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156 Hikes
Cleman Mountain - Waterworks Canyon Loop

Central Washington -- Yakima

 
6.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 2000 ft.
Highest Point: 3582.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
2.71
(7 votes)
Great views, a canyon beneath spectacular cliffs, buttresses and pinnacles of weathered basalt, wildflowers in the spring, color and wildlife in the autumn, and sunshine through most of the day in the winter make the Point 3582-Waterworks Canyon loop on Mount Cleman a great hike.
 
 
Swakane Peak

Central Washington -- Wenatchee

 
7.4 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 2787 ft.
Highest Point: 4297.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
0.00
(0 votes)
Take one of three different routes to the top of Swakane Peak for expansive views across the Columbia River and a peek-a-boo view of Icicle Ridge to the west. Two of the routes can be combined for a loop day trip.
 
 
Ancient Lakes

Central Washington -- Potholes Region

 
12.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 625 ft.
Highest Point: 1200.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.07
(59 votes)
View one of the best examples of a recessional-cataract canyon. Potholes Coulee caught the attention of J Harlen Bretz in the early 20th century, which led to his “outrageous hypothesis” of Ice Age flooding.
 
 
Douglas Creek Canyon - North

Central Washington -- Wenatchee

 
4.4 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 200 ft.
Highest Point: 1700.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.50
(4 votes)
A gorgeous hike through a shrub steppe ecosystem, Douglas Creek Canyon is a vibrant oasis in the desert.
 
 
Chiliwist Lookout Trail

Central Washington -- Wenatchee

 
7.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 1576 ft.
Highest Point: 3078.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
0.00
(0 votes)
 
Hiking through the sagebrush steppe is generally wide open: huge vistas of rolling hills, faraway mountains, endless sage and bitterbrush. The trail here can vary in length due to seasonal closures. Nearly the entire trail is an old roadbed which served a USFS fire lookout from 1934-58. Though the first few miles are very much a road the openness of the terrain makes this easy to forget. The last mile or more has long been abandoned and is quickly being reclaimed.
 
 
Cowiche Mountain

Central Washington -- Yakima

 
7.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 1140 ft.
Highest Point: 2970.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.00
(1 vote)
This moderate climb through wide-open country under usually sunny skies showcases lots of wildflowers and panoramic views of the surrounding shrub-steppe from an airy 2,970-foot summit.
 
 
Ohme Gardens County Park

Central Washington -- Wenatchee

 
1.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 150 ft.
Highest Point: 800.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
5.00
(1 vote)
In 1929, a man bought 40 acres of sagebrush in Wenatchee. Over the decades, his labor of love has turned a portion of desolate, dry rock into a fantasy world of stone pathways, waterfalls, pixie lawns, and stunning views. Today the Ohme (pronounced Oh-Me) family’s verdant imagination has turned this hillside into a playground to wander and explore. Children of all ages will delight in exploring the paths, stairs, pools, and corners.
 
 
Washtucna Coulee - Kahlotus Railroad Grade

Central Washington -- Tri-Cities

 
8.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 30 ft.
Highest Point: 900.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.75
(4 votes)
The Washtucna Coulee - Kahlotus Railroad Grade will take you past the dried basin of the ancient Lake Kahlotus and through to the eerie former railroad tunnel in Devils Canyon.
 
 
Yakima Skyline Trail

Central Washington -- Yakima

 
4.4 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 1446 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.67
(12 votes)
Bird's-eye views of the stunning Yakima Canyon, wildflower fields for days, and a line of ragged fenceposts marching all the way along the trail -- the Yakima Skyline Trail is a great conditioner, or extend it to a full day hike.
 
 
White Bluffs - Central Slope

Central Washington -- Tri-Cities

 
6.0 miles, roundtrip
Rating:
Average rating:
0.00
(0 votes)
On this hike you’ll walk a long string of sand dunes or explore the nooks and crannies of a recent landslide, all beside the last free-flowing stretch of the Columbia River with panoramic views up and down the river, north to the Saddle Mountains, and across the Hanford Nuclear Site to the distant Cascade Mountains.
 
 
Saddle Mountain East

Central Washington -- Tri-Cities

 
Rating:
Average rating:
3.25
(4 votes)
This National Wildlife Refuge is part of the bigger Hanford Reach National Monument. No official trails exist here, but some access roads open up the views from these ridges.
 
 
Robinson Canyon - Ainsley Canyon

Central Washington -- Yakima

 
10.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 1200 ft.
Highest Point: 3400.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.29
(7 votes)
This is a gem of a hike, providing you easy access to the best of the best of the rich L. T. Murray State Wildlife Recreation Area.
 
 
Rattlesnake Slope Wildlife Area

Central Washington -- Tri-Cities

 
5.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 1600 ft.
Highest Point: 2000.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.43
(7 votes)
Upland birds love this sprawling desert prairie. The ground-hugging birds sprint among the tufts of plants. They take refuge, and find dinner, in such glorious wildflowers as balsamroot, large-headed clover, wild onion, and canyon-bottom communities of beautiful orange globe mallow.
 
 
Priest Rapids Wildlife Area

Central Washington -- Tri-Cities

 
5.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 50 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
2.50
(4 votes)
The Priest Rapids Wildlife Area is a unit of 3,202 acres in the Columbia Basin Wildlife Area.
 
 
Potholes Wildlife Area

Central Washington -- Potholes Region

 
4.0 miles, roundtrip
Highest Point: 1050.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.40
(5 votes)
The Potholes Wildlife Area is enclosed in the nearly 40,000-acre Potholes Reservoir Unit near Moses Lake. Part of the Columbia Basin Irrigation Project, anyone who has driven cross-state has zipped through this enormous irrigation project, but few stop to enjoy the wide variety of wildlife it supports.
 
 
Oak Creek Road - Bethel Ridge

Central Washington -- Yakima

 
6.5 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 800 ft.
Highest Point: 2500.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
0.00
(0 votes)
This is a scenic, easy to moderate hike or snowshoe up a broad canyon with a good chance of spotting bands of elk.
 
 
Box Spring Canyon

Central Washington -- Yakima

 
9.5 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 900 ft.
Highest Point: 2300.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.00
(1 vote)
This is part of the William O. Douglas Trail, which runs from Davis High School in Yakima to Mt. Rainier. This trail is still being established.
 
 
Dusty Lake

Central Washington -- Potholes Region

 
6.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 350 ft.
Highest Point: 1000.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
2.67
(3 votes)
One of the Quincy Lakes, Dusty Lake is further in the backcountry, making for a good long day hike or an overnight.
 
 
Quincy Lakes

Central Washington -- Potholes Region

 
Rating:
Average rating:
3.67
(9 votes)
Quincy Lakes is an umbrella term for the area including Ancient Lakes and Dusty Lake.
 
 
Goose Lake Plateau

Central Washington -- Potholes Region

 
7.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 200 ft.
Highest Point: 1000.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.50
(4 votes)
This wide-open grassland offers roaming, but route-finding is necessary to enjoy your time on trail here.
 
 
Frenchman Coulee

Central Washington -- Potholes Region

 
4.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 200 ft.
Highest Point: 1000.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.08
(13 votes)
Vantage is primarily a destination for rock climbers, with the fascinating rock formations of the Gorge making for a great challenge to those wishing to hone their belaying skills. But nearby Frenchman Coulee allows hikers to enjoy the same surroundings with both feet planted firmly on the ground.
 
 
Gloyd Seeps - South

Central Washington -- Potholes Region

 
1.6 miles, one-way
Highest Point: 1200.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
2.67
(3 votes)
The Gloyd Seeps Wildlife Area is part of the Columbia Basin Wildlife Area. This southern unit is disconnected from the main Gloyd Seeps area to the north. This is a popular fishing access off of Highway 17 with a short trail running along the edge of Rocky Ford Creek.
 
 
Gloyd Seeps - North

Central Washington -- Potholes Region

 
Highest Point: 1200.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.25
(4 votes)
The Gloyd Seeps Wildlife Area is part of the Columbia Basin Wildlife Area. This long, narrow parcel follows along crab creek through channeled scablands and shrub steppe.
 
 
Oak Creek Wildlife Area - Cowiche segment

Central Washington -- Yakima

 
Rating:
Average rating:
1.00
(1 vote)
 
A short ramble through a wildlife area near Yakima.
 
 
Billy Clapp Lake

Central Washington -- Potholes Region

 
5.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 400 ft.
Highest Point: 1500.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
2.25
(4 votes)
Lose yourself in the land around Billy Clapp Lake. Walk lakeside, or head into the grasslands around it, and look for wildlife.
 
 
Bear Canyon

Central Washington -- Yakima

 
6.4 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 1130 ft.
Highest Point: 3200.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.29
(7 votes)
Follow a stream between steep sided basalt cliffs up a shady canyon in the transition zone between the Cascade Mountains and the dry shrub-steppe grasslands of eastern Washington.
 
 
 
1.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 185 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
0.00
(0 votes)
If you want to take a quick hike near the Renewable Energy Center of the Wild Horse Wind and Solar Facility, then this is your trail. The trail descends through rigid sage, balsamroot, buckwheat, and bitterroot which thrive in the thin rocky soil on the hillside.
 
 
 
1.7 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 315 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
0.00
(0 votes)
Hike up a sheltered canyon along the Q-line turbines. Bluebirds, deer, elk, jack rabbits, and coyotes also seek shelter here, and in the spring the dry creek bed will be teeming with life.
 
 
 
2.4 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 320 ft.
Highest Point: 3873.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
0.00
(0 votes)
High, exposed ridgelines on this trail make this steep climb a difficult one, but it offers hikers commanding views of the wind facility as well as the Columbia Basin.
 
 
 
0.8 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 80 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
0.00
(0 votes)
This is a fairly flat route with views of Mount Rainier and a diverse mixture of flowers in the spring. Look for hillsides tinted pink in May as Big Headed Clover and Hedgehog Cacti bloom on the slopes.