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3898 Hikes
Heather Lake

North Cascades -- Mountain Loop Highway

 
4.6 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 1034 ft.
Highest Point: 2430.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.99
(137 votes)
After you've explored a few trails with your little one, the Heather Lake trail makes a wonderful next step. It's the perfect place to take children on their first ‘real’ hike. The trail is short, but steep and challenging--it'll give a child a real sense of accomplishment once they reach the lake. The lake itself is a scenic little lake located on the northeastern slope of Mount Pilchuck.
 
 
Crescent Lake

Central Cascades -- Stevens Pass - West

 
2.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 18 ft.
Highest Point: 86.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
1.00
(2 votes)
An oxbow lake near the Snoqualmie River provides bird habitat and a little bit of wandering.
 
 
Che-che-op-tin Trail

Southwest Washington -- Columbia River Gorge - WA

 
1.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 10 ft.
Highest Point: 25.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
0.00
(0 votes)
Hike around a paved trail in a former cattle ranch at the base of the core of an ancient volcano.
 
 
Fullbright Park

Central Washington -- Yakima

 
1.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 500 ft.
Highest Point: 1484.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
0.00
(0 votes)
 
Fullbright Park is available for private reservations, but if no one has reserved the park, the trails here are open to the public and a nice place to stretch your hiking muscles.
 
 
Old Ellensburg

Central Cascades -- Blewett Pass

 
3.6 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 500 ft.
Highest Point: 5700.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
2.50
(4 votes)
Beginning at Forest Road 9712 and ending at the Forest Boundary, the Old Ellensburg Trail comprises one third of the three trails used to make a popular loop around Mount Lillian.
 
 
Eagle Landing Park

Puget Sound and Islands -- Seattle-Tacoma Area

 
0.75 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 147 ft.
Highest Point: 217.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
0.00
(0 votes)
A small neighborhood park, through a wooded area which leads to an overlook of Puget Sound.
 
 
Canyon Lake

Central Cascades -- Entiat Mountains/Lake Chelan

 
12.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 3800 ft.
Highest Point: 6400.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
2.17
(6 votes)
A rewarding hike on an unmaintained trail takes you past peaks and across meadows to a stunning lake.
 
 
Upper Wildcat Lake

Snoqualmie Region -- Snoqualmie Pass

 
17.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 4000 ft.
Highest Point: 4920.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.00
(2 votes)
A lake located above the extremely popular Snow Lake; Upper Wildcat offers backpacking opportunities for the route-finding enthusiasts in the summer months.
 
 
Peach Preserve Shore

Puget Sound and Islands

 
1.5 miles, roundtrip
Rating:
Average rating:
0.00
(0 votes)
A birder or botanist’s dream, this nature preserve boasts a diversity of ecosystems, all accessed via an easy and short trail which ends at a 2,000-foot section of protected beach.
 
 
High Ridge Trail

Olympic Peninsula -- Northern Coast

 
0.8 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 213 ft.
Highest Point: 5412.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
0.00
(0 votes)
The High Ridge Trail gets lots of visitors in summer, since it starts near the beginning of the parking lot at the Visitors Center on top of Hurricane Ridge. Beginning as a paved trail and gradually turning into a dirt trail, it connects with the Sunrise Trail. It'll give you a good workout, and you'll have plenty of company in summer.
 
 
West Tiger 2

Issaquah Alps -- Tiger Mountain

 
7.8 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 2300 ft.
Highest Point: 2757.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
2.25
(4 votes)
This is a great close to Seattle option of creating lots of loops and getting your exercise.
 
 
Baker River

North Cascades -- Mount Baker Area

 
5.2 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 300 ft.
Highest Point: 900.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.86
(14 votes)
Take a mellow walk on a trail that wanders among large old trees and huge mossy boulders. The trail alongside Baker River takes you on a path of gentle up and downs, splashing your way through stream crossings and past open areas filled with young alder, huckleberry and salmonberry. On a quiet spring day, your chances of seeing wildlife are excellent.
 
 
Owyhigh Lakes

Mount Rainier Area -- NE - Sunrise/White River

 
7.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 1650 ft.
Highest Point: 5275.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.67
(15 votes)
Road Closed: The road accessing this trailhead is closed for the 2020/2021 winter season.
Walk a very pleasant and well-graded trail through old- and new-growth forest. After a moderate elevation gain, the forest opens into meadowlands filled with wildflowers after the snow melts. A pair of shallow but pretty lakes, with a rocky ridge as a backdrop, completes the scene.
 
 
Thunder Creek

Eastern Washington -- Selkirk Range

 
5.1 miles, one-way
Gain: 2000 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.17
(6 votes)
With its lush old growth forest, Thunder Creek is arguably the best of the feeder trails leading to the Shedroof Divide and the heart of the Salmo Priest Wilderness.
 
 
Judge Jack Tanner Park

Puget Sound and Islands -- Seattle-Tacoma Area

 
1.0 miles of trails
Rating:
Average rating:
0.00
(0 votes)
Judge Jack Tanner Park features barbeques and areas for families to enjoy views of Puget Sound and the surrounding vistas. Come for a picnic or just to relax, or take Ruston Way -- the hard-surface trail running through the middle of the park -- for a longer stroll along the waterfront.
 
 
Jane Weber Evergreen Arboretum

Southwest Washington -- Vancouver Area

 
Rating:
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0.00
(0 votes)
These gardens are owned and operated by a non-profit who is dedicated to the maintenance of both the gardens and a historic house. Visitors can wander the paths and enjoy the tapestry of trees and flowers as well as marvel at the John Stanger home, which was built in 1867.
 
 
Appaloosa Trail

Southwest Washington -- Vancouver Area

 
3.0 miles, one-way
Rating:
Average rating:
0.00
(0 votes)
A connector trail that goes from the west side of the 25-mile Tarbell Trail Loop to the east side and one of the latest of the Department of National Resources (DNR) trail projects in the historic Yacolt Burn State Forest of southwest Washington.
 
 
Fairy Dell Trail

Puget Sound and Islands -- Seattle-Tacoma Area

 
0.5 miles, one-way
Rating:
Average rating:
0.00
(0 votes)
This short trail heads down a forested ravine to a tidal inlet.
 
 
Behren's Woods

Southwest Washington -- Vancouver Area

 
Rating:
Average rating:
0.00
(0 votes)
Behrens Woods is a small, two-acre, mostly undeveloped park, located in the Bella Vista neighborhood of Vancouver.
 
 
Battle Point Park Trail

Puget Sound and Islands -- Seattle-Tacoma Area

 
3.5 miles of trails
Rating:
Average rating:
0.00
(0 votes)
There are over three miles of trails in this community park. Visitors can stop by for a quick dose of nature or do the full loop for a longer walk.
 
 
Gold Creek County Park

Puget Sound and Islands -- Seattle-Tacoma Area

 
2.0 miles of trails
Rating:
Average rating:
3.67
(3 votes)
Woodinville has struck gold with this park. Tucked away in the wine country, Gold Creek offers a multitude of hiking experiences on well-maintained trails.
 
 
Melakwa - Pratt Lake Traverse

Snoqualmie Region -- North Bend Area

 
11.7 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 2300 ft.
Highest Point: 4700.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.00
(1 vote)
Take a thru-hike among some of the I-90 corridor's most iconic lakes. Make it a day hike, an overnight, or take as much time as you like and really explore the area.
 
 
Swakane Canyon

Central Washington -- Wenatchee

 
6.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 1470 ft.
Highest Point: 2980.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.42
(12 votes)
This is a nice two season hike on an old road with views of the Columbia River valley from Badger Mountain to Wenatchee. Enroute you may see spring flowers, unique rock formations, and animals like deer, coyotes, snakes and hawks.
 
 
Crystal Lake

North Cascades -- Mountain Loop Highway

 
4.4 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 350 ft.
Highest Point: 4500.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.20
(5 votes)
A relatively easy hike to a tranquil mountain lake.
 
 
Blankenship Lakes

South Cascades

 
7.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 1170 ft.
Highest Point: 5290.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.67
(6 votes)
Enjoy a trio of lakes and meadows on this excellent summer destination.
 
 
Boulder Creek - Gallagher Head Lake

Snoqualmie Region -- Salmon La Sac/Teanaway

 
9.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 2100 ft.
Highest Point: 5606.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.20
(5 votes)
With options on which way you want to hike, this destination offers great backpacking opportunities and beautiful views.
 
 
No Name Ridge - Thorp Mountain

Snoqualmie Region -- Salmon La Sac/Teanaway

 
9.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 1000 ft.
Highest Point: 5854.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.00
(9 votes)
With wide open views at the top, Thorp Mountain is a worthwhile destination, even if the steep ascent to the peak might seem challenging.
 
 
Lake Easton State Park

Snoqualmie Region -- Cle Elum Area

 
5.0 miles, roundtrip
Rating:
Average rating:
3.00
(1 vote)
Lake Easton State Park is not a wilderness park, but it is scenic and peaceful. You can put together a five-mile loop hike on the park trails and on a section of the Palouse to Cascades State Park Trail, if you don't mind walking on roads for a bit through the town of Easton. This hike makes for a good leg stretcher when you need a break from I-90.
 
 
Cherry Creek Falls

Central Cascades -- Stevens Pass - West

 
5.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 450 ft.
Highest Point: 705.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.68
(41 votes)
Hike along old logging roads to a 25-foot tall waterfall on Cherry Creek just outside of Duvall. Note that access to this area is part of an agreement with nearby homeowners, and part of the trail is on private land, so please remain on the main path, observe leash laws and keep noise to a minimum as a courtesy to homeowners along trail. There are no toilets at the trailhead. Please plan ahead.
 
 
Bottle Beach State Park

Olympic Peninsula -- Pacific Coast

 
0.7 miles, one-way
Rating:
Average rating:
0.00
(0 votes)
With 6,000 feet of shoreline and an ADA accessible trail, visitors can travel along the coast and keep an eye out for the numerous species that fill the air.