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.44
(32 votes)
Approachable throughout the year, the Mount Walker trail’s average 20% grade makes it a go-to route for hikers and trail runners looking for a short, brisk tromp. (While it is also a designated stock trail, riders and pack animals rarely make an appearance.) Spring, summer, and fall the 2-mile trail is both ascended and descended by those on foot. In the winter, when the Mount Walker road is gated closed to vehicles, many will pursue the then 2.25-mile jaunt up to the north viewpoint, saunter over to the south viewpoint and then descend on the more gentle grade of the road.
 
 
Mount Spokane State Park - Trail 260 (Snowshoe)

Eastern Washington -- Spokane Area/Coeur d'Alene

 
Highest Point: 4550.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
0.00
(0 votes)
Snowshoe trail that starts just below the Selkirk Lodge (Nordic ski area) and goes down to the Condo Road.
 
 
Mount Spokane State Park - Upper Trail 140

Eastern Washington -- Spokane Area/Coeur d'Alene

 
3.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 1341 ft.
Highest Point: 5867.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.50
(2 votes)
Hike a huckleberry-dotted trail to the summit of Mount Spokane for views of lush forest, farmland, and lakes. You can even explore the site of an old fire lookout.