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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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3891 Hikes
Westcott Bay Nature Reserve and Sculpture Park

Puget Sound and Islands -- San Juan Islands

 
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Part hike, part wander, this 20-acre sculpture garden is an outdoor gallery of nature-oriented artwork. There are few paths, but more than 100 pieces of artwork to discover in this special place adjacent to Roche Harbor on San Juan Island and managed by the San Juan Islands Museum of Art.
 
 
Umtanum Ridge Crest

Central Washington -- Yakima

 
6.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 2400 ft.
Highest Point: 3480.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.77
(13 votes)
Get a workout on this steep hike from Umtanum Creek to the ridge above the canyon. In spring, it is filled with wildflowers and birds, with chances of seeing rattlesnakes and bighorn sheep.
 
 
Vendovi Island Trails

Puget Sound and Islands -- San Juan Islands

 
3.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 100 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.00
(1 vote)
Washington Trails Association is working with the San Juan Preservation Trust to create and improve the trail system on this undeveloped and little-known San Juan island.
 
 
Sucia Island State Park

Puget Sound and Islands -- San Juan Islands

 
10.0 miles of trails
Gain: 223 ft.
Highest Point: 223.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.20
(5 votes)
Far to the north, between the Strait of Georgia and the waters surrounding the San Juan Islands is a funny-shaped little island with a wealth of hiking trails on its relatively small square acreage.
 
 
Spencer Spit

Puget Sound and Islands -- San Juan Islands

 
2.0 miles of trails
Gain: 60 ft.
Highest Point: 60.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.75
(4 votes)
Spencer Spit State Park is located on the northeast corner of Lopez Island in the San Juan Islands. A campground sits at the northern edge of the park. The network of hiking trails loops around the edge of the park, heads along the edge of a lagoon and extends out onto the spit.
 
 
Mount Washington

Snoqualmie Region -- North Bend Area

 
8.5 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 3250 ft.
Highest Point: 4450.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.95
(94 votes)
This easy-access day hike delivers comparable—if not superior—panoramic views and lung-busting switchbacks to Mount Si, with significantly less foot traffic.
 
 
CCC Road: Blowout Creek Trailhead

Snoqualmie Region -- North Bend Area

 
7.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 620 ft.
Highest Point: 1520.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
2.33
(9 votes)
The Blowout Creek Trailhead offers a more secluded adventure than the CCC Road: Lower Section, despite its route along an old road. Climb a moderate grade alongside Blowout Creek for almost a mile before arriving at the CCC Road Trail, then hike to a beautiful waterfall.
 
 
Cussed Hollow

Southwest Washington -- Lewis River Region

 
5.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 600 ft.
Highest Point: 3400.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
5.00
(4 votes)
Trekking quietly is easy on this gentle woodland trail, allowing you to take advantage of prime wildlife spotting.
 
 
Dirty Face Lookout and Peak

Central Cascades -- Stevens Pass - East

 
9.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 3950 ft.
Highest Point: 5989.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.89
(18 votes)
Dirty Face Lookout is one of the earliest high Central Cascade trails to melt out. At four miles and with 4000 feet of elevation gain, the trail provides hikers with a very good workout. Along the way, you'll have lots to look at, as the elevation change can roll an entire season of wildflowers into a single hike. Rock roses and paintbrush bob near the trailhead, while avalanche lilys sway in the breeze near the summit. When you aren't looking at the wildflowers, the vistas are outstanding.
 
 
Airport Levee Trail

Southwest Washington -- Lewis River Region

 
2.0 miles, one-way
Gain: 5 ft.
Highest Point: 200.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
0.00
(0 votes)
The Airport Levee Trail traces along the western edge of the Chehalis-Centralia airport. The crushed gravel trail surface carries visitors along, offering views of a golf course to the west and the airport tarmac to the east.
 
 
Pacific Way Trail

Southwest Washington -- Columbia River Gorge - WA

 
2.0 miles, one-way
Gain: 20 ft.
Highest Point: 20.0 ft.
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0.00
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Take this wide, graveled path to get a quick dose of nature near home.
 
 
Steigerwald Lake National Wildlife Refuge

Southwest Washington -- Vancouver Area

 
2.8 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 55 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.00
(3 votes)
A birder's paradise, this wildlife refuge is the perfect get-away without a long drive. The refuge includes mixed wetlands and pastures with riparian strips lined with cottonwoods and white oak trees. More than 200 species of waterfowl and songbirds have been recorded here, making it the perfect place to slow down and enjoy nature.
 
 
Lower Gray Wolf River

Olympic Peninsula -- Hood Canal

 
8.4 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 800 ft.
Highest Point: 1500.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.68
(25 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.
 
 
Chelan Lakeshore Trail

Central Cascades -- Entiat Mountains/Lake Chelan

 
17.0 miles, one-way
Gain: 4030 ft.
Highest Point: 1700.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.94
(16 votes)
Looking for an early-season backpack featuring craggy, snow-capped peaks, a sapphire-blue lake, a myriad of wildflowers, and a trail that’s regularly maintained by WTA volunteers? The 17-mile thru-hike on the Chelan Lakeshore Trail might be just the thing for you.
 
 
Cowiche Canyon

Central Washington -- Yakima

 
6.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 100 ft.
Highest Point: 1500.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.53
(15 votes)
Walk beneath stunning basalt and andesite cliffs along a beautiful creek with wildflowers in the spring, stunning color in the fall and a side trip for a glass of wine and snacks.
 
 
Bridal Veil Falls

Central Cascades -- Stevens Pass - West

 
4.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 1000 ft.
Highest Point: 1600.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.95
(64 votes)
A beautiful waterfall flows out of Lake Serene and cascades below the rugged east wall of Mount Index at the end of a trail on the west side of Bridal Veil Creek. Take time to see and enjoy a stunning view of Bridal Veil Falls and climb flights of steps paralleling the falls.
 
 
Lost Creek Ridge

North Cascades -- Mountain Loop Highway

 
14.0 miles, one-way
Gain: 5000 ft.
Highest Point: 5700.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.57
(7 votes)
A rugged trail that offers stunning views and access to several beautiful backcountry lakes.
 
 
Pyramid Lake

North Cascades -- North Cascades Highway - Hwy 20

 
4.2 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 1500 ft.
Highest Point: 2500.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.43
(14 votes)
This is a nice, quiet little forest hike, where the journey is half the destination. The lake is pond sized, and surrounded by large boulders. It is pretty in its own way, a still lake with nice reflections, yellow waterlilies and silvered logs floating on the surface. The clumps of grasses and moss growing on the floating logs create a mini ecosystem to observe up close.
 
 
Thunder Knob

North Cascades -- North Cascades Highway - Hwy 20

 
3.6 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 635 ft.
Highest Point: 1875.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.73
(30 votes)
Hike this easy leg stretcher while taking in the beautiful scenery of the North Cascades Highway. A good stop if you have a car full of restless children or you are showing off the area to visiting relatives. The views from the top are a big payoff for such a short hike.
 
 
Rattlesnake Ledge

Snoqualmie Region -- North Bend Area

 
4.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 1160 ft.
Highest Point: 2078.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.02
(344 votes)
This is a fine hike on a well maintained, albeit busy trail through a cool forest with views of the Cedar River watershed, Mount Si, Mount Washington, Rattlesnake Lake and Chester Morse Lake.
 
 
Northrup Canyon

Central Washington -- Grand Coulee

 
3.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 384 ft.
Highest Point: 2134.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.00
(10 votes)
Bald eagles, icons of the mossy forests and deep rivers of the Pacific Coast, flock to this desert canyon each winter, and their presence is reason to visit in late fall or winter.
 
 
Diablo Lake

North Cascades -- North Cascades Highway - Hwy 20

 
7.6 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 1400 ft.
Highest Point: 1950.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.27
(33 votes)
Follow the Diablo Lake Trail up and across talus slopes on the flanks of Sourdough Mountain to impressive cascading waterfalls and stunning views of Ross Lake and Colonial, Pyramid, Davis Peaks, as well as Jack Mountain.
 
 
Monte Cristo Ghost Town

North Cascades -- Mountain Loop Highway

 
8.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 700 ft.
Highest Point: 2800.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.89
(27 votes)
Hike to an old mining town by heading up a long-closed road along the South Fork Sauk River. This route largely sticks to the old route taken by miners over a century ago.
 
 
Patterson Mountain

North Cascades -- Methow/Sawtooth

 
4.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 1070 ft.
Highest Point: 3520.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.89
(9 votes)
This short hike to the top of Patterson Mountain provides great views across and along the Methow Valley from Twisp to Mazama, while to the west lies the Sawtooth Range.
 
 
Heather Lake

North Cascades -- Mountain Loop Highway

 
4.6 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 1034 ft.
Highest Point: 2430.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.99
(138 votes)
After you've explored a few trails with your little one, the Heather Lake trail makes a wonderful next step. It's the perfect place to take children on their first ‘real’ hike. The trail is short, but steep and challenging--it'll give a child a real sense of accomplishment once they reach the lake. The lake itself is a scenic little lake located on the northeastern slope of Mount Pilchuck.
 
 
Cutthroat Pass via the Pacific Crest Trail

North Cascades -- North Cascades Highway - Hwy 20

 
10.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 2000 ft.
Highest Point: 6800.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.90
(21 votes)
Cutthroat Pass is a stunner no matter which way you access it. This way, you'll enjoy a wider, more well-maintained trail, and you're more likely to share it with Pacific Crest Trail thru-hikers.
 
 
Mount Dickerman

North Cascades -- Mountain Loop Highway

 
8.2 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 3950 ft.
Highest Point: 5760.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.64
(107 votes)
If the best views come to those who earn them, Mount Dickerman offers the fairest vantage along the Mountain Loop. You’ll huff and puff through 4,000 feet of elevation on your way to the summit; in return, you’ll get a superb panorama of nearly every peak in the Mountain Loop. In late summer, it also rewards the intrepid with a bounty of mountain blueberries.
 
 
Mailbox Peak

Snoqualmie Region -- North Bend Area

 
9.4 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 4000 ft.
Highest Point: 4822.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.25
(93 votes)
The old trail up Mailbox Peak was the stuff of legend. It inspired potential Rainier climbers, challenged adventurous day hikers, and occasionally Mother Nature used the trail to bite back. The number of injuries and rescues on the old trail prompted the Department of Natural Resources to create a new trail to the top. While still relatively steep, this new route, built in part with help from WTA volunteers offers a more easily navigable way for folks to attain the summit of this formidable peak.
 
 
Oyster Dome

Puget Sound and Islands -- Bellingham Area

 
5.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 1050 ft.
Highest Point: 2025.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.10
(153 votes)
Oyster Dome is a rocky promontory on the western slope of Blanchard Mountain, the grandest member of the Chuckanut Mountain range, an extension of the Cascades that rises directly from the ocean. The sheer cliffs of Oyster Dome offer year-round access to commanding views of the San Juans, Skagit River flats, Olympic Mountains, and Samish Bay.
 
 
Heybrook Ridge

Central Cascades -- Stevens Pass - West

 
3.3 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 775 ft.
Highest Point: 1327.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.20
(54 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.