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WTA's hiking guide is the most comprehensive database of hikes in Washington, and comprises content written by local hiking experts and user submitted information. All data is vetted by WTA staff. This resource is made possible by the donations of WTA members.

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744 Hikes
Youth-on-Age Interpretive Trail

North Cascades -- Mountain Loop Highway

 
0.25 miles, roundtrip
Rating:
Average rating:
2.67
(6 votes)
Trail closed: The presence of hazard trees has led to the decommissioning of this site. Please refrain from parking or dispersed camping here
A paved interpretive trail on the Mountain Loop Highway near Verlot. Perfect for exploring children, curious adults, an extra add-on after a longer hike, or a leg stretch during a driving tour of the area.
 
 
LBA Park

Olympic Peninsula -- Olympia

 
4.0 miles of trails
Rating:
Average rating:
0.00
(0 votes)
The LBA of LBA Park stands for Little Baseball Association, but there is much more to do than just play baseball at this urban park. There are 4 miles of gentle walking trails in the adjoining LBA Woods and more.
 
 
Ring Hill Forest

Puget Sound and Islands -- Seattle-Tacoma Area

 
2.6 miles, roundtrip
Rating:
Average rating:
2.75
(4 votes)
A trip to Ring Hill Forest gives visitors an opportunity to observe a working forest in action as King County implements its Forest Stewardship Plan which is focused on creating a diverse, vigorous, and healthy forest that provides habitat as well as revenue.
 
 
Goat Creek Loop

South Cascades -- Mount St. Helens

 
20.2 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 3200 ft.
Highest Point: 5250.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.17
(6 votes)
Escape the crowds on this two-day backpacking adventure into the less-traveled areas on the north side of Mount St. Helens.
 
 
Cama Beach Historical State Park

Puget Sound and Islands -- Bellingham Area

 
3.5 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 250 ft.
Highest Point: 275.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.00
(6 votes)
Enjoy the easy, forested trail to Cranberry Lake - an extensive wetland created by energetic beavers - plus trails along the high bluffs with views out to Saratoga Passage and Whidbey Island. Optionally, explore a trail to the eastern edge of the park. To finish up, visit the Historic District and vintage beach cabins.
 
 
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.
 
 
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.
 
 
Lacamas Park - Lacamas Creek

Southwest Washington -- Vancouver Area

 
4.5 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 350 ft.
Highest Point: 400.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.33
(6 votes)
Lacamas Lake Park is a diverse natural area with a surprisingly 'wild' feel for a park this close to town. Picnic by the lake, check out the Camas meadow in bloom, or explore the forest and creeks along the many trails. This hike describes a "lollipop" loop starting at the south end of the park, visiting the Lower Falls, then circling around through the park past Round Lake and returning along Lacamas Creek.
 
 
Dirty Harry's Balcony

Snoqualmie Region -- Snoqualmie Pass

 
4.4 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 1600 ft.
Highest Point: 2600.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.53
(59 votes)
Get a workout and experience rock work completed by Department of Natural Resources and WTA volunteer crews on this hike. Your reward is a rocky overlook from which you can marvel at Mount Kent, McClellan Butte, and Mount Washington, the behemoths forming the south rim of the west entrance to Snoqualmie Pass.
 
 
Anacortes Community Forest Lands - Little Cranberry Lake

Puget Sound and Islands -- Whidbey Island

 
1.5 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 125 ft.
Highest Point: 250.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.33
(9 votes)
Set off for a hike in the Anacortes Community Forest Lands (ACFL), a 2,800-acre preserve within the city limits of Anacortes.
 
 
Sharpe Park - Montgomery - Duban Headlands

Puget Sound and Islands -- Bellingham Area

 
1.9 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 425 ft.
Highest Point: 370.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.67
(6 votes)
Follow well-signed but sometimes rough trails to a great viewpoint near the water's edge at Porpoise Point. Enjoy views of distant islands, and on a clear day of the distant Olympic Mountains. Sightings of seals, eagles, waterfowl, and sometimes otters are likely.
 
 
Spray Park Loop

Mount Rainier Area -- NW - Carbon River/Mowich

 
16.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 5100 ft.
Highest Point: 6375.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.83
(12 votes)
Considered one of the best loop hikes in Mount Rainier National Park, the trail through the alpine meadows of Spray and Seattle Parks blazes with a bounty of seasonal wildflowers. Throw in an ample serving of glassy tarns, a couple of wispy waterfalls, an optional side trip to Carbon Glacier and a forested stroll up Ipsut Creek, and you have a photographer’s dreamland.
 
 
Wenatchee Guard Station

Eastern Washington -- Palouse and Blue Mountains

 
5.8 miles, one-way
Gain: 1435 ft.
Highest Point: 5480.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
5.00
(1 vote)
Area Closure: Effective July 16 2021 this trail along with the entire Umatilla National Forest is closed due to the risks associated with wildfires. This temporary closure will be lifted once it is safe to do so. Please respect this closure.
Enjoy fantastic views of the Blue Mountains from this cozy retreat on the edge of the Umatilla National Forest.
 
 
Mount Misery Loop

Eastern Washington -- Palouse and Blue Mountains

 
48.5 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 4000 ft.
Highest Point: 6387.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
0.00
(0 votes)
Area Closure: Effective July 16 2021 this trail along with the entire Umatilla National Forest is closed due to the risks associated with wildfires. This temporary closure will be lifted once it is safe to do so. Please respect this closure.
From mountain peak to Wild and Scenic River, this long loop takes in a range of terrain, wildlife and views.
 
 
East Butte Creek

Eastern Washington -- Palouse and Blue Mountains

 
Rating:
Average rating:
0.00
(0 votes)
Area Closure: Effective July 16 2021 this trail along with the entire Umatilla National Forest is closed due to the risks associated with wildfires. This temporary closure will be lifted once it is safe to do so. Please respect this closure.
This trail begins at the easily accessible Teepee trailhead and connects to multiple trails within the Wenaha-Tucannon Wilderness, making it possible to hike as an out-and-back or create longer routes.
 
 
Tucannon River - Rattlesnake Loop

Eastern Washington -- Palouse and Blue Mountains

 
21.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 2700 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
0.00
(0 votes)
Area Closure: Effective July 16 2021 this trail along with the entire Umatilla National Forest is closed due to the risks associated with wildfires. This temporary closure will be lifted once it is safe to do so. Please respect this closure.
This backpack loop starts low where water and trees abound, then climbs high to take in the views on the Mount Misery trail's open ridges. An easy one- or two- night backpack trip, give some thought to campsite locations to take advantage of the few springs that are available in the high country.
 
 
West Butte

Eastern Washington -- Palouse and Blue Mountains

 
11.8 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 3100 ft.
Highest Point: 5504.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.50
(4 votes)
Area Closure: Effective July 16 2021 this trail along with the entire Umatilla National Forest is closed due to the risks associated with wildfires. This temporary closure will be lifted once it is safe to do so. Please respect this closure.
Descend into the heart of the Wenaha-Tucannon Wilderness from the historic Godman Guard Station, crossing through the Rainbow Creek Research Natural Area.
 
 
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)
Area Closure: Effective July 16 2021 this trail along with the entire Umatilla National Forest is closed due to the risks associated with wildfires. This temporary closure will be lifted once it is safe to do so. Please respect this closure.
Hike along a section of the Wenaha River in the Wenaha-Tucannon Wilderness.
 
 
Turkey Creek

Eastern Washington -- Palouse and Blue Mountains

 
8.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 2060 ft.
Highest Point: 5300.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.25
(4 votes)
Area Closure: Effective July 16 2021 this trail along with the entire Umatilla National Forest is closed due to the risks associated with wildfires. This temporary closure will be lifted once it is safe to do so. Please respect this closure.
This creekside trail winds through old-growth, connecting the Panjab Trail to the Teepee Trailhead.
 
 
Lord Hill Regional Park

Puget Sound and Islands -- Seattle-Tacoma Area

 
10.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 200 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.35
(17 votes)
This is a wonderful wild park right in the backyard of those who live in the Everett area. Covering 1,463 acres of forest, ponds and meadows, the river valley is a confluence of the Issaquah, Tulalip, Stillaguamish, and Snoqualmie Tribal treaty areas. Hikers can roam all day on the network of trails leading through the forest, down to the Snohomish River and up to views of the Cascades and Snohomish valley. Explore, and keep an eye out for the wildlife that live in these woods.
 
 
Lake Ingalls

Snoqualmie Region -- Salmon La Sac/Teanaway

 
9.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 2500 ft.
Highest Point: 6500.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.30
(97 votes)
There's no question why Ingalls Lake is one of the most popular destinations in the Alpine Lakes Wilderness. It is a stunning blue lake, set high in a basin beneath rocky peaks, showcasing striking Mount Stuart as its backdrop. The trail to this treasure is filled with delights, both for the summer adventurer as well as for those hikers who appreciate fall colors. Views of the craggy Esmeralda Peaks, a walk through beautiful Headlight Basin plus a pretty picture of the imposing Stuart Range are just a few of the wonders along the way.
 
 
Duckabush River

Olympic Peninsula -- Hood Canal

 
10.6 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 2300 ft.
Highest Point: 1750.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.65
(34 votes)
Explore one of the quieter Olympic Peninsula river valleys. Quiet, that is, if you don't count the Duckabush River's constant belching, crashing, and churning as it tumbles over giant boulders and squeezes through narrow rocky clefts.
 
 
Mount Townsend

Olympic Peninsula -- Hood Canal

 
8.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 3010 ft.
Highest Point: 6260.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.31
(59 votes)
Mount Townsend offers rhododendrons in May and June, wildflowers June through August, then berries in August and September and fall colors in, well, fall. Add in old growth, some tucked away waterfalls, and a windswept, turtleback summit with views north across the Strait and San Juans, west and south into and along the Olympics and east across the Sound to the Cascades, and you've got the perfect year-round hike.
 
 
Margaret's Way

Issaquah Alps -- Squak Mountain

 
6.5 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 1500 ft.
Highest Point: 1730.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.81
(52 votes)
If nature excites you, there's plenty here to be excited about. Cool forest, trickling creeks in deep ravines, and a beautiful new trail built by WTA volunteers await you here.
 
 
Lake Valhalla

Central Cascades -- Stevens Pass - East

 
7.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 1500 ft.
Highest Point: 5050.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.36
(50 votes)
Lake Valhalla is a gem, tucked under Lichtenberg Mountain and Mount McCausland on the PCT North of Stevens Pass. The lake is a great day hike in summer or fall and accessible by snowshoe in the winter. Wildflowers abound in early summer, berries in late summer and fall colors make vivid surroundings in autumn.
 
 
Pacific Northwest Trail

Puget Sound and Islands

 
1200.0 miles, one-way
Highest Point: 7580.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.00
(3 votes)
The Pacific Northwest Trail is a 1200-mile linear park that stretches from Glacier National Park in Montana to Cape Alava on the Pacific Ocean in the Olympic National Park.
 
 
Lake Sacajawea

Southwest Washington -- Long Beach Area

 
3.5 miles, roundtrip
Rating:
Average rating:
4.00
(5 votes)
Known as the jewel of Longview, this man-made lake in Southwest Washington is a delightful way to spend a couple of hours. Maple trees blaze red, orange and yellow in autumn, willows provide shade in spring, and the stark skeletons of those trees stand out against grey skies in winter. With various bridges crossing it, it's possible to venture all the way around it, or create smaller loops as needed
 
 
Seward Park

Puget Sound and Islands -- Seattle-Tacoma Area

 
2.4 miles, roundtrip
Rating:
Average rating:
4.00
(14 votes)
Are you a naturalist seeking to observe local flora and fauna? A trail runner in need of a place to train when you can’t make it to the mountains? A dog owner looking for a place to walk with your furry friend? A parent hoping to introduce a child to the wonderful outdoors? Or maybe just a busy urban dweller searching for a quick escape from the hustle and bustle of city life? If you fit any of these descriptions, then look no further. Seward Park is the place for you!
 
 
Lake Tye

Puget Sound and Islands -- Seattle-Tacoma Area

 
2.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 9 ft.
Highest Point: 45.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.67
(3 votes)
Enjoy an easy walk (or a jog) around a small lake in a very green, open setting. If you have occasion to be in the Monroe area anyway, come by for a pre-lunch stroll. Or, Lake Tye can be a pleasant add-on if you stop in Monroe for a meal after a longer hike in the Stevens Pass area. Either way, relax and take in the vista of open fields and forested hills.
 
 
Brightwater Center

Puget Sound and Islands -- Seattle-Tacoma Area

 
3.0 miles of trails
Gain: 120 ft.
Highest Point: 290.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.60
(5 votes)
Don’t let the thought of the Brightwater Treatment Plant prevent you from hiking through the Brightwater Center’s 70-acre suburban wetland and woodland preserve that serves as a refuge for local wildlife and plant species. The trails at Brightwater are ideal for families, birdwatchers, pets, and children.