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836 Hikes
The Enchantments

Central Cascades -- Leavenworth Area

 
18.0 miles, one-way
Gain: 4500 ft.
Highest Point: 7800.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.70
(125 votes)
Parking Restriction on Road 7601: 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.
 
 
Lakeview Trail

Puget Sound and Islands -- Seattle-Tacoma Area

 
2.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 95 ft.
Highest Point: 410.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
0.00
(0 votes)
Follow a gentle, stroller-friendly slope for about a mile along the eastern and northern shores of scenic Lake Ballinger. You can extend your walk by continuing west along Lakeview Drive to the nearby Interurban Trail, or head east to explore the gravel forested path through Terrace Creek Park
 
 
Cathedral Pass Loop

North Cascades -- Pasayten

 
44.7 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 4000 ft.
Highest Point: 7800.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.12
(8 votes)
Hike through some of the Boundary Trail’s best scenery on the 44-mile lollipop loop along the Chewuch River and through majestic Cathedral Pass.
 
 
Sand Ridge

South Cascades -- White Pass/Cowlitz River Valley

 
8.9 miles, one-way
Gain: 2000 ft.
Highest Point: 5400.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
1.80
(5 votes)
This trail in the William O. Douglas wilderness climbs from the north side of Highway 12 through second-growth forest. It offers access to Spiral Butte and Shellrock Lake, among other lakes in this area. While it's a lovely spot to enjoy a low-key backpack, the water here can make the area swampy in the spring and early summer.
 
 
North Lake

North Cascades -- Methow/Sawtooth

 
10.6 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 2220 ft.
Highest Point: 5840.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
5.00
(6 votes)
Hike in to a small lake at the head of a valley with good campsites and many possibilities for exploration. Along the way, see the difference between the 2018 Crescent Mountain Fire impacted forest and the old growth forest.
 
 
Big Tree Trail

Eastern Washington -- Okanogan Highlands/Kettle River Range

 
2.7 miles, roundtrip
Rating:
Average rating:
0.00
(0 votes)
Looking for a lower-key, wheelchair accessible hike among gorgeous golden larches in fall? The 0.7-mile Big Tree Trail is just the ticket.
 
 
Copper Glance Lake

North Cascades -- Pasayten

 
6.8 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 2560 ft.
Highest Point: 6260.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.29
(7 votes)
This hike through history, both natural and mining, leads to a beautiful emerald lake below the rocky cliffs of Isabella Ridge. The mix of old mining road and steep trail passes through burnt forest, past an old mine, through flowered meadows, and across a boulder field to reach Copper Glance Lake.
 
 
Cougar Lakes

Mount Rainier Area -- Chinook Pass - Hwy 410

 
12.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 1700 ft.
Highest Point: 5400.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
2.57
(7 votes)
Ford a river, climb through forest and end at two lakes in the heart of a wilderness area -- Cougar Lake is a gorgeous respite for hikers in the William O. Douglas wilderness.
 
 
Bumping Lake

Mount Rainier Area -- Chinook Pass - Hwy 410

 
9.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 300 ft.
Highest Point: 3700.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.17
(6 votes)
A gentle hike through stands of mature larches and other conifers along the shores of Bumping Lake. The trail is also a good alternate route to Swamp Lake Trail #970 or to Pacific Crest Trail #2000 when a ford of the Bumping River is too hazardous.
 
 
Black Lake

North Cascades -- Pasayten

 
8.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 780 ft.
Highest Point: 3982.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
2.89
(9 votes)
While snow still coats the high places of the Methow Valley, the hike to Black Lake offers early-season wildflowers amidst the recovery from a devastating 2003 wildfire.
 
 
Beth Lake

Eastern Washington -- Okanogan Highlands/Kettle River Range

 
1.9 miles, roundtrip
Highest Point: 2498.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.00
(5 votes)
This lakeside trail begins in Beaver Lake Campground and travels 1.9 flat miles to Beth Lake, offering opportunities to view fish and waterfowl including the Common Loon.
 
 
Beaver Lake

North Cascades -- Methow/Sawtooth

 
2.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 400 ft.
Highest Point: 5500.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.43
(7 votes)
Beaver Lake is a nice short walk through starkly beautiful terrain still recovering from the Okanagon Complex fires in 2015.
 
 
Twin Sisters Lakes

Mount Rainier Area -- Chinook Pass - Hwy 410

 
4.4 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 900 ft.
Highest Point: 5200.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.58
(12 votes)
A long dirt road provides access to the central trailhead for the William O. Douglas Wilderness Area. The popular, easy forest hike to the Twin Sisters Lakes is a prelude to miles of exploration possible on trails and cross-country through open forest, past meadows, ponds, and lakes.
 
 
Swamp Lake

Mount Rainier Area -- Chinook Pass - Hwy 410

 
9.4 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 1400 ft.
Highest Point: 5000.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.00
(6 votes)
Despite its name, Swamp Lake is a lovely little destination in the William O. Douglas wilderness near Mount Rainier. It's popular with fishermen and backpackers, though it can be extremely buggy in early summer.
 
 
Strawberry Mountain

Eastern Washington -- Okanogan Highlands/Kettle River Range

 
3.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 890 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
2.00
(3 votes)
This moderate trail makes for a great family hike up Strawberry Mountain with good views of Lost Lake and Bonaparte Mountain.
 
 
Mount Rose

Olympic Peninsula -- Hood Canal

 
6.4 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 3500 ft.
Highest Point: 4301.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.78
(32 votes)
Hike a steep trail to a rocky perch with views of Lake Cushman and the southeastern corner of the Olympic Mountains.
 
 
Cascade Pass

North Cascades -- North Cascades Highway - Hwy 20

 
7.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 1800 ft.
Highest Point: 5392.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.15
(33 votes)
9/17/2021 - The Cascade River Road is closed at milepost 20 due to road damage.
At Cascade Pass, the wow factor far exceeds the “ow” factor – perhaps no other trail in the state delivers as much reward for the effort. From the high peaks on either side of the pass, verdant meadows curve down to a saddle that offers sweeping views of nearby valleys, glaciers, mountains, and passing wildlife. Sedately climbing a little less than 1,800 feet in 3.6 miles, it is the perfect hike to show new hikers the extraordinary places their feet can take them.
 
 
Wynoochee Lake

Olympic Peninsula -- Olympia

 
12.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 1100 ft.
Highest Point: 950.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
2.88
(8 votes)
The trail around Wynoochee Lake is a pleasant stroll through second growth forest with a lush understory. As with many “lakeshore” trails, the trail is not actually near the lakeshore. While the lake is generally out of sight, it does allow the possibility of a hike/canoe biathlon, if you can find a partner with a canoe. Wynoochee Lake is smaller and calmer than some of the lakes in Washington, making this a nice option.
 
 
Williams Creek

North Cascades -- Methow/Sawtooth

 
14.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 3600 ft.
Highest Point: 6500.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.75
(4 votes)
To see beautiful Williams Lake, set in a meadow basin with pockets of larch trees, a hiker must earn it. The shallow gradient trail takes 7 miles to gain 3600 feet and is mostly on a fire-scorched, sun-baked south facing slope where the sparse shade offers a welcome respite from the heat.
 
 
West Fork Foss River and Lakes

Central Cascades -- Stevens Pass - West

 
14.6 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 3300 ft.
Highest Point: 4900.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.25
(44 votes)
Visit any of several beautiful alpine lakes, in rocky basins. The day can be as easy as a 3.6 roundtrip hike to Trout Lake, or as strenuous as the nearly 15-mile hike to Big Heart Lake as you like. Good options exist both for day-hikers and for backpackers.
 
 
Wallace Falls State Park

Central Cascades -- Stevens Pass - West

 
5.6 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 1300 ft.
Highest Point: 1500.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.11
(277 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.
 
 
Upper Lena Lake

Olympic Peninsula -- Hood Canal

 
14.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 3900 ft.
Highest Point: 4600.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.23
(31 votes)
The trail to Lena Lake is a pretty, and popular, weekend destination. But hearty hikers and backpackers who venture to Upper Lena Lake will leave the crowds behind and experience a little bit of nirvana.
 
 
Tunnel Creek

Olympic Peninsula -- Hood Canal

 
9.4 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 2450 ft.
Highest Point: 4500.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.69
(16 votes)
Tunnel Creek Trail has two trailheads. Nearly all hikers access the trail from the north side where for the first three miles the moderately easy grade is often within earshot of Tunnel Creek. After crossing the South Fork of Tunnel Creek, the route rises at a steeper but manageable grade past Harrison Lakes to 5050 Pass and some nearby viewpoints. The south side trailhead is on the Dosewallips Road. This segment’s notoriously steep grade to 5050 Pass means it is seldom used. Try it and you’ll find out why.
 
 
Tubal Cain Mine to Buckhorn Lake

Olympic Peninsula -- Hood Canal

 
12.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 2000 ft.
Highest Point: 5200.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.93
(15 votes)
Although best known for its namesake mine and the nearby aircraft wreckage, the Tubal Cain trail also offers a pleasant and scenic route to Marmot Pass, a gateway to further wanderings.
 
 
Three Lakes

Olympic Peninsula -- Pacific Coast

 
13.8 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 2850 ft.
Highest Point: 3175.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
2.83
(6 votes)
The Three Lakes Trail is a tour of some of Olympic's finest old growth forests, and is the traditional start of the much longer Queets-Quinault Skyline route. Starting in lowland rainforest, the trail works its way through exemplary stands of montane and then subalpine forests before finally breaking out into meadows dotted with tiny lakes. This is a truly wild and remote corner of the Olympics that leaves a lasting impression on the lucky hiker who experiences its beauty.
 
 
The Brothers

Olympic Peninsula -- Hood Canal

 
18.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 6050 ft.
Highest Point: 6866.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.86
(7 votes)
A scramble and climbing route to the summit of a mountain in the Olympic range. Climbing gear and expertise required.
 
 
Talapus and Olallie Lakes

Snoqualmie Region -- Snoqualmie Pass

 
6.2 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 1220 ft.
Highest Point: 3780.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.92
(120 votes)
With a moderate grade on a wide trail, the hike to Talapus Lake is the perfect introduction to the outdoors for hikers and beginning backpackers. Upon arrival at Talapus, break out lunch or pitch camp. Either way, you can cool off in the large lake. If you feel like pressing on, Ollalie Lake is just about a mile and a half up trail, where open campsites offer lakeside havens with calm waters and views of a beautiful lake basin.
 
 
Surprise and Glacier Lakes

Central Cascades -- Stevens Pass - West

 
11.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 2700 ft.
Highest Point: 4900.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.38
(40 votes)
From towering old-growth giants to placid lakes with craggy mountain views, this hike has everything you want in a trail. Put this one on your list of places to explore along Highway 2.
 
 
Snow Lake

Snoqualmie Region -- Snoqualmie Pass

 
7.2 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 1800 ft.
Highest Point: 4400.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.19
(192 votes)
Multiple avalanche chutes cross the Snow Lake Trail, posing danger for hikers in the winter. If there is snow present at the trailhead, hikers should have experience navigating avalanche territory and the appropriate safety gear.
A relatively short and easy hike within a stone’s throw of Seattle, Snow Lake delivers splendorous alpine scenery – crystal clear waters, towering peaks – at a mere pittance of sweat and toil. Just don’t expect to have the trail to yourself – Snow Lake is Washington's most heavily-used trail in a wilderness area!
 
 
Slavin Pond Loop

Eastern Washington -- Spokane Area/Coeur d'Alene

 
3.3 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 246 ft.
Highest Point: 2341.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.33
(3 votes)
With more than 600 acres of rolling fields, pine-forested buttes and wetlands, the Slavin Conservation Area provides plenty of room to stretch legs all year-round.