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3961 Hikes

Snoqualmie Region > North Bend Area

 
4.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 1160 ft.
Highest Point: 2078 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.05
(370 votes)
  • Wildflowers/Meadows
  • Mountain views
  • Dogs allowed on leash
  • Ridges/passes
  • Summits
  • Good for kids
  • Lakes
This is a fine hike on a well maintained, albeit busy trail through a cool forest with views of the Cedar River watershed, Mount Si, Mount Washington, Rattlesnake Lake and Chester Morse Lake.
 
 

Central Cascades > Stevens Pass - West

 
5.6 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 1300 ft.
Highest Point: 1500 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.11
(291 votes)
  • Mountain views
  • Dogs allowed on leash
  • Waterfalls
  • Old growth
  • Good for kids
  • Lakes
  • Rivers
An accessible hike for seasoned veterans and neophytes alike, Wallace Falls provides visitors with breathtaking views of the Wallace River and the surrounding falls on a relatively low difficulty, scenic 5.6 mile round-trip. Although well attended and often busy, the trail stands as a true showcase of the diversity and majestic beauty that the Central Cascades can offer to hikers who journey into the heart of this sublime mountain range.
 
 

Olympic Peninsula > Hood Canal

 
6.8 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 600 ft.
Highest Point: 3100 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.31
(13 votes)
  • Wildflowers/Meadows
  • Dogs allowed on leash
  • Established campsites
  • Old growth
  • Good for kids
  • Rivers
The Upper Dungeness River trail is an easy stroll along a roaring river and among towering trees. It’s great for all ages (as long as the trail is snow- and ice-free), and the shelter at Camp Handy is a welcome and dry lunch destination on rainy days.
 
 

Eastern Washington > Palouse and Blue Mountains

 
5.4 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 2500 ft.
Highest Point: 5200 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
0.00
(0 votes)
  • Wildflowers/Meadows
  • Ridges/passes
  • Dogs allowed on leash
A short, steep climb out of the Tucannon River valley up to National Forest Road 4022
 
 

Olympic Peninsula > Pacific Coast

 
7.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 1400 ft.
Highest Point: 650 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.10
(10 votes)
  • Wildflowers/Meadows
  • Wildlife
  • Good for kids
  • Dogs not allowed
  • Rivers
Take a short but very scenic hike starting from the Altair campground in Olympic National Park. Traverse along the edge of the Elwha River, recently free-flowing thanks to the removal of the Glines Canyon Dam.
 
 

Issaquah Alps > Squak Mountain

 
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0.00
(0 votes)
 
 

North Cascades > North Cascades Highway - Hwy 20

 
1.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 0 ft.
Highest Point: 300 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
0.00
(0 votes)
  • Wildlife
  • Good for kids
  • Rivers
This is a nice little leg stretcher just off the North Cascades Highway. Especially good in winter, when the highway is closed, and the eagles are feeding along the Skagit River.
 
 

Mount Rainier Area > Chinook Pass - Hwy 410

 
2.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 473 ft.
Highest Point: 5238 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.15
(13 votes)
  • Mountain views
  • Dogs allowed on leash
  • Summits
  • Good for kids
Reaching the summit of Suntop can require considerable energy (a 16-mile hike), or it can be a simple 2-mile walk, depending on whether or not the 2 gates are open. Wide views of Mount Rainier and the White River valley below are worth it either way.
 
 

Issaquah Alps > Cougar Mountain

 
Rating:
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0.00
(0 votes)
 
 

Issaquah Alps > Tiger Mountain

 
1.5 miles, one-way
Gain: 200 ft.
Highest Point: 1750 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
0.00
(0 votes)
  • Old growth
  • Dogs allowed on leash
This well-built and mostly level trail runs connects the Iverson Railroad trail (shared Mountain bike) with the Tiger Mountain Trail at Zieg's Zag, It's about 1.5 miles from the Iverson trail to the TMT. This is in the area connecting the Highway 18 Tiger Summit trailhead and the South Tiger Loop area.
 
 

Eastern Washington > Spokane Area/Coeur d'Alene

 
25.0 miles of trails
Rating:
Average rating:
4.50
(2 votes)
  • Wildflowers/Meadows
  • Mountain views
  • Wildlife
  • Good for kids
  • Dogs allowed on leash
  • Fall foliage
  • Rivers
Trail 25 is the main artery that runs through Riverside State Park. Loop options abound here, as do out-and-backs, or just short wanderings.
 
 

Eastern Washington > Spokane Area/Coeur d'Alene

 
15.0 miles of trails
Highest Point: 3366 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
5.00
(1 vote)
  • Wildflowers/Meadows
  • Mountain views
  • Wildlife
  • Summits
  • Good for kids
  • Dogs allowed on leash
  • Fall foliage
Acquired in four phases through Spokane County’s Conservation Futures Program, with additional funding secured through the Washington State Recreation and Conservation Office, the Antoine Peak Conservation Area offers fantastic views overlooking Liberty Lake, the Spokane Valley, and north to Mount Spokane and the Selkirk Range.
 
 

Eastern Washington > Spokane Area/Coeur d'Alene

 
3.46 miles of trails
Gain: 670 ft.
Highest Point: 2920 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.00
(1 vote)
  • Wildflowers/Meadows
  • Mountain views
  • Wildlife
  • Good for kids
  • Dogs allowed on leash
  • Fall foliage
Antoine Peak's Canfield Gulch is the east side access to this 1,296 acre conservation area.
 
 

Eastern Washington > Spokane Area/Coeur d'Alene

 
1.23 miles, roundtrip
Highest Point: 1880 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.40
(5 votes)
  • Wildflowers/Meadows
  • Dogs allowed on leash
  • Good for kids
  • Lakes
  • Fall foliage
Bear Lake Regional Park has a short hiking trail and is a popular spot for families.
 
 

South Cascades > Dark Divide

 
4.8 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 2100 ft.
Highest Point: 4000 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.75
(12 votes)
  • Dogs allowed on leash
  • Lakes
  • Established campsites
  • Waterfalls
Although this is a short hike, it's a decent challenge because it's a narrow, steep trail. The terrain is interesting, with waterfalls and its trademark basalt columns. If you like solitude, this is the trail for you.
 
 

Eastern Washington > Spokane Area/Coeur d'Alene

 
Rating:
Average rating:
0.00
(0 votes)
  • Wildflowers/Meadows
  • Mountain views
  • Wildlife
  • Good for kids
  • Dogs allowed on leash
  • Fall foliage
  • Rivers
One of several short connector trails within the vast trail network of Riverside State Park.
 
 

Puget Sound and Islands > Seattle-Tacoma Area

 
0.5 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 0 ft.
Highest Point: 39 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
0.00
(0 votes)
  • Wildlife
  • Good for kids
Families will enjoy this small community park in the city of Woodinville. Take a walk in the woods along a half-mile boardwalk loop trail or blow off some steam on the playground pr climbing boulder.
 
 

Eastern Washington > Palouse and Blue Mountains

 
5.6 miles, one-way
Gain: 2500 ft.
Highest Point: 5600 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.20
(5 votes)
  • Wildflowers/Meadows
  • Ridges/passes
  • Wildlife
  • Established campsites
  • Mountain views
  • Dogs allowed on leash
  • Rivers
Wildflowers, wildlife, and great views of Eastern Washington’s wild Blue Mountains: the Panjab Loop Trail offers it all.
 
 

South Cascades > White Pass/Cowlitz River Valley

 
4.5 miles, one-way
Gain: 1200 ft.
Highest Point: 4080 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
0.00
(0 votes)
  • Mountain views
  • Old growth
  • Dogs allowed on leash

Skate Creek Road (FR-52) is closed from milepost 5.7 (north end) to milepost 18.5 (south end) for the winter.

This lesser known hike connects two forest service roads via a gentle trail that takes visitors through a shady forest of old growth.
 
 

Snoqualmie Region > North Bend Area

 
5.4 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 4000 ft.
Highest Point: 4822 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.41
(140 votes)
  • Summits
  • Wildflowers/Meadows
  • Mountain views
  • Dogs allowed on leash
  • Old growth

The upper Mailbox trailhead closed. The lower trailhead is open but may have unconsolidated snow or compacted snow & ice. High-clearance vehicles with AWD/4WD recommended.

You may have heard Mailbox Peak mentioned in slightly hushed tones, the kind reserved for stories about some legendary storm or a bad accident. What inspires such reverence? The original route, which entails 4,000 feet of climbing in less than three miles. The newer, gentler trail takes twice as much distance to achieve the summit, but nothing will permanently erase the original trail's fearsome reputation.
 
 

Snoqualmie Region > North Bend Area

 
9.4 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 4000 ft.
Highest Point: 4822 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.22
(104 votes)
  • Mountain views
  • Dogs allowed on leash
  • Summits
  • Fall foliage

The upper Mailbox trailhead closed. The lower trailhead is open but may have unconsolidated snow or compacted snow & ice. High-clearance vehicles with AWD/4WD recommended.

While still relatively steep, this new route up Mailbox Peak, built in part with help from WTA volunteers, offers a safer and more easily navigable way for folks to summit this formidable peak than the old trail.
 
 

Snoqualmie Region > North Bend Area

 
8.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 3150 ft.
Highest Point: 3900 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.00
(257 votes)
  • Mountain views
  • Old growth
  • Summits
  • Wildlife
  • Dogs allowed on leash

This trailhead is open but may have unconsolidated snow or compacted snow & ice. High-clearance vehicles with AWD/4WD recommended.

There are many reasons – besides its proximity to Seattle – why Mount Si is the most popular hike in the state: beautiful views, wildlife (some of it not so wild), old growth forest, and a dramatic summit worthy of a more remote peak. Rising dramatically above the Snoqualmie Valley, it serves as a literal and figurative gateway to the Cascades for thousands of hikers.
 
 

Snoqualmie Region > North Bend Area

 
3.7 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 1300 ft.
Highest Point: 1550 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.64
(184 votes)
  • Mountain views
  • Dogs allowed on leash
  • Good for kids

This trailhead is open but may have unconsolidated snow or compacted snow & ice. High-clearance vehicles with AWD/4WD recommended.

Companion piece to neighbor and big brother Mount Si, the small rocky bluff known as Little Si is a moderate grade 3.7 mile trail located in the hike rich North Bend area. Although relatively steep inclines bookend this hike, this primarily North/South route is perfect for beginners who are looking to get back in shape, while still accommodating veterans with opportunities to cut away on the Boulder Garden Loop (at .3 miles and .5 miles) to merge with the more challenging Mount Si trail. Expect crowds, even in winter, as New Year’s resolutions (the two Si mountains are sometimes colloquially referred to as the “Resolution Peaks” for the deluge of hikers that appear after January 1st), proximity to the city and a degree of refuge from the elements often divert heavy foot traffic to this mini-mountain to keep it busy year round.
 
 

North Cascades > Pasayten

 
31.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 4000 ft.
Highest Point: 6700 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.00
(4 votes)
  • Wildflowers/Meadows
  • Mountain views
  • Dogs allowed on leash
  • Summits
  • Ridges/passes
Dive deep into the heart of the Pasayten Wilderness on the Andrews Creek trail. Walk along Andrews Creek through a burn zone. Connect to the Boundary trail after passing through a lush meadow of wildflowers.
 
 

Mount Rainier Area > SW - Longmire/Paradise

 
0.2 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 100 ft.
Highest Point: 4650 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.75
(8 votes)
  • Dogs not allowed
  • Rivers
  • Good for kids
  • Waterfalls
If you’ve been to Mount Rainier’s Paradise, you may be familiar with Narada Falls, and the short hike down to its popular viewpoint. But are you aware of the other trails this short hike connects to? Do you wonder what ‘Narada’ means? Read on to find out.
 
 

Mount Rainier Area > SW - Longmire/Paradise

 
6.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 2150 ft.
Highest Point: 5850 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.35
(26 votes)
  • Wildflowers/Meadows
  • Mountain views
  • Ridges/passes
  • Dogs not allowed
  • Waterfalls
  • Rivers
Follow tumbling, churning, Van Trump Creek upstream past spectacular Bloucher Falls and Comet Falls, to an alpine meadow featuring views of Mount Rainier and easy wandering. For an added treat, hike two extra miles for a stunning view of the barren Kautz Creek valley from Mildred Point.
 
 

Mount Rainier Area > SW - Longmire/Paradise

 
2.8 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 660 ft.
Highest Point: 3650 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.83
(18 votes)
  • Wildflowers/Meadows
  • Mountain views
  • Waterfalls
  • Old growth
  • Good for kids
  • Dogs not allowed
  • Rivers
Cougar Rock to Carter Falls is a moderate and readily accessible segment of the Wonderland Trail that packs stunning mountain vistas, river views, waterfalls, wildflowers, old growth, and edible berries into just 1.3 miles of family-friendly hiking in Mount Rainier National Park.
 
 

Puget Sound and Islands > Whidbey Island

 
0.6 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 120 ft.
Highest Point: 273 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
0.00
(0 votes)
  • Dogs not allowed
  • Good for kids
Combine local art with nature on a stroll through Price Sculpture Forest.
 
 

Puget Sound and Islands > Seattle-Tacoma Area

 
5.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 200 ft.
Highest Point: 300 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.10
(20 votes)
  • Wildflowers/Meadows
  • Mountain views
  • Wildlife
  • Old growth
  • Good for kids
  • Dogs allowed on leash
  • Fall foliage
  • Coast
As the largest urban park in Pierce County, the network of roads and trails weaving through the forest preserve provides a quiet retreat for joggers, cyclists, and hikers.
 
 

Snoqualmie Region > North Bend Area

 
2.6 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 500 ft.
Highest Point: 1000 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.15
(219 votes)
  • Old growth
  • Rivers
  • Good for kids
  • Dogs allowed on leash
  • Waterfalls
Visit a trio (yes, trio) of waterfalls just off I-90 on this sure-to-please short trail, perfect for families.