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3915 Hikes

North Cascades -- Mountain Loop Highway

 
10.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 1600 ft.
Highest Point: 3182 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.50
(4 votes)
For a more strenuous snowshoe, head out to Deer Creek and the Lake Kelcema trail. From the parking area, the route proceeds up Deer Creek Road (Road 4052). Watch out for tubers and sledders on the lower portion.
 
 

Mount Rainier Area -- SW - Longmire/Paradise

 
1.1 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 200 ft.
Highest Point: 5400 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.82
(11 votes)
Follow the trails here to views of Mount Rainier's rocky Nisqually River valley and the much-receded Nisqually Glacier.
 
 

Snoqualmie Region -- North Bend Area

 
9.4 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 4000 ft.
Highest Point: 4822 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.25
(97 votes)
The old trail up Mailbox Peak was the stuff of legend. It inspired potential Rainier climbers, challenged adventurous day hikers, and occasionally Mother Nature used the trail to bite back. The number of injuries and rescues on the old trail prompted the Department of Natural Resources to create a new trail to the top. While still relatively steep, this new route, built in part with help from WTA volunteers offers a more easily navigable way for folks to attain the summit of this formidable peak.
 
 

Eastern Washington -- Spokane Area/Coeur d'Alene

 
45.0 miles of trails
Gain: 2000 ft.
Highest Point: 4800 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
5.00
(1 vote)
The conservation area on the west slopes of Mica Peak afford visitors of all types a healthy workout close to the city of Spokane.
 
 

Snoqualmie Region -- Snoqualmie Pass

 
4.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 200 ft.
Highest Point: 2500 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.60
(5 votes)
For a nice location in the Central Cascades, try the Iron Horse-John Wayne Trail along the western shore of Lake Keechelus. This is a treat for new snowshoers, especially if it has been recently groomed. Because of its easy accessibility, it can often get crowded on nicer days.
 
 

Puget Sound and Islands -- Seattle-Tacoma Area

 
5.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 500 ft.
Highest Point: 1100 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.00
(30 votes)
Three waterfalls, multiple viewing areas, and two different trailheads provide great choices for an excursion to Little Mashel Falls. The tallest waterfall plunges over 90 feet.
 
 

Issaquah Alps -- Tiger Mountain

 
2.0 miles, roundtrip
Highest Point: 1150 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
2.71
(7 votes)
Begin your hike up High Point Trail in wooded, steep terrain, passing a junction with the Lingering Trail and eventually joining up with the Tiger Mountain Trail.
 
 

Issaquah Alps -- Tiger Mountain

 
1.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 400 ft.
Highest Point: 1250 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
2.33
(3 votes)
Take a one-mile detour off the High Point Trail until it rejoins the Tiger Mountain Trail. Intersect with Dwight's Way Trail about three-quarters of a mile in.
 
 

Puget Sound and Islands -- Seattle-Tacoma Area

 
1.2 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 0 ft.
Highest Point: 72 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
0.00
(0 votes)
A local part in Port Orchard, Square Lake has a fishing pond, picnic opportunities and the chance to get a breath of fresh air close to home.
 
 

Mount Rainier Area -- Chinook Pass - Hwy 410

 
1.45 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 0 ft.
Highest Point: 791 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.25
(4 votes)
The expansive acreage of this park allows for a wide variety of activities, including hiking, biking, boating, fishing, swimming, bird and wildlife viewing, even lawn games such as horseshoes! The hiking trail is a lovely loop around Deep Lake.
 
 

Central Cascades -- Leavenworth Area

 
10.0 miles, one-way
Gain: 2700 ft.
Highest Point: 5200 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.00
(5 votes)
Road closed 1/13/22: Icicle Road is closed at milepost 4 due to snow removal operations. It will reopen when the snow is cleared and it is safe to open the road.
5/15/2021 - Trail inaccessible: The bridge over French Creek 1.5 miles up is broken due to damage from heavy winter snowpack. There is no way to ford the creek and no access to French Creek Trail or beyond
A handful of high lakes nestled in a forested cirque below Granite Mountain deep within the Alpine Lakes Wilderness
 
 

Central Cascades -- Leavenworth Area

 
4.0 miles, roundtrip
Rating:
Average rating:
3.44
(9 votes)
Road closed 1/13/22: Icicle Road is closed at milepost 4 due to snow removal operations. It will reopen when the snow is cleared and it is safe to open the road.
An out and back hike through the forest with gentle hills for the first two miles or so. It eventually joins Icicle Creek at its confluence with French Creek, and the trail continues beyond.
 
 

Central Cascades -- Leavenworth Area

 
12.0 miles, one-way
Gain: 5056 ft.
Highest Point: 6400 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.25
(4 votes)
Road closed 1/13/22: Icicle Road is closed at milepost 4 due to snow removal operations. It will reopen when the snow is cleared and it is safe to open the road.
Running like a spine through the Icicle Creek area, the Jack Creek Trail is 12 miles long, running from just outside Leavenworth to the Ingalls Creek valley and the northern border of the Teanway. Along the way, it offers a myriad of hiking options for visitors. Sections of this trail have burned in the past, so the odds of running into downed trees across the trail are high, especially in spring and early summer.
 
 

Central Cascades -- Leavenworth Area

 
4.2 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 150 ft.
Highest Point: 2800 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.20
(20 votes)
Road closed 1/13/22: Icicle Road is closed at milepost 4 due to snow removal operations. It will reopen when the snow is cleared and it is safe to open the road.
The Icicle Gorge Trail, one of the most popular trails in the Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest, is a wonderful way to explore the natural beauty of the Icicle Creek Valley. The interpretive loop trail has a gentle grade and scenic views of Icicle Creek, Icicle Gorge, and the surrounding forest that are ideal for families, trail runners, beginner hikers, bird enthusiasts, and those looking to take a nice long walk on a well-defined path.
 
 

Central Cascades -- Leavenworth Area

 
11.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 3800 ft.
Highest Point: 6400 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.00
(4 votes)
Road closed 1/13/22: Icicle Road is closed at milepost 4 due to snow removal operations. It will reopen when the snow is cleared and it is safe to open the road.
A great option for a day hike, Chatter Creek connects up with the popular Icicle Ridge Trail, which allows for even further wandering.
 
 

Central Cascades -- Leavenworth Area

 
Rating:
Average rating:
2.75
(4 votes)
 
Road closed 1/13/22: Icicle Road is closed at milepost 4 due to snow removal operations. It will reopen when the snow is cleared and it is safe to open the road.
An easy hike along Icicle Gorge.
 
 

Central Cascades -- Leavenworth Area

 
12.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 4370 ft.
Highest Point: 7020 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.62
(21 votes)
Road closed 1/13/22: Icicle Road is closed at milepost 4 due to snow removal operations. It will reopen when the snow is cleared and it is safe to open the road.
Visit this trail in the springtime and you can expect to see an explosion of wildflower color! At more than 4500 feet in 5.5 miles of trail, the route to the old Icicle Ridge Lookout site is quite an undertaking, but the views and the flowers are truly worth the energy it takes to get up there.
 
 

Central Cascades -- Leavenworth Area

 
7.3 miles, one-way
Gain: 5018 ft.
Highest Point: 8440 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
5.00
(3 votes)
Road closed 1/13/22: Icicle Road is closed at milepost 4 due to snow removal operations. It will reopen when the snow is cleared and it is safe to open the road.
Parking Restriction: 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.
Scramble to a scenic high point in the upper Enchantments.
 
 

Central Cascades -- Leavenworth Area

 
11.5 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 3100 ft.
Highest Point: 6300 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
2.75
(8 votes)
Road closed 1/13/22: Icicle Road is closed at milepost 4 due to snow removal operations. It will reopen when the snow is cleared and it is safe to open the road.
Parking Restriction: 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.
One of the lesser-visited lakes in the Enchantments, Lake Caroline is a hard-earned reward for those seeking a bit of solitude in this immensely popular region.
 
 

Central Cascades -- Leavenworth Area

 
9.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 1665 ft.
Highest Point: 5065 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.87
(23 votes)
Road closed 1/13/22: Icicle Road is closed at milepost 4 due to snow removal operations. It will reopen when the snow is cleared and it is safe to open the road.
Parking Restriction: 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 Core Zone of the Enchantments may be one of the most popular destinations in Washington state, but those who venture to Lake Stuart may just get the extra-enchanting reward of relative solitude in a high traffic area. Most hikers heading into the Enchantments use the Lake Stuart trailhead, but make for the Core zone via Colchuck Lake and Aasgard Pass. However, taking the right-hand trail 2.2 miles from the trailhead leads you into an adjacent valley, with a large, shallow lake at the base of the imposing massif of Mount Stuart.
 
 

Central Cascades -- Leavenworth Area

 
12.2 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 4400 ft.
Highest Point: 7800 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.22
(9 votes)
Road closed 1/13/22: Icicle Road is closed at milepost 4 due to snow removal operations. It will reopen when the snow is cleared and it is safe to open the road.
Parking Restriction: 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.
This “shortcut” to the Enchantments Core Zone refers only to mileage. As far as miles per hour goes, Aasgard may be one of the slowest hikes you attempt. Achieving the pass is a thigh-burning, chest-bursting, eye-popping endeavor that offers as many extraordinary views as beads of sweat that will fall from your brow as you ascend nearly 2000 feet in just three-quarters of a mile.
 
 

Central Cascades -- Leavenworth Area

 
16.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 2928 ft.
Highest Point: 6300 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.17
(6 votes)
Road closed 1/13/22: Icicle Road is closed at milepost 4 due to snow removal operations. It will reopen when the snow is cleared and it is safe to open the road.
Parking Restriction: 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.
A couple miles beyond Lake Stuart and a few hundred feet up lies Horseshoe Lake--a stunning, silent lake that makes for an excellent day trip for those lucky folks who get to camp at Lake Stuart. It’s also attainable as a day hike, but you’ll want to get an early start.
 
 

Central Cascades -- Leavenworth Area

 
13.5 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 5833 ft.
Highest Point: 8840 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
5.00
(3 votes)
Parking Restriction: 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.
A lengthy and difficult hike up an iconic peak inside the Enchantments. Climbing gear and expertise required.
 
 

Central Cascades -- Leavenworth Area

 
Rating:
Average rating:
0.00
(0 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.
An off-trail scramble to a summit above Eightmile Lake.
 
 

Central Cascades -- Leavenworth Area

 
8.0 miles, one-way
Gain: 2800 ft.
Highest Point: 7200 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
5.00
(3 votes)
Road closed 1/13/22: Icicle Road is closed at milepost 4 due to snow removal operations. It will reopen when the snow is cleared and it is safe to open the road.
Parking Restriction: 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.
Take a side trip from Lake Caroline up to a saddle with gorgeous, sweeping views of the Alpine Lakes wilderness.
 
 

Central Cascades -- Leavenworth Area

 
14.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 4300 ft.
Highest Point: 5500 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.65
(26 votes)
Road closed 1/13/22: Icicle Road is closed at milepost 4 due to snow removal operations. It will reopen when the snow is cleared and it is safe to open the road.
The Snow Lakes trail is known mostly as the long, gradual way into the Enchantments; but it is a worthwhile - if deceptively grueling - destination in its own right. The narrow isthmus between the lakes offers a majestic view across the water to the towering heights of McClellan Peak.
 
 

Central Cascades -- Leavenworth Area

 
6.6 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 1300 ft.
Highest Point: 4650 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.68
(28 votes)
Road closed 1/13/22: Icicle Road is closed at milepost 4 due to snow removal operations. It will reopen when the snow is cleared and it is safe to open the road.
Parking Restriction: 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.
Along a moderate trail into the glorious Alpine Lakes Wilderness Area, past burnt Ponderosa Pines, chattering mountain streams, plenteous wildflowers and tall mountain peaks, hikers will find beautiful Eightmile Lake and its rocky, tree lined shore.
 
 

Central Cascades -- Blewett Pass

 
10.2 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 1315 ft.
Highest Point: 4300 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
0.00
(0 votes)
1/12/2022 - The parking area for this trail is temporarily closed due to avalanche and many downed trees from recent heavy snowfall.
This 10.2 mile winter cross-country ski or snowshoe route follows unplowed summer roads and old logging roads to make a loop trip near Blewett Pass.
 
 

Central Cascades -- Blewett Pass

 
6.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 400 ft.
Highest Point: 4500 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.18
(11 votes)
1/12/2022 - The parking area for this trail is temporarily closed due to avalanche and many downed trees from recent heavy snowfall.
The Wenatchee Crest near Blewett Pass is an ideal entry-level snowshoe, thanks to its modest elevation gain and panoramic views from the ridgetop. And even with such an easily accessible trailhead, the crowds are often minimal.
 
 

Snoqualmie Region -- Salmon La Sac/Teanaway

 
8.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 400 ft.
Highest Point: 2900 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.25
(4 votes)
1/12/2022 - The parking area for this trail is temporarily closed due to avalanche and many downed trees from recent heavy snowfall.
A snowy ramble along a river east of Snoqualmie Pass.