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3897 Hikes
Vesper Peak

North Cascades -- Mountain Loop Highway

 
8.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 4000 ft.
Highest Point: 6214.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.52
(27 votes)
Vesper Peak is definitely not for the novice hiker, but for those thirsting for one step beyond hiking into backcountry adventure, it's a good leaping off point. The smooth, low angle granite of Vesper's upper reaches make for relatively easy off-trail travel and beginning routefinding.
 
 
Headlee Pass and Vesper Lake

North Cascades -- Mountain Loop Highway

 
7.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 2700 ft.
Highest Point: 4950.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.90
(20 votes)
Vesper Lake is squeezed, like a thumbprint in clay, deep in the saddle between the twin summits of Sperry Peak and Vesper Peak. Rarely is a lake situated so close and steeply below two summits like this–its unique setting gives you remarkably up-close (and straight-up) views of mountainous terrain. And all that comes after the former mining trail that provides incredible scenery along the way.
 
 
Glacier Vista - Panorama Point

Mount Rainier Area -- SW - Longmire/Paradise

 
5.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 1300 ft.
Highest Point: 6700.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.11
(9 votes)
Paradise is one of the most gorgeous (and, as a result, popular) parts of Washington. This short but steep trail offers tourists and locals alike one of the most stunning views for the least number of miles in Washington state, but that doesn't mean you won't sweat! Be prepared to climb more than 1000 feet in less than a mile at the outset of this trail .
 
 
Columbia River Renaissance Trail

Southwest Washington -- Vancouver Area

 
5.0 miles, one-way
Gain: 10 ft.
Highest Point: 50.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
0.00
(0 votes)
Explore the links between the Columbia River and Vancouver’s historic past and vibrant future on this paved accessible trail.
 
 
Lincoln Park

Puget Sound and Islands -- Seattle-Tacoma Area

 
1.85 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 160 ft.
Highest Point: 160.0 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.
 
 
Fort Flagler State Park

Olympic Peninsula -- Hood Canal

 
5.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 150 ft.
Highest Point: 150.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
2.67
(9 votes)
Fort Flagler State Park is one of five impressive military installations that were established in close proximity to protect Puget Sound from invaders during times of war.
 
 
Wallace Falls State Park

Central Cascades -- Stevens Pass - West

 
5.6 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 1300 ft.
Highest Point: 1500.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.11
(277 votes)
An accessible hike for seasoned veterans and neophytes alike, Wallace Falls provides visitors with breathtaking views of the Wallace River and the surrounding falls on a relatively low difficulty, scenic 5.6 mile round-trip. Although well attended and often busy, the trail stands as a true showcase of the diversity and majestic beauty that the Central Cascades can offer to hikers who journey into the heart of this sublime mountain range.
 
 
Seven Pass Loop (Pasayten)

North Cascades -- Pasayten

 
26.6 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 4100 ft.
Highest Point: 7446.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
5.00
(2 votes)
This breathtaking loop offers an undulating ridge walk on the Pacific Crest Trail, a jaunt through the West Fork Pasayten River Valley — one of the priority areas in WTA's Lost Trails Found campaign — and views from the highest fire lookout in the state.
 
 
Cutthroat Lake

North Cascades -- North Cascades Highway - Hwy 20

 
3.8 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 400 ft.
Highest Point: 4900.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.89
(18 votes)
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.
 
 
Hidden Lake

Mount Rainier Area

 
Rating:
Average rating:
3.50
(4 votes)
Hidden Lake
 
 
Mount Dickerman

North Cascades -- Mountain Loop Highway

 
8.2 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 3950 ft.
Highest Point: 5760.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.63
(110 votes)
If the best views come to those who earn them, Mount Dickerman offers the fairest vantage along the Mountain Loop. You’ll huff and puff through 4,000 feet of elevation on your way to the summit; in return, you’ll get a superb panorama of nearly every peak in the Mountain Loop. In late summer, it also rewards the intrepid with a bounty of mountain blueberries.
 
 
Bearpaw Mountain Lake

North Cascades -- Mount Baker Area

 
1.6 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 650 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
0.00
(0 votes)
Bearpaw Lake is a small fishing lake near the Damfino Lakes Trail, which is the shortest route to the exquisite High Divide.
 
 
Church Lake

North Cascades -- Mount Baker Area

 
Rating:
Average rating:
4.00
(3 votes)
 
This hiker-only route is not an official trail It is a user-built route, and so is a rough and rugged climb. The way is often overgrown and the road to access the trailhead requires a high-clearance car.
 
 
Boundary Way

North Cascades -- Mount Baker Area

 
8.2 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 1458 ft.
Highest Point: 5658.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.00
(4 votes)
Put your navigational skills to the test! This unmaintained trail just off Damfino Lakes trail may be brushy, but if you can find your way to Boundary Way, you'll be rewarded with breathtaking views into Canada and the epic North Cascades.
 
 
Excelsior Peak via Damfino Lakes Trail

North Cascades -- Mount Baker Area

 
5.6 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 1500 ft.
Highest Point: 5699.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.00
(11 votes)
Disregarding the apocryphal stories about their name, the Damfino Lakes are noteworthy only to distinguish this route from two other routes. The lakes pale in comparison to these magnificent destinations: Excelsior Pass, the High Divide, and Excelsior Peak.
 
 
Snow Lakes

Central Cascades -- Leavenworth Area

 
14.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 4300 ft.
Highest Point: 5500.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.65
(26 votes)
The Snow Lakes trail is known mostly as the long, gradual way into the Enchantments; but it is a worthwhile - if deceptively grueling - destination in its own right. The narrow isthmus between the lakes offers a majestic view across the water to the towering heights of McClellan Peak.
 
 
Mount St. Helens - Monitor Ridge

South Cascades -- Mount St. Helens

 
10.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 4500 ft.
Highest Point: 8365.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.46
(39 votes)
Mount St. Helens is a peak that should be on every life list. And because it is an active volcano, it is best not to put it off for too long. Climbing to the crater rim is an opportunity to see not only amazing views in every direction, but to see geology raw, unformed and in its making.
 
 
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)
Trail Closed Summer 2021: This trail is closed until further notice due to the Schneider Springs fire.
This is a scenic, easy to moderate hike or snowshoe up a broad canyon with a good chance of spotting bands of elk.
 
 
Bear Canyon

Central Washington -- Yakima

 
6.4 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 1130 ft.
Highest Point: 3200.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.29
(7 votes)
Trail Closed Summer 2021: This trail is closed until further notice due to the Schneider Springs fire.
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.
 
 
Tieton River Nature Trail

Central Washington -- Yakima

 
6.75 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 300 ft.
Highest Point: 1900.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.60
(10 votes)
Trail Closed Summer 2021: This trail is closed until further notice due to the Schneider Springs fire.
This short hike is an excellent option during a visit to the Naches area in the spring and summertime. You'll enjoy a ramble along a river, impressive geologic formations, and relative solitude, though the area is open to mountain bikers and popular with rock climbers and birders.
 
 
Sharpe Park - Sares Head

Puget Sound and Islands -- Bellingham Area

 
2.1 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 440 ft.
Highest Point: 490.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.29
(7 votes)
This hike just south of Anacortes offers superb views of the ocean and islands from a pair of high vantage points, and it has some fine trails through mixed forest along the way.
 
 
Church Mountain

North Cascades -- Mount Baker Area

 
8.5 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 3750 ft.
Highest Point: 6100.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.34
(29 votes)
The rewards for this strenuous hike are a bouquet of fall colors and a vast panorama of North Cascades mountains.
 
 
Cispus Pass

South Cascades

 
12.8 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 2700 ft.
Highest Point: 6400.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.00
(1 vote)
Hike to a stunning viewpoint high above two river valleys in the Goat Rocks Wilderness.
 
 
Mine Road Trail

North Cascades -- Mountain Loop Highway

 
4.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 650 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.76
(21 votes)
A nice afternoon hike near Darrington up an abandoned road to an old mine.
 
 
Tolt Pipeline Trail

Puget Sound and Islands -- Seattle-Tacoma Area

 
12.0 miles, one-way
Gain: 1060 ft.
Highest Point: 535.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
2.50
(4 votes)
Take an urban hike with plenty of up-and-down as you follow the Tolt pipeline easement, a 12-mile corridor with wildflowers, berries, and occasional wildlife on a multi-use trail for equestrians, dog walkers, mountain bikers, joggers, and hikers.
 
 
Liberty Lake Regional Park - Liberty Lake Loop Trail

Eastern Washington -- Spokane Area/Coeur d'Alene

 
8.4 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 1500 ft.
Highest Point: 3280.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
5.00
(1 vote)
This trail offers a full tour of the trails at Liberty Lake Regional Park, taking visitors along Split Creek, through a cedar grove, past Liberty Falls and an old cabin as well as along miles of beautiful trails with views down to the lake.
 
 
Liberty Lake Regional Park - Split Creek Loop

Eastern Washington -- Spokane Area/Coeur d'Alene

 
4.06 miles, roundtrip
Rating:
Average rating:
4.25
(4 votes)
Meander alongside Liberty Creek, staying close to the water, on a trail that provides a shorter loop option than the full waterfall loop.
 
 
Tubbs Hill

Eastern Washington -- Spokane Area/Coeur d'Alene

 
2.2 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 300 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.00
(1 vote)
This delightful little park in the heart of Coeur D'Alene boasts swimming holes, plenty of trails to give you a workout, and great views of the majestic Lake Coeur D'Alene.
 
 
Schmitz Preserve Park

Puget Sound and Islands -- Seattle-Tacoma Area

 
1.7 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 220 ft.
Highest Point: 325.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.38
(8 votes)
This park, in the middle of West Seattle, has 1.7 miles of hiking trails in a natural forest setting, and offers the opportunity to see old growth conifers that once were common in Puget Sound forests.
 
 
Blanca Lake

Central Cascades -- Stevens Pass - West

 
7.5 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 3300 ft.
Highest Point: 4600.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.44
(141 votes)
Visit one of the most striking lakes in the Henry M. Jackson wilderness. The vibrant blue of the glacier-fed lake provides the perfect rest stop for hikers who have braved the thirty-odd, steep switchbacks that lead to the lake.