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1753 Hikes

Puget Sound and Islands > Seattle-Tacoma Area

 
5.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 200 ft.
Highest Point: 300 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.10
(20 votes)
  • Wildflowers/Meadows
  • Mountain views
  • Wildlife
  • Old growth
  • Good for kids
  • Dogs allowed on leash
  • Fall foliage
  • Coast
As the largest urban park in Pierce County, the network of roads and trails weaving through the forest preserve provides a quiet retreat for joggers, cyclists, and hikers.
 
 

Snoqualmie Region > North Bend Area

 
2.6 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 500 ft.
Highest Point: 1000 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.15
(219 votes)
  • Old growth
  • Rivers
  • Good for kids
  • Dogs allowed on leash
  • Waterfalls
Visit a trio (yes, trio) of waterfalls just off I-90 on this sure-to-please short trail, perfect for families.
 
 

Snoqualmie Region > North Bend Area

 
1.8 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 56 ft.
Highest Point: 920 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.36
(11 votes)
  • Mountain views
  • Dogs allowed on leash
  • Good for kids
  • Lakes
  • Rivers
Follow a loop trail around Oxbow Lake in the Middle Fork Snoqualmie River valley, where solitude intersects with calm lake waters, ever-present river murmurs of the Middle Fork, mountain views, and Snoqualmie rainforest. Depending on the season, fall colors, wildflowers, or fresh berries may be present for your enjoyment.
 
 

Issaquah Alps > Tiger Mountain

 
3.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 850 ft.
Highest Point: 1750 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
2.92
(13 votes)
  • Dogs allowed on leash
Take a hike on the east side of Tiger Mountain along an old railroad grade.
 
 

Snoqualmie Region > Snoqualmie Pass

 
4.4 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 1600 ft.
Highest Point: 2600 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.64
(66 votes)
  • Mountain views
  • Wildlife
  • Dogs allowed on leash
  • Fall foliage
Get a workout and experience rock work completed by Department of Natural Resources and WTA volunteer crews on this hike. Your reward is a rocky overlook from which you can marvel at Mount Kent, McClellan Butte, and Mount Washington, the behemoths forming the south rim of the west entrance to Snoqualmie Pass.
 
 

South Cascades > Dark Divide

 
4.8 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 2100 ft.
Highest Point: 4000 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.75
(12 votes)
  • Dogs allowed on leash
  • Lakes
  • Established campsites
  • Waterfalls
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.
 
 

Olympic Peninsula > Kitsap Peninsula

 
1.5 miles of trails
Gain: 60 ft.
Highest Point: 80 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
5.00
(2 votes)
  • Wildlife
  • Good for kids
  • Dogs allowed on leash
  • Rivers
Fish Park is a 40-acre park just north of downtown Poulsbo with a wonderful network of trails that run along the Liberty Bay Estuary.
 
 

Snoqualmie Region > North Bend Area

 
11.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 300 ft.
Highest Point: 1100 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.00
(12 votes)
  • Mountain views
  • Wildlife
  • Waterfalls
  • Good for kids
  • Dogs allowed on leash
  • Fall foliage
The Palouse to Cascades Trail in Iron Horse State Park provides access to notable North Bend hikes, views of mountains and waterfalls, and a journey back into Washington’s history. Take in the wildlife and cross soaring bridges as you make a level traverse from Rattlesnake Lake to Change and Hall Creeks 5.5 miles to the east.
 
 

Central Cascades > Blewett Pass

 
14.4 miles, one-way
Gain: 1450 ft.
Highest Point: 3450 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.69
(32 votes)
  • Wildflowers/Meadows
  • Mountain views
  • Dogs allowed on leash
  • Established campsites
  • Rivers
This popular trail parallels a thunderous creek on a gentle grade, making for an excellent springtime river romp.
 
 

Snoqualmie Region > North Bend Area

 
5.6 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 1585 ft.
Highest Point: 2370 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.90
(86 votes)
  • Wildflowers/Meadows
  • Mountain views
  • Dogs allowed on leash
  • Waterfalls
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.
 
 

Issaquah Alps > Tiger Mountain

 
2.9 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 150 ft.
Highest Point: 540 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.68
(19 votes)
  • Wildflowers/Meadows
  • Wildlife
  • Dogs allowed on leash
  • Old growth
  • Good for kids
  • Lakes
  • Fall foliage
Hike a series of short, nearly level trails that offer views of two lakes and of some swampy areas, and pass one of the largest trees in the Tigers. Appreciate the forest vegetation and wildflowers. Along the way, hear and perhaps see a variety of song birds and waterfowl.
 
 

Snoqualmie Region > Snoqualmie Pass

 
7.5 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 1800 ft.
Highest Point: 3600 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.84
(199 votes)
  • Wildflowers/Meadows
  • Mountain views
  • Dogs allowed on leash
  • Established campsites
  • Waterfalls
  • Old growth
  • Lakes
  • Rivers
Waterfalls, wildflowers, sheltering forests, mountain views and an alpine lake are offered on this well-maintained trail. At the lake, enjoy the sights and relax for a while. If you backpacked in, stay at the campsites for a sunrise and sunset on the lake.
 
 

Snoqualmie Region > North Bend Area

 
7.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 620 ft.
Highest Point: 1520 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
2.73
(11 votes)
  • Mountain views
  • Old growth
  • Rivers
  • Dogs allowed on leash
  • Waterfalls
The Blowout Creek Trailhead offers a more secluded adventure than the CCC Road: Lower Section, despite its route along an old road. Climb a moderate grade alongside Blowout Creek for almost a mile before arriving at the CCC Road Trail, then hike to a beautiful waterfall.
 
 

Snoqualmie Region > North Bend Area

 
8.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 3150 ft.
Highest Point: 3900 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.00
(257 votes)
  • Mountain views
  • Old growth
  • Summits
  • Wildlife
  • Dogs allowed on leash
There are many reasons – besides its proximity to Seattle – why Mount Si is the most popular hike in the state: beautiful views, wildlife (some of it not so wild), old growth forest, and a dramatic summit worthy of a more remote peak. Rising dramatically above the Snoqualmie Valley, it serves as a literal and figurative gateway to the Cascades for thousands of hikers.
 
 

North Cascades > Mountain Loop Highway

 
5.4 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 2300 ft.
Highest Point: 5327 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.56
(191 votes)
  • Wildflowers/Meadows
  • Mountain views
  • Dogs allowed on leash
  • Summits

The road to the trailhead is closed past Heather Lake for the season.

Despite its intermediate difficulty, hikers flock to Mount Pilchuck for its historic restored fire lookout with grand panoramic views of Mount Baker, Mount Rainier and the Olympics.
 
 

Eastern Washington > Selkirk Range

 
1.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 150 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.00
(5 votes)
  • Wildflowers/Meadows
  • Dogs allowed on leash
  • Good for kids
  • Fall foliage
  • Waterfalls
A short trail to stretch one's legs, and a beautiful waterfall located just off the highway.
 
 

North Cascades > Mount Baker Area

 
10.4 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 3100 ft.
Highest Point: 6200 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.46
(28 votes)
  • Mountain views
  • Wildlife
  • Established campsites
  • Ridges/passes
  • Summits
  • Dogs allowed on leash
The wide-open trail to Hannegan Pass and Hannegan Peak offers spectacular mountain views, glorious alpine wildflowers, waterfalls and glaciers. Choose to hike to 5050 foot Hannegan Pass (about 8 miles roundtrip) or press on to the 6200 foot summit of Hannegan Peak -- 10.6 miles roundtrip.
 
 

Eastern Washington > Selkirk Range

 
1.8 miles, one-way
Gain: 1085 ft.
Highest Point: 5434 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.33
(3 votes)
  • Ridges/passes
  • Wildlife
  • Old growth
  • Dogs allowed on leash
  • Fall foliage

Wildfire: Trail closed

The Shedroof Cutoff Trail serves as a short feeder trail to the Shedroof Divide Trail in the Salmo Priest Wilderness.
 
 

Eastern Washington > Selkirk Range

 
22.8 miles, one-way
Gain: 5300 ft.
Highest Point: 6600 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.12
(8 votes)
  • Ridges/passes
  • Wildlife
  • Summits
  • Wildflowers/Meadows
  • Mountain views
  • Dogs allowed on leash
  • Established campsites
  • Old growth
  • Fall foliage

Wildfire: Trail closed

The Shedroof Divide offers some of the best views in northeast Washington as it traverses the wild high country of the Salmo-Priest Wilderness.
 
 

Eastern Washington > Selkirk Range

 
19.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 3400 ft.
Highest Point: 6480 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.44
(9 votes)
  • Ridges/passes
  • Wildlife
  • Summits
  • Rivers
  • Wildflowers/Meadows
  • Mountain views
  • Dogs allowed on leash
  • Established campsites
  • Old growth

Wildfire: Trail closed

Hike into the heart of Colville's Salmo-Priest Wilderness -- so remote that even grizzly bears have been spotted here. This is high country, with some of the most impressive old growth stands this side of the Cascades. You'll experience old growth cedar, moss, ferns and wildflowers galore. But the vistas are pure Inland Northwest - vast views of the Selkirks and the Upper Priest River Valley.
 
 

Eastern Washington > Selkirk Range

 
10.0 miles, one-way
Gain: 2600 ft.
Highest Point: 5600 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
0.00
(0 votes)
  • Wildflowers/Meadows
  • Ridges/passes
  • Wildlife
  • Mountain views
  • Old growth
  • Dogs allowed on leash
  • Fall foliage

Wildfire: Trail closed

This meandering trail through old-growth forest follows Jackson Creek, connecting the Shedroof Divide in Washington to Hughes Meadows in Idaho.
 
 

Eastern Washington > Selkirk Range

 
7.6 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 1000 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.00
(4 votes)
  • Wildflowers/Meadows
  • Mountain views
  • Wildlife
  • Dogs allowed on leash
  • Old growth
  • Summits
  • Lakes
  • Fall foliage

Wildfire: Trail closed

Let the car take care of most of the climbing, then enjoy this gently contouring trail that begins in forest and passes through thickets of huckleberries before arriving in the upper grassy meadows that provide spectacular views of the surrounding peaks in the Selkirk range.
 
 

Eastern Washington > Selkirk Range

 
4.9 miles, one-way
Gain: 2204 ft.
Highest Point: 6229 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
5.00
(1 vote)
  • Wildflowers/Meadows
  • Ridges/passes
  • Wildlife
  • Mountain views
  • Old growth
  • Dogs allowed on leash
  • Fall foliage

Wildfire: Trail closed

This long ridge route gives hikers big views in all directions and also serves as a connector to enable big loop opportunities with other nearby trails.
 
 

North Cascades > Mountain Loop Highway

 
31.8 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 4400 ft.
Highest Point: 6000 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.25
(8 votes)
  • Wildflowers/Meadows
  • Ridges/passes
  • Dogs allowed on leash
  • Established campsites
  • Mountain views
  • Old growth
  • Lakes

Trail closed: The Suiattle River Trail is closed due to damage from the Downey Creek Fire

Hike along a Wild and Scenic river, up a rugged ridge, and to a mirror-like iconic lake in Glacier Peak wilderness. This is a long hike, best done as a backpack, but it's absolutely worth the days you invest to explore here.
 
 

Puget Sound and Islands > Seattle-Tacoma Area

 
17.0 miles of trails
Highest Point: 700 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
2.00
(3 votes)
  • Wildflowers/Meadows
  • Wildlife
  • Good for kids
  • Dogs allowed on leash
  • Rivers
The Black Diamond Open space consists of 1,240 forested acres including wetlands, peat bogs, streams and portions of the protected migratory corridor known as the Wildlife Habitat Network. Explore the 17 miles of non-motorized trails only two miles north of Black Diamond and six miles to the south of Maple Valley.
 
 

North Cascades > North Cascades Highway - Hwy 20

 
2.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 100 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.80
(5 votes)
  • Dogs allowed on leash
  • Old growth
  • Good for kids
  • Wildlife
  • Rivers

Highway 20 is closed from Ross Dam trailhead (milepost 134) to Early Winters (milepost 178) for the season.

An easy, short loop hike out of the Lone Fir campground. The first bit is paved before giving way to a dirt trail that follows Early Winters Creek. After a creek crossing (log bridge) it loops back to the campground.
 
 

North Cascades > North Cascades Highway - Hwy 20

 
3.8 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 400 ft.
Highest Point: 4900 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.95
(19 votes)
  • Mountain views
  • Dogs allowed on leash
  • Good for kids
  • Lakes
  • Fall foliage

Highway 20 is closed from Ross Dam trailhead (milepost 134) to Early Winters (milepost 178) for the season.

This pleasant trail offers an almost level walk to a grassy forested lake set in the rocky basin beneath Cutthroat Peak. This is an easy hike in an area of rugged, steep country and one of the few that are suitable for small children. It is an especially pretty hike in the fall when the larch are turning golden.
 
 

North Cascades > North Cascades Highway - Hwy 20

 
11.4 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 2300 ft.
Highest Point: 6800 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.75
(12 votes)
  • Wildflowers/Meadows
  • Mountain views
  • Dogs allowed on leash
  • Fall foliage
  • Ridges/passes

Highway 20 is closed from Ross Dam trailhead (milepost 134) to Early Winters (milepost 178) for the season.

Take this gentle trail to a beautiful alpine lake surrounded by rocky cliffs before heading up some steeper switchbacks to a pass and junction with the iconic Pacific Crest Trail.
 
 

North Cascades > North Cascades Highway - Hwy 20

 
3.5 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 500 ft.
Highest Point: 3500 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.00
(8 votes)
  • Wildflowers/Meadows
  • Dogs allowed on leash
  • Waterfalls
  • Old growth
  • Good for kids
  • Rivers

Highway 20 is closed from Ross Dam trailhead (milepost 134) to Early Winters (milepost 178) for the season.

Make a short and gradual climb through fields of flowers to a quaint two-tier waterfall. This easy early-season hike is most impressive after spring snowmelt when the creek and falls are swollen with turbulent water.
 
 

North Cascades > Methow/Sawtooth

 
1.65 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
0.00
(0 votes)
  • Wildlife
  • Good for kids
  • Dogs allowed on leash
  • Rivers

Highway 20 is closed from Ross Dam trailhead (milepost 134) to Early Winters (milepost 178) for the season.

Beaver Loop is a pleasant, level outing which is easy to follow and and has many distractions for younger hikers. There is ample opportunity for wildlife and best of all it is close to town.