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744 Hikes
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)
Trail Closed 8/10/21: This trail is closed until further notice due to the Spur Mountain Fire
Take in beautiful views of Bonaparte Lake, heady pine forest, and beautiful rock gardens in this Eastern Washington escape.
 
 
Emerald Lake via Deadman Trailhead

Eastern Washington -- Okanogan Highlands/Kettle River Range

 
5.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 3100 ft.
Highest Point: 300.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
0.00
(0 votes)
Trail Closed 8/10/21: This trail is closed until further notice due to the Bulldog Fire.
Approach a calm, quiet lake on a rugged canyon trail, where wildflowers bloom in spring, and you can rest lakeside in the heat of the summer.
 
 
Ryan Cabin

Eastern Washington -- Okanogan Highlands/Kettle River Range

 
1.7 miles, one-way
Gain: 700 ft.
Highest Point: 5200.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.33
(3 votes)
Trail Closed 8/10/21: This trail is closed until further notice due to the Bulldog Fire.
One of several feeder trails to the Kettle Crest, the Ryan Cabin Trail provides easy access to numerous route options in the Kettle Range.
 
 
Old Stage

Eastern Washington -- Okanogan Highlands/Kettle River Range

 
1.6 miles, one-way
Rating:
Average rating:
3.25
(4 votes)
Trail Closed 8/10/21: This trail is closed until further notice due to the Bulldog Fire.
A trail wide enough for a stage coach, which was its original and still permitted use, Old Stage Trail No. 75 serves as the main feeder trail to the Kettle Crest National Recreation Trail for access to nearby Copper Butte.
 
 
Big Gulch

Puget Sound and Islands -- Seattle-Tacoma Area

 
2.6 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 300 ft.
Highest Point: 460.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.27
(11 votes)
Big Gulch includes a system of forested trails in Mukilteo.
 
 
Frying Pan Loop

South Cascades -- White Pass/Cowlitz River Valley

 
14.9 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 3815 ft.
Highest Point: 3261.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
2.33
(3 votes)
A short backpacking trip or a long dayhike, the Frying Pan Loop winds hikers through meadows, past lakes, and up to the summit of Frying Pan Mountain.
 
 
Park Butte

North Cascades -- Mount Baker Area

 
7.5 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 2200 ft.
Highest Point: 5450.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.55
(67 votes)
Hikers must pack out their waste on this trail and dispose of it in the receptacles at the trailhead
On Park Butte, hike to an historic fire lookout and come face-to-face with Koma Kulshan. Along with unobstructed panoramic views of Mount Baker, the Twin Sisters, and the rest of the North Cascades, the route to Park Butte offers dedicated campsites, wildflower-filled alpine meadows, rushing waterfalls, and a stunning variety of mushroom species.
 
 
Cold Creek Loop via Tinkham and Silver Peaks

Snoqualmie Region -- Snoqualmie Pass

 
8.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 2600 ft.
Highest Point: 4500.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.44
(9 votes)
This loop takes you past two clear and calm lakes, up a steep, brushy trail to the beautifully manicured Pacific Crest Trail, then west under the blocky granite summit of Tinkham Peak and the shining pyramid of Silver Peak before dropping to Windy Pass.
 
 
Paradise Valley Conservation Area

Puget Sound and Islands -- Seattle-Tacoma Area

 
5.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 150 ft.
Highest Point: 450.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.23
(26 votes)
Come hike the headwaters of the Bear Creek watershed in this close in Snohomish County Park near Woodinville. Here you will find a mature second growth forest, a wetland that plays a vital role in the health of this salmon stream plus a network of trails for any fitness level.
 
 
Eagle Lakes

North Cascades -- Methow/Sawtooth

 
12.5 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 2350 ft.
Highest Point: 7110.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.56
(9 votes)
With multi-season beauty of summer flowers and golden fall larch, the Eagle Lakes naturally demonstrate why this multi-user trail is designated as a National Recreation Trail and is part of the popular Sawtooth Lakes Loop (aka Golden Lakes Loop). The more scenic Upper Eagle Lake has many campsites and provides a base for fishing, swimming, roaming, and climbing.
 
 
Mount Storm King

Olympic Peninsula -- Northern Coast

 
4.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 2065 ft.
Highest Point: 2600.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.24
(41 votes)
Hikers flock to Mount Storm King for that signature shot, standing on a rocky outcropping above Lake Crescent. But it's a grind to get there, and the climb to the summit can be dangerous in bad weather. Luckily, there are several outcroppings about halfway to the top offering similar views. It's still a steep hike to get to them, but at least it's shorter.
 
 
Pratt River Trail

Snoqualmie Region -- North Bend Area

 
13.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 1500 ft.
Highest Point: 2240.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
2.67
(3 votes)
This entry describes the most direct approach to the Pratt River Trail, which starts by fording the Middle Fork Snoqualmie River.
 
 
High Lakes Loop

Mount Rainier Area -- SW - Longmire/Paradise

 
3.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 600 ft.
Highest Point: 5425.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.70
(10 votes)
Reflection Lakes are not just a popular photography stop. From the lakes you can hike to a stunning cliffside view of the lakes and the Tatoosh range. From there you have the option of returning the way you came, or hiking in a loop around the largest of the lakes.
 
 
Taylor Mountain - Elk Ridge Trail

Issaquah Alps -- Taylor Mountain

 
1.6 miles, one-way
Gain: 500 ft.
Highest Point: 1200.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.00
(2 votes)
Trail Closures: While 2 bridges are being replaced from Aug. 2 through early October 2021 several trails will be closed at Taylor Mountain. Some trails will be closed for the duration of the project while others will close intermittently. Visit King County Parks Taylor Mountain page for specific closures.
Enjoy a short hike through lush greenery on this newly renovated trail.
 
 
Taylor River - Otter Falls

Snoqualmie Region -- North Bend Area

 
11.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 650 ft.
Highest Point: 1750.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.00
(57 votes)
Trail Closures: While 2 bridges are being replaced from Aug. 2 through early October 2021 several trails will be closed at Taylor Mountain. Some trails will be closed for the duration of the project while others will close intermittently. Visit King County Parks Taylor Mountain page for specific closures.
Lose yourself in second-growth forest as you traverse an old logging road that heads into quiet wilderness just an hour from the urban sprawl of Puget Sound. Enjoy the sounds of water rushing and birds singing. Explore mossy boulders and cross multiple burbling creeks, even do a small amount of cross-country travel on the way to the piece de resistance – a 1,200 foot waterfall that streams into tiny Lipsy Lake before draining to the Taylor River.
 
 
Taylor Mountain - Hermit Trail

Issaquah Alps -- Taylor Mountain

 
2.24 miles, one-way
Gain: 750 ft.
Highest Point: 1500.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
0.00
(0 votes)
Trail Closures: While 2 bridges are being replaced from Aug. 2 through early October 2021 several trails will be closed at Taylor Mountain. Some trails will be closed for the duration of the project while others will close intermittently. Visit King County Parks Taylor Mountain page for specific closures.
Wander through the eastern reaches of Taylor Mountain Forest.
 
 
Taylor Mountain - Boot Trail

Issaquah Alps -- Taylor Mountain

 
4.5 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 200 ft.
Highest Point: 950.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
0.00
(0 votes)
Trail Closures: While 2 bridges are being replaced from Aug. 2 through early October 2021 several trails will be closed at Taylor Mountain. Some trails will be closed for the duration of the project while others will close intermittently. Visit King County Parks Taylor Mountain page for specific closures.
On the south side of Taylor Mountain, this trail gains a couple hundred feet as it curves through the forest above Carey Creek.
 
 
Taylor Mountain - Sherwood Trail

Issaquah Alps -- Taylor Mountain

 
5.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 250 ft.
Highest Point: 1250.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
0.00
(0 votes)
Trail Closures: While 2 bridges are being replaced from Aug. 2 through early October 2021 several trails will be closed at Taylor Mountain. Some trails will be closed for the duration of the project while others will close intermittently. Visit King County Parks Taylor Mountain page for specific closures.
Starting out along Carey Creek, the Sherwood Trail climbs to a high point on the eastern edge of Taylor Mountain.
 
 
Taylor Mountain - Mount Beaver Trail

Issaquah Alps -- Taylor Mountain

 
1.84 miles, one-way
Gain: 150 ft.
Highest Point: 800.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
0.00
(0 votes)
Trail Closures: While 2 bridges are being replaced from Aug. 2 through early October 2021 several trails will be closed at Taylor Mountain. Some trails will be closed for the duration of the project while others will close intermittently. Visit King County Parks Taylor Mountain page for specific closures.
Wander along this forested slope above Carey Creek in the southern portion of the Taylor Mountain Forest.
 
 
Taylor Mountain - Holder Ridge Trail

Issaquah Alps -- Taylor Mountain

 
1.57 miles, one-way
Gain: 425 ft.
Highest Point: 900.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
2.00
(1 vote)
Trail Closures: While 2 bridges are being replaced from Aug. 2 through early October 2021 several trails will be closed at Taylor Mountain. Some trails will be closed for the duration of the project while others will close intermittently. Visit King County Parks Taylor Mountain page for specific closures.
Cross over two small creeks as you make your way up and over Holder Ridge.
 
 
Taylor Mountain - Holder Creek

Issaquah Alps -- Taylor Mountain

 
1.46 miles, one-way
Gain: 400 ft.
Highest Point: 1100.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
2.33
(3 votes)
Trail Closures: While 2 bridges are being replaced from Aug. 2 through early October 2021 several trails will be closed at Taylor Mountain. Some trails will be closed for the duration of the project while others will close intermittently. Visit King County Parks Taylor Mountain page for specific closures.
This trail follows salmon-spawning Holder Creek before a short climb in the northern section of Taylor Mountain.
 
 
Taylor Mountain - Holder Knob

Issaquah Alps -- Taylor Mountain

 
3.28 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 500 ft.
Highest Point: 1050.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.83
(6 votes)
Trail Closures: While 2 bridges are being replaced from Aug. 2 through early October 2021 several trails will be closed at Taylor Mountain. Some trails will be closed for the duration of the project while others will close intermittently. Visit King County Parks Taylor Mountain page for specific closures.
A good short day hike with the best views on Taylor Mountain.
 
 
Taylor Mountain - Carey Creek Trail

Issaquah Alps -- Taylor Mountain

 
1.47 miles, one-way
Rating:
Average rating:
0.00
(0 votes)
Trail Closures: While 2 bridges are being replaced from Aug. 2 through early October 2021 several trails will be closed at Taylor Mountain. Some trails will be closed for the duration of the project while others will close intermittently. Visit King County Parks Taylor Mountain page for specific closures.
This popular path for horseback riders follows a gentle grade along Carey Creek to connect with the Taylor Mountain trail network.
 
 
Taylor Mountain - Donkey Engine Trail

Issaquah Alps -- Taylor Mountain

 
3.44 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 450 ft.
Highest Point: 800.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
0.00
(0 votes)
Trail Closures: While 2 bridges are being replaced from Aug. 2 through early October 2021 several trails will be closed at Taylor Mountain. Some trails will be closed for the duration of the project while others will close intermittently. Visit King County Parks Taylor Mountain page for specific closures.
This quick out-and-back will satisfy your outdoor craving without the exertion of a full day hike.
 
 
Taylor Mountain - Knee Knocker Trail

Issaquah Alps -- Taylor Mountain

 
3.02 miles, one-way
Gain: 1000 ft.
Highest Point: 1650.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
0.00
(0 votes)
Trail Closures: While 2 bridges are being replaced from Aug. 2 through early October 2021 several trails will be closed at Taylor Mountain. Some trails will be closed for the duration of the project while others will close intermittently. Visit King County Parks Taylor Mountain page for specific closures.
Explore the far reaches of Taylor Mountain on this gently rolling trail.
 
 
Summerland - Panhandle Gap

Mount Rainier Area -- NE - Sunrise/White River

 
12.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 2950 ft.
Highest Point: 6800.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.63
(51 votes)
Begin in old-growth forest, climb up to one of Mount Rainier's most spectacular wildflower meadows, then continue along the highest section of the Wonderland Trail to reach the alpine world of Panhandle Gap. Along the way be alert for marmots and goats, and it is not unusual to see a black bear.
 
 
Gold Mountain

Olympic Peninsula -- Kitsap Peninsula

 
4.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 1087 ft.
Highest Point: 1687.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.70
(10 votes)
Gold Mountain is a beautiful hike from the Gold Creek Trailhead up a logging road and across country. With spectacular views of the Hood Canal and the Olympics to the west, as well as Mount Rainier, the Cascades, and Bremerton to the east, this is a definitely a half day hike you must experience.
 
 
Harry's Ridge

South Cascades -- Mount St. Helens

 
8.2 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 970 ft.
Highest Point: 4752.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.13
(31 votes)
Named for the lovable curmudgeon who refused to leave his homestead when St. Helens was on the brink of erupting, Harry’s Ridge offers a fascinating panorama of the restless giant, still smoking and belching occasionally, years after her devastating awakening.
 
 
Mailbox Peak

Snoqualmie Region -- North Bend Area

 
9.4 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 4000 ft.
Highest Point: 4822.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.24
(94 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.
 
 
Pend Oreille County Park

Eastern Washington -- Spokane Area/Coeur d'Alene

 
7.0 miles, roundtrip
Highest Point: 2780.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
0.00
(0 votes)
No trip through Pend Oreille County is complete without a stop at the county park, easily accessible for year-round recreation just off Highway 2 and a popular camping spot during the summer months.