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WTA's hiking guide is the most comprehensive database of hikes in Washington, and comprises content written by local hiking experts and user submitted information. All data is vetted by WTA staff. This resource is made possible by the donations of WTA members.

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836 Hikes
Chinook Pass to Crystal Mountain via the Pacific Crest Trail

Mount Rainier Area -- Chinook Pass - Hwy 410

 
8.9 miles, one-way
Gain: 1400 ft.
Highest Point: 6400.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
5.00
(1 vote)
Road Closed 11.9.21: The highway to this trailhead is closed for the winter season. It will reopen in the spring when the snow can be cleared.
Done as a one-way car shuttle hike, this route takes you past several lakes and streams, through meadows of wild flowers, patches of huckleberries, views of mountains and occasional wildlife such as marmots, black bears, pikas and mountain goats. And on a warm day you can take a cooling dip in Sheep Lake on your journey.
 
 
Deadwood Lakes

Mount Rainier Area -- Chinook Pass - Hwy 410

 
2.2 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 470 ft.
Highest Point: 5600.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
0.00
(0 votes)
Road Closed 11.9.21: The highway to this trailhead is closed for the winter season. It will reopen in the spring when the snow can be cleared.
This un-maintained trail can be accessed from the Pacific Crest Trail. The trail can be difficult to follow, so be sure to take appropriate precautions.
 
 
Sheep Lake

Mount Rainier Area -- Chinook Pass - Hwy 410

 
3.6 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 400 ft.
Highest Point: 5750.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.93
(27 votes)
Road Closed 11.9.21: The highway to this trailhead is closed for the winter season. It will reopen in the spring when the snow can be cleared.
Sheep Lake is a picturesque alpine lake guarded by jagged-edged ridges. It makes a good destination for children, especially if you let them swim, play in the meadows, or explore the small rock outcroppings. Sheep Lake is also a worthy destination for adults who want a pause from daily life to enjoy the outdoors. The campsites around the perimeter are ideal for base camping or for backpacking with children.
 
 
Naches Peak Loop

Mount Rainier Area -- SE - Cayuse Pass/Stevens Canyon

 
3.2 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 600 ft.
Highest Point: 5850.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.54
(63 votes)
Road Closed 11.9.21: The highway to this trailhead is closed for the winter season. It will reopen in the spring when the snow can be cleared.
This popular hike provides a range of alpine experiences in a short loop. Walk along a hillside above a small valley, pause at a viewpoint overlooking a lake, and stroll through grassy meadows with stunning views of Mount Rainier. In season enjoy an abundance of wildflowers or perhaps a handful of huckleberries.
 
 
Mesatchee Creek

Mount Rainier Area -- Chinook Pass - Hwy 410

 
2.4 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 100 ft.
Highest Point: 3680.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.00
(6 votes)
Road Closed 11.9.21: The highway to this trailhead is closed for the winter season. It will reopen in the spring when the snow can be cleared.
If you want both a walk in the sunshine and a walk through the trees, Mesatchee Creek is the place to go! Keep your feet dry on the turnpikes and bridge made by WTA.
 
 
Hidden Lake

Mount Rainier Area

 
Rating:
Average rating:
3.50
(4 votes)
Road Closed 11.9.21: The highway to this trailhead is closed for the winter season. It will reopen in the spring when the snow can be cleared.
Hidden Lake
 
 
White Pass to Chinook Pass

South Cascades -- White Pass/Cowlitz River Valley

 
28.0 miles, one-way
Gain: 2200 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.00
(6 votes)
Road Closed 11.9.21: The highway to this trailhead is closed for the winter season. It will reopen in the spring when the snow can be cleared.
Get ready for 28 miles of very scenic hiking on the Pacific Crest Trail. This is a great intro to backpacking route: Four days, seven to eight miles per day of relatively flat backpacking. The trail is well marked, there are abundant camp sites and many stopping points along the way.
 
 
American Lake

Mount Rainier Area -- Chinook Pass - Hwy 410

 
15.5 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 2759 ft.
Highest Point: 5858.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.30
(10 votes)
Road Closed 11.9.21: The highway to this trailhead is closed for the winter season. It will reopen in the spring when the snow can be cleared.
Hike a portion of the Pacific Crest Trail through meadows of wildflowers and past sparkling lakes with views of Nelson Ridge, Mount Aix and Mount Rainier. This outing makes for a great day hike or backpacking trip.
 
 
Sheep Lake to Sourdough Gap

Mount Rainier Area -- Chinook Pass - Hwy 410

 
6.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 1100 ft.
Highest Point: 6400.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.92
(36 votes)
Road Closed 11.9.21: The highway to this trailhead is closed for the winter season. It will reopen in the spring when the snow can be cleared.
This is a pleasant hike to a small lake and a notched gap with sweeping views. Sheep Lake is nestled in a subalpine area that explodes with wildflowers in July and August. The lake is a good place to relax and enjoy nature or perhaps take off your boots and go wading. Sourdough Gap is a small saddle in a rocky-edged ridge. The hike from the lake to the gap offers increasingly picturesque views of the south Cascades with every foot of altitude you gain. Once at the gap, you will be rewarded with grand views of Sheep Lake on one side and the Crystal Lakes basin on the other side.
 
 
Three Lakes via Laughingwater Creek

Mount Rainier Area -- SE - Cayuse Pass/Stevens Canyon

 
13.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 2800 ft.
Highest Point: 5000.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
2.75
(8 votes)
Road Closed 11.9.21: The highway to this trailhead is closed for the winter season. It will reopen in the spring when the snow can be cleared.
Laughingwater Creek conjures up a nice stroll alongside a bubbling creek but read on; the most scenic lower part of the creek keeps hikers well above the creek. Initially, at several spots along the hike, you can hear the creek but you won't see it.
 
 
Shriner Peak

Mount Rainier Area -- SE - Cayuse Pass/Stevens Canyon

 
8.5 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 3434 ft.
Highest Point: 5834.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.60
(15 votes)
Road Closed 11.9.21: The highway to this trailhead is closed for the winter season. It will reopen in the spring when the snow can be cleared.
Gorgeous weather and late-season color make this one of the most beautiful autumn hikes in Mount Rainier National Park. This hike is a tough climb, but the payoff is great views and lots of solitude.
 
 
Reflection and Louise Lakes Snowshoe

Mount Rainier Area -- SW - Longmire/Paradise

 
7.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 560 ft.
Highest Point: 5100.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.40
(5 votes)
Road Closed 11.9.21: The Stevens Canyon Road is closed for the winter season. It will reopen in the spring depending on weather.
The trek to Reflection and Louise Lakes is a quintessential Mount Rainier snowshoeing experience -- the bright, flat expanse of snow and ice covered mountain lakes, subalpine meadows that offer opportunities for romping, stupendous views of The Mountain and the Tatoosh Range, and the south end of the Mazama Ridge beckoning you to follow.
 
 
Bench and Snow Lakes

Mount Rainier Area -- SE - Cayuse Pass/Stevens Canyon

 
2.5 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 610 ft.
Highest Point: 4725.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.19
(21 votes)
Road Closed 11.9.21: The Stevens Canyon Road is closed for the winter season. It will reopen in the spring depending on weather.
Escape the crowds within Mount Rainier National Park without going on a lengthy adventure. Visit one or both of two alpine lakes, the second one just a bit more than a mile from the parking lot.
 
 
High Lakes Loop

Mount Rainier Area -- SW - Longmire/Paradise

 
3.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 600 ft.
Highest Point: 5425.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.70
(10 votes)
Road Closed 11.9.21: The Stevens Canyon Road is closed for the winter season. It will reopen in the spring depending on weather.
Reflection Lakes are not just a popular photography stop. From the lakes you can hike to a stunning cliffside view of the lakes and the Tatoosh range. From there you have the option of returning the way you came, or hiking in a loop around the largest of the lakes.
 
 
Faraway Rock

Mount Rainier Area -- SE - Cayuse Pass/Stevens Canyon

 
1.3 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 300 ft.
Highest Point: 5220.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
2.50
(4 votes)
Road Closed 11.9.21: The Stevens Canyon Road is closed for the winter season. It will reopen in the spring depending on weather.
The overlook at Faraway Rock is a short jaunt along the Mazama Ridge Trail up from Stevens Canyon Road and Reflection Lakes along the Wonderland Trail. This viewpoint showcases glistening Lake Louise below and the towering Tatoosh Ridge to the south.
 
 
Eastside Trail

Mount Rainier Area -- SE - Cayuse Pass/Stevens Canyon

 
26.2 miles, one-way
Gain: 3532 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.00
(3 votes)
Road Closed 11.9.21: The Stevens Canyon Road is closed for the winter season. It will reopen in the spring depending on weather.
This long route connects the subalpine environs of Chinook Pass and Tipsoo Lake with the deep, lowland forests of the Ohanapecosh area. It is part of the East Side Loop trail, a long loop that hikers can enjoy in lieu of the Wonderland Trail.
 
 
Unicorn Peak

Mount Rainier Area -- SE - Cayuse Pass/Stevens Canyon

 
4.8 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 2397 ft.
Highest Point: 6971.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.00
(5 votes)
Road Closed 11.9.21: The Stevens Canyon Road is closed for the winter season. It will reopen in the spring depending on weather.
Unicorn Peak is the tallest in the Tatoosh Mountain Range and offers spectacular views of Mount Rainier. It's top is somewhat jagged which looks like a Unicorn's horn, hence the name. Climbing expertise and gear is required to summit Unicorn.
 
 
Larrabee State Park - Chuckanut Ridge Trail

Puget Sound and Islands -- Bellingham Area

 
10.4 miles, roundtrip
Highest Point: 1900.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.00
(3 votes)
Traverse across beautiful Chuckanut Mountain in Larrabee State Park. Enjoy views of Puget Sound, as well as Mount Baker along this high trail.
 
 
Lake Padden Park

Puget Sound and Islands -- Bellingham Area

 
7.7 miles of trails
Gain: 400 ft.
Highest Point: 800.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.00
(5 votes)
Enjoy a stroll on the main loop trail that goes around Lake Padden or lengthen your trip by exploring some of the short trails at the east end of the park. To find a little solitude take a turn off the beaten path to rise above the south side of the lake on a less-trodden upper trail.
 
 
Whatcom Falls Park

Puget Sound and Islands -- Bellingham Area

 
4.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 50 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.20
(10 votes)
There are three and a half miles of trails in Whatcom Falls Park. Many routes wind through the forests, some overlooking the creek gorge and still pools. Some wind through open meadows, while others stay in deep forest.
 
 
Packwood Lake

South Cascades

 
10.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 600 ft.
Highest Point: 3200.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.88
(34 votes)
When most of Washington’s alpine lakes are still snow-covered, Packwood Lake rewards hikers with a relaxing early-season hike ideal for dusting off your boots.
 
 
Gold Creek - Alaska Lake

Snoqualmie Region -- Snoqualmie Pass

 
14.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 2024 ft.
Highest Point: 4624.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
2.79
(14 votes)
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.
 
 
East Bank Baker Lake

North Cascades -- North Cascades Highway - Hwy 20

 
9.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 500 ft.
Highest Point: 1000.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.70
(20 votes)
Trailhead Inaccessible: As of 10/29/21 Baker Lake Road is washed out at milepost 26, just north of Shannon Creek Campground.
This hike along Baker Lake is a busy, popular trail in summer. It is a nice off season walk though, and is perfect on a crisp, clear winter day. With the leaves off the trees, views that aren't possible in summer emerge; the surrounding peaks and the mossy green silhouettes of the leafless maple trees cover the hillside. A bonus any time of year are the many creeks, quaint bridges, large old-growth trees and of course, Mount Baker as the main attraction.
 
 
Battle Ground Lake State Park - Lower Lake Trail

Southwest Washington -- Lewis River Region

 
1.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 120 ft.
Highest Point: 680.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.50
(2 votes)
Battle Ground Lake State Park is a local favorite, particularly good for families with its short loop around the lake and the playground.
 
 
Lake Little Forest

Puget Sound and Islands -- Seattle-Tacoma Area

 
Highest Point: 900.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
0.00
(0 votes)
The Lake Little Forest was acquired by King County Parks in 2018. A small forested lake sits in the middle of this 155-acre park, and a gravel access road leads to the northern shore of the lake.
 
 
Independence Pass Loop

South Cascades -- Mount St. Helens

 
6.5 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 1665 ft.
Highest Point: 4700.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.00
(5 votes)
The Independence Pass trail is impassable past the first 1.5 miles due to significant washouts and cannot currently be connected with the Boundary Trail to complete this loop.
 
 
Norway Pass

South Cascades -- Mount St. Helens

 
4.5 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 860 ft.
Highest Point: 4500.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.25
(16 votes)
Witness the destructive force and the restorative power of nature on this hike in the blast zone of Mount St. Helens’ 1980 eruption. The rocky ash and treeless areas are testaments to the devastation caused by the explosion, while wildflowers and shrubs signal the return of vegetation to the denuded landscape.
 
 
Vesper Peak

North Cascades -- Mountain Loop Highway

 
8.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 4000 ft.
Highest Point: 6214.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.54
(28 votes)
Vesper Peak is definitely not for the novice hiker, but for those thirsting for one step beyond hiking into backcountry adventure, it's a good leaping off point. The smooth, low angle granite of Vesper's upper reaches make for relatively easy off-trail travel and beginning routefinding.
 
 
Annette Lake

Snoqualmie Region -- Snoqualmie Pass

 
7.5 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 1800 ft.
Highest Point: 3600.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.84
(196 votes)
Waterfalls, wildflowers, sheltering forests, mountain views and an alpine lake are offered on this well-maintained trail. At the lake, enjoy the sights and relax for a while. If you backpacked in, stay at the campsites for a sunrise and sunset on the lake.
 
 
Barclay Lake

Central Cascades -- Stevens Pass - West

 
4.4 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 500 ft.
Highest Point: 2423.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.95
(82 votes)
Barclay Lake offers something for almost everyone: a well-maintained trail that is accessible to beginners and children, stunning mountain views, mycology, camping, a serene alpine lake, and a staging area for challenging adventures in the 106,000-acre Wild Sky Wilderness. Keep your camera charged, as this popular pathway in the shadow of Baring Mountain offers many photo opportunities.