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WTA's hiking guide is the most comprehensive database of hikes in Washington, and comprises content written by local hiking experts and user submitted information. All data is vetted by WTA staff. This resource is made possible by the donations of WTA members.

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3904 Hikes
Eagle Creek

Southwest Washington -- Columbia River Gorge - OR

 
12.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 1100 ft.
Highest Point: 1200.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.75
(8 votes)
1/14/21 - Trail closed: The Eagle Creek Recreation Area and the Eagle Creek Trail are closed until further notice in order to remove debris from flooding and repair damage sustained following a rainstorm
A popular hike in the Columbia River Gorge.
 
 
Eldorado Peak

North Cascades -- North Cascades Highway - Hwy 20

 
10.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 6716 ft.
Highest Point: 8876.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
5.00
(2 votes)
Hike along a knife's edge to Eldorado Peak. Climbing experience and equipment required.
 
 
Company Creek

Central Cascades -- Entiat Mountains/Lake Chelan

 
11.0 miles, one-way
Gain: 5400 ft.
Highest Point: 6600.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
2.75
(4 votes)
A trail that climbs out of the Stehekin River valley and into the Glacier Peak wilderness.
 
 
Clear West Peak

Mount Rainier Area -- Chinook Pass - Hwy 410

 
2.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 900 ft.
Highest Point: 5400.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
2.25
(4 votes)
The trail up Clear West Peak is inaccessible due to Road 74 being blocked and gated.
 
 
Cape Flattery

Olympic Peninsula -- Pacific Coast

 
1.5 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 200 ft.
Highest Point: 250.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.34
(47 votes)
Trail currently closed
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.
 
 
Cherry Creek Falls

Central Cascades -- Stevens Pass - West

 
5.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 450 ft.
Highest Point: 705.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.65
(40 votes)
Hike along old logging roads to a 25-foot tall waterfall on Cherry Creek just outside of Duvall. Note that access to this area is part of an agreement with nearby homeowners, and part of the trail is on private land, so please remain on the main path, observe leash laws and keep noise to a minimum as a courtesy to homeowners along trail. There are no toilets at the trailhead. Please plan ahead.
 
 
Boulder Cave

Mount Rainier Area -- Chinook Pass - Hwy 410

 
2.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 300 ft.
Highest Point: 2700.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.00
(7 votes)
This trail is closed. Please respect all closures.
Boulder Cave formed millions of years from volcanic activity. Today the cave is home to a dwindling population of Pacific western big-eared bats.
 
 
Yellowstone Cliffs and Windy Gap

Mount Rainier Area -- NW - Carbon River/Mowich

 
24.6 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 3500 ft.
Highest Point: 5800.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.86
(7 votes)
Yellowstone Cliffs and Windy Gap offer a chance to experience a side of Mount Rainier National Park like no other. Most trails in the park highlight views of the main mountain, but here, it’s more about the surrounding peaks, which make the area seem more like somewhere in Alaska or Montana, rather than Washington. Add to that the fact that accessing this area now requires an approach hike in the double digits, and you’ve got a remote, high mountain valley where relatively few people come, despite the fact that it’s in Washington’s most popular national park.
 
 
Moncton Ghost Town

Snoqualmie Region -- North Bend Area

 
2.5 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 20 ft.
Highest Point: 940.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
0.00
(0 votes)
Stroll a paved path or walk the lakeshore to find the remains of Moncton, now part of the Rattlesnake Lake Recreation Area near North Bend. Moncton was once a stop along the Chicago, Milwaukee, St. Paul & Pacific Railroad, also known as the Milwaukee Road. The town became Rattlesnake Lake in 1915 when Masonry Dam was constructed on the hillside above.
 
 
Goldendale Observatory State Park

Southwest Washington -- Columbia River Gorge - WA

 
Rating:
Average rating:
0.00
(0 votes)
Park Closed: This park remains closed during the COVID-19 pandemic.
This unique state park houses one of the largest public observatories in the nation. Visitors can peer through the lens of this telescope to view solar shows and magical glimpses of the night sky.
 
 
Buckner Orchard Walk

Central Cascades -- Entiat Mountains/Lake Chelan

 
1.6 miles, roundtrip
Highest Point: 1200.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
0.00
(0 votes)
Take a walk around the historic (and still operational) apple orchard in the Stehekin valley.
 
 
Wonderland Trail - Mowich to Longmire

Mount Rainier Area -- NW - Carbon River/Mowich

 
34.0 miles, one-way
Gain: 10521 ft.
Highest Point: 6000.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.00
(1 vote)
A section of the Wonderland Trail. It is a strenuous hike with ample elevation gain and loss through lowland forests, valleys, into high alpine and sub-alpine areas. You move through forests with moss and ferns, wildflower-filled rolling meadows, and along hillsides covered in beargrass and thick with huckleberry bushes.
 
 
Upper Falls Creek Trail

Southwest Washington -- Columbia River Gorge - WA

 
18.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 1100 ft.
Highest Point: 2400.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
2.25
(4 votes)
The Lower Falls Creek Recreation area remains closed
Falls Creek Trail is a good one for introductory backpacking trips, or simply a long, woodsy day hike through the forest. You'll enjoy a gradual grade of this 9 mile trail. Hike the full-length (making for an 18-mile trip) or turn around at any point.
 
 
 
8.4 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 700 ft.
Highest Point: 1570.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
2.75
(4 votes)
09/10/20 Wildfire: Trail closed to protect the public from fire danger.
This excellent early-season romp heads up a lush river canyon boasting three gorgeous waterfalls with riverside campsites for an overnight, or a longer, more challenging loop.
 
 
Tumwater Falls Park

Olympic Peninsula -- Olympia

 
0.5 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 30 ft.
Highest Point: 150.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.14
(7 votes)
Visit a park near Olympia that boasts it all: native flora and fauna, an interpretive nature trail, historical markers and plenty to keep kids entertained all year round.
 
 
Talus Loop

Snoqualmie Region -- North Bend Area

 
6.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 1400 ft.
Highest Point: 2100.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.50
(18 votes)
Get a different view of the perennially-popular Mount Si on the Talus Loop Trail. Just under 4 miles long, the Talus Trail explores the eastern slopes of the mountain. You'll hike briefly with the crowds headed to the haystack, then peel off and enjoy a much quieter forest walk, along with a good workout.
 
 
Spruce Railroad Trail

Olympic Peninsula -- Northern Coast

 
5.0 miles, one-way
Gain: 250 ft.
Highest Point: 700.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.91
(33 votes)
3/18/21: Trail closed - The section of this trail between the Daley Rankin Tunnel and the Lyre River Trailhead is closed until April 2021 due to a landslide.
Hop aboard the Spruce Railroad Trail for a scenic and historic hike along the sparkling shores of massive Lake Crescent. For 5 nearly flat miles you'll saunter along one of Olympic National Park's most alluring natural features. Nine miles long, over 600 feet deep, and surrounded by steep ridges and peaks, Lake Crescent seems more like a fjord. With a microclimate of warmer and drier conditions than areas just a few miles away, this trail is a good hiking choice on an overcast afternoon.
 
 
Soda Peaks Lake

Southwest Washington -- Lewis River Region

 
9.76 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 2874 ft.
Highest Point: 3700.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.50
(6 votes)
09/10/20 Wildfire: Trail closed to protect the public from fire danger.
There are two ways to reach Soda Peak Lake, a beautiful sub-alpine lake in an old growth forest. This approach is from the Government Mineral Springs trailhead to the east. It's a tough hike to a serene location, with plenty of secluded camps.
 
 
John Nelson Trail

Puget Sound and Islands -- Seattle-Tacoma Area

 
0.3 miles, roundtrip
Rating:
Average rating:
5.00
(1 vote)
Within walking distance of the Bainbridge Island ferry dock, this short loop hike follows Winslow Ravine.
 
 
Peshastin Pinnacles State Park

Central Cascades -- Leavenworth Area

 
1.5 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 400 ft.
Highest Point: 1450.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.20
(10 votes)
Largely used as a climbing park, Peshastin Pinnacles also makes an ideal stop on Highway 2 to stretch your legs, or as a destination during a visit to Leavenworth, Wenatchee, Cashmere or Chelan. A short trail system offers a nice zigzag, moderately steep loop tour of the base of the climbing areas, and a picnic area makes for a great way to finish the visit off.
 
 
Mailbox Peak - Old Trail

Snoqualmie Region -- North Bend Area

 
5.4 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 4000 ft.
Highest Point: 4822.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.40
(134 votes)
You may have heard Mailbox Peak mentioned in slightly hushed tones, the kind reserved for stories about some legendary storm or a bad accident. What inspires such reverence? The original route, which entails 4,000 feet of climbing in less than three miles. The newer, gentler trail takes twice as much distance to achieve the summit, but nothing will permanently erase the original trail's fearsome reputation.
 
 
Paw Print Connector

Issaquah Alps -- Tiger Mountain

 
1.1 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 100 ft.
Highest Point: 2200.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
5.00
(2 votes)
A connector trail on Tiger Mountain. Access from Tiger Mountain Trail, 15 Mile Railroad Grade, East Tiger, and Upper and Middle Bootleg Trail.
 
 
Poo Poo Point - Chirico Trail

Issaquah Alps -- Tiger Mountain

 
3.8 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 1760 ft.
Highest Point: 1850.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.07
(76 votes)
Hike a short but steep trail with many stone steps. Pause at a viewpoint offering a fine view of Mount Rainier, then continue on to Poo Poo Point itself, only 1.9 miles from the trailhead. Enjoy views to the northwest, and perhaps watch paragliders sailing off into the sky.
 
 
McTavish Woodbridge Open Space Loop Trail

Puget Sound and Islands -- Seattle-Tacoma Area

 
1.65 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 170 ft.
Highest Point: 328.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
2.00
(1 vote)
The McTavish Woodbridge Open Space Loop Trail is a testament to community coming together to preserve an area. Local residents helped preserve this 20-acre forest; an integral piece of the Richards Valley Greenway.
 
 
Goose Butte

Eastern Washington -- Spokane Area/Coeur d'Alene

 
6.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 450 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.20
(5 votes)
Hike a six-mile horseshoe loop up through the bluffs and along the north side of Crab Creek. In spring, you'll be accompanied by a profusion of wildflowers, but look out for ticks.
 
 
Yakima Skyline Trail

Central Washington -- Yakima

 
4.4 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 1446 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.67
(12 votes)
Bird's-eye views of the stunning Yakima Canyon, wildflower fields for days, and a line of ragged fenceposts marching all the way along the trail -- the Yakima Skyline Trail is a great conditioner, or extend it to a full day hike.
 
 
Fishtrap Lake - North

Eastern Washington -- Spokane Area/Coeur d'Alene

 
4.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 126 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
2.20
(5 votes)
The Fishtrap area is part of the Channeled Scablands of eastern Washington. The deep coulees and canyons were carved by the Great Missoula Floods following the last Ice Age tens of thousands of years ago.
 
 
Berthusen Park

Puget Sound and Islands -- Bellingham Area

 
Rating:
Average rating:
0.00
(0 votes)
Berthusen Park offers up plenty of great opportunities to get outdoors and explore. This beautiful park, the site of a homestead from the late 1800s, has antique farm machinery, a historical cabin, a big red barn and a great playground with a wonderful swing set for kids.
 
 
Twin Lakes

Eastern Washington -- Okanogan Highlands/Kettle River Range

 
9.25 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 800 ft.
Highest Point: 2200.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.00
(2 votes)
Explore lakes, wetlands, and the shrub-steppe landscape on this tour of BLM property west of Spokane.
 
 
Arrowhead Mountain

Central Cascades -- Stevens Pass - East

 
Highest Point: 6027.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.00
(3 votes)
 
A technical scramble requiring route-finding skills and (depending on the time of year) avalanche experience.