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3891 Hikes
Coho Preserve

Puget Sound and Islands -- San Juan Islands

 
0.75 miles, roundtrip
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The preserve has a short trail that wanders through mature trees along a salmon spawning creek and offers access to this beautiful 24-acre park where visitors are likely to see a variety of bird species.
 
 
Bell Point and English Camp

Puget Sound and Islands -- San Juan Islands

 
1.7 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 50 ft.
Highest Point: 50.0 ft.
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English Camp is the historical site of the Royal British Marines’ outpost established in the 1860’s. Part of a joint English-American occupation of San Juan Island while international water boundaries were decided, many of the buildings remain for visitors to explore. The gentle, family-friendly loop trail from English Camp to Bell Point offers hikers peaceful water views and pleasant bird watching.
 
 
Frazer Homestead Preserve

Puget Sound and Islands -- San Juan Islands

 
2.6 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 80 ft.
Highest Point: 210.0 ft.
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The walk to Frazer Homestead Preserve is mellow and straightforward, an easy hike through forests and small meadows. Here, you can spot old homesteads along the hillsides, including the site of the infamous pig fatality that started the otherwise bloodless Pig War.
 
 
Upright Head Preserve

Puget Sound and Islands -- San Juan Islands

 
1.2 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 300 ft.
Highest Point: 195.0 ft.
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A relaxing walk through land once slated for a housing development, the trail around Upright Head Preserve is an easy hike where one can watch ferries travel from one island to the next while waiting for their own. Remnants of roads and utilities make up part of the trail, with the rest on narrow dirt paths through the dense forest.
 
 
Moran State Park - Sunrise Rock

Puget Sound and Islands -- San Juan Islands

 
1.4 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 280 ft.
Highest Point: 660.0 ft.
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4.00
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Sunrise (or sunset) offer a time of introspection. In Moran State Park, find this time to mull over life atop Sunrise Rock.
 
 
Turtleback Mountain Preserve: Ship Peak Loop

Puget Sound and Islands -- San Juan Islands

 
3.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 860 ft.
Highest Point: 931.0 ft.
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4.50
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Explore beautiful Turtleback Mountain Preserve and take in of the most breathtaking views on Orcas Island. Ship Peak, is a moderate loop full of views and a summit starting at the south end of the preserve.
 
 
Lake James

Mount Rainier Area -- NW - Carbon River/Mowich

 
22.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 3450 ft.
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The way to Lake James offers a myriad of experiences, from deep rainforest to the high country of Mount Rainier National Park. Undertake an ambitious dayhike, or be more leisurely about it and make it a backpacking trip.
 
 
Jones Island Trail

Puget Sound and Islands -- San Juan Islands

 
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Jones Island is a beautiful State Park located in the San Juan Islands that contains two remarkable trails that circumnavigate the entire island.
 
 
Green Lake

Mount Rainier Area -- NW - Carbon River/Mowich

 
9.6 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 1500 ft.
Highest Point: 3270.0 ft.
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4.07
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The Green Lake Trail is a moderately strenuous but relatively short hike to a pocket lake set among a rare high-elevation rain forest. The trail's wide, ambitious grade rewards accordingly for your efforts, ascending through stands of humbling firs, passing a picturesque waterfall, and ending on the shore of a lovely mountain lake.
 
 
Hall of Mosses

Olympic Peninsula -- Pacific Coast

 
0.8 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 100 ft.
Highest Point: 600.0 ft.
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4.42
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A short rainforest loop from the Hoh Rain Forest Visitor Center in Olympic National Park.
 
 
Grand Ridge

Olympic Peninsula -- Northern Coast

 
15.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 3100 ft.
Highest Point: 6625.0 ft.
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4.55
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Grand Ridge is the highest continuous trail in the Olympic Mountains. On a clear day it is among the most beautiful places in Washington; the 360 degree view includes the interior of the Olympics, the Strait of Juan de Fuca, Canada, and the Cascades.
 
 
Guemes Mountain

Puget Sound and Islands -- San Juan Islands

 
2.4 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 550 ft.
Highest Point: 688.0 ft.
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3.80
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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.
 
 
Grand Valley

Olympic Peninsula -- Northern Coast

 
7.9 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 2080 ft.
Highest Point: 6450.0 ft.
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4.25
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The Grand Valley Loop is a great option, combining a ridge walk with sections along both Grand Creek Valley and Badger Valley.
 
 
Curry Preserve

Puget Sound and Islands -- Bellingham Area

 
1.0 miles, roundtrip
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Short loop trails through fields with views of Mount Baker.
 
 
Chadwick Hill

Puget Sound and Islands -- San Juan Islands

 
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At 470 feet, Chadwick Hill is the second-highest point on Lopez Island. The trail up the hill provides a great workout, with many ups and downs to keep you warm in the cool sea breezes.
 
 
Chenuis Falls

Mount Rainier Area -- NW - Carbon River/Mowich

 
8.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 500 ft.
Highest Point: 2200.0 ft.
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3.14
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A long walk (or short mountain bike ride!) leads to a rolling falls that feeds into the rushing Carbon River.
 
 
Carbon River to Ipsut Falls

Mount Rainier Area -- NW - Carbon River/Mowich

 
10.8 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 500 ft.
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3.50
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Due to the permanent closure of the Carbon River Road, hikers can now park at the closure and venture to the end of the road to the viewpoint for Ipsut Falls. Along the way, you'll hike through magnificent old-growth forest, and many opportunities to see the power of the Carbon River.
 
 
Moran State Park - Cascade Lake

Puget Sound and Islands -- San Juan Islands

 
2.7 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 200 ft.
Highest Point: 480.0 ft.
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3.00
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Cascade Lake provides recreation opportunities for every kind of outdoor enthusiast. The main day-use area offers a picnic area, kitchen shelters, boat launches and rentals, a swimming beach, and fishing. One of the main attractions though is the loop trail that circles the lake. Walk along the shore of the lake and enjoy secluded viewpoints and tall trees.
 
 
Carbon Glacier

Mount Rainier Area -- NW - Carbon River/Mowich

 
18.4 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 1800 ft.
Highest Point: 3500.0 ft.
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3.72
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The Carbon Glacier is a dramatic expanse of slow-moving ice beneath the shadow of Mount Rainier’s north face. While the glacier sits at a relatively low elevation, the approach is long due to the additional 5 miles of road that must be walked or biked to reach the trailhead. The trail to reach the glacier is equally as exciting as the scenery along the way, including seasonal foot logs and a suspension bridge over the raging Carbon River.
 
 
Badger Valley

Olympic Peninsula -- Northern Coast

 
8.6 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 2080 ft.
Highest Point: 6400.0 ft.
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3.00
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The Badger Valley Trail is located in the NE corner of Olympic National Park. This trail starts at the Obstruction Point Trailhead and trends down into Badger Valley to end at Grand Lake.
 
 
Baker Preserve

Puget Sound and Islands -- Bellingham Area

 
3.2 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 1000 ft.
Highest Point: 1050.0 ft.
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4.33
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This trail climbs steeply to reach an overlook with views of the San Juan Islands and beyond.
 
 
Young Hill

Puget Sound and Islands -- San Juan Islands

 
2.2 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 587 ft.
Highest Point: 665.0 ft.
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3.29
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The hike up Young Hill is a San Juan Island classic. A moderate trail leading to surprisingly expansive views, and the short side trip to the English Camp cemetery offers a chance to observe unique natural and historical features.
 
 
Goldendale Observatory State Park

Southwest Washington -- Columbia River Gorge - WA

 
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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.
 
 
King Sisters Preserve

Puget Sound and Islands -- San Juan Islands

 
1.4 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 59 ft.
Highest Point: 135.0 ft.
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King Sisters Preserve is a short, flat walk that runs parallel to San Juan Valley Road on San Juan Island. It is easy and non-technical, and is a nice place to walk your dog on leash if you are staying nearby.
 
 
Briggs Lake

Puget Sound and Islands -- San Juan Islands

 
3.75 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 375 ft.
Highest Point: 340.0 ft.
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This is a pleasant walk around Briggs Lake on San Juan Island. Don’t let the detailed instructions deter you -- though there are a few intersections to navigate, this is a great way to explore the wooded highlands of San Juan Island, enjoy some lake views, and perhaps catch sight of a bald eagle.
 
 
Guemes Channel and Ship Harbor

Puget Sound and Islands -- San Juan Islands

 
3.2 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 100 ft.
Highest Point: 110.0 ft.
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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.
 
 
Jakle's Lagoon

Puget Sound and Islands -- San Juan Islands

 
1.0 miles, roundtrip
Highest Point: 100.0 ft.
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Take this short one-mile stroll around an interpretive trail near the base of Mount Finlayson on San Juan Island.
 
 
Turn Point Lighthouse

Puget Sound and Islands -- San Juan Islands

 
6.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 280 ft.
Highest Point: 300.0 ft.
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It doesn’t get better than Stuart Island if you want to combine a quaint little hiking trip with sea kayaking, camping and wildlife watching.
 
 
Rain Shadow Loop

Olympic Peninsula -- Northern Coast

 
0.5 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 170 ft.
Highest Point: 6007.0 ft.
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4.40
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A short half-mile hike, the Rain Shadow Loop takes you to the top of Blue Mountain. Views of the Cascades, Vancouver Island and the Strait of Juan De Fuca, Gray Wolf Ridge, and so much more await you here.
 
 
American Camp and South Beach

Puget Sound and Islands -- San Juan Islands

 
2.7 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 167 ft.
Highest Point: 175.0 ft.
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Hike from the site of a historic military occupation down to South Beach, the longest public beach on San Juan Island. Wildlife abounds as guests often encounter red foxes and may see orcas in the Strait of Juan de Fuca.