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3897 Hikes
Iron Goat Trail

Central Cascades -- Stevens Pass - West

 
6.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 700 ft.
Highest Point: 2800.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.00
(40 votes)
Take a hike through railroad history. The old tunnels, rusting relics, cement snow sheds and the big red caboose should appeal to kids of all ages, and the complex history of the railroad and those who built it, as well as the avalanche that wiped everything away will appeal to history buffs.
 
 
Island Center Forest

Puget Sound and Islands -- Seattle-Tacoma Area

 
10.0 miles of trails
Gain: 200 ft.
Highest Point: 425.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.00
(4 votes)
With lovely Douglas-fir forest, wetlands, and a great network of trails, Island Center Forest is one of King County's best-kept secrets. Birds are abundant on the wetlands, and the forest is lush, with large, second-growth trees, a testament to the effort that several groups have put into managing this forest in order to restore the health of this area.
 
 
Indian Creek

Central Cascades -- Stevens Pass - East

 
11.0 miles, one-way
Gain: 2700 ft.
Highest Point: 5000.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
2.43
(7 votes)
Beautiful mixed forests surround you as saunter up Indian Creek towards the Pacific Crest Trail (PCT). Surrounded by peaks on all sides, this crucial connector to the PCT in the ultra-rugged Glacier Peak Wilderness requires keen navigation skills (and a strong sense of adventure) as years of overgrown brush make this trail difficult to follow.
 
 
Independence Ridge

South Cascades -- Mount St. Helens

 
2.6 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 40 ft.
Highest Point: 4500.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
0.00
(0 votes)
A connector trail in the Mount St. Helens area linking Independence Pass with the Boundary Trail. Views from here include Spirit Lake and the north side of the volcano.
 
 
Dishman Hills Conservation Area - Iller Creek

Eastern Washington -- Spokane Area/Coeur d'Alene

 
5.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 1200 ft.
Highest Point: 3200.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.89
(18 votes)
Take a hike on the edge of Spokane Valley with commanding views of Spokane Valley and the Palouse. On the way, you'll see many plant species typical of western slopes of Cascades, a seasonal stream, and amazing variety of wildflowers through from late March through mid-July.
 
 
Ice Creek - Ice Lakes

Central Cascades -- Entiat Mountains/Lake Chelan

 
28.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 4200 ft.
Highest Point: 6900.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.20
(5 votes)
A beautiful multi-day hike through ponderosa pines to a high altitude basin. Enjoy lakes, waterfalls, larches, and solitude with the possibility of a top out of 9,060 foot Mount Maude.
 
 
Horseshoe Bend

North Cascades -- Mount Baker Area

 
2.4 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 220 ft.
Highest Point: 1200.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.61
(18 votes)
Here's a Mount Baker Highway gem that's low enough to be passable all year and at the same time easy enough for the whole family. It's also a terrific spot to witness the power of water.
 
 
Heybrook Lookout

Central Cascades -- Stevens Pass - West

 
2.6 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 850 ft.
Highest Point: 1700.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.70
(74 votes)
Heybrook Lookout is a short and moderately steep hike through a fern and moss covered forest to a fun, staircase-ridden lookout with great views of the nearby mountains. If you are introducing someone to hiking, limited on time, or trying to add on another hike or activity in the area, this is the hike for you.
 
 
Hemlock Trail

Puget Sound and Islands -- Bellingham Area

 
4.0 miles, roundtrip
Rating:
Average rating:
3.50
(2 votes)
The Hemlock Trail is one of the many trails on Chuckanut Mountain, just south of Fairhaven. This is a main trail, with many alternate routes branching off to provide visitors with a variety of hiking options.
 
 
Dingford Creek-Hester Lake

Snoqualmie Region -- North Bend Area

 
10.8 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 2600 ft.
Highest Point: 3900.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.44
(9 votes)
Hike a rugged trail through second-growth hemlock forest. You'll cross several lively creeks and see waterfalls on your way to a high alpine lake well-stocked with trout.
 
 
Heliotrope Ridge

North Cascades -- Mount Baker Area

 
5.5 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 1400 ft.
Highest Point: 5100.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.46
(46 votes)
If you'd like nose-to-nose access to Mount Baker, this first-rate woodsy walk delivers. Over a relatively short, well-maintained trail with mild elevation gain, you can be glacier-side in no time... if the creek crossings allow.
 
 
Heather Lake

North Cascades -- Mountain Loop Highway

 
4.6 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 1034 ft.
Highest Point: 2430.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.99
(142 votes)
After you've explored a few trails with your little one, the Heather Lake trail makes a wonderful next step. It's the perfect place to take children on their first ‘real’ hike. The trail is short, but steep and challenging--it'll give a child a real sense of accomplishment once they reach the lake. The lake itself is a scenic little lake located on the northeastern slope of Mount Pilchuck.
 
 
Heather Creek Trail via Upper Dungeness River

Olympic Peninsula -- Hood Canal

 
15.8 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 1800 ft.
Highest Point: 4200.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.33
(3 votes)
Take an amble through moss-laden forest and along churning waters in colors only the Olympic Peninsula can provide. For the most part, it’s ramble with moderate grade, but the last two and a half miles change character dramatically—giving you a steep, thigh-burning workout before rewarding you with views of Mount Mystery and Little Mystery just inside the park boundary.
 
 
Harper Hill Park

Puget Sound and Islands -- Seattle-Tacoma Area

 
Rating:
Average rating:
0.00
(0 votes)
This local park features two trails that take visitors out-and-back through the forest.
 
 
Hauser Lake Conservation Area

Eastern Washington -- Spokane Area/Coeur d'Alene

 
5.7 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 600 ft.
Highest Point: 2640.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
0.00
(0 votes)
Named for its proximity to Hauser Lake, this hike doesn't actually offer any lake access or views. Instead, it's a good place to stretch one's legs and perhaps see some wildlife.
 
 
Harmony Falls

South Cascades -- Mount St. Helens

 
2.4 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 650 ft.
Highest Point: 4060.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.22
(9 votes)
It is dangerous to enter Spirit Lake due to the log raft which moves unexpectedly. Please do not swim in the lake
An infrequently-used but surprisingly charming trail leading to the site of a former waterfall, and offering the only access to Spirit Lake.
 
 
Beacon Rock State Park - Hardy Ridge

Southwest Washington -- Columbia River Gorge - WA

 
9.5 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 1860 ft.
Highest Point: 2700.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.50
(2 votes)
The Hardy Ridge hike makes use of the old logging roads that wind through the backcountry or the park north of Highway 14. These routes are closed to vehicles but open to equestrians, mountain bikers and hikers. A WTA built single-track trail traverses the ridge offering a wide vista of the Columbia River Gorge.
 
 
Hansville Greenway

Olympic Peninsula -- Kitsap Peninsula

 
2.6 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 100 ft.
Highest Point: 180.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.75
(4 votes)
Providing a cool forest walk even on warm summer day, Hansville Greenway is an extensive network of trails encompassing the community of Hansville on the Kitsap peninsula.
 
 
Hannegan Pass and Peak

North Cascades -- Mount Baker Area

 
10.4 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 3100 ft.
Highest Point: 6200.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.42
(26 votes)
The wide-open trail to Hannegan Pass and Hannegan Peak offers spectacular mountain views, glorious alpine wildflowers, waterfalls and glaciers. Choose to hike to 5050 foot Hannegan Pass (about 8 miles roundtrip) or press on to the 6200 foot summit of Hannegan Peak -- 10.6 miles roundtrip.
 
 
Beacon Rock State Park - Hamilton Mountain

Southwest Washington -- Columbia River Gorge - WA

 
7.5 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 2000 ft.
Highest Point: 2400.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.32
(22 votes)
This hike is full of the best things the Columbia Gorge has to offer: easy access and parking, well-maintained trail, wildflowers galore, two waterfalls, and views to knock off your sweaty socks. It’s a long journey at about 7.5 miles, and steep in places, but nothing a healthy dog, child or senior citizen can’t do. You’ll meet all of these smiling folks on this hike during the peak seasons.
 
 
Guillemot Cove

Olympic Peninsula -- Kitsap Peninsula

 
2.5 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 360 ft.
Highest Point: 360.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.18
(17 votes)
Enjoy breath taking views of the Olympics from a secluded cove with many different types of seabirds and wildlife. Try to keep your feet dry while exploring a series of trails amid the historic 184-acre Guillemot Cove Nature Reserve.
 
 
Greider Lakes

Central Cascades -- Stevens Pass - West

 
8.6 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 2035 ft.
Highest Point: 2930.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.51
(37 votes)
For those searching for alpine vistas with fewer visitors than on the most popular trails of the I-90 corridor, Greider Lakes is just right. This trailhead is located in the Sultan Basin Watershed.
 
 
Greenwater Trail to Lost Lakes

Mount Rainier Area -- Chinook Pass - Hwy 410

 
12.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 2700 ft.
Highest Point: 5700.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.33
(9 votes)
Take the trail less traveled by and visit some quiet lakes near Mount Rainier. Or, continue on to extensive views afforded by Noble Knob.
 
 
Green Mountain

North Cascades -- Mountain Loop Highway

 
8.5 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 3300 ft.
Highest Point: 6500.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.31
(32 votes)
In a state with so many places offering a day's walk to big, peaky views, Green Mountain still makes the short-list of Washington's all-time finest hikes. From woods to meadows to panoramic views and even a historic lookout, it just doesn't get much better than this.
 
 
Slab Camp Creek and Gray Wolf River

Olympic Peninsula -- Hood Canal

 
5.5 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 1100 ft.
Highest Point: 2540.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.73
(11 votes)
This is a classic Olympics river hike without the crowds, and it's downhill all the way to your destination.
 
 
Graves Creek

Olympic Peninsula -- Pacific Coast

 
7.4 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 1500 ft.
Highest Point: 1880.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
2.33
(6 votes)
The Graves Creek primitive trail provides access to old growth forests high above the Quinault River Valley and solitude compared to the high use trails along the Quinault River. Expect glimpses of waterfalls across the gorge in spring and signs of wild-life including bear, deer, and elk.
 
 
Grassy Knoll

Southwest Washington -- Columbia River Gorge - WA

 
4.4 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 1048 ft.
Highest Point: 3648.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
2.75
(4 votes)
Take a short, heart-rate-elevating climb to a former fire lookout site with extensive views of the Columbia River Gorge, Oregon, and the Silver Star Scenic Area.
 
 
Granite Mountain

Snoqualmie Region -- Snoqualmie Pass

 
8.6 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 3800 ft.
Highest Point: 5629.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.45
(127 votes)
In winter the trail up Granite Mountain crosses a large avalanche chute early in the hike. Please have experience navigating avalanche terrain and the proper equipment when hiking this trail in the winter
The astounding views from the summit of the Granite Mountain trail come at a price. A nearly-1000-feet-of-elevation-gain-per-mile price. But views of pointed Kaleetan Peak, deep blue Crystal Lake, the climber-dotted Tooth, and Mount Rainier dominating the skyline to the south make it all worth it.
 
 
Granite Creek Trail to Granite Lakes

Snoqualmie Region -- North Bend Area

 
8.8 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 2270 ft.
Highest Point: 3070.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.08
(51 votes)
Granite Creek courses through the gorge between Mailbox Peak and Russian Butte. Ascend through the creek’s ravine, immersed in mountain rainforest, alongside whitewater rapids, waterfalls, wildflowers, and mushrooms, while you take in majestic views of the mountains of the Middle Fork valley. Seasonal treats include berries and fall colors.
 
 
Gotchen Creek

South Cascades -- Mount Adams Area

 
2.9 miles, one-way
Gain: 1000 ft.
Highest Point: 4600.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
2.75
(4 votes)
Gotchen Creek Trail is a 2.9-mile, high-elevation, single-track in the middle of Gotchen Meadow, south of Mount Adams and the Mount Adams Wilderness. This trail intersects with Cold Springs Trail (#72) and Morrison Creek Trail (#39) and crosses Hole-in-the-Ground Creek.