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Spring Hikes with Dogs

When spring fever hits, a hike with your pup can be the best cure. With fewer crowds and moderate temperatures less likely to overhead your buddy, the early season is a great time for hiking with dogs. Get started with one of WTA's suggestions for spring, or find your own using the resources below.

Oscar dog on Middle Fork SnoqualmieWhen spring fever hits, a hike with your pup can be the best cure. With fewer people on trail and moderate temperatures less likely to overheat your buddy, the early season is a great time for hiking with dogs. Get started with one of WTA's suggestions for spring, or find your own using the resources below.

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Lower Gray Wolf River

Lower Gray Wolf River with dog
Hiking the Lower Gray Wolf River trail with a pup. Photo by jhanway

Location: Olympic Peninsula - East
Distance: 8.4 miles round trip

A low woodland hike that starts to come alive with flowers in spring, you’ll go through meadows and dip into the Buckhorn Wilderness before meeting the river and walking along the river bottom into a narrow gorge. It’s long enough to turn into an early season overnight.

>> Read more about the Lower Gray Wolf River in WTA's Hiking Guide

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Dosewallips State Park Steam Donkey Trail

Location: Olympic Peninsula - East
Distance: 3.5 miles round trip

This state park at the mouth of the Dosewallips River near Brinnon has great family camping, beaches, birding and hiking. In winter, you may even get a good glimpse of elk; fall offers the chance to hunt for chantrelles. The 3.5 mile Steam Donkey Trail loops through the forest, along creeks and the Dosewallips River. If you're on the east side of the Olympic Peninsula, this park is definitely worth a stop.

>> Read more about the Steam Donkey Trail on the Dosewallips River in WTA's Hiking Guide

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Ancient Lakes

Ancient Lakes waterfall
A waterfall in the desert? You bet. Plus little lakes, birds and wildlife. Photo by Galiwalker.

Location: Eastern Washington - Wenatchee
Distance:
4.0 miles round trip

South of Wenatchee, an astounding bit of geology has created a hike to a stunning waterfall in the middle of the desert. Spring is the perfect time to take this hike; birds and wildflowers abound, while ticks and rattlesnakes stay scarce.

>> Read more about the Ancient Lakes trail in WTA's Hiking Guide

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Kamiak Butte

The trail up to Kamiak Butte
The trail up to Kamiak Butte. Photo by Natasha

Location: Eastern Washington - Palouse
Distance: 3.5 miles round trip

Just north of Pullman, this short hike in the Palouse climbs through April wildflowers for a summit with sweeping views of rolling hills that seem to go on forever.

>> Read more about the Kamiak Butte trail in WTA's Hiking Guide

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Old Sauk River Trail

White Dog at Old Sauk River trail
With her white fur and red pack, this leashed dog stands out against the mossy green of Old Sauk River Trail. Photo by Whitedog.

Location: North Cascades
Distance: 6.0 miles

On this river hike at the base of the North Cascades, old growth forest will embrace you. Moss, fungi and the sound of the river will keep you and your buddy company the whole way.

>> Read more about the Old Sauk River Trail in WTA's Hiking Guide


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Cedar Butte

The trail up to Cedar Butte
The trail up the rewarding views on Cedar Butte. Photo by sheshe.

Location: Snoqualmie Pass
Distance:
3.0 miles round trip

You have two options from the Iron Horse trailhead just past Rattlesnake Lake. Stroll or run the wide Iron Horse for miles in either direction or catch this short, steep trail to the south and climb to views that rival the more crowded Mount Si and Mailbox Peak.

>> Read more about the Cedar Butte trail in WTA's Hiking Guide

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Hamilton Mountain

Hamilton Mountain
Views abound on Hamilton Mountain in Beacon Rock State Park. Photo by Eli Boschetto.

Location: Columbia Gorge
Distance: 9.0 miles round trip

Mid-April is prime time for wildflowers in Beacon Rock State Park, but most of this 9-mile climb will be snow-free by early March. Enjoy waterfalls on the way and a view of Dog Mountain from the top.

>> Read more about the Hamilton Mountain trail in WTA's Hiking Guide

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