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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
Scorpion Mountain via Johnson Ridge

Central Cascades -- Stevens Pass - West

 
8.6 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 2500 ft.
Highest Point: 5540.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.58
(19 votes)
Scorpion Mountain offers a 360-degree view of the Central Cascades, and the huckleberries and blueberries make this a much underrated fall hike.
 
 
Queets Campground Loop

Olympic Peninsula -- Pacific Coast

 
2.8 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 50 ft.
Highest Point: 300.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.71
(7 votes)
The Queets Campground Loop is a quintessential rainforest experience. At just under three miles, it provides visitors with a generous variety of nature. Giant spruce and hemlock rise above great galleries of fern and oxalis. The wind whispers the memories of abandoned homesteads in the grasses of shrinking meadows. Owls hoot and frogs croak the song of an ancient melody. One stands here often and wonders.
 
 
Barclay Lake

Central Cascades -- Stevens Pass - West

 
4.4 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 500 ft.
Highest Point: 2423.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.94
(81 votes)
Barclay Lake offers something for almost everyone: a well-maintained trail that is accessible to beginners and children, stunning mountain views, mycology, camping, a serene alpine lake, and a staging area for challenging adventures in the 106,000-acre Wild Sky Wilderness. Keep your camera charged, as this popular pathway in the shadow of Baring Mountain offers many photo opportunities.
 
 
Wilderness Peak Loop

Issaquah Alps -- Cougar Mountain

 
4.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 1200 ft.
Highest Point: 1598.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.09
(32 votes)
Hike trails named in honor of mountaineers Jim Whittaker and Nawang Gombu, of 1963 Mount Everest ascent fame. Wilderness Peak may not be Everest, but it is the highest point in King County's Cougar Mountain Regional Wildland Park and it does have some wonderful old-growth conifers. This loop offers a diversity of steep forested hillsides, huge mossy boulders, and a low swampy area traversed via a narrow boardwalk.
 
 
Green Mountain

North Cascades -- Mountain Loop Highway

 
8.5 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 3300 ft.
Highest Point: 6500.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.31
(32 votes)
In a state with so many places offering a day's walk to big, peaky views, Green Mountain still makes the short-list of Washington's all-time finest hikes. From woods to meadows to panoramic views and even a historic lookout, it just doesn't get much better than this.
 
 
Deer Park to Maiden Peak

Olympic Peninsula -- Northern Coast

 
7.2 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 2100 ft.
Highest Point: 6200.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.67
(6 votes)
The eastern part of the Grand Ridge trail can be accessed from Deer Park as a day hike and has a charm all of its own -- forest with avalanche lilies in spring, wildflower meadows and great views of the Strait of Juan de Fuca, Mount Baker, Glacier Peak, the Cascades, and the Olympic mountains.
 
 
Artist Ridge - Huntoon Point

North Cascades -- Mount Baker Area

 
1.2 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 200 ft.
Highest Point: 5150.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.92
(12 votes)
This spectacular, short trail gets lots of love during its short hiking season. Accessible for less than three months each year, hordes of hikers and tourists take to it as the snow finally begins to melt.
 
 
Thorp Mountain Lookout via Thorp Creek

Snoqualmie Region -- Salmon La Sac/Teanaway

 
7.4 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 2484 ft.
Highest Point: 5884.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.10
(10 votes)
It’s possible to reach the lookout on top of Thorp Mountain four different ways. But this route offers a nice detour to a little lake, where you can have a snack and size up your objective before continuing on your way.
 
 
Shelton View Forest

Puget Sound and Islands -- Seattle-Tacoma Area

 
5.0 miles of trails
Rating:
Average rating:
3.67
(3 votes)
This forest is tucked away in a residential neighborhood in Bothell. A series of short trails wander through forested ravines, and provide opportunities to see birds and other wildlife.
 
 
Wildwood Park

Puget Sound and Islands -- Seattle-Tacoma Area

 
3.0 miles of trails
Gain: 75 ft.
Highest Point: 354.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.00
(2 votes)
This urban park has it all! In a woodsy setting here, you'll find fitness challenge trails and activities for all ages and abilities.
 
 
Rock Mountain via Snowy Creek

Central Cascades -- Stevens Pass - East

 
9.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 3600 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.38
(8 votes)
Sometimes, taking the back door is better. At 9 miles and 3600 feet of elevation gain, the back way to the Rock Mountain Lookout is less steep, more scenic, and two miles shorter than the more frequently used route from Rock Lake. Try this as a key swap or a thru-hike if you want to get both sides of this gorgeous hike.
 
 
Harold Engles Memorial Cedars

North Cascades -- Mountain Loop Highway

 
1.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 200 ft.
Highest Point: 1800.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
0.00
(0 votes)
Trail Closed 8.16.21: This trail is closed until further notice due to a wildfire.
This is a half-mile loop hike past giant cedar trees preserved by Harold Engles, a famous Forest Ranger.
 
 
White Pass - Pilot Ridge Loop

North Cascades -- Mountain Loop Highway

 
29.2 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 7500 ft.
Highest Point: 6360.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.75
(12 votes)
Trail Closed 8.16.21: The North Fork Sauk Trail is closed until further notice due to a wildfire.
A loop hike, beginning and ending in the old-growth forests of the North Fork Sauk River that traverses high ridges and passes of the Pacific crest, visits beautiful alpine lakes, and finally follows the high and lonesome Pilot Ridge Trail before descending back down to the trail junction on the North Fork Sauk River.
 
 
Sloan Peak

North Cascades -- Mountain Loop Highway

 
9.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 2900 ft.
Highest Point: 7835.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.50
(6 votes)
Trail Closed 8.16.21: This trail is closed until further notice due to a wildfire.
This route on the north side of Sloan Peak is steep and challenging. Hikers with navigational skills can make it to the base of the peak -- climbing gear and expertise is needed to achieve the summit.
 
 
Larch Lakes (Entiat)

Central Cascades -- Entiat Mountains/Lake Chelan

 
16.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 2600 ft.
Highest Point: 5750.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.00
(2 votes)
A hike to two lakes situated in a remote hanging valley in the Entiat, this beautiful hike is ideal for adventurous backpackers in the autumn who are looking for larches.
 
 
Wild Goose

North Cascades -- Mount Baker Area

 
1.4 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 1100 ft.
Highest Point: 5100.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.25
(4 votes)
Hike from the Artist Point parking area to the Heather Meadows Visitor Center and back. With 1,100 feet of elevation gain, you'll have a great thigh workout. Combine Wild Goose with many of the other short trails in the area to make a full day of exploration, or use the Wild Goose trail to access Swift Creek or Lake Ann.
 
 
Mount Grant Preserve

Puget Sound and Islands -- San Juan Islands

 
4.6 miles of trails
Gain: 900 ft.
Highest Point: 900.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
5.00
(3 votes)
Mount Grant Preserve is a trail system in development on San Juan Island. Currently, the trails to the top offer the most elevation gain available on San Juan Island, so you'll love this one if you're looking to get high up.
 
 
Rose Creek Nature Preserve

Eastern Washington -- Palouse and Blue Mountains

 
1.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 60 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
0.00
(0 votes)
Area Closed 7/23/21: The Nature Conservancy has closed this area until further notice due to the risks associated with wildfires.
Stroll though a remnant of Palouse prairie, wetland and steppe ecosystem.
 
 
Cathedral Pass Loop

North Cascades -- Pasayten

 
44.7 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 4000 ft.
Highest Point: 7800.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.12
(8 votes)
Trail Closed 8/10/21: This Trail is closed until further notice due to the Cub Creek 2 fire.
Hike through some of the Boundary Trail’s best scenery on the 44-mile lollipop loop along the Chewuch River and through majestic Cathedral Pass.
 
 
Newhalem Creek

North Cascades -- North Cascades Highway - Hwy 20

 
9.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 800 ft.
Highest Point: 2000.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.33
(3 votes)
Hike towards the base of Klawatti and Austera Peaks along Newhalem Creek on this unmaintained North Cascades National Park trail. Years of blowdowns and overgrowth make this trail difficult to hike and navigate, but Newhalem Falls and the views of the mountains cannot be beaten. It's a great way to get into the North Cascades in the winter and still avoid the snow.
 
 
Tiger Mountain Trail South

Issaquah Alps -- Tiger Mountain

 
3.5 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 520 ft.
Highest Point: 1100.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.10
(10 votes)
Hike the southernmost part of the Main Tiger Mountain Trail - the TMT - for a gentle introduction to the southern slopes of the Tigers. The trail is usable all year unless there has been significant lowland snow. In spring, enjoy blooms of trilliums and other wild flowers. In the fall, appreciate the colors of leaves that carpet parts of the trail.
 
 
Capitol State Forest - Mima Falls Loop

Olympic Peninsula -- Olympia

 
6.5 miles, roundtrip
Highest Point: 650.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.57
(21 votes)
The Mima Falls Loop takes hikers through young plantings, lush forest, and quiet wetlands in Olympia's Capitol State Forest. Just 30 minutes from the state capital, this is the perfect year-round waterfall hike for after work or weekends. Hike through a working forest and examine forestry practices up close.
 
 
Hidden Lake Lookout

North Cascades -- North Cascades Highway - Hwy 20

 
8.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 3300 ft.
Highest Point: 6900.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.62
(63 votes)
8/11/21 Trail Closed: This trail is closed due to fire operations for the Pincer Creek Fire
The Hidden Lake trail is one of the crown jewels of hiking in Washington State. No other trail offers so much as Hidden Lake Lookout: forest, wildflowers, a true alpine environment of stark granite well above treeline, breathtaking summit views of the heart of North Cascades National Park, and a fire lookout with a sweeping history almost as big as the mountainous landscape it gazes over.
 
 
Burch Mountain via Falls Creek

North Cascades -- Pasayten

 
10.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 3200 ft.
Highest Point: 7782.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
2.67
(6 votes)
8/10/21 Trail Closed: The trail is closed due to the Cub Creek Fire
When the deeper backcountry is under snow (or just too far away) Burch Mountain can provide a beautiful day hike with views aplenty.
 
 
Larch Creek

North Cascades -- Pasayten

 
32.4 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 3300 ft.
Highest Point: 7500.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.25
(4 votes)
8/10/21 Trail Closed: This trail is closed from the trailhead the Pasayten Wilderness boundary due to the Cub Creek Fire
Follow this trail through the heart of the Pasayten Wilderness. Take in all the sights the Wilderness has to offer, including but not limited to: stunning peaks, refreshing creeks, wildflowers galore, and limitless views from ridges.
 
 
South Fork Cascade River

North Cascades -- North Cascades Highway - Hwy 20

 
9.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 1800 ft.
Highest Point: 2000.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
2.60
(5 votes)
8/11/21 Trail Closed: This trail is closed due to the Pincer Creek Fire
A hidden gem revealed! The South Fork Cascade Trail was in the Mineral Park Fire of 2003, but recent efforts by WTA crews and other volunteer organizations have helped reopen a section of it, and continue to repair it.
 
 
Copper Glance Lake

North Cascades -- Pasayten

 
6.8 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 2560 ft.
Highest Point: 6260.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.29
(7 votes)
8/10/21 Trail Closed: This trail is closed due to the Cub Creek Fire
This hike through history, both natural and mining, leads to a beautiful emerald lake below the rocky cliffs of Isabella Ridge. The mix of old mining road and steep trail passes through burnt forest, past an old mine, through flowered meadows, and across a boulder field to reach Copper Glance Lake.
 
 
North Twentymile Peak

North Cascades -- Pasayten

 
12.8 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 4387 ft.
Highest Point: 7437.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.50
(4 votes)
8/10/21 Trail Closed: This trail is closed due to the Cub Creek Fire
On this little used trail, hikers can see history, both natural and man-made. Large sections of the forest are recovering from the 2006 Tripod Complex Fire, and the two lookouts on the summit provide a glimpse of the 1920's and 1940's construction.
 
 
Poe Mountain via Irving Pass

Central Cascades -- Stevens Pass - East

 
5.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 1800 ft.
Highest Point: 6015.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.70
(10 votes)
One of about six former lookout sites in the Stevens Pass area, Poe Mountain boasts two different trails to the summit; the original steep supply route to the retired fire lookout via a trail rising from the Little Wenatchee Falls campground, and the more moderate trail via the Irving Pass Trail. Irving Pass is the recommended route, since you spend a significant amount of the hike on the ridge with awesome views both north and south.
 
 
Manastash Lake

Central Washington -- Yakima

 
8.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 2100 ft.
Highest Point: 5063.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.89
(9 votes)
8/10/21 Trail Closed: This trail is closed until further notice due to the Windy Pass Fire
Hike through a diverse forest to two alpine lakes that rest atop Manastash Ridge, one of Central Washington’s most notable geologic formations. The trail to Lost and Manastash Lakes is an underappreciated gem that will delight larch lovers, berry munchers, flower photographers, and campers alike.