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Results List

63 Hikes
Millersylvania State Park

Olympic Peninsula -- Olympia

 
6.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 105 ft.
Highest Point: 395.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.75
(16 votes)
Millersylvania State Park sports camping, boating and more than eight miles of hiking trails. The trails zigzag all around, so visitors can construct a loop of up to five miles, and add some side trips on. The huge old growth cedar and fir, easy accessibility to I-5 and excellent opportunity for a pleasant walk in the woods make this an attractive place to hike, especially in winter.
 
 
Maple Hollow Park

Olympic Peninsula -- Kitsap Peninsula

 
Rating:
Average rating:
4.33
(3 votes)
With one to two miles of nice forest and beach hiking, this park features easy trails for morning jaunts, afternoon excursions, and evening strolls.
 
 
Capitol State Forest - McLane Creek

Olympic Peninsula -- Olympia

 
1.5 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 50 ft.
Highest Point: 60.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.82
(17 votes)
This is one of the best places to go if you're looking for wildlife and a little leg-stretchers. McLane Creek's boardwalk provides an intimate glimpse into nature, whether it's swimming families of news, spawning salmon, or laughing ducks. As always, please refrain from feeding the wildlife.
 
 
Green Mountain - Wildcat Trail

Olympic Peninsula -- Kitsap Peninsula

 
9.5 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 1900 ft.
Highest Point: 1639.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.50
(4 votes)
The Wildcat Trail on Green Mountain follows a multi-use trail on a steep, rocky ascent to the peak. Along the way, enjoy views of Hood Canal, the Olympics, and sometimes even downtown Seattle!
 
 
Camp Pleasant

Olympic Peninsula -- Hood Canal

 
14.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 800 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.00
(2 votes)
The hike to Camp Pleasant is often included in more lengthy backpacks or dayhikes on the Olympic Peninsula, but hikers will find an easy conditioner when they undertake this early season stroll.
 
 
Living Legacy Interpretive Trail

Olympic Peninsula -- Hood Canal

 
1.5 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 125 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
2.75
(4 votes)
Visitors to the Hamma Hamma Campground will attest to the delightful Living Legacy Interpretive Trail. The 1.5 mile trail tells the story of the Civilian Conservation Corps through interpretive signs and photographs along the way.
 
 
Railroad Bridge Park

Olympic Peninsula -- Northern Coast

 
Rating:
Average rating:
3.00
(4 votes)
This delightful little park is part of the Olympic Discovery Trail, which means you can hike as far as time allows, or as little as you like. You'll see salmon spawning in the fall, interpretive signs year round, and can watch the seasons turn by visiting as often as you like.
 
 
Smokey Bottom (West Lake Mills)

Olympic Peninsula -- Northern Coast

 
4.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 500 ft.
Highest Point: 800.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.75
(4 votes)
Road Washout: Trailhead inaccessible
Formerly a trail that bordered Lake Mills, the Smokey Bottom trail winds through the second-growth forest along the now free-flowing Elwha River.
 
 
Cascade Rock

Olympic Peninsula -- Northern Coast

 
4.5 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 1800 ft.
Highest Point: 1825.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.50
(6 votes)
Road Washout: Trailhead inaccessible
Cascade Rock used to be accessible from the backyard of many sites at the Elwha Campground, but with the removal of the Elwha Dam, this campground has flooded multiple times and the campground is closed. Luckily though, you can still hike Cascade Rock, and its such a secret trail, you're likely to have it to yourself.
 
 
Cat Basin Primitive

Olympic Peninsula -- Northern Coast

 
5.0 miles, one-way
Gain: 1500 ft.
Highest Point: 5500.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
2.75
(4 votes)
This primitive trail forms a partial loop, connecting the High Divide trail just above Heart Lake with Appleton Pass.
 
 
Boulder Lake (Olympics)

Olympic Peninsula -- Northern Coast

 
10.2 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 2480 ft.
Highest Point: 4300.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.00
(5 votes)
Road Washout: Trailhead inaccessible
This is a well-engineered trail of moderate grade that makes a 2.8-mile switchback free ascent from the intersection of the Appleton Pass Trail to the shores of green-tinted Boulder Lake. Along the way you will ramble through some great stands of fir and hemlock and pull in some panoramic views to the south including the north slopes of Mount Appleton.
 
 
Aurora Creek

Olympic Peninsula -- Northern Coast

 
6.8 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 3670 ft.
Highest Point: 4200.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.00
(4 votes)
A steep thigh-burner that doesn't offer much in the way of views, but will give you the workout you're looking for should you be training for Rainier or any other grueling ascents. The Aurora Creek trail rises an astonishing 3700 feet in 3.4 miles, from the edge of Hwy 101 to its junction with the Aurora Ridge Trail.
 
 
Appleton Pass

Olympic Peninsula -- Northern Coast

 
15.4 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 3230 ft.
Highest Point: 5050.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.67
(6 votes)
Road Washout: Trailhead inaccessible
The trail to Appleton Pass is only 7.7 miles, but it hikes longer. The route offers some rewarding diversions along the way, but much of the payoff is in the last 1.5 miles with sweeping views as one ascends the meadows and traverses the switchbacks to Appleton Pass. Plan for an early start to your day in order to enjoy lunch, and perhaps even a restorative nap, at Appleton Pass.
 
 
Wolf Creek

Olympic Peninsula -- Northern Coast

 
16.2 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 3800 ft.
Highest Point: 5100.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.00
(4 votes)
The Wolf Creek trail departs Hurricane Ridge and plunges eight miles downhill to Whiskey Bend in the Elwha River Valley. It's a lovely route that gets little use along its entire length, though many people wander a couple miles down its length before heading back up.
 
 
West Fork Dosewallips River

Olympic Peninsula -- Hood Canal

 
15.8 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 2400 ft.
Highest Point: 3600.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.33
(6 votes)
Though it's hidden behind a more than 12-mile road walk or bike, the West Fork Dosewallips River trail offers tunnels of rhododendrons, a jubilant river, and solitude.
 
 
East Wing Trail

Olympic Peninsula -- Kitsap Peninsula

 
2.0 miles, roundtrip
Rating:
Average rating:
5.00
(1 vote)
Open to both hikers and mountain bikers, this trail connects Gateway Park to the east end of the nearby 360 Trails park. Walk beneath the shade of the towering green trees that line the trail.
 
 
Lake Lois Habitat Reserve

Olympic Peninsula -- Olympia

 
0.25 miles, roundtrip
Rating:
Average rating:
0.00
(0 votes)
The Lake Lois Habitat Reserve consists of 28.6 acres within the city of Lacey. You can take a hike on the 0.25-mile interpretive loop trail, and try to spot some local wildlife. Relax on the beach or even go fishing in Lake Lois which is fed by Woodland Creek.
 
 
Point No Point Park

Olympic Peninsula -- Kitsap Peninsula

 
2.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 100 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.50
(6 votes)
The trail at Point No Point gives you both a glimpse into the past, as well as a bit of a workout and great views. With 3 acres in the Point No Point County Park and one hiking trail, the Point No Point lighthouse makes a great destination for visitors young and old.
 
 
Anderson Point

Olympic Peninsula -- Kitsap Peninsula

 
1.4 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 250 ft.
Highest Point: 250.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
0.00
(0 votes)
Enjoy a short hike to one of the best beaches in Kitsap County.
 
 
Ralph Munro Trail

Olympic Peninsula -- Olympia

 
4.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 60 ft.
Highest Point: 190.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
0.00
(0 votes)
Formerly known as the McLane Nature Trail, the Ralph Munro Trail was re-named in June of 2018 to honor the man who established the McLane Forest Committee. The trail starts near the McLane Elementary School and goes along Evergreen Pkwy NW towards the Evergreen State College.
 
 
Olympic Hot Springs

Olympic Peninsula -- Northern Coast

 
4.8 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 600 ft.
Highest Point: 2084.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.55
(11 votes)
Road Washout: Trailhead inaccessible
Hike to some remote hot springs on the Olympic Peninsula.
 
 
North Fork Sol Duc River

Olympic Peninsula -- Northern Coast

 
18.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 1900 ft.
Highest Point: 2900.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.12
(8 votes)
The North Fork Sol Duc River is a remote wilderness trail teeming with adventure. The trail is seldom maintained all the way to its end, and three river fords complicate the effort. The shoulder season hiker may experience solitude and wildlife, but they will also likely encounter high water, blowdown, and route-finding challenges.
 
 
Mary E. Theler Wetlands Nature Preserve

Olympic Peninsula -- Kitsap Peninsula

 
3.5 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 50 ft.
Highest Point: 50.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
2.92
(13 votes)
Located at the head of Hood Canal, Theler Wetlands consists of more than 3 miles of accessible walking trails within 139 acres of protected salt marsh and estuary wetlands. If they’re open, you and your family can discover the displays and hands-on exhibits that teach more about the wetlands ecosystem.
 
 
Madison Falls

Olympic Peninsula -- Northern Coast

 
0.2 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 46 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
2.83
(6 votes)
Paved 0.1 mile trail, ending at the beautiful Madison Falls.
 
 
McCormick Forest Park

Olympic Peninsula -- Kitsap Peninsula

 
3.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 200 ft.
Highest Point: 400.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.75
(4 votes)
A 122 acre park near Gig Harbor, with trails that offer a wide range of difficulty, from flat, to 200 foot elevation gains.
 
 
Ueland Tree Farm

Olympic Peninsula -- Kitsap Peninsula

 
7.0 miles of trails
Rating:
Average rating:
4.00
(1 vote)
Ueland Tree Farm is a parcel of private property that is made available to the public for responsible, non-motorized recreation.
 
 
Banner Forest

Olympic Peninsula -- Kitsap Peninsula

 
4.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 50 ft.
Highest Point: 430.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.50
(2 votes)
Banner Forest Heritage Park is one square mile of undeveloped forest and wetland on the Kitsap Peninsula with an extensive trail network. An easy grade and well maintained trails invite all ages and abilities to enjoy this prime section of land.
 
 
Illahee Forest Preserve

Olympic Peninsula -- Kitsap Peninsula

 
2.7 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 210 ft.
Highest Point: 530.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.00
(2 votes)
Explore an undeveloped watershed on well-maintained trails just minutes from town.
 
 
McLane School Forest Trail

Olympic Peninsula -- Olympia

 
1.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 50 ft.
Highest Point: 190.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
0.00
(0 votes)
This multi-use trail, also known as the McLane School Trail, starts at the McLane Elementary School in Olympia. The paved trail goes around the elementary school and includes signs identifying native plant species.
 
 
Cochrane Memorial Park

Olympic Peninsula -- Olympia

 
Rating:
Average rating:
0.00
(0 votes)
Nestled in the City of Yelm, Cochrane Memorial Park offers quiet paths, a catch and release fishing pond, a covered picnic area and an educational interpretive center.