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1639 Hikes
Thompson Lake via Granite Creek Trail

Snoqualmie Region -- North Bend Area

 
14.2 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 3400 ft.
Highest Point: 4200.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.22
(9 votes)
Hike a well-built trail to a beautiful, quiet, forested lake at the edge of the Alpine Lakes Wilderness.
 
 
Wallace Falls State Park

Central Cascades -- Stevens Pass - West

 
5.6 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 1300 ft.
Highest Point: 1500.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.11
(272 votes)
An accessible hike for seasoned veterans and neophytes alike, Wallace Falls provides visitors with breathtaking views of the Wallace River and the surrounding falls on a relatively low difficulty, scenic 5.6 mile round-trip. Although well attended and often busy, the trail stands as a true showcase of the diversity and majestic beauty that the Central Cascades can offer to hikers who journey into the heart of this sublime mountain range.
 
 
Palouse to Cascades Trail - The Tunnel

Snoqualmie Region -- Snoqualmie Pass

 
5.3 miles, roundtrip
Highest Point: 1100.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.71
(17 votes)
Washington State has a plethora of amazingly beautiful trails for the avid hiker to tread, but how many take you through an old train tunnel more than two miles long? The Snoqualmie Tunnel is part of the 110-mile Palouse to Cascades Trail (formerly the John Wayne Trail). This section is in Iron Horse State Park and is a must do for everyone! Views for most of your trip will be determined by the power of your headlamp, but there will be some sights on the other side. The attraction of this hike is the mysterious, dramatic tunnel itself. However, note that the tunnel is closed November 1st through May 1st, so plan your trip accordingly.
 
 
Lewis Butte

North Cascades -- Methow/Sawtooth

 
5.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 900 ft.
Highest Point: 3346.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.25
(4 votes)
A new trail makes this hike a 5 mile round-trip gently graded, obstacle free hike to a broad summit with views of the Methow Valley. Elevation gain of about 900 feet.
 
 
Marmot Pass via Upper Dungeness River Trail

Olympic Peninsula -- Hood Canal

 
16.2 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 3500 ft.
Highest Point: 6000.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.18
(17 votes)
The Upper Dungeness Trail is a gateway trail. It is not only a great hike all by itself --on the way to its end at Marmot Pass it links to other high reward hikes in the northeast Olympics – Royal Basin, Goat Lake, Heather Creek, and Home Lake. From Marmot Pass one can continue to either the Upper Big Quilcene or Tubal Cain Trail.
 
 
Tubal Cain Mine to Buckhorn Lake

Olympic Peninsula -- Hood Canal

 
12.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 2000 ft.
Highest Point: 5200.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.93
(15 votes)
Although best known for its namesake mine and the nearby aircraft wreckage, the Tubal Cain trail also offers a pleasant and scenic route to Marmot Pass, a gateway to further wanderings.
 
 
Duckabush River

Olympic Peninsula -- Hood Canal

 
10.6 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 2300 ft.
Highest Point: 1750.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.65
(34 votes)
Explore one of the quieter Olympic Peninsula river valleys. Quiet, that is, if you don't count the Duckabush River's constant belching, crashing, and churning as it tumbles over giant boulders and squeezes through narrow rocky clefts.
 
 
Mount Walker

Olympic Peninsula -- Hood Canal

 
4.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 2000 ft.
Highest Point: 2804.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.44
(32 votes)
Approachable throughout the year, the Mount Walker trail’s average 20% grade makes it a go-to route for hikers and trail runners looking for a short, brisk tromp. (While it is also a designated stock trail, riders and pack animals rarely make an appearance.) Spring, summer, and fall the 2-mile trail is both ascended and descended by those on foot. In the winter, when the Mount Walker road is gated closed to vehicles, many will pursue the then 2.25-mile jaunt up to the north viewpoint, saunter over to the south viewpoint and then descend on the more gentle grade of the road.
 
 
Lena Lake

Olympic Peninsula -- Hood Canal

 
7.2 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 1300 ft.
Highest Point: 2000.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.11
(87 votes)
The hike to Lena Lake is doable for nearly every type of hiker, and the traffic on the trail is evidence of it. A wide path switchbacks gently at first and then just a little more steeply uphill through old- and second-growth forest to a large lake ringed by silent sentinels--huge old-growth fir trees that keep watch over day hikers and campers who elect to stay overnight at this wilderness refuge.
 
 
Marmot Pass

Olympic Peninsula -- Hood Canal

 
11.5 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 3489 ft.
Highest Point: 6000.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.46
(70 votes)
Marmot Pass offers great views and a gentle hike through old-growth forest as well as high meadows. It is a great day hike, but also offers a great starting place for a variety of overnight options.
 
 
Mount Townsend

Olympic Peninsula -- Hood Canal

 
8.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 3010 ft.
Highest Point: 6260.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.31
(59 votes)
Mount Townsend offers rhododendrons in May and June, wildflowers June through August, then berries in August and September and fall colors in, well, fall. Add in old growth, some tucked away waterfalls, and a windswept, turtleback summit with views north across the Strait and San Juans, west and south into and along the Olympics and east across the Sound to the Cascades, and you've got the perfect year-round hike.
 
 
Cascade Trail

Puget Sound and Islands -- Bellingham Area

 
22.5 miles, one-way
Gain: 60 ft.
Highest Point: 230.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
2.67
(3 votes)
This 22.5-mile rail trail follows the abandoned Burlington Northern grade connecting the towns of Sedro Woolley and Concrete, and can be accessed from three trailheads off of the North Cascades Highway.
 
 
Margaret Lake

Snoqualmie Region -- Snoqualmie Pass

 
6.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 1500 ft.
Highest Point: 5100.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.30
(33 votes)
Logging paid for most of the trails in the Cascades, so sometimes hikers must expect to hike the terrain that provided that rich stock of timber. This trail starts on an old logging road, leads through old clearcuts—now nicely regrown as lush berry meadows and forest stands—and enters lush old second-growth forest. It’s a great way to experience both the natural and human history of the area, while enjoying some remarkable wild country around a pristine alpine lake.
 
 
Margaret's Way

Issaquah Alps -- Squak Mountain

 
6.5 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 1500 ft.
Highest Point: 1730.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.81
(52 votes)
If nature excites you, there's plenty here to be excited about. Cool forest, trickling creeks in deep ravines, and a beautiful new trail built by WTA volunteers await you here.
 
 
Teneriffe Falls

Snoqualmie Region -- North Bend Area

 
5.6 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 1585 ft.
Highest Point: 2370.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.91
(74 votes)
You'll work up a sweat on this easy to moderate hike to the spectacular Teneriffe Falls. Go in the spring when the tread is snow-free and the waterfall is flowing at full volume. Along the way, you'll be rewarded with views of the surrounding Snoqualmie valley and nearby peaks.
 
 
Kaleetan Peak

Snoqualmie Region -- Snoqualmie Pass

 
12.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 4500 ft.
Highest Point: 6224.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.67
(12 votes)
A peak near Melakwa Lake on the north side of I-90. Climbing experience and route finding necessary to gain the summit.
 
 
Mount Margaret

Snoqualmie Region -- Snoqualmie Pass

 
5.5 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 2000 ft.
Highest Point: 5459.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.31
(13 votes)
Hike up an abandoned road, through a logged area, and into mature forest on the edge of the Alpine Lakes wilderness. What the trail lacks in ruggedness is more than made up for by the quantity of berries that line the trail.
 
 
Artist Ridge - Huntoon Point

North Cascades -- Mount Baker Area

 
1.2 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 200 ft.
Highest Point: 5150.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.82
(11 votes)
10/22/200 Road closed: Highway 542 is closed at the Bagley Lakes trailhead cutting off vehicle access to this trailhead.
This spectacular, short trail gets lots of love during its short hiking season. Accessible for less than three months each year, hordes of hikers and tourists take to it as the snow finally begins to melt.
 
 
Murhut Falls

Olympic Peninsula -- Hood Canal

 
1.6 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 250 ft.
Highest Point: 1050.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.81
(21 votes)
This short trail in the Hood Canal Ranger District on the east side of the Olympics takes hikers to a relatively unknown waterfall that delivers its reward -- a captivating 130-foot plunging waterfall -- in just under a mile.
 
 
Goat Peak

Mount Rainier Area -- Chinook Pass - Hwy 410

 
6.5 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 3200 ft.
Highest Point: 6473.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.71
(17 votes)
Goat Peak offers expansive views into the William O. Douglas Wilderness and beyond. Once the site of a U.S. Forest Service lookout, Goat Peak’s 6,400-foot summit showcases such impressive gems as the Goat Rocks, Bumping Lake, Mount Rainier, Fife’s Peak, and the Stuart Range.
 
 
Eagle Lakes

North Cascades -- Methow/Sawtooth

 
12.5 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 2350 ft.
Highest Point: 7110.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.56
(9 votes)
With multi-season beauty of summer flowers and golden fall larch, the Eagle Lakes naturally demonstrate why this multi-user trail is designated as a National Recreation Trail and is part of the popular Sawtooth Lakes Loop (aka Golden Lakes Loop). The more scenic Upper Eagle Lake has many campsites and provides a base for fishing, swimming, roaming, and climbing.
 
 
Bearhead Mountain

Mount Rainier Area -- NW - Carbon River/Mowich

 
6.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 1800 ft.
Highest Point: 6089.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.94
(17 votes)
Bearhead Mountain is a moderate, well-marked trail through the forest that carries you to an old fire lookout site with a bold and brassy Rainier view.
 
 
Red Top Lookout

Central Cascades -- Blewett Pass

 
1.5 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 350 ft.
Highest Point: 5360.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.68
(25 votes)
Red Top Lookout, built in 1952, restored in 1997, and still operational today, provides a fine bang for your hiking buck. A short, steep trail leads to the functioning fire lookout as well as magnificent 360 degree views of the Stuart Range, Teanaway Ridge, Chelan and Entiat Mountains, Mount Rainier, and even Mount Adams on a clear day.
 
 
Blue Lake

North Cascades -- North Cascades Highway - Hwy 20

 
4.4 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 1050 ft.
Highest Point: 6254.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.36
(66 votes)
Highway 20 Closure: Highway 20 is closed between Silver Star (Milepost 170) and Early Winter Campground (Mileposte 177) while crews fight an active wildfire in the area. This closure is dated 7.12.21
At 6254 feet, Blue Lake sits quietly a little over two trail miles from Highway 20. With towering granite peaks, forests, meadows, wildflowers, and of course the beautiful mountain lake surrounded by granite that reaches for the sky, this short hike is easily a classic and should be on your must-hike list. With only 1050 feet of elevation gain this hike is doable for almost everyone. If you’re driving over Highway 20 and don’t have all day, stop for this mountain gem.
 
 
Sword Fern Trail

Southwest Washington -- Lewis River Region

 
7.6 miles, roundtrip
Rating:
Average rating:
0.00
(0 votes)
This 2.5 mile long horseshoe trail is part of a nice 8 mile lollipop loop in the Yacolt Burn State Forest. Expect a shaded section of trail and to share the way with mountain bikers.
 
 
Heliotrope Ridge

North Cascades -- Mount Baker Area

 
5.5 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 1400 ft.
Highest Point: 5100.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.44
(45 votes)
If you'd like nose-to-nose access to Mount Baker, this first-rate woodsy walk delivers. Over a relatively short, well-maintained trail with mild elevation gain, you can be glacier-side in no time... if the creek crossings allow.
 
 
Lake Sacajawea

Southwest Washington -- Long Beach Area

 
3.5 miles, roundtrip
Rating:
Average rating:
4.00
(5 votes)
Known as the jewel of Longview, this man-made lake in Southwest Washington is a delightful way to spend a couple of hours. Maple trees blaze red, orange and yellow in autumn, willows provide shade in spring, and the stark skeletons of those trees stand out against grey skies in winter. With various bridges crossing it, it's possible to venture all the way around it, or create smaller loops as needed
 
 
Seward Park

Puget Sound and Islands -- Seattle-Tacoma Area

 
2.4 miles, roundtrip
Rating:
Average rating:
4.00
(14 votes)
Are you a naturalist seeking to observe local flora and fauna? A trail runner in need of a place to train when you can’t make it to the mountains? A dog owner looking for a place to walk with your furry friend? A parent hoping to introduce a child to the wonderful outdoors? Or maybe just a busy urban dweller searching for a quick escape from the hustle and bustle of city life? If you fit any of these descriptions, then look no further. Seward Park is the place for you!
 
 
Juanita Bay Park

Puget Sound and Islands -- Seattle-Tacoma Area

 
2.0 miles of trails
Rating:
Average rating:
2.50
(2 votes)
Birdwatchers will delight in the wide variety of winded beasts to see at Juanita Bay Park. The 110-acre urban wildlife habitat area consists of five major plant communities, including wet meadow, marsh, open water and wetland.
 
 
Centennial Trail

Puget Sound and Islands

 
30.5 miles, one-way
Rating:
Average rating:
4.00
(1 vote)
A 30.5 mile long paved trail follows a historic rail line through Snohomish to Skagit county. Take a short walk, use it to connect to another trail, or undertake the whole thing in a day!