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166 Hikes

Puget Sound and Islands > Bellingham Area

 
4.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 20 ft.
Highest Point: 20 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.22
(9 votes)
  • Dogs allowed on leash
  • Good for kids
  • Coast
Hike along the abandoned Bellingham & Skagit Interurban Railway grade between Fairhaven and Bellingham, which has been reclaimed as pedestrian trail. The gentle grade makes it a good option for new hikers, and excellent views of Bellingham Bay make for great trailside distractions.
 
 

Puget Sound and Islands > Seattle-Tacoma Area

 
3.5 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 800 ft.
Highest Point: 240 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.88
(16 votes)
  • Wildflowers/Meadows
  • Mountain views
  • Wildlife
  • Good for kids
  • Dogs allowed on leash
  • Coast
Explore forest trails along Piper's Creek and adjoining ridges. Visit a Puget Sound beach and enjoy great views across the Sound to the Olympics. In the fall, observe migrating salmon in the creek.
 
 

Olympic Peninsula > Pacific Coast

 
0.1 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 0 ft.
Highest Point: 25 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
2.80
(5 votes)
  • Old growth
  • Good for kids
  • Dogs allowed on leash
  • Coast
This trail is a short one, just a few hundred feet from the parking area, but it takes you to one of the most easily-accessible, impressive giants of the west coast.
 
 

Olympic Peninsula > Pacific Coast

 
1.5 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 200 ft.
Highest Point: 250 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.35
(52 votes)
  • Wildlife
  • Good for kids
  • Dogs allowed on leash
  • Coast
The furthest northwest tip of the contiguous United State, Cape Flattery provides a dramatic backdrop to a surprisingly accessible hike. It's managed by the Makah Tribe, who provide permits for parking here in Neah Bay. As you drive through on the way to the trailhead, be sure to purchase yours -- they're good for the year, and you can also use it for Shi Shi Beach.
 
 

Olympic Peninsula > Pacific Coast

 
6.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 60 ft.
Highest Point: 60 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.70
(23 votes)
  • Wildlife
  • Good for kids
  • Dogs allowed on leash
  • Coast
Ruby Beach offers several miles of beach exploration, with unique rock formations and swirling sun-bleached driftwood.
 
 

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.
 
 

Puget Sound and Islands > Whidbey Island

 
5.6 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 260 ft.
Highest Point: 260 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.31
(67 votes)
  • Wildflowers/Meadows
  • Mountain views
  • Wildlife
  • Good for kids
  • Dogs allowed on leash
  • Coast
Perched on a bluff overlooking majestic Puget Sound is the unique acreage of Ebey’s Landing. In addition to the Bluff Trail, visitors can experience the seaport town of Coupeville, observe working farms, and get their fill of wildlife viewing, all in a tiny National Park on Whidbey Island.
 
 

Southwest Washington > Long Beach Area

 
2.9 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 60 ft.
Highest Point: 35 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
1.83
(6 votes)
  • Wildlife
  • Good for kids
  • Dogs allowed on leash
  • Fall foliage
  • Coast
A walk through the coastal forest and tidal flats of Leadbetter Point State Park, the Dune Forest Loop is a nice way to see this low-lying peninsula, but the conditions on trail are heavily dependent on the tides and recent rainfall. Come prepared to wade through at least a little bit of water, and don’t be surprised to find yourself navigating deeper stuff. Bring a tide table, and try to visit at low tide for the driest conditions.
 
 

Olympic Peninsula > Northern Coast

 
7.3 miles, one-way
Gain: 641 ft.
Highest Point: 270 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
0.00
(0 votes)
  • Dogs allowed on leash
  • Good for kids
  • Coast
The Larry Scott Trail is a regional trail for hikers, bikers, and horseback riders that leaves from the waterfront in Port Townsend. It is also part of the Olympic Discovery Trail.
 
 

Puget Sound and Islands > Seattle-Tacoma Area

 
6.5 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 150 ft.
Highest Point: 23 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.33
(3 votes)
  • Dogs allowed on leash
  • Good for kids
  • Coast
Ruston Way runs along the Tacoma Waterfront from Jack Hyde Park to Point Defiance Park.
 
 

Puget Sound and Islands > Bellingham Area

 
2.5 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 200 ft.
Highest Point: 200 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.75
(8 votes)
  • Dogs allowed on leash
  • Good for kids
  • Established campsites
  • Coast
This is more of a stroll than a hike . It is of historical interest with interpretive signs along the way. Beach walking is also present. Fort Casey was one of three forts chosen in 1896 to form a triangle for protection of Puget Sound. Fort Worden and Fort Flagler were the other two. All have become State Parks. Their use for coastal protection proved to be impractical so their use became a place for instruction and training of troops during both of the world wars.
 
 

Puget Sound and Islands > Whidbey Island

 
4.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 259 ft.
Highest Point: 105 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.43
(14 votes)
  • Wildlife
  • Coast
  • Mountain views
  • Dogs allowed on leash
  • Good for kids
Looking for a great day at the beach with the dog? Double Bluff is the place to be! Time it just right and at low tide you could walk for miles!
 
 

Puget Sound and Islands > San Juan Islands

 
3.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 860 ft.
Highest Point: 931 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.20
(5 votes)
  • Wildflowers/Meadows
  • Mountain views
  • Dogs allowed on leash
  • Summits
  • Good for kids
  • Coast
Explore beautiful Turtleback Mountain Preserve and take in of the most breathtaking views on Orcas Island. Ship Peak, is a moderate loop full of views and a summit starting at the south end of the preserve.
 
 

Puget Sound and Islands > San Juan Islands

 
1.5 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 40 ft.
Highest Point: 60 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
2.67
(3 votes)
  • Wildlife
  • Good for kids
  • Fall foliage
  • Coast
Just outside the little town of Eastsound on Orcas Island is a sweet little beach that offers some nice rambling; the perfect place to walk off a meal, or simply take in low tide and the lovely animals that come with it.
 
 

Puget Sound and Islands > San Juan Islands

 
3.2 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 100 ft.
Highest Point: 110 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.50
(2 votes)
  • Wildflowers/Meadows
  • Mountain views
  • Wildlife
  • Good for kids
  • Dogs allowed on leash
  • Fall foliage
  • Coast
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.
 
 

Puget Sound and Islands > Seattle-Tacoma Area

 
5.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 200 ft.
Highest Point: 300 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.16
(19 votes)
  • Wildflowers/Meadows
  • Mountain views
  • Wildlife
  • Old growth
  • Good for kids
  • Dogs allowed on leash
  • Fall foliage
  • Coast
As the largest urban park in Pierce County, the network of roads and trails weaving through the forest preserve provides a quiet retreat for joggers, cyclists, and hikers.
 
 

Puget Sound and Islands > Seattle-Tacoma Area

 
1.9 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 121 ft.
Highest Point: 41 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.00
(4 votes)
  • Dogs allowed on leash
  • Good for kids
  • Coast
The Pigeon Creek Trail takes you for a stroll along Everett's industrial waterfront. Watch the Port of Everett operate, relax on the beach, watch for trains, and enjoy bird watching from the end of the trail.
 
 

Olympic Peninsula > Pacific Coast

 
4.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 310 ft.
Highest Point: 220 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.36
(33 votes)
  • Wildlife
  • Established campsites
  • Old growth
  • Good for kids
  • Dogs not allowed
  • Coast
Shorter than the hike to Third Beach, the access to Second Beach is also a little more interesting, thanks to the ups and downs and a set of switchbacked stairs leading down to a coastline dotted with seastacks and a hole in the mainland that wind whistles through eerily.
 
 

Olympic Peninsula > Pacific Coast

 
4.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 25 ft.
Highest Point: 25 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.00
(10 votes)
  • Dogs allowed on leash
  • Good for kids
  • Coast
Wild and mercurial, the Olympic Coast has a special appeal in the spring and fall. Grassy bluffs, cliffside caves and tidal pools are all to be found along this four-mile beach hike near the Kalaloch Campground. So shrug on your rain gear and enjoy the bird watching, sense of solitude and stunning seascapes.
 
 

Olympic Peninsula > Pacific Coast

 
3.6 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 280 ft.
Highest Point: 280 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.00
(16 votes)
  • Wildlife
  • Waterfalls
  • Old growth
  • Good for kids
  • Dogs not allowed
  • Coast
The trail to Third Beach provides plenty of suspense for hikers. It’s a 1.3 mile trek through high trees, sometimes shrouded in fog, giving the forest here a spooky aura. But popping out onto the coast at the log-choked mouth of a creek and seeing the grand Pacific Ocean provides the perfect payoff.
 
 

Puget Sound and Islands > Seattle-Tacoma Area

 
2.0 miles of trails
Rating:
Average rating:
3.33
(3 votes)
  • Wildlife
  • Established campsites
  • Rivers
  • Good for kids
  • Dogs allowed on leash
  • Fall foliage
  • Coast
This popular state park is nestled on a stretch of shoreline between the urban centers of Seattle and Tacoma, so unsurprisingly, it's a frequently-visited location. Share the beach, share the views, and enjoy the atmosphere here.
 
 

Puget Sound and Islands > Seattle-Tacoma Area

 
2.8 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 140 ft.
Highest Point: 325 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.68
(38 votes)
  • Wildflowers/Meadows
  • Mountain views
  • Wildlife
  • Good for kids
  • Dogs allowed on leash
  • Fall foliage
  • Coast
Seattle's Discovery Park Loop Trail is a designated National Recreation Trail, 2.8 miles long with an elevation change of just 140 feet. It passes through both forest and open meadows, offers extensive views, good prospects for bird watchers, and it can be hiked or jogged year-round.
 
 

Olympic Peninsula > Northern Coast

 
7.5 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 850 ft.
Highest Point: 1166 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.47
(17 votes)
  • Old growth
  • Good for kids
  • Dogs allowed on leash
  • Established campsites
  • Coast
Visit a multi-use trail to a summit that boasts coastal scenery, forests, rocky bluffs, tidepools, and a hearty climb to a 1,166-foot viewpoint over the Strait of Juan de Fuca
 
 

Olympic Peninsula > Olympia

 
1.6 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 238 ft.
Highest Point: 201 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.00
(3 votes)
  • Wildlife
  • Good for kids
  • Dogs allowed on leash
  • Fall foliage
  • Coast
In Washington, trails can be found just about anywhere. This one takes off from Parking Lot F on the campus of Evergreen State College! A short hike down to a lovely little beach, this is just the ticket for students and families alike.
 
 

Olympic Peninsula > Olympia

 
5.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 150 ft.
Highest Point: 200 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.22
(9 votes)
  • Mountain views
  • Wildlife
  • Old growth
  • Good for kids
  • Dogs allowed on leash
  • Coast
With amenities aplenty, Squaxin Park (formerly Priest Point Park) serves a wide community of users. Take a picnic and explore its many nature trails, let your kids play on the playground, or simply relax and enjoy the surroundings.
 
 

Puget Sound and Islands > Bellingham Area

 
1.5 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 360 ft.
Highest Point: 257 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
0.00
(0 votes)
  • Old growth
  • Good for kids
  • Wildlife
  • Coast
With nearly 300 acres and a mile and a half of shoreline along Boundary Bay, Lily Point Marine Park & Reserve is an excellent coastal retreat for adults and children alike.
 
 

Puget Sound and Islands > Bellingham Area

 
1.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 124 ft.
Highest Point: 165 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.75
(4 votes)
  • Wildlife
  • Good for kids
  • Coast
This family-friendly educational center features a short nature trail that will take you through forests and meadows. At low-tide, you can also explore down onto the beach via path away from the center and a spiral staircase.
 
 

Puget Sound and Islands > Bellingham Area

 
1.5 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 367 ft.
Highest Point: 229 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
5.00
(1 vote)
  • Dogs allowed on leash
  • Good for kids
  • Coast
A half-mile loop off Highway 20 in Deception Pass State Park, the Lottie Point loop is a nice forest walk in this popular location.
 
 

Puget Sound and Islands > Seattle-Tacoma Area

 
2.4 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 345 ft.
Highest Point: 229 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.00
(1 vote)
  • Dogs allowed on leash
  • Good for kids
  • Coast
This trail connects Fort Ward Park Park to Blakely Harbor Park via a forested corridor.
 
 

Puget Sound and Islands > Whidbey Island

 
0.8 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 31 ft.
Highest Point: 32 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.80
(5 votes)
  • Wildflowers/Meadows
  • Mountain views
  • Wildlife
  • Good for kids
  • Dogs allowed on leash
  • Coast
A stroll along the sand dunes of Deception State Park's West Beach offers a glimpse into this important geologic feature. The way is easy and interpretive signs provide information about the interesting seaside vegetation unique to this area.