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3899 Hikes
Ring Road

Issaquah Alps -- Cougar Mountain

 
0.4 miles, one-way
Gain: 100 ft.
Highest Point: 1300.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
2.75
(4 votes)
The Ring Road Trail is part of the Cougar Mountain trail system. It can only be reached on foot and does not have its own trailhead. Hikers can connect to the Ring Road Trail From the Long View Peak Trail in the southern reaches of this vast park.
 
 
Shy Bear

Issaquah Alps -- Cougar Mountain

 
1.5 miles, one-way
Gain: 250 ft.
Highest Point: 1200.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.40
(5 votes)
The Shy Bear runs through the southern portion of Cougar Mountain. The official ends of this trail can only be reached on foot and must be accessed from one of the various trails that connect to Shy Bear.
 
 
Mount Defiance (Oregon)

Southwest Washington -- Columbia River Gorge - OR

 
8.7 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 4800 ft.
Highest Point: 4960.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.00
(1 vote)
This grind of a hike is one of the most strenuous hikes in the Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area.
 
 
Radio Peak

Issaquah Alps -- Cougar Mountain

 
0.4 miles, one-way
Gain: 180 ft.
Highest Point: 1440.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
2.00
(4 votes)
The Radio Peak Trail travels for just under half a mile in the northern reaches of Cougar Mountain. It is part of the vast trail network in the park and does not have its own devoted trailhead.
 
 
Lost Beagle

Issaquah Alps -- Cougar Mountain

 
0.6 miles, one-way
Gain: 250 ft.
Highest Point: 1470.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
2.25
(4 votes)
The Lost Beagle Trail is a connector Trail on Cougar Mountain. It does not have its own trailhead so hikers must reach this trail on foot from one of the many connecting trails.
 
 
Rhododendron Park

Puget Sound and Islands -- Whidbey Island

 
3.0 miles, roundtrip
Highest Point: 295.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
0.00
(0 votes)
The campground on the north end of Rhododendron Park is currently closed due to Covid-19 restrictions
A multi-use county park with a short system of rambling trails through native rhododendron forest in central Whidbey Island.
 
 
Long View Peak

Issaquah Alps -- Cougar Mountain

 
0.3 miles, one-way
Gain: 100 ft.
Highest Point: 1400.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.25
(4 votes)
The Long View Peak Trail is a connector trail on Cougar Mountain. The most direct route for reaching this trail is to hike from the Jim Whittaker Wilderness Peak Trailhead. The eastern end of the Long View Peak Trail connects to the Wilderness Creek Trail.
 
 
Indian Trail

Issaquah Alps -- Cougar Mountain

 
1.2 miles, one-way
Gain: 50 ft.
Highest Point: 780.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
2.40
(5 votes)
The Indian Trail is one of the main trails running through the western portion of Cougar Mountain.
 
 
Lazy Bear Falls

North Cascades

 
4.0 miles, roundtrip
Rating:
Average rating:
0.00
(0 votes)
A road walk and short boot path to a big falls
 
 
Equestrian Loop

Issaquah Alps -- Squak Mountain

 
2.4 miles, one-way
Gain: 720 ft.
Highest Point: 1260.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.00
(4 votes)
The name of this trail may suggest this is horseback rider heaven, but it’s also great for hikers.
 
 
Coyote Creek

Issaquah Alps -- Cougar Mountain

 
Rating:
Average rating:
5.00
(1 vote)
 
One of a myriad of trails to be found and linked together on Cougar Mountain.
 
 
East Side Road

Issaquah Alps -- Tiger Mountain

 
6.5 miles, one-way
Gain: 200 ft.
Highest Point: 1400.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
2.25
(4 votes)
The East Side Road is an access road on Tiger Mountain that is closed to vehicle traffic and open to hikers. The road roughly parallels the eastern boundary of Tiger Mountain and connects with several other trails.
 
 
Rainy Lake

Snoqualmie Region -- North Bend Area

 
8.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 2900 ft.
Highest Point: 3900.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.87
(15 votes)
This is an abandoned trail that heads south along Rainy Creek off of the downstream section of the Middle Fork Snoqualmie Trail up to Rainy Lake. The lake is popular among fishermen, since it is home to lots of trout, but be warned -- route-finding skills are a must on this trip.
 
 
Lake Angeles

Olympic Peninsula -- Northern Coast

 
7.4 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 2350 ft.
Highest Point: 4196.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.59
(17 votes)
Get up close and personal with an enchanting glacier-sculpted landscape at Olympic National Park’s Lake Angeles.
 
 
 
117.0 miles, one-way
Gain: 26351 ft.
Highest Point: 6600.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.25
(8 votes)
Bridge Out 5/26/21: The bridge across Bridge Creek near North Fork camp is washed out. Fording the river is dangerous.
By far the most difficult stretch of PCT in Washington, Section K puts hikers through a grueling 127-mile trek over harsh terrain and treacherous conditions. Yet those intrepid enough to attempt it are rewarded with a true wilderness experience in and among some of the country's most pristine and beautiful surroundings.
 
 
Deer Lake

Olympic Peninsula -- Northern Coast

 
8.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 1650 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
2.50
(12 votes)
The hike to Deer Lake is a great day hike, or beginners overnight.
 
 
Boulder Creek

North Cascades -- North Cascades Highway - Hwy 20

 
24.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 5000 ft.
Highest Point: 6500.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
5.00
(1 vote)
 
High ridge traverse from Gold Hill Mine to North American Mine, connects East Creek to Canyon Creek.
 
 
Deceiver

Issaquah Alps -- Cougar Mountain

 
1.0 miles, one-way
Gain: 1440 ft.
Highest Point: 250.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.40
(5 votes)
The Deceiver Trail is a hiker-only trail in the southern reaches of Cougar Mountain. It is a connector trail so it does not have its own devoted trailhead but can be reached on foot from the multiple trails in the park.
 
 
Cougar Pass

Issaquah Alps -- Cougar Mountain

 
0.2 miles, one-way
Gain: 80 ft.
Highest Point: 1300.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
2.00
(4 votes)
The Cougar Pass Trail is a short connector in the northern part of Cougar Mountain Regional Park. It links the Klondike Swamp trail at its western end to Tibbett’s Marsh Trail at its eastern end.
 
 
Garfield Nature Trail

Olympic Peninsula -- Olympia

 
0.7 miles, roundtrip
Rating:
Average rating:
0.00
(0 votes)
This short and sweet neighborhood trail on the west side of Olympia will take hikers through a quiet forested ravine and out to views of the Puget Sound.
 
 
Upper Duckabush

Olympic Peninsula -- Hood Canal

 
16.1 miles, one-way
Gain: 1500 ft.
Highest Point: 4950.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.60
(5 votes)
The Duckabush River trail spans two land management agencies -- the US Forest Service and the National Park service. The first 6.2 miles of the trail weaves through Olympic National Forest. It's a popular early season backpack and a frequent site for WTA work crews. The upper section, in Olympic National Park, melts out much later, but provides a gateway to gorgeous backpacking destinations.
 
 
Snoquera Falls Loop

Mount Rainier Area -- Chinook Pass - Hwy 410

 
3.9 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 975 ft.
Highest Point: 3100.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.56
(34 votes)
With a trailhead so easily accessible, there's no excuse not to visit Snoquera Falls. Best in early spring, this lush, forested trail features a pretty fantail cascade plunging down a sheer, rocky wall.
 
 
Crooked Creek

Eastern Washington -- Palouse and Blue Mountains

 
17.0 miles, one-way
Gain: 3800 ft.
Highest Point: 5700.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.00
(4 votes)
A long approach to access wild creeks that flow through steep terrain from the top to the bottom of the Blue Mountains makes Crooked Creek best hiked as part of a backpacking adventure.
 
 
Grizzly Bear Ridge - Wenaha River - Slick Ear Loop

Eastern Washington -- Palouse and Blue Mountains

 
20.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 1300 ft.
Highest Point: 5400.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
0.00
(0 votes)
Explore from ridgelines to river in a remote corner of the Wenaha-Tucannon Wilderness.
 
 
Possession Point State Park

Puget Sound and Islands -- Whidbey Island

 
3.0 miles, roundtrip
Rating:
Average rating:
3.00
(1 vote)
Located on the south side of Whidbey Island, this tiny state park includes the short but fun and challenging Dorothy Cleveland Trail, with plenty of elevation gain in the form of switchbacks.
 
 
Aurora Ridge

Olympic Peninsula -- Northern Coast

 
16.8 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 2500 ft.
Highest Point: 5000.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.17
(6 votes)
This is a long ridge hike with views over Lake Crescent and the surrounding mountains.
 
 
Smooth Ridge

Eastern Washington -- Palouse and Blue Mountains

 
9.4 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 2540 ft.
Highest Point: 6529.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.40
(5 votes)
Smooth Ridge offers incredible views into the rugged heart of the Wenaha-Tucannon Wilderness.
 
 
White Pine Creek

Central Cascades -- Stevens Pass - East

 
5.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 400 ft.
Highest Point: 3200.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
2.40
(5 votes)
This brushy, but scenic, river bottom trail accesses the Wildhorse Creek Trail within the Alpine Lakes Wilderness of the Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest.
 
 
Fish Lake Trail

Eastern Washington -- Spokane Area/Coeur d'Alene

 
7.6 miles, one-way
Rating:
Average rating:
0.00
(0 votes)
A rails-to-trails paved path connecting West Spokane to Queen Lucas Lake.
 
 
Pulaski Tunnel Trail

Eastern Washington -- Spokane Area/Coeur d'Alene

 
4.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 800 ft.
Highest Point: 3720.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
5.00
(3 votes)
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.