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WTA's hiking guide is the most comprehensive database of hikes in Washington, and comprises content written by local hiking experts and user submitted information. All data is vetted by WTA staff. This resource is made possible by the donations of WTA members.

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Results List

166 Hikes

Puget Sound and Islands > San Juan Islands

 
0.5 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 25 ft.
Highest Point: 25 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
5.00
(1 vote)
  • Dogs allowed on leash
  • Good for kids
  • Coast
Hike a small piece of the new San Juan Islands National Monument! This section of BLM land is one of 75 sections throughout the islands (most are on uninhabited islands) and the site of the Cattle Point Lighthouse. This lighthouse was erected in 1935, but a navigational lantern has stood here since 1888.
 
 

Puget Sound and Islands > Seattle-Tacoma Area

 
3.5 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 800 ft.
Highest Point: 240 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.87
(15 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.
 
 

Puget Sound and Islands > Bellingham Area

 
2.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 0 ft.
Highest Point: 0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.90
(10 votes)
  • Mountain views
  • Wildlife
  • Coast
  • Good for kids
  • Rivers
Each year, from fall to spring, this area is a bird paradise, with snow geese and trumpeter and tundra swans overwintering in huge numbers. There are several access points in the wildlife refuge. The Headquarters area has a two mile trail and staff may be able to point you to other appropriate areas to visit.
 
 

Puget Sound and Islands > Seattle-Tacoma Area

 
8.0 miles of trails
Gain: 190 ft.
Highest Point: 190 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
0.00
(0 votes)
  • Mountain views
  • Wildlife
  • Established campsites
  • Old growth
  • Good for kids
  • Dogs allowed on leash
  • Fall foliage
  • Coast
Originally home to the Suquamish Indian tribe and legendary for being the supposed birthplace of Chief Sealth, over the years Blake Island has also served as a timber source, a private estate, Army base, and even a smuggler’s refuge. It now may be best known for Tillicum Village, a Native American cultural center that is currently closed. Access to Blake Island State Park is only possible by personal watercraft.
 
 

Puget Sound and Islands > Bellingham Area

 
2.2 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 200 ft.
Highest Point: 230 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.25
(12 votes)
  • Wildlife
  • Old growth
  • Good for kids
  • Dogs not allowed
  • Fall foliage
  • Coast
Thanks to a partnership between Washington State Parks and the Swinomish Indian Tribal Community, Kukutali Preserve in Similk Bay near La Conner opened to the public on June 16, 2014. Believed to be the first park in the United States to be co-owned and managed by a tribe and another government, management of the area focuses on conservation and research, public education and limited recreational use, including hiking!
 
 

Puget Sound and Islands > San Juan Islands

 
2.2 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 587 ft.
Highest Point: 665 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.29
(7 votes)
  • Wildflowers/Meadows
  • Mountain views
  • Wildlife
  • Summits
  • Good for kids
  • Dogs allowed on leash
  • Coast
The hike up Young Hill is a San Juan Island classic. A moderate trail leading to surprisingly expansive views, and the short side trip to the English Camp cemetery offers a chance to observe unique natural and historical features.
 
 

Puget Sound and Islands > Bellingham Area

 
1.6 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 0 ft.
Highest Point: 0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
0.00
(0 votes)
  • Mountain views
  • Wildlife
  • Good for kids
  • Dogs allowed on leash
  • Coast
Here, find spectacular views of Mount Baker, Twin Sisters and other peaks. Activities include beachcombing, birdwatching, and picnicking.
 
 

Puget Sound and Islands > Seattle-Tacoma Area

 
5.1 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 380 ft.
Highest Point: 345 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.22
(9 votes)
  • Wildflowers/Meadows
  • Mountain views
  • Dogs not allowed
  • Good for kids
  • Fall foliage
  • Coast
Hike through the relatively uncrowded southeast corner of a park in Seattle. Head up to the South Meadow for the views, then go down to the beaches and get up close to the West Point Lighthouse. Come back up to the park highlands for a close look at old buildings in the Fort Lawton Historic District.
 
 

Puget Sound and Islands > Seattle-Tacoma Area

 
7.0 miles, roundtrip
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 > Whidbey Island

 
Rating:
Average rating:
2.00
(1 vote)
  • Dogs allowed on leash
  • Good for kids
  • Coast
The Oak Harbor Waterfront Trail is a route that follows the shoreline of Oak Harbor Marina.
 
 

Puget Sound and Islands > Seattle-Tacoma Area

 
2.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 50 ft.
Highest Point: 80 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
0.00
(0 votes)
  • Mountain views
  • Wildlife
  • Good for kids
  • Dogs allowed on leash
  • Coast
Take a short hike to the best views of the Skagit flats and the bay, as well as the Cascades to the east, the Olympics to the west, and Rainier to the south.
 
 

Puget Sound and Islands > Seattle-Tacoma Area

 
Rating:
Average rating:
0.00
(0 votes)
  • Good for kids
  • Coast
This small park is located on the shoreline next to the Hood Canal Bridge. A popular spot for boaters, this park also has something to offer hikers.
 
 

Puget Sound and Islands > San Juan Islands

 
6.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 280 ft.
Highest Point: 300 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
5.00
(2 votes)
  • Mountain views
  • Wildlife
  • Good for kids
  • Dogs allowed on leash
  • Coast
It doesn’t get better than Stuart Island if you want to combine a quaint little hiking trip with sea kayaking, camping and wildlife watching.
 
 
 
0.6 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 150 ft.
Highest Point: 200 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
5.00
(1 vote)
  • Dogs allowed on leash
  • Old growth
  • Good for kids
  • Wildlife
  • Coast
Breathe in the sea spray on this anything-but-disappointing hike out to the scenic Cape Disappointment Lighthouse, which offers a trail through a coastal forest and glimpses of the powerful Pacific Ocean.
 
 

Puget Sound and Islands > San Juan Islands

 
2.7 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 167 ft.
Highest Point: 175 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
0.00
(0 votes)
  • Wildflowers/Meadows
  • Wildlife
  • Good for kids
  • Dogs allowed on leash
  • Coast
Hike from the site of a historic military occupation down to South Beach, the longest public beach on San Juan Island. Wildlife abounds as guests often encounter red foxes and may see orcas in the Strait of Juan de Fuca.
 
 

Southwest Washington > Long Beach Area

 
2.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 15 ft.
Highest Point: 30 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
5.00
(1 vote)
  • Wildlife
  • Good for kids
  • Dogs allowed on leash
  • Coast
The Westport Light Trail, also known to locals as "The Dunes Trail" is about 1 paved mile dotted with many commemorative stone benches.
 
 

Puget Sound and Islands > Bellingham Area

 
6.6 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 0 ft.
Highest Point: 25 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.67
(6 votes)
  • Mountain views
  • Wildlife
  • Good for kids
  • Dogs allowed on leash
  • Coast
This hike is a flat 3.3 mile one-way blacktop trail that starts at The Port of Anacortes and ends at March Point near The Shell and Tesoro Refineries. The trail has great views of Mount Baker, Fidalgo Bay and lots of blue heron, especially when the tides are low.
 
 

Puget Sound and Islands > San Juan Islands

 
2.0 miles of trails
Gain: 60 ft.
Highest Point: 60 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.75
(4 votes)
  • Wildlife
  • Good for kids
  • Dogs allowed on leash
  • Established campsites
  • Coast
Spencer Spit State Park is located on the northeast corner of Lopez Island in the San Juan Islands. A campground sits at the northern edge of the park. The network of hiking trails loops around the edge of the park, heads along the edge of a lagoon and extends out onto the spit.
 
 

Puget Sound and Islands > Seattle-Tacoma Area

 
1.4 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 0 ft.
Highest Point: 15 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.75
(4 votes)
  • Mountain views
  • Wildlife
  • Coast
  • Good for kids
  • Rivers
Hike a trail on top of an elevated berm that leads into a newly restored tidal marsh on Leque Island. Enjoy sights and sounds of hawks, ducks, and other birds, in addition to breathtaking views of the Olympics and North Cascades.
 
 

Olympic Peninsula > Olympia

 
1.98 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 200 ft.
Highest Point: 225 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.00
(6 votes)
  • Wildlife
  • Coast
  • Good for kids
  • Dogs allowed on leash
  • Rivers
Take a short jaunt in Tolmie State Park. Great for families or just a quick stretch of the legs.
 
 

Olympic Peninsula > Kitsap Peninsula

 
2.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 100 ft.
Highest Point: 0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.50
(6 votes)
  • Mountain views
  • Wildlife
  • Good for kids
  • Dogs allowed on leash
  • Fall foliage
  • Coast
The trail at Point No Point gives you both a glimpse into the past, as well as a bit of a workout and great views. With 3 acres in the Point No Point County Park and one hiking trail, the Point No Point lighthouse makes a great destination for visitors young and old.
 
 

Olympic Peninsula > Kitsap Peninsula

 
2.0 miles, roundtrip
Rating:
Average rating:
0.00
(0 votes)
  • Good for kids
  • Coast
This 66-acre preserve sits on the shores of the Kitsap Peninsula overlooking the Hood Canal. There are about 2 miles of trails to wander.
 
 

Olympic Peninsula > Kitsap Peninsula

 
1.4 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 250 ft.
Highest Point: 250 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
0.00
(0 votes)
  • Mountain views
  • Wildlife
  • Good for kids
  • Dogs allowed on leash
  • Fall foliage
  • Coast
Enjoy a short hike to one of the best beaches in Kitsap County.
 
 

Olympic Peninsula > Northern Coast

 
6.5 miles of trails
Rating:
Average rating:
4.25
(4 votes)
  • Dogs allowed on leash
  • Established campsites
  • Old growth
  • Good for kids
  • Fall foliage
  • Coast
Visit a historic marine camping park that boasts saltwater shoreline that abuts Port Townsend Bay. Rife with military history, the trails here travel through beautiful forest and offer insight into the area's past life, including a former military cemetary.
 
 

Olympic Peninsula > Northern Coast

 
7.3 miles, one-way
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.
 
 

Olympic Peninsula > Northern Coast

 
Rating:
Average rating:
2.00
(5 votes)
  • Dogs allowed on leash
  • Good for kids
  • Established campsites
  • Coast
The Salt Creek Recreation Area just outside of Port Angeles has several small trails in and around the camping area for folks to explore, and connects hikers to the nearby Striped Peak trail.
 
 

Olympic Peninsula > Northern Coast

 
4.25 miles, one-way
Gain: 50 ft.
Highest Point: 10 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
2.25
(4 votes)
  • Wildlife
  • Good for kids
  • Dogs allowed on leash
  • Coast
An easy, mostly paved hike along the saltwater, with plenty of chances to see wildlife.
 
 

Olympic Peninsula > Pacific Coast

 
1.0 miles of trails
Gain: 10 ft.
Highest Point: 20 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
0.00
(0 votes)
  • Dogs allowed on leash
  • Good for kids
  • Established campsites
  • Coast
Ocean City State Park is a 170-acre camping park with almost 3000 feet of shoreline on the Pacific Ocean. Trails through the dune grasses and shore pines lead to the Pacific Ocean.
 
 

Olympic Peninsula > Northern Coast

 
7.5 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 610 ft.
Highest Point: 360 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.18
(17 votes)
  • Dogs allowed on leash
  • Good for kids
  • Coast
This wooded walk enters a lush ravine lined with remnant old-growth and gives way to an isolated beach with views of Protection Island.
 
 

Olympic Peninsula > Northern Coast

 
3.0 miles of trails
Gain: 0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.00
(3 votes)
  • Mountain views
  • Wildlife
  • Established campsites
  • Good for kids
  • Dogs allowed on leash
  • Coast
Also known as the portal to the popular Dungeness Spit, there are many equestrian and hiker friendly trails here. Situated on the bluff above the Strait of Juan De Fuca, this area boasts 67 campsites in addition to the scenic, mile-long bluff trail and excellent birdwatching.