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3903 Hikes
Slate Creek

North Cascades -- Methow/Sawtooth

 
6.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 3700 ft.
Highest Point: 6600.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.00
(5 votes)
A steep as all heck hike (think: 1200 feet-per-mile) from the Twisp River Valley up to Abernathy Ridge with 360-degree views. The trail continues on to Slate Lake, but this side-trip adds 4 miles roundtrip for this add-on.
 
 
Silver Star View Snowshoe

North Cascades -- North Cascades Highway - Hwy 20

 
8.8 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 800 ft.
Highest Point: 4250.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
2.50
(2 votes)
A quiet snowshoe trip to views of Silver Star Mountain awaits the mid-week traveler in late fall and early spring. This road walk parallels the Early Winters Trail, the old route from Mazama to Washington Pass.
 
 
Methow Community Trail

North Cascades -- Methow/Sawtooth

 
4.8 miles, one-way
Rating:
Average rating:
0.00
(0 votes)
 
The Methow Community Trail runs along the Methow River valley between the towns of Mazama and Winthrop. It is a multi-use trail that provides countless connections to other trails like the Sun Mountain trail system and beyond.
 
 
Mount Rose

Olympic Peninsula -- Hood Canal

 
6.4 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 3500 ft.
Highest Point: 4301.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.78
(32 votes)
Hike a steep trail to a rocky perch with views of Lake Cushman and the southeastern corner of the Olympic Mountains.
 
 
Cascade Pass

North Cascades -- North Cascades Highway - Hwy 20

 
7.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 1800 ft.
Highest Point: 5392.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.15
(33 votes)
9/17/2021 - The Cascade River Road is closed at milepost 20 due to road damage.
At Cascade Pass, the wow factor far exceeds the “ow” factor – perhaps no other trail in the state delivers as much reward for the effort. From the high peaks on either side of the pass, verdant meadows curve down to a saddle that offers sweeping views of nearby valleys, glaciers, mountains, and passing wildlife. Sedately climbing a little less than 1,800 feet in 3.6 miles, it is the perfect hike to show new hikers the extraordinary places their feet can take them.
 
 
Little Ranger Peak via Ranger Creek

Mount Rainier Area -- Chinook Pass - Hwy 410

 
12.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 2500 ft.
Highest Point: 5010.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.50
(10 votes)
This infrequently visited trail is the perfect hike early in the season, because the snow melts off the south-facing flanks of the peak early. If you miss the springtime, save it for fall, because the deciduous trees that line the path make it ideal for a shot of fall color. Enjoy a moderately graded that leads you to a summit that boasts views of Rainier and the White River valley from the summit.
 
 
Hall of Mosses

Olympic Peninsula -- Pacific Coast

 
0.8 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 100 ft.
Highest Point: 600.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.48
(21 votes)
A short rainforest loop from the Hoh Rain Forest Visitor Center in Olympic National Park.
 
 
Rainy Lake

Snoqualmie Region -- North Bend Area

 
8.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 2900 ft.
Highest Point: 3900.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.89
(19 votes)
This is an abandoned trail that heads south along Rainy Creek off of the downstream section of the Middle Fork Snoqualmie Trail up to Rainy Lake. The lake is popular among fishermen, since it is home to lots of trout, but be warned -- route-finding skills are a must on this trip.
 
 
CCC Road: Blowout Creek Trailhead

Snoqualmie Region -- North Bend Area

 
7.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 620 ft.
Highest Point: 1520.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
2.50
(10 votes)
The Blowout Creek Trailhead offers a more secluded adventure than the CCC Road: Lower Section, despite its route along an old road. Climb a moderate grade alongside Blowout Creek for almost a mile before arriving at the CCC Road Trail, then hike to a beautiful waterfall.
 
 
Yellow Aster Butte

North Cascades -- Mount Baker Area

 
7.5 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 2550 ft.
Highest Point: 6150.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.44
(62 votes)
Campfires are not allowed in this area.
Find supreme wildflower gardens and a high-country plateau speckled with shimmering tarns-but that's not all. Spectacular alpine vistas abound too-of Baker, Shuksan, and all those rugged and craggy peaks straddling the 49th parallel. Yellow Aster Butte may be a misnomer (those yellow-petaled delights are actually daisies), but you definitely don't want to miss hiking here.
 
 
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.
 
 
Woodard Bay Conservation Area

Olympic Peninsula -- Olympia

 
3.5 miles of trails
Rating:
Average rating:
3.27
(11 votes)
With five miles of shoreline in South Puget Sound, the Woodard Bay Conservation Area includes forests, wetlands of freshwater, as well as historic and cultural resources that are a valuable diversion in the area.
 
 
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.
 
 
Whistle Punk Trail

Southwest Washington -- Columbia River Gorge - WA

 
1.5 miles, roundtrip
Highest Point: 1200.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
2.50
(4 votes)
In logging's heyday, whistle punks were men tasked with operating the signal that let other loggers know a log had been hooked up and was ready to be moved. Using interpretive signage, this trail illustrates what was like to be on a logging show, from the crew, to the cook, to camp.
 
 
Whipple Creek Park

Southwest Washington -- Vancouver Area

 
3.1 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 110 ft.
Highest Point: 200.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.00
(6 votes)
A deep-forest experience without the drive. Whipple Creek Park is a 300-acre green oasis in the midst of farmlands to the west of the Clark County Fairgrounds. This hike loops through colossal Douglas fir trees and waist-high sword ferns to provide a primordial experience where you are dwarfed by nature. There is a small meadow for a picnic and the remnants of a grist mill to explore. This hike is a great way to escape urban life and be immersed in a peaceful forest environment.
 
 
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.
 
 
West Crater

South Cascades -- Mount St. Helens

 
1.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 430 ft.
Highest Point: 4131.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
1.80
(5 votes)
Hike to a small lava dome with an associated summit crater in southern Washington.
 
 
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.
 
 
Vancouver Lake - North Trail

Southwest Washington -- Vancouver Area

 
2.5 miles, roundtrip
Highest Point: 10.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.00
(1 vote)
A gentle meandering barrier-free path leads through a mature cottonwood forest just west of Vancouver Lake. Although you can't see the lake through all the trees, there are other sights and sounds to enjoy along this route. Most notably the vibrant greens of the understory in spring, beautiful fall yellows and quite a few species of birds nearly all year.
 
 
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.
 
 
Twisp Pass

North Cascades -- Methow/Sawtooth

 
9.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 2460 ft.
Highest Point: 6064.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.83
(12 votes)
Twisp Pass is a stunner in summer and autumn. Though it is a bit of a drive to get there from almost anywhere in the state, it's well worth it!
 
 
John Tursi Trail

Puget Sound and Islands -- Bellingham Area

 
2.2 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 600 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.50
(2 votes)
Discover the natural history of South Fidalgo Island on this beautiful forested trail. The trail traverses past meadows and rocky balds, a red rock quarry, a miner’s shack, the “rock” of artist Morris Graves’ lore, and views of Pass Lake, Campbell Lake, and Mount Erie.
 
 
Tunnel Creek - Dosewallips Trailhead

Olympic Peninsula -- Hood Canal

 
6.4 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 4550 ft.
Highest Point: 5050.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.00
(5 votes)
Tunnel Creek Trail has two trailheads.The south side trailhead is on the Dosewallips Road, but its notoriously steep grade to 5050 Pass means it is seldom used. Try it and you’ll find out why.
 
 
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.
 
 
Middle Fork Snoqualmie River

Snoqualmie Region -- North Bend Area

 
12.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 200 ft.
Highest Point: 1100.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.78
(32 votes)
This long, meandering hike heads upstream along the Middle Fork of the Snoqualmie River, offering a long day hike, or a great beginning backpacking experience.
 
 
Trapper Creek

Southwest Washington -- Lewis River Region

 
9.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 3000 ft.
Highest Point: 4607.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.50
(6 votes)
This trail climbs from the trailhead on Forest Road 5401 through an old-growth forest to views of the many mountains of the South Cascades from Observation Peak.
 
 
Section Line Trail

Issaquah Alps -- Tiger Mountain

 
5.8 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 2022 ft.
Highest Point: 2522.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.00
(7 votes)
Temporary closure: Effective on Tuesday July 6 2021 portions of this trail and others that access privately owned forest lands surrounding the summits of West Tiger Mountain will be temporarily closed until further notice while road work and timber harvesting occur. For your safety please respect the closure area.
A steep trail to the summit of West Tiger 3.
 
 
Tiger Mountain Trail

Issaquah Alps -- Tiger Mountain

 
15.2 miles, one-way
Gain: 2360 ft.
Highest Point: 2500.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.80
(10 votes)
Temporary closure: Effective on Tuesday July 6 2021 portions of this trail and others that access privately owned forest lands surrounding the summits of West Tiger Mountain will be temporarily closed until further notice while road work and timber harvesting occur. For your safety please respect the closure area.
Do a thru-hike on the main Tiger Mountain Trail, also known as the TMT. Arrange a car shuttle and start at the southern end. Hike north more than fifteen miles over varied terrain and through different types of forest vegetation. Pass a large glacial erratic boulder, and visit some of the most remote places in the Tigers.
 
 
High Point Trail

Issaquah Alps -- Tiger Mountain

 
2.0 miles, roundtrip
Highest Point: 1150.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
2.67
(6 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.