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Results List

161 Hikes
Sharpe Park - Montgomery - Duban Headlands

Puget Sound and Islands -- Bellingham Area

 
1.9 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 425 ft.
Highest Point: 370.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.67
(6 votes)
Follow well-signed but sometimes rough trails to a great viewpoint near the water's edge at Porpoise Point. Enjoy views of distant islands, and on a clear day of the distant Olympic Mountains. Sightings of seals, eagles, waterfowl, and sometimes otters are likely.
 
 
Washington Park

Puget Sound and Islands -- San Juan Islands

 
2.2 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 280 ft.
Highest Point: 250.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.33
(6 votes)
Washington Park sits at the northwestern tip of Anacortes. When viewed from the sea the area is referred to as Fidalgo Head. The terrain varies from rain forest on the north to open, stony hillsides with few trees on the south.
 
 
Kukutali Preserve

Puget Sound and Islands -- Bellingham Area

 
2.2 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 200 ft.
Highest Point: 230.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.18
(11 votes)
Thanks to a partnership between Washington State Parks and the Swinomish Indian Tribal Community, Kukutali Preserve in Similk Bay near La Conner opened to the public on June 16, 2014. Believed to be the first park in the United States to be co-owned and managed by a tribe and another government, management of the area focuses on conservation and research, public education and limited recreational use, including hiking!
 
 
Mount Finlayson

Puget Sound and Islands -- San Juan Islands

 
3.6 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 408 ft.
Highest Point: 290.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.33
(9 votes)
With expansive views of the Strait of Juan de Fuca contrasting with deep forest lagoons, the Mount Finlayson loop features the variety of ecosystems that San Juan Island offers in an easy and scenic trail. Options for shorter or longer routes make this a suitable destination for hikers of all ages.
 
 
Possession Point State Park

Puget Sound and Islands -- Whidbey Island

 
3.0 miles, roundtrip
Rating:
Average rating:
4.00
(2 votes)
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.
 
 
Rialto Beach and Hole-in-the-Wall

Olympic Peninsula -- Pacific Coast

 
4.0 miles, roundtrip
Rating:
Average rating:
4.16
(25 votes)
Spend a day strolling the rugged Olympic Coast to dramatic sea stacks and natural wonders.
 
 
Point Defiance Park

Puget Sound and Islands -- Seattle-Tacoma Area

 
5.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 200 ft.
Highest Point: 300.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.12
(17 votes)
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.
 
 
Dungeness Recreation Area

Olympic Peninsula -- Northern Coast

 
3.0 miles of trails
Rating:
Average rating:
4.00
(3 votes)
This area is open to day use only
Also known as the portal to the popular Dungeness Spit, there are many equestrian and hiker friendly trails here. Situated on the bluff above the Strait of Juan De Fuca, this area boasts 67 campsites in addition to the scenic, mile-long bluff trail and excellent birdwatching.
 
 
Miller Peninsula-Thompson Spit

Olympic Peninsula -- Northern Coast

 
5.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 360 ft.
Highest Point: 360.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.12
(17 votes)
This wooded walk enters a lush ravine lined with remnant old-growth and gives way to an isolated beach with views of Protection Island.
 
 
Ruby Beach

Olympic Peninsula -- Pacific Coast

 
6.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 60 ft.
Highest Point: 60.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.70
(23 votes)
Ruby Beach offers several miles of beach exploration, with unique rock formations and swirling sun-bleached driftwood.
 
 
Striped Peak

Olympic Peninsula -- Northern Coast

 
6.8 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 850 ft.
Highest Point: 1166.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.43
(14 votes)
Visit a park full of coastal scenery, forests, rocky bluffs, tidepools, and a hearty climb to a 1,166-foot viewpoint. Hike though beautiful coastal forest to an expansive view north across the Strait of Juan de Fuca to Vancouver Island and Salt Spring Island in Canada.
 
 
Mount Grant Preserve

Puget Sound and Islands -- San Juan Islands

 
4.6 miles of trails
Gain: 900 ft.
Highest Point: 900.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
5.00
(2 votes)
Mount Grant Preserve is a trail system in development on San Juan Island. Currently, the trails to the top offer the most elevation gain available on San Juan Island, so you'll love this one if you're looking to get high up.
 
 
Turtleback Mountain Preserve: Turtlehead Summit

Puget Sound and Islands -- San Juan Islands

 
5.7 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 1295 ft.
Highest Point: 1025.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
5.00
(2 votes)
Hike a short trail that leads to one of the best viewpoints in the San Juans, with views of other San Juan Islands and of Canada's Gulf Islands. In the distance, Vancouver Island and the Olympic mountains will be visible. Along the way, enjoy an exuberant display of mosses and, in season, wildflowers. Sightings of golden eagles, turkey vultures, and many other birds are likely.
 
 
Peach Preserve Shore

Puget Sound and Islands

 
1.5 miles, roundtrip
Rating:
Average rating:
0.00
(0 votes)
A birder or botanist’s dream, this nature preserve boasts a diversity of ecosystems, all accessed via an easy and short trail which ends at a 2,000-foot section of protected beach.
 
 
Point Colville

Puget Sound and Islands -- San Juan Islands

 
Rating:
Average rating:
0.00
(0 votes)
Enjoy wildflowers, solitude, and gorgeous views of Puget Sound on this lovely little hike down a pretty trail to Watmaugh Bay Beach. The park is located off Watmough Head Road, and the beach is beautiful; perfect for a picnic.
 
 
Obstruction Pass State Park

Puget Sound and Islands -- San Juan Islands

 
1.9 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 305 ft.
Highest Point: 225.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.40
(10 votes)
Moran State Park might have mountains and lakes, but Obstruction Pass has quiet, open forest, secluded campgrounds, and the largest public beach on Orcas Island. Take a quiet walk here and soak in the peaceful shoreline.
 
 
Bell Point and English Camp

Puget Sound and Islands -- San Juan Islands

 
1.7 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 50 ft.
Highest Point: 50.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
0.00
(0 votes)
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.
 
 
Upright Head Preserve

Puget Sound and Islands -- San Juan Islands

 
1.2 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 300 ft.
Highest Point: 195.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
0.00
(0 votes)
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.
 
 
Turtleback Mountain Preserve: Ship Peak Loop

Puget Sound and Islands -- San Juan Islands

 
3.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 860 ft.
Highest Point: 931.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.50
(4 votes)
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.
 
 
Guemes Mountain

Puget Sound and Islands -- San Juan Islands

 
2.4 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 550 ft.
Highest Point: 688.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.80
(5 votes)
A collaboration between Skagit Land Trust and Washington Trails Association created this 1.2-mile trail up Guemes Mountain, offering views of the surrounding San Juan Islands. A treat year round, you'll also see unique prairie habitat and forest, in addition to those gorgeous views.
 
 
Young Hill

Puget Sound and Islands -- San Juan Islands

 
2.2 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 587 ft.
Highest Point: 665.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.29
(7 votes)
The hike up Young Hill is a San Juan Island classic. A moderate trail leading to surprisingly expansive views, and the short side trip to the English Camp cemetery offers a chance to observe unique natural and historical features.
 
 
Guemes Channel and Ship Harbor

Puget Sound and Islands -- San Juan Islands

 
3.2 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 100 ft.
Highest Point: 110.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
0.00
(0 votes)
Hike shoreline trails in both directions from this Anacortes trailhead. Take in views of distant islands, ferries, seabirds, eagles, historic displays. All on good trails suitable for all ages.
 
 
Jakle's Lagoon

Puget Sound and Islands -- San Juan Islands

 
1.0 miles, roundtrip
Highest Point: 100.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
0.00
(0 votes)
Take this short one-mile stroll around an interpretive trail near the base of Mount Finlayson on San Juan Island.
 
 
Turn Point Lighthouse

Puget Sound and Islands -- San Juan Islands

 
6.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 280 ft.
Highest Point: 300.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
5.00
(2 votes)
It doesn’t get better than Stuart Island if you want to combine a quaint little hiking trip with sea kayaking, camping and wildlife watching.
 
 
American Camp and South Beach

Puget Sound and Islands -- San Juan Islands

 
2.7 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 167 ft.
Highest Point: 175.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
0.00
(0 votes)
Hike from the site of a historic military occupation down to South Beach, the longest public beach on San Juan Island. Wildlife abounds as guests often encounter red foxes and may see orcas in the Strait of Juan de Fuca.
 
 
Sucia Island State Park

Puget Sound and Islands -- San Juan Islands

 
10.0 miles of trails
Gain: 223 ft.
Highest Point: 223.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.20
(5 votes)
Far to the north, between the Strait of Georgia and the waters surrounding the San Juan Islands is a funny-shaped little island with a wealth of hiking trails on its relatively small square acreage.
 
 
Spencer Spit

Puget Sound and Islands -- San Juan Islands

 
2.0 miles of trails
Gain: 60 ft.
Highest Point: 60.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.75
(4 votes)
Spencer Spit State Park is located on the northeast corner of Lopez Island in the San Juan Islands. A campground sits at the northern edge of the park. The network of hiking trails loops around the edge of the park, heads along the edge of a lagoon and extends out onto the spit.
 
 
Sand Point

Olympic Peninsula -- Pacific Coast

 
6.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 150 ft.
Highest Point: 100.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
2.86
(7 votes)
A beautiful hike through an interesting forest, often over boardwalks, ends at the beach with the potential for birdwatching and wildlife viewing. If you plan ahead and get a permit, it's a nice overnight destination.
 
 
Lyre Conservation Area

Olympic Peninsula -- Northern Coast

 
2.5 miles, roundtrip
Rating:
Average rating:
5.00
(1 vote)
A lovely protected space on a half-mile of beach along the Strait of Juan de Fuca. This area is just 20 miles west of Port Angeles -- perfect for a picnic or a short day trip.
 
 
Dosewallips State Park - Beach Trail

Olympic Peninsula -- Hood Canal

 
0.2 miles, roundtrip
Rating:
Average rating:
4.00
(1 vote)
Accessible only at low-tide, this trail (called the North Tidal Area Trail on the Dosewallips State Park map) is a short, gravelled trail that meanders along the north end of the beach at the state park. While this trail is quite short, and only accessible during a limited time, there are 10 total miles of trail in the state park, found across Highway 101 and departing from the camping area. If you want a longer hike, try the Steam Donkey or the Maple Valley trail.