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119 Hikes
Columbia National Wildlife Refuge - Rimrock Lake

Central Washington -- Potholes Region

 
3.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 200 ft.
Highest Point: 1060.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.75
(8 votes)
Formerly the Frog Lake Trail, this area is breathtakingly scenic, compensating for the fact that there is no actual lake en route. Frog Lake dried up years ago, leaving a seasonal marsh that occupies a small basin below the trail's ultimate destination; a broad mesa with a 360 degree view of the surrounding scablands of the Columbia National Wildlife Refuge.
 
 
Shell Rock

Central Washington -- Yakima

 
6.0 miles, one-way
Gain: 1100 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
2.50
(4 votes)
Area Closure: Effective July 23 2021 this area and all lands in Eastern Washington managed by the Washington State Department of Natural Resources are temporarily closed to the public to prevent the risks associated with wildfires. This area will reopen once it is safe to do so. Please respect this closure.
 
 
Manastash Ridge - Observatory Road

Central Washington -- Yakima

 
4.5 miles, one-way
Gain: 900 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
2.67
(3 votes)
Area Closure: Effective July 23 2021 this area and all lands in Eastern Washington managed by the Washington State Department of Natural Resources are temporarily closed to the public to prevent the risks associated with wildfires. This area will reopen once it is safe to do so. Please respect this closure.
 
 
Selah Cliffs Natural Area Preserve

Central Washington -- Yakima

 
2.5 miles, roundtrip
Highest Point: 1160.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.00
(1 vote)
Area Closure: Effective July 23 2021 this area and all lands in Eastern Washington managed by the Washington State Department of Natural Resources are temporarily closed to the public to prevent the risks associated with wildfires. This area will reopen once it is safe to do so. Please respect this closure.
An easy hike up the Selah Creek canyon with views of both abundant wildlife and geological points of interest.
 
 
East Rim Waterworks Canyon

Central Washington -- Yakima

 
3.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 450 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
5.00
(1 vote)
Area Closure: Effective July 23 2021 this area and all lands in Eastern Washington managed by the Washington State Department of Natural Resources are temporarily closed to the public to prevent the risks associated with wildfires. This area will reopen once it is safe to do so. Please respect this closure.
A short, hike alongside a creek on the east side of Washington, just outside of Yakima. Lush brush, including balsamroot, yarrow, and lupine can be found along the way, as you enjoy the dramatic canyon walls.
 
 
Ahtanum State Forest - Whites Ridge

Central Washington -- Yakima

 
10.9 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 1900 ft.
Highest Point: 5000.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
5.00
(1 vote)
Area Closure: Effective July 23 2021 this area and all lands in Eastern Washington managed by the Washington State Department of Natural Resources are temporarily closed to the public to prevent the risks associated with wildfires. This area will reopen once it is safe to do so. Please respect this closure.
The Whites Ridge trailhead is a forested hike with mountain views located in Ahtanum Forest. It is only open to hikers and equestrians from April 1 to November 30.
 
 
Manastash Ridge - Westberg Trail

Central Washington -- Yakima

 
4.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 1800 ft.
Highest Point: 3560.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.75
(12 votes)
Area Closure: Effective July 23 2021 this area and all lands in Eastern Washington managed by the Washington State Department of Natural Resources are temporarily closed to the public to prevent the risks associated with wildfires. This area will reopen once it is safe to do so. Please respect this closure.
Named after and built in honor of an Ellensburg wrestling coach, this trail provides the sought-after combination of great workout and big views. But its exposed; you'll want to be up here in spring or fall, because the direct sun of summer and lack of water can make this one a burner (literally).
 
 
Washtucna Coulee - Kahlotus Railroad Grade

Central Washington -- Tri-Cities

 
8.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 30 ft.
Highest Point: 900.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.75
(4 votes)
Area Closure: Effective July 23 2021 this area and all lands in Eastern Washington managed by the Washington State Department of Natural Resources are temporarily closed to the public to prevent the risks associated with wildfires. This area will reopen once it is safe to do so. Please respect this closure.
The Washtucna Coulee - Kahlotus Railroad Grade will take you past the dried basin of the ancient Lake Kahlotus and through to the eerie former railroad tunnel in Devils Canyon.
 
 
Snow Mountain Ranch and Cowiche Mountain

Central Washington -- Yakima

 
14.0 miles of trails
Gain: 1140 ft.
Highest Point: 2970.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.17
(6 votes)
For a flat riparian ramble or a great workout to a scenic summit, Snow Mountain Ranch is a walking wonderland just outside of Yakima.
 
 
Ancient Lakes

Central Washington -- Potholes Region

 
12.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 625 ft.
Highest Point: 1200.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.08
(62 votes)
View one of the best examples of a recessional-cataract canyon. Potholes Coulee caught the attention of J Harlen Bretz in the early 20th century, which led to his “outrageous hypothesis” of Ice Age flooding.
 
 
Rocky Top and Cowiche Mountain

Central Washington -- Yakima

 
20.0 miles of trails
Gain: 1148 ft.
Highest Point: 2970.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.00
(1 vote)
Rocky Top is an extensive system of interconnected mountain bike trails open to hikers. It offers innumerable out-and back and loop options though shrub-steppe on the flanks of Cowiche Mountain as well as a scenic ridge walk on a portion of the William O. Douglas Trail to the summit of the mountain and a connection with the Snow Mountain Ranch trail system.
 
 
Clara and Marion Lakes

Central Washington -- Wenatchee

 
3.2 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 900 ft.
Highest Point: 5475.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.88
(16 votes)
Some days are perfect for quiet contemplation, and an easygoing trail. Chirping birds, fragrant Ponderosa pines, and soft duff underfoot make this a perfect short, casual hike. In snow, it's steady climb will make it a moderate challenge in winter when showshoeing is in season.
 
 
White Bluffs - Central Slope

Central Washington -- Tri-Cities

 
6.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 500 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
0.00
(0 votes)
On this hike you’ll walk a long string of sand dunes or explore the nooks and crannies of a recent landslide, all beside the last free-flowing stretch of the Columbia River with panoramic views up and down the river, north to the Saddle Mountains, and across the Hanford Nuclear Site to the distant Cascade Mountains.
 
 
Stairway to Heaven

Central Washington -- Wenatchee

 
9.7 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 900 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
0.00
(0 votes)
Stairway to Heaven is a single track hiking and mountain biking trail in the foothills of Wenatchee. It climbs gently through fields of flowers and Ponderosa pine up to the summit of Twin Peaks. Enjoy views of the canyons and Wenatchee Valley down below.
 
 
Umtanum Ridge Crest

Central Washington -- Yakima

 
6.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 2400 ft.
Highest Point: 3480.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.77
(13 votes)
Get a workout on this steep hike from Umtanum Creek to the ridge above the canyon. In spring, it is filled with wildflowers and birds, with chances of seeing rattlesnakes and bighorn sheep.
 
 
Cowiche Canyon

Central Washington -- Yakima

 
6.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 100 ft.
Highest Point: 1500.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.53
(15 votes)
Walk beneath stunning basalt and andesite cliffs along a beautiful creek with wildflowers in the spring, stunning color in the fall and a side trip for a glass of wine and snacks.
 
 
Northrup Canyon

Central Washington -- Grand Coulee

 
3.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 384 ft.
Highest Point: 2134.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.00
(10 votes)
Bald eagles, icons of the mossy forests and deep rivers of the Pacific Coast, flock to this desert canyon each winter, and their presence is reason to visit in late fall or winter.
 
 
Crow Butte Park

Central Washington -- Tri-Cities

 
6.0 miles of trails
Gain: 250 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.00
(4 votes)
Crow Butte Park is located near Patterson, along the Columbia River. The park is operated by the Port of Benton, and it is possible to camp here as well as explore six miles of trail.
 
 
Artesian & Black Lake

Central Washington -- Grand Coulee

 
0.5 miles, roundtrip
Rating:
Average rating:
0.00
(0 votes)
 
Artesian Lake and Black Lake are dry lake beds on federal land. The lakes went dry in the last century due to overgrazing typical of Eastern Washington and the lowering of the water table by local wells. Willow trees and golden currant shrubs still line the former shoreline and surface water occasionally gathers on the alkaline flats.
 
 
Quincy Lakes

Central Washington -- Potholes Region

 
12.0 miles of trails
Gain: 400 ft.
Highest Point: 1200.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.67
(9 votes)
Quincy Lakes is an umbrella term for the area including Ancient Lakes and Dusty Lake.
 
 
Fullbright Park

Central Washington -- Yakima

 
1.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 500 ft.
Highest Point: 1484.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
0.00
(0 votes)
 
Fullbright Park is available for private reservations, but if no one has reserved the park, the trails here are open to the public and a nice place to stretch your hiking muscles.
 
 
Swakane Canyon

Central Washington -- Wenatchee

 
6.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 1470 ft.
Highest Point: 2980.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.42
(12 votes)
This is a nice two season hike on an old road with views of the Columbia River valley from Badger Mountain to Wenatchee. Enroute you may see spring flowers, unique rock formations, and animals like deer, coyotes, snakes and hawks.
 
 
Box Spring Canyon

Central Washington -- Yakima

 
9.5 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 900 ft.
Highest Point: 2300.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.00
(1 vote)
This is part of the William O. Douglas Trail, which runs from Davis High School in Yakima to Mt. Rainier. This trail is still being established.
 
 
William O. Douglas Wilderness

Central Washington -- Yakima

 
52.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 3600 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
0.00
(0 votes)
 
This heritage trail provides muscle-powered users (read: hikers) the opportunity to experience many of the natural, historic and cultural sites that William O. Douglas hiked and wrote about in his book Of Men and Mountains.
 
 
Burch Mountain - Eagle Rock

Central Washington -- Wenatchee

 
3.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 500 ft.
Highest Point: 4522.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.00
(1 vote)
Enjoy this wooded trail leading to a ridge featuring a rock outcropping overlooking the town of Wenatchee.
 
 
McNary National Wildlife Refuge

Central Washington -- Tri-Cities

 
2.0 miles, roundtrip
Highest Point: 350.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
2.00
(4 votes)
This National Wildlife Refuge consists of a chain of wetland marshes adjacent to the confluence of the Snake and Columbia Rivers.
 
 
Umtanum Creek Canyon

Central Washington -- Yakima

 
6.5 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 500 ft.
Highest Point: 1800.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.61
(28 votes)
Take a pleasant hike up a spectacular canyon with towering basalt formations, a rushing creek, and a chance to see bighorn sheep. Whether you go in spring or fall, the canyon is filled with brilliant color.
 
 
Red Hill

Central Washington -- Wenatchee

 
12.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 2710 ft.
Highest Point: 3835.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.00
(4 votes)
If you are looking for a moderately long amble without much likelihood of seeing others, look no further. The terrain is dry Ponderosa forest cut deeply by winter runoff. The scars of humankind’s usage are quite evident, but the balance of nature’s hand is slowly returning beauty to the area. The elevations are low making access easy early in the season or the potential for a winter outing.
 
 
Candy Point Trail

Central Washington -- Grand Coulee

 
1.8 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 800 ft.
Highest Point: 1762.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
0.00
(0 votes)
Most trails are human-made, this one is arguably more so than most. The 1937 Civilian Conservation Corps crew who built this trail hewed hundreds of granite steps from the local bedrock, installing them in twisting fashion up one steep canyon and down another. A trip around this loop is a step back in time to an era when trails built through rock were cut primarily with sweat and muscle.
 
 
Saddle Rock

Central Washington -- Wenatchee

 
2.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 920 ft.
Highest Point: 2000.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.70
(10 votes)
This is an excellent location for folks in Wenatchee looking to get some conditioning in during the winter months, or just wanting to stretch their legs after a long day behind a desk.