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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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3897 Hikes
Icicle Creek

Central Cascades -- Leavenworth Area

 
4.0 miles, roundtrip
Rating:
Average rating:
3.44
(9 votes)
An out and back hike through the forest with gentle hills for the first two miles or so. It eventually joins Icicle Creek at its confluence with French Creek, and the trail continues beyond.
 
 
Swift Creek

North Cascades -- Mount Baker Area

 
16.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 2700 ft.
Highest Point: 3930.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
2.75
(4 votes)
Part of the scenic Pacific Northwest Trail, rugged 8-mile Swift Creek Trail accesses the Mount Baker Wilderness.
 
 
Crescent Beach Preserve

Puget Sound and Islands -- San Juan Islands

 
1.5 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 40 ft.
Highest Point: 60.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.00
(2 votes)
Just outside the little town of Eastsound on Orcas Island is a sweet little beach that offers some nice rambling; the perfect place to walk off a meal, or simply take in low tide and the lovely animals that come with it.
 
 
Naches Peak Loop

Mount Rainier Area -- SE - Cayuse Pass/Stevens Canyon

 
3.2 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 600 ft.
Highest Point: 5850.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.53
(60 votes)
This popular hike provides a range of alpine experiences in a short loop. Walk along a hillside above a small valley, pause at a viewpoint overlooking a lake, and stroll through grassy meadows with stunning views of Mount Rainier. In season enjoy an abundance of wildflowers or perhaps a handful of huckleberries.
 
 
Boulder Creek

Central Cascades -- Leavenworth Area

 
17.25 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 4850 ft.
Highest Point: 6310.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.00
(5 votes)
Boulder River leads to magnificent views of Napeequa Valley and the Glacier Peak Wilderness.
 
 
Duncan Hill

Central Cascades -- Entiat Mountains/Lake Chelan

 
13.6 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 3000 ft.
Highest Point: 7819.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.29
(7 votes)
Duncan Hill takes hikers through a previously burnt forest to reach wide open views of the Entiat.
 
 
North Fork Entiat River

Central Cascades -- Entiat Mountains/Lake Chelan

 
26.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 4000 ft.
Highest Point: 7150.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
2.50
(4 votes)
Experience the rugged beauty of the Entiat mountains, rich in wild flower meadows, jagged peaks, and solitude. These trails, though occasionally steep and loose, harbor fantastic corners, wildlife, and old-school outdoorsmanship that many crowded trails now lack.
 
 
Tungsten

North Cascades -- Pasayten

 
6.2 miles, one-way
Gain: 2100 ft.
Highest Point: 6800.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.00
(5 votes)
Explore an abandoned tungsten mine as you connect between the Chewuch Trail and Boundary Trail. Enjoy views of mountain peaks, meadows, and refreshing streams along the way.
 
 
Fern Lake

Central Cascades -- Entiat Mountains/Lake Chelan

 
16.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 3600 ft.
Highest Point: 6950.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.00
(6 votes)
Seek solitude and stupendous views at this high alpine lake in the Entiat Mountains. A steep slog of a trail ensures you'll have plenty of room at this lake.
 
 
Miners Ridge (Entiat)

Central Cascades -- Entiat Mountains/Lake Chelan

 
4.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 850 ft.
Highest Point: 5750.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.80
(5 votes)
Navigate through a recently burned area to reach the top of Miners Ridge and enjoy views of the Stuart Range and Lake Wenatchee.
 
 
Beacon Rock State Park - Hadley Trail

Southwest Washington -- Columbia River Gorge - WA

 
1.2 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 175 ft.
Highest Point: 750.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
0.00
(0 votes)
Here's an ADA-accessible forested trail just over half a mile long in Beacon Rock State Park that takes you to a lookout point for Bonneville Dam and the Columbia Gorge. It can also connect you with the Hamilton Mountain Trail from the Beacon Rock Campground.
 
 
Myrtle Falls

Mount Rainier Area -- SW - Longmire/Paradise

 
0.8 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 185 ft.
Highest Point: 5600.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.50
(4 votes)
A good, short destination just outside of the main Paradise visitors area, Myrtle Falls is a beauty.
 
 
Crestwoods Park Trail

Puget Sound and Islands -- Seattle-Tacoma Area

 
1.5 miles of trails
Gain: 195 ft.
Highest Point: 235.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.00
(1 vote)
 
A close-in hike near Kirkland. The perfect after-work way to unwind.
 
 
Capitol State Forest - Waddell Basin West

Olympic Peninsula -- Olympia

 
9.22 miles, one-way
Gain: 1390 ft.
Highest Point: 1035.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
0.00
(0 votes)
A motorized trail in Capitol State Forest.
 
 
Illahee Lake Trail

Puget Sound and Islands -- Seattle-Tacoma Area

 
0.5 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 35 ft.
Highest Point: 370.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
0.00
(0 votes)
A half mile loop around a wetland in the City of Sammamish.
 
 
Lyre Conservation Area

Olympic Peninsula -- Northern Coast

 
2.5 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 235 ft.
Highest Point: 180.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
5.00
(1 vote)
A lovely protected space on a half-mile of beach along the Strait of Juan de Fuca. This area is just 20 miles west of Port Angeles -- perfect for a picnic or a short day trip.
 
 
Sunset Hill Park

Puget Sound and Islands -- Seattle-Tacoma Area

 
0.25 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 90 ft.
Highest Point: 290.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
1.00
(1 vote)
A small park tucked into the Crown Hill neighborhood of Ballard.
 
 
Nute's Pond Park

Puget Sound and Islands -- Seattle-Tacoma Area

 
1.5 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 10 ft.
Highest Point: 280.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
0.00
(0 votes)
A small park on Bainbridge Island.
 
 
Moments in Time Interpretive Trail

Olympic Peninsula -- Northern Coast

 
1.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 25 ft.
Highest Point: 600.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.50
(2 votes)
An interpretive nature trail along the shore of Lake Crescent. The trail leads through forest, a small meadow and lake shore. This trail is accessible to most hikers. This trail was formerly known as the Barnes Point Nature Trail, but is now called the Moments in Time Trail on the National Park Service Lake Crescent Area Trail Brochure.
 
 
Diablo Lake

North Cascades -- North Cascades Highway - Hwy 20

 
7.6 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 1400 ft.
Highest Point: 1950.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.22
(36 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.
 
 
White River

Central Cascades -- Stevens Pass - East

 
8.2 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 900 ft.
Highest Point: 2507.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.00
(6 votes)
The White River gets its name from the glacial flour pouring down from the heights of the Dakobed Range via Foam, Lightning, and Thunder Creeks. The milky blue-white color is a result of suspended rock particles that have been ground down from the peaks over millennia.
 
 
Selah Butte

Central Washington -- Yakima

 
Rating:
Average rating:
3.33
(6 votes)
 
Access trails, as well as the top of Selah Butte are on private property. Please refrain from visiting this location.
 
 
Jarrell Cove State Park - Harstine Island

Olympic Peninsula -- Kitsap Peninsula

 
1.5 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 200 ft.
Highest Point: 175.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.50
(6 votes)
Accessible only by bridge or by boat, Jarrell Cove State Park administers several small recreation areas, including Harstine Island, McMicken Island, Stretch Point, Eagle Island and Hope Island. Harstine Island is a day-use property with beach access via a half-mile trail; the other areas area all only accessible by boat.
 
 
Berthusen Park

Puget Sound and Islands -- Bellingham Area

 
2.4 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 20 ft.
Highest Point: 111.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
0.00
(0 votes)
Berthusen Park offers up plenty of great opportunities to get outdoors and explore. This beautiful park, the site of a homestead from the late 1800s, has antique farm machinery, a historical cabin, a big red barn and a great playground with a wonderful swing set for kids.
 
 
Bayshore Preserve

Olympic Peninsula -- Olympia

 
2.0 miles of trails
Gain: 75 ft.
Highest Point: 40.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
2.00
(1 vote)
Bayshore Preserve is a 74-acre spread of land on the Bayshore Peninsula which pokes into Oakland Bay. A former golf course, WTA is working on improving the informal trails here so hikers can enjoy an area that is undergoing restoration efforts.
 
 
She-Who-Watches

Southwest Washington -- Columbia River Gorge - WA

 
2.0 miles, roundtrip
Rating:
Average rating:
3.25
(4 votes)
 
Due to vandalism to this native peoples' spiritual center in the 1990s, Washington State Parks closed the pictograph and petroglyph area to public entry. Access is now by guided tour only. Reservations are required; contact Columbia Hills State Park.
 
 
Palouse to Cascades Trail - Crab Creek

Central Washington -- Potholes Region

 
Rating:
Average rating:
0.00
(0 votes)
 
Formerly known as the John Wayne Trail, this is a rail trail whose route crosses Washington, offering a nice short walk from a myriad of trailheads, or a fun, multi-day bikepacking adventure.
 
 
Trapper Lake

North Cascades -- North Cascades Highway - Hwy 20

 
5.0 miles, roundtrip
Rating:
Average rating:
0.00
(0 votes)
Follow a fisherman's trail to a crystalline blue lake in the North Cascades. This is a bushwhack, so you will need route-finding experience and a map and compass, and you'll need to know how to use them.
 
 
Palouse to Cascades Trail - Army East

Central Washington -- Yakima

 
8.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 500 ft.
Highest Point: 1500.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
2.50
(4 votes)
This is an 8-mile section of the longer Palouse to Cascades trail.
 
 
Nisqually John Canyon

Eastern Washington -- Palouse and Blue Mountains

 
5.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 1400 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
0.00
(0 votes)
Canyon hike starting at the Snake River.