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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
Snow Creek

Olympic Peninsula -- Hood Canal

 
4.8 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 1944 ft.
Highest Point: 4274.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.12
(8 votes)
One of three ways to reach the summit of Mount Zion. It's steep, but short, and you'll be rewarded with view of the Olympics at the top.
 
 
Oil City

Olympic Peninsula -- Pacific Coast

 
2.9 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 250 ft.
Highest Point: 50.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.40
(5 votes)
The trail from Oil City starts out as a short forest jaunt along the Hoh River, and ends at the sandy shores of the Pacific Ocean.
 
 
South Coast Wilderness Trail - Toleak Point

Olympic Peninsula -- Pacific Coast

 
17.0 miles, one-way
Gain: 2400 ft.
Highest Point: 350.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.29
(17 votes)
Facilities at La Push remain closed
Bring a tide table and a good book on this scenic traverse of the wild Olympic Coast. While much of your hike will be across sandy beaches, there are several places that will require you wait for the tide to go out. Along the way, plan to climb up steep headlands with cable ladders, ropes and your hands and knees. It's a challenge, but a good one.
 
 
Third Beach

Olympic Peninsula -- Pacific Coast

 
3.6 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 280 ft.
Highest Point: 280.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.93
(14 votes)
The trail to Third Beach provides plenty of suspense for hikers. It’s a 1.3 mile trek through high trees, sometimes shrouded in fog, giving the forest here a spooky aura. But popping out onto the coast at the log-choked mouth of a creek and seeing the grand Pacific Ocean provides the perfect payoff.
 
 
CCC Road: Lower Section

Snoqualmie Region -- North Bend Area

 
8.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 550 ft.
Highest Point: 1650.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.00
(3 votes)
 
The 1930s saw Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) teams building trail in the woods all over America. The Middle Fork Snoqualmie Road benefited from these efforts, which constructed the CCC Road, a 13.5 mile long route that parallels (roughly) the Middle Fork Snoqualmie Road. The Lower Section can be tricky to navigate, as it borders private property, and signage here can send mixed messages. The trail itself is on DNR land, but be sure to bring an up-to-date map to verify your location as you hike.
 
 
CCC Road: Upper Trailhead

Snoqualmie Region -- North Bend Area

 
6.8 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 400 ft.
Highest Point: 1450.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.43
(7 votes)
The upper section of the CCC Road is just adjacent to the Middle Fork Road. Hiking this way, you'll avoid the somewhat confusing lower section, where DNR and private property bump up against each other. Here the trail is on National Forest land, so you'll need a Northwest Forest Pass, but the 3.4 miles to the Middle Fork Campground pass through uninterrupted quiet forest, creeks, and lovely views of the nearby peaks.
 
 
Mount Higgins

North Cascades -- Mountain Loop Highway

 
14.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 4700 ft.
Highest Point: 4849.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
2.90
(10 votes)
 
A summit outside of Darrington without an official trail system.
 
 
Taylor River Connector

Snoqualmie Region -- North Bend Area

 
0.25 miles, roundtrip
Rating:
Average rating:
0.00
(0 votes)
The Taylor River Connector is a short connector trail that leads from the Middle Fork River parking area to the vehicle bridge over the Taylor River. Cross this bridge and walk a few feet down the road to access the Garfield Ledges trailhead.
 
 
Wildwood Park

Puget Sound and Islands -- Seattle-Tacoma Area

 
3.0 miles of trails
Gain: 75 ft.
Highest Point: 354.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
5.00
(1 vote)
This urban park has it all! In a woodsy setting here, you'll find fitness challenge trails and activities for all ages and abilities.
 
 
Thorp Mountain - Winter

Snoqualmie Region -- Snoqualmie Pass

 
15.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 2800 ft.
Highest Point: 5100.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
2.00
(2 votes)
 
The summit of Thorp Mountain can be accessed from a variety of trails, and the winter route up any of them requires a good amount of preparation and research -- it is not a route for novice winter hikers. Have route-finding experience as well as good traction devices, a navigation reference before you go. The ability to evaluate slopes for avalanche risk can also be useful.
 
 
Lake Kulla Kulla

Snoqualmie Region -- Snoqualmie Pass

 
Rating:
Average rating:
3.00
(4 votes)
 
One of the hundreds of lakes in the Alpine Lakes Wilderness, Lake Kulla Kulla is visible from the top of Mount Defiance but not accessible via formal trails.
 
 
Mount Townsend - Winter

Olympic Peninsula -- Hood Canal

 
13.5 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 2500 ft.
Highest Point: 5500.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
1.00
(2 votes)
Hiking Mount Townsend in the winter can be challenging. Depending on how much snow is present, it could require route-finding skills and the ability to evaluate slopes for avalanche risk. Go prepared with gear and a plan B.
 
 
Mount St. Helens - Worm Flows Route

South Cascades -- Mount St. Helens

 
12.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 5699 ft.
Highest Point: 8364.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.60
(25 votes)
The Worm Flows Climbing Route, from Marble Mountain Sno-Park, is the most direct route to the summit of Mount St. Helens during the winter season. Ice axe, crampons, and avalanche awareness are necessary when attempting to summit St. Helens in the winter. Skis with climbing skins or snowshoes with cleats are also highly recommended.
 
 
Iron Mountain Snowshoe

North Cascades -- Mountain Loop Highway

 
Rating:
Average rating:
2.50
(2 votes)
 
This route is largely on private property and closed to the public.
 
 
Chiliwist Lookout Trail

Central Washington -- Wenatchee

 
7.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 1576 ft.
Highest Point: 3078.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
0.00
(0 votes)
 
Hiking through the sagebrush steppe is generally wide open: huge vistas of rolling hills, faraway mountains, endless sage and bitterbrush. The trail here can vary in length due to seasonal closures. Nearly the entire trail is an old roadbed which served a USFS fire lookout from 1934-58. Though the first few miles are very much a road the openness of the terrain makes this easy to forget. The last mile or more has long been abandoned and is quickly being reclaimed.
 
 
Little Beaver Creek

North Cascades -- North Cascades Highway - Hwy 20

 
35.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 6213 ft.
Highest Point: 5197.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
2.20
(5 votes)
A trek through the Little Beaver valley in the heart of the North Cascades offers remarkable old-growth forest, phenomenal mountain views and plenty of options for backpackers.
 
 
Bridle Trails State Park

Puget Sound and Islands -- Seattle-Tacoma Area

 
3.5 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 450 ft.
Highest Point: 525.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.36
(11 votes)
Bridle Trails State Park offers more than 28 miles of pleasant, forested trails conveniently located between Bellevue and Kirkland.
 
 
Wilburton Hill Park

Puget Sound and Islands -- Seattle-Tacoma Area

 
2.8 miles of trails
Gain: 175 ft.
Highest Point: 230.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.00
(2 votes)
How's this for a diverse urban hike? Begin in the eastern section of this Bellevue park and hike a series of trails for a satisfying loop through dark second-growth forest. Then, follow a connecting trail over to the western section of the park for a loop though the Bellevue Botanical Garden - both the formal gardens and some additional longer forest trails. Along the way brave a high, narrow trail bridge that crosses a deep ravine. Not enough? Multiple spur trails throughout the park invite further exploration.
 
 
Camano Island State Park

Puget Sound and Islands -- Bellingham Area

 
2.6 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 200 ft.
Highest Point: 200.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
2.82
(11 votes)
A fine little park with beach access, camping, a boat launch and trails. A popular park in the summer, this is a great place for a quiet off-season hike. On this loop trail, there are views, a forest walk, birding and beachcombing.
 
 
Cowiche Mountain

Central Washington -- Yakima

 
7.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 1140 ft.
Highest Point: 2970.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.00
(1 vote)
This moderate climb through wide-open country under usually sunny skies showcases lots of wildflowers and panoramic views of the surrounding shrub-steppe from an airy 2,970-foot summit.
 
 
Coal Creek Trail

Issaquah Alps -- Cougar Mountain

 
6.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 550 ft.
Highest Point: 600.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.28
(25 votes)
Rich in historical artifacts, lush foliage, wooden bridges, and waterfalls, the well-groomed and well-traveled Coal Creek Trail is a satisfying hike for families, trail runners, history buffs, and avid hikers.
 
 
Lower Gray Wolf River

Olympic Peninsula -- Hood Canal

 
8.4 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 800 ft.
Highest Point: 1500.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.64
(22 votes)
Visit a quieter trail in the Dungeness network -- one that a lot of folks skip in favor of more well-known trails with more views. But Lower Gray Wolf is beautiful in its own right, and visitors here can discover it for themselves.
 
 
Lake Whatcom Park - Hertz Trail

Puget Sound and Islands -- Bellingham Area

 
6.2 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 100 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.56
(9 votes)
Enjoy lakeside views and the surrounding hills plus waterfalls and giant old Douglas-fir trees from an old railroad grade of the Bellingham Bay & Eastern Railway that borders the southeast shore of Lake Whatcom.
 
 
Ohme Gardens County Park

Central Washington -- Wenatchee

 
1.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 150 ft.
Highest Point: 800.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
5.00
(1 vote)
In 1929, a man bought 40 acres of sagebrush in Wenatchee. Over the decades, his labor of love has turned a portion of desolate, dry rock into a fantasy world of stone pathways, waterfalls, pixie lawns, and stunning views. Today the Ohme (pronounced Oh-Me) family’s verdant imagination has turned this hillside into a playground to wander and explore. Children of all ages will delight in exploring the paths, stairs, pools, and corners.
 
 
Heybrook Ridge

Central Cascades -- Stevens Pass - West

 
3.3 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 775 ft.
Highest Point: 1327.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.20
(51 votes)
The Leovy Trail, a testament to community land conservation, is a moderate ascent through second-growth Cascade rainforest to the summit of Heybrook Ridge. At the top, take in stunning views of Mount Index, Bridal Veil Falls, and the Skykomish Valley.
 
 
Margaret's Way

Issaquah Alps -- Squak Mountain

 
6.5 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 1500 ft.
Highest Point: 1730.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.84
(49 votes)
If nature excites you, there's plenty here to be excited about. Cool forest, trickling creeks in deep ravines, and a beautiful new trail built by WTA volunteers await you here.
 
 
Padilla Bay

Puget Sound and Islands -- Bellingham Area

 
4.4 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 30 ft.
Highest Point: 30.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.23
(13 votes)
Walk along a bay where the Skagit River meets the Salish Sea. This estuary at the saltwater edge of the Skagit River delta is eight miles long and three miles across, and you can walk a portion of it. This hike can be enjoyed by almost anyone in any season. The easy flat walking make this an ideal hike for those just starting to hike, or someone recovering from injury or illness. Birders will definitely want to bring the binoculars! Before you start, be sure to check out the large tree on the road to the trailhead, there is a pair of bald eagles that sometimes hang out here.
 
 
Anacortes Community Forest Lands - Mount Erie

Puget Sound and Islands -- Whidbey Island

 
5.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 1000 ft.
Highest Point: 1300.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.36
(14 votes)
At 1300 feet, Mount Erie marks the high point of Fidalgo Island. While it's accessible via a road, the hike up to the summit is heart-pounding, and makes an excellent outing for the day, or just a few hours.
 
 
Hall Point

Snoqualmie Region -- North Bend Area

 
Rating:
Average rating:
0.00
(0 votes)
 
The route to Hall Point is illegally built. Please refrain from use
The route to Hall Point is not an official Forest Service trail. The route is not maintained and requires route-finding skills to navigate. There is no parking area.
 
 
Hansen Ridge

Snoqualmie Region -- North Bend Area

 
15.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 1300 ft.
Highest Point: 4100.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
0.00
(0 votes)
In summer and fall this is a bikers trail but come winter it makes an excellent snowshoe or cross country ski trail.