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3935 Hikes

Puget Sound and Islands -- Seattle-Tacoma Area

 
5.0 miles of trails
Rating:
Average rating:
4.00
(4 votes)
This forest is tucked away in a residential neighborhood in Bothell. A series of short trails wander through forested ravines, and provide opportunities to see birds and other wildlife.
 
 

Olympic Peninsula -- Pacific Coast

 
6.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 500 ft.
Highest Point: 650 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.10
(10 votes)
Take a short but very scenic hike starting from the Altair campground in Olympic National Park. Traverse along the edge of the Elwha River, recently free-flowing thanks to the removal of the Glines Canyon Dam.
 
 

Puget Sound and Islands -- Seattle-Tacoma Area

 
12.0 miles, roundtrip
Rating:
Average rating:
4.00
(9 votes)
Explore a part of the King County trail system in Kent.
 
 

Puget Sound and Islands

 
30.5 miles, one-way
Rating:
Average rating:
4.00
(1 vote)
A 30.5 mile long paved trail follows a historic rail line through Snohomish to Skagit county. Take a short walk, use it to connect to another trail, or undertake the whole thing in a day!
 
 

Puget Sound and Islands -- Seattle-Tacoma Area

 
5.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 10 ft.
Highest Point: 10 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.
 
 

Puget Sound and Islands -- Seattle-Tacoma Area

 
21.0 miles, one-way
Rating:
Average rating:
5.00
(1 vote)
This trail runs from Puyallup to Buckley, along the way passing along the Carbon River and offering up great views of Mount Rainier. It is popular with cyclists, walkers and horseback riders.
 
 

Olympic Peninsula -- Olympia

 
22.0 miles, one-way
Highest Point: 500 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.33
(3 votes)
 
Log some easy trail mileage by hopping on this family-friendly trail anywhere between Woodard Bay and Vail for a relaxing stroll any time of year.
 
 

Puget Sound and Islands -- Seattle-Tacoma Area

 
3.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 13 ft.
Highest Point: 13 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
5.00
(1 vote)
Spend some time in the quiet countryside on a wide gravel trail just a few miles away from the city of Everett.
 
 

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.
 
 

Puget Sound and Islands -- Seattle-Tacoma Area

 
2.6 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 300 ft.
Highest Point: 460 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.25
(12 votes)
Big Gulch includes a system of forested trails in Mukilteo.
 
 

North Cascades -- Mountain Loop Highway

 
27.0 miles, one-way
Gain: 0 ft.
Highest Point: 1200 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
5.00
(1 vote)
The Whitehorse Trail runs for 27 miles along an old railroad grade, connecting the towns of Arlington and Darrington. The route generally follows Highway 530 and the North Fork Sauk River as it approaches the cascade foothills.
 
 

Puget Sound and Islands -- Seattle-Tacoma Area

 
0.6 miles, roundtrip
Rating:
Average rating:
0.00
(0 votes)
While there is another park of the same name in Redmond, the Viewpoint Park in Bellevue serves as a natural buffer separating the neighborhoods from the businesses in the area. There are wooded trails to explore, including a trail leading to Bridle Trails State Park.
 
 

Puget Sound and Islands -- Seattle-Tacoma Area

 
0.3 miles, roundtrip
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Average rating:
0.00
(0 votes)
Play with the family on trails here, or if rain strikes, head indoors to check out the facilities at South Bellevue Community Center.
 
 

North Cascades -- Mountain Loop Highway

 
6.0 miles, one-way
Gain: 0 ft.
Highest Point: 150 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.67
(3 votes)
This six mile stretch of the Whitehorse Trail is the only passable section, currently. However, the trail is slated to stretch 28 miles, connecting to the Centennial Trail in Arlington and terminating in the trail town of Darrington.
 
 

Puget Sound and Islands -- Seattle-Tacoma Area

 
2.5 miles, roundtrip
Rating:
Average rating:
4.00
(1 vote)
The Bayview Trail is a segment of paved trail that runs along a powerline corridor in a residential area in Marysville.
 
 

Eastern Washington -- Spokane Area/Coeur d'Alene

 
4.5 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 800 ft.
Highest Point: 2425 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.00
(2 votes)
Dishman Hills Natural Area's Eagle Peak Loop takes hikers to the highest point in the Natural Area for outstanding views of the surrounding area.
 
 

Puget Sound and Islands -- Seattle-Tacoma Area

 
4.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 235 ft.
Highest Point: 250 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.25
(4 votes)
Hike along a steep-sided ravine with some highly eroded banks. Enjoy the deciduous forest with a few large trees, and appreciate the moss and ferns along the creek. There's also an option to extend your hike to include the historic district of Des Moines Beach Park, and stroll out onto the Des Moines Public Fishing Pier for the view.
 
 

Central Cascades -- Stevens Pass - West

 
11.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 2700 ft.
Highest Point: 4900 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.38
(40 votes)
From towering old-growth giants to placid lakes with craggy mountain views, this hike has everything you want in a trail. Put this one on your list of places to explore along Highway 2.
 
 

Snoqualmie Region -- Salmon La Sac/Teanaway

 
8.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 2290 ft.
Highest Point: 5550 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.43
(14 votes)
While commonly used to access the Alpine Lakes backcountry, the trail up to Cathedral Pass is a worthy destination on its own. Old growth forest, lakes, subalpine meadows, and an up-close view of the dominating Cathedral Rock make for a satisfying and scenic day hike or short overnight.
 
 

North Cascades -- Mount Baker Area

 
9.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 2500 ft.
Highest Point: 6563 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.59
(59 votes)
05/10/2022 - The road to this trailhead is washed out
The Skyline Divide is a 6000-foot-high ridgeline extension of Mount Baker that transforms itself into a summertime paradise of unrivaled mountain views and unending wildflower fields, a trail that deposits you just 3.5 miles from the summit itself.
 
 

Olympic Peninsula -- Olympia

 
1.5 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 50 ft.
Highest Point: 60 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.89
(18 votes)
This is one of the best places to go if you're looking for wildlife and a little leg-stretchers. McLane Creek's boardwalk provides an intimate glimpse into nature, whether it's swimming families of news, spawning salmon, or laughing ducks. As always, please refrain from feeding the wildlife.
 
 

Puget Sound and Islands -- Seattle-Tacoma Area

 
8.4 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 413 ft.
Highest Point: 73 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
0.00
(0 votes)
Walk along the Puyallup River on a nature walk without ever leaving the city.
 
 

Puget Sound and Islands -- Seattle-Tacoma Area

 
2.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 20 ft.
Highest Point: 50 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
0.00
(0 votes)
This paved urban trail follows along SW Spokane Street. Take a walk or ride your bike over the East Waterway, across Harbor Island and over the West Waterway.
 
 

North Cascades -- Methow/Sawtooth

 
2.5 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 300 ft.
Highest Point: 2150 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
0.00
(0 votes)
Take a stroll on the sunny, warm slopes of Studhorse Mountain just outside of Winthrop. This hike is usually among the first to melt out and bloom in the spring, providing much needed forage for the mule deer population. An easy 2.5 mile loop gives great views of the Sawtooth/Chelan Wilderness and Winthrop’s downtown is at your feet.
 
 

Puget Sound and Islands -- Bellingham Area

 
6.12 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 910 ft.
Highest Point: 2178 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.00
(2 votes)
 
An extension of the Lily Lake trail that leads to the Lily Lake Campsite. It's pretty uphill, but worth the view once you get there. You can get to this trail by several means: The Lily Lake/Lizard Lake Trailhead, Larry Reid/Max's Shortcut/Lily Lake route, or from the Oyster Dome trail from the West.
 
 

Olympic Peninsula -- Northern Coast

 
8.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 1650 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
2.69
(13 votes)
The hike to Deer Lake is a great day hike, or beginners overnight.
 
 

Mount Rainier Area -- NW - Carbon River/Mowich

 
Rating:
Average rating:
3.75
(4 votes)
A long, meandering hike in Mount Rainier National Park that tours Tolmie Creek, August and Virginia Peaks, and Martin Peak.
 
 

Mount Rainier Area -- Chinook Pass - Hwy 410

 
3.5 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 900 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.42
(12 votes)
Rock spires across the Naches River from Highway 410 catch the eye of travelers from the roadway. For a closer look, consider a hike to the top of Edgar Rock by way of the Lost Creek Trail. This route proves popular early in the season as well as late in the year. The hike is not very long and features good views at the top.
 
 

Olympic Peninsula -- Hood Canal

 
4.3 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 850 ft.
Highest Point: 1850 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.00
(43 votes)
This low-key loop in the shadow of Mount Ellinor makes for a great respite on a hot summer day or a low-country winter ramble when it's rainy.
 
 

Snoqualmie Region -- North Bend Area

 
13.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 1500 ft.
Highest Point: 2240 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
2.67
(3 votes)
This entry describes the most direct approach to the Pratt River Trail, which starts by fording the Middle Fork Snoqualmie River.