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Results List

166 Hikes

Southwest Washington -- Long Beach Area

 
10.6 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 50 ft.
Highest Point: 35 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.25
(8 votes)
Enjoy a flat, sandy stroll to the mouth of Willapa Bay on the Long Beach Peninsula.
 
 

Olympic Peninsula -- Pacific Coast

 
4.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 0 ft.
Highest Point: 0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.19
(27 votes)
Spend a day strolling the rugged Olympic Coast to dramatic sea stacks and natural wonders.
 
 

Olympic Peninsula -- Pacific Coast

 
8.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 200 ft.
Highest Point: 200 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.41
(61 votes)
This stunning Olympic coastal hike is one of the more photographed places in Washington for good reason.
 
 

Olympic Peninsula -- Pacific Coast

 
6.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 60 ft.
Highest Point: 60 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.70
(23 votes)
6/21/22 - Ruby Beach area and parking lot are closed until mid-September 2022 for improvement work.
Ruby Beach offers several miles of beach exploration, with unique rock formations and swirling sun-bleached driftwood.
 
 

Olympic Peninsula -- Pacific Coast

 
3.6 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 280 ft.
Highest Point: 280 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.93
(15 votes)
The trail to Third Beach provides plenty of suspense for hikers. It’s a 1.3 mile trek through high trees, sometimes shrouded in fog, giving the forest here a spooky aura. But popping out onto the coast at the log-choked mouth of a creek and seeing the grand Pacific Ocean provides the perfect payoff.
 
 

Puget Sound and Islands -- Seattle-Tacoma Area

 
0.5 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 100 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.80
(5 votes)
A series of very short trails at Point Robinson lead to and around a lighthouse on Maury Island whose mate is across the Sound at Alki Point.
 
 

Puget Sound and Islands -- Seattle-Tacoma Area

 
3.0 miles of trails
Gain: 500 ft.
Highest Point: 500 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.00
(7 votes)
Maury Island Marine Park is located on the east side of Maury Island which is connected to Vashon Island. There is more than one mile of natural shoreline with stunning views of Mount Rainier and the Cascade Mountains. The park is a former gravel mine and contains rare stands of the Pacific Madrone tree. The accessible shoreline allows for scuba diving and an excellent beach walk to observe marine life with a salt marsh at the north end.
 
 

Puget Sound and Islands -- Whidbey Island

 
4.0 miles, roundtrip
Rating:
Average rating:
3.43
(14 votes)
Looking for a great day at the beach with the dog? Double Bluff is the place to be! Time it just right and at low tide you could walk for miles!
 
 

Puget Sound and Islands -- Whidbey Island

 
2.3 miles of trails
Rating:
Average rating:
3.00
(1 vote)
This nature preserve represents the best of Washington all in one 86-acre parcel on the edge of Whidbey Island.
 
 

Puget Sound and Islands -- Whidbey Island

 
2.5 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 0 ft.
Highest Point: 0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.67
(3 votes)
Enjoy this 2.5 mile long beach hike thanks to a donation from the Morgan Family to Whidbey Camano Land Trust.
 
 
 
5.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 350 ft.
Highest Point: 110 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.20
(46 votes)
On your next trip to Deception Pass State Park, don’t cross over the Deception Pass bridge. Instead, take the road down to Bowman Bay for some fine hiking along the rugged cliffs. Great views of the bridge over Deception and Canoe Pass, calm Lottie Bay, a woodland walk through hemlock, fir and Pacific Madrone, plus the legend of the Maiden of Deception Pass are what await you here.
 
 

Olympic Peninsula -- Pacific Coast

 
6.2 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 100 ft.
Highest Point: 350 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.55
(11 votes)
Take a beautifully constructed boardwalk a little more than three miles out to the wild Olympic Coast. If you can snag a permit, camping here is divine. If not, while away a few hours playing in the water or ambling along the beach.
 
 

Olympic Peninsula -- Northern Coast

 
7.5 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 850 ft.
Highest Point: 1166 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.44
(16 votes)
Visit a multi-use trail to a summit that boasts coastal scenery, forests, rocky bluffs, tidepools, and a hearty climb to a 1,166-foot viewpoint over the Strait of Juan de Fuca
 
 

Olympic Peninsula -- Olympia

 
3.5 miles of trails
Rating:
Average rating:
3.42
(12 votes)
With five miles of shoreline in South Puget Sound, the Woodard Bay Conservation Area includes forests, wetlands of freshwater, as well as historic and cultural resources that are a valuable diversion in the area.
 
 

Olympic Peninsula -- Pacific Coast

 
1.5 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 200 ft.
Highest Point: 250 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.33
(49 votes)
The furthest northwest tip of the contiguous United State, Cape Flattery provides a dramatic backdrop to a surprisingly accessible hike. It's managed by the Makah Tribe, who provide permits for parking here at Washburn's General Store, The Makah Museum, and many other locations in Neah Bay. As you drive through on the way to the trailhead, be sure to purchase yours -- they're good for the year, and you can also use it for Shi Shi Beach.
 
 

Olympic Peninsula -- Kitsap Peninsula

 
1.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 25 ft.
Highest Point: 25 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.50
(6 votes)
This is an easy loop trail, wandering nearly one mile through a forest of bigleaf maple and cedars on the shores of Carr Inlet in Gig Harbor. With less than fifty feet of elevation gain and plenty of picnic tables, it makes the perfect destination for families with small children.
 
 

Puget Sound and Islands -- Seattle-Tacoma Area

 
2.0 miles of trails
Rating:
Average rating:
3.00
(2 votes)
Start out at a historic lodge, then walk along the edge of a lagoon before heading out to the beach.
 
 

Puget Sound and Islands -- Seattle-Tacoma Area

 
5.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 200 ft.
Highest Point: 300 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.11
(18 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.
 
 

Puget Sound and Islands -- Bellingham Area

 
2.6 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 200 ft.
Highest Point: 200 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
2.83
(12 votes)
A fine little park with beach access, camping, a boat launch and trails. A popular park in the summer, this is a great place for a quiet off-season hike. On this loop trail, there are views, a forest walk, birding and beachcombing.
 
 

Puget Sound and Islands -- Whidbey Island

 
5.6 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 260 ft.
Highest Point: 260 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.29
(65 votes)
Perched on a bluff overlooking majestic Puget Sound is the unique acreage of Ebey’s Landing. In addition to the Bluff Trail, visitors can experience the seaport town of Coupeville, observe working farms, and get their fill of wildlife viewing, all in a tiny National Park on Whidbey Island.
 
 

Puget Sound and Islands -- San Juan Islands

 
2.4 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 550 ft.
Highest Point: 688 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.83
(6 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.
 
 

Southwest Washington -- Long Beach Area

 
2.9 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 60 ft.
Highest Point: 35 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
1.83
(6 votes)
A walk through the coastal forest and tidal flats of Leadbetter Point State Park, the Dune Forest Loop is a nice way to see this low-lying peninsula, but the conditions on trail are heavily dependent on the tides and recent rainfall. Come prepared to wade through at least a little bit of water, and don’t be surprised to find yourself navigating deeper stuff. Bring a tide table, and try to visit at low tide for the driest conditions.
 
 

Puget Sound and Islands -- Bellingham Area

 
0.75 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 360 ft.
Highest Point: 140 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.00
(3 votes)
La Conner is well known for its museums, interesting shops, pubs and dining establishments. Less well-known is this small park at the southwest corner of town that offers a forested retreat with a few short hiking trails and some wildflowers in season. As a hike extension, continue on across Swinomish Channel to visit a tribal park.
 
 

Puget Sound and Islands -- Seattle-Tacoma Area

 
2.8 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 140 ft.
Highest Point: 325 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.65
(37 votes)
Seattle's Discovery Park Loop Trail is a designated National Recreation Trail, 2.8 miles long with an elevation change of just 140 feet. It passes through both forest and open meadows, offers extensive views, good prospects for bird watchers, and it can be hiked or jogged year-round.
 
 

Puget Sound and Islands -- Seattle-Tacoma Area

 
4.4 miles, one-way
Gain: 0 ft.
Highest Point: 20 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.25
(4 votes)
A paved urban trail along the Alki beaches and West Seattle industrial area with spectacular mountain, city and Elliott Bay marine views.
 
 

Puget Sound and Islands -- Seattle-Tacoma Area

 
1.85 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 160 ft.
Highest Point: 160 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.14
(7 votes)
Located on the western edge of West Seattle, Lincoln park offers 5 miles of trails, including a loop hike with bluff and beachfront views of Puget Sound, Vashon Island, and the Olympic Mountains.
 
 

Puget Sound and Islands -- San Juan Islands

 
3.2 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 100 ft.
Highest Point: 110 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
5.00
(1 vote)
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.
 
 

Puget Sound and Islands -- Bellingham Area

 
3.5 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 250 ft.
Highest Point: 275 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.00
(6 votes)
Enjoy the easy, forested trail to Cranberry Lake - an extensive wetland created by energetic beavers - plus trails along the high bluffs with views out to Saratoga Passage and Whidbey Island. Optionally, explore a trail to the eastern edge of the park. To finish up, visit the Historic District and vintage beach cabins.
 
 

Olympic Peninsula -- Northern Coast

 
11.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 130 ft.
Highest Point: 130 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.97
(33 votes)
This narrow strip of land just east of Port Angeles in the Strait of Juan de Fuca is a gorgeous place to explore miles upon miles of sandy beach, spy shorebirds wheeling, and even get a little shot of greenery at the beginning and end of your trip. But remember, while the beach is usually a good place for dogs to get some exercise, this particular one is closed to pups, since it’s a National Wildlife Refuge.
 
 

Puget Sound and Islands -- San Juan Islands

 
0.9 miles, roundtrip
Highest Point: 6 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
0.00
(0 votes)
English Boom County Park is an all-season area that offers bird watching, beach combing, wildflowers and views of the Cascades. It is also a historical area with remnants of early logging operations for transporting logs by rail and water. There are picnic facilities and wheelchair-friendly boardwalks and a viewing platform. A short walk takes you through an estuary cut through with small channels. A small parking lot accommodates about ten vehicles which includes some spaces along the end of the road.