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Results List

166 Hikes

Olympic Peninsula > Hood Canal

 
3.5 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 400 ft.
Highest Point: 425 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
2.91
(11 votes)
  • Wildlife
  • Old growth
  • Rivers
  • Good for kids
  • Dogs allowed on leash
  • Coast
The 3.5 mile Steam Donkey Loop Trail is an especially good choice in spring, with lots of creeklets, views of the Dosewallips River and silent forest. There is a strong chance that you will see wildlife in winter and spring. An elk herd resides in the area, and with the estuary so close, the area is rife with bird-life. As an added bonus for fall hikers, you can search for and pick chanterelle mushrooms.
 
 

Olympic Peninsula > Olympia

 
3.0 miles of trails
Gain: 150 ft.
Highest Point: 200 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.33
(6 votes)
  • Dogs allowed on leash
  • Good for kids
  • Coast
A charming little escape on Budd Inlet, just north of the City of Olympia.
 
 

Olympic Peninsula > Northern Coast

 
126.6 miles, one-way
Rating:
Average rating:
3.50
(2 votes)
  • Mountain views
  • Wildlife
  • Dogs allowed on leash
  • Good for kids
  • Lakes
  • Coast
A still-under-construction route along the north part of the Olympic Peninsula, the Olympic Discovery Trail (ODT) will eventually span nearly 130 miles and be usable by bikes, walkers, runners, strollers, and in some places, equestrians.
 
 

Olympic Peninsula > Kitsap Peninsula

 
0.5 miles of trails
Rating:
Average rating:
5.00
(1 vote)
  • Mountain views
  • Wildlife
  • Established campsites
  • Old growth
  • Good for kids
  • Dogs allowed on leash
  • Fall foliage
  • Coast
Find this tiny gem of a state park on the Kitsap Peninsula, tucked between Bainbridge Island and Bremerton. Vistors here will find prime beachside meandering and a relaxing atmosphere, enhanced by the dense forest typical of land in the Puget Sound area.
 
 

Olympic Peninsula > Kitsap Peninsula

 
1.5 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 200 ft.
Highest Point: 175 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.50
(6 votes)
  • Old growth
  • Coast
  • Good for kids
  • Dogs allowed on leash
  • Rivers
Accessible only by bridge or by boat, Jarrell Cove State Park administers several small recreation areas, including Harstine Island, McMicken Island, Stretch Point, Eagle Island and Hope Island. Harstine Island is a day-use property with beach access via a half-mile trail; the other areas area all only accessible by boat.
 
 

Olympic Peninsula > Kitsap Peninsula

 
2.5 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 360 ft.
Highest Point: 360 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.18
(17 votes)
  • Mountain views
  • Wildlife
  • Old growth
  • Rivers
  • Good for kids
  • Dogs not allowed
  • Coast
Enjoy breath taking views of the Olympics from a secluded cove with many different types of seabirds and wildlife. Try to keep your feet dry while exploring a series of trails amid the historic 184-acre Guillemot Cove Nature Reserve.
 
 

Olympic Peninsula > Kitsap Peninsula

 
1.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 20 ft.
Highest Point: 20 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.50
(2 votes)
  • Mountain views
  • Wildlife
  • Good for kids
  • Dogs not allowed
  • Coast
A short, level hike through second growth conifers to a wide beach and a brackish estuary.
 
 

Olympic Peninsula > Northern Coast

 
2.5 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.18
(11 votes)
  • Good for kids
  • Coast
On the shore of the Strait of Juan de Fuca, you can walk a fine sandy beach between high bluffs and two access points to reach the Point Wilson Lighthouse at Fort Worden State Park.
 
 

Olympic Peninsula > Hood Canal

 
5.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 150 ft.
Highest Point: 150 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
2.67
(9 votes)
  • Wildlife
  • Good for kids
  • Dogs allowed on leash
  • Established campsites
  • Coast
Fort Flagler State Park is one of five impressive military installations that were established in close proximity to protect Puget Sound from invaders during times of war.
 
 

Olympic Peninsula > Olympia

 
1.25 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 110 ft.
Highest Point: 110 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
0.00
(0 votes)
  • Wildflowers/Meadows
  • Mountain views
  • Wildlife
  • Good for kids
  • Dogs allowed on leash
  • Fall foliage
  • Coast
This small park near Olympia offers a nice meandering loop trail, as well as beaches and playgrounds for kids.
 
 

Olympic Peninsula > Kitsap Peninsula

 
1.5 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 328 ft.
Highest Point: 362 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
0.00
(0 votes)
  • Dogs allowed on leash
  • Coast
  • Good for kids
  • Lakes
  • Rivers
A short trail through undeveloped state park lands to a section of shoreline on the Key Peninsula.
 
 

Olympic Peninsula > Northern Coast

 
2.5 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 235 ft.
Highest Point: 180 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
5.00
(1 vote)
  • Wildlife
  • Good for kids
  • Dogs allowed on leash
  • Coast
A lovely protected space on a half-mile of beach along the Strait of Juan de Fuca. This area is just 20 miles west of Port Angeles -- perfect for a picnic or a short day trip.
 
 

Olympic Peninsula > Hood Canal

 
0.2 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 0 ft.
Highest Point: 0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.00
(1 vote)
  • Good for kids
  • Coast
Accessible only at low-tide, this trail (called the North Tidal Area Trail on the Dosewallips State Park map) is a short, gravelled trail that meanders along the north end of the beach at the state park. While this trail is quite short, and only accessible during a limited time, there are 10 total miles of trail in the state park, found across Highway 101 and departing from the camping area. If you want a longer hike, try the Steam Donkey or the Maple Valley trail.
 
 

Olympic Peninsula > Hood Canal

 
3.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 70 ft.
Highest Point: 50 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
2.88
(8 votes)
  • Mountain views
  • Wildlife
  • Good for kids
  • Dogs allowed on leash
  • Coast
Indian Island County Park offers two glorious miles of shoreline that can be hiked on the beach, on the bluffs, or a combination of the two. Leisurely beach ramblers, trail runners, and everyone in between will enjoy easy access to nature and the breath-taking scenery of Oak Bay.
 
 

Olympic Peninsula > Olympia

 
2.0 miles of trails
Gain: 75 ft.
Highest Point: 40 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
2.00
(1 vote)
  • Wildlife
  • Good for kids
  • Dogs not allowed
  • Coast
Bayshore Preserve is a 74-acre spread of land on the Bayshore Peninsula which pokes into Oakland Bay. A former golf course, WTA is working on improving the informal trails here so hikers can enjoy an area that is undergoing restoration efforts.
 
 

Puget Sound and Islands > San Juan Islands

 
1.5 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 0 ft.
Highest Point: 10 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
0.00
(0 votes)
  • Dogs not allowed
  • Good for kids
  • Lakes
  • Coast