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835 Hikes
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.
 
 
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)
8/10/21 Trail Closed: This trail is closed until further notice due to the Schneider Springs Fire
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.
 
 
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.
 
 
Six Ridge

Olympic Peninsula -- Hood Canal

 
21.1 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 3150 ft.
Highest Point: 4650.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.40
(5 votes)
The Six Ridge Trail is a rugged route that traverses the South Fork to the North Fork of the Skokomish River. It is known for its solitude, meadows and grand mountain vistas, but it comes at a price -- a steep, long trail to these destinations.
 
 
Larrabee State Park - Rock Trail

Puget Sound and Islands -- Bellingham Area

 
2.4 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 1200 ft.
Highest Point: 1820.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.27
(11 votes)
The Rock Trail is one of WTA's signature projects, built from scratch thanks to WTA’s partnerships with various organizations, including Larrabee State Park and Chuckanut Conservancy. A dedicated group of enthusiastic WTA volunteers worked countless hours here, carving a connector trail out of the steep, rugged hillside from the top of Cleator Road to the South Lost Lake Trail. The Rock Trail provides hikers and trail runners a steep climb, gorgeous views, and a peek at the area's fascinating geology.
 
 
Rattlesnake Ledge

Snoqualmie Region -- North Bend Area

 
4.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 1160 ft.
Highest Point: 2078.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.03
(352 votes)
This is a fine hike on a well maintained, albeit busy trail through a cool forest with views of the Cedar River watershed, Mount Si, Mount Washington, Rattlesnake Lake and Chester Morse Lake.
 
 
Pyramid Mountain / Pyramid Peak

Olympic Peninsula -- Northern Coast

 
6.8 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 2400 ft.
Highest Point: 3089.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.23
(13 votes)
When it is hot and dry, escape to this shaded hike through old-growth forest, culminating with views of Washington’s second-deepest lake and its surroundings. But you'll have to cross a precipitous washout 2 miles in to reach the views.
 
 
Pine and Cedar Lakes

Puget Sound and Islands -- Bellingham Area

 
5.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 1400 ft.
Highest Point: 1600.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.81
(16 votes)
With two small lakes and numerous branching trails that sport views to Mount Baker and the Puget Sound, this moderate trail through shady forest can be hiked or backpacked year round. Trails circle both of these lakes, and on nice days you’ll find people out fishing or canoeing here.
 
 
 
74.7 miles, one-way
Gain: 16000 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.62
(13 votes)
Crossing through the stunning Alpine Lakes wilderness, this section is a must-do for serious Washington backpackers. This 75-mile section leads through some of the most beautiful, remote and varied surroundings along the PCT.
 
 
Spectacle Lake

Snoqualmie Region -- Salmon La Sac/Teanaway

 
22.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 1500 ft.
Highest Point: 4600.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.36
(25 votes)
Spectacle Lake is truly worthy of the name - it's quite a sight to see. Nestled at the base of Chikamin Ridge and just a short jaunt from the Pacific Crest Trail, this lake is one of the true gems of Snoqualmie Pass.
 
 
Park Butte

North Cascades -- Mount Baker Area

 
7.5 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 2200 ft.
Highest Point: 5450.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.55
(67 votes)
Hikers must pack out their waste on this trail and dispose of it in the receptacles at the trailhead
On Park Butte, hike to an historic fire lookout and come face-to-face with Koma Kulshan. Along with unobstructed panoramic views of Mount Baker, the Twin Sisters, and the rest of the North Cascades, the route to Park Butte offers dedicated campsites, wildflower-filled alpine meadows, rushing waterfalls, and a stunning variety of mushroom species.
 
 
Newberry Hill Heritage Park

Olympic Peninsula -- Kitsap Peninsula

 
13.0 miles of trails
Gain: 250 ft.
Highest Point: 350.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.00
(4 votes)
This little gem of a park is located in Kitsap County, at the west end of Newberry Hill Road right before the T to Seabeck Highway.
 
 
Moran State Park - Mountain Lake

Puget Sound and Islands -- San Juan Islands

 
3.9 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 50 ft.
Highest Point: 950.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.44
(9 votes)
The loop around Mountain Lake is the perfect way to spend a relaxing day on Orcas Island. If part of your crew is interested in the more challenging Mount Constitution, this is a good way to while away the time that they're trekking to the top.
 
 
Moran State Park - Mount Constitution via Mountain Lake

Puget Sound and Islands -- San Juan Islands

 
6.7 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 1500 ft.
Highest Point: 2410.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.30
(23 votes)
While it's possible to drive the the summit of Mount Constitution, you can also hike there. You'll begin and end at Mountain Lake and, along the way, you'll enjoy walking through forest as well as sweeping views of the San Juan Islands.
 
 
Marmot Lake

Snoqualmie Region -- Salmon La Sac/Teanaway

 
16.0 miles, roundtrip
Highest Point: 4500.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.78
(9 votes)
Scenic Marmot Lake is reachable from both Highway 2 or the Salmon La Sac area, but either way will be a challenge -- it's 14 miles via Deception Pass, or more than 10 miles from the Tucquala Meadows Trailhead.
 
 
Minotaur Lake

Central Cascades -- Stevens Pass - East

 
3.5 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 1905 ft.
Highest Point: 5580.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.97
(31 votes)
Tucked in a cirque a few miles east of Stevens Pass are Minotaur Lake, its immediate neighbor Theseus and overlooking Labyrinth Mountain. This group of alpine destinations, named for symbols in the Greek mythos, make for a great day hike and an excellent workout.
 
 
Lost Creek Ridge

North Cascades -- Mountain Loop Highway

 
14.0 miles, one-way
Gain: 5000 ft.
Highest Point: 5700.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.57
(7 votes)
A rugged trail that offers stunning views and access to several beautiful backcountry lakes.
 
 
Toutle Trail - Blue Lake to Loowit Trail

South Cascades -- Mount St. Helens

 
4.5 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 1100 ft.
Highest Point: 4000.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.25
(4 votes)
Take a short dayhike in a ghost forest to a beautiful babbling brook on the southwest side of Mount St. Helens.
 
 
Larrabee State Park - South Lost Lake Trail

Puget Sound and Islands -- Bellingham Area

 
9.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 1950 ft.
Highest Point: 1650.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.29
(7 votes)
Tucked away atop Chuckanut Mountain is shallow Lost Lake. The south trail to the lake leads through a recovering forest of bigleaf maple, alder, Douglas fir, and western hemlock, meandering 4.5 miles to a riparian hideout, providing waterfalls, old growth, fall color, and year-round hiking to those who make the journey.