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1662 Hikes
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
 
 
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.
 
 
Pearrygin Creek

North Cascades -- Methow/Sawtooth

 
7.4 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 2060 ft.
Highest Point: 6644.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.00
(3 votes)
Looking for a challenge in route finding, with the payoff of partially obscured views? Then this trail is for you. What was once a popular non-motorized, multi-use trail was overrun by the 2006 Tripod Fire and the 2014 Carleton Complex Fire. Since the fires, a lack of maintenance and road washouts make access, route finding, and travel difficult.
 
 
North Fork Asotin Creek to Pinkham Butte

Eastern Washington -- Palouse and Blue Mountains

 
20.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 1750 ft.
Highest Point: 3080.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
0.00
(0 votes)
This trail follows the north fork of Asotin Creek before climbing to Pinkham Butte.
 
 
Oak Creek Road - Bethel Ridge

Central Washington -- Yakima

 
6.5 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 800 ft.
Highest Point: 2500.0 ft.
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0.00
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This is a scenic, easy to moderate hike or snowshoe up a broad canyon with a good chance of spotting bands of elk.
 
 
Lone Fir Loop

North Cascades -- North Cascades Highway - Hwy 20

 
2.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 100 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.80
(5 votes)
An easy, short loop hike out of the Lone Fir campground. The first bit is paved before giving way to a dirt trail that follows Early Winters Creek. After a creek crossing (log bridge) it loops back to the campground.
 
 
Grouse Mountain

Eastern Washington -- Palouse and Blue Mountains

 
5.0 miles, one-way
Gain: 400 ft.
Highest Point: 4000.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
5.00
(1 vote)
A great first-of-spring hike for the whole family less than an hour from Walla Walla. A top of ridge hike looks down into the North Fork of the Umatilla River.
 
 
Big Tree Trail

Eastern Washington -- Okanogan Highlands/Kettle River Range

 
2.7 miles, roundtrip
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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.
 
 
Hidden Lakes

North Cascades -- Pasayten

 
34.2 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 2300 ft.
Highest Point: 5800.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.43
(7 votes)
The Hidden Lakes are the jewels of the Pasayten Wilderness. Tucked high within the Wilderness, these lakes provide backpackers with opportunities to fish, swim, relax, and view wildlife and wildflowers.
 
 
Goldmyer Hot Springs

Snoqualmie Region -- North Bend Area

 
24.0 miles, roundtrip
Rating:
Average rating:
4.00
(10 votes)
The way to Goldmyer Hot Springs is a delightful forest walk through deep woods, along the rushing Snoqualmie River, and ultimately to a beautiful privately owned hot springs tucked against the Alpine Lakes Wilderness. Because it is privately owned by a non-profit, reservations are strongly recommended and are the only way to assure access to the property and hot springs.
 
 
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.
 
 
Cutthroat Pass via Cutthroat Lake

North Cascades -- North Cascades Highway - Hwy 20

 
11.4 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 2300 ft.
Highest Point: 6800.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.64
(11 votes)
Take this gentle trail to a beautiful alpine lake surrounded by rocky cliffs before heading up some steeper switchbacks to a pass and junction with the iconic Pacific Crest Trail.
 
 
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.
 
 
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.
 
 
Bear Canyon

Central Washington -- Yakima

 
6.4 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 1130 ft.
Highest Point: 3200.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.29
(7 votes)
Follow a stream between steep sided basalt cliffs up a shady canyon in the transition zone between the Cascade Mountains and the dry shrub-steppe grasslands of eastern Washington.
 
 
South Fork Walla Walla River

Eastern Washington -- Palouse and Blue Mountains

 
39.2 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 2885 ft.
Highest Point: 5000.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
0.00
(0 votes)
This trail, just over the border in Oregon, begins at a BLM trailhead, and ends at Deduct Pond on Forest Service Road 65-650.
 
 
Virginia Lilly

Eastern Washington -- Okanogan Highlands/Kettle River Range

 
4.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 900 ft.
Highest Point: 4270.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
2.60
(5 votes)
This short, sweet loop with spring flowers, old-growth trees and views of the Okanogan Highlands is just waiting to be explored.
 
 
Wenaha River Trail

Eastern Washington -- Palouse and Blue Mountains

 
29.9 miles, one-way
Gain: 2500 ft.
Highest Point: 4000.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.00
(1 vote)
Hike along a section of the Wenaha River in the Wenaha-Tucannon Wilderness.
 
 
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.
 
 
Tieton River Nature Trail

Central Washington -- Yakima

 
6.75 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 300 ft.
Highest Point: 1900.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.60
(10 votes)
This short hike is an excellent option during a visit to the Naches area in the spring and summertime. You'll enjoy a ramble along a river, impressive geologic formations, and relative solitude, though the area is open to mountain bikers and popular with rock climbers and birders.
 
 
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.
 
 
Slate Creek

North Cascades -- Methow/Sawtooth

 
6.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 3700 ft.
Highest Point: 6600.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.00
(5 votes)
A steep as all heck hike (think: 1200 feet-per-mile) from the Twisp River Valley up to Abernathy Ridge with 360-degree views. The trail continues on to Slate Lake, but this side-trip adds 4 miles roundtrip for this add-on.
 
 
Silver Star View Snowshoe

North Cascades -- North Cascades Highway - Hwy 20

 
8.8 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 800 ft.
Highest Point: 4250.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
2.50
(2 votes)
A quiet snowshoe trip to views of Silver Star Mountain awaits the mid-week traveler in late fall and early spring. This road walk parallels the Early Winters Trail, the old route from Mazama to Washington Pass.
 
 
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.
 
 
Little Ranger Peak via Ranger Creek

Mount Rainier Area -- Chinook Pass - Hwy 410

 
12.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 2500 ft.
Highest Point: 5010.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.50
(10 votes)
This infrequently visited trail is the perfect hike early in the season, because the snow melts off the south-facing flanks of the peak early. If you miss the springtime, save it for fall, because the deciduous trees that line the path make it ideal for a shot of fall color. Enjoy a moderately graded that leads you to a summit that boasts views of Rainier and the White River valley from the summit.
 
 
Rainy Lake

Snoqualmie Region -- North Bend Area

 
8.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 2900 ft.
Highest Point: 3900.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.89
(19 votes)
This is an abandoned trail that heads south along Rainy Creek off of the downstream section of the Middle Fork Snoqualmie Trail up to Rainy Lake. The lake is popular among fishermen, since it is home to lots of trout, but be warned -- route-finding skills are a must on this trip.
 
 
CCC Road: Blowout Creek Trailhead

Snoqualmie Region -- North Bend Area

 
7.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 620 ft.
Highest Point: 1520.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
2.50
(10 votes)
The Blowout Creek Trailhead offers a more secluded adventure than the CCC Road: Lower Section, despite its route along an old road. Climb a moderate grade alongside Blowout Creek for almost a mile before arriving at the CCC Road Trail, then hike to a beautiful waterfall.
 
 
Yellow Aster Butte

North Cascades -- Mount Baker Area

 
7.5 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 2550 ft.
Highest Point: 6150.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.44
(62 votes)
Campfires are not allowed in this area.
Find supreme wildflower gardens and a high-country plateau speckled with shimmering tarns-but that's not all. Spectacular alpine vistas abound too-of Baker, Shuksan, and all those rugged and craggy peaks straddling the 49th parallel. Yellow Aster Butte may be a misnomer (those yellow-petaled delights are actually daisies), but you definitely don't want to miss hiking here.