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3961 Hikes

North Cascades > Mount Baker Area

 
1.2 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 200 ft.
Highest Point: 5150 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.00
(13 votes)
  • Wildflowers/Meadows
  • Mountain views
  • Dogs allowed on leash
  • Ridges/passes
  • Good for kids
  • Fall foliage

The road to Artist Point is closed for the winter season

This spectacular, short trail gets lots of love during its short hiking season. Accessible for less than three months each year, hordes of hikers and tourists take to it as the snow finally begins to melt.
 
 

North Cascades > Mount Baker Area

 
2.6 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 725 ft.
Highest Point: 5700 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.46
(13 votes)
  • Mountain views
  • Dogs not allowed

The road to Artist Point is closed for the winter season

Table Mountain trail offers a variety of nice views, and opportunities to get away from the parking lot crowds at Artist Point. But heed the cautions before you set out.
 
 

North Cascades > Mountain Loop Highway

 
5.4 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 1350 ft.
Highest Point: 2400 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.26
(332 votes)
  • Wildflowers/Meadows
  • Mountain views
  • Wildlife
  • Waterfalls
  • Dogs allowed on leash
  • Old growth
  • Good for kids
  • Lakes
  • Rivers
The curiously-named Lake 22 is the center of an oasis of alpine wetland nestled on the northern shoulder of Mount Pilchuck. The hike to the lake combines the best of mountain rainforests, old-growth, wetlands, and mountain views, yet it is readily accessible. In winter the route lends itself to snowshoeing.
 
 

Central Cascades > Entiat Mountains/Lake Chelan

 
1.6 miles, roundtrip
Highest Point: 1200 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
0.00
(0 votes)
  • Wildflowers/Meadows
  • Mountain views
  • Dogs not allowed
  • Good for kids
  • Rivers
Take a walk around the historic (and still operational) apple orchard in the Stehekin valley.
 
 

North Cascades > North Cascades Highway - Hwy 20

 
1.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 0 ft.
Highest Point: 480 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
0.00
(0 votes)
  • Good for kids
  • Lakes
  • Established campsites
The short hike follows the river around the Newhaken Creek Campground on a mostly level trail. The signs along the way denote the common trees and plants of the lush understory and tall trees surrounding the trail.
 
 

Olympic Peninsula > Northern Coast

 
16.2 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 3800 ft.
Highest Point: 5100 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.00
(4 votes)
  • Mountain views
  • Wildlife
  • Dogs not allowed
  • Fall foliage
  • Rivers
The Wolf Creek trail departs Hurricane Ridge and plunges eight miles downhill to Whiskey Bend in the Elwha River Valley. It's a lovely route that gets little use along its entire length, though many people wander a couple miles down its length before heading back up.
 
 

North Cascades > Mount Baker Area

 
1.4 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 1100 ft.
Highest Point: 5100 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.25
(4 votes)
  • Mountain views
  • Dogs allowed on leash
  • Lakes
  • Fall foliage

The road to Artist Point is closed for the winter season

Hike from the Artist Point parking area to the Heather Meadows Visitor Center and back. With 1,100 feet of elevation gain, you'll have a great thigh workout. Combine Wild Goose with many of the other short trails in the area to make a full day of exploration, or use the Wild Goose trail to access Swift Creek or Lake Ann.
 
 

North Cascades > Pasayten

 
5.4 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 800 ft.
Highest Point: 5420 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
2.00
(3 votes)
  • Wildflowers/Meadows
  • Mountain views
This former stock driveway was maintained by sheep herders so they could drive their sheep to the beautiful sloping meadows of grass & flowers above the South Fork Trout Creek. After the 2003 Needle Creek Fire, the maintenance effectively stopped. So, until a significant effort is made to clear the tread, this is a very difficult trail to precisely follow.
 
 

North Cascades > Mount Baker Area

 
16.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 2700 ft.
Highest Point: 3930 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
2.75
(4 votes)
  • Old growth
  • Dogs allowed on leash
  • Rivers

The road to Artist Point is closed for the winter season

Part of the scenic Pacific Northwest Trail, rugged 8-mile Swift Creek Trail accesses the Mount Baker Wilderness.
 
 

Olympic Peninsula > Northern Coast

 
1.2 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 500 ft.
Highest Point: 5200 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.22
(9 votes)
  • Mountain views
  • Wildlife
  • Dogs not allowed
  • Ridges/passes
The aptly-named Switchback trail provides a shortcut to Mount Angeles and views of the Strait of Juan de Fuca, Port Angeles, and the surrounding area, but it comes at a price. Just 0.6 miles long, it climbs 700 feet from the parking area (more of a pullout) on Hurricane Ridge Road to the junction with the Klahhane Ridge Trail, where four different destinations lie at your feet.
 
 

North Cascades > North Cascades Highway - Hwy 20

 
6.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 1100 ft.
Highest Point: 2136 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.67
(6 votes)
  • Old growth
  • Rivers
  • Dogs not allowed
  • Waterfalls
The Stettatle Creek Trail is an infrequently-used path that delivers hikers into a deep canyon in the heart of the North Cascades. Though it clears early in the season, this may not be the best option for those looking for an easy walk -- the trail is rugged and requires scrambling in places.
 
 

Central Cascades > Stevens Pass - West

 
8.6 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 2500 ft.
Highest Point: 5540 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.59
(22 votes)
  • Wildflowers/Meadows
  • Ridges/passes
  • Dogs allowed on leash
  • Mountain views
  • Summits
  • Lakes
  • Fall foliage

Wildfire: trail closed

Scorpion Mountain offers a 360-degree view of the Central Cascades, and the huckleberries and blueberries make this a much underrated fall hike.
 
 

North Cascades > North Cascades Highway - Hwy 20

 
0.2 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 0 ft.
Highest Point: 515 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
0.00
(0 votes)
  • Wildflowers/Meadows
  • Wildlife
  • Good for kids
  • Established campsites
  • Rivers
This short trail connects the River Loop and The Trail of Cedars in the Newhalem Campground. If you are staying in the campground, this is a great alternative to walking the hot gravel campground road.
 
 

Central Cascades > Leavenworth Area

 
12.0 miles of trails
Gain: 1800 ft.
Highest Point: 3259 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.00
(2 votes)
  • Dogs not allowed
Thanks to the generosity of the land owners, this privately-owned area is open to hikers, but managed primarily for wildlife habitat and wilderness conservation. Because of this, dogs and mountain biking are not allowed here, and the area may close the at various times throughout the year in order to protect wildlife. Please respect any and all closures.
 
 

South Cascades > White Pass/Cowlitz River Valley

 
2.7 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 446 ft.
Highest Point: 482 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.00
(1 vote)
  • Mountain views
  • Wildlife
  • Established campsites
  • Dogs allowed on leash
  • Old growth
  • Good for kids
  • Lakes
  • Fall foliage
Connect campsites along scenic Mayfield Lake with the Ike Kinswa State Park Campground Loop.
 
 

North Cascades > Pasayten

 
3.5 miles, one-way
Gain: 1745 ft.
Highest Point: 7487 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
2.75
(4 votes)
  • Mountain views
  • Dogs allowed on leash
  • Ridges/passes

Wildfire: Trail closed to Ferguson Lake trail junction

The Shellrock Pass trail has not been maintained for 25 years. However, the way is relatively easy to follow if you have a map and are familiar with cross-country travel.
 
 

Mount Rainier Area > NW - Carbon River/Mowich

 
16.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 5100 ft.
Highest Point: 6375 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.88
(16 votes)
  • Wildflowers/Meadows
  • Ridges/passes
  • Established campsites
  • Mountain views
  • Dogs not allowed
  • Waterfalls
  • Lakes
  • Fall foliage

Mowich Lake Road is closed for the season

Considered one of the best loop hikes in Mount Rainier National Park, the trail through the alpine meadows of Spray and Seattle Parks blazes with a bounty of seasonal wildflowers. Throw in an ample serving of glassy tarns, a couple of wispy waterfalls, an optional side trip to Carbon Glacier and a forested stroll up Ipsut Creek, and you have a photographer’s dreamland.
 
 

Snoqualmie Region > Snoqualmie Pass

 
8.6 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 3800 ft.
Highest Point: 5629 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.44
(131 votes)
  • Wildflowers/Meadows
  • Mountain views
  • Dogs allowed on leash
  • Summits
  • Fall foliage

In winter the trail up Granite Mountain crosses a large avalanche chute early in the hike. Please have experience navigating avalanche terrain and the proper equipment when hiking this trail in the winter

The astounding views from the summit of the Granite Mountain trail come at a price. A nearly-1000-feet-of-elevation-gain-per-mile price. But views of pointed Kaleetan Peak, deep blue Crystal Lake, the climber-dotted Tooth, and Mount Rainier dominating the skyline to the south make it all worth it.
 
 

Mount Rainier Area > SE - Cayuse Pass/Stevens Canyon

 
4.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 375 ft.
Highest Point: 3250 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.33
(3 votes)
  • Established campsites
  • Waterfalls
  • Old growth
  • Good for kids
  • Dogs not allowed
  • Rivers

Cayuse Pass is closed for the season

The hike to Stafford Falls drops steeply from the road, requiring a climb to return to your vehicle. But after 0.4 miles, it follows crystal-clear Chinook Creek as it cascades down a gentle slope, with small plunges, narrow chutes, beautiful blue-green pools, and a 25-foot punch-bowl waterfall. Such beauty and serenity are seldom this easy to get to.
 
 

Mount Rainier Area > SW - Longmire/Paradise

 
0.8 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 185 ft.
Highest Point: 5600 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.50
(6 votes)
  • Wildflowers/Meadows
  • Mountain views
  • Wildlife
  • Waterfalls
  • Dogs not allowed
  • Good for kids
A good, short destination just outside of the main Paradise visitors area, Myrtle Falls is a beauty.
 
 

Mount Rainier Area > NW - Carbon River/Mowich

 
24.5 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 5500 ft.
Highest Point: 6000 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
0.00
(0 votes)
  • Mountain views
  • Wildlife
  • Dogs not allowed
  • Established campsites
  • Old growth
  • Lakes
  • Rivers

Mowich Lake Road is closed for the season

A section of the Wonderland Trail between Ipsut Creek and Mystic Lake, starting from the Carbon River trailhead.
 
 

Mount Rainier Area > SE - Cayuse Pass/Stevens Canyon

 
13.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 2800 ft.
Highest Point: 5000 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
2.75
(8 votes)
  • Wildflowers/Meadows
  • Dogs not allowed
  • Established campsites
  • Old growth
  • Lakes
  • Rivers
Laughingwater Creek conjures up a nice stroll alongside a bubbling creek but read on; the most scenic lower part of the creek keeps hikers well above the creek. Initially, at several spots along the hike, you can hear the creek but you won't see it.
 
 

North Cascades > North Cascades Highway - Hwy 20

 
55.2 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 9800 ft.
Highest Point: 6100 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
2.80
(5 votes)
  • Ridges/passes
  • Wildlife
  • Rivers
  • Wildflowers/Meadows
  • Mountain views
  • Established campsites
  • Waterfalls
  • Old growth
A 4-5 day backpack up the tumbling, boisterous, river-like Thunder Creek from the Colonial Creek Campground to just beyond its headwaters at Park Creek Pass. Backpackers can turn around at Park Creek Pass (45.6 miles) or do a traverse to Cascade Pass (41.8 miles).
 
 

Mount Rainier Area > NE - Sunrise/White River

 
8.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 1300 ft.
Highest Point: 7000 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.85
(20 votes)
  • Wildflowers/Meadows
  • Ridges/passes
  • Wildlife
  • Mountain views
  • Dogs not allowed
  • Summits
  • Lakes

The road to Sunrise is closed for the season

The Sunrise area of Mount Rainier National Park offers many fantastic views of The Mountain. But don’t neglect the other views. Scramble up Skyscraper Mountain to enjoy a full 360 degree view of numerous lofty peaks, verdant treeless parks, and river valleys far below.
 
 

Mount Rainier Area > NW - Carbon River/Mowich

 
11.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 1500 ft.
Highest Point: 6400 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.14
(7 votes)
  • Wildflowers/Meadows
  • Mountain views
  • Waterfalls
  • Old growth
  • Dogs not allowed
  • Ridges/passes

Mowich Lake Road is closed for the season

Venture into Seattle Park, a wilder, more remote version of more popular Spray Park, and enjoy verdant meadows and rugged scenery.
 
 

North Cascades > Pasayten

 
9.2 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 2800 ft.
Highest Point: 6950 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.36
(11 votes)
  • Wildflowers/Meadows
  • Old growth
  • Lakes

Trail closed: Buckskin Ridge trail is closed north of Silver Creek to Robinson Creek junction due to wildfire activity

There are few places where you start your hike at 7,000 feet without any effort. Spectacular views, a dizzying array of wildflowers and larch groves -- this hike is simply gorgeous and a pure Pasayten experience.
 
 

Mount Rainier Area > NE - Sunrise/White River

 
2.5 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 325 ft.
Highest Point: 6400 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.86
(7 votes)
  • Wildflowers/Meadows
  • Mountain views
  • Dogs not allowed
  • Good for kids

The road to Sunrise is closed for the season

The Silver Forest Trail is a lesser-known and therefore less-crowded alternative at Mount Rainier’s Sunrise. Enjoy mountain, glacier and river valley views along a gentle trail that is mostly out of sight of the bustle of Sunrise.
 
 

North Cascades

 
8.2 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 2800 ft.
Highest Point: 5400 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.86
(7 votes)
  • Mountain views
  • Ridges/passes
A welcome change of pace from some of the busier nearby hikes, this North Cascades ridge hike offers the same stunning views minus the crowds.
 
 

Mount Rainier Area > SE - Cayuse Pass/Stevens Canyon

 
9.9 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 400 ft.
Highest Point: 2500 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.50
(2 votes)
  • Old growth
  • Rivers
  • Dogs not allowed
  • Established campsites
  • Waterfalls

The bridge over the river to Grove of the Patriarchs is closed

This snowshoe route may be relatively flat, but it's a hard one to get to, since the highway to this part of Mount Rainer National Park is closed in the winter. It takes a 3 mile road walk both ways in addition to the loop itself.
 
 

Mount Rainier Area > SE - Cayuse Pass/Stevens Canyon

 
8.5 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 3434 ft.
Highest Point: 5834 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.83
(18 votes)
  • Mountain views
  • Dogs not allowed
  • Lakes
  • Fall foliage
  • Ridges/passes

Chinook and Cayuse Passes are closed for the season

Gorgeous weather and late-season color make this one of the most beautiful autumn hikes in Mount Rainier National Park. This hike is a tough climb, but the payoff is great views and lots of solitude.