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744 Hikes
Garfield Ledges

Snoqualmie Region -- North Bend Area

 
2.2 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 830 ft.
Highest Point: 1860.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.42
(12 votes)
Built with the help of Washington Trails Association and Mountains to Sound Greenway crews, the trail to Garfield Ledges will offer visitors expansive views of the Middle Fork valley and a short but steep workout.
 
 
Beckler Peak

Central Cascades -- Stevens Pass - West

 
7.6 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 2240 ft.
Highest Point: 5026.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.51
(69 votes)
Hike a re-built trail adjacent to the Wild Sky Wilderness. The Beckler Peak trail opened in September of 2011, and with it, the Jennifer Dunn trailhead. The trail takes you through an old-growth forest to summit views of Glacier Peak, Baring, Index, the Monte Cristo Range, and Evergreen Mountain. It's easy to get to and provides great rewards for your effort. The trail has a gentle grade, it is well built, and suitable for kids. Be sure to take water with you, because there is no reliable water along the trail.
 
 
Bullitt Fireplace Trail

Issaquah Alps -- Squak Mountain

 
4.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 1100 ft.
Highest Point: 1830.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.00
(13 votes)
Hike a two-mile forest trail on the north side of Squak Mountain to reach the site of a former cabin owned by the Bullitt family. Only the massive fireplace and the foundation remain today. Optionally, extend your hike to Central Peak, the highest point on Squak Mountain (no view,) and make it an interesting loop by returning via the Old Griz and East Side Trails.
 
 
Snow Mountain Ranch and Cowiche Mountain

Central Washington -- Yakima

 
14.0 miles of trails
Gain: 1140 ft.
Highest Point: 2970.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.17
(6 votes)
For a flat riparian ramble or a great workout to a scenic summit, Snow Mountain Ranch is a walking wonderland just outside of Yakima.
 
 
Imus Creek Trail

Central Cascades -- Entiat Mountains/Lake Chelan

 
0.7 miles, one-way
Gain: 150 ft.
Highest Point: 1340.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
0.00
(0 votes)
If you only have a short time to hike while visiting the secluded town of Stehekin, hop on the Imus Creek Trail to sample what the North Cascades National Park has to offer. This easy self-guided nature walk runs behind the landing for a one mile loop to an overlook of the lake and the majestic mountains that make up the Lake Chelan Valley.
 
 
Agnes Gorge

Central Cascades -- Entiat Mountains/Lake Chelan

 
5.5 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 300 ft.
Highest Point: 2000.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.00
(5 votes)
This easy day hike is a great destination for families staying in the Stehekin Valley. Huckleberries line the slopes in the fall, and the 200-foot deep gorge you hike along provides thrills at any time of year. Plus, it's a relatively short hike in a valley of miles-long trails.
 
 
Upper Stehekin Valley Road Trail

Central Cascades -- Entiat Mountains/Lake Chelan

 
11.4 miles, one-way
Gain: 1100 ft.
Highest Point: 2400.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
0.00
(0 votes)
Once upon a time, the road in Stehekin extended all the way to Cottonwood Camp, more than ten miles further into the lush green valley. But strong river activity due to snowmelt and rain events washed the road out frequently, and for one final time in 2003. Now it's accessible by foot only, and many of the trails found along this route are some of your best chance for solitude in the state.
 
 
Rainbow Falls Mist Trail

Central Cascades -- Entiat Mountains/Lake Chelan

 
0.25 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 30 ft.
Highest Point: 1200.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
0.00
(0 votes)
Cascading 312 feet from Rainbow Creek high above the Stehekin valley floor, Rainbow Falls is perhaps the most popular natural destination for day visitors to the Stehekin Valley. And now, thanks to efforts from the National Park Service trail crew, a short trail exists here, offering a modest amount of elevation gain for a new vantage point of the waterfall.
 
 
Howard Lake

Central Cascades -- Entiat Mountains/Lake Chelan

 
3.3 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 600 ft.
Highest Point: 2180.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
2.33
(3 votes)
Just behind the High Bridge Guard Station at the end of the road in Stehekin, a trail leads to a quiet little lake nestled in lush, vibrant forest. This trail is primarily used by hikers heading to the summit of McGregor Mountain, the most prominent peak towering over the Stehekin Valley, but Howard Lake is a nice destination in and of itself, if you don’t have the time or the desire to tackle the 16 mile roundtrip hike up McGregor.
 
 
Stehekin River Trail

Central Cascades -- Entiat Mountains/Lake Chelan

 
7.6 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 100 ft.
Highest Point: 1200.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.00
(4 votes)
If you’re overnighting in the Stehekin Valley and just want a riverside ramble to while away the hours, try the Stehekin River Trail. It’s an easy forested walk along the mighty Stehekin River on a side of the valley that few visitors get to see.
 
 
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:
3.33
(9 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.
 
 
Carne Mountain

Central Cascades -- Stevens Pass - East

 
7.3 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 3600 ft.
Highest Point: 7085.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.17
(18 votes)
Carne Mountain is a challenging, yet rewarding hike to the brilliant gold colors of the western larches. Against a backdrop of blue autumn sky and indigo mountains, they are a dazzling sight.
 
 
Windy Peak

North Cascades -- Pasayten

 
11.5 miles, one-way
Rating:
Average rating:
4.00
(5 votes)
Follow this rugged trail through a former burn to views of Mount Baker and the expansive Pasayten Wilderness.
 
 
Gem Lake

Snoqualmie Region -- Snoqualmie Pass

 
10.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 1800 ft.
Highest Point: 4857.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.38
(34 votes)
Gem Lake is nestled at the foot of Wright Mountain and is about two miles beyond the trail junction at Rock Creek trail #1013.1 that intersects with the Snow Lake trail starting at Alpental. Beautiful colors surround the lake in autumn as do the many climbable peaks in the area.
 
 
Spider Gap - Buck Creek Pass Loop

Central Cascades -- Stevens Pass - East

 
44.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 7200 ft.
Highest Point: 7100.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.29
(14 votes)
Take five days (or seven!) and enjoy some of the best backcountry in the state on this long loop hike. Along the way, you'll see massive wildflower meadows, glaciers, alpine lakes, high mountain passes and supreme views of Glacier Peak.
 
 
Royal Basin - Royal Lake

Olympic Peninsula -- Hood Canal

 
16.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 2650 ft.
Highest Point: 5700.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.07
(28 votes)
You will see plenty in the first 7.2 miles of this trip that take you to the shores of Royal Lake, but you should plan your hike to have the time –and energy -- to enjoy the wildflower-dotted alpine basin and its milky blue tarns in Upper Royal Basin about three-quarters of a mile past the lake.
 
 
Custer's Bridge - Middle Tiger Loop

Issaquah Alps -- Tiger Mountain

 
11.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 1600 ft.
Highest Point: 2607.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
0.00
(0 votes)
Hike the forested Iverson Railroad Trail and the little-used middle section of the main Tiger Mountain Trail (TMT). Look in on the site of a 1925 logging train wreck. Continue on to remote Custer's Bridge, and return via a loop over Middle Tiger Mountain, including views south-side hikers miss.
 
 
Quick Link

Issaquah Alps -- Tiger Mountain

 
2.4 miles, one-way
Highest Point: 2900.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
0.00
(0 votes)
The Quick Link Trail is a short segment in the middle of the east tiger trail system. Combine this trail with others to form any number of loop hikes, including a trip to the east tiger summit.
 
 
East Side Road

Issaquah Alps -- Tiger Mountain

 
6.5 miles, one-way
Gain: 200 ft.
Highest Point: 1400.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
2.25
(4 votes)
The East Side Road is an access road on Tiger Mountain that is closed to vehicle traffic and open to hikers. The road roughly parallels the eastern boundary of Tiger Mountain and connects with several other trails.
 
 
Heybrook Ridge

Central Cascades -- Stevens Pass - West

 
3.3 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 775 ft.
Highest Point: 1327.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.23
(57 votes)
The Leovy Trail, a testament to community land conservation, is a moderate ascent through second-growth Cascade rainforest to the summit of Heybrook Ridge. At the top, take in stunning views of Mount Index, Bridal Veil Falls, and the Skykomish Valley.
 
 
Koppen Mountain

Snoqualmie Region -- Salmon La Sac/Teanaway

 
7.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 2300 ft.
Highest Point: 6031.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.93
(14 votes)
The Teanaway is a fabulous drainage with year-round opportunities. Koppen sits on an easily accessed ridge line which lacks the crowds of many of the other hikes in this area. Commanding views of the Stuart Range, and further away, the Pacific Crest make for stunning scenery. Although this trail’s rewards are an end unto itself, it may also easily be combined with numerous other peaks, ridgelines, or drainages for longer loop trails.
 
 
Wonderland Trail - Mowich Lake to Sunrise via Spray Park

Mount Rainier Area -- NW - Carbon River/Mowich

 
20.5 miles, one-way
Gain: 8000 ft.
Highest Point: 6750.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
5.00
(1 vote)
This 20-mile section of the longer 93-mile Wonderland Trail covers the northern section of the loop from Mowich to Sunrise, utilizing the Spray Park alternate.
 
 
Shriner Peak

Mount Rainier Area -- SE - Cayuse Pass/Stevens Canyon

 
8.5 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 3434 ft.
Highest Point: 5834.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.60
(15 votes)
Gorgeous weather and late-season color make this one of the most beautiful autumn hikes in Mount Rainier National Park. This hike is a tough climb, but the payoff is great views and lots of solitude.
 
 
Old Mine Trail

Mount Rainier Area -- NW - Carbon River/Mowich

 
3.4 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 425 ft.
Highest Point: 2150.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
5.00
(1 vote)
An infrequently-visited trail off the Carbon River Road, the Old Mine Trail follows a short but steep roadbed to a mineshaft. It's a good outing for kids, if they're willing to make the short push up the steep section.
 
 
Knapsack Pass

Mount Rainier Area -- NW - Carbon River/Mowich

 
2.9 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 1300 ft.
Highest Point: 6200.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.17
(6 votes)
Knapsack Pass follows a no-longer-maintained hiking trail. It now requires GPS or map and compass skills to reach the pass, located near Mother Mountain.
 
 
Flaming Geyser State Park

Puget Sound and Islands -- Seattle-Tacoma Area

 
4.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 450 ft.
Highest Point: 425.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
2.70
(20 votes)
The hike suggested here visits the site of the flaming geyser and the bubbling geyser, and includes the River Trail and Ridge Trail, all encompassed in the park. It follows roughly a figure eight path that can be traversed in any order. If you are a weekend visitor, you may need to park where space is available and modify your route accordingly.
 
 
Whistler Cutoff

North Cascades -- Pasayten

 
6.3 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 1320 ft.
Highest Point: 6480.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
0.00
(0 votes)
This trail is an essential link for access to the west and central Pasayten wilderness. It allows hikers to avoid the steepest parts of the Buckskin Ridge Trail and the minimally maintained West Fork Pasayten Trail. Or, it can be part of a multi-day loop trip on any of the four major north-south trails: Pacific Crest Trail, West Fork Pasayten Trail, Buckskin Ridge Trail, and Robinson Creek (Middle Fork Pasayten) Trail.
 
 
Point Defiance Park

Puget Sound and Islands -- Seattle-Tacoma Area

 
5.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 200 ft.
Highest Point: 300.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.12
(17 votes)
As the largest urban park in Pierce County, the network of roads and trails weaving through the forest preserve provides a quiet retreat for joggers, cyclists, and hikers.
 
 
Aasgard Pass

Central Cascades -- Leavenworth Area

 
12.2 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 4400 ft.
Highest Point: 7800.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.22
(9 votes)
Parking Restriction: Parking allowed at trailheads and only on the right side of Road 7601 between Eightmile Lake and Stuart Lake trailheads. Parking anywhere else along Road 7601 is not allowed.
This “shortcut” to the Enchantments Core Zone refers only to mileage. As far as miles per hour goes, Aasgard may be one of the slowest hikes you attempt. Achieving the pass is a thigh-burning, chest-bursting, eye-popping endeavor that offers as many extraordinary views as beads of sweat that will fall from your brow as you ascend nearly 2000 feet in just three-quarters of a mile.
 
 
Mount Teneriffe

Snoqualmie Region -- North Bend Area

 
13.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 3800 ft.
Highest Point: 4585.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.79
(28 votes)
Mountains to Sound Greenway did this road to trail conversion in order to create a more sustainable, safer route for hikers to a summit on the I-90 corridor. Hike through second- and third-growth forest, pass a lovely waterfall, and enjoy a slightly less-crowded trail than the nearby Mount Si.