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842 Hikes

Central Cascades -- Leavenworth Area

 
18.0 miles, one-way
Gain: 4500 ft.
Highest Point: 7800 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.71
(127 votes)
Road closed 1/13/22: Icicle Road is closed at milepost 4 due to snow removal operations. It will reopen when the snow is cleared and it is safe to open the road.
Parking Restriction: Parking allowed at trailheads and only on the right side of Road 7601 between Eightmile Lake and Stuart Lake trailheads. Parking anywhere else along Road 7601 is not allowed.
The Enchantment Lakes are an alpine wonderland of pristine lakes set among polished granite, soaring peaks, blazing larches, and ambling mountain goats. Widely regarded as the crown jewel of hiking in Washington, this trail exceeds even the wildest of superlatives.
 
 

Central Cascades -- Stevens Pass - West

 
5.6 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 1300 ft.
Highest Point: 1500 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.11
(279 votes)
An accessible hike for seasoned veterans and neophytes alike, Wallace Falls provides visitors with breathtaking views of the Wallace River and the surrounding falls on a relatively low difficulty, scenic 5.6 mile round-trip. Although well attended and often busy, the trail stands as a true showcase of the diversity and majestic beauty that the Central Cascades can offer to hikers who journey into the heart of this sublime mountain range.
 
 

North Cascades -- Mountain Loop Highway

 
10.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 1600 ft.
Highest Point: 3182 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.50
(4 votes)
For a more strenuous snowshoe, head out to Deer Creek and the Lake Kelcema trail. From the parking area, the route proceeds up Deer Creek Road (Road 4052). Watch out for tubers and sledders on the lower portion.
 
 

Snoqualmie Region -- Snoqualmie Pass

 
4.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 200 ft.
Highest Point: 2500 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.60
(5 votes)
For a nice location in the Central Cascades, try the Iron Horse-John Wayne Trail along the western shore of Lake Keechelus. This is a treat for new snowshoers, especially if it has been recently groomed. Because of its easy accessibility, it can often get crowded on nicer days.
 
 

Puget Sound and Islands -- Seattle-Tacoma Area

 
1.2 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 0 ft.
Highest Point: 72 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
0.00
(0 votes)
A local part in Port Orchard, Square Lake has a fishing pond, picnic opportunities and the chance to get a breath of fresh air close to home.
 
 

Mount Rainier Area -- Chinook Pass - Hwy 410

 
1.45 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 0 ft.
Highest Point: 791 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.25
(4 votes)
The expansive acreage of this park allows for a wide variety of activities, including hiking, biking, boating, fishing, swimming, bird and wildlife viewing, even lawn games such as horseshoes! The hiking trail is a lovely loop around Deep Lake.
 
 

Central Cascades -- Leavenworth Area

 
10.0 miles, one-way
Gain: 2700 ft.
Highest Point: 5200 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.00
(5 votes)
Road closed 1/13/22: Icicle Road is closed at milepost 4 due to snow removal operations. It will reopen when the snow is cleared and it is safe to open the road.
5/15/2021 - Trail inaccessible: The bridge over French Creek 1.5 miles up is broken due to damage from heavy winter snowpack. There is no way to ford the creek and no access to French Creek Trail or beyond
A handful of high lakes nestled in a forested cirque below Granite Mountain deep within the Alpine Lakes Wilderness
 
 

Central Cascades -- Leavenworth Area

 
11.5 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 3100 ft.
Highest Point: 6300 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
2.75
(8 votes)
Road closed 1/13/22: Icicle Road is closed at milepost 4 due to snow removal operations. It will reopen when the snow is cleared and it is safe to open the road.
Parking Restriction: Parking allowed at trailheads and only on the right side of Road 7601 between Eightmile Lake and Stuart Lake trailheads. Parking anywhere else along Road 7601 is not allowed.
One of the lesser-visited lakes in the Enchantments, Lake Caroline is a hard-earned reward for those seeking a bit of solitude in this immensely popular region.
 
 

Central Cascades -- Leavenworth Area

 
9.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 1665 ft.
Highest Point: 5065 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.87
(23 votes)
Road closed 1/13/22: Icicle Road is closed at milepost 4 due to snow removal operations. It will reopen when the snow is cleared and it is safe to open the road.
Parking Restriction: Parking allowed at trailheads and only on the right side of Road 7601 between Eightmile Lake and Stuart Lake trailheads. Parking anywhere else along Road 7601 is not allowed.
The Core Zone of the Enchantments may be one of the most popular destinations in Washington state, but those who venture to Lake Stuart may just get the extra-enchanting reward of relative solitude in a high traffic area. Most hikers heading into the Enchantments use the Lake Stuart trailhead, but make for the Core zone via Colchuck Lake and Aasgard Pass. However, taking the right-hand trail 2.2 miles from the trailhead leads you into an adjacent valley, with a large, shallow lake at the base of the imposing massif of Mount Stuart.
 
 

Central Cascades -- Leavenworth Area

 
12.2 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 4400 ft.
Highest Point: 7800 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.22
(9 votes)
Road closed 1/13/22: Icicle Road is closed at milepost 4 due to snow removal operations. It will reopen when the snow is cleared and it is safe to open the road.
Parking Restriction: Parking allowed at trailheads and only on the right side of Road 7601 between Eightmile Lake and Stuart Lake trailheads. Parking anywhere else along Road 7601 is not allowed.
This “shortcut” to the Enchantments Core Zone refers only to mileage. As far as miles per hour goes, Aasgard may be one of the slowest hikes you attempt. Achieving the pass is a thigh-burning, chest-bursting, eye-popping endeavor that offers as many extraordinary views as beads of sweat that will fall from your brow as you ascend nearly 2000 feet in just three-quarters of a mile.
 
 

Central Cascades -- Leavenworth Area

 
16.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 2928 ft.
Highest Point: 6300 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.17
(6 votes)
Road closed 1/13/22: Icicle Road is closed at milepost 4 due to snow removal operations. It will reopen when the snow is cleared and it is safe to open the road.
Parking Restriction: Parking allowed at trailheads and only on the right side of Road 7601 between Eightmile Lake and Stuart Lake trailheads. Parking anywhere else along Road 7601 is not allowed.
A couple miles beyond Lake Stuart and a few hundred feet up lies Horseshoe Lake--a stunning, silent lake that makes for an excellent day trip for those lucky folks who get to camp at Lake Stuart. It’s also attainable as a day hike, but you’ll want to get an early start.
 
 

Central Cascades -- Leavenworth Area

 
13.5 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 5833 ft.
Highest Point: 8840 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
5.00
(3 votes)
Parking Restriction: Parking allowed at trailheads and only on the right side of Road 7601 between Eightmile Lake and Stuart Lake trailheads. Parking anywhere else along Road 7601 is not allowed.
A lengthy and difficult hike up an iconic peak inside the Enchantments. Climbing gear and expertise required.
 
 

Central Cascades -- Leavenworth Area

 
8.0 miles, one-way
Gain: 2800 ft.
Highest Point: 7200 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
5.00
(3 votes)
Road closed 1/13/22: Icicle Road is closed at milepost 4 due to snow removal operations. It will reopen when the snow is cleared and it is safe to open the road.
Parking Restriction: Parking allowed at trailheads and only on the right side of Road 7601 between Eightmile Lake and Stuart Lake trailheads. Parking anywhere else along Road 7601 is not allowed.
Take a side trip from Lake Caroline up to a saddle with gorgeous, sweeping views of the Alpine Lakes wilderness.
 
 

Central Cascades -- Leavenworth Area

 
14.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 4300 ft.
Highest Point: 5500 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.65
(26 votes)
Road closed 1/13/22: Icicle Road is closed at milepost 4 due to snow removal operations. It will reopen when the snow is cleared and it is safe to open the road.
The Snow Lakes trail is known mostly as the long, gradual way into the Enchantments; but it is a worthwhile - if deceptively grueling - destination in its own right. The narrow isthmus between the lakes offers a majestic view across the water to the towering heights of McClellan Peak.
 
 

Central Cascades -- Leavenworth Area

 
6.6 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 1300 ft.
Highest Point: 4650 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.68
(28 votes)
Road closed 1/13/22: Icicle Road is closed at milepost 4 due to snow removal operations. It will reopen when the snow is cleared and it is safe to open the road.
Parking Restriction: Parking allowed at trailheads and only on the right side of Road 7601 between Eightmile Lake and Stuart Lake trailheads. Parking anywhere else along Road 7601 is not allowed.
Along a moderate trail into the glorious Alpine Lakes Wilderness Area, past burnt Ponderosa Pines, chattering mountain streams, plenteous wildflowers and tall mountain peaks, hikers will find beautiful Eightmile Lake and its rocky, tree lined shore.
 
 

Snoqualmie Region -- Snoqualmie Pass

 
9.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 1700 ft.
Highest Point: 4400 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.23
(13 votes)
1/12/2022 - The parking area for this trail is temporarily closed due to avalanche and many downed trees from recent heavy snowfall.
Kendall Peak Lakes are popular snowshoe destinations, since the trailhead is about one hour from Seattle, the grade is gentle and the views superb. The route is relatively easy to follow because it follows an closed forest road.
 
 

Snoqualmie Region -- Snoqualmie Pass

 
12.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 1600 ft.
Highest Point: 4200 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.33
(3 votes)
1/12/2022 - The parking area for this trail is temporarily closed due to avalanche and many downed trees from recent heavy snowfall.
The route to Alaska Lake travels through avalanche terrain. Have avalanche awareness skills, the ability to identify avalanche risk and the proper gear before going.
 
 

Snoqualmie Region -- Snoqualmie Pass

 
14.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 2024 ft.
Highest Point: 4624 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
2.79
(14 votes)
1/12/2022 - The parking area for this trail is temporarily closed due to avalanche and many downed trees from recent heavy snowfall.
While the trail near Gold Creek Pond is a great spot for hikers of all ages, the trail back towards Alaska Lake is a more rugged experience. Starting flat, it heads into the heart of the Central Cascades on an old road for four miles, where it then crosses an impressive old avalanche path before heading straight uphill to remote Alaska Lake.
 
 

Snoqualmie Region -- Snoqualmie Pass

 
2.8 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 10 ft.
Highest Point: 3000 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.64
(22 votes)
1/12/2022 - The parking area for this trail is temporarily closed due to avalanche and many downed trees from recent heavy snowfall.
The flat terrain of this wide valley east of Snoqualmie Pass is the perfect place to practice snowshoeing with kids or first-timers. This is an area popular with cross-country skiers, and you may spot beaver dams and other winter wildlife. From Mardee Lake to looming Kendall Peak before you, this is premiere terrain for winter enthusiasts.
 
 

Snoqualmie Region -- Salmon La Sac/Teanaway

 
9.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 1000 ft.
Highest Point: 5854 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.00
(9 votes)
With wide open views at the top, Thorp Mountain is a worthwhile destination, even if the steep ascent to the peak might seem challenging.
 
 

Olympic Peninsula -- Northern Coast

 
5.0 miles, one-way
Gain: 1500 ft.
Highest Point: 5500 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
2.75
(4 votes)
This primitive trail forms a partial loop, connecting the High Divide trail just above Heart Lake with Appleton Pass.
 
 

Olympic Peninsula -- Northern Coast

 
9.63 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 5111 ft.
Highest Point: 5384 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.12
(8 votes)
High Divide trail makes up a section of the Seven Lakes Basin trail and leads to the Bailey Range Traverse. While campsites exist along this route, it's important to reserve your spot in advance of your visit here.
 
 

Olympic Peninsula -- Northern Coast

 
14.72 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 3965 ft.
Highest Point: 4926 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.50
(4 votes)
Lunch Lake is a popular stop or overnight camping area along the Seven Lakes Basin Loop in Olympic National Park. Visitors here will need an overnight permit to stay here, attainable from Olympic National Park.
 
 

Olympic Peninsula -- Pacific Coast

 
28.6 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 6235 ft.
Highest Point: 4532 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.60
(5 votes)
Hoh Lake is a quiet spot in the wilderness of Olympic National Park that is accessible via a steep ascent from the Hoh River Trail or a long approach on the High Divide Trail.
 
 

Olympic Peninsula -- Northern Coast

 
19.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 4000 ft.
Highest Point: 5120 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.53
(30 votes)
Stunning views, stargazing, backcountry lakes and plentiful wildlife await you on this classic 19-mile loop on the Olympic Mountains’ stunning Seven Lakes Basin and High Divide Trail.
 
 

Puget Sound and Islands -- Seattle-Tacoma Area

 
9.16 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 800 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.00
(1 vote)
Part of King County’s regional trail network, the Lake Youngs Trail is a soft-surface loop around a reservoir and offers a couple connections to other popular trails in the area.
 
 
 
12.0 miles, one-way
Highest Point: 4500 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
0.00
(0 votes)
This is a 12-mile traverse of the Pacific Crest Trail (PCT) that makes a great warm-up thru-hike for the full PCT, or a nice overnight backpacking trip.
 
 

South Cascades -- Mount Adams Area

 
6.6 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 1100 ft.
Highest Point: 5100 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
2.29
(7 votes)
Indian Heaven trail provides access to one of the Gifford Pinchot National Forest's most popular areas. The Indian Heaven Wilderness is a high, forested plateau dotted with lakes and berry-filled meadows. Its a lovely location for a day hike or a backpacking trip. Some connect this trail with Cultus Creek trail and the Pacific Crest Trail (PCT) to make a popular loop hike.
 
 

Central Cascades -- Leavenworth Area

 
13.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 2200 ft.
Highest Point: 5200 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.71
(7 votes)
An aptly-named alpine gem, Pear Lake nestles below Fortune Mountain and can be reached by combining the Top Lake Trail with a short jaunt north on the Pacific Crest Trail. It provides access and a jumping-off point for hikers, backpackers, equestrian riders and trail work parties alike headed into the backcountry of the Henry M. Jackson and Glacier Peak Wildernesses and beyond.
 
 

North Cascades -- Mountain Loop Highway

 
4.4 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 350 ft.
Highest Point: 4500 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.20
(5 votes)
A relatively easy hike to a tranquil mountain lake.