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835 Hikes
Slide Lake

North Cascades -- North Cascades Highway - Hwy 20

 
2.5 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 300 ft.
Highest Point: 3100.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
2.80
(5 votes)
Slide Lake is a short but remote hike that samples a rugged slice of the Glacier Peak Wilderness. Popular among anglers, the hour-long drive up the single lane logging road deters crowds and ensures relative solitude. Magnificent old growth and a mountain lake with views toward snowy peaks are the reward.
 
 
Sand Ridge

South Cascades -- White Pass/Cowlitz River Valley

 
8.9 miles, one-way
Gain: 2000 ft.
Highest Point: 5400.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
1.80
(5 votes)
8/10/21 Trail Closed: This trail is closed until further notice due to the Schneider Springs Fire
This trail in the William O. Douglas wilderness climbs from the north side of Highway 12 through second-growth forest. It offers access to Spiral Butte and Shellrock Lake, among other lakes in this area. While it's a lovely spot to enjoy a low-key backpack, the water here can make the area swampy in the spring and early summer.
 
 
Cougar Lakes

Mount Rainier Area -- Chinook Pass - Hwy 410

 
12.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 1700 ft.
Highest Point: 5400.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
2.57
(7 votes)
Trail Closed 8/10/21: This trail is closed until further notice due to the Schneider Springs Fire
Ford a river, climb through forest and end at two lakes in the heart of a wilderness area -- Cougar Lake is a gorgeous respite for hikers in the William O. Douglas wilderness.
 
 
Bumping Lake

Mount Rainier Area -- Chinook Pass - Hwy 410

 
9.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 300 ft.
Highest Point: 3700.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.17
(6 votes)
8/10/21 Trail Closed: This trail is closed until further notice due to the Schneider Springs Fire
A gentle hike through stands of mature larches and other conifers along the shores of Bumping Lake. The trail is also a good alternate route to Swamp Lake Trail #970 or to Pacific Crest Trail #2000 when a ford of the Bumping River is too hazardous.
 
 
American Ridge

Mount Rainier Area -- Chinook Pass - Hwy 410

 
12.0 miles, one-way
Gain: 2950 ft.
Highest Point: 6310.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.60
(5 votes)
8/10/21 Trail Closed: This trail is closed until further notice due to the Schneider Springs Fire
A steep and dusty trail to a long, beautiful ridge where the rambling is fine, often among a band of elk.
 
 
Twin Sisters Lakes

Mount Rainier Area -- Chinook Pass - Hwy 410

 
4.4 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 900 ft.
Highest Point: 5200.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.58
(12 votes)
8/10/21 Trail Closed: This trail is closed until further notice due to the Schneider Springs Fire
A long dirt road provides access to the central trailhead for the William O. Douglas Wilderness Area. The popular, easy forest hike to the Twin Sisters Lakes is a prelude to miles of exploration possible on trails and cross-country through open forest, past meadows, ponds, and lakes.
 
 
Swamp Lake

Mount Rainier Area -- Chinook Pass - Hwy 410

 
9.4 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 1400 ft.
Highest Point: 5000.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.00
(6 votes)
8/10/21 Trail Closed: This trail is closed until further notice due to the Schneider Springs Fire
Despite its name, Swamp Lake is a lovely little destination in the William O. Douglas wilderness near Mount Rainier. It's popular with fishermen and backpackers, though it can be extremely buggy in early summer.
 
 
Strawberry Mountain

Eastern Washington -- Okanogan Highlands/Kettle River Range

 
3.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 890 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
2.00
(3 votes)
Trail Closed 8/10/21: This trail is closed until further notice due to the Spur Mountain Fire
This moderate trail makes for a great family hike up Strawberry Mountain with good views of Lost Lake and Bonaparte Mountain.
 
 
Beth Lake

Eastern Washington -- Okanogan Highlands/Kettle River Range

 
1.9 miles, roundtrip
Highest Point: 2498.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.00
(5 votes)
Trail Closed 8/10/21: This trail is closed until further notice due to the Spur Mountain Fire
This lakeside trail begins in Beaver Lake Campground and travels 1.9 flat miles to Beth Lake, offering opportunities to view fish and waterfowl including the Common Loon.
 
 
Bonaparte Trail

Eastern Washington -- Okanogan Highlands/Kettle River Range

 
11.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 2700 ft.
Highest Point: 7250.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
0.00
(0 votes)
Trail Closed 8/10/21: This trail is closed until further notice due to the Spur Mountain Fire
This trail welcomes hikers, equestrians, and ORVs alike an a trail that climbs from Bonaparte Lake to the still actively staffed Bonaparte Lookout. Two lookout, the historic and the more modern one, perch and squat respectively atop the summit of Bonaparte.
 
 
Big Tree Trail

Eastern Washington -- Okanogan Highlands/Kettle River Range

 
2.7 miles, roundtrip
Rating:
Average rating:
0.00
(0 votes)
Trail Closed 8/10/21: This trail is closed until further notice due to the Spur Mountain Fire
Looking for a lower-key, wheelchair accessible hike among gorgeous golden larches in fall? The 0.7-mile Big Tree Trail is just the ticket.
 
 
Lake Angeles

Olympic Peninsula -- Northern Coast

 
7.4 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 2350 ft.
Highest Point: 4196.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.56
(18 votes)
Get up close and personal with an enchanting glacier-sculpted landscape at Olympic National Park’s Lake Angeles.
 
 
Lily and Lizard Lake Loop

Puget Sound and Islands -- Bellingham Area

 
7.15 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 1400 ft.
Highest Point: 2120.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.90
(10 votes)
This is a loop made up of several well signed trails on Blanchard Mountain in the Chuckanuts. The trail offers that other-world ancientness with its dark forests, moss and house-sized boulders. It makes a good year-round hike, with a route that passes by waterfalls, swamps, two lakes, wildlife activity, old growth and evidence of logging operations from the nineteenth century.
 
 
Grand Valley - Cameron Creek Loop

Olympic Peninsula -- Northern Coast

 
30.8 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 10945 ft.
Highest Point: 6628.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
0.00
(0 votes)
Hike up and down (and up again and down again, and then up one more time) around this loop in the northern part of Olympic National Park. You'll get stunning mountain views, pass tranquil lakes, and laze around in gorgeous alpine meadows, and you'll need that break, because the elevation gain on this one is no joke.
 
 
Mother Mountain Loop

Mount Rainier Area -- NW - Carbon River/Mowich

 
15.3 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 6277 ft.
Highest Point: 6380.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
0.00
(0 votes)
A popular route in the northwest corner of Mount Rainier National Park -- try this one as a day hike, an overnight (be sure to get permits first) or as a trail run!
 
 
Eastside Trail

Mount Rainier Area -- SE - Cayuse Pass/Stevens Canyon

 
26.2 miles, one-way
Gain: 3532 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.00
(3 votes)
This long route connects the subalpine environs of Chinook Pass and Tipsoo Lake with the deep, lowland forests of the Ohanapecosh area. It is part of the East Side Loop trail, a long loop that hikers can enjoy in lieu of the Wonderland Trail.
 
 
Frying Pan Loop

South Cascades -- White Pass/Cowlitz River Valley

 
14.9 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 3815 ft.
Highest Point: 3261.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
2.33
(3 votes)
A short backpacking trip or a long dayhike, the Frying Pan Loop winds hikers through meadows, past lakes, and up to the summit of Frying Pan Mountain.
 
 
Crystal Lakes

Mount Rainier Area -- NE - Sunrise/White River

 
6.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 2600 ft.
Highest Point: 5828.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.30
(44 votes)
Take a short but steep hike on a wide trail to visit two lakes in a beautiful craggy setting. It's only three miles to the upper lake, with 2,600 feet of elevation gain. In season find many wildflowers in the basin near the upper lake, and be alert for wildlife sightings.
 
 
Yellow Lake

Issaquah Alps

 
1.25 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 20 ft.
Highest Point: 420.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.50
(2 votes)
Hike an easy loop trail through a wide forested buffer zone around this lowland lake. Appreciate the many tall trees that give the illusion of being in a much more remote location, and enjoy the view from a dock from which the entire lake can be seen. In season, see a variety of waterfowl.
 
 
Park Butte

North Cascades -- Mount Baker Area

 
7.5 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 2200 ft.
Highest Point: 5450.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.55
(67 votes)
Hikers must pack out their waste on this trail and dispose of it in the receptacles at the trailhead
On Park Butte, hike to an historic fire lookout and come face-to-face with Koma Kulshan. Along with unobstructed panoramic views of Mount Baker, the Twin Sisters, and the rest of the North Cascades, the route to Park Butte offers dedicated campsites, wildflower-filled alpine meadows, rushing waterfalls, and a stunning variety of mushroom species.
 
 
Lookout Mountain Forest Preserve

Puget Sound and Islands -- Bellingham Area

 
6.5 miles of trails
Gain: 1000 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.43
(7 votes)
Several hiking trails exist in the Lookout Mountain Forest Preserve, part of the Whatcom County Park system, including a 2.2-mile loop with a one mile viewpoint spur trail, a quick waterfall trail, and lower loop trail. Alternatively, head up and up to Lookout Mountain on an eight mile service road.
 
 
Ludlow Falls Interpretive Trail

Olympic Peninsula -- Hood Canal

 
0.6 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 100 ft.
Highest Point: 100.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
0.00
(0 votes)
This is a lovely trail year-round. If you don’t live in the area, it makes an excellent quick stop if you’re in the vicinity of the Hood Canal Bridge.
 
 
Blue Lake Creek

South Cascades -- Dark Divide

 
4.8 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 2100 ft.
Highest Point: 4000.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.50
(10 votes)
Although this is a short hike, it's a decent challenge because it's a narrow, steep trail. The terrain is interesting, with waterfalls and its trademark basalt columns. If you like solitude, this is the trail for you.
 
 
Basin Lake

Mount Rainier Area -- Chinook Pass - Hwy 410

 
2.5 miles, one-way
Gain: 580 ft.
Highest Point: 6480.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
2.50
(6 votes)
The Basin Lake Trail is located just east of the Crystal Mountain Ski Resort in the Norse Peak Wilderness. This is a little-used trail, which traverses some steep sections with eroding gullies where hikers may get queasy depending on their comfort level with exposure.
 
 
Cold Creek Loop via Tinkham and Silver Peaks

Snoqualmie Region -- Snoqualmie Pass

 
8.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 2600 ft.
Highest Point: 4500.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.44
(9 votes)
This loop takes you past two clear and calm lakes, up a steep, brushy trail to the beautifully manicured Pacific Crest Trail, then west under the blocky granite summit of Tinkham Peak and the shining pyramid of Silver Peak before dropping to Windy Pass.
 
 
Heather Lake

North Cascades -- Mountain Loop Highway

 
4.6 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 1034 ft.
Highest Point: 2430.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.99
(142 votes)
After you've explored a few trails with your little one, the Heather Lake trail makes a wonderful next step. It's the perfect place to take children on their first ‘real’ hike. The trail is short, but steep and challenging--it'll give a child a real sense of accomplishment once they reach the lake. The lake itself is a scenic little lake located on the northeastern slope of Mount Pilchuck.
 
 
Glacier Basin

Mount Rainier Area -- NE - Sunrise/White River

 
6.5 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 1600 ft.
Highest Point: 5900.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.17
(36 votes)
Floods in 2006 severely damaged the Glacier Basin trail, but after four years of work, WTA completed a new trail in Glacier Basin at Mount Rainier National Park in the summer of 2011. Since then, hikers of all stripes have had the pleasure of enjoying a brand-new route to one of the mountain's most iconic glaciers on an easy-to-hike trail.
 
 
Cow Creek Meadows

Central Cascades -- Entiat Mountains/Lake Chelan

 
11.25 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 3500 ft.
Highest Point: 5000.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.14
(7 votes)
Hike through an old burn zone to reach an idyllic meadow high in the Entiat Mountains.
 
 
Forest Lake

Mount Rainier Area -- NE - Sunrise/White River

 
4.4 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 1250 ft.
Highest Point: 6920.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.00
(4 votes)
Forest lake is a small lake in the Sunrise area of Mount Rainier.
 
 
High Lakes Loop

Mount Rainier Area -- SW - Longmire/Paradise

 
3.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 600 ft.
Highest Point: 5425.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.70
(10 votes)
Reflection Lakes are not just a popular photography stop. From the lakes you can hike to a stunning cliffside view of the lakes and the Tatoosh range. From there you have the option of returning the way you came, or hiking in a loop around the largest of the lakes.