Finding that perfect winter hike can be a challenging task but getting out during the colder months can be endlessly rewarding. Avoid the crowds, see familiar landscapes through new eyes and shake off the winter doldrums during one of the hikes we've selected below. These guides will help you find what you're looking for whether it's a beginner snowshoe route or a snow-free hike close to home.
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Winter Rambles: 14 Hikes Along Washington's Rivers
Get to know some of Washington's most scenic waterways by following these hikes alongside rivers. You'll discover a world of gurgling cascades, frosty fungi, winter wildlife and much-needed fresh air.
Winter Waterfall Hikes
From half-frozen crystalline plunge-pools to gossamer cascades, waterfalls hold a special allure in winter.
Hiking in Circles: 10 Winter Lowland Loops
Washington's grand loops may be buried under feet of snow this time year, but there are dozens of of lovely lowland loops, nature trails and routes through parks to explore all year long.
Escape to Nature Close to Home
Where to find solace in natural areas, even when the snow keeps you from the wilderness.
Gray Getaways: Hikes for a Rainy Day
Where to go hiking in the rain.
Urban Cure: Hikes Within 30 Minutes
Find a hike only 30 minutes (or less) from Seattle, Bellingham, Spokane, Tacoma and Vancouver.
Hikes Within 30 Minutes of Spokane
These are some of the best hikes near Spokane that will allow you to spend more time on trail than in your car.
Hikes Within 30 Minutes of Vancouver
From stunning views and the cascading waterfalls of the Columbia River Gorge to wide-open reaches of grasslands and marshes, Vancouver and Portland couldn't be more perfectly situated for reaching some incredible Washington trails in no time.
Hikes Within 30 Minutes of Bellingham
From the lofty heights of the Chuckanuts to beach-combing on Padilla Bay, Bellingham is just minutes from an incredible diversity of trails.
Hikes Within 30 Minutes of Seattle
These are some of the best hikes near Seattle that will allow you to spend more time on trail than in your car.
Hikes Within 30 Minutes of Tacoma
These are some of the best hikes near Tacoma that will allow you to spend more time on trail than in your car.
Visit WTA-Built Bridges (And Other Structures)
Hike one of these trails where WTA crews have built structures that help improve the hiking experience. It's remarkable to see what can be made from natural materials near the trail, with a little teamwork and elbow grease.