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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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3897 Hikes
Rampart Ridge Loop

Mount Rainier Area -- SW - Longmire/Paradise

 
4.5 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 1300 ft.
Highest Point: 4080.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.05
(22 votes)
This short loop out of Longmire makes for a great, quick way to get some elevation gain, some forest views, and a fantastic vista of Mount Rainier, all in less than five miles!
 
 
Rainbow Canyon

Olympic Peninsula -- Hood Canal

 
1.0 miles, roundtrip
Rating:
Average rating:
2.25
(4 votes)
This is a short hike into a tree-filled gorge. Views include a waterfall, Elbo Creek, and the Quilcene River.
 
 
Pyramid Mountain / Pyramid Peak

Olympic Peninsula -- Northern Coast

 
6.8 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 2400 ft.
Highest Point: 3089.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.23
(13 votes)
When it is hot and dry, escape to this shaded hike through old-growth forest, culminating with views of Washington’s second-deepest lake and its surroundings. But you'll have to cross a precipitous washout 2 miles in to reach the views.
 
 
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.
 
 
Pratt Connector to Pratt River Trail

Snoqualmie Region -- North Bend Area

 
6.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 100 ft.
Highest Point: 900.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.56
(18 votes)
Hikers used to have one option on the Middle Fork Trail; cross the bridge and head upstream along the main Middle Fork Trail. Thanks to work done by WTA and Mountains to Sound Greenway, hikers can now turn right (downstream) on the fine new Pratt Connector Trail. At a junction one-quarter mile in, a boot path leads to Rainy Lake and Preacher Mountain. Just a short drive from civilization, this is a good moderate choice if you're seeking a relaxing, riverside ramble.
 
 
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.
 
 
Pomas Creek

Central Cascades -- Entiat Mountains/Lake Chelan

 
5.0 miles, one-way
Gain: 3100 ft.
Highest Point: 6985.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.75
(4 votes)
The Pomas Creek trail is a 5-mile connector trail that can be used to create a 21.5-mile lollipop loop in conjunction with the Entiat River Trail.
 
 
Mount Peak (Pinnacle Peak)

Puget Sound and Islands -- Seattle-Tacoma Area

 
1.8 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 1000 ft.
Highest Point: 1800.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.23
(26 votes)
There are many names for this short little hike. Mount Pete, Mount Peak, Pinnacle Peak Park, Cal Magnusson Trail.
 
 
Pine and Cedar Lakes

Puget Sound and Islands -- Bellingham Area

 
5.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 1400 ft.
Highest Point: 1600.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.81
(16 votes)
With two small lakes and numerous branching trails that sport views to Mount Baker and the Puget Sound, this moderate trail through shady forest can be hiked or backpacked year round. Trails circle both of these lakes, and on nice days you’ll find people out fishing or canoeing here.
 
 
Penrose Point State Park

Olympic Peninsula -- Kitsap Peninsula

 
2.5 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 140 ft.
Highest Point: 140.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.00
(9 votes)
Found on the shores of Puget Sound is the marine and camping Penrose Point State Park. The park consists of 237 acres and nearly two miles of shoreline, including Mayo Cove and Carr Inlet.
 
 
 
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.
 
 
Spectacle Lake

Snoqualmie Region -- Salmon La Sac/Teanaway

 
22.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 1500 ft.
Highest Point: 4600.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.36
(25 votes)
Spectacle Lake is truly worthy of the name - it's quite a sight to see. Nestled at the base of Chikamin Ridge and just a short jaunt from the Pacific Crest Trail, this lake is one of the true gems of Snoqualmie Pass.
 
 
Pacific Crest Trail (PCT) Section L - Rainy Pass to Manning Park

North Cascades -- North Cascades Highway - Hwy 20

 
70.3 miles, one-way
Gain: 13649 ft.
Highest Point: 7100.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.50
(6 votes)
This last leg of the Pacific Crest Trail (or first depending on whether you're north- or southbound) offers breathtaking views as it passes along the eastern edge of the North Cascades and into the Pasayten Wilderness. Make sure to bring your passport to complete your journey in Manning Provincial Park!
 
 
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.
 
 
Paradise Point State Park

Southwest Washington -- Lewis River Region

 
1.0 miles, roundtrip
Rating:
Average rating:
4.50
(2 votes)
Paradise Point State Park packs a lot into a small, often-overlooked park right along I-5.
 
 
Palisades

Mount Rainier Area -- Chinook Pass - Hwy 410

 
15.9 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 2680 ft.
Highest Point: 5300.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.11
(18 votes)
This trail has it all, from beautiful forests, beautiful waterfalls, good climbing and fun descents to technical sections with views of Mount Rainier from cliffs that will inspire you.
 
 
Oak Tree Park

Puget Sound and Islands -- Seattle-Tacoma Area

 
0.63 miles of trails
Gain: 75 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
0.00
(0 votes)
Visit a rare remnant of Garry Oak Prairie in the state at this small but mighty park in Tacoma.
 
 
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.
 
 
Notch Pass

Olympic Peninsula -- Hood Canal

 
8.6 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 2700 ft.
Highest Point: 2500.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.73
(11 votes)
Believed to be a former Native American trading route through the Olympics, this historic trail was rebuilt by the Civilian Conservation Corps (the CCC) in the 1930s. It was relocated in the early 2000s and is a popular WTA volunteer work party site to this day.
 
 
North Kitsap Heritage Park

Olympic Peninsula -- Kitsap Peninsula

 
10.0 miles of trails
Rating:
Average rating:
3.00
(2 votes)
North Kitsap Heritage Park is a small collection of trails supported locally through land trusts. Trails here range from steep to flat and go through sunny meadows and forests.
 
 
North Fork Sullivan Creek

Eastern Washington -- Selkirk Range

 
5.7 miles, one-way
Gain: 3600 ft.
Highest Point: 6600.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.50
(4 votes)
Tucked deep into the heart of the infrequently-visited Colville National Forest is the North Fork Sullivan Trail. This trail has no trailhead of its own, but climbs steadily from its junction with the Halliday and Red Bluff Trails to Crowell Ridge, where you'll enjoy expansive views of the surrounding area.
 
 
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.
 
 
Muddy Meadows/Foggy Flat

South Cascades -- Mount Adams Area

 
11.6 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 1710 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.14
(7 votes)
This forested trail leads to a fine campsite primed for exploring the base of Mount Adams.
 
 
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 Townsend

Olympic Peninsula -- Hood Canal

 
8.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 3010 ft.
Highest Point: 6260.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.31
(59 votes)
Mount Townsend offers rhododendrons in May and June, wildflowers June through August, then berries in August and September and fall colors in, well, fall. Add in old growth, some tucked away waterfalls, and a windswept, turtleback summit with views north across the Strait and San Juans, west and south into and along the Olympics and east across the Sound to the Cascades, and you've got the perfect year-round hike.
 
 
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.
 
 
Mount Spokane State Park - Trail 130

Eastern Washington -- Spokane Area/Coeur d'Alene

 
12.0 miles, roundtrip
Rating:
Average rating:
4.00
(4 votes)
If you're looking for the best workout in the park, you'd be hard-pressed to find something better than this, the longest trail. Circumnavigate the park's namesake peak by following trail 130 "round-the-mountain" for nearly 12 miles of forested trail punctuated by the occasional open meadow, or opt to turn around at any time for a shorter stroll.
 
 
Mount Spokane State Park - Trail 131

Eastern Washington -- Spokane Area/Coeur d'Alene

 
1.0 miles, one-way
Gain: 550 ft.
Highest Point: 5119.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
0.00
(0 votes)
A year-round hike, Trail 131 is the main snowshoe access trail to Bald Knob Campground and connecting trails.
 
 
Mount Spokane State Park - Trail 110

Eastern Washington -- Spokane Area/Coeur d'Alene

 
7.5 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 1750 ft.
Highest Point: 5000.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.00
(4 votes)
Trail 110 is one of the core trails within Mount Spokane State Park, beginning just inside the park entrance and providing access to numerous connector trails. Hike it as an out-and-back to learn the intersections, then explore the connecting trails to form loop routes.