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East Tiger
Average rating:
3.00
(4 votes)
Branch off from the Paw Print Connector to the east side of Tiger Mountain and explore this trail with many access points.
 
Poo Poo Point
Average rating:
3.56
(32 votes)
It's time to go back to high school. Or maybe flight school. This Tiger Mountain path starts at Issaquah High School and ends at Poo Poo Point, where many paraglider pilots learn to fly their featherweight crafts. In between, you'll find wonderful old forests to explore and a grand path to follow.
 
High School Trail
Average rating:
3.50
(2 votes)
Hike from behind the high school in Issaquah to connect with the Adventure Trail, the Section Line Trail, and the Poo Poo Point Trail.
 
Bonneville Trail
Average rating:
3.00
(4 votes)
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Join mountain bikes on this hike with access to many trails all around Tradition Lake, including the Adventure Trail, the Gas Trail, the Wetlands Trail, Section Line Trail, and Bus Trail.
 
Clay Pit Road
Average rating:
2.75
(4 votes)
A short amble along a road in Cougar Mountain Regional Wildland Park.
 
East Fork
Average rating:
3.50
(4 votes)
A quiet forest trail with small creeks and ponds, the Clay Pit vista, mining artifacts, and a deep mineshaft. Don't worry, it's covered by a grate.
 
Fred's Railroad
Average rating:
3.00
(4 votes)
A trail off Clay Pit Road with access to Coal Creek Falls, as well as Shy Bear area, Wilderness Peak, and other areas.
 
Lingering Trail
Average rating:
2.00
(2 votes)
Take a one-mile detour off the High Point Trail until it rejoins the Tiger Mountain Trail. Intersect with Dwight's Way Trail about three-quarters of a mile in.
 
Red Town Creek
Average rating:
2.80
(5 votes)
A very short access trail on Cougar Mountain from the Red Town Trailhead that offers a nice graveled path, and a small waterfall.
 
I-90 Trail
Average rating:
0.00
(0 votes)
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An important route through urban King County, this 10-mile paved trail follows I-90 across Lake Washington, linking Seattle with Bellevue.
 
Mount Ann
Average rating:
0.00
(0 votes)
A scramble up a mountain near Lake Ann. Climbing experience and equipment required.
 
Avalanche Mountain
Average rating:
0.00
(0 votes)
A winter scramble to the summit of a mountain in Snoqualmie Pass. Technical experience and equipment required.
 
Mount St. Helens Summit - Monitor Ridge
Average rating:
3.77
(13 votes)
Mount St. Helens is a peak that should be on every life list. And because it is an active volcano, it is best not to put it off for too long. Climbing to the crater rim is an opportunity to see not only amazing views in every direction, but to see geology raw, unformed and in its making.
 
Ozette Triangle: Cape Alava - Sand Point Loop
Average rating:
4.10
(20 votes)
With sea stacks, sea otters, sea lions, and ocean scenery for as far as you can see, the 9.4-mile Ozette Triangle is one of the finest hikes on the Olympic Coast. Easily accessible and a loop hike, the Triangle (named for the loop's shape) is a perfect introduction to America's wildest coastline south of Alaska. You won't be alone on this section of wilderness beach, however, for Ozette's admirers are legion. But there's plenty of room, and if you venture this way on a winter weekday you might just find yourself alone with the harlequin ducks.
 
Fir Mountain
Average rating:
2.50
(4 votes)
A lightly used trail that can be hard to follow, to the summit of a mountain in Eastern Washington that is the site of a former fire lookout.
 
Melmont Ghost Town
Average rating:
4.00
(2 votes)
A great exploratory hike to an old coal mining ghost town, with views of the underside of the Fairfax bridge.
 
Mount Si via Mount Teneriffe Road Trail
Average rating:
3.00
(8 votes)
An alternate, less steep route to Mount Si
 
Augspurger Trail
Average rating:
2.00
(2 votes)
The Augspurger Mountain Trail offers a great loop option to the popular Dog Mountain Trail. The two trails share the same trailhead, but the Augspurger trail heads off to the west. The way is more gentle, and a 1.5 mile connector trail links the two together. Along the way, enjoy bouncy balsamroot blooms in May and fantastic views of the Columbia River Gorge, Mount Hood and more all year round.
 
Frog Lake - Crab Creek - Marsh Loop Trails
Average rating:
3.00
(4 votes)
By late spring, this area becomes very hot and dry, yet every valley bottom is covered with lush green vegetation and at least a small body of water --be it a creek, a lake, or a largish bog/mosquito hatchery.
 
Kalaloch -Third Beach
Average rating:
0.00
(0 votes)
A hike along the coast on the Olympic Peninsula. Look for plentiful wildlife on this great hike for kids.
 
Kalaloch - Browns Point
Average rating:
3.25
(4 votes)
The wide sandy beaches of Kalaloch are the perfect introduction to the wild Olympic Coast. Although the highway is never far, towering bluffs and hidden coves give this area a remote feeling. Perfect for children and Rover too (dogs are allowed on these beaches, but they must be leashed), spend days exploring this area's extensive tide pools and headlands. The hike to Browns Point, a jumbled collection of rock islands and surf-splashed cliffs, makes a fine half-day objective.
 
Riley Camp
Average rating:
2.75
(4 votes)
This route is the perfect gateway to Mt. Adams spectacular high country on its less-visited western side. It climbs through dense forests, past a small lake, then across Riley Meadows (great campsites!) before joining the PCT. From there you can continue on to Sheep Lake or head off-trail to check out Crystal Lake at the edge of the tree line.
 
Bird Creek Meadows
Average rating:
3.33
(3 votes)
Bird Creek Meadows is a short, easy crowd pleaser. Known for its abundant wildflower meadows, views of Mt. Adams, Mt. Hood and the Hellroaring Canyon, and little creeks, lakes and waterfalls, the trail provides a nice 3-mile loop for hikers.
 
PCT- Harts Pass to Holman Pass
Average rating:
4.00
(1 votes)
Stunning section of the PCT. Starts high and stays high, going from Harts Pass to Windy Pass to Holman Pass.
 
Cathedral Rock
Average rating:
2.89
(9 votes)
Meadows, river, and lakes. Smooth trails, gentle climbs, and lots of grassy pastures in which to rest and relax. This route offers a taste of some of the finest meadows, prettiest lakes, and craggiest mountains in the Alpine Lakes Wilderness, all in a moderate hike along a picturesque ridge.
 
Packwood Lake
Average rating:
3.57
(14 votes)
Sometimes, even the most gung-ho hiker needs a break-just a gentle walk through the woods, followed by a leisurely swim and a relaxing afternoon alongside a cool lake. Packwood Lake is the perfect place to practice this laid-back trail lifestyle, especially late in the spring and early in the autumn when the hordes of summer hikers have gone home, freeing up the lake's popular campsites and excellent fishing opportunities.
 
White River to Sunrise
Average rating:
2.60
(5 votes)
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If you need a hike that stretches your legs, exercises your lungs, and offers a good dose of solitude in a very popular part of the park, check out this route.
 
Horseshoe Basin
Average rating:
3.11
(9 votes)
A land of immense natural beauty teetering on the extreme eastern end of the North Cascades, Horseshoe Basin has long been a favorite destination for backpackers. With sprawling alpine tundra, shimmering tarns, a half-dozen wide-open, easy-to-scramble summits, and spectacular wildlife observing, it's no wonder visitors prefer to spend days here. But Horseshoe Basin's fairly easy approach and gentle terrain make it a dead ringer for day hikers too. You won't be able to experience it all. But you'll get a nice taste-and by traveling lightly in this precious area you'll leave less of an impact than all of those backpackers.
 
Lake Stuart
Average rating:
3.25
(12 votes)
Lake Stuart is an inviting lake beneath the fearsome north face of one of Washington's highest and most imposing peaks. Though not as dramatic as nearby Colchuck Lake, Stuart still serves up plenty of nice scenery, including a close-up of the 9415-foot peak that shares its name. The journey is longer than to Colchuck, but much easier due to Stuart's lower elevation and the gentler topography on the way. Stuart is smaller and shallower than Colchuck, too, but warmer-by late summer, warm enough to even splash in. Try that in nearby Colchuck, whose name means "cold water!"
 
Colchuck Lake
Average rating:
3.90
(29 votes)
Set in a granite bathtub beneath spiraling peaks dabbed with shimmering strings of glacial ice, Colchuck ranks as one of the most beautiful alpine lakes in all of Washington. And one of the most popular too! Can you resist the lure of Colchuck's sparkling cobalt waters? Or being mesmerized by her glacial-scoured surroundings that appear right out of the High Sierra? I didn't think so. But before joining the boot-beating brigade, be forewarned. The hike isn't easy. It involves a knee knocking ascent over some pretty steep and rocky terrain.
 
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