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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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Results List

450 Hikes
John Tursi Trail

Puget Sound and Islands -- Bellingham Area

 
2.2 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 600 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.50
(2 votes)
Discover the natural history of South Fidalgo Island on this beautiful forested trail. The trail traverses past meadows and rocky balds, a red rock quarry, a miner’s shack, the “rock” of artist Morris Graves’ lore, and views of Pass Lake, Campbell Lake, and Mount Erie.
 
 
Swan Creek Park

Puget Sound and Islands -- Seattle-Tacoma Area

 
4.8 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 325 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.73
(11 votes)
Featuring a wooded canyon and forested hills, a salmon-bearing stream and new community garden, Swan Creek Park is a 290-acre greenspace which lies on the boundary between East Tacoma and Pierce County. Trails, both paved and soft-surface, as well as those for mountain bikes weave over the property.
 
 
Stimpson Nature Reserve

Puget Sound and Islands -- Bellingham Area

 
4.9 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 300 ft.
Highest Point: 800.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.29
(7 votes)
Take a stroll through 350 acres of undisturbed old-growth forest and thriving wetland ecosystem at the Stimpson Family Nature Reserve, a quiet place where hikers can experience the intricate grandeur of nature. Interpretive signs encourage adults and children to discover the nature of the reserve.
 
 
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.
 
 
Sehome Arboretum

Puget Sound and Islands -- Bellingham Area

 
6.0 miles of trails
Gain: 325 ft.
Highest Point: 620.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
2.83
(6 votes)
A lush, green refuge with 6 miles of trails is the backyard playground for Western Washington University and Fairhaven College in Bellingham.
 
 
Larrabee State Park - Rock Trail

Puget Sound and Islands -- Bellingham Area

 
2.4 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 1200 ft.
Highest Point: 1820.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.27
(11 votes)
The Rock Trail is one of WTA's signature projects, built from scratch thanks to WTA’s partnerships with various organizations, including Larrabee State Park and Chuckanut Conservancy. A dedicated group of enthusiastic WTA volunteers worked countless hours here, carving a connector trail out of the steep, rugged hillside from the top of Cleator Road to the South Lost Lake Trail. The Rock Trail provides hikers and trail runners a steep climb, gorgeous views, and a peek at the area's fascinating geology.
 
 
Puget Park - Seattle

Puget Sound and Islands -- Seattle-Tacoma Area

 
5.0 miles of trails
Rating:
Average rating:
2.00
(2 votes)
Visit a wildlife-filled greenspace with a burgeoning trail system in West Seattle.
 
 
Mount Peak (Pinnacle Peak)

Puget Sound and Islands -- Seattle-Tacoma Area

 
1.8 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 1000 ft.
Highest Point: 1800.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.23
(26 votes)
There are many names for this short little hike. Mount Pete, Mount Peak, Pinnacle Peak Park, Cal Magnusson Trail.
 
 
Pine and Cedar Lakes

Puget Sound and Islands -- Bellingham Area

 
5.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 1400 ft.
Highest Point: 1600.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.81
(16 votes)
With two small lakes and numerous branching trails that sport views to Mount Baker and the Puget Sound, this moderate trail through shady forest can be hiked or backpacked year round. Trails circle both of these lakes, and on nice days you’ll find people out fishing or canoeing here.
 
 
Oak Tree Park

Puget Sound and Islands -- Seattle-Tacoma Area

 
0.63 miles of trails
Gain: 75 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
0.00
(0 votes)
Visit a rare remnant of Garry Oak Prairie in the state at this small but mighty park in Tacoma.
 
 
Green River Natural Area - Potter's Trail

Puget Sound and Islands -- Seattle-Tacoma Area

 
4.32 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 500 ft.
Highest Point: 500.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
2.22
(9 votes)
The 1,000-acre Green River Natural Area is a wonderful gateway to the middle stretch of the Green River. Composed of steep valley walls and a broad valley floor, the natural area provides trails for hiking and horseback riding as well as access to the most dynamic reach of the Green River in King County.
 
 
Moran State Park - Mountain Lake

Puget Sound and Islands -- San Juan Islands

 
3.9 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 50 ft.
Highest Point: 950.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.44
(9 votes)
The loop around Mountain Lake is the perfect way to spend a relaxing day on Orcas Island. If part of your crew is interested in the more challenging Mount Constitution, this is a good way to while away the time that they're trekking to the top.
 
 
Moran State Park - Mount Constitution via Mountain Lake

Puget Sound and Islands -- San Juan Islands

 
6.7 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 1500 ft.
Highest Point: 2410.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.30
(23 votes)
While it's possible to drive the the summit of Mount Constitution, you can also hike there. You'll begin and end at Mountain Lake and, along the way, you'll enjoy walking through forest as well as sweeping views of the San Juan Islands.
 
 
Maury Island Marine Park

Puget Sound and Islands -- Seattle-Tacoma Area

 
3.0 miles of trails
Gain: 500 ft.
Highest Point: 500.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.00
(5 votes)
Maury Island Marine Park is located on the east side of Maury Island which is connected to Vashon Island. There is more than one mile of natural shoreline with stunning views of Mount Rainier and the Cascade Mountains. The park is a former gravel mine and contains rare stands of the Pacific Madrone tree. The accessible shoreline allows for scuba diving and an excellent beach walk to observe marine life with a salt marsh at the north end.
 
 
Lincoln Park

Puget Sound and Islands -- Seattle-Tacoma Area

 
1.85 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 160 ft.
Highest Point: 160.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.14
(7 votes)
Located on the western edge of West Seattle, Lincoln park offers 5 miles of trails, including a loop hike with bluff and beachfront views of Puget Sound, Vashon Island, and the Olympic Mountains.
 
 
Larrabee State Park - South Lost Lake Trail

Puget Sound and Islands -- Bellingham Area

 
9.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 1950 ft.
Highest Point: 1650.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.29
(7 votes)
Tucked away atop Chuckanut Mountain is shallow Lost Lake. The south trail to the lake leads through a recovering forest of bigleaf maple, alder, Douglas fir, and western hemlock, meandering 4.5 miles to a riparian hideout, providing waterfalls, old growth, fall color, and year-round hiking to those who make the journey.
 
 
Lake Padden Park

Puget Sound and Islands -- Bellingham Area

 
7.7 miles of trails
Gain: 400 ft.
Highest Point: 800.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.00
(5 votes)
Enjoy a stroll on the main loop trail that goes around Lake Padden or lengthen your trip by exploring some of the short trails at the east end of the park. To find a little solitude take a turn off the beaten path to rise above the south side of the lake on a less-trodden upper trail.
 
 
Island Center Forest

Puget Sound and Islands -- Seattle-Tacoma Area

 
10.0 miles of trails
Gain: 200 ft.
Highest Point: 425.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.00
(4 votes)
With lovely Douglas-fir forest, wetlands, and a great network of trails, Island Center Forest is one of King County's best-kept secrets. Birds are abundant on the wetlands, and the forest is lush, with large, second-growth trees, a testament to the effort that several groups have put into managing this forest in order to restore the health of this area.
 
 
Hemlock Trail

Puget Sound and Islands -- Bellingham Area

 
4.0 miles, roundtrip
Rating:
Average rating:
3.50
(2 votes)
The Hemlock Trail is one of the many trails on Chuckanut Mountain, just south of Fairhaven. This is a main trail, with many alternate routes branching off to provide visitors with a variety of hiking options.
 
 
Harper Hill Park

Puget Sound and Islands -- Seattle-Tacoma Area

 
Rating:
Average rating:
0.00
(0 votes)
This local park features two trails that take visitors out-and-back through the forest.
 
 
Deception Pass State Park - Goose Rock

Puget Sound and Islands -- Whidbey Island

 
4.3 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 484 ft.
Highest Point: 484.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.00
(28 votes)
Deception Pass State Park is one of the most popular Washington state parks and it is easy to see why. There are beautiful beaches, mature woodlands, great views, lakes, and a beautifully built bridge high on rocks above two narrow waterways. This nice trail will take you through all of this.
 
 
Gold Creek County Park

Puget Sound and Islands -- Seattle-Tacoma Area

 
2.0 miles of trails
Rating:
Average rating:
3.67
(3 votes)
Woodinville has struck gold with this park. Tucked away in the wine country, Gold Creek offers a multitude of hiking experiences on well-maintained trails.
 
 
Fragrance Lake

Puget Sound and Islands -- Bellingham Area

 
5.5 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 950 ft.
Highest Point: 1050.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.75
(51 votes)
The year-round, dog-friendly day hike to Fragrance Lake in the Chuckanut Recreation Area is popular with college students and faculty from Western Washington University in nearby Bellingham, and with day visitors and car campers at Larrabee State Park. On a sunny weekend afternoon you could easily lose count of the number of smiles and “hullos” you’ll exchange!
 
 
Fort Casey State Park

Puget Sound and Islands -- Bellingham Area

 
2.5 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 200 ft.
Highest Point: 200.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.57
(7 votes)
This is more of a stroll than a hike . It is of historical interest with interpretive signs along the way. Beach walking is also present. Fort Casey was one of three forts chosen in 1896 to form a triangle for protection of Puget Sound. Fort Worden and Fort Flagler were the other two. All have become State Parks. Their use for coastal protection proved to be impractical so their use became a place for instruction and training of troops during both of the world wars.
 
 
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.
 
 
Camp Long

Puget Sound and Islands -- Seattle-Tacoma Area

 
1.6 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 240 ft.
Highest Point: 350.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.57
(7 votes)
Camp Long is a hidden gem, a 68-acre enclave in West Seattle featuring old growth forest, wildlife, a variety of hiking trails, rock climbing, ropes courses, camping, and environmental education.
 
 
Black Diamond Open Space

Puget Sound and Islands -- Seattle-Tacoma Area

 
17.0 miles of trails
Highest Point: 700.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
2.00
(3 votes)
The Black Diamond Open space consists of 1,240 forested acres including wetlands, peat bogs, streams and portions of the protected migratory corridor known as the Wildlife Habitat Network. Explore the 17 miles of non-motorized trails only two miles north of Black Diamond and six miles to the south of Maple Valley.
 
 
Big Finn Hill Park

Puget Sound and Islands -- Seattle-Tacoma Area

 
9.5 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 100 ft.
Highest Point: 450.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
2.75
(4 votes)
Big Finn Hill Park is the lesser-known cousin to the adjoining Saint Edwards State Park in Kirkland. Its expansive 220 acres are worth exploring and getting to know for their miles of meandering trails fit for mountain biking and casual strolling. Chock-full of tall Douglas-firs, ferns and bright green mosses, it offers possibilities to spot eagles, deer and owls.
 
 
Battle Point Park Trail

Puget Sound and Islands -- Seattle-Tacoma Area

 
3.5 miles of trails
Rating:
Average rating:
5.00
(1 vote)
There are over three miles of trails in this community park. Visitors can stop by for a quick dose of nature or do the full loop for a longer walk.
 
 
Oyster Dome

Puget Sound and Islands -- Bellingham Area

 
5.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 1050 ft.
Highest Point: 2025.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.10
(155 votes)
Oyster Dome is a rocky promontory on the western slope of Blanchard Mountain, the grandest member of the Chuckanut Mountain range, an extension of the Cascades that rises directly from the ocean. The sheer cliffs of Oyster Dome offer year-round access to commanding views of the San Juans, Skagit River flats, Olympic Mountains, and Samish Bay.