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Results List

119 Hikes
Swakane Canyon

Central Washington -- Wenatchee

 
6.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 1470 ft.
Highest Point: 2980.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.42
(12 votes)
This is a nice two season hike on an old road with views of the Columbia River valley from Badger Mountain to Wenatchee. Enroute you may see spring flowers, unique rock formations, and animals like deer, coyotes, snakes and hawks.
 
 
Box Spring Canyon

Central Washington -- Yakima

 
9.5 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 900 ft.
Highest Point: 2300.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.00
(1 vote)
This is part of the William O. Douglas Trail, which runs from Davis High School in Yakima to Mt. Rainier. This trail is still being established.
 
 
William O. Douglas Wilderness

Central Washington -- Yakima

 
52.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 3600 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
0.00
(0 votes)
 
This heritage trail provides muscle-powered users (read: hikers) the opportunity to experience many of the natural, historic and cultural sites that William O. Douglas hiked and wrote about in his book Of Men and Mountains.
 
 
Burch Mountain - Eagle Rock

Central Washington -- Wenatchee

 
3.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 500 ft.
Highest Point: 4522.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.00
(1 vote)
Enjoy this wooded trail leading to a ridge featuring a rock outcropping overlooking the town of Wenatchee.
 
 
McNary National Wildlife Refuge

Central Washington -- Tri-Cities

 
2.0 miles, roundtrip
Highest Point: 350.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
2.00
(4 votes)
This National Wildlife Refuge consists of a chain of wetland marshes adjacent to the confluence of the Snake and Columbia Rivers.
 
 
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.
 
 
Red Hill

Central Washington -- Wenatchee

 
12.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 2710 ft.
Highest Point: 3835.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.00
(4 votes)
If you are looking for a moderately long amble without much likelihood of seeing others, look no further. The terrain is dry Ponderosa forest cut deeply by winter runoff. The scars of humankind’s usage are quite evident, but the balance of nature’s hand is slowly returning beauty to the area. The elevations are low making access easy early in the season or the potential for a winter outing.
 
 
Candy Point Trail

Central Washington -- Grand Coulee

 
1.8 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 800 ft.
Highest Point: 1762.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
0.00
(0 votes)
Most trails are human-made, this one is arguably more so than most. The 1937 Civilian Conservation Corps crew who built this trail hewed hundreds of granite steps from the local bedrock, installing them in twisting fashion up one steep canyon and down another. A trip around this loop is a step back in time to an era when trails built through rock were cut primarily with sweat and muscle.
 
 
Saddle Rock

Central Washington -- Wenatchee

 
2.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 920 ft.
Highest Point: 2000.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.70
(10 votes)
This is an excellent location for folks in Wenatchee looking to get some conditioning in during the winter months, or just wanting to stretch their legs after a long day behind a desk.
 
 
Umtanum Creek Falls

Central Washington -- Yakima

 
1.9 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 400 ft.
Highest Point: 2500.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.64
(14 votes)
Hike downhill, enjoy spring blooms and throw rocks into a punchbowl at the bottom of a 40-foot waterfall.
 
 
Yakima Skyline Trail

Central Washington -- Yakima

 
4.4 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 1446 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.77
(13 votes)
Bird's-eye views of the stunning Yakima Canyon, wildflower fields for days, and a line of ragged fenceposts marching all the way along the trail -- the Yakima Skyline Trail is a great conditioner, or extend it to a full day hike.
 
 
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.
 
 
Sage Hills

Central Washington -- Wenatchee

 
5.5 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 650 ft.
Highest Point: 800.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.50
(10 votes)
Just adjacent to the equally popular Horse Lake Reserve, the Sage Hills is home to great trails for hiking, running, or mountain biking. The rolling hills found at Sage Hills offer wonderful views of the Columbia River, the Wenatchee Valley and the North Cascades. Springtime brings vibrant color to the area with wild sage, yellow arrowleaf balsamroot, Indian paintbrush and purple lupine abound.
 
 
Baldy Mountain

Central Washington -- Yakima

 
5.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 1972 ft.
Highest Point: 3212.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.17
(6 votes)
This hike in the Yakima River Canyon is an excellent conditioning hike for anyone looking to train in the winter months.
 
 
Horse Lake Reserve

Central Washington -- Wenatchee

 
5.2 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 700 ft.
Highest Point: 2410.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.67
(6 votes)
Horse Lake Reserve is a 1,500 acre reserve located just west of Wenatchee. Accessing this beautiful section of the Foothills is done from the north end of town on Horse Lake Canyon Road. The trailhead is three miles from where the pavement ends and the climb up the well kept dirt road offers some great views.
 
 
Cleman Mountain - Waterworks Canyon Loop

Central Washington -- Yakima

 
6.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 2000 ft.
Highest Point: 3582.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
2.71
(7 votes)
Great views, a canyon beneath spectacular cliffs, buttresses and pinnacles of weathered basalt, wildflowers in the spring, color and wildlife in the autumn, and sunshine through most of the day in the winter make the Point 3582-Waterworks Canyon loop on Mount Cleman a great hike.
 
 
Swakane Peak

Central Washington -- Wenatchee

 
7.4 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 2787 ft.
Highest Point: 4297.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
0.00
(0 votes)
Take one of three different routes to the top of Swakane Peak for expansive views across the Columbia River and a peek-a-boo view of Icicle Ridge to the west. Two of the routes can be combined for a loop day trip.
 
 
Douglas Creek Canyon - North

Central Washington -- Wenatchee

 
4.4 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 200 ft.
Highest Point: 1700.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.50
(4 votes)
A gorgeous hike through a shrub steppe ecosystem, Douglas Creek Canyon is a vibrant oasis in the desert.
 
 
Chiliwist Lookout Trail

Central Washington -- Wenatchee

 
7.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 1576 ft.
Highest Point: 3078.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
0.00
(0 votes)
 
Hiking through the sagebrush steppe is generally wide open: huge vistas of rolling hills, faraway mountains, endless sage and bitterbrush. The trail here can vary in length due to seasonal closures. Nearly the entire trail is an old roadbed which served a USFS fire lookout from 1934-58. Though the first few miles are very much a road the openness of the terrain makes this easy to forget. The last mile or more has long been abandoned and is quickly being reclaimed.
 
 
Ohme Gardens County Park

Central Washington -- Wenatchee

 
1.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 150 ft.
Highest Point: 800.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
5.00
(1 vote)
In 1929, a man bought 40 acres of sagebrush in Wenatchee. Over the decades, his labor of love has turned a portion of desolate, dry rock into a fantasy world of stone pathways, waterfalls, pixie lawns, and stunning views. Today the Ohme (pronounced Oh-Me) family’s verdant imagination has turned this hillside into a playground to wander and explore. Children of all ages will delight in exploring the paths, stairs, pools, and corners.
 
 
Robinson Canyon - Ainsley Canyon

Central Washington -- Yakima

 
10.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 1200 ft.
Highest Point: 3400.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.29
(7 votes)
This is a gem of a hike, providing you easy access to the best of the best of the rich L. T. Murray State Wildlife Recreation Area.
 
 
Rattlesnake Slope Wildlife Area

Central Washington -- Tri-Cities

 
5.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 1600 ft.
Highest Point: 2000.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.43
(7 votes)
Upland birds love this sprawling desert prairie. The ground-hugging birds sprint among the tufts of plants. They take refuge, and find dinner, in such glorious wildflowers as balsamroot, large-headed clover, wild onion, and canyon-bottom communities of beautiful orange globe mallow.
 
 
Priest Rapids Wildlife Area

Central Washington -- Tri-Cities

 
5.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 50 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
2.50
(4 votes)
The Priest Rapids Wildlife Area is a unit of 3,202 acres in the Columbia Basin Wildlife Area.
 
 
Potholes Wildlife Area

Central Washington -- Potholes Region

 
4.0 miles, roundtrip
Highest Point: 1050.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.40
(5 votes)
The Potholes Wildlife Area is enclosed in the nearly 40,000-acre Potholes Reservoir Unit near Moses Lake. Part of the Columbia Basin Irrigation Project, anyone who has driven cross-state has zipped through this enormous irrigation project, but few stop to enjoy the wide variety of wildlife it supports.
 
 
Dusty Lake

Central Washington -- Potholes Region

 
6.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 350 ft.
Highest Point: 1000.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
2.67
(3 votes)
One of the Quincy Lakes, Dusty Lake is further in the backcountry, making for a good long day hike or an overnight.
 
 
Goose Lake Plateau

Central Washington -- Potholes Region

 
7.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 200 ft.
Highest Point: 1000.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.50
(4 votes)
This wide-open grassland offers roaming, but route-finding is necessary to enjoy your time on trail here.
 
 
Frenchman Coulee

Central Washington -- Potholes Region

 
4.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 200 ft.
Highest Point: 1000.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.08
(13 votes)
Vantage is primarily a destination for rock climbers, with the fascinating rock formations of the Gorge making for a great challenge to those wishing to hone their belaying skills. But nearby Frenchman Coulee allows hikers to enjoy the same surroundings with both feet planted firmly on the ground.
 
 
Gloyd Seeps - South

Central Washington -- Potholes Region

 
1.6 miles, one-way
Highest Point: 1200.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
2.67
(3 votes)
The Gloyd Seeps Wildlife Area is part of the Columbia Basin Wildlife Area. This southern unit is disconnected from the main Gloyd Seeps area to the north. This is a popular fishing access off of Highway 17 with a short trail running along the edge of Rocky Ford Creek.
 
 
Billy Clapp Lake

Central Washington -- Potholes Region

 
5.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 400 ft.
Highest Point: 1500.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
2.25
(4 votes)
Lose yourself in the land around Billy Clapp Lake. Walk lakeside, or head into the grasslands around it, and look for wildlife.
 
 
 
1.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 185 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
0.00
(0 votes)
If you want to take a quick hike near the Renewable Energy Center of the Wild Horse Wind and Solar Facility, then this is your trail. The trail descends through rigid sage, balsamroot, buckwheat, and bitterroot which thrive in the thin rocky soil on the hillside.