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836 Hikes
Lodge Lake

Snoqualmie Region -- Snoqualmie Pass

 
3.75 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 950 ft.
Highest Point: 3500.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.59
(27 votes)
Snoqualmie Pass grows ever more developed each year. Condos go up left and right, the ski area plans new ski lifts (or replacements for existing chairs), and hotels pop up east and west. But even with the development, these are still mountains and there is still stunning mountain scenery to enjoy, even on the fringes of the developed areas. Lodge Lake stands as proof.
 
 
Goat Lake

North Cascades -- Mountain Loop Highway

 
10.4 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 1400 ft.
Highest Point: 3161.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.21
(121 votes)
A nice hike with plenty of variety. Beautiful forest, a rushing creek, waterfalls of all shapes and sizes, history, and of course a large blue-green lake surrounded by snowy peaks. At 10.4 miles, it can be either a day-hike or a quick early season overnight. You won’t be alone, though – this is a popular trail with both hikers and backpackers.
 
 
Fragrance Lake

Puget Sound and Islands -- Bellingham Area

 
5.5 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 950 ft.
Highest Point: 1050.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.75
(51 votes)
The year-round, dog-friendly day hike to Fragrance Lake in the Chuckanut Recreation Area is popular with college students and faculty from Western Washington University in nearby Bellingham, and with day visitors and car campers at Larrabee State Park. On a sunny weekend afternoon you could easily lose count of the number of smiles and “hullos” you’ll exchange!
 
 
Fishtrap Lake - North

Eastern Washington -- Spokane Area/Coeur d'Alene

 
4.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 126 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
2.20
(5 votes)
The Fishtrap area is part of the Channeled Scablands of eastern Washington. The deep coulees and canyons were carved by the Great Missoula Floods following the last Ice Age tens of thousands of years ago.
 
 
Entiat River

Central Cascades -- Entiat Mountains/Lake Chelan

 
15.25 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 2690 ft.
Highest Point: 5760.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.80
(5 votes)
A long, rambling gateway into the eastern side of Glacier Peak Wilderness, the Entiat River Trail culminates at its namesake glacier with Mount Maude, Seven Fingered Jack and Mount Fernow towering above. Ravaged by wildfires over the years, the majority of the trail is exposed, dry and dusty. Both flora and fauna are slowly returning and the revealed panorama of bordering peaks makes for an extraordinary wilderness corridor.
 
 
Emerald Park

Central Cascades -- Entiat Mountains/Lake Chelan

 
13.0 miles, one-way
Gain: 6250 ft.
Highest Point: 6700.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
2.50
(4 votes)
Emerald Park is a long trail connecting Lake Chelan to the east and the Entiat River Trail to the west.
 
 
Elk Lakes

Olympic Peninsula -- Hood Canal

 
4.9 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 400 ft.
Highest Point: 1200.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
2.40
(5 votes)
This hiker-only trail makes for a quick way to sample the ecosystem on the east slope of the Olympic mountains. Plus, it's a decent starter backpacking trip for kids and makes for a nice day for birdwatchers.
 
 
East Fork Foss - Necklace Valley

Central Cascades -- Stevens Pass - West

 
18.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 3400 ft.
Highest Point: 5000.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.23
(26 votes)
The Necklace Valley makes a wonderful 2-3 night backpack trip for hearty hikers, and rewards with cool alpine lakes to swim and fish in, or just camp beside. Or take a day trip along the East Fork Foss River admire the amazing second-growth tree canopy.
 
 
Hyas Lake

Snoqualmie Region -- Salmon La Sac/Teanaway

 
4.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 100 ft.
Highest Point: 3500.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
2.50
(10 votes)
The relatively flat hike to this long, shallow lake makes an excellent destination for families with children or an easy overnight camping trip.
 
 
Cultus Creek

South Cascades -- Mount Adams Area

 
4.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 1100 ft.
Highest Point: 5100.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
2.67
(6 votes)
The trail climbs sharply through a forest of Douglas fir for a mile to a view of the Goat Rocks, Sawtooth Mountain, Mount Rainier, and Mount Adams. From this viewpoint you get a great view of Mount Adams and the Goat Rocks. It's worth bringing a camera for this one.
 
 
Crow Lake Way

Mount Rainier Area -- Chinook Pass - Hwy 410

 
12.4 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 3340 ft.
Highest Point: 5850.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
2.60
(5 votes)
Are you looking for an early summer, dry-side, flowered workout? The eastern third of this trail is for you, with its many flowers and increasing views over the American River valley. Just be ready for the stark nature of the fire ravaged forest.
 
 
Cramer Lake

South Cascades -- White Pass/Cowlitz River Valley

 
3.4 miles, one-way
Gain: 950 ft.
Highest Point: 5067.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.00
(7 votes)
The south end of the William O. Douglas Wilderness is rolling country swathed in mature forest that is interrupted by dozens of named, and many more unnamed, lakes. A visit to scenic Cramer Lake, with its clear water, good fishing, and comfortable campsites will leave you wanting to explore deeper into the Tumac Plateau.
 
 
Cow Creek Meadows

Central Cascades -- Entiat Mountains/Lake Chelan

 
11.25 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 3500 ft.
Highest Point: 5000.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.14
(7 votes)
Hike through an old burn zone to reach an idyllic meadow high in the Entiat Mountains.
 
 
Clear Fork Trail

South Cascades

 
9.6 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 1200 ft.
Highest Point: 4800.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.00
(1 vote)
Many hikers only see the first couple miles of this trail, since Lily Lake is a popular location for families. But the Clear Fork Trail is many miles long, and offers fantastic adventure past the small lake.
 
 
Chelan Lakeshore Trail

Central Cascades -- Entiat Mountains/Lake Chelan

 
17.0 miles, one-way
Gain: 4030 ft.
Highest Point: 1700.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.94
(16 votes)
Looking for an early-season backpack featuring craggy, snow-capped peaks, a sapphire-blue lake, a myriad of wildflowers, and a trail that’s regularly maintained by WTA volunteers? The 17-mile thru-hike on the Chelan Lakeshore Trail might be just the thing for you.
 
 
Chain Lakes Loop

North Cascades -- Mount Baker Area

 
6.5 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 1820 ft.
Highest Point: 5400.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.47
(47 votes)
Vehicle Access Limited: As of 10/07/21 Highway 542 is closed to cars for the winter season at the Bagley Lakes Trailhead milepost 54.7.
This gorgeous loop hike has it all: big views of Mounts Baker and Shuksan, as well as the North Cascades, alpine lakes for swimming, and well-maintained trail winding through meadows and heather. And with wildflowers in spring, blueberry bushes for trail-side snacking in late summer and blazing color in the fall, you can't pick a bad season to visit.
 
 
Bluff Lake

South Cascades

 
3.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 1000 ft.
Highest Point: 3840.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
2.50
(4 votes)
This forested trail to a small, secluded lake uniquely set on a ridge with a few campsites provides an easy day hike or backpack trip. Unfortunately, Purcell Creek washed out the access road 1.3 miles before the trailhead, making it a bit more difficult for children.
 
 
Blanca Lake

Central Cascades -- Stevens Pass - West

 
7.5 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 3300 ft.
Highest Point: 4600.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.44
(142 votes)
Visit one of the most striking lakes in the Henry M. Jackson wilderness. The vibrant blue of the glacier-fed lake provides the perfect rest stop for hikers who have braved the thirty-odd, steep switchbacks that lead to the lake.
 
 
Bead Lake

Eastern Washington -- Selkirk Range

 
11.4 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 400 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.71
(7 votes)
Hug the shoreline for a lovely out-and-back trek along the undeveloped side of Bead Lake.
 
 
Basin Lake

Mount Rainier Area -- Chinook Pass - Hwy 410

 
2.5 miles, one-way
Gain: 580 ft.
Highest Point: 6480.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
2.50
(6 votes)
The Basin Lake Trail is located just east of the Crystal Mountain Ski Resort in the Norse Peak Wilderness. This is a little-used trail, which traverses some steep sections with eroding gullies where hikers may get queasy depending on their comfort level with exposure.
 
 
Bagley Lakes

North Cascades -- Mount Baker Area

 
2.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 150 ft.
Highest Point: 4300.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.85
(20 votes)
Campfires are not allowed in this area
Bring the family for this easy hike at Heather Meadows. Two sparkling alpine lakes, an abundance of wildflowers, an impressive mountainous backdrop and a year-round snowfield make this a hike that will please everybody. What's more, this trail gets a fraction of the foot traffic that the trails at Artist Point get in late summer.
 
 
Anderson and Watson Lakes

North Cascades -- Mount Baker Area

 
6.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 1100 ft.
Highest Point: 4900.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.36
(22 votes)
This trail features plenty of variety, with destinations spaced perfectly for families or first-time backpackers. Beautiful hemlock forest, meadows dotted with wildflowers, gleaming lakes, mountain views, juicy berries and excellent camping are all available. Wait until later in the hiking season though, as this area is known for its bugs.
 
 
Wood Lake

South Cascades -- Mount Adams Area

 
1.5 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 250 ft.
Highest Point: 5110.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
2.67
(6 votes)
Two approaches, one longer and easier and the other shorter and harder, access this spur trail off the PCT to a serene mountain lake.
 
 
Tolmie Peak Lookout - Eunice Lake

Mount Rainier Area -- NW - Carbon River/Mowich

 
7.5 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 1100 ft.
Highest Point: 5900.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.51
(98 votes)
Hike to an old fire lookout with in-your-face views of Mount Rainier and a sapphire blue lake below. Tolmie Peak and Eunice Lake pack a one-two punch when it comes to scenery, but stopping at the picturesque lake is a perfectly acceptable destination as well.
 
 
Ira Spring Trail - Mason Lake

Snoqualmie Region -- Snoqualmie Pass

 
6.5 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 2420 ft.
Highest Point: 4320.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.18
(133 votes)
Sun drenched ridgelines, blooming trillium, and sparkling alpine waters define this fitting tribute to one of Washington’s greatest trail advocates.
 
 
Bare Mountain

Snoqualmie Region -- North Bend Area

 
8.6 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 3300 ft.
Highest Point: 5353.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.77
(22 votes)
Bare Mountain, the site of a former fire lookout, is a superb viewpoint with mountains in every direction and lakes close by. In season, appreciate the great variety of wildflowers, beginning at the trailhead and continuing all the way to the summit. And be alert for birds and wild critters. They are out there.
 
 
Wallace Falls - Lake Loop

Central Cascades -- Stevens Pass - West

 
9.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 1544 ft.
Highest Point: 1844.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.55
(20 votes)
This fine loop trail gives you scenery, mileage, and some elevation gain, with the bonus of being hikeable year-round. Start by wandering along the Wallace River as it tumbles down from the famous falls. Get your pictures of the falls, then continue your hike by including the large forested Wallace Lake. Return through a green shag carpet of moss, sword ferns and hemlock, following the North Fork Wallace River as it rushes to meet the main Wallace River and your return trail.
 
 
Nordrum Lake

Snoqualmie Region -- North Bend Area

 
19.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 4172 ft.
Highest Point: 3675.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
2.88
(8 votes)
Trail Closed: The Snoqualmie Lake trailhead and trail will be closed beginning October 18 for trailhead expansion and toilet installation. The 5640 road that leads to the trailhead will also be closed for road improvements to facilitate construction. It is anticipated that the construction will occur for about a month. This timeline will be updated as the Forest Service progress’s through the project.
A steep and seldom traveled trail settled in what is now Alpine Lakes Wilderness, Nordrum Lake provides giant old-growth conifers, rivers, streams, waterfalls – and quite a workout! This narrow path cuts off the Taylor River/Snoqualmie Lake trail after about 6.5 miles, and doesn’t stop climbing until you reach the lake at about 3675’. But don’t worry, the giant cedars and firs provide shade throughout the entirety of the hike, keeping you cool on even the hottest of summer days.
 
 
Snoqualmie Lake

Snoqualmie Region -- North Bend Area

 
18.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 1900 ft.
Highest Point: 3147.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.47
(17 votes)
Trail Closed: The Snoqualmie Lake trailhead and trail will be closed beginning October 18 for trailhead expansion and toilet installation. The 5640 road that leads to the trailhead will also be closed for road improvements to facilitate construction. It is anticipated that the construction will occur for about a month. This timeline will be updated as the Forest Service progress’s through the project.
Visit this large, quiet lake in the heart of the Alpine Lakes Wilderness. Snoqualmie is accessible both via Highway 2 and the Middle Fork Snoqualmie Road. From the trailhead on Highway 2, it's 7.3 miles to Snoqualmie Lake, and from the Middle Fork Road, it's 9.2 miles. You can even make this a thru-hike if you can arrange a pick-up at the other end.
 
 
Taylor River - Otter Falls

Snoqualmie Region -- North Bend Area

 
11.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 650 ft.
Highest Point: 1750.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.00
(57 votes)
Trail Closed: The Snoqualmie Lake trailhead and trail will be closed beginning October 18 for trailhead expansion and toilet installation. The 5640 road that leads to the trailhead will also be closed for road improvements to facilitate construction. It is anticipated that the construction will occur for about a month. This timeline will be updated as the Forest Service progress’s through the project.
Lose yourself in second-growth forest as you traverse an old logging road that heads into quiet wilderness just an hour from the urban sprawl of Puget Sound. Enjoy the sounds of water rushing and birds singing. Explore mossy boulders and cross multiple burbling creeks, even do a small amount of cross-country travel on the way to the piece de resistance – a 1,200 foot waterfall that streams into tiny Lipsy Lake before draining to the Taylor River.