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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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Results List

3904 Hikes
Greenway Mountain

Snoqualmie Region -- North Bend Area

 
Rating:
Average rating:
4.00
(1 vote)
 
The trail used to access Greenway Mountain is illegally built. Please refrain from use.
The route is not maintained and requires route-finding skills to navigate. There is no formally-designated parking area, and the trail can be difficult to find.
 
 
Zig Zag Trail

Snoqualmie Region -- North Bend Area

 
Rating:
Average rating:
2.75
(4 votes)
 
This trail is illegally built. Please refrain from use.
This is not an official Forest Service trail. The route is not maintained and requires route-finding skills to navigate. There is no designated parking area.
 
 
Hall Creek

Snoqualmie Region -- North Bend Area

 
Rating:
Average rating:
1.67
(3 votes)
 
The route for Hall Creek is illegally built. Please refrain from use.
Hall Creek is not an official Forest Service trail. The route is not maintained and requires route-finding skills to navigate.
 
 
Mount Kent

Snoqualmie Region -- North Bend Area

 
Rating:
Average rating:
4.00
(1 vote)
 
A summit accessed via a scramble off of the south side of I-90. Cross country navigation experience and navigation required.
 
 
Duke of Kent

Snoqualmie Region -- North Bend Area

 
7.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 3400 ft.
Highest Point: 4840.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.00
(4 votes)
 
A summit accessed via a scramble off of the south side of I-90. Cross country navigation experience and navigation required.
 
 
Bearscout Peak

Snoqualmie Region -- Snoqualmie Pass

 
Highest Point: 5210.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
0.00
(0 votes)
 
Bear Lake and sections of Bearscout Peak are in the Cedar River Watershed and are closed to the public. Consult a map before venturing out in order to avoid trespassing.
 
 
Scout Patrol Peak

Snoqualmie Region -- Snoqualmie Pass

 
Gain: 2724 ft.
Highest Point: 4693.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.00
(2 votes)
 
This summit is off the south side of I-90. Route finding experience required.
 
 
Deception Crags

Snoqualmie Region -- Snoqualmie Pass

 
1.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 250 ft.
Highest Point: 1450.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.80
(5 votes)
 
A short one-mile trail that connects to the Iron Horse Trail and provides climbing access to various walls off the south side of I-90.
 
 
Middle Fork Snoqualmie River

Snoqualmie Region -- North Bend Area

 
12.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 200 ft.
Highest Point: 1100.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.74
(31 votes)
4/2/2021: Trail closed - this trail remains closed to hikers. A contractor is working on a reroute and heavy machinery poses a danger to hikers
This long, meandering hike heads upstream along the Middle Fork of the Snoqualmie River, offering a long day hike, or a great beginning backpacking experience.
 
 
Ptarmigan Ridge

North Cascades -- Mount Baker Area

 
9.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 1800 ft.
Highest Point: 6100.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.48
(29 votes)
10/22/200 Road closed: Highway 542 is closed at the Bagley Lakes trailhead cutting off vehicle access to this trailhead.
Rarely can hikers approach a climbers’ realm so easily, with minimal elevation gain, and enjoy beautiful views all along the way.
 
 
Burfoot County Park

Olympic Peninsula -- Olympia

 
3.0 miles of trails
Gain: 150 ft.
Highest Point: 200.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.33
(6 votes)
A charming little escape on Budd Inlet, just north of the City of Olympia.
 
 
Point Defiance Park

Puget Sound and Islands -- Seattle-Tacoma Area

 
5.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 200 ft.
Highest Point: 300.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.12
(16 votes)
As the largest urban park in Pierce County, the network of roads and trails weaving through the forest preserve provides a quiet retreat for joggers, cyclists, and hikers.
 
 
Ravensdale Retreat Natural Area

Puget Sound and Islands -- Seattle-Tacoma Area

 
3.25 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 200 ft.
Highest Point: 767.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
2.00
(1 vote)
The Ravensdale Retreat Natural Area is a 145-acre park in historic Ravensdale, south of the Issaquah Alps. The natural area borders Rock Creek to the south, below Ravensdale Ridge. It's primarily intended for foot traffic, but you may see an occasional equestrian rider. Mountain bikes are discouraged but not disallowed; the nearby Black Diamond Natural Area has trails that are specifically designed with proper tread and pitch on turns for bikes. While there are several trails across the natural area, this entry describes a lollipop loop to catch the highlights.
 
 
Indian Dan State Wildlife Refuge

North Cascades -- Methow/Sawtooth

 
3.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 200 ft.
Highest Point: 1700.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
0.00
(0 votes)
Much of the trails in this area follow old roads and Jeep roads around the area. It's an excellent area to bring dogs (on-leash) and apart from some blowdowns, is a very easy trail to follow with a low grade.
 
 
Sauer's Mountain

Central Cascades -- Stevens Pass - East

 
6.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 2000 ft.
Highest Point: 3116.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.12
(16 votes)
 
Sauer's Mountain Trail is made accessible thanks to a property owner who built the trail on his private property. Please be considerate when visiting; leash all dogs and if the parking area is full, save this hike for another day.
This popular early-season location is a gorgeous destination to enjoy wildflowers. But be aware that this trail (which is on private property) is made accessible thanks to the property owner who built it and it can often be crowded. If the parking area is full, please try another hike in the area.
 
 
O'Neil Pass

Olympic Peninsula -- Hood Canal

 
12.0 miles, one-way
Highest Point: 5000.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.80
(5 votes)
The O’neil Pass Trail travels through the southeastern corner of Olympic National Park. It is a trail segment that sits well within the backcountry so you must hike a considerable distance to reach the start of this trail.
 
 
Constance Pass

Olympic Peninsula -- Hood Canal

 
7.8 miles, one-way
Highest Point: 6080.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.40
(5 votes)
The Constance Pass Trail climbs from the Dosewallips River, over the pass and on to the border between Olympic National Park and the Buckhorn Wilderness in Olympic National Forest
 
 
Lena Lake

Olympic Peninsula -- Hood Canal

 
7.2 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 1300 ft.
Highest Point: 2000.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.15
(80 votes)
The hike to Lena Lake is doable for nearly every type of hiker, and the traffic on the trail is evidence of it. A wide path switchbacks gently at first and then just a little more steeply uphill through old- and second-growth forest to a large lake ringed by silent sentinels--huge old-growth fir trees that keep watch over day hikers and campers who elect to stay overnight at this wilderness refuge.
 
 
Olallie State Park - Weeks Falls

Snoqualmie Region -- North Bend Area

 
1.6 miles, roundtrip
Rating:
Average rating:
3.33
(6 votes)
 
This short trail in Olallie State Park heads to the base of 30-foot Weeks Falls.
 
 
Dirty Harry's Balcony

Snoqualmie Region -- Snoqualmie Pass

 
4.4 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 1300 ft.
Highest Point: 2600.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.55
(53 votes)
Get a workout and experience rock work completed by Department of Natural Resources and WTA volunteer crews on this hike. Your reward is a rocky overlook from which you can marvel at Mount Kent, McClellan Butte, and Mount Washington, the behemoths forming the south rim of the west entrance to Snoqualmie Pass.
 
 
Spade Lake

Snoqualmie Region -- Salmon La Sac/Teanaway

 
25.6 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 5200 ft.
Highest Point: 5400.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.38
(13 votes)
Spade Lake is a lovely, lonesome lake nestled in a rocky cirque high on Mount Daniel. It is one of the most remote lakes in the Alpine Lakes Wilderness.
 
 
Anderson Pass

Olympic Peninsula -- Hood Canal

 
Highest Point: 4480.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.00
(4 votes)
A variety of different loop routes in this area pass through Anderson Pass, making it a well-travelled revolving door in the mountainous terrain of the Olympics.
 
 
Chilliwack River

North Cascades -- Mount Baker Area

 
17.3 miles, one-way
Gain: 2365 ft.
Highest Point: 4440.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.25
(4 votes)
The Chilliwack River Trail is an important part of the Copper Ridge Loop and is also part of the traverse between Hannegan Pass and Ross Lake via a connection with the Little Beaver Trail.
 
 
Striped Peak

Olympic Peninsula -- Northern Coast

 
5.2 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 850 ft.
Highest Point: 1166.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.31
(13 votes)
Visit a park full of coastal scenery, forests, rocky bluffs, tidepools, and a hearty climb to a 1,166-foot viewpoint. Hike though beautiful coastal forest to an expansive view north across the Strait of Juan de Fuca to Vancouver Island and Salt Spring Island in Canada.
 
 
Copper Ridge

North Cascades -- Mount Baker Area

 
13.9 miles, one-way
Gain: 1800 ft.
Highest Point: 6260.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.67
(6 votes)
The Copper Ridge Trail forms part of the popular and iconic Copper Ridge Loop. The trail climbs to a ridge with stunning views before dropping down to the Chilliwack River Valley.
 
 
Wood Lake

South Cascades -- Mount Adams Area

 
4.5 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 1500 ft.
Highest Point: 4860.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
2.67
(6 votes)
Quiet little Wood Lake is so close to the Cultus Creek trailhead that many don't consider it a destination, but if you're looking for a placid getaway even your littlest hiker will like, this may be just the place.
 
 
Sherman Point Loop

Eastern Washington -- Okanogan Highlands/Kettle River Range

 
3.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 200 ft.
Highest Point: 1475.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.00
(1 vote)
Easy access and a gentle grade make this a great wildlife-viewing hike for all ability levels.
 
 
Washtucna Coulee - Kahlotus Railroad Grade

Central Washington -- Tri-Cities

 
8.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 30 ft.
Highest Point: 900.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.75
(4 votes)
The Washtucna Coulee - Kahlotus Railroad Grade will take you past the dried basin of the ancient Lake Kahlotus and through to the eerie former railroad tunnel in Devils Canyon.
 
 
Hex Mountain Snowshoe

Snoqualmie Region -- Salmon La Sac/Teanaway

 
7.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 2600 ft.
Highest Point: 5034.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.00
(14 votes)
A steep but rewarding Cascades snowshoe with great views from the summit. Low avalanche risk makes this a popular winter destination.
 
 
South Ship Canal Trail

Puget Sound and Islands -- Seattle-Tacoma Area

 
3.8 miles, roundtrip
Highest Point: 20.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
2.00
(1 vote)
A paved walkway follows an abandoned railroad grade trail along the Seattle Ship Canal with views of the water and extensive Ballard maritime industry.