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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

139 Hikes
South Coast Wilderness Trail - Toleak Point

Olympic Peninsula -- Pacific Coast

 
17.0 miles, one-way
Gain: 2400 ft.
Highest Point: 350.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.33
(18 votes)
Facilities at La Push remain closed
Bring a tide table and a good book on this scenic traverse of the wild Olympic Coast. While much of your hike will be across sandy beaches, there are several places that will require you wait for the tide to go out. Along the way, plan to climb up steep headlands with cable ladders, ropes and your hands and knees. It's a challenge, but a good one.
 
 
High Ridge Trail

Olympic Peninsula -- Northern Coast

 
0.8 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 213 ft.
Highest Point: 5412.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
5.00
(1 vote)
The High Ridge Trail gets lots of visitors in summer, since it starts near the beginning of the parking lot at the Visitors Center on top of Hurricane Ridge. Beginning as a paved trail and gradually turning into a dirt trail, it connects with the Sunrise Trail. It'll give you a good workout, and you'll have plenty of company in summer.
 
 
Ruby Beach

Olympic Peninsula -- Pacific Coast

 
6.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 60 ft.
Highest Point: 60.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.70
(23 votes)
Ruby Beach offers several miles of beach exploration, with unique rock formations and swirling sun-bleached driftwood.
 
 
Striped Peak

Olympic Peninsula -- Northern Coast

 
6.8 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 850 ft.
Highest Point: 1166.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.43
(14 votes)
Visit a park full of coastal scenery, forests, rocky bluffs, tidepools, and a hearty climb to a 1,166-foot viewpoint. Hike though beautiful coastal forest to an expansive view north across the Strait of Juan de Fuca to Vancouver Island and Salt Spring Island in Canada.
 
 
Turtleback Mountain Preserve: Turtlehead Summit

Puget Sound and Islands -- San Juan Islands

 
5.7 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 1295 ft.
Highest Point: 1025.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
5.00
(2 votes)
Hike a short trail that leads to one of the best viewpoints in the San Juans, with views of other San Juan Islands and of Canada's Gulf Islands. In the distance, Vancouver Island and the Olympic mountains will be visible. Along the way, enjoy an exuberant display of mosses and, in season, wildflowers. Sightings of golden eagles, turkey vultures, and many other birds are likely.
 
 
Obstruction Pass State Park

Puget Sound and Islands -- San Juan Islands

 
1.9 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 305 ft.
Highest Point: 225.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.40
(10 votes)
Moran State Park might have mountains and lakes, but Obstruction Pass has quiet, open forest, secluded campgrounds, and the largest public beach on Orcas Island. Take a quiet walk here and soak in the peaceful shoreline.
 
 
Bell Point and English Camp

Puget Sound and Islands -- San Juan Islands

 
1.7 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 50 ft.
Highest Point: 50.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
0.00
(0 votes)
English Camp is the historical site of the Royal British Marines’ outpost established in the 1860’s. Part of a joint English-American occupation of San Juan Island while international water boundaries were decided, many of the buildings remain for visitors to explore. The gentle, family-friendly loop trail from English Camp to Bell Point offers hikers peaceful water views and pleasant bird watching.
 
 
Upright Head Preserve

Puget Sound and Islands -- San Juan Islands

 
1.2 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 300 ft.
Highest Point: 195.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
0.00
(0 votes)
A relaxing walk through land once slated for a housing development, the trail around Upright Head Preserve is an easy hike where one can watch ferries travel from one island to the next while waiting for their own. Remnants of roads and utilities make up part of the trail, with the rest on narrow dirt paths through the dense forest.
 
 
Turtleback Mountain Preserve: Ship Peak Loop

Puget Sound and Islands -- San Juan Islands

 
3.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 860 ft.
Highest Point: 931.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.50
(4 votes)
Explore beautiful Turtleback Mountain Preserve and take in of the most breathtaking views on Orcas Island. Ship Peak, is a moderate loop full of views and a summit starting at the south end of the preserve.
 
 
Guemes Mountain

Puget Sound and Islands -- San Juan Islands

 
2.4 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 550 ft.
Highest Point: 688.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.80
(5 votes)
A collaboration between Skagit Land Trust and Washington Trails Association created this 1.2-mile trail up Guemes Mountain, offering views of the surrounding San Juan Islands. A treat year round, you'll also see unique prairie habitat and forest, in addition to those gorgeous views.
 
 
Young Hill

Puget Sound and Islands -- San Juan Islands

 
2.2 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 587 ft.
Highest Point: 665.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.29
(7 votes)
The hike up Young Hill is a San Juan Island classic. A moderate trail leading to surprisingly expansive views, and the short side trip to the English Camp cemetery offers a chance to observe unique natural and historical features.
 
 
Guemes Channel and Ship Harbor

Puget Sound and Islands -- San Juan Islands

 
3.2 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 100 ft.
Highest Point: 110.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
0.00
(0 votes)
Hike shoreline trails in both directions from this Anacortes trailhead. Take in views of distant islands, ferries, seabirds, eagles, historic displays. All on good trails suitable for all ages.
 
 
Jakle's Lagoon

Puget Sound and Islands -- San Juan Islands

 
1.0 miles, roundtrip
Highest Point: 100.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
0.00
(0 votes)
Take this short one-mile stroll around an interpretive trail near the base of Mount Finlayson on San Juan Island.
 
 
Turn Point Lighthouse

Puget Sound and Islands -- San Juan Islands

 
6.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 280 ft.
Highest Point: 300.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
5.00
(2 votes)
It doesn’t get better than Stuart Island if you want to combine a quaint little hiking trip with sea kayaking, camping and wildlife watching.
 
 
American Camp and South Beach

Puget Sound and Islands -- San Juan Islands

 
2.7 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 167 ft.
Highest Point: 175.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
0.00
(0 votes)
Hike from the site of a historic military occupation down to South Beach, the longest public beach on San Juan Island. Wildlife abounds as guests often encounter red foxes and may see orcas in the Strait of Juan de Fuca.
 
 
Vendovi Island Trails

Puget Sound and Islands -- San Juan Islands

 
3.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 100 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.00
(1 vote)
Washington Trails Association is working with the San Juan Preservation Trust to create and improve the trail system on this undeveloped and little-known San Juan island.
 
 
Sucia Island State Park

Puget Sound and Islands -- San Juan Islands

 
10.0 miles of trails
Gain: 223 ft.
Highest Point: 223.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.20
(5 votes)
Far to the north, between the Strait of Georgia and the waters surrounding the San Juan Islands is a funny-shaped little island with a wealth of hiking trails on its relatively small square acreage.
 
 
Spencer Spit

Puget Sound and Islands -- San Juan Islands

 
2.0 miles of trails
Gain: 60 ft.
Highest Point: 60.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.75
(4 votes)
Spencer Spit State Park is located on the northeast corner of Lopez Island in the San Juan Islands. A campground sits at the northern edge of the park. The network of hiking trails loops around the edge of the park, heads along the edge of a lagoon and extends out onto the spit.
 
 
Dosewallips State Park - Beach Trail

Olympic Peninsula -- Hood Canal

 
0.2 miles, roundtrip
Rating:
Average rating:
4.00
(1 vote)
Accessible only at low-tide, this trail (called the North Tidal Area Trail on the Dosewallips State Park map) is a short, gravelled trail that meanders along the north end of the beach at the state park. While this trail is quite short, and only accessible during a limited time, there are 10 total miles of trail in the state park, found across Highway 101 and departing from the camping area. If you want a longer hike, try the Steam Donkey or the Maple Valley trail.
 
 
Eagle Landing Park

Puget Sound and Islands -- Seattle-Tacoma Area

 
0.75 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 147 ft.
Highest Point: 217.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
0.00
(0 votes)
A small neighborhood park, through a wooded area which leads to an overlook of Puget Sound.
 
 
Big Cedar Tree - Kalaloch

Olympic Peninsula -- Pacific Coast

 
0.1 miles, roundtrip
Highest Point: 25.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
2.50
(4 votes)
A storm in March 2014 partially felled this giant. Use caution when visiting and attend to any signage regarding access.
This trail is a short one, just a few hundred feet from the parking area, but it takes you to one of the most easily-accessible, impressive giants of the west coast.
 
 
Joseph Whidbey State Park

Puget Sound and Islands -- Whidbey Island

 
3.5 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 118 ft.
Highest Point: 60.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
0.00
(0 votes)
A smaller, less well known state park on Whidbey Island with gorgeous beach views and a shorter but diverse trail system through woods, grassy meadows, marsh and beach areas.
 
 
Leadbetter Point State Park - Dune Forest Loop

Southwest Washington -- Long Beach Area

 
2.9 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 60 ft.
Highest Point: 35.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
1.80
(5 votes)
A walk through the coastal forest and tidal flats of Leadbetter Point State Park, the Dune Forest Loop is a nice way to see this low-lying peninsula, but the conditions on trail are heavily dependent on the tides and recent rainfall. Come prepared to wade through at least a little bit of water, and don’t be surprised to find yourself navigating deeper stuff. Bring a tide table, and try to visit at low tide for the driest conditions.
 
 
Port Angeles Waterfront Trail

Olympic Peninsula -- Northern Coast

 
4.25 miles, one-way
Gain: 50 ft.
Highest Point: 10.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
2.25
(4 votes)
An easy, mostly paved hike along the saltwater, with plenty of chances to see wildlife.
 
 
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 October 1 2021
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.
 
 
 
0.75 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 25 ft.
Highest Point: 200.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.00
(7 votes)
North Head Lighthouse is closed for tours until further notice due to COVID 19
Take a couple of ADA-accessible trails to some of the most scenic parts of Cape Disappointment State Park.
 
 
Cape Disappointment State Park - Coastal Forest Loop

Southwest Washington -- Long Beach Area

 
1.4 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 260 ft.
Highest Point: 140.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.00
(1 vote)
Tucked off of Spur Road 100, the opposite direction from the Cape Disappointment State Park camping area, the Coastal Forest Loop offers a chance to experience the signature environment of this area in either a half mile or mile and a half loop. Be sure to snag the brochure offered at the park office with interpretive information corresponding to posts along the way.
 
 
Cape Disappointment State Park - McKenzie Head

Southwest Washington -- Long Beach Area

 
0.4 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 200 ft.
Highest Point: 200.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.00
(1 vote)
Take a short hike near the campgrounds at Cape Disappointment State Park to gorgeous views of the mighty Pacific Ocean and the Columbia River.
 
 
 
0.6 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 150 ft.
Highest Point: 200.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
5.00
(1 vote)
Breathe in the sea spray on this anything-but-disappointing hike out to the scenic Cape Disappointment Lighthouse, which offers a trail through a coastal forest and glimpses of the powerful Pacific Ocean.
 
 
Lewis and Clark Discovery Trail

Southwest Washington -- Long Beach Area

 
7.0 miles, one-way
Gain: 15 ft.
Highest Point: 45.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
5.00
(1 vote)
This 8.2-mile trail from the center of Ilwaco along Long Beach provides a nice outing for those wanting to experience the area on foot. The route takes you through forested hills and features nice views of the ocean from the Beard's Hollow Overlook, and then beach and dune walking to the town of Long Beach.