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119 Hikes
 
1.7 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 315 ft.
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Hike up a sheltered canyon along the Q-line turbines. Bluebirds, deer, elk, jack rabbits, and coyotes also seek shelter here, and in the spring the dry creek bed will be teeming with life.
 
 
 
2.4 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 320 ft.
Highest Point: 3873.0 ft.
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High, exposed ridgelines on this trail make this steep climb a difficult one, but it offers hikers commanding views of the wind facility as well as the Columbia Basin.
 
 
 
0.8 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 80 ft.
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This is a fairly flat route with views of Mount Rainier and a diverse mixture of flowers in the spring. Look for hillsides tinted pink in May as Big Headed Clover and Hedgehog Cacti bloom on the slopes.
 
 
Whiskey Dick Wildlife Area

Central Washington -- Yakima

 
8.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 1750 ft.
Highest Point: 3850.0 ft.
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3.00
(7 votes)
Bask in a wide variety of wildflowers—including a rare species of cactus, Simpson’s hedgehog, with its hot pink blossoms—chunks of petrified wood, and panoramic views of the Columbia Basin, under usually sunny, blue skies.
 
 
White Bluffs - South Slope

Central Washington -- Tri-Cities

 
10.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 530 ft.
Highest Point: 900.0 ft.
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3.50
(6 votes)
On this hike you’ll drop down through the bluffs and walk along the last free-flowing stretch of the Columbia River, climb to a ridge walk with panoramic views, and perhaps visit a sandstone pillar.
 
 
Columbia National Wildlife Refuge - Crab Creek

Central Washington -- Tri-Cities

 
2.6 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 40 ft.
Highest Point: 870.0 ft.
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3.20
(5 votes)
Explore the desert of eastern Washington at this National Wildlife Refuge.
 
 
 
6.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 350 ft.
Highest Point: 1500.0 ft.
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3.50
(4 votes)
Hike through a stunning canyon in a state park rich in history from the Ice Age Floods.
 
 
 
5.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 100 ft.
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3.40
(5 votes)
The hike involves a circumnavigation of Umatilla Rock, a narrow rock blade that passes below Dry Falls. This area lies midway along the 50-mile Grand Coulee—one of the longest and most spectacular chasms carved out by up to 100 gargantuan Ice Age floods.
 
 
Steamboat Rock

Central Washington -- Grand Coulee

 
6.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 650 ft.
Highest Point: 2250.0 ft.
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4.30
(23 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.
 
 
Jumpoff Joe Lookout

Central Washington -- Yakima

 
10.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 2531 ft.
Highest Point: 5749.0 ft.
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4.00
(5 votes)
Hiking to Jumpoff Lookout may not be for everybody, but if you make the trek, it has a lot to offer. From a family-friendly lake to a more challenging climb to a fire lookout.
 
 
Mission Peak

Central Washington -- Wenatchee

 
4.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 840 ft.
Highest Point: 6876.0 ft.
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3.50
(2 votes)
When road conditions allow, take a short hike up Mission Peak for expansive views west into the Cascades and east to Wenatchee and beyond.
 
 
Pleasant Valley Snowshoe

Central Washington -- Yakima

 
9.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 160 ft.
Highest Point: 3250.0 ft.
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Walk as far as you like up-valley on this moderate snowshoe. Enterprising hikers may consider making this a thru-hike.
 
 
Palouse to Cascades Trail - Army West

Central Washington -- Yakima

 
8.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 500 ft.
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3.80
(5 votes)
Formerly known as the John Wayne Trail, this is a rail trail whose route crosses Washington, offering a nice short walk from a myriad of trailheads, or a fun, multi-day bikepacking adventure.
 
 
Old Wagon Road Trail

Central Washington -- Grand Coulee

 
1.8 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 550 ft.
Highest Point: 2300.0 ft.
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2.75
(4 votes)
From the same trailhead as Northrup Canyon, the Old Wagon Road Trail heads high, rather than into the canyon. Begin on the same trail as that to Northrup, but after just a few hundred yards, look for a trail branching off to the south. There's a sign where the trail enters the trees, reading 'Old Wagon Road Trail'. Do note that this trail is closed from November to March to protect bald eagle nesting habitat.
 
 
Lyons Ferry State Park - Marmes Pond

Central Washington -- Tri-Cities

 
4.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 150 ft.
Highest Point: 750.0 ft.
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2.80
(5 votes)
A former archaeological site, Marmes Pond is now a destination for fishermen and hikers looking for a short exploration of the Channeled Scablands.
 
 
Lakeview Ranch

Central Washington -- Potholes Region

 
5.3 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 450 ft.
Highest Point: 1780.0 ft.
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3.75
(4 votes)
Lakeview Ranch is a wild and expansive former ranch set among the Channeled Scablands of Eastern Washington. Now a part of the Bureau of Land Management, the recreation area offers a network of old farm roads that are perfect for exploring seasonal lakes, sagebrush flats, and coulees between basalt cliffs and mesas.
 
 
Lenore Lake Caves

Central Washington -- Grand Coulee

 
1.5 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 200 ft.
Highest Point: 1300.0 ft.
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3.57
(7 votes)
Explore ancient caves and view a wide array of wildlife, all near a large lake in Washington's Coulee Country.
 
 
Juniper Dunes Wilderness

Central Washington -- Tri-Cities

 
15.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 300 ft.
Highest Point: 1050.0 ft.
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3.00
(6 votes)
Witness the polar opposites of land use management in this unique BLM wilderness, accessed through a popular OHV area. Once within the wilderness fence, visitors are rewarded with wide-open hiking through varied terrain, including the largest remaining juniper groves in Washington.
 
 
 
2.5 miles, roundtrip
Highest Point: 640.0 ft.
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3.50
(8 votes)
Horan offers two miles of graveled trails and 15 viewing stations where visitors can watch local wildlife and learn about the flora and fauna that surround them.  
 
 
Horse Heaven Hills

Central Washington -- Tri-Cities

 
6.8 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 1220 ft.
Highest Point: 1924.0 ft.
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3.67
(9 votes)
Hike a shrub steppe slope to a high vantage point along the crest of the Horse Heaven Hills plateau. The trail is typically dry and windy so make sure to bring plenty of water. The best time to hike is in April or early May when the slope is green and wildflowers are blooming.
 
 
Ginkgo Petrified Forest Interpretive Trails

Central Washington -- Potholes Region

 
3.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 200 ft.
Highest Point: 2600.0 ft.
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2.91
(11 votes)
One of the largest petrified forests on the planet sits in the center of Washington State. The ancient trees were mineralized into rock during the great lava flows that swept the inland Northwest. In addition to petrified ginkgos (one of the oldest tree species in the world), the "rock forest" includes mineralized Douglas fir, spruce, walnut, and elm.
 
 
 
5.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 550 ft.
Highest Point: 1200.0 ft.
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2.00
(6 votes)
Gingko Petrified Forest State Park presents a unique look at Central Washington's shrub–steppe. The real experience comes from exploring its backcountry.
 
 
Chamna Natural Preserve

Central Washington -- Tri-Cities

 
3.8 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 30 ft.
Highest Point: 350.0 ft.
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3.25
(8 votes)
Explore this network of trails through riparian wetlands and sagebrush along the Yakima River.
 
 
Yakima Greenway

Central Washington -- Yakima

 
10.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 100 ft.
Highest Point: 1130.0 ft.
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3.75
(4 votes)
The Yakima Greenway is a 10-mile paved trail along the Yakima and Naches Rivers with a mix of developed parks, fishing lakes, boat landings, picnic areas, playgrounds and nature trails—perfect for anything from a short walk or a picnic with the kids to a run or an all-day hike.
 
 
Wild Horses Monument

Central Washington -- Yakima

 
0.4 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 150 ft.
Highest Point: 1300.0 ft.
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2.33
(6 votes)
Witness up close one of the most frequently viewed public artworks in the state of Washington, while admiring a broad view of the Columbia River and the tiny hamlet of Vantage.
 
 
Escure Ranch - Towell Falls

Central Washington -- Potholes Region

 
6.4 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 530 ft.
Highest Point: 1565.0 ft.
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3.88
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Roughly 25 miles south of I-90 at Sprague (Exit 245) lies the Bureau of Land Management (BLM)'s Escure Ranch. Formerly a sheep ranch run by Basque sheepherders, the ranch contains a stretch of Rock Creek, including Towell Falls. The trail follows an old ranch road for three miles along Rock Creek with views of the valley, basalt outcroppings, aspen, spring wildflowers, and native bunchgrass.
 
 
Columbia Plateau Trail - Snake River

Central Washington -- Tri-Cities

 
6.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 150 ft.
Highest Point: 750.0 ft.
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4.20
(10 votes)
A pleasant stroll for all ages- discover the history while enjoying a variety of avian wildlife on the southern terminus of the Columbia Plateau surveying the stark, scalloped Snake River country of southeast Washington.
 
 
Sacagawea Heritage Trail

Central Washington -- Tri-Cities

 
23.0 miles of trails
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3.00
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This 23-mile paved trail runs through the cities of Pasco, Richland, and Kennewick. Showcasing interpretive areas, the trail was conceived of and built to be an amenity for locals and an attraction for visitors. Dedicated to the woman who helped Lewis and Clark complete their expedition, the trail displays the stark shrub steppe environment, and the mighty Columbia River in a lovely outing accessible to all.
 
 
Apple Capital Recreation Loop Trail

Central Washington -- Wenatchee

 
10.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 600 ft.
Highest Point: 692.0 ft.
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0.00
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This is a 10-mile, paved loop on both sides of the Columbia River near Wenatchee. The trail was completed in 1990 by the Chelan County PUD, connecting residents in the area with nature right in their backyards.
 
 
Rattlesnake Dance Ridge Trail

Central Washington -- Yakima

 
2.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 1250 ft.
Highest Point: 2646.0 ft.
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4.83
(6 votes)
A short, steep and rough ridgeline ascent to a summit with great views up and down the Yakima River Canyon.