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3903 Hikes
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.
 
 
Pipsissewa Trail

Eastern Washington -- Okanogan Highlands/Kettle River Range

 
4.2 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 860 ft.
Highest Point: 4420.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
2.75
(4 votes)
Take in beautiful views of Bonaparte Lake, heady pine forest, and beautiful rock gardens in this Eastern Washington escape.
 
 
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.
 
 
North Lake

North Cascades -- Methow/Sawtooth

 
10.6 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 2220 ft.
Highest Point: 5840.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
5.00
(6 votes)
Hike in to a small lake at the head of a valley with good campsites and many possibilities for exploration. Along the way, see the difference between the 2018 Crescent Mountain Fire impacted forest and the old growth forest.
 
 
Oak Creek Road - Bethel Ridge

Central Washington -- Yakima

 
6.5 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 800 ft.
Highest Point: 2500.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
0.00
(0 votes)
This is a scenic, easy to moderate hike or snowshoe up a broad canyon with a good chance of spotting bands of elk.
 
 
Larch Creek

North Cascades -- Pasayten

 
32.4 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 3300 ft.
Highest Point: 7500.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.25
(4 votes)
Follow this trail through the heart of the Pasayten Wilderness. Take in all the sights the Wilderness has to offer, including but not limited to: stunning peaks, refreshing creeks, wildflowers galore, and limitless views from ridges.
 
 
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
Rating:
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.
 
 
North Fork Walla Walla River

Eastern Washington -- Palouse and Blue Mountains

 
20.2 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 1540 ft.
Highest Point: 5400.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
0.00
(0 votes)
This well-maintained trail follows along the North Fork Walla Walla River. Large trees provide shade for most of the hike, and all the flora and fauna that come with being near water.
 
 
Copper Glance Lake

North Cascades -- Pasayten

 
6.8 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 2560 ft.
Highest Point: 6260.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.29
(7 votes)
This hike through history, both natural and mining, leads to a beautiful emerald lake below the rocky cliffs of Isabella Ridge. The mix of old mining road and steep trail passes through burnt forest, past an old mine, through flowered meadows, and across a boulder field to reach Copper Glance Lake.
 
 
Pearrygin Lake State Park - Rex Derr Trail

North Cascades -- Methow/Sawtooth

 
3.1 miles of trails
Rating:
Average rating:
4.00
(2 votes)
 
The beautiful lake at Pearrygin Lake State Park is the star of the show here, but a 3-mile trail skirting the eastern edge of the park is a lovely diversion for visitors here.
 
 
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.
 
 
Chewuch River Trail

North Cascades -- Pasayten

 
37.4 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 3300 ft.
Highest Point: 6900.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.50
(4 votes)
The Chewuch River Trail provides access to the very popular Cathedral Lakes area on the Boundary trail. Walk through a burn zone, lodgepole pine, and meadows as you travel deep into the Pasayten Wilderness.
 
 
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.
 
 
Black Lake

North Cascades -- Pasayten

 
8.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 780 ft.
Highest Point: 3982.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
2.89
(9 votes)
While snow still coats the high places of the Methow Valley, the hike to Black Lake offers early-season wildflowers amidst the recovery from a devastating 2003 wildfire.
 
 
Blue Buck

Central Cascades

 
Rating:
Average rating:
3.25
(4 votes)
 
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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.
 
 
Umatilla Rim Trail

Eastern Washington -- Palouse and Blue Mountains

 
13.5 miles, one-way
Gain: 2050 ft.
Highest Point: 4450.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
0.00
(0 votes)
This trail is located in the Umatilla National Forest in Oregon, but is close enough for a day hike from Washington. The route is a thru hike in the Blue Mountains.
 
 
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.