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Results List

118 Hikes
Steamboat Rock

Central Washington -- Grand Coulee

 
6.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 650 ft.
Highest Point: 2250.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.21
(24 votes)
Jutting 800 feet out of Banks Lake in Washington’s majestic coulee country, Steamboat Rock is the crown jewel of this area. The basalt butte has a rich history; first used by native people many years ago, and during the ice age, the Great Missoula Floods carved the canyons here, while the rock stood as an island in the raging river. Now, Steamboat Rock lies high and dry, offering excellent 360-degree panoramas of the landscape surrounding it.
 
 
Baldy Mountain

Central Washington -- Yakima

 
5.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 1972 ft.
Highest Point: 3212.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.14
(7 votes)
This hike in the Yakima River Canyon is an excellent conditioning hike for anyone looking to train in the winter months.
 
 
Moses Coulee Preserve

Central Washington -- Grand Coulee

 
4.0 miles, roundtrip
Highest Point: 1750.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.75
(4 votes)
Moses Coulee is a lesser-known but splendid coulee near Grand Coulee. Huge towering walls of basalt cliffs line both sides of the coulee and sagebrush as well as a lone cactus carpet the floor. This area offers miles upon miles of sights, sounds and smells. One can wander aimlessly, looking at rock formations and losing track of time and space, or utilize one of the faint hiker trails for a more structured visit.
 
 
Beezley Hills Preserve

Central Washington -- Grand Coulee

 
2.3 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 400 ft.
Highest Point: 1750.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
2.30
(10 votes)
Beezley Hills can boast silence and solitude like few other locations in Washington can. Apart from occasional air traffic or the distant sound of farm machinery, the breeze rustling through the shrub-steppe and bird song will rule the day. Wildflowers will abound with an April or May visit while a late summer trip will encourage you to visit earlier or later in the day to beat the afternoon heat.
 
 
Manastash Ridge

Central Washington -- Yakima

 
16.7 miles, one-way
Gain: 4600 ft.
Highest Point: 6245.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.62
(13 votes)
Traverse Manastash Ridge over rugged eastern slope terrain between Quartz Mountain and Blowout Mountain. The distance covered is nearly 17 miles, so be prepared to spend a full day hiking one segment or stay overnight to complete the journey, which has ample trail to delight mountain vista aficionados, larch lovers, berry munchers, flower photographers, and campers alike.
 
 
Manastash Lake

Central Washington -- Yakima

 
8.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 2100 ft.
Highest Point: 5063.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.89
(9 votes)
Hike through a diverse forest to two alpine lakes that rest atop Manastash Ridge, one of Central Washington’s most notable geologic formations. The trail to Lost and Manastash Lakes is an underappreciated gem that will delight larch lovers, berry munchers, flower photographers, and campers alike.
 
 
Umtanum Creek Canyon

Central Washington -- Yakima

 
6.5 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 500 ft.
Highest Point: 1800.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.61
(28 votes)
Take a pleasant hike up a spectacular canyon with towering basalt formations, a rushing creek, and a chance to see bighorn sheep. Whether you go in spring or fall, the canyon is filled with brilliant color.
 
 
White Bluffs - North

Central Washington -- Tri-Cities

 
7.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 500 ft.
Highest Point: 725.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.94
(16 votes)
This is a striking, gorgeous hike -- excellent year round, whether you like snow-dappled trail or high desert. If you visit in summer, bring lots of water and a hat. There's no water available here.
 
 
Riverfront Trail

Central Washington -- Tri-Cities

 
7.0 miles, one-way
Rating:
Average rating:
3.50
(2 votes)
A blacktop trail with some gravel and dirt sections that meanders along The Columbia River in the City of Richland. Start or end at Columbia Point Marina Park at the south end or USS Triton Submarine Memorial Park in the north. The trail is seven miles in length with many benches along the way to stop and take a breather and soak up the beauty of the fast moving Columbia.
 
 
Shell Rock

Central Washington -- Yakima

 
6.0 miles, one-way
Gain: 1100 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
2.80
(5 votes)
 
 
Manastash Ridge - Observatory Road

Central Washington -- Yakima

 
4.5 miles, one-way
Gain: 900 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
2.67
(3 votes)
 
 
Selah Cliffs Natural Area Preserve

Central Washington -- Yakima

 
2.5 miles, roundtrip
Highest Point: 1160.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.00
(1 vote)
An easy hike up the Selah Creek canyon with views of both abundant wildlife and geological points of interest.
 
 
East Rim Waterworks Canyon

Central Washington -- Yakima

 
3.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 450 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
5.00
(1 vote)
A short, hike alongside a creek on the east side of Washington, just outside of Yakima. Lush brush, including balsamroot, yarrow, and lupine can be found along the way, as you enjoy the dramatic canyon walls.
 
 
Ahtanum State Forest - Whites Ridge

Central Washington -- Yakima

 
10.9 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 1900 ft.
Highest Point: 5000.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
5.00
(1 vote)
The Whites Ridge trailhead is a forested hike with mountain views located in Ahtanum Forest. It is only open to hikers and equestrians from April 1 to November 30.
 
 
Manastash Ridge - Westberg Trail

Central Washington -- Yakima

 
4.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 1800 ft.
Highest Point: 3560.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.75
(12 votes)
Named after and built in honor of an Ellensburg wrestling coach, this trail provides the sought-after combination of great workout and big views. But its exposed; you'll want to be up here in spring or fall, because the direct sun of summer and lack of water can make this one a burner (literally).
 
 
Washtucna Coulee - Kahlotus Railroad Grade

Central Washington -- Tri-Cities

 
8.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 30 ft.
Highest Point: 900.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.75
(4 votes)
The Washtucna Coulee - Kahlotus Railroad Grade will take you past the dried basin of the ancient Lake Kahlotus and through to the eerie former railroad tunnel in Devils Canyon.
 
 
Palouse to Cascades Trail - Army East

Central Washington -- Yakima

 
8.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 500 ft.
Highest Point: 1500.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
2.50
(4 votes)
This is an 8-mile section of the longer Palouse to Cascades trail.
 
 
Oak Creek Road - Bethel Ridge

Central Washington -- Yakima

 
6.5 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 800 ft.
Highest Point: 2500.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
0.00
(0 votes)
Trail Closed Summer 2021: This trail is closed until further notice due to the Schneider Springs fire.
This is a scenic, easy to moderate hike or snowshoe up a broad canyon with a good chance of spotting bands of elk.
 
 
Bear Canyon

Central Washington -- Yakima

 
6.4 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 1130 ft.
Highest Point: 3200.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.29
(7 votes)
Trail Closed Summer 2021: This trail is closed until further notice due to the Schneider Springs fire.
Follow a stream between steep sided basalt cliffs up a shady canyon in the transition zone between the Cascade Mountains and the dry shrub-steppe grasslands of eastern Washington.
 
 
Tieton River Nature Trail

Central Washington -- Yakima

 
6.75 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 300 ft.
Highest Point: 1900.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.60
(10 votes)
Trail Closed Summer 2021: This trail is closed until further notice due to the Schneider Springs fire.
This short hike is an excellent option during a visit to the Naches area in the spring and summertime. You'll enjoy a ramble along a river, impressive geologic formations, and relative solitude, though the area is open to mountain bikers and popular with rock climbers and birders.
 
 
Columbia National Wildlife Refuge - Rimrock Lake

Central Washington -- Potholes Region

 
3.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 200 ft.
Highest Point: 1060.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.75
(8 votes)
Formerly the Frog Lake Trail, this area is breathtakingly scenic, compensating for the fact that there is no actual lake en route. Frog Lake dried up years ago, leaving a seasonal marsh that occupies a small basin below the trail's ultimate destination; a broad mesa with a 360 degree view of the surrounding scablands of the Columbia National Wildlife Refuge.
 
 
Snow Mountain Ranch and Cowiche Mountain

Central Washington -- Yakima

 
14.0 miles of trails
Gain: 1140 ft.
Highest Point: 2970.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.17
(6 votes)
For a flat riparian ramble or a great workout to a scenic summit, Snow Mountain Ranch is a walking wonderland just outside of Yakima.
 
 
Ancient Lakes

Central Washington -- Potholes Region

 
12.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 625 ft.
Highest Point: 1200.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.08
(62 votes)
View one of the best examples of a recessional-cataract canyon. Potholes Coulee caught the attention of J Harlen Bretz in the early 20th century, which led to his “outrageous hypothesis” of Ice Age flooding.
 
 
Rocky Top and Cowiche Mountain

Central Washington -- Yakima

 
20.0 miles of trails
Gain: 1148 ft.
Highest Point: 2970.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.00
(1 vote)
Rocky Top is an extensive system of interconnected mountain bike trails open to hikers. It offers innumerable out-and back and loop options though shrub-steppe on the flanks of Cowiche Mountain as well as a scenic ridge walk on a portion of the William O. Douglas Trail to the summit of the mountain and a connection with the Snow Mountain Ranch trail system.
 
 
Clara and Marion Lakes

Central Washington -- Wenatchee

 
3.2 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 900 ft.
Highest Point: 5475.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.88
(16 votes)
Some days are perfect for quiet contemplation, and an easygoing trail. Chirping birds, fragrant Ponderosa pines, and soft duff underfoot make this a perfect short, casual hike. In snow, it's steady climb will make it a moderate challenge in winter when showshoeing is in season.
 
 
White Bluffs - Central Slope

Central Washington -- Tri-Cities

 
6.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 500 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
0.00
(0 votes)
On this hike you’ll walk a long string of sand dunes or explore the nooks and crannies of a recent landslide, all beside the last free-flowing stretch of the Columbia River with panoramic views up and down the river, north to the Saddle Mountains, and across the Hanford Nuclear Site to the distant Cascade Mountains.
 
 
Stairway to Heaven

Central Washington -- Wenatchee

 
9.7 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 900 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
0.00
(0 votes)
Stairway to Heaven is a single track hiking and mountain biking trail in the foothills of Wenatchee. It climbs gently through fields of flowers and Ponderosa pine up to the summit of Twin Peaks. Enjoy views of the canyons and Wenatchee Valley down below.
 
 
Umtanum Ridge Crest

Central Washington -- Yakima

 
6.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 2400 ft.
Highest Point: 3480.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.77
(13 votes)
Get a workout on this steep hike from Umtanum Creek to the ridge above the canyon. In spring, it is filled with wildflowers and birds, with chances of seeing rattlesnakes and bighorn sheep.
 
 
Cowiche Canyon

Central Washington -- Yakima

 
6.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 100 ft.
Highest Point: 1500.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.53
(15 votes)
Walk beneath stunning basalt and andesite cliffs along a beautiful creek with wildflowers in the spring, stunning color in the fall and a side trip for a glass of wine and snacks.
 
 
Northrup Canyon

Central Washington -- Grand Coulee

 
3.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 384 ft.
Highest Point: 2134.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.00
(10 votes)
Bald eagles, icons of the mossy forests and deep rivers of the Pacific Coast, flock to this desert canyon each winter, and their presence is reason to visit in late fall or winter.