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Columbia Hills State Park
Average rating:
3.75
(4 votes)
This natural preserve managed by the Washington State Department of Natural Resources (DNR) is a huge 6000-acre area along the top portion of the long rolling hills and ridges known as the Columbia Hills, extending from The Dalles Mountain area westward.
 
Pratt Lake Basin
Average rating:
3.62
(8 votes)
The path to Pratt Lake was once a braided super highway, at times more than 10 feet wide. Hardly the stuff of wilderness. But Washington Trails Association (WTA) volunteers stepped in and rebuilt the trail. Not only did they rebuild the tread to channel all hikers onto the proper path, they decommissioned all the unauthorized secondary trails, creating a new single track worthy of a pristine wild area. Hikers can now stroll easily up this picturesque trail to the pretty Pratt Lake basin.
 
Rock Trail
Average rating:
0.00
(0 votes)
The Rock Trail is one of WTA's signature projects, built from scratch thanks to our partnerships with various organizations in the area, including Larrabee State Park and Chuckanut Conservancy.
 
Rainy Lake
Average rating:
3.67
(6 votes)
This is an abandoned trail that heads south along Rainy Creek off of the downstream section of the Middle Fork Snoqualmie Trail up to Rainy Lake. The lake is popular among fisherman, since it is home to lots of trout, but be warned -- route-finding skills are a must on this trip.
 
Pratt Connector
Average rating:
3.12
(8 votes)
While most hikers cross the bridge and go left heading upstream along the main Middle Fork Trail, hikers can now turn right (downstream) on the fine new Pratt Connector Trail. At Rainy Creek one-quarter miles in, a boot path leads to Rainy Lake and Preacher Mountain. Just a short drive from civilization, very flat and easy until far up the Pratt Valley, this is a good choice if you're not the strongest hiker, recovering from an injury, your dog is old, or the weather's bad.
 
Diablo Lake
Average rating:
3.40
(5 votes)
Follow the Diablo Lake Trail up and across talus slopes on the flanks of Sourdough Mountain to impressive cascading waterfalls and stunning views of Ross Lake and Colonial, Pyramid, Davis Peaks, as well as Jack Mountain.
 
Otter Falls - Taylor River
Average rating:
4.06
(32 votes)
Lose yourself in second-growth forest as you traverse an old logging road that heads into quiet wilderness just an hour from the urban sprawl of Puget Sound. Enjoy the sounds of water rushing and birds singing. Explore mossy boulders and cross multiple burbling creeks, even do a small amount of cross-country travel on the way to the piece de resistance – a 1,200 foot waterfall that streams into tiny Lipsy Lake before draining to the Taylor River.
 
Salmo - Priest Loop
Average rating:
2.83
(6 votes)
Hike into the heart of Colville's Salmo-Priest Wilderness -- so remote that even grizzly bears have been spotted here. This is high country, with some of the most impressive old growth stands this side of the Cascades. You'll experience old growth cedar, moss, ferns and wildflowers galore. But the vistas are pure Inland Northwest - vast views of the Selkirks and the Upper Priest River Valley.
 
Spider Gap - Buck Creek Pass Loop
Average rating:
3.89
(9 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.
 
Twin Lakes
Average rating:
3.00
(2 votes)
This is a prime example of a desert hiking area that offers many hours of slow wandering and contemplation of the unique environment, even though the mileage isn't as great as some other areas. You'll find exciting geological formations and history as you explore the huge canyon/coulee that holds the Twin Lakes.
 
Lacamas Park - Lacamas Creek
Average rating:
5.00
(1 votes)
Lacamas Lake Park is a diverse natural area with a surprisingly 'wild' feel for a park this close to town. Picnic by the lake, check out the Camas meadow in bloom, or explore the forest and creeks along the many trails. This hike describes a "lollipop" loop starting at the south end of the park, visiting the Lower Falls, then circling around through the park past Round Lake and returning along Lacamas Creek.
 
Lacamas Park - Round Lake to Lower Falls
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0.00
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Hidden Lake Lookout
Average rating:
3.77
(13 votes)
This laborious trail will test your endurance, but the scenic payoff far outweighs the effort to get there. And if you're lucky, you can reserve the cabin for an unforgettable overnight adventure. Take heed, however that this trail can be snow-covered and hazardous into midsummer. And if weather threatens, save this trip for another day.
 
Catherine Creek - Universal Access Trail
Average rating:
3.00
(6 votes)
Catherine Creek is an area of unique natural beauty and is of great botanical significance. Over ninety species of wildflowers can be found in the area, from grass widow, which blankets the ground as early as February, to western ladies' tresses, which may bloom into July.
 
Whiskey Dick Wildlife Area - Backcountry Trail
Average rating:
0.00
(0 votes)
This is a fairly flat route with views of Mount Rainier and a diverse mixture of flowers in the spring. Look for hillsides tinted pink in May as Big Headed Clover and Hedgehog Cacti bloom on the slopes.
 
Whiskey Dick Wildlife Area - Bitterroot Trail
Average rating:
0.00
(0 votes)
If you want to take a quick hike near the Renewable Energy Center of the Wild Horse Wind and Solar Facility, then this is your trail. The trail descends through rigid sage, balsamroot, buckwheat, and bitterroot which thrive in the thin rocky soil on the hillside.
 
Union Bay Nature Area
Average rating:
0.00
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Seattle has many pocket parks and natural areas where native species of floral and fauna make their home. The Union Bay Nature Area is one of these wonderful little spots that offers a natural environment within easy reach of many city dwellers.
 
High, exposed ridgelines on this trail make this steep climb a difficult one, but it offers hikers commanding views of the wind facility as well as the Columbia Basin.
 
Whiskey Dick Wildlife Area - Bluebird Trail
Average rating:
0.00
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Hike up a sheltered canyon along the Q-line turbines. Bluebirds, deer, elk, jack rabbits, and coyotes also seek shelter here, and in the spring the dry creek bed will be teeming with life.
 
Lewis River Falls
Average rating:
0.00
(0 votes)
Hike to a series of gorgeous waterfalls along the Lewis River.
 
Blanca Lake
Average rating:
4.24
(54 votes)
Visit one of the most striking lakes in the aptly named Alpine Lakes wilderness. The vibrant blue of the glacier-fed lake provides the perfect rest stop for hikers who have braved the thirty-odd, steep switchbacks that lead to the lake.
 
Manastash Lake
Average rating:
3.50
(2 votes)
This is a great option in the shoulder season, especially springtime, when there is still too much snow for dirtbikers to make it up to the lake.
 
Antoine Peak
Average rating:
2.00
(3 votes)
Hike along forested trails to a peak overlooking the Spokane valley.
 
Iron Goat Trail Snowshoe
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0.00
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WTA does not recommend winter use on the Iron Goat Trail due to avalanche danger and lack of parking. The Iron Goat Scenic Interpretive Site is also closed in winter.
 
Iron Goat Trail
Average rating:
3.00
(5 votes)
Whether a summer hike or a winter snowshoe, the former grade of the Great Northern Railway, and Seattle’s first railroad connection to the East, makes a pleasant mountain ramble easily accessible from either side of the Cascades.
 
Umtanum Creek Falls
Average rating:
3.17
(6 votes)
A diversity of landscape and ecosystems are found along this canyon trek. Starting high and hiking downhill, the route begins in open, Douglas fir forest and ends in sagebrush and scrub grass desert canyons.
 
Squak Mountain
Average rating:
3.17
(6 votes)
This forested park, a wilderness with glimpses of Issaquah below, has miles of winding trails alongside bubbling creeks and narrow ravines. There are several trail loop options on this 2,024-foot-high mountain. With multi-use trails and a natural area, hikers have plenty to explore in this quiet sanctuary outside of Issaquah.
 
Deschutes River
Average rating:
0.00
(0 votes)
The loop trail combines three of the four trails in the park and takes you along the river a short distance before hiking up the canyon's slopes with increasing views to the 750 foot highpoint.
 
Big Chief Mountain
Average rating:
2.00
(3 votes)
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A hike up to the highest point on the Stevens Pass Ski Area.
 
Hardy and Rodney Falls
Average rating:
3.00
(4 votes)
If the long, rocky loop around the summit of Hamilton Mountain is too much, don't despair. There are alternative hikes in the area, and the trail to the twin cascades of Hardy and Rodney Falls is hands down the best option.
 
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