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3961 Hikes

North Cascades > Pasayten

 
34.2 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 2300 ft.
Highest Point: 5800 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.43
(7 votes)
  • Wildflowers/Meadows
  • Mountain views
  • Wildlife
  • Ridges/passes
  • Dogs allowed on leash
  • Rivers
The Hidden Lakes are the jewels of the Pasayten Wilderness. Tucked high within the Wilderness, these lakes provide backpackers with opportunities to fish, swim, relax, and view wildlife and wildflowers.
 
 

Snoqualmie Region > North Bend Area

 
13.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 1500 ft.
Highest Point: 2240 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.25
(4 votes)
  • Old growth
  • Fall foliage
  • Rivers
This entry describes the most direct approach to the Pratt River Trail, which starts by fording the Middle Fork Snoqualmie River.
 
 

Eastern Washington > Palouse and Blue Mountains

 
9.7 miles, one-way
Gain: 3800 ft.
Highest Point: 6200 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
0.00
(0 votes)
  • Summits
  • Rivers
Walk through an old burn with views of the Wallowas and the Blue Mountains.
 
 

Olympic Peninsula > Olympia

 
22.0 miles, one-way
Highest Point: 500 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.33
(3 votes)
Log some easy trail mileage by hopping on this family-friendly trail anywhere between Woodard Bay and Vail for a relaxing stroll any time of year.
 
 

Mount Rainier Area > Chinook Pass - Hwy 410

 
0.5 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 27 ft.
Highest Point: 4076 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
0.00
(0 votes)
  • Dogs allowed on leash
  • Good for kids
Once the center of mining activity in Yakima County, Copper City served 42 active mining claims from 1907 to 1942. The founders of the town hoped to boom when the railroad came through, but the tracks were never put down. Walk the old mine-to-market road into town, where only the collapsed remains of a few buildings remain.
 
 

Olympic Peninsula > Pacific Coast

 
8.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 200 ft.
Highest Point: 200 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.40
(62 votes)
  • Dogs not allowed
  • Coast
  • Good for kids
  • Established campsites
  • Rivers
This stunning Olympic coastal hike is one of the more photographed places in Washington for good reason.
 
 

Eastern Washington > Spokane Area/Coeur d'Alene

 
6.4 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 1770 ft.
Highest Point: 5745 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
0.00
(0 votes)
  • Wildflowers/Meadows
  • Mountain views
  • Dogs allowed on leash
  • Established campsites
  • Waterfalls
  • Lakes
  • Fall foliage
This easily-accessed trail just off I-90 in north Idaho leads to two alpine lakes.
 
 

North Cascades > North Cascades Highway - Hwy 20

 
30.6 miles, one-way
Gain: 3800 ft.
Highest Point: 6900 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.00
(2 votes)
  • Ridges/passes
  • Wildlife
  • Lakes
  • Rivers
  • Wildflowers/Meadows
  • Mountain views
  • Established campsites
  • Old growth
Walk along the Pacific Crest Trail through some of the most stunning landscape Washington has to offer. Traverse the treeline as you enjoy sweeping views and mountain passes.
 
 

Olympic Peninsula > Olympia

 
4.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 60 ft.
Highest Point: 190 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
0.00
(0 votes)
  • Dogs allowed on leash
  • Good for kids
  • Fall foliage
Formerly known as the McLane Nature Trail, the Ralph Munro Trail was re-named in June of 2018 to honor the man who established the McLane Forest Committee. The trail starts near the McLane Elementary School and goes along Evergreen Pkwy NW towards the Evergreen State College.
 
 

South Cascades > Mount St. Helens

 
9.5 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 1800 ft.
Highest Point: 4200 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
5.00
(1 vote)
  • Wildflowers/Meadows
  • Mountain views
  • Dogs not allowed
  • Ridges/passes
Why drive to the top when you can hike? Try this day hike as an introduction to Mount St. Helens for visitors who’ve never been here, or if they haven't been in a long time.
 
 

Puget Sound and Islands > Bellingham Area

 
1.9 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 425 ft.
Highest Point: 370 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.67
(6 votes)
  • Wildflowers/Meadows
  • Mountain views
  • Wildlife
  • Good for kids
  • Dogs allowed on leash
  • Fall foliage
  • Coast
Follow well-signed but sometimes rough trails to a great viewpoint near the water's edge at Porpoise Point. Enjoy views of distant islands, and on a clear day of the distant Olympic Mountains. Sightings of seals, eagles, waterfowl, and sometimes otters are likely.
 
 

Puget Sound and Islands > Bellingham Area

 
2.1 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 440 ft.
Highest Point: 490 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.40
(10 votes)
  • Wildflowers/Meadows
  • Mountain views
  • Wildlife
  • Dogs allowed on leash
  • Summits
  • Good for kids
  • Lakes
  • Fall foliage
  • Coast
This hike just south of Anacortes offers superb views of the ocean and islands from a pair of high vantage points, and it has some fine trails through mixed forest along the way.
 
 

Central Cascades

 
9.0 miles, one-way
Rating:
Average rating:
2.25
(4 votes)
  • Dogs allowed on leash
A trail in the Naches Ranger District that begins at the Sand Creek Trailhead and ends at Crow Creek Campground.
 
 

Mount Rainier Area > SW - Longmire/Paradise

 
9.6 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 2300 ft.
Highest Point: 5465 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
2.17
(6 votes)
  • Wildflowers/Meadows
  • Mountain views
  • Old growth
  • Lakes
  • Ridges/passes
This lovely trail through the Glacier View Wilderness can take you across the Wilderness, starting on a ridge with filtered views of Rainier, down past Beljica Meadows Lake(s) up and over a ridge to lovely Goat Lake. Continue up the trail to the National Park boundary and one can continue on to Gobbler's Knob and the old fire lookout there.
 
 

Eastern Washington > Palouse and Blue Mountains

 
6.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 987 ft.
Highest Point: 6387 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.14
(7 votes)
  • Wildflowers/Meadows
  • Ridges/passes
  • Wildlife
  • Established campsites
  • Mountain views
  • Summits
  • Dogs allowed on leash
The most prominent peak in the Blue mountains, the views from the trailhead are great, and just get better as hikers approach the Oregon Butte Lookout as the full expanse of the Wenaha-Tucannon Wilderness unfolds before them in a 360 degree radius.
 
 

South Cascades > White Pass/Cowlitz River Valley

 
99.0 miles, one-way
Gain: 17771 ft.
Highest Point: 6530 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.14
(7 votes)
  • Ridges/passes
  • Wildlife
  • Summits
  • Lakes
  • Rivers
  • Wildflowers/Meadows
  • Mountain views
  • Established campsites
  • Old growth
  • Fall foliage
Starting in well-protected sub-alpine wilderness and descending into heavily-logged, privately-owned land, this stretch of the PCT offers a dramatic illustration of the effects of public land protection and private industry on Washington's landscape.
 
 

Puget Sound and Islands > San Juan Islands

 
2.0 miles of trails
Gain: 150 ft.
Highest Point: 250 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
2.00
(1 vote)
  • Dogs allowed on leash
  • Good for kids
This is a pleasant walk through the forest for nature lovers of all ages. There is a large, grassy area for picnics or play time and a resource center that provides educational opportunities. Getting here requires a five minute ferry ride on the Lummi Island Ferry.
 
 

Central Washington > Potholes Region

 
1.8 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 0 ft.
Highest Point: 1060 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
0.00
(0 votes)
  • Dogs not allowed
  • Wildlife
  • Good for kids
  • Lakes
  • Rivers
The interpretive trail around Marsh Lake is a lovely, short stroll around a large lake in Central Washington. You may see migrating birds or just get a load of the lovely grasslands here.
 
 

Olympic Peninsula > Hood Canal

 
4.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 3190 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.67
(9 votes)
  • Wildflowers/Meadows
  • Ridges/passes
  • Dogs allowed on leash
  • Summits
A strenuous class 3+ scramble in the Olympic National Forest
 
 

North Cascades > Mountain Loop Highway

 
15.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 4700 ft.
Highest Point: 4849 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
2.90
(10 votes)
A summit outside of Darrington without an official trail system. The approach is on private property. Hikers are requested to respect this and stay on the road if you elect to visit it.
 
 

Snoqualmie Region > North Bend Area

 
Gain: 530 ft.
Highest Point: 760 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.00
(3 votes)
Marckworth Forest offers some wonderful walking among forest, marshes, and rumpled rocky hills, as long as you're ok doing your own routefinding on logging roads. It's a quiet, little known and infrequently visited spot, less than an hour's drive from Seattle.
 
 

Olympic Peninsula > Kitsap Peninsula

 
3.5 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 50 ft.
Highest Point: 50 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
2.92
(13 votes)
  • Wildlife
  • Good for kids
  • Dogs not allowed
  • Fall foliage
Located at the head of Hood Canal, Theler Wetlands consists of more than 3 miles of accessible walking trails within 139 acres of protected salt marsh and estuary wetlands. If they’re open, you and your family can discover the displays and hands-on exhibits that teach more about the wetlands ecosystem.
 
 

Central Cascades > Entiat Mountains/Lake Chelan

 
12.2 miles, one-way
Gain: 1800 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.67
(3 votes)
  • Wildflowers/Meadows
  • Lakes
  • Rivers
This pleasant trail is shared by hikers, backpackers, mountain bikes and dirt bikes. All visitors will ultimately reach Mad Lake and its pretty surrounding meadows.
 
 

Eastern Washington > Spokane Area/Coeur d'Alene

 
4.6 miles, one-way
Gain: 2200 ft.
Highest Point: 4400 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
0.00
(0 votes)
This hike sits just over the Idaho border near the town of Coeur d’Alene. Although it’s in Idaho, the trailhead can be reached in under an hour from downtown Spokane.
 
 

Puget Sound and Islands > San Juan Islands

 
0.7 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 219 ft.
Highest Point: 261 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
0.00
(0 votes)
  • Wildlife
  • Good for kids
  • Dogs allowed on leash
  • Rivers
The preserve has a short trail that wanders through mature trees along a salmon spawning creek and offers access to this beautiful 24-acre park where visitors are likely to see a variety of bird species.
 
 

Olympic Peninsula > Olympia

 
27.4 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 1084 ft.
Highest Point: 456 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
0.00
(0 votes)
  • Wildflowers/Meadows
  • Dogs allowed on leash
  • Good for kids
  • Rivers
Linking the cities of Yelm and Tenino, this paved trail offers a delightful jaunt through a greenspace just east of Olympia.
 
 

Eastern Washington > Spokane Area/Coeur d'Alene

 
4.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 800 ft.
Highest Point: 3720 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
5.00
(3 votes)
  • Dogs allowed on leash
  • Good for kids
This North Idaho interpretive trail is easily accessible from I-90 and is not-to-be missed for its rich history of the 1910 fires.
 
 

Eastern Washington > Spokane Area/Coeur d'Alene

 
7.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 2150 ft.
Highest Point: 4300 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
0.00
(0 votes)
  • Mountain views
  • Old growth
  • Dogs allowed on leash
This steep hike near Sandpoint has exceptional views and native plant life. Make your way past meadows, around massive rocky outcroppings and beneath towering old growth timber to marvelous views.
 
 

Eastern Washington > Selkirk Range

 
2.5 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 300 ft.
Highest Point: 3600 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
5.00
(2 votes)
  • Old growth
  • Good for kids
  • Dogs allowed on leash
  • Fall foliage
  • Waterfalls
Visit a majestic old-growth grove in eastern Washington! Just 14 miles north of Nordman, Idaho is the Roosevelt Grove of Ancient Cedars, boasting some trees that are almost 3000 years old.
 
 

Snoqualmie Region > Salmon La Sac/Teanaway

 
12.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 1258 ft.
Highest Point: 3486 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
0.00
(0 votes)
  • Mountain views
  • Wildlife
  • Dogs allowed on leash
  • Ridges/passes
A multi-use trail system in the city of Roslyn, the trails here offer a variety of outings that can be enjoyed by many different users. Views here extend across the Teanaway Valley to the snow covered peaks of the Stuart Range and even Mount Rainier in the southern distance.