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Results List

166 Hikes

Puget Sound and Islands > San Juan Islands

 
10.0 miles of trails
Gain: 223 ft.
Highest Point: 223 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.33
(6 votes)
  • Mountain views
  • Wildlife
  • Good for kids
  • Dogs allowed on leash
  • Fall foliage
  • Coast
Far to the north, between the Strait of Georgia and the waters surrounding the San Juan Islands is a funny-shaped little island with a wealth of hiking trails on its relatively small square acreage.
 
 

Puget Sound and Islands > Bellingham Area

 
1.5 miles of trails
Rating:
Average rating:
5.00
(1 vote)
  • Mountain views
  • Wildlife
  • Established campsites
  • Old growth
  • Good for kids
  • Dogs allowed on leash
  • Coast
Terrell Creek Marsh is one of the few remaining saltwater/freshwater estuaries in northern Puget Sound. The half mile loop through a mixed forest of maple, alder, paper birch, cedars, and hemlock has 10 informative signs along the way. There are 1.5 miles of saltwater shoreline to explore.
 
 

Olympic Peninsula > Pacific Coast

 
0.1 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 0 ft.
Highest Point: 25 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
2.50
(4 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.
 
 
 
0.75 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 25 ft.
Highest Point: 200 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.00
(7 votes)
  • Dogs allowed on leash
  • Good for kids
  • Coast
Take a couple of ADA-accessible trails to some of the most scenic parts of Cape Disappointment State Park.
 
 

Puget Sound and Islands > Bellingham Area

 
1.5 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 192 ft.
Highest Point: 157 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.00
(4 votes)
  • Wildflowers/Meadows
  • Mountain views
  • Wildlife
  • Dogs not allowed
  • Good for kids
  • Fall foliage
  • Coast
This hike boasts a great combination of wetland and sea shore. It is doable by hikers of all ages, and most of the trail is wheelchair accessible
 
 

Olympic Peninsula > Pacific Coast

 
3.3 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 286 ft.
Highest Point: 71 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.19
(27 votes)
  • Wildlife
  • Good for kids
  • Dogs not allowed
  • Established campsites
  • Coast
Spend a day strolling the rugged Olympic Coast to dramatic sea stacks and natural wonders.
 
 

Southwest Washington > Long Beach Area

 
8.2 miles, one-way
Gain: 15 ft.
Highest Point: 45 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
5.00
(1 vote)
  • Dogs allowed on leash
  • Good for kids
  • Fall foliage
  • Coast
This 8.2-mile trail from the center of Ilwaco along Long Beach provides a nice outing for those wanting to experience the area on foot. The route takes you through forested hills and features nice views of the ocean from the Beard's Hollow Overlook, and then beach and dune walking to the town of Long Beach.
 
 

Puget Sound and Islands > San Juan Islands

 
Rating:
Average rating:
0.00
(0 votes)
  • Wildflowers/Meadows
  • Mountain views
  • Dogs allowed on leash
  • Good for kids
  • Coast
Enjoy wildflowers, solitude, and gorgeous views of Puget Sound on this lovely little hike down a pretty trail to Watmaugh Bay Beach. The park is located off Watmough Head Road, and the beach is beautiful; perfect for a picnic.
 
 

Olympic Peninsula > Pacific Coast

 
6.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 150 ft.
Highest Point: 100 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.11
(9 votes)
  • Wildlife
  • Good for kids
  • Dogs not allowed
  • Established campsites
  • Coast
A beautiful hike through an interesting forest, often over boardwalks, ends at the beach with the potential for birdwatching and wildlife viewing. If you plan ahead and get a permit, it's a nice overnight destination.
 
 

Olympic Peninsula > Pacific Coast

 
8.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 200 ft.
Highest Point: 200 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.40
(62 votes)
  • Dogs not allowed
  • Coast
  • Good for kids
  • Established campsites
  • Rivers
This stunning Olympic coastal hike is one of the more photographed places in Washington for good reason.
 
 

Southwest Washington > Long Beach Area

 
10.6 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 50 ft.
Highest Point: 35 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.25
(8 votes)
  • Dogs not allowed
  • Good for kids
  • Coast
Enjoy a flat, sandy stroll to the mouth of Willapa Bay on the Long Beach Peninsula.
 
 

Puget Sound and Islands > Seattle-Tacoma Area

 
0.5 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 100 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.80
(5 votes)
  • Dogs allowed on leash
  • Good for kids
  • Coast
A series of very short trails at Point Robinson lead to and around a lighthouse on Maury Island whose mate is across the Sound at Alki Point.
 
 

Puget Sound and Islands > Seattle-Tacoma Area

 
3.0 miles of trails
Gain: 500 ft.
Highest Point: 500 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.00
(7 votes)
  • Wildlife
  • Good for kids
  • Dogs allowed on leash
  • Coast
Maury Island Marine Park is located on the east side of Maury Island which is connected to Vashon Island. There is more than one mile of natural shoreline with stunning views of Mount Rainier and the Cascade Mountains. The park is a former gravel mine and contains rare stands of the Pacific Madrone tree. The accessible shoreline allows for scuba diving and an excellent beach walk to observe marine life with a salt marsh at the north end.
 
 

Puget Sound and Islands > Whidbey Island

 
4.0 miles, roundtrip
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 > Whidbey Island

 
2.3 miles of trails
Rating:
Average rating:
3.00
(1 vote)
  • Wildflowers/Meadows
  • Wildlife
  • Old growth
  • Good for kids
  • Dogs allowed on leash
  • Coast
This nature preserve represents the best of Washington all in one 86-acre parcel on the edge of Whidbey Island.
 
 

Puget Sound and Islands > Whidbey Island

 
2.5 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 0 ft.
Highest Point: 0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.67
(3 votes)
  • Wildlife
  • Good for kids
  • Dogs allowed on leash
  • Coast
Enjoy this 2.5 mile long beach hike thanks to a donation from the Morgan Family to Whidbey Camano Land Trust.
 
 
 
5.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 350 ft.
Highest Point: 110 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.20
(46 votes)
  • Mountain views
  • Old growth
  • Good for kids
  • Dogs allowed on leash
  • Coast
On your next trip to Deception Pass State Park, don’t cross over the Deception Pass bridge. Instead, take the road down to Bowman Bay for some fine hiking along the rugged cliffs. Great views of the bridge over Deception and Canoe Pass, calm Lottie Bay, a woodland walk through hemlock, fir and Pacific Madrone, plus the legend of the Maiden of Deception Pass are what await you here.
 
 

Olympic Peninsula > Pacific Coast

 
6.2 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 100 ft.
Highest Point: 350 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.55
(11 votes)
  • Wildlife
  • Established campsites
  • Dogs not allowed
  • Rivers
  • Good for kids
  • Coast
Take a beautifully constructed boardwalk a little more than three miles out to the wild Olympic Coast. If you can snag a permit, camping here is divine. If not, while away a few hours playing in the water or ambling along the beach.
 
 

Olympic Peninsula > Olympia

 
3.5 miles of trails
Rating:
Average rating:
3.42
(12 votes)
  • Wildlife
  • Good for kids
  • Dogs not allowed
  • Coast
With five miles of shoreline in South Puget Sound, the Woodard Bay Conservation Area includes forests, wetlands of freshwater, as well as historic and cultural resources that are a valuable diversion in the area.
 
 

Olympic Peninsula > Kitsap Peninsula

 
1.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 25 ft.
Highest Point: 25 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.50
(6 votes)
  • Wildflowers/Meadows
  • Mountain views
  • Wildlife
  • Old growth
  • Good for kids
  • Dogs allowed on leash
  • Coast
This is an easy loop trail, wandering nearly one mile through a forest of bigleaf maple and cedars on the shores of Carr Inlet in Gig Harbor. With less than fifty feet of elevation gain and plenty of picnic tables, it makes the perfect destination for families with small children.
 
 

Puget Sound and Islands > Seattle-Tacoma Area

 
2.0 miles of trails
Rating:
Average rating:
3.00
(2 votes)
  • Dogs allowed on leash
  • Good for kids
  • Lakes
  • Coast
Start out at a historic lodge, then walk along the edge of a lagoon before heading out to the beach.
 
 

Puget Sound and Islands > Bellingham Area

 
2.6 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 200 ft.
Highest Point: 200 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
2.83
(12 votes)
  • Dogs allowed on leash
  • Good for kids
  • Coast
A fine little park with beach access, camping, a boat launch and trails. A popular park in the summer, this is a great place for a quiet off-season hike. On this loop trail, there are views, a forest walk, birding and beachcombing.
 
 

Puget Sound and Islands > San Juan Islands

 
2.4 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 550 ft.
Highest Point: 688 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.83
(6 votes)
  • Mountain views
  • Dogs allowed on leash
  • Summits
  • Good for kids
  • Coast
A collaboration between Skagit Land Trust and Washington Trails Association created this 1.2-mile trail up Guemes Mountain, offering views of the surrounding San Juan Islands. A treat year round, you'll also see unique prairie habitat and forest, in addition to those gorgeous views.
 
 

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.
 
 

Puget Sound and Islands > Bellingham Area

 
0.75 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 360 ft.
Highest Point: 140 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.00
(3 votes)
  • Wildflowers/Meadows
  • Mountain views
  • Dogs allowed on leash
  • Established campsites
  • Good for kids
  • Fall foliage
  • Coast
La Conner is well known for its museums, interesting shops, pubs and dining establishments. Less well-known is this small park at the southwest corner of town that offers a forested retreat with a few short hiking trails and some wildflowers in season. As a hike extension, continue on across Swinomish Channel to visit a tribal park.
 
 

Puget Sound and Islands > Seattle-Tacoma Area

 
4.4 miles, one-way
Gain: 0 ft.
Highest Point: 20 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.25
(4 votes)
  • Dogs allowed on leash
  • Good for kids
  • Coast
A paved urban trail along the Alki beaches and West Seattle industrial area with spectacular mountain, city and Elliott Bay marine views.
 
 

Puget Sound and Islands > Seattle-Tacoma Area

 
1.85 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 160 ft.
Highest Point: 160 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.14
(7 votes)
  • Old growth
  • Good for kids
  • Dogs allowed on leash
  • Coast
Located on the western edge of West Seattle, Lincoln park offers 5 miles of trails, including a loop hike with bluff and beachfront views of Puget Sound, Vashon Island, and the Olympic Mountains.
 
 

Puget Sound and Islands > Bellingham Area

 
3.5 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 250 ft.
Highest Point: 275 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.00
(6 votes)
  • Wildflowers/Meadows
  • Wildlife
  • Dogs allowed on leash
  • Old growth
  • Good for kids
  • Lakes
  • Fall foliage
  • Coast
Enjoy the easy, forested trail to Cranberry Lake - an extensive wetland created by energetic beavers - plus trails along the high bluffs with views out to Saratoga Passage and Whidbey Island. Optionally, explore a trail to the eastern edge of the park. To finish up, visit the Historic District and vintage beach cabins.
 
 

Puget Sound and Islands > Seattle-Tacoma Area

 
2.0 miles of trails
Gain: 100 ft.
Highest Point: 100 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
0.00
(0 votes)
  • Dogs allowed on leash
  • Good for kids
  • Coast
Pritchard Park sits at the mouth of Eagle Harbor on Bainbridge Island, facing the Bainbridge Island ferry terminal. With a network of upland trails and beachfront, this park offers numerous hiking opportunities that take visitors through natural Puget Sound landscapes as well as significant historical sites.
 
 

Puget Sound and Islands > Seattle-Tacoma Area

 
Rating:
Average rating:
0.00
(0 votes)
  • Good for kids
  • Coast
This park sits at the northern tip of Dyes Inlet and just outside of the urban center of Silverdale. From the parking area a network of trails extends out through the forest.