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744 Hikes
Cooney Lake

North Cascades -- Methow/Sawtooth

 
17.6 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 2850 ft.
Highest Point: 7260.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.17
(6 votes)
This hike is to a beautiful lake basin filled with larch and expansive views of the peaks above. From a basecamp at the lake, day trips explorations lead to other lakes and views.
 
 
Crescent Beach Preserve

Puget Sound and Islands -- San Juan Islands

 
1.5 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 40 ft.
Highest Point: 60.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.00
(2 votes)
Just outside the little town of Eastsound on Orcas Island is a sweet little beach that offers some nice rambling; the perfect place to walk off a meal, or simply take in low tide and the lovely animals that come with it.
 
 
Naches Peak Loop

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

 
3.2 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 600 ft.
Highest Point: 5850.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.53
(60 votes)
This popular hike provides a range of alpine experiences in a short loop. Walk along a hillside above a small valley, pause at a viewpoint overlooking a lake, and stroll through grassy meadows with stunning views of Mount Rainier. In season enjoy an abundance of wildflowers or perhaps a handful of huckleberries.
 
 
North Fork Entiat River

Central Cascades -- Entiat Mountains/Lake Chelan

 
26.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 4000 ft.
Highest Point: 7150.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
2.50
(4 votes)
Experience the rugged beauty of the Entiat mountains, rich in wild flower meadows, jagged peaks, and solitude. These trails, though occasionally steep and loose, harbor fantastic corners, wildlife, and old-school outdoorsmanship that many crowded trails now lack.
 
 
Trapper Lake

North Cascades -- North Cascades Highway - Hwy 20

 
5.0 miles, roundtrip
Rating:
Average rating:
0.00
(0 votes)
Follow a fisherman's trail to a crystalline blue lake in the North Cascades. This is a bushwhack, so you will need route-finding experience and a map and compass, and you'll need to know how to use them.
 
 
Nisqually John Canyon

Eastern Washington -- Palouse and Blue Mountains

 
5.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 1400 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
0.00
(0 votes)
Canyon hike starting at the Snake River.
 
 
North Fork Loop

South Cascades -- White Pass/Cowlitz River Valley

 
2.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 400 ft.
Highest Point: 1800.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
0.00
(0 votes)
Visitors to the North Fork Loop Trail will see several different forests and enjoy views of the lush Cispus Valley. The trail is adjacent to the North Fork of the Cispus River, and departs from the North Fork campground, making it a great option for people staying there.
 
 
Tonga Ridge / Mount Sawyer

Central Cascades -- Stevens Pass - West

 
8.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 1200 ft.
Highest Point: 5495.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.59
(32 votes)
An up and down meandering trail that leads through open forest, wildflower meadows and a side trip to some fantastic views. The road up does most of the work, so the climb is not too long, and can be easily done by most hikers.
 
 
Mount Si - Old Trail

Snoqualmie Region -- North Bend Area

 
7.4 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 3420 ft.
Highest Point: 3980.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.39
(31 votes)
The “old” trail that ascends Mount Si’s western flank offers a shorter, steeper, slightly more scenic, and if one dare say it — less crowded — route to the summit, where you can rejoin the rest of the people who flock to one of Snoqualmie Pass’s most popular hiking destinations.
 
 
Rachel Lake

Snoqualmie Region -- Snoqualmie Pass

 
8.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 1600 ft.
Highest Point: 4600.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.01
(75 votes)
From Rachel Lake you can access further adventures at Rampart Lakes, Lila Lakes and Alta Peak. This hike is a popular weekend overnight destination; so don’t expect to be by yourself in high season.
 
 
Mirror and Cottonwood Lakes

Snoqualmie Region -- Snoqualmie Pass

 
2.2 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 870 ft.
Highest Point: 4200.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.04
(27 votes)
Nestled in a quiet basin only a stone’s throw from Snoqualmie Pass, pristine Mirror Lake is a destination to be enjoyed by the whole family. Rarely can you find such lovely sites with so little effort, but here, a short trek will take you through forests, across delicate streams, and past brightly colored wildflowers. Humming with butterflies, birds, bees, and babbling streams, this trail is not to be missed.
 
 
The Enchantments

Central Cascades -- Leavenworth Area

 
18.0 miles, one-way
Gain: 4500 ft.
Highest Point: 7800.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.70
(124 votes)
Parking Restriction on Road 7601: 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.
The Enchantment Lakes are an alpine wonderland of pristine lakes set among polished granite, soaring peaks, blazing larches, and ambling mountain goats. Widely regarded as the crown jewel of hiking in Washington, this trail exceeds even the wildest of superlatives.
 
 
Granite Creek Trail to Granite Lakes

Snoqualmie Region -- North Bend Area

 
8.8 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 2270 ft.
Highest Point: 3070.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.08
(51 votes)
Granite Creek courses through the gorge between Mailbox Peak and Russian Butte. Ascend through the creek’s ravine, immersed in mountain rainforest, alongside whitewater rapids, waterfalls, wildflowers, and mushrooms, while you take in majestic views of the mountains of the Middle Fork valley. Seasonal treats include berries and fall colors.
 
 
Seven Pass Loop (Pasayten)

North Cascades -- Pasayten

 
26.6 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 4100 ft.
Highest Point: 7446.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
5.00
(2 votes)
This breathtaking loop offers an undulating ridge walk on the Pacific Crest Trail, a jaunt through the West Fork Pasayten River Valley — one of the priority areas in WTA's Lost Trails Found campaign — and views from the highest fire lookout in the state.
 
 
Cutthroat Lake

North Cascades -- North Cascades Highway - Hwy 20

 
3.8 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 400 ft.
Highest Point: 4900.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.89
(18 votes)
This pleasant trail offers an almost level walk to a grassy forested lake set in the rocky basin beneath Cutthroat Peak. This is an easy hike in an area of rugged, steep country and one of the few that are suitable for small children. It is an especially pretty hike in the fall when the larch are turning golden.
 
 
Mount Dickerman

North Cascades -- Mountain Loop Highway

 
8.2 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 3950 ft.
Highest Point: 5760.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.63
(110 votes)
If the best views come to those who earn them, Mount Dickerman offers the fairest vantage along the Mountain Loop. You’ll huff and puff through 4,000 feet of elevation on your way to the summit; in return, you’ll get a superb panorama of nearly every peak in the Mountain Loop. In late summer, it also rewards the intrepid with a bounty of mountain blueberries.
 
 
Boundary Way

North Cascades -- Mount Baker Area

 
8.2 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 1458 ft.
Highest Point: 5658.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.00
(4 votes)
Put your navigational skills to the test! This unmaintained trail just off Damfino Lakes trail may be brushy, but if you can find your way to Boundary Way, you'll be rewarded with breathtaking views into Canada and the epic North Cascades.
 
 
Mount St. Helens - Monitor Ridge

South Cascades -- Mount St. Helens

 
10.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 4500 ft.
Highest Point: 8365.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.46
(39 votes)
Mount St. Helens is a peak that should be on every life list. And because it is an active volcano, it is best not to put it off for too long. Climbing to the crater rim is an opportunity to see not only amazing views in every direction, but to see geology raw, unformed and in its making.
 
 
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)
Trail Closed Summer 2021: This trail is closed until further notice due to the Schneider Springs fire.
This is a scenic, easy to moderate hike or snowshoe up a broad canyon with a good chance of spotting bands of elk.
 
 
Bear Canyon

Central Washington -- Yakima

 
6.4 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 1130 ft.
Highest Point: 3200.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.29
(7 votes)
Trail Closed Summer 2021: This trail is closed until further notice due to the Schneider Springs fire.
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.
 
 
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)
Trail Closed Summer 2021: This trail is closed until further notice due to the Schneider Springs fire.
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.
 
 
Sharpe Park - Sares Head

Puget Sound and Islands -- Bellingham Area

 
2.1 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 440 ft.
Highest Point: 490.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.29
(7 votes)
This hike just south of Anacortes offers superb views of the ocean and islands from a pair of high vantage points, and it has some fine trails through mixed forest along the way.
 
 
Church Mountain

North Cascades -- Mount Baker Area

 
8.5 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 3750 ft.
Highest Point: 6100.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.34
(29 votes)
The rewards for this strenuous hike are a bouquet of fall colors and a vast panorama of North Cascades mountains.
 
 
Mine Road Trail

North Cascades -- Mountain Loop Highway

 
4.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 650 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.76
(21 votes)
A nice afternoon hike near Darrington up an abandoned road to an old mine.
 
 
Tolt Pipeline Trail

Puget Sound and Islands -- Seattle-Tacoma Area

 
12.0 miles, one-way
Gain: 1060 ft.
Highest Point: 535.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
2.50
(4 votes)
Take an urban hike with plenty of up-and-down as you follow the Tolt pipeline easement, a 12-mile corridor with wildflowers, berries, and occasional wildlife on a multi-use trail for equestrians, dog walkers, mountain bikers, joggers, and hikers.
 
 
Liberty Lake Regional Park - Split Creek Loop

Eastern Washington -- Spokane Area/Coeur d'Alene

 
4.06 miles, roundtrip
Rating:
Average rating:
4.25
(4 votes)
Meander alongside Liberty Creek, staying close to the water, on a trail that provides a shorter loop option than the full waterfall loop.
 
 
Schmitz Preserve Park

Puget Sound and Islands -- Seattle-Tacoma Area

 
1.7 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 220 ft.
Highest Point: 325.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.38
(8 votes)
This park, in the middle of West Seattle, has 1.7 miles of hiking trails in a natural forest setting, and offers the opportunity to see old growth conifers that once were common in Puget Sound forests.
 
 
Yellow Aster Butte

North Cascades -- Mount Baker Area

 
7.5 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 2550 ft.
Highest Point: 6150.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.43
(61 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.
 
 
Granite Mountain

Snoqualmie Region -- Snoqualmie Pass

 
8.6 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 3800 ft.
Highest Point: 5629.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.45
(127 votes)
In winter the trail up Granite Mountain crosses a large avalanche chute early in the hike. Please have experience navigating avalanche terrain and the proper equipment when hiking this trail in the winter
The astounding views from the summit of the Granite Mountain trail come at a price. A nearly-1000-feet-of-elevation-gain-per-mile price. But views of pointed Kaleetan Peak, deep blue Crystal Lake, the climber-dotted Tooth, and Mount Rainier dominating the skyline to the south make it all worth it.
 
 
Larrabee State Park - Chuckanut Falls

Puget Sound and Islands -- Bellingham Area

 
2.6 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 640 ft.
Highest Point: 540.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.50
(4 votes)
Take a short hike to a pleasant waterfall tucked away on the northeast corner of Larrabee State Park.