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3904 Hikes
Snipes Mountain - Pine Way

South Cascades -- Mount Adams Area

 
5.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 500 ft.
Highest Point: 4800.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.00
(4 votes)
A short connector trail to the Snipes Mountain trail and other adventures on the southern flanks of Mount Adams.
 
 
Shi Shi Beach and Point of the Arches

Olympic Peninsula -- Pacific Coast

 
8.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 200 ft.
Highest Point: 200.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.39
(59 votes)
Trail currently closed
This stunning Olympic coastal hike is one of the more photographed places in Washington for good reason.
 
 
Fisk State Park

Eastern Washington -- Spokane Area/Coeur d'Alene

 
Rating:
Average rating:
0.00
(0 votes)
Fisk State Park is a large property on the southern bank of the Spokane River located about 30 miles northwest of downtown Spokane.
 
 
Angel's Rest-Devil's Rest Loop

Southwest Washington -- Columbia River Gorge - OR

 
10.7 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 2770 ft.
Highest Point: 2308.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
5.00
(1 vote)
09/10/20 Wildfire: Trail closed to protect the public from fire danger.
Explore waterfalls, enjoy expansive views, and have a look at how forest rebounds from fires all along this lovely loop in the Columbia River Gorge.
 
 
Stehekin to Rainy Pass

North Cascades -- North Cascades Highway - Hwy 20

 
18.7 miles, one-way
Gain: 3600 ft.
Highest Point: 4900.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
0.00
(0 votes)
Connect between the Stehekin River and Rainy Pass on this section of the Pacific Crest Trail. Views of peaks in every direction capture the hiker's attention as you walk through the beautiful North Cascades.
 
 
Siouxon Peak Loop

South Cascades -- Dark Divide

 
15.3 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 5120 ft.
Highest Point: 4170.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
0.00
(0 votes)
09/10/20 Wildfire: Trail closed to protect the public from fire danger.
This strenuous trek from creek to peak offers up-close views of impressive waterfalls and far-off views of Cascade volcanoes.
 
 
 
0.75 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 25 ft.
Highest Point: 200.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.83
(6 votes)
North Head Lighthouse is closed for tours until further notice due to COVID 19
Take a couple of ADA-accessible trails to some of the most scenic parts of Cape Disappointment State Park.
 
 
Second Beach

Olympic Peninsula -- Pacific Coast

 
4.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 310 ft.
Highest Point: 220.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.41
(32 votes)
2021 - This trail remains closed
Shorter than the hike to Third Beach, the access to Second Beach is also a little more interesting, thanks to the ups and downs and a set of switchbacked stairs leading down to a coastline dotted with seastacks and a hole in the mainland that wind whistles through eerily.
 
 
Rowena Plateau and Tom McCall Point

Southwest Washington -- Columbia River Gorge - OR

 
3.4 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 1200 ft.
Highest Point: 1750.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
5.00
(1 vote)
This trail is open to the public between May 1 and October 31
Rowena Crest is a fabulous place to pull off the road and enjoy the sweeping views of the Columbia River. Grasslands, basalt cliffs, and scrub oak forests form the landscape you'll hike through on a trail that climbs steadily with ever-increasing views.
 
 
Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge

Southwest Washington -- Vancouver Area

 
2.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 100 ft.
Highest Point: 100.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.80
(5 votes)
More than 5000 acres of marshes, grasslands and wooded areas are home to more than one hundred species of birds, waterfowl and fish. Two trails and a loop road provide public access to this serene area just a few miles west of I-5. Spring and fall are the best seasons to see migrating songbirds and shorebirds, but summer offers the additional attraction of the barrier-free Kiwa Loop Trail.
 
 
Purple Pass

Central Cascades -- Entiat Mountains/Lake Chelan

 
15.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 5700 ft.
Highest Point: 6884.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.00
(1 vote)
A long, steady climb takes you from the Stehekin Landing to a high pass more than a mile above the surface of Lake Chelan. Those willing to complete the eight miles and 5,700 feet of climbing needed to reach the pass are rewarded with incredible views of the lake gorge, the Stehekin Valley and peaks stretching from the Cascade Pass area to the Glacier Peak Wilderness.
 
 
Palouse Falls

Eastern Washington -- Palouse and Blue Mountains

 
1.0 miles, roundtrip
Highest Point: 803.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.35
(23 votes)
The campground at Palouse Falls is closed and no overnight parking is allowed
The iconic Palouse Falls that has been deemed the official waterfall of Washington State is not to be missed. There are trails aplenty at Palouse Falls State Park with outstanding views of the waterfall fit for the whole family.
 
 
Billy Frank Jr. Nisqually National Wildlife Refuge

Puget Sound and Islands -- Seattle-Tacoma Area

 
5.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 10 ft.
Highest Point: 10.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.97
(37 votes)
Formerly known as the Nisqually National Wildlife Refuge and renamed to honor the memory of a noted activist, this an excellent year-round destination for wildlife viewing and photography.
 
 
Mount Beljica

Mount Rainier Area -- SW - Longmire/Paradise

 
3.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 1056 ft.
Highest Point: 5469.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.36
(11 votes)
3/8/2021 - Trailhead Inaccessible: Forest Road 59 is washed out shortly after the turn from Highway 706.
Mount Beljica is just outside the boundary of Mount Rainier National Park, so you can bring your dog and still experience a well-kept trail leading to astounding views of Washington's tallest mountain.
 
 
Mount Muller

Olympic Peninsula -- Northern Coast

 
12.7 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 3350 ft.
Highest Point: 3748.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.50
(14 votes)
Mount Muller offers breathtaking views from a breathtaking trail -- it's a steep climb, but those who make it to the lofty ridgeline are rewarded with a panorama that includes the Strait of Juan de Fuca, massive Mount Olympus, and sapphire, sparkling Lake Crescent.
 
 
Lower Falls Creek Trail

Southwest Washington -- Columbia River Gorge - WA

 
3.4 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 600 ft.
Highest Point: 1410.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.80
(10 votes)
09/10/20 Wildfire: Trail closed to protect the public from fire danger.
Discover a waterfall utopia with triple the falls and a wonderful place to put down your pack, enjoy some snacks and snap some incredible photos.
 
 
Lewis River Falls

Southwest Washington -- Lewis River Region

 
8.8 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 450 ft.
Highest Point: 1300.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.38
(13 votes)
The Lower Falls Day Use area which includes the Lower Lewis River trailhead remains closed
Step into the moss-cloaked forest of the Lewis River, where giant cedars, nurse logs, ancient stumps and rushing water abound.
 
 
Roaring Creek

Snoqualmie Region -- North Bend Area

 
0.6 miles, one-way
Gain: 105 ft.
Highest Point: 1486.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
5.00
(1 vote)
The Roaring Creek Trail connects the popular Mount Si and Mount Teneriffe Trails. This short trail through serene forests can be used to make a small loop with nearby trails such as Talus Loop Trail, or as a connector for a challenging day that includes both Mount Si Trail and Mount Teneriffe Trail.
 
 
Trapper Lake

North Cascades -- North Cascades Highway - Hwy 20

 
5.0 miles, roundtrip
Rating:
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0.00
(0 votes)
Follow a fisherman's trail to a crystalline blue lake in the North Cascades. This is a bushwhack, so you will need route-finding experience and a map and compass, and you'll need to know how to use them.
 
 
Manresa Grotto

Eastern Washington -- Selkirk Range

 
0.5 miles, roundtrip
Rating:
Average rating:
0.00
(0 votes)
Manresa Grotto remains closed to the public during the COVID-19 pandemic
The sign outside the Manresa Grotto states simply: "A beautiful grotto exists." And it's true! It does exist, and while it's beautiful in its own way, it can be a little eerie when one visits alone on a rainy day.
 
 
Shepperd's Dell State Natural Area

Southwest Washington -- Columbia River Gorge - OR

 
Rating:
Average rating:
0.00
(0 votes)
This area remains closed. Please respect all trail and facility closures.
Visit a scenic bridge, a lovely little waterfall, and a historic area in the Columbia River Gorge.
 
 
Barnum Point

Puget Sound and Islands -- Whidbey Island

 
2.75 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 300 ft.
Highest Point: 130.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
0.00
(0 votes)
Enjoy a series of easy forest trails in this new Island County park. Descend to the beach at both ends of the bluff. Optionally, tide permitting, hike the entire length of the mile-long beach. Either way, finish your hike on more forest trails.
 
 
Lester Ghost Town

Snoqualmie Region -- Cle Elum Area

 
Rating:
Average rating:
5.00
(2 votes)
 
Lester Ghost Town is located in the Green River Watershed which is closed to public access. Visitors to this area may be ticketed.
Lester Ghost Town is located in the Green River Watershed, where access is restricted. Please refrain from visiting this location.
 
 
Upper Stehekin Valley Road Trail

Central Cascades -- Entiat Mountains/Lake Chelan

 
11.4 miles, one-way
Gain: 1100 ft.
Highest Point: 2400.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
0.00
(0 votes)
Once upon a time, the road in Stehekin extended all the way to Cottonwood Camp, more than ten miles further into the lush green valley. But strong river activity due to snowmelt and rain events washed the road out frequently, and for one final time in 2003. Now it's accessible by foot only, and many of the trails found along this route are some of your best chance for solitude in the state.
 
 
Angel's Rest

Southwest Washington -- Columbia River Gorge - OR

 
4.8 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 1500 ft.
Highest Point: 1600.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.50
(2 votes)
09/10/20 Wildfire: Trail closed to protect the public from fire danger.
Hike a short, moderately steep trail to Angel's Rest, an exposed bluff with stunning views into the Columbia River Gorge. You'll be able to see the river glittering below your feet at the overlook, which seems close enough for a quick dip, but be careful, it's a long fall from the balcony.
 
 
Mount Ross

North Cascades -- North Cascades Highway - Hwy 20

 
14.5 miles, roundtrip
Highest Point: 6048.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
0.00
(0 votes)
A peak scramble in the North Cascades near Ross Lake. Route finding, gear and expertise required.
 
 
Rattlesnake Ledge

Snoqualmie Region -- North Bend Area

 
4.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 1160 ft.
Highest Point: 2078.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.03
(338 votes)
This is a fine hike on a well maintained, albeit busy trail through a cool forest with views of the Cedar River watershed, Mount Si, Mount Washington, Rattlesnake Lake and Chester Morse Lake.
 
 
Lake Christine

South Cascades -- White Pass/Cowlitz River Valley

 
1.8 miles, one-way
Gain: 640 ft.
Highest Point: 5040.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.75
(8 votes)
3/8/2021 - Trailhead Inaccessible: Forest Road 59 is washed out shortly after the turn from Highway 706.
The Lake Christine trail begins on Forest Road 5920 and climbs briefly through a former logging show to the Glacier View wilderness. Offering access to the lovely little Lake Christine, it rambles through a conifer forest after passing through the cut.
 
 
Double Bluff

Puget Sound and Islands -- Whidbey Island

 
4.0 miles, roundtrip
Rating:
Average rating:
3.50
(12 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!
 
 
East Peak

Snoqualmie Region -- North Bend Area

 
8.6 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 2500 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.11
(9 votes)
East Peak is a slightly longer, more challenging hike than the extremely popular route to Rattlesnake Ledge. Allow a little more time, and be sure to bring a map of the area!