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3901 Hikes
Champion Beach

Snoqualmie Region -- North Bend Area

 
0.4 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 50 ft.
Highest Point: 850.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
0.00
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It's a very short walk from the trailhead to Champion Beach. Along the way, you'll cross a couple of bridges and pass through typical lush Middle Fork forest. The big attraction is the beach, though. It's a big part of the river with beautiful green water and huge rocks. There's lots of room to spread out and tons of trails that lead away from the main beach.
 
 
West Fork Teanaway River

Snoqualmie Region -- Salmon La Sac/Teanaway

 
9.6 miles, one-way
Gain: 2800 ft.
Highest Point: 5750.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
2.40
(5 votes)
Hiking through a deep canyon with a riparian zone, old-growth, and cliffs, this dramatic trail parallels the river with several crossings. In places, it climbs high above the river to avoid cliffs and other obstructions in the deep, rugged canyon.
 
 
Troublesome Mountain

Central Cascades -- Stevens Pass - West

 
Highest Point: 5433.0 ft.
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0.00
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Troublesome Mountain is a modest peak scramble that can be reached via the Index-Galena Road.
 
 
Farrel-McWhirter Trail

Puget Sound and Islands -- Seattle-Tacoma Area

 
Rating:
Average rating:
2.00
(1 vote)
Hikers will appreciate the trails that wind through the park and connect to even more miles of walking.
 
 
Monkey Bear Falls

Central Cascades -- Entiat Mountains/Lake Chelan

 
5.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 200 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
2.60
(5 votes)
Hike this lovely, flat trail in the forests of the North Cascades to a quiet waterfall about 2.5 miles from Holden Village.
 
 
Frink Park

Puget Sound and Islands -- Seattle-Tacoma Area

 
1.3 miles of trails
Gain: 400 ft.
Highest Point: 300.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
0.00
(0 votes)
Explore the vivid green ravine that makes up Frink Park. The network of trails connect Frink Park with the adjoining Leschi Park. Enjoy wandering beneath towering cedar trees, along the babbling creek and even through a rhododendron glen that blossoms in the spring.
 
 
Nason Ridge

Central Cascades -- Stevens Pass - East

 
21.9 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 3800 ft.
Highest Point: 6200.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.75
(8 votes)
Hike a trail that traverses Nason Ridge. Along the way, you'll enjoy panoramic views of the surrounding summits, as well as access to an old fire lookout.
 
 
Pacific Crest Trail (PCT) - Chinook Pass to Snoqualmie Pass

Mount Rainier Area -- Chinook Pass - Hwy 410

 
63.3 miles, one-way
Gain: 8600 ft.
Highest Point: 6400.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
0.00
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Connect between the Mount Rainier area and Snoqualmie Pass along the Pacific Crest Trail (PCT). Travel over rolling hills through forests and clear cut areas with views of Mt. Rainier.
 
 
Hardscrabble Creek

Central Cascades -- Blewett Pass

 
3.7 miles, one-way
Gain: 2000 ft.
Highest Point: 5900.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.40
(5 votes)
Hardscrabble Creek connects the Ingalls Creek drainage with the Wenatchee Mountain crest. Steep and difficult to follow, it has no trailhead, but rather begins at a junction with the Ingalls Creek trail, 8.5 miles from the Ingalls Creek Trailhead.
 
 
Gem Lake

Snoqualmie Region -- Snoqualmie Pass

 
10.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 1800 ft.
Highest Point: 4857.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.36
(33 votes)
Gem Lake is nestled at the foot of Wright Mountain and is about two miles beyond the trail junction at Rock Creek trail #1013.1 that intersects with the Snow Lake trail starting at Alpental. Beautiful colors surround the lake in autumn as do the many climbable peaks in the area.
 
 
Pass Lake

North Cascades -- Mountain Loop Highway

 
1.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 300 ft.
Highest Point: 3900.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.75
(4 votes)
 
This trail goes through old-growth timber and meadows, eventually ending at 2.4-acre Pass Lake. This nine-foot-deep lake offers fair fishing.
 
 
Shellrock Pass

North Cascades -- Pasayten

 
4.0 miles, one-way
Rating:
Average rating:
2.75
(4 votes)
The Shellrock Pass trail has not been maintained for 25 years. However, the way is relatively easy to follow if you have a map and are familiar with cross-country travel.
 
 
Reynolds Creek

North Cascades -- Methow/Sawtooth

 
Rating:
Average rating:
3.00
(5 votes)
 
Reynolds Creek is an unmaintained trail within the Lake Chelan-Sawtooth Wilderness.
 
 
Port of Skagit Trails

Puget Sound and Islands -- Bellingham Area

 
10.0 miles of trails
Rating:
Average rating:
3.00
(2 votes)
This small network of trails between Anacortes and Burlington offers a nice outing for kids and adults alike.
 
 
White River to Sunrise

Mount Rainier Area -- NE - Sunrise/White River

 
6.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 2100 ft.
Highest Point: 6400.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
2.60
(5 votes)
A short but steep climb on the Wonderland Trail from a campground in Mount Rainier National Park to the Sunrise Visitor Center area.
 
 
Wonderland Trail - Ipsut Creek to Mystic Lake

Mount Rainier Area -- NW - Carbon River/Mowich

 
24.5 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 5500 ft.
Highest Point: 6000.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
0.00
(0 votes)
A section of the Wonderland Trail between Ipsut Creek and Mystic Lake, starting from the Carbon River trailhead.
 
 
Sunrise to Carbon River Traverse

Mount Rainier Area -- NE - Sunrise/White River

 
13.7 miles, one-way
Gain: 5200 ft.
Highest Point: 6700.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.00
(1 vote)
A section of the scenic Wonderland Trail, enjoy views of Mount Rainier and the Carbon Glacier, numerous creek crossings, and meadows as you connect between Sunrise and the Carbon River.
 
 
Fourth Creek

Snoqualmie Region -- Salmon La Sac/Teanaway

 
3.6 miles, one-way
Gain: 1300 ft.
Highest Point: 5600.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.60
(5 votes)
Accessible from the Beverly Turnpike trail or from the Ingalls Creek trail, Fourth Creek is a hiker-only trail that connects Beverly Turnpike with the Ingalls Creek trail and allows hikers to create loops in the popular Teanaway area.
 
 
Wonderland Trail - Mowich to Longmire

Mount Rainier Area -- NW - Carbon River/Mowich

 
34.0 miles, one-way
Gain: 10521 ft.
Highest Point: 6000.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.00
(1 vote)
A section of the Wonderland Trail. It is a strenuous hike with ample elevation gain and loss through lowland forests, valleys, into high alpine and sub-alpine areas. You move through forests with moss and ferns, wildflower-filled rolling meadows, and along hillsides covered in beargrass and thick with huckleberry bushes.
 
 
West Butte

Eastern Washington -- Palouse and Blue Mountains

 
11.8 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 3100 ft.
Highest Point: 5504.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.50
(4 votes)
Descend into the heart of the Wenaha-Tucannon Wilderness from the historic Godman Guard Station, crossing through the Rainbow Creek Research Natural Area.
 
 
Monte Carlo via Middle Fork Camp

South Cascades -- Mount Adams Area

 
6.3 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 1860 ft.
Highest Point: 4040.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
5.00
(1 vote)
The Monte Cristo Range just north of Willard offers quiet forest, and miles of solitary rambling. There are a myriad of ways to access this trail network, including this one, which starts in the middle of the mountains.
 
 
Mount Grant Preserve

Puget Sound and Islands -- San Juan Islands

 
4.6 miles of trails
Gain: 900 ft.
Highest Point: 900.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
5.00
(2 votes)
Mount Grant Preserve is a trail system in development on San Juan Island. Currently, the trails to the top offer the most elevation gain available on San Juan Island, so you'll love this one if you're looking to get high up.
 
 
Talapus and Olallie Lakes

Snoqualmie Region -- Snoqualmie Pass

 
6.2 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 1220 ft.
Highest Point: 3780.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.93
(112 votes)
With a moderate grade on a wide trail, the hike to Talapus Lake is the perfect introduction to the outdoors for hikers and beginning backpackers. Upon arrival at Talapus, break out lunch or pitch camp. Either way, you can cool off in the large lake. If you feel like pressing on, Ollalie Lake is just about a mile and a half up trail, where open campsites offer lakeside havens with calm waters and views of a beautiful lake basin.
 
 
Rattlesnake Mountain

Snoqualmie Region -- North Bend Area

 
10.5 miles, one-way
Gain: 2520 ft.
Highest Point: 3500.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.63
(41 votes)
If you've hiked to Rattlesnake Ledges and beyond from Rattlesnake Lake, this is a delightful alternative. Thanks to the handiwork of various groups in the outdoor community, hikers can now reach Rattlesnake Mountain from the west, starting from a trailhead at Snoqualmie Point.
 
 
Lake Whatcom Park - Chanterelle Trail

Puget Sound and Islands -- Bellingham Area

 
4.8 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 1000 ft.
Highest Point: 1314.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.29
(7 votes)
Enjoy a steep trail to a summit east of Lake Whatcom with gorgeous views of Puget Sound and the surrounding mountains.
 
 
Pratt River Trail

Snoqualmie Region -- North Bend Area

 
13.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 1500 ft.
Highest Point: 2240.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.00
(2 votes)
This entry describes the most direct approach to the Pratt River Trail, which starts by fording the Middle Fork Snoqualmie River.
 
 
Pratt Connector to Pratt River Trail

Snoqualmie Region -- North Bend Area

 
6.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 100 ft.
Highest Point: 900.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.50
(18 votes)
Hikers used to have one option on the Middle Fork Trail; cross the bridge and head upstream along the main Middle Fork Trail. Thanks to work done by WTA and Mountains to Sound Greenway, hikers can now turn right (downstream) on the fine new Pratt Connector Trail. At a junction one-quarter mile in, a boot path leads to Rainy Lake and Preacher Mountain. Just a short drive from civilization, this is a good moderate choice if you're seeking a relaxing, riverside ramble.
 
 
Cape Alava Loop (Ozette Triangle)

Olympic Peninsula -- Pacific Coast

 
9.4 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 100 ft.
Highest Point: 350.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.21
(52 votes)
The Ozette Indian Reservation is closed to the public. Hiking north past the campsites at Cape Alava is prohibited.
The Cape Alava Loop (Ozette Triangle) is two hikes in one: a forest stroll and a walk on the beach. Take the Cape Alava Trail out to the beach and back for a 6.2 mile hike, or continue south along the beach to connect up with the Sand Point Trail for a 9.4 mile loop.
 
 
Nooksack Cirque

North Cascades -- Mount Baker Area

 
9.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 640 ft.
Highest Point: 2840.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
2.80
(5 votes)
This unique, low-elevation hike follows the North Fork Nooksack River to spectacular scenery near the base of Mount Shuksan. This is a great late summer or early fall hike when Ruth Creek is low enough to ford. Keep in mind the limited maintenance this trail sees -- you may be in for a brushbash.
 
 
Middle Fork Snoqualmie River

Snoqualmie Region -- North Bend Area

 
12.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 200 ft.
Highest Point: 1100.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.78
(32 votes)
4/2/2021: Trail closed - this trail remains closed to hikers. A contractor is working on a reroute and heavy machinery poses a danger to hikers
This long, meandering hike heads upstream along the Middle Fork of the Snoqualmie River, offering a long day hike, or a great beginning backpacking experience.