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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

162 Hikes

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)
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

 
2.0 miles of trails
Rating:
Average rating:
3.00
(1 vote)
Start out at a historic lodge, then walk along the edge of a lagoon before heading out to the beach.
 
 

Olympic Peninsula -- Pacific Coast

 
8.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 200 ft.
Highest Point: 200 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.40
(60 votes)
Trail currently closed
This stunning Olympic coastal hike is one of the more photographed places in Washington for good reason.
 
 

Puget Sound and Islands -- Bellingham Area

 
5.5 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 1360 ft.
Highest Point: 2025 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
2.83
(6 votes)
This strenuous uphill climb leads to big-payout views of the San Juans from Oyster Dome before visiting tranquil Lily Lake.
 
 

Olympic Peninsula -- Pacific Coast

 
4.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 25 ft.
Highest Point: 25 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.88
(8 votes)
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:
3.93
(14 votes)
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 -- Bellingham Area

 
2.6 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 200 ft.
Highest Point: 200 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
2.82
(11 votes)
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.
 
 

Olympic Peninsula -- Olympia

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

Puget Sound and Islands -- Seattle-Tacoma Area

 
5.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 10 ft.
Highest Point: 10 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.97
(37 votes)
Formerly known as the Nisqually National Wildlife Refuge and renamed to honor the memory of a noted activist, this an excellent year-round destination for wildlife viewing and photography.
 
 

Southwest Washington -- Long Beach Area

 
1.3 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 0 ft.
Highest Point: 20 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.00
(1 vote)
The short boardwalk at Bowerman Basin provides a quiet, contemplative place to enjoy the wildlife resting at the Grays Harbor National Wildlife Refuge.
 
 

Puget Sound and Islands -- Bellingham Area

 
2.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 0 ft.
Highest Point: 0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.90
(10 votes)
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

 
2.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 50 ft.
Highest Point: 80 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
0.00
(0 votes)
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 -- Whidbey Island

 
6.4 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 600 ft.
Highest Point: 400 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.50
(8 votes)
A great trail for solitude and a cloudy winter day, this is a forest walk, complete with old growth giants, mature alder and a green understory of sword ferns. A tree huggers hike! This loop will give you a nice variety of forest ecosystems.
 
 

Puget Sound and Islands -- Seattle-Tacoma Area

 
Gain: 0 ft.
Highest Point: 50 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
2.50
(2 votes)
Start at Edmond's Marina Beach Park and head through the marina and out along the edge of the water to your choice of two beaches.
 
 

Puget Sound and Islands -- Bellingham Area

 
3.2 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 490 ft.
Highest Point: 220 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.00
(2 votes)
Explore roads and trails on, and around, Cap Sante, an impressive rocky headland at the northeast corner of Anacortes. Enjoy views extending from Mount Baker to Mount Rainier, plus the busy harbor.
 
 

Puget Sound and Islands -- Seattle-Tacoma Area

 
19.0 miles of trails
Rating:
Average rating:
3.50
(10 votes)
Dash Point State park is located between Seattle and Tacoma and is a popular spot for water recreation. Birdwatchers can see shorebirds and raptors, while beach explorers can look for crabs and starfish on the shores during low tide. While the park is mostly known for the beach, there are also miles of forested trails for hiking and biking.
 
 

Puget Sound and Islands -- Seattle-Tacoma Area

 
3.5 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 400 ft.
Highest Point: 398 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.33
(3 votes)
Hike good trails though a forested drainage in Burien that has many tall trees and, in season, is very green. In spring look for a few wildflowers. Continue your hike on trails paralleling the beach, both north and south of your trailhead.
 
 

Puget Sound and Islands -- Seattle-Tacoma Area

 
3.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 218 ft.
Highest Point: 250 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.07
(14 votes)
Sesqualitchew Creek is a fantastic find in the middle of DuPont. Transition from urban to forest and back over a short trail that provides a great distraction from the buzz of urban life -- and all possible on your lunch break!
 
 

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)
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.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.00
(1 vote)
The Port Susan Bay Preserve, owned by Nature Conservancy, is a 4,122-acre preserve which encompasses much of the Stillaguamish River estuary. A short mile-long dike trail takes you through tidelands and farmlands to the Stillaguamish River, provide the opportunity to view many varieties of birds and other wildlife.
 
 

Olympic Peninsula -- Olympia

 
2.0 miles, roundtrip
Rating:
Average rating:
4.00
(3 votes)
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.
 
 

Puget Sound and Islands -- Seattle-Tacoma Area

 
3.25 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 315 ft.
Highest Point: 234 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.67
(15 votes)
This loop combines the Grandview Trail with the Soundview Trail to make 3.25 miles with some serious incline. Walk around the golf course at Chambers Creek Regional Park, and enjoy views of Chambers Bay and the vivid green grasses of the golf course.
 
 

Puget Sound and Islands -- Whidbey Island

 
5.0 miles, roundtrip
Rating:
Average rating:
3.17
(6 votes)
The land encompassed by Dugualla State Park was acquired in 1992, when Washington State Parks bought the property to prevent it from being logged. It is now a quiet little state park at the north end of Oak Harbor.
 
 

Puget Sound and Islands -- Seattle-Tacoma Area

 
2.5 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 300 ft.
Highest Point: 300 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.67
(6 votes)
Seattle's Golden Gardens Park is best known for its wide sandy beach; on summer weekends, the large parking lot may be full and the beach crowded. Less well-known is the extensive trail system on the steep slopes east of the railroad tracks, constructed as a WPA project in the 1930s, with wide trails and stone staircases. Today, some of the stonework shows signs of age but the main trails still are well-maintained and in good condition.
 
 

Olympic Peninsula -- Pacific Coast

 
Rating:
Average rating:
0.00
(0 votes)
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.
 
 

Southwest Washington -- Long Beach Area

 
4.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 0 ft.
Highest Point: 15 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
0.00
(0 votes)
WTA began construction of this half mile new trail in 2013. Since then they've built several boardwalks and brushed out a rough corridor leading to a connection with the existing trail system through the forested dunes.
 
 

Southwest Washington -- Long Beach Area

 
4.0 miles, roundtrip
Highest Point: 10 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.27
(11 votes)
With four miles of beach walking and water on three sides, Damon Point is one of the best places to hike and view wildlife in the North Beach area of Washington's Pacific Coast.
 
 

Southwest Washington -- Long Beach Area

 
4.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 40 ft.
Highest Point: 25 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.00
(6 votes)
On a stretch of Washington coast known for its beach-driving, Griffiths-Priday State Park is a welcome respite for walkers. The natural spit features low sand dunes that are protected as a wildlife refuge bordered by Conner Creek on one side and the Copalis River on the other.
 
 

Puget Sound and Islands -- Seattle-Tacoma Area

 
8.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 190 ft.
Highest Point: 190 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
0.00
(0 votes)
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 re-enactment retreat accessible via ferry from nearby Seattle.
 
 

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)
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.