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3890 Hikes
Sol Duc Falls

Olympic Peninsula -- Northern Coast

 
1.6 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 200 ft.
Highest Point: 1951.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.95
(21 votes)
Marvel at old-growth trees amid a lush rain forest landscape while visiting one of Olympic National Park’s most beloved attractions: Sol Duc Falls.
 
 
Fremont Lookout

Mount Rainier Area -- NE - Sunrise/White River

 
5.6 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 1200 ft.
Highest Point: 7200.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.57
(53 votes)
The two-story frame cabin of Mount Fremont, built in 1934, provides an opportunity to reminisce about the time when watchmen stood guard over the forest, with an eye out for wildfires.
 
 
Blue Lake

North Cascades -- North Cascades Highway - Hwy 20

 
4.4 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 1050 ft.
Highest Point: 6254.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.36
(66 votes)
Highway 20 Closure: Highway 20 is closed between Silver Star (Milepost 170) and Early Winter Campground (Mileposte 177) while crews fight an active wildfire in the area. This closure is dated 7.12.21
At 6254 feet, Blue Lake sits quietly a little over two trail miles from Highway 20. With towering granite peaks, forests, meadows, wildflowers, and of course the beautiful mountain lake surrounded by granite that reaches for the sky, this short hike is easily a classic and should be on your must-hike list. With only 1050 feet of elevation gain this hike is doable for almost everyone. If you’re driving over Highway 20 and don’t have all day, stop for this mountain gem.
 
 
Moran State Park - Mount Constitution via Mountain Lake

Puget Sound and Islands -- San Juan Islands

 
6.7 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 1500 ft.
Highest Point: 2410.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.30
(23 votes)
While it's possible to drive the the summit of Mount Constitution, you can also hike there. You'll begin and end at Mountain Lake and, along the way, you'll enjoy walking through forest as well as sweeping views of the San Juan Islands.
 
 
Pacific Northwest Trail

Puget Sound and Islands

 
1200.0 miles, one-way
Highest Point: 7580.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.00
(3 votes)
The Pacific Northwest Trail is a 1200-mile linear park that stretches from Glacier National Park in Montana to Cape Alava on the Pacific Ocean in the Olympic National Park.
 
 
Green Lake

Mount Rainier Area -- NW - Carbon River/Mowich

 
9.6 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 1500 ft.
Highest Point: 3270.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.10
(31 votes)
The Green Lake Trail is a moderately strenuous but relatively short hike to a pocket lake set among a rare high-elevation rain forest. The trail's wide, ambitious grade rewards accordingly for your efforts, ascending through stands of humbling firs, passing a picturesque waterfall, and ending on the shore of a lovely mountain lake.
 
 
Shadow Lake - Sunrise Camp Loop

Mount Rainier Area -- NE - Sunrise/White River

 
3.7 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 200 ft.
Highest Point: 5400.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.36
(14 votes)
This sweet little loop leaves from the Sunrise Visitor Center at Mount Rainier and encompasses a lovely little lake, an unexpected campsite, and views of the mountain's eastern flanks and glaciers.
 
 
Sword Fern Trail

Southwest Washington -- Lewis River Region

 
7.6 miles, roundtrip
Rating:
Average rating:
0.00
(0 votes)
This 2.5 mile long horseshoe trail is part of a nice 8 mile lollipop loop in the Yacolt Burn State Forest. Expect a shaded section of trail and to share the way with mountain bikers.
 
 
North Fork Sauk River

North Cascades -- Mountain Loop Highway

 
11.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 1000 ft.
Highest Point: 2800.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.12
(8 votes)
Some trails go to lakes, some to high viewpoints. This trail is all about the forest, and what a forest it is! Old-growth trees reach for the sky on either side of a brush-free trail, since understory is minimal when the big old trees block out the light. Find fantastic mushrooms here in the fall and forest wildflowers in the spring and early summer.
 
 
Heliotrope Ridge

North Cascades -- Mount Baker Area

 
5.5 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 1400 ft.
Highest Point: 5100.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.44
(45 votes)
If you'd like nose-to-nose access to Mount Baker, this first-rate woodsy walk delivers. Over a relatively short, well-maintained trail with mild elevation gain, you can be glacier-side in no time... if the creek crossings allow.
 
 
Lake Sacajawea

Southwest Washington -- Long Beach Area

 
3.5 miles, roundtrip
Rating:
Average rating:
4.00
(5 votes)
Known as the jewel of Longview, this man-made lake in Southwest Washington is a delightful way to spend a couple of hours. Maple trees blaze red, orange and yellow in autumn, willows provide shade in spring, and the stark skeletons of those trees stand out against grey skies in winter. With various bridges crossing it, it's possible to venture all the way around it, or create smaller loops as needed
 
 
Seward Park

Puget Sound and Islands -- Seattle-Tacoma Area

 
2.4 miles, roundtrip
Rating:
Average rating:
4.00
(14 votes)
Are you a naturalist seeking to observe local flora and fauna? A trail runner in need of a place to train when you can’t make it to the mountains? A dog owner looking for a place to walk with your furry friend? A parent hoping to introduce a child to the wonderful outdoors? Or maybe just a busy urban dweller searching for a quick escape from the hustle and bustle of city life? If you fit any of these descriptions, then look no further. Seward Park is the place for you!
 
 
Juanita Bay Park

Puget Sound and Islands -- Seattle-Tacoma Area

 
2.0 miles of trails
Rating:
Average rating:
2.50
(2 votes)
Birdwatchers will delight in the wide variety of winded beasts to see at Juanita Bay Park. The 110-acre urban wildlife habitat area consists of five major plant communities, including wet meadow, marsh, open water and wetland.
 
 
Centennial Trail

Puget Sound and Islands

 
30.5 miles, one-way
Rating:
Average rating:
4.00
(1 vote)
A 30.5 mile long paved trail follows a historic rail line through Snohomish to Skagit county. Take a short walk, use it to connect to another trail, or undertake the whole thing in a day!
 
 
Lake Tye

Puget Sound and Islands -- Seattle-Tacoma Area

 
2.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 9 ft.
Highest Point: 45.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.67
(3 votes)
Enjoy an easy walk (or a jog) around a small lake in a very green, open setting. If you have occasion to be in the Monroe area anyway, come by for a pre-lunch stroll. Or, Lake Tye can be a pleasant add-on if you stop in Monroe for a meal after a longer hike in the Stevens Pass area. Either way, relax and take in the vista of open fields and forested hills.
 
 
Brightwater Center

Puget Sound and Islands -- Seattle-Tacoma Area

 
3.0 miles of trails
Gain: 120 ft.
Highest Point: 290.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.60
(5 votes)
Don’t let the thought of the Brightwater Treatment Plant prevent you from hiking through the Brightwater Center’s 70-acre suburban wetland and woodland preserve that serves as a refuge for local wildlife and plant species. The trails at Brightwater are ideal for families, birdwatchers, pets, and children.
 
 
North Creek Park Boardwalk

Puget Sound and Islands -- Seattle-Tacoma Area

 
2.0 miles, roundtrip
Rating:
Average rating:
3.12
(8 votes)
This watershed hike offers water crossings, swaying bridges, beautiful views close to Bothell, and birds galore!
 
 
Sloan Peak

North Cascades -- Mountain Loop Highway

 
9.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 2900 ft.
Highest Point: 7835.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.50
(6 votes)
This route on the north side of Sloan Peak is steep and challenging. Hikers with navigational skills can make it to the base of the peak -- climbing gear and expertise is needed to achieve the summit.
 
 
Cow Creek Meadows

Central Cascades -- Entiat Mountains/Lake Chelan

 
11.25 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 3500 ft.
Highest Point: 5000.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.17
(6 votes)
Hike through an old burn zone to reach an idyllic meadow high in the Entiat Mountains.
 
 
Barclay Lake

Central Cascades -- Stevens Pass - West

 
4.4 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 500 ft.
Highest Point: 2423.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.92
(79 votes)
Barclay Lake offers something for almost everyone: a well-maintained trail that is accessible to beginners and children, stunning mountain views, mycology, camping, a serene alpine lake, and a staging area for challenging adventures in the 106,000-acre Wild Sky Wilderness. Keep your camera charged, as this popular pathway in the shadow of Baring Mountain offers many photo opportunities.
 
 
Hansen Ridge

Snoqualmie Region -- North Bend Area

 
15.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 1300 ft.
Highest Point: 4100.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.00
(1 vote)
In summer and fall this is a bikers trail but come winter it makes an excellent snowshoe or cross country ski trail.
 
 
Three Lakes via Laughingwater Creek

Mount Rainier Area -- SE - Cayuse Pass/Stevens Canyon

 
13.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 2800 ft.
Highest Point: 5000.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
2.75
(8 votes)
Laughingwater Creek conjures up a nice stroll alongside a bubbling creek but read on; the most scenic lower part of the creek keeps hikers well above the creek. Initially, at several spots along the hike, you can hear the creek but you won't see it.
 
 
Crystal Lakes

Mount Rainier Area -- NE - Sunrise/White River

 
6.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 2600 ft.
Highest Point: 5828.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.31
(42 votes)
Take a short but steep hike on a wide trail to visit two lakes in a beautiful craggy setting. It's only three miles to the upper lake, with 2,600 feet of elevation gain. In season find many wildflowers in the basin near the upper lake, and be alert for wildlife sightings.
 
 
Shannon Ridge

North Cascades

 
8.2 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 2800 ft.
Highest Point: 5400.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.86
(7 votes)
A welcome change of pace from some of the busier nearby hikes, this North Cascades ridge hike offers the same stunning views minus the crowds.
 
 
Chief Joseph Wildlife Area - Green Gulch

Eastern Washington -- Palouse and Blue Mountains

 
10.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 2500 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.43
(7 votes)
Trail Closed: This trail is closed due to wildfire
Hike down into a canyon starting at 1000 feet of elevation and descending. The trail is an old road that goes for several miles.
 
 
Chief Joseph Wildlife Area - 4-O Ranch

Eastern Washington -- Palouse and Blue Mountains

 
4.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 1500 ft.
Highest Point: 3000.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
0.00
(0 votes)
Trail Closed: This trail is closed due to wildfire
Famous for its wildlife, the 4-O Ranch portion of the Chief Joseph Wildlife Area provides hikers with access to the Grand Ronde River in the Blue Mountains. Walk over rolling hills and through ponderosa pine woodlands as you search for numerous species that call the area home.
 
 
Chief Joseph Wildlife Area - Joseph Canyon

Eastern Washington -- Palouse and Blue Mountains

 
2.0 miles, roundtrip
Highest Point: 1160.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
0.00
(0 votes)
Trail Closed: This trail is closed due to wildfire
The Chief Joseph Wildlife Area sits in the very southeast corner of Washington State. This trail follows Joseph Creek for a couple miles before ending in overgrowth.
 
 
Harry's Ridge

South Cascades -- Mount St. Helens

 
8.2 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 970 ft.
Highest Point: 4752.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.10
(30 votes)
Named for the lovable curmudgeon who refused to leave his homestead when St. Helens was on the brink of erupting, Harry’s Ridge offers a fascinating panorama of the restless giant, still smoking and belching occasionally, years after her devastating awakening.
 
 
Lyle Cherry Orchard

Southwest Washington -- Columbia River Gorge - WA

 
6.5 miles of trails
Gain: 1050 ft.
Highest Point: 1100.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.71
(7 votes)
Trail Closed: 7/13/21 This trail is closed due to a wildfire.
This little-known gem of a hike on the Washington side of the Columbia River Gorge offers spectacular views of the Columbia River, amazing spring wildflowers and an old garry oak forest of gnarled old trees. This stunning preserve is owned by the Friends of the Columbia Gorge and tops out in an old cherry orchard with a few surviving trees.
 
 
Goldmyer Hot Springs

Snoqualmie Region -- North Bend Area

 
24.0 miles, roundtrip
Rating:
Average rating:
4.00
(10 votes)
The way to Goldmyer Hot Springs is a delightful forest walk through deep woods, along the rushing Snoqualmie River, and ultimately to a beautiful privately owned hot springs tucked against the Alpine Lakes Wilderness. Because it is privately owned by a non-profit, reservations are strongly recommended and are the only way to assure access to the property and hot springs.