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3904 Hikes
Little Mashel Falls - Bud Blancher Trail

Mount Rainier Area -- NW - Carbon River/Mowich

 
4.5 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 500 ft.
Highest Point: 1100.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.83
(6 votes)
Three waterfalls, multiple viewing areas, and two different trailheads provide great choices for an excursion to Little Mashel Falls. The tallest waterfall plunges over 90 feet.
 
 
Skyline Lake Snowshoe

Central Cascades -- Stevens Pass - West

 
3.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 1100 ft.
Highest Point: 5100.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.25
(16 votes)
Dramatic mounds of snow, a frozen lake and sweeping views into the Alpine Lakes and Glacier Peak Wildernesses await snowshoers at Skyline Lake. Easily accessed from the Stevens Pass ski area, this steep and rewarding ridge walk is a classic on a sunny day.
 
 
Hurricane Ridge Snowshoe

Olympic Peninsula -- Northern Coast

 
6.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 800 ft.
Highest Point: 5757.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.64
(11 votes)
Whether you’re an expert or a first-timer, Hurricane Ridge in Olympic National Park is one of the most spectacular places to snowshoe in Washington state—and on clear days you’ll be treated to bird’s-eye views of Mount Olympus in all her winter splendor.
 
 
Garfield Ledges

Snoqualmie Region -- North Bend Area

 
2.2 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 830 ft.
Highest Point: 1860.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.33
(9 votes)
Built with the help of Washington Trails Association and Mountains to Sound Greenway crews, the trail to Garfield Ledges will offer visitors expansive views of the Middle Fork valley and a short but steep workout.
 
 
East Bank Baker Lake

North Cascades -- North Cascades Highway - Hwy 20

 
9.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 500 ft.
Highest Point: 1000.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.72
(18 votes)
This hike along Baker Lake is a busy, popular trail in summer. It is a nice off season walk though, and is perfect on a crisp, clear winter day. With the leaves off the trees, views that aren't possible in summer emerge; the surrounding peaks and the mossy green silhouettes of the leafless maple trees cover the hillside. A bonus any time of year are the many creeks, quaint bridges, large old-growth trees and of course, Mount Baker as the main attraction.
 
 
High Rock

South Cascades -- White Pass/Cowlitz River Valley

 
3.2 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 1365 ft.
Highest Point: 5685.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.48
(48 votes)
Topping out at 5685 feet, High Rock is dramatically higher than its surroundings. On a clear day, the exposed summit provides outstanding views all around and down. The trail is moderately steep but short, following Sawtooth Ridge 1.6 miles to the summit, where a fire lookout cabin clings to the top.
 
 
Horseshoe Bend

North Cascades -- Mount Baker Area

 
2.4 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 220 ft.
Highest Point: 1200.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.59
(17 votes)
Here's a Mount Baker Highway gem that's low enough to be passable all year and at the same time easy enough for the whole family. It's also a terrific spot to witness the power of water.
 
 
Boulder Garden Loop

Snoqualmie Region -- North Bend Area

 
2.5 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 800 ft.
Highest Point: 1400.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.08
(13 votes)
The Boulder Garden Loop offers an opportunity to explore stone giants on a relatively untraveled path, despite its proximity to two of the busiest hiking thoroughfares in the Snoqualmie Pass region. It also is the access route to the Old Mount Si trail, for those who desire a less peopled approach to the Puget Sound region's most well-known hike.
 
 
Pearrygin Lake State Park - Rex Derr Trail

North Cascades -- Methow/Sawtooth

 
3.1 miles of trails
Rating:
Average rating:
4.00
(2 votes)
 
The beautiful lake at Pearrygin Lake State Park is the star of the show here, but a 3-mile trail skirting the eastern edge of the park is a lovely diversion for visitors here.
 
 
Shellrock Peak

Mount Rainier Area -- Chinook Pass - Hwy 410

 
7.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 2955 ft.
Highest Point: 6835.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.67
(6 votes)
Scramble your way up to the top of Shellrock Peak for mountain views and a close-up look of columnar rocks.
 
 
Paul Mountain Snowshoe

North Cascades -- Methow/Sawtooth

 
9.8 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 1280 ft.
Highest Point: 3383.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.50
(2 votes)
A few inches of new snow prior to a mid-week snowshoe outing transform this trip into a tranquil walk into the Eightmile Creek valley. Extending the trip with a climb out of the valley leads to viewpoints along the road.
 
 
Lake Augusta

Central Cascades -- Leavenworth Area

 
15.8 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 4750 ft.
Highest Point: 6860.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.50
(2 votes)
The way to Lake Augusta is rough. It's a steep and brushy trail that doesn't see much maintenance. But the destination is worth it; the lake is gorgeous, set in a basin at the bottom of Big Jim Mountain. It's a wonderful spot for wildflowers and backpacking trips late into the season.
 
 
Hatchery Creek

Central Cascades -- Leavenworth Area

 
13.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 4000 ft.
Highest Point: 6700.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
2.33
(6 votes)
A brushy, steep trail to the Cascade high country.
 
 
Augspurger Mountain - North

Southwest Washington -- Columbia River Gorge - WA

 
2.8 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 1100 ft.
Highest Point: 3667.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.00
(1 vote)
Find incredible spring wildflowers and one of the best ridge hikes in the Gorge; just be prepared for a difficult drive to get there. While Dog Mountain to the south is crowded, you’ll have these sweeping vistas to yourself. WTA volunteers are taking on a major trail restoration effort to be completed in 2015.
 
 
Augspurger Trail

Southwest Washington -- Columbia River Gorge - WA

 
15.5 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 4400 ft.
Highest Point: 3000.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
2.75
(4 votes)
The Augspurger Mountain Trail offers a great loop option to the popular Dog Mountain Trail. The two trails share the same trailhead, but the Augspurger trail heads off to the west. The way is more gentle, and a 1.5 mile connector trail links the two together. Along the way, enjoy bouncy balsamroot blooms in May and fantastic views of the Columbia River Gorge, Mount Hood and more all year round.
 
 
Dog Mountain

Southwest Washington -- Columbia River Gorge - WA

 
6.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 2800 ft.
Highest Point: 2948.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.31
(29 votes)
The stunning views and unparalleled springtime flowers make this one of the most popular hikes in the Gorge. On a good day, you can get a bird’s eye view of Mount Hood and the Columbia River. In the spring the top is carpeted with vibrant yellow balsam root. Although the trail is steep and sometimes crowded, this hike is unquestionably worth the effort.
 
 
Palouse to Cascades Trail - Tekoa Trailhead

Eastern Washington -- Palouse and Blue Mountains

 
3.4 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 470 ft.
Highest Point: 2600.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.00
(1 vote)
The trailhead for this section of the Palouse to Cascades Trail is found just south of Spokane and west of Tekoa.
 
 
White Salmon Road Snowshoe

North Cascades -- Mount Baker Area

 
5.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 485 ft.
Highest Point: 3500.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.00
(5 votes)
Snowshoe or cross-country ski on this road just below the Mount Baker Ski Area.
 
 
Mount Grant Preserve

Puget Sound and Islands -- San Juan Islands

 
4.6 miles of trails
Gain: 900 ft.
Highest Point: 900.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
5.00
(1 vote)
Mount Grant Preserve is a trail system in development on San Juan Island. Currently, the trails to the top offer the most elevation gain available on San Juan Island, so you'll love this one if you're looking to get high up.
 
 
Coyote Wall - The Labyrinth Loop

Southwest Washington -- Columbia River Gorge - WA

 
7.7 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 1200 ft.
Highest Point: 1250.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.20
(5 votes)
This year-round hike offers great views of the Columbia River Gorge along with enchanting stands of oak, cascading waterfalls, dramatic basalt outcroppings, and profuse wildflowers in the spring. Often sunny here while raining in Vancouver, it is a great place to hike while waiting for snow to melt at higher elevations.
 
 
Moritani Preserve

Puget Sound and Islands -- Seattle-Tacoma Area

 
0.2 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 30 ft.
Highest Point: 70.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
0.00
(0 votes)
Moritani Preserve is a relatively new park located on a historic 8.5-acre former strawberry farm.
 
 
Ancient Lakes

Central Washington -- Potholes Region

 
12.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 625 ft.
Highest Point: 1200.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.07
(58 votes)
View one of the best examples of a recessional-cataract canyon. Potholes Coulee caught the attention of J Harlen Bretz in the early 20th century, which led to his “outrageous hypothesis” of Ice Age flooding.
 
 
Mount Si via Mount Teneriffe Trail

Snoqualmie Region -- North Bend Area

 
10.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 2950 ft.
Highest Point: 4043.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.53
(15 votes)
Mount Si via the back way. Begin from the large Mount Teneriffe parking are and add on some miles to sneak up this popular peak from behind.
 
 
Tunnel Creek

Olympic Peninsula -- Hood Canal

 
9.4 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 2450 ft.
Highest Point: 4500.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.69
(13 votes)
Tunnel Creek Trail has two trailheads. Nearly all hikers access the trail from the north side where for the first three miles the moderately easy grade is often within earshot of Tunnel Creek. After crossing the South Fork of Tunnel Creek, the route rises at a steeper but manageable grade past Harrison Lakes to 5050 Pass and some nearby viewpoints. The south side trailhead is on the Dosewallips Road. This segment’s notoriously steep grade to 5050 Pass means it is seldom used. Try it and you’ll find out why.
 
 
 
25.6 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 1940 ft.
Highest Point: 6220.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.00
(6 votes)
Officially named Robinson Creek, the Middle Fork Pasayten River trail is loved by locals and visitors alike for its big trees, path alongside the wild river, and access into the central Pasayten Wilderness.
 
 
Upper Duckabush

Olympic Peninsula -- Hood Canal

 
16.1 miles, one-way
Gain: 1500 ft.
Highest Point: 4950.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.60
(5 votes)
The Duckabush River trail spans two land management agencies -- the US Forest Service and the National Park service. The first 6.2 miles of the trail weaves through Olympic National Forest. It's a popular early season backpack and a frequent site for WTA work crews. The upper section, in Olympic National Park, melts out much later, but provides a gateway to gorgeous backpacking destinations.
 
 
Big Huckleberry Mountain

Southwest Washington -- Columbia River Gorge - WA

 
11.5 miles, roundtrip
Rating:
Average rating:
3.00
(1 vote)
The trail to Big Huckleberry Mountain passes some of the best wildflower shows in the Gorge, and takes visitors to two former fire lookout sites, which means you'll get a workout and views for miles. It's a wonderful way to spend a day, provided you're OK with a rough road approach.
 
 
Lower Big Quilcene River

Olympic Peninsula -- Hood Canal

 
12.9 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 1890 ft.
Highest Point: 2943.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.64
(11 votes)
The Lower Big Quilcene Trail begins just outside the Buckhorn Wilderness and follows the lower Big Quilcene River along a mostly non-technical tread for approximately 6.5 miles. The moss-lined route starts on an old road bed through younger forest and then winds past large old-growth cedars. In spring and summer, blooming rhododendrons add vibrant color to your journey. This trail is also a great choice during the fall and winter months because the trees provide shelter from precipitation.
 
 
Ferguson Lake Trail

North Cascades -- Pasayten

 
1.2 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 140 ft.
Highest Point: 6631.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.83
(6 votes)
The trail to Ferguson Lake is an offshoot of a now mostly abandoned loop trail that skirted Wildcat Mountain and followed Eureka Creek. Fortunately, the route to Ferguson Lake, which includes the Ferguson Lake Trail is still maintained.
 
 
Rocky Brook Falls

Olympic Peninsula -- Hood Canal

 
0.1 miles, roundtrip
Rating:
Average rating:
3.82
(11 votes)
This is more of a walk of about 200 yards, but the falls are beautiful when flowing heavily and well worth a visit when in the area.