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166 Hikes

Puget Sound and Islands > Whidbey Island

 
1.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 10 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.50
(2 votes)
  • Mountain views
  • Wildlife
  • Good for kids
  • Dogs allowed on leash
  • Coast
This trail only takes about 20 minutes to hike out and back with great views of Mount Baker, Mount Erie, Fidalgo Island, Hope Island and the inner part of Puget Sound.
 
 

Puget Sound and Islands > Seattle-Tacoma Area

 
1.0 miles, roundtrip
Rating:
Average rating:
4.00
(3 votes)
  • Wildflowers/Meadows
  • Mountain views
  • Wildlife
  • Good for kids
  • Dogs allowed on leash
  • Fall foliage
  • Coast
If you've been to Cama Beach and Camano Island State Parks, and you're looking for another diversion on Camano Island, consider Iverson Spit Waterfront Preserve. This delightful area offers some short hiking trails and, of course, ever present views of the Cascade Mountains and shoreline wandering.
 
 

Puget Sound and Islands > San Juan Islands

 
1.7 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 50 ft.
Highest Point: 50 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
0.00
(0 votes)
  • Wildlife
  • Good for kids
  • Dogs allowed on leash
  • Coast
English Camp is the historical site of the Royal British Marines’ outpost established in the 1860’s. Part of a joint English-American occupation of San Juan Island while international water boundaries were decided, many of the buildings remain for visitors to explore. The gentle, family-friendly loop trail from English Camp to Bell Point offers hikers peaceful water views and pleasant bird watching.
 
 

Puget Sound and Islands > San Juan Islands

 
1.2 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 300 ft.
Highest Point: 195 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
0.00
(0 votes)
  • Dogs allowed on leash
  • Old growth
  • Good for kids
  • Wildlife
  • Coast
A relaxing walk through land once slated for a housing development, the trail around Upright Head Preserve is an easy hike where one can watch ferries travel from one island to the next while waiting for their own. Remnants of roads and utilities make up part of the trail, with the rest on narrow dirt paths through the dense forest.
 
 

Southwest Washington > Long Beach Area

 
1.4 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 260 ft.
Highest Point: 140 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.00
(1 vote)
  • Wildflowers/Meadows
  • Wildlife
  • Old growth
  • Good for kids
  • Dogs allowed on leash
  • Coast
Tucked off of Spur Road 100, the opposite direction from the Cape Disappointment State Park camping area, the Coastal Forest Loop offers a chance to experience the signature environment of this area in either a half mile or mile and a half loop. Be sure to snag the brochure offered at the park office with interpretive information corresponding to posts along the way.
 
 

Puget Sound and Islands > Bellingham Area

 
2.2 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 600 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.50
(2 votes)
  • Ridges/passes
  • Wildlife
  • Old growth
  • Good for kids
  • Dogs allowed on leash
  • Coast
Discover the natural history of South Fidalgo Island on this beautiful forested trail. The trail traverses past meadows and rocky balds, a red rock quarry, a miner’s shack, the “rock” of artist Morris Graves’ lore, and views of Pass Lake, Campbell Lake, and Mount Erie.
 
 

Puget Sound and Islands > Seattle-Tacoma Area

 
1.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 7 ft.
Highest Point: 11 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
0.00
(0 votes)
  • Wildlife
  • Good for kids
  • Dogs allowed on leash
  • Coast
With expansive waterfront views and access to a beach right against the Puget Sound, a walk down the Redondo Beach Boardwalk is a great way to get some fresh air without ever leaving town.
 
 

Puget Sound and Islands > Whidbey Island

 
2.75 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 300 ft.
Highest Point: 130 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
5.00
(2 votes)
  • Wildflowers/Meadows
  • Mountain views
  • Wildlife
  • Good for kids
  • Dogs allowed on leash
  • Fall foliage
  • Coast
Enjoy a series of easy forest trails in this new Island County park. Descend to the beach at both ends of the bluff. Optionally, tide permitting, hike the entire length of the mile-long beach. Either way, finish your hike on more forest trails.
 
 

Puget Sound and Islands > San Juan Islands

 
3.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 860 ft.
Highest Point: 931 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.50
(4 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 > Seattle-Tacoma Area

 
Rating:
Average rating:
0.00
(0 votes)
  • Good for kids
  • Coast
Just outside of the town of Poulsbo, this park features a short loop trail that takes visitors through the forest to a trail that runs along the shore of Liberty Bay.
 
 

Southwest Washington > Long Beach Area

 
0.4 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 200 ft.
Highest Point: 200 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.00
(1 vote)
  • Dogs allowed on leash
  • Summits
  • Good for kids
  • Established campsites
  • Coast
Take a short hike near the campgrounds at Cape Disappointment State Park to gorgeous views of the mighty Pacific Ocean and the Columbia River.
 
 

Puget Sound and Islands > Seattle-Tacoma Area

 
0.4 miles, roundtrip
Rating:
Average rating:
0.00
(0 votes)
  • Dogs allowed on leash
  • Good for kids
  • Coast
This nature preserve has a network of trails that wind through the trees and out to bluffs above Puget Sound.
 
 

Southwest Washington > Long Beach Area

 
1.3 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 0 ft.
Highest Point: 20 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.00
(1 vote)
  • Wildlife
  • Good for kids
  • Dogs not allowed
  • Fall foliage
  • Coast
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

 
4.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 20 ft.
Highest Point: 20 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.12
(8 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 > Bellingham Area

 
Rating:
Average rating:
3.25
(4 votes)
  • Dogs allowed on leash
  • Good for kids
  • Established campsites
  • Coast
Kayak Point Park is a lovely saltwater beach park with a short trail system located along the shores of picturesque Port Susan. It's great for family outings by the shore or an easy night of camping.
 
 

Puget Sound and Islands > Whidbey Island

 
3.5 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 118 ft.
Highest Point: 60 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
0.00
(0 votes)
  • Wildflowers/Meadows
  • Mountain views
  • Wildlife
  • Good for kids
  • Dogs allowed on leash
  • Coast
A smaller, less well known state park on Whidbey Island with gorgeous beach views and a shorter but diverse trail system through woods, grassy meadows, marsh and beach areas.
 
 

Puget Sound and Islands > San Juan Islands

 
3.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 50 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.00
(6 votes)
  • Wildflowers/Meadows
  • Mountain views
  • Dogs allowed on leash
  • Good for kids
  • Coast
A short loop hike to rock cliffs, with fantastic views out towards the Olympic Peninsula, and back toward other parts of Lopez.
 
 

Puget Sound and Islands > Bellingham Area

 
1.4 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 125 ft.
Highest Point: 225 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
0.00
(0 votes)
  • Wildflowers/Meadows
  • Dogs allowed on leash
  • Good for kids
  • Fall foliage
  • Coast
One of many nice day hike options on Camano Island, Elger Bay Preserve has several interpretative trails featuring beautiful views across Elger Bay.
 
 

Puget Sound and Islands > Bellingham Area

 
2.5 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 200 ft.
Highest Point: 200 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.57
(7 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: 520 ft.
Highest Point: 570 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.20
(10 votes)
  • Mountain views
  • Dogs allowed on leash
  • Good for kids
  • Established campsites
  • Coast
There are plenty of interesting things to see at Fort Ebey, and lots of trails to take you there. A beach walk, bluff views, a lake, forest, and history can all be found here. The park has 26 miles of trails, allowing you to put together a very interesting hike, either long or short, that includes most or all of the sights. This loop of approximately four miles will take you on a nice tour.
 
 

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)
  • Mountain views
  • Wildlife
  • Good for kids
  • Dogs allowed on leash
  • Fall foliage
  • Coast
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 > Whidbey Island

 
6.4 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 600 ft.
Highest Point: 400 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.44
(9 votes)
  • Old growth
  • Good for kids
  • Dogs allowed on leash
  • Coast
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 > Bellingham Area

 
1.8 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 100 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.50
(8 votes)
  • Dogs allowed on leash
  • Old growth
  • Good for kids
  • Wildlife
  • Coast
A wooded hike from the West Beach area of Deception Pass State Park to the North Beach Parking area. Enjoy the numerous side trails to the wonderful beach and rock outcroppings along the way.
 
 

Puget Sound and Islands > Whidbey Island

 
4.3 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 484 ft.
Highest Point: 484 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.00
(29 votes)
  • Wildflowers/Meadows
  • Mountain views
  • Dogs allowed on leash
  • Old growth
  • Good for kids
  • Coast
Deception Pass State Park is one of the most popular Washington state parks and it is easy to see why. There are beautiful beaches, mature woodlands, great views, lakes, and a beautifully built bridge high on rocks above two narrow waterways. This nice trail will take you through all of this.
 
 

Puget Sound and Islands > Whidbey Island

 
3.0 miles, roundtrip
Rating:
Average rating:
4.00
(3 votes)
  • Wildlife
  • Good for kids
  • Coast
Located on the south side of Whidbey Island, this tiny state park includes the short but fun and challenging Dorothy Cleveland Trail, with plenty of elevation gain in the form of switchbacks.
 
 

Puget Sound and Islands > Seattle-Tacoma Area

 
19.0 miles of trails
Rating:
Average rating:
3.50
(10 votes)
  • Wildlife
  • Good for kids
  • Dogs allowed on leash
  • Coast
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.
 
 

Southwest Washington > Long Beach Area

 
4.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 0 ft.
Highest Point: 10 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.27
(11 votes)
  • Mountain views
  • Wildlife
  • Good for kids
  • Dogs allowed on leash
  • Coast
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)
  • Wildlife
  • Coast
  • Good for kids
  • Dogs allowed on leash
  • Rivers
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 > Bellingham Area

 
Rating:
Average rating:
3.33
(3 votes)
  • Good for kids
  • Coast
Clayton Beach is closed to public access per the Washington State Parks website, but work is under way to begin constructing a trail for safe hiker access to this area.
 
 

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)
  • Mountain views
  • Wildlife
  • Good for kids
  • Dogs allowed on leash
  • Coast
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.