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3975 Hikes

Mount Rainier Area > SW - Longmire/Paradise

 
6.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 900 ft.
Highest Point: 5700 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.25
(8 votes)
  • Mountain views
  • Dogs not allowed
  • Lakes
  • Ridges/passes

Paradise Valley Road is closed for the season. The road from Longmire to Paradise is closed Monday through Friday until further notice.

Mazama Ridge at Mount Rainier's Paradise area offers an especially scenic intermediate-level snowshoe route in the midst of snow-covered alpine meadows.
 
 

Mount Rainier Area > SW - Longmire/Paradise

 
5.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 1900 ft.
Highest Point: 7070 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.88
(8 votes)
  • Mountain views
  • Dogs not allowed

Paradise Valley Road is closed for the season. The road from Longmire to Paradise is closed Monday through Friday until further notice.

The route to Panorama Point in the snow can vary depending on how much snow is on the mountain, and how many other visitors have tromped a path up the hillside. One thing is certain -- you'll want to consult the Paradise Green Trails map No. 270S, which includes both summer and snowshoe routes for the area.
 
 
 
1.7 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 315 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
0.00
(0 votes)
  • Wildflowers/Meadows
  • Mountain views
  • Wildlife
  • Dogs allowed on leash
Hike up a sheltered canyon along the Q-line turbines. Bluebirds, deer, elk, jack rabbits, and coyotes also seek shelter here, and in the spring the dry creek bed will be teeming with life.
 
 

Central Washington > Yakima

 
3.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 450 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
5.00
(1 vote)
  • Wildflowers/Meadows
  • Wildlife
  • Good for kids
  • Dogs allowed on leash
  • Fall foliage

This area is closed from 12/15/22 - 5/1/23 to protect wintering elk herds.

A short, hike alongside a creek on the east side of Washington, just outside of Yakima. Lush brush, including balsamroot, yarrow, and lupine can be found along the way, as you enjoy the dramatic canyon walls.
 
 

Central Washington > Yakima

 
6.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 2000 ft.
Highest Point: 3582 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
2.71
(7 votes)
  • Wildflowers/Meadows
  • Ridges/passes
  • Wildlife
  • Dogs allowed on leash

This area is closed from 12/15/22 - 5/1/23 to protect wintering elk herds.

Great views, a canyon beneath spectacular cliffs, buttresses and pinnacles of weathered basalt, wildflowers in the spring, color and wildlife in the autumn, and sunshine through most of the day in the winter make the Point 3582-Waterworks Canyon loop on Mount Cleman a great hike.
 
 

Snoqualmie Region > Cle Elum Area

 
6.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 1000 ft.
Highest Point: 3100 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.00
(3 votes)
  • Wildflowers/Meadows
  • Wildlife
  • Good for kids

This area is closed from 12/15/22 - 5/1/23 to protect wintering elk herds.

Joe Watt Canyon is a quiet area of the L.T. Murray Wildlife Area that is a great place to spot fields of colorful lupine and the occasional elk heard.
 
 

Central Washington > Yakima

 
10.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 1200 ft.
Highest Point: 3400 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.29
(7 votes)
  • Wildflowers/Meadows
  • Wildlife
  • Good for kids
  • Dogs allowed on leash
  • Rivers

This area is closed from 12/15/22 - 5/1/23 to protect wintering elk herds.

This is a gem of a hike, providing you easy access to the best of the best of the rich L. T. Murray State Wildlife Recreation Area.
 
 

Olympic Peninsula > Pacific Coast

 
30.0 miles, one-way
Gain: 200 ft.
Highest Point: 200 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.12
(8 votes)
  • Wildlife
  • Dogs not allowed
  • Established campsites
  • Old growth
  • Coast
  • Lakes
  • Rivers
Hike through and alongside coastal forest, rocky cliffs and the wild Pacific coast on a relatively well-maintained route.
 
 

Mount Rainier Area > Chinook Pass - Hwy 410

 
2.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 300 ft.
Highest Point: 2700 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.00
(7 votes)
  • Old growth
  • Good for kids
  • Wildlife
Boulder Cave formed millions of years from volcanic activity. Today the cave is home to a dwindling population of Pacific western big-eared bats.
 
 

Mount Rainier Area > SW - Longmire/Paradise

 
2.8 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 660 ft.
Highest Point: 3650 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.83
(18 votes)
  • Wildflowers/Meadows
  • Mountain views
  • Waterfalls
  • Old growth
  • Good for kids
  • Dogs not allowed
  • Rivers

Paradise Valley Road is closed for the season. The road from Longmire to Paradise is closed Monday through Friday until further notice.

Cougar Rock to Carter Falls is a moderate and readily accessible segment of the Wonderland Trail that packs stunning mountain vistas, river views, waterfalls, wildflowers, old growth, and edible berries into just 1.3 miles of family-friendly hiking in Mount Rainier National Park.
 
 

Mount Rainier Area > SW - Longmire/Paradise

 
6.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 2150 ft.
Highest Point: 5850 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.35
(26 votes)
  • Wildflowers/Meadows
  • Mountain views
  • Ridges/passes
  • Dogs not allowed
  • Waterfalls
  • Rivers

Paradise Valley Road is closed for the season. The road from Longmire to Paradise is closed Monday through Friday until further notice.

Follow tumbling, churning, Van Trump Creek upstream past spectacular Bloucher Falls and Comet Falls, to an alpine meadow featuring views of Mount Rainier and easy wandering. For an added treat, hike two extra miles for a stunning view of the barren Kautz Creek valley from Mildred Point.
 
 

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

Paradise Valley Road is closed for the season. The road from Longmire to Paradise is closed Monday through Friday until further notice.

A good, short destination just outside of the main Paradise visitors area, Myrtle Falls is a beauty.
 
 

Mount Rainier Area > SW - Longmire/Paradise

 
5.6 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 1495 ft.
Highest Point: 6409 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.17
(6 votes)
  • Mountain views
  • Dogs not allowed
  • Waterfalls

Paradise Valley Road is closed for the season. The road from Longmire to Paradise is closed Monday through Friday until further notice.

This trail takes hikers out of the maze of trails at Paradise and up onto one of the many glaciers on Washington's most iconic mountains.
 
 

Mount Rainier Area > SW - Longmire/Paradise

 
0.2 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 100 ft.
Highest Point: 4650 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.75
(8 votes)
  • Dogs not allowed
  • Rivers
  • Good for kids
  • Waterfalls

Paradise Valley Road is closed for the season. The road from Longmire to Paradise is closed Monday through Friday until further notice.

If you’ve been to Mount Rainier’s Paradise, you may be familiar with Narada Falls, and the short hike down to its popular viewpoint. But are you aware of the other trails this short hike connects to? Do you wonder what ‘Narada’ means? Read on to find out.
 
 

Mount Rainier Area > SW - Longmire/Paradise

 
5.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 1150 ft.
Highest Point: 5400 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.56
(16 votes)
  • Wildflowers/Meadows
  • Mountain views
  • Wildlife
  • Dogs not allowed
  • Waterfalls
  • Old growth
  • Good for kids
  • Lakes
  • Rivers

Paradise Valley Road is closed for the season. The road from Longmire to Paradise is closed Monday through Friday until further notice.

Hiking the trail between the Narada Falls viewpoint and Reflection Lakes is pleasant enough. But you can extend the route into a loop featuring an unobstructed view of the Tatoosh Range from a rocky bluff, and an up-close experience of the awe-inspiring whitewater cascades of the Paradise River.
 
 

Mount Rainier Area > SW - Longmire/Paradise

 
25.0 miles of trails
Highest Point: 10080 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.11
(9 votes)
  • Wildflowers/Meadows
  • Mountain views
  • Wildlife
  • Waterfalls
  • Dogs not allowed
  • Good for kids
  • Lakes

Paradise Valley Road is closed for the season. The road from Longmire to Paradise is closed Monday through Friday until further notice.

Paradise provides a gateway to Washington's most iconic mountain, trails to get your heart pumping or just stretch your legs, and in winter, fantastic snowshoe and skiing opportunities for people of all ages.
 
 

Mount Rainier Area > SW - Longmire/Paradise

 
5.25 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 1550 ft.
Highest Point: 5800 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.78
(9 votes)
  • Mountain views
  • Wildlife
  • Waterfalls
  • Dogs not allowed
  • Lakes
  • Ridges/passes

Paradise Valley Road is closed for the season. The road from Longmire to Paradise is closed Monday through Friday until further notice.

Explore this loop that begins and ends at the popular Paradise Ranger Station on Mount Rainier. Hike a little more than five miles around and through a myriad of delightful lakes at the base of Washington's tallest volcano.
 
 

Mount Rainier Area > SW - Longmire/Paradise

 
2.2 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 400 ft.
Highest Point: 5850 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
5.00
(2 votes)
  • Wildflowers/Meadows
  • Mountain views
  • Dogs not allowed
  • Rivers
  • Ridges/passes

Paradise Valley Road is closed for the season. The road from Longmire to Paradise is closed Monday through Friday until further notice.

Sometimes the crowds at Mount Rainier’s Paradise can be overwhelming. Hike the Moraine Trail to get off of asphalt paths and away from the throngs. The reward is a view down into the immense Nisqually River Valley from the very edge of its moraine.
 
 

Mount Rainier Area > SW - Longmire/Paradise

 
1.1 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 200 ft.
Highest Point: 5400 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.82
(11 votes)
  • Wildflowers/Meadows
  • Mountain views
  • Wildlife
  • Good for kids

Paradise Valley Road is closed for the season. The road from Longmire to Paradise is closed Monday through Friday until further notice.

Follow the trails here to views of Mount Rainier's rocky Nisqually River valley and the much-receded Nisqually Glacier.
 
 

Mount Rainier Area > SW - Longmire/Paradise

 
4.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 1160 ft.
Highest Point: 6400 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.50
(4 votes)
  • Wildflowers/Meadows
  • Mountain views
  • Ridges/passes
  • Dogs not allowed
  • Waterfalls
  • Rivers

Paradise Valley Road is closed for the season. The road from Longmire to Paradise is closed Monday through Friday until further notice.

Follow a loop trail that samples what Mount Rainier has to offer: a popular waterfall, vast expanses of wildflowers, numerous snowmelt streams, a historic monument to the mountain’s first climbers, and of course views of Mount Rainier itself.
 
 

Mount Rainier Area > SW - Longmire/Paradise

 
5.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 1300 ft.
Highest Point: 6700 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.18
(11 votes)
  • Wildflowers/Meadows
  • Mountain views
  • Wildlife
  • Dogs not allowed

Paradise Valley Road is closed for the season. The road from Longmire to Paradise is closed Monday through Friday until further notice.

Paradise is one of the most gorgeous (and, as a result, popular) parts of Washington. This short but steep trail offers tourists and locals alike one of the most stunning views for the least number of miles in Washington state, but that doesn't mean you won't sweat! Be prepared to climb more than 1000 feet in less than a mile at the outset of this trail .
 
 

Mount Rainier Area > SW - Longmire/Paradise

 
2.5 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 900 ft.
Highest Point: 6330 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.12
(8 votes)
  • Mountain views
  • Dogs not allowed

Paradise Valley Road is closed for the season. The road from Longmire to Paradise is closed Monday through Friday until further notice.

Glacier Vista snowshoe is a shorter alternative to Panorama Point snowshoe. With 2.5 miles round trip with only 900 feet elevation gain, it is an easy snowshoeing outing with great views of snow-capped mountains.
 
 

Mount Rainier Area > SW - Longmire/Paradise

 
Rating:
Average rating:
3.50
(4 votes)
  • Dogs not allowed

Paradise Valley Road is closed for the season. The road from Longmire to Paradise is closed Monday through Friday until further notice.

Edith Creek Basin is a popular Mount Rainier snowshoeing area. The basin lies north of Paradise and connects to Panorama Point.
 
 

Mount Rainier Area > SW - Longmire/Paradise

 
3.25 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 800 ft.
Highest Point: 5820 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.43
(7 votes)
  • Mountain views
  • Dogs not allowed
  • Good for kids

Paradise Valley Road is closed for the season. The road from Longmire to Paradise is closed Monday through Friday until further notice.

This trail offers a more intimate view of the Nisqually Glacier valley, and connects to the Moraine Trail from the Paradise parking area.
 
 

Olympic Peninsula > Northern Coast

 
2.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 50 ft.
Highest Point: 450 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
0.00
(0 votes)
  • Wildlife
  • Good for kids
  • Dogs not allowed
  • Rivers
This short, two mile trail takes hikers through a tunnel of alder, across a creek, and finally onto the lakebed of former Lake Mills.
 
 

Olympic Peninsula > Northern Coast

 
4.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 500 ft.
Highest Point: 800 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.75
(4 votes)
  • Mountain views
  • Wildlife
  • Old growth
  • Good for kids
  • Dogs not allowed
  • Fall foliage
  • Rivers
Formerly a trail that bordered Lake Mills, the Smokey Bottom trail winds through the second-growth forest along the now free-flowing Elwha River.
 
 

Olympic Peninsula > Northern Coast

 
18.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 4400 ft.
Highest Point: 5280 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
2.75
(4 votes)
  • Wildflowers/Meadows
  • Mountain views
  • Wildlife
  • Established campsites
  • Dogs not allowed
  • Lakes
Enjoy a mix of solitude and company along a ridgetop with two backcountry lakes and sweeping alpine views.
 
 

Olympic Peninsula > Northern Coast

 
5.6 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 2800 ft.
Highest Point: 3200 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.00
(7 votes)
  • Mountain views
  • Wildlife
The trailhead for Griff Creek is behind the Elwha River washout and is inaccessible.
 
 

Olympic Peninsula > Northern Coast

 
7.8 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 600 ft.
Highest Point: 1300 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.17
(6 votes)
  • Wildflowers/Meadows
  • Wildlife
  • Established campsites
  • Old growth
  • Dogs not allowed
  • Rivers
Follow in the footsteps of the intrepid Press Expedition while enjoying the natural beauty, local history and wildlife along the Olympic Peninsula’s Elwha River.
 
 

Olympic Peninsula > Northern Coast

 
11.6 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 5248 ft.
Highest Point: 5650 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.00
(4 votes)
  • Wildflowers/Meadows
  • Mountain views
  • Dogs not allowed
  • Rivers
  • Ridges/passes
Climb steeply out of the Elwha River Valley to impressive views of the Bailey Range and wide-open meadows on this trail that accesses Hurricane Hill the back way.