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3897 Hikes
Nisqually Vista Loop

Mount Rainier Area -- SW - Longmire/Paradise

 
1.1 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 200 ft.
Highest Point: 5400.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.80
(10 votes)
Follow the trails here to views of Mount Rainier's rocky Nisqually River valley and the much-receded Nisqually Glacier.
 
 
Skyline Trail Loop

Mount Rainier Area -- SW - Longmire/Paradise

 
5.5 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 1450 ft.
Highest Point: 6800.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.61
(69 votes)
The Skyline Trail is the main route for hiking out of Paradise, Mount Rainier’s south side hub and most popular destination, providing visitors a unique opportunity to experience the breathtaking beauty of Washington’s grandest mountain. Even before the historic Paradise Inn was constructed in 1916, the Paradise valley has long been one of the state’s most beloved hiking destinations because of its southern exposure, giving it a longer season than its north side counterpart, Sunrise. In peak season (July and August) your trip along the Skyline Trail will be filled with views of cascading waterfalls, mighty glaciers and subalpine meadows brimming with colorful splashes of lupines, mountain heather, scarlet paintbrush, cascade asters and bistort.
 
 
Hoh River Trail to Five Mile Island

Olympic Peninsula -- Pacific Coast

 
10.6 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 300 ft.
Highest Point: 800.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.64
(28 votes)
A classic hike in any season, but come in winter and you’ll find that the hordes of tourists, hikers, and climbers who use this trail in the summer have dwindled to just a trickle.
 
 
Rattlesnake Ledge

Snoqualmie Region -- North Bend Area

 
4.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 1160 ft.
Highest Point: 2078.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.02
(350 votes)
This is a fine hike on a well maintained, albeit busy trail through a cool forest with views of the Cedar River watershed, Mount Si, Mount Washington, Rattlesnake Lake and Chester Morse Lake.
 
 
Bagley Lakes

North Cascades -- Mount Baker Area

 
2.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 150 ft.
Highest Point: 4300.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.85
(20 votes)
Campfires are not allowed in this area
Bring the family for this easy hike at Heather Meadows. Two sparkling alpine lakes, an abundance of wildflowers, an impressive mountainous backdrop and a year-round snowfield make this a hike that will please everybody. What's more, this trail gets a fraction of the foot traffic that the trails at Artist Point get in late summer.
 
 
Island Lake - Rainbow Lake

Snoqualmie Region -- Snoqualmie Pass

 
11.7 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 3000 ft.
Highest Point: 4400.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.57
(21 votes)
The trailhead might be busy, but heading to Island and Rainbow Lakes may afford you more solitude than you'd expect on the crowded I-90 corridor. It's a touch longer than many day hikers want to tackle, and even most of the campers will drop off past Ollalie, or Pratt Lake junctions, leaving you (and a few hardy others) to discover these alpine jewels.
 
 
Mount Washington

Snoqualmie Region -- North Bend Area

 
8.5 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 3250 ft.
Highest Point: 4450.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.95
(95 votes)
This easy-access day hike delivers comparable—if not superior—panoramic views and lung-busting switchbacks to Mount Si, with significantly less foot traffic.
 
 
Margaret Lake

Snoqualmie Region -- Snoqualmie Pass

 
6.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 1500 ft.
Highest Point: 5100.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.32
(34 votes)
Logging paid for most of the trails in the Cascades, so sometimes hikers must expect to hike the terrain that provided that rich stock of timber. This trail starts on an old logging road, leads through old clearcuts—now nicely regrown as lush berry meadows and forest stands—and enters lush old second-growth forest. It’s a great way to experience both the natural and human history of the area, while enjoying some remarkable wild country around a pristine alpine lake.
 
 
Paradise Valley Conservation Area

Puget Sound and Islands -- Seattle-Tacoma Area

 
5.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 150 ft.
Highest Point: 450.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.22
(27 votes)
Come hike the headwaters of the Bear Creek watershed in this close in Snohomish County Park near Woodinville. Here you will find a mature second growth forest, a wetland that plays a vital role in the health of this salmon stream plus a network of trails for any fitness level.
 
 
Swauk Forest Discovery Trail

Central Cascades -- Blewett Pass

 
2.45 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 660 ft.
Highest Point: 4530.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.82
(11 votes)
This popular summer trail offers a wonderful place to learn about woodland ecosystems with 25 different interpretive stops. Wandering just under three miles through woods and meadows near the summit of Blewett Pass, With five log benches throughout providing fascinating views. It also gives insight into an area recovering after a burn towards the end of the trail.
 
 
Fremont Lookout

Mount Rainier Area -- NE - Sunrise/White River

 
5.6 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 1200 ft.
Highest Point: 7200.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.59
(59 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.
 
 
Rachel Lake

Snoqualmie Region -- Snoqualmie Pass

 
8.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 1600 ft.
Highest Point: 4600.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.03
(76 votes)
From Rachel Lake you can access further adventures at Rampart Lakes, Lila Lakes and Alta Peak. This hike is a popular weekend overnight destination; so don’t expect to be by yourself in high season.
 
 
Navaho Peak

Snoqualmie Region -- Salmon La Sac/Teanaway

 
13.7 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 4223 ft.
Highest Point: 7223.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.52
(23 votes)
From Navaho Pass, the trail to Navaho Peak is siren-like, pulling you towards the summit long after you realize how tired you are. But for peak-baggers, or those simply interested in getting a gorgeous view from a relatively easy-to-navigate peak, the views are worth the extra effort.
 
 
Mountain Climbers Trail

South Cascades -- Mount Adams Area

 
6.8 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 2600 ft.
Highest Point: 8300.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
5.00
(1 vote)
Limited Access: This area is only open to the public from August 30 to September 25, 2021.
Hike through beautiful woods, subalpine meadows and glacial moraines to the Hellroaring Viewpoint. The trail then becomes poorly defined up to Sunrise Camp.
 
 
Bench Lake Loop

South Cascades -- Mount Adams Area

 
3.4 miles, roundtrip
Rating:
Average rating:
5.00
(1 vote)
Limited Access: This area is only open to the public from August 30 to September 25, 2021.
A hike near Mount Adams.
 
 
Hellroaring Meadows

South Cascades -- Mount Adams Area

 
1.6 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 150 ft.
Highest Point: 5373.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
5.00
(1 vote)
Limited Access: This area is only open to the public from August 30 to September 25, 2021.
A hike near Mount Adams.
 
 
Bird Creek Meadows

South Cascades -- Mount Adams Area

 
3.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 500 ft.
Highest Point: 6085.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.14
(7 votes)
Limited Access: This area is only open to the public from August 30 to September 25, 2021.
Bird Creek Meadows is a short, easy crowd pleaser. Known for its abundant wildflower meadows, views of Mount Adams, Mount Hood and the Hellroaring Canyon, and little creeks, lakes and waterfalls, the trail provides a nice three mile loop for hikers.
 
 
Lake 22

North Cascades -- Mountain Loop Highway

 
5.4 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 1350 ft.
Highest Point: 2400.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.27
(321 votes)
The curiously-named Lake Twentytwo is the center of an oasis of alpine wetland nestled on the northern shoulder of Mount Pilchuck. The hike to the lake combines the best of mountain rainforests, old-growth, wetlands, and mountain views, yet it is readily accessible. In winter the route lends itself to snowshoeing.
 
 
Umtanum Creek Canyon

Central Washington -- Yakima

 
6.5 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 500 ft.
Highest Point: 1800.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.61
(28 votes)
Take a pleasant hike up a spectacular canyon with towering basalt formations, a rushing creek, and a chance to see bighorn sheep. Whether you go in spring or fall, the canyon is filled with brilliant color.
 
 
Loowit Trail

South Cascades -- Mount St. Helens

 
32.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 6000 ft.
Highest Point: 4800.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.13
(24 votes)
Ready for a stunning long hike through the otherwordly landscape of Mount St. Helens? The Loowit Trail reveals the volcano and the blast zone in all its raw glory.
 
 
Heybrook Lookout

Central Cascades -- Stevens Pass - West

 
2.6 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 850 ft.
Highest Point: 1700.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.70
(74 votes)
Heybrook Lookout is a short and moderately steep hike through a fern and moss covered forest to a fun, staircase-ridden lookout with great views of the nearby mountains. If you are introducing someone to hiking, limited on time, or trying to add on another hike or activity in the area, this is the hike for you.
 
 
Round Mountain

South Cascades

 
5.2 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 1700 ft.
Highest Point: 5970.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.14
(14 votes)
This short and sweet little hike to Round Mountain offers nice views, and a good half-day hike for those looking to explore the Goat Rocks Wilderness while staying at a nearby resort. Alternatively, you can tack it onto a longer day, make it a thru-hike, or even a side trip while hiking the PCT. For such a low-key destination, it’s remarkably accessible.
 
 
Anacortes Community Forest Lands - Sugarloaf

Puget Sound and Islands -- Whidbey Island

 
2.5 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 890 ft.
Highest Point: 1275.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.59
(17 votes)
While it’s not quite as tall as nearby Mount Erie, Sugarloaf makes a great summit—this one doesn’t have a parking lot at the top.
 
 
Guemes Channel and Ship Harbor

Puget Sound and Islands -- San Juan Islands

 
3.2 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 100 ft.
Highest Point: 110.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
5.00
(1 vote)
Hike shoreline trails in both directions from this Anacortes trailhead. Take in views of distant islands, ferries, seabirds, eagles, historic displays. All on good trails suitable for all ages.
 
 
Bald Mountain via Ashland Lakes

North Cascades -- Mountain Loop Highway

 
20.0 miles, one-way
Rating:
Average rating:
2.33
(6 votes)
It used to be possible to traverse from Ashland Lakes to Bald Mountain, Cutthroat Lakes, and the Walt Bailey trail on trail. Now, the way is an overgrown, hard-to-follow bushwhack.
 
 
Cutthroat Lakes via Walt Bailey Trail

North Cascades -- Mountain Loop Highway

 
6.8 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 2300 ft.
Highest Point: 4700.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.00
(4 votes)
Great views await you at the summit of Bald Mountain or Cutthroat Lakes if you can stand the rough, rocky, and rooty trail that you must brave to get there. Fortunately, lots of lakes and berries keep you busy along the way, and the ever-changing surroundings on this CCC-built, WTA-maintained trail make for a great day hike along the popular Mountain Loop Highway.
 
 
Colchuck Lake

Central Cascades -- Leavenworth Area

 
8.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 2280 ft.
Highest Point: 5580.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.38
(96 votes)
Parking Restriction: Parking allowed at trailheads and only on the right side of Road 7601 between Eightmile Lake and Stuart Lake trailheads. Parking anywhere else along Road 7601 is not allowed.
Set beneath two of Washington’s tallest peaks, Colchuck Lake is an alpine gem. It is a larger cousin to the nearby fabled Enchantment Lakes and offers many of the same payoffs – including groves of larches on its far shore – but can be reached with less than half the effort.
 
 
Mount Margaret

Snoqualmie Region -- Snoqualmie Pass

 
5.5 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 2000 ft.
Highest Point: 5459.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.38
(16 votes)
Hike up an abandoned road, through a logged area, and into mature forest on the edge of the Alpine Lakes wilderness. What the trail lacks in ruggedness is more than made up for by the quantity of berries that line the trail.
 
 
Twin Falls

Snoqualmie Region -- North Bend Area

 
2.6 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 500 ft.
Highest Point: 1000.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.14
(207 votes)
Visit a trio (yes, trio) of waterfalls just off I-90 on this sure-to-please short trail, perfect for families.
 
 
Verlot Nature Trail

North Cascades -- Mountain Loop Highway

 
0.5 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 13 ft.
Highest Point: 1035.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.00
(4 votes)
The Verlot Nature Trail connects the Verlot Campground with Turlo Campground.