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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
Sequalitchew Creek

Puget Sound and Islands -- Seattle-Tacoma Area

 
3.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 218 ft.
Highest Point: 250.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.07
(14 votes)
Sesqualitchew Creek is a fantastic find in the middle of DuPont. Transition from urban to forest and back over a short trail that provides a great distraction from the buzz of urban life -- and all possible on your lunch break!
 
 
Carkeek Park

Puget Sound and Islands -- Seattle-Tacoma Area

 
3.5 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 800 ft.
Highest Point: 240.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.87
(15 votes)
Explore forest trails along Piper's Creek and adjoining ridges. Visit a Puget Sound beach and enjoy great views across the Sound to the Olympics. In the fall, observe migrating salmon in the creek.
 
 
Port Susan Bay Preserve

Puget Sound and Islands -- Bellingham Area

 
2.0 miles, roundtrip
Rating:
Average rating:
4.00
(1 vote)
The Port Susan Bay Preserve, owned by Nature Conservancy, is a 4,122-acre preserve which encompasses much of the Stillaguamish River estuary. A short mile-long dike trail takes you through tidelands and farmlands to the Stillaguamish River, provide the opportunity to view many varieties of birds and other wildlife.
 
 
Chambers Bay Loop

Puget Sound and Islands -- Seattle-Tacoma Area

 
3.25 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 315 ft.
Highest Point: 234.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.67
(15 votes)
This loop combines the Grandview Trail with the Soundview Trail to make 3.25 miles with some serious incline. Walk around the golf course at Chambers Creek Regional Park, and enjoy views of Chambers Bay and the vivid green grasses of the golf course.
 
 
Maury Island Marine Park

Puget Sound and Islands -- Seattle-Tacoma Area

 
3.0 miles of trails
Gain: 500 ft.
Highest Point: 500.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.00
(5 votes)
Maury Island Marine Park is located on the east side of Maury Island which is connected to Vashon Island. There is more than one mile of natural shoreline with stunning views of Mount Rainier and the Cascade Mountains. The park is a former gravel mine and contains rare stands of the Pacific Madrone tree. The accessible shoreline allows for scuba diving and an excellent beach walk to observe marine life with a salt marsh at the north end.
 
 
Tolmie State Park - Four Cedars Trail

Puget Sound and Islands -- Seattle-Tacoma Area

 
1.98 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 200 ft.
Highest Point: 225.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.00
(6 votes)
Take a short jaunt in Tolmie State Park. Great for families or just a quick stretch of the legs.
 
 
Discovery Park Loop Trail

Puget Sound and Islands -- Seattle-Tacoma Area

 
2.8 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 140 ft.
Highest Point: 325.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.61
(36 votes)
Seattle's Discovery Park Loop Trail is a designated National Recreation Trail, 2.8 miles long with an elevation change of just 140 feet. It passes through both forest and open meadows, offers extensive views, good prospects for bird watchers, and it can be hiked or jogged year-round.
 
 
Golden Gardens Park

Puget Sound and Islands -- Seattle-Tacoma Area

 
2.5 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 300 ft.
Highest Point: 300.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.67
(6 votes)
Seattle's Golden Gardens Park is best known for its wide sandy beach; on summer weekends, the large parking lot may be full and the beach crowded. Less well-known is the extensive trail system on the steep slopes east of the railroad tracks, constructed as a WPA project in the 1930s, with wide trails and stone staircases. Today, some of the stonework shows signs of age but the main trails still are well-maintained and in good condition.
 
 
Leadbetter Point State Park - Martha Jordan Birding Trail

Southwest Washington -- Long Beach Area

 
4.0 miles, roundtrip
Highest Point: 15.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
0.00
(0 votes)
WTA began construction of this half mile new trail in 2013. Since then they've built several boardwalks and brushed out a rough corridor leading to a connection with the existing trail system through the forested dunes.
 
 
Griffiths-Priday State Park - Copalis River Spit

Southwest Washington -- Long Beach Area

 
4.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 40 ft.
Highest Point: 25.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.00
(6 votes)
On a stretch of Washington coast known for its beach-driving, Griffiths-Priday State Park is a welcome respite for walkers. The natural spit features low sand dunes that are protected as a wildlife refuge bordered by Conner Creek on one side and the Copalis River on the other.
 
 
Blake Island State Park

Puget Sound and Islands -- Seattle-Tacoma Area

 
8.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 190 ft.
Highest Point: 190.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
0.00
(0 votes)
Originally home to the Suquamish Indian tribe and legendary for being the supposed birthplace of Chief Sealth, over the years Blake Island has also served as a timber source, a private estate, Army base, and even a smuggler’s refuge. It now may be best known for Tillicum Village, a Native American re-enactment retreat accessible via ferry from nearby Seattle.
 
 
Discovery Park Beach and Highlands Loop

Puget Sound and Islands -- Seattle-Tacoma Area

 
5.1 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 380 ft.
Highest Point: 345.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.22
(9 votes)
Hike through the relatively uncrowded southeast corner of a park in Seattle. Head up to the South Meadow for the views, then go down to the beaches and get up close to the West Point Lighthouse. Come back up to the park highlands for a close look at old buildings in the Fort Lawton Historic District.
 
 
Westport State Park - Westport Light Trail

Southwest Washington -- Long Beach Area

 
2.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 15 ft.
Highest Point: 30.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
5.00
(1 vote)
The Westport Light Trail, also known to locals as "The Dunes Trail" is about 1 paved mile dotted with many commemorative stone benches.
 
 
Indian Island County Park

Olympic Peninsula -- Hood Canal

 
3.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 70 ft.
Highest Point: 50.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
2.88
(8 votes)
Indian Island County Park offers two glorious miles of shoreline that can be hiked on the beach, on the bluffs, or a combination of the two. Leisurely beach ramblers, trail runners, and everyone in between will enjoy easy access to nature and the breath-taking scenery of Oak Bay.
 
 
Point Whitehorn Marine Reserve

Puget Sound and Islands -- Bellingham Area

 
4.0 miles, roundtrip
Rating:
Average rating:
4.00
(4 votes)
This hike boasts a great combination of wetland and sea shore. It is doable by hikers of all ages, and most of the trail is wheelchair accessible
 
 
Dungeness National Wildlife Refuge - Dungeness Spit

Olympic Peninsula -- Northern Coast

 
11.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 130 ft.
Highest Point: 130.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.94
(31 votes)
This narrow strip of land just east of Port Angeles in the Strait of Juan de Fuca is a gorgeous place to explore miles upon miles of sandy beach, spy shorebirds wheeling, and even get a little shot of greenery at the beginning and end of your trip. But remember, while the beach is usually a good place for dogs to get some exercise, this particular one is closed to pups, since it’s a National Wildlife Refuge.
 
 
Anacortes Community Forest Lands - Four Summit Loop

Puget Sound and Islands -- Bellingham Area

 
6.5 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 1700 ft.
Highest Point: 1300.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
0.00
(0 votes)
Perhaps you have hiked to each of the four named high points of the Anacortes Community Forest Lands (ACFL), or even combined two of these "summits" for a longer hike (e.g. Little Round Top and Sugar Cube, or Mount Erie and Sugarloaf.) So here's a thought: why not do a grand tour that reaches all four named summits in a single loop hike?
 
 
North Coast Route

Olympic Peninsula -- Pacific Coast

 
30.0 miles, one-way
Gain: 200 ft.
Highest Point: 200.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.00
(7 votes)
Rialto Beach remains closed
Hike through and alongside coastal forest, rocky cliffs and the wild Pacific coast on a relatively well-maintained route.
 
 
Anacortes Community Forest Lands - Little Round Top

Puget Sound and Islands -- Whidbey Island

 
3.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 850 ft.
Highest Point: 915.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.00
(1 vote)
Hike trails that form a loop in the Anacortes Community Forest Lands (ACFL.) If you already have been to Mount Erie and to Sugarloaf, this hike will take you to one - or optionally to both - of the other two named high points in the ACFL. These are Little Round Top and Sugar Cube. As a bonus, you also will visit a great viewpoint.
 
 
Anderson Island

Puget Sound and Islands -- Seattle-Tacoma Area

 
2.5 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 50 ft.
Highest Point: 50.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
0.00
(0 votes)
Take a nice retreat to a couple of trails winding through a mossy forest to a beach and tidal inlet where you can continue exploring along the sand.
 
 
Point No Point Park

Olympic Peninsula -- Kitsap Peninsula

 
2.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 100 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.50
(6 votes)
The trail at Point No Point gives you both a glimpse into the past, as well as a bit of a workout and great views. With 3 acres in the Point No Point County Park and one hiking trail, the Point No Point lighthouse makes a great destination for visitors young and old.
 
 
Duwamish Trail

Puget Sound and Islands -- Seattle-Tacoma Area

 
6.0 miles, roundtrip
Highest Point: 10.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
2.00
(1 vote)
Despite its location on a Superfund site, in the most industrial part of Seattle, the multi-use Duwamish trail provides a nice walk or easy bike ride, as well as art installations and views of downtown Seattle.
 
 
Monument Park

Puget Sound and Islands -- Bellingham Area

 
0.25 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 135 ft.
Highest Point: 135.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
0.00
(0 votes)
Venture down to a beach in a small Whatcom County park in Point Roberts.
 
 
Morgan Tidelands

Puget Sound and Islands -- Whidbey Island

 
2.5 miles, roundtrip
Rating:
Average rating:
4.00
(2 votes)
Enjoy this 2.5 mile long beach hike thanks to a donation from the Morgan Family to Whidbey Camano Land Trust.
 
 
Patos Island

Puget Sound and Islands -- San Juan Islands

 
1.5 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 30 ft.
Highest Point: 30.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
0.00
(0 votes)
Spanish for Duck Island, Patos Island is a hidden gem in the San Juan Islands. This is largely because of difficulty in accessing it, but if you make the effort, you won't be sorry!
 
 
Anderson Point

Olympic Peninsula -- Kitsap Peninsula

 
1.4 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 250 ft.
Highest Point: 250.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
0.00
(0 votes)
Enjoy a short hike to one of the best beaches in Kitsap County.
 
 
Priest Point Park

Olympic Peninsula -- Olympia

 
5.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 150 ft.
Highest Point: 200.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.22
(9 votes)
With amenities aplenty, Priest Point Park serves a wide community of users. Take a picnic and explore its many nature trails, let your kids play on the playground, or simply relax and enjoy the surroundings.
 
 
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.
 
 
Luther Burbank Park

Puget Sound and Islands

 
3.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 120 ft.
Highest Point: 120.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.00
(5 votes)
Luther Burbank Park is a waterfront park at the North end of Mercer Island, offering three miles of family- and pet-friendly trails with waterfront access, wetlands, and recreational activities.
 
 
Lime Kiln State Park

Puget Sound and Islands -- San Juan Islands

 
1.35 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 276 ft.
Highest Point: 207.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.00
(4 votes)
Lime Kiln State Park is one of the more scenic spots on an already beautiful island. Sometimes called “Whale Watch Park,” it is not uncommon to see orcas or other marine life playing in the water as you wander along the rocky edges of the Salish Sea. The hike described here provides plenty of opportunity for spotting killer whales, while also allowing you to explore the upland environment and see the historic lime kiln.