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3944 Hikes

North Cascades > Mountain Loop Highway

 
29.2 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 7500 ft.
Highest Point: 6360 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.80
(15 votes)
  • Ridges/passes
  • Wildlife
  • Summits
  • Lakes
  • Rivers
  • Wildflowers/Meadows
  • Mountain views
  • Dogs allowed on leash
  • Established campsites
  • Waterfalls
  • Old growth
  • Fall foliage
A loop hike, beginning and ending in the old-growth forests of the North Fork Sauk River that traverses high ridges and passes of the Pacific crest, visits beautiful alpine lakes, and finally follows the high and lonesome Pilot Ridge Trail before descending back down to the trail junction on the North Fork Sauk River.
 
 

North Cascades > North Cascades Highway - Hwy 20

 
31.5 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 6650 ft.
Highest Point: 6300 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.00
(1 vote)
  • Wildflowers/Meadows
  • Ridges/passes
  • Wildlife
  • Established campsites
  • Dogs not allowed
  • Lakes
Sample the best the North Cascades has to offer—subalpine lakes, forested valleys and rugged mountain passes—on this multiday trek.
 
 

North Cascades > Mount Baker Area

 
3.4 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 1300 ft.
Highest Point: 6521 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.34
(29 votes)
  • Wildflowers/Meadows
  • Ridges/passes
  • Wildlife
  • Mountain views
  • Dogs allowed on leash
  • Summits
  • Lakes
The trail up to Winchester Mountain is less than two miles long and only 1300 feet of elevation gain, with access to a lookout at 6500 feet with outstanding 360 degree views. What’s the catch? The road.
 
 

Snoqualmie Region > Salmon La Sac/Teanaway

 
11.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 3000 ft.
Highest Point: 6000 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.05
(44 votes)
  • Wildflowers/Meadows
  • Mountain views
  • Wildlife
  • Established campsites
  • Ridges/passes
  • Dogs allowed on leash
Navaho Pass is an excellent introduction to the Teanaway area. Rife with wildflowers, fascinating geology, and just enough elevation gain to keep it interesting, this hike has just about everything that the Teanaway is known for.
 
 

Mount Rainier Area > NE - Sunrise/White River

 
9.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 2500 ft.
Highest Point: 7828 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.49
(74 votes)
  • Wildflowers/Meadows
  • Ridges/passes
  • Wildlife
  • Mountain views
  • Dogs not allowed
  • Summits
  • Good for kids
  • Fall foliage
Burroughs Mountain can be described as a 'mountain against a mountain'. At over 7800 feet, Burroughs Mountain sets right up against the northeastern face of Mount Rainier, hugging the Winthrop Glacier. It offers one of the most dramatic views of the massive volcano.
 
 

North Cascades > North Cascades Highway - Hwy 20

 
4.54 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 943 ft.
Highest Point: 4359 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
0.00
(0 votes)
The Stiletto Spur Trail is a connector trail between the McAlester Lake/Twisp junction and the Pacific Crest Trail near Highway 20.
 
 
 
5.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 100 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.43
(7 votes)
  • Wildflowers/Meadows
  • Wildlife
  • Lakes
The hike involves a circumnavigation of Umatilla Rock, a narrow rock blade that passes below Dry Falls. This area lies midway along the 50-mile Grand Coulee—one of the longest and most spectacular chasms carved out by up to 100 gargantuan Ice Age floods.
 
 

Olympic Peninsula > Hood Canal

 
2.1 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 574 ft.
Highest Point: 950 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.06
(36 votes)
  • Old growth
  • Good for kids
  • Dogs not allowed
  • Rivers
Staircase Rapids is a beautiful 2.1 mile loop trail following the North Fork of the Skokomish River. Enjoy the Olympic old growth forests with a lush understory of mosses and ferns.
 
 

Olympic Peninsula > Hood Canal

 
4.6 miles of trails
Gain: 600 ft.
Highest Point: 460 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.33
(3 votes)
  • Dogs allowed on leash
There are lots of options to piece together a hike of up to 5 miles on this forested loop on the slopes above the Hood Canal.
 
 

Central Cascades > Stevens Pass - West

 
14.6 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 3300 ft.
Highest Point: 4900 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.27
(48 votes)
  • Mountain views
  • Dogs allowed on leash
  • Established campsites
  • Waterfalls
  • Old growth
  • Lakes
  • Rivers
Visit any of several beautiful alpine lakes, in rocky basins. The day can be as easy as a 3.6 roundtrip hike to Trout Lake, or as strenuous as the nearly 15-mile hike to Big Heart Lake as you like. Good options exist both for day-hikers and for backpackers.
 
 

North Cascades > North Cascades Highway - Hwy 20

 
10.2 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 2900 ft.
Highest Point: 5000 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.40
(30 votes)
  • Mountain views
  • Dogs not allowed
  • Summits
  • Lakes

6/7/2022 - The road to the trailhead is closed due to a washout

Incredible views and beautiful alpine lakes are your reward if you can ascend this steep trail in the North Cascades. At the top, you can choose between taking in sweeping panoramic views of North Cascades National Park and the Pickets Range, or relaxing near the lowest of the Thornton Lakes, both of which make a rewarding destination.
 
 

Mount Rainier Area > SW - Longmire/Paradise

 
4.5 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 1300 ft.
Highest Point: 4080 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.12
(24 votes)
  • Wildflowers/Meadows
  • Mountain views
  • Ridges/passes
  • Old growth
  • Good for kids
  • Dogs not allowed
  • Rivers
This short loop out of Longmire makes for a great, quick way to get some elevation gain, some forest views, and a fantastic vista of Mount Rainier, all in less than five miles!
 
 

North Cascades > Mount Baker Area

 
10.4 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 3100 ft.
Highest Point: 6200 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.44
(27 votes)
  • Mountain views
  • Wildlife
  • Established campsites
  • Ridges/passes
  • Summits
  • Dogs allowed on leash
The wide-open trail to Hannegan Pass and Hannegan Peak offers spectacular mountain views, glorious alpine wildflowers, waterfalls and glaciers. Choose to hike to 5050 foot Hannegan Pass (about 8 miles roundtrip) or press on to the 6200 foot summit of Hannegan Peak -- 10.6 miles roundtrip.
 
 

Olympic Peninsula > Hood Canal

 
9.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 2300 ft.
Highest Point: 4100 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.53
(17 votes)
  • Lakes
Take a sojourn in the Hood Canal Ranger District on this way trail within Mount Skokomish Wilderness. If you're looking for solitude, you'll find it on this out-of-the-way gem in the Olympic National Forest.
 
 

Snoqualmie Region > Salmon La Sac/Teanaway

 
3.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 1000 ft.
Highest Point: 4800 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
2.43
(7 votes)
  • Mountain views
  • Wildlife
  • Dogs allowed on leash
  • Fall foliage
This short trail guides hikers through open forest to a junction with the Kachess Ridge Trail, where you can continue on to Thorp Lookout or just a little longer wander along the ridge.
 
 

Snoqualmie Region > Salmon La Sac/Teanaway

 
5.4 miles, one-way
Gain: 2570 ft.
Highest Point: 4900 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
2.86
(7 votes)
  • Mountain views
  • Old growth
  • Lakes
  • Established campsites
  • Ridges/passes
Here's a quiet but extremely rough trail that provides access to the Pacific Crest Trail from Salmon La Sac.
 
 

Central Cascades > Entiat Mountains/Lake Chelan

 
1.7 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 600 ft.
Highest Point: 3050 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.23
(13 votes)
  • Mountain views
  • Dogs allowed on leash
  • Good for kids
  • Waterfalls
Hidden in the Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest near the town of Entiat is a treasure of a trail with a wide graceful waterfall and panoramic views of the Entiat River Valley. Offering a chance to explore the outdoors for all abilities, it will be easy to see why it has been designated a National Recreational Trail and draws locals and travelers from all over the state.
 
 

South Cascades > Mount Adams Area

 
12.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 6700 ft.
Highest Point: 12276 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.74
(19 votes)
  • Mountain views
  • Dogs allowed on leash
  • Summits
  • Established campsites
  • Rivers
The South Climb (or Lunch Counter Approach) of Mount Adams is the one that requires the least amount of technical expertise. However, ice axes, trekking poles, and crampons or microspikes (depending on the season) are required to summit. Hikers who put this investment in will be rewarded with stunning views on a clear day, as well as the satisfaction of having made it up one of Washington's five volcanoes.
 
 

Olympic Peninsula > Northern Coast

 
6.4 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 2200 ft.
Highest Point: 3160 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.67
(9 votes)
  • Wildflowers/Meadows
  • Mountain views
  • Dogs allowed on leash
  • Summits
Hike to a former fire lookout site on the Olympic Peninsula. Fires are now patrolled by aircraft here, but the beautiful, rugged surroundings can still be reviewed by hikers from the lookout with a name that draws on a Chinook phrase that translates to "take care".
 
 

Central Cascades > Stevens Pass - East

 
4.2 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 2500 ft.
Highest Point: 6366 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.43
(7 votes)
  • Mountain views
  • Dogs allowed on leash
  • Summits
  • Lakes
  • Ridges/passes
If the steep climb up to Lake Minotaur hasn’t taken all the go out of your legs, adding a mile and another 1,000 feet of climbing will get you to the top of Labyrinth Mountain. From the summit you look down on Minotaur and Theseus Lakes directly below.
 
 

Snoqualmie Region > Salmon La Sac/Teanaway

 
9.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 2500 ft.
Highest Point: 6500 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.32
(100 votes)
  • Ridges/passes
  • Wildlife
  • Dogs not allowed
  • Lakes
  • Wildflowers/Meadows
  • Mountain views
  • Established campsites
  • Waterfalls
  • Fall foliage
There's no question why Ingalls Lake is one of the most popular destinations in the Alpine Lakes Wilderness. It is a stunning blue lake, set high in a basin beneath rocky peaks, showcasing striking Mount Stuart as its backdrop. The trail to this treasure is filled with delights, both for the summer adventurer as well as for those hikers who appreciate fall colors. Views of the craggy Esmeralda Peaks, a walk through beautiful Headlight Basin plus a pretty picture of the imposing Stuart Range are just a few of the wonders along the way.
 
 

Olympic Peninsula > Northern Coast

 
19.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 4000 ft.
Highest Point: 5120 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.53
(32 votes)
  • Mountain views
  • Wildlife
  • Established campsites
  • Dogs not allowed
  • Lakes
  • Rivers
Stunning views, stargazing, backcountry lakes and plentiful wildlife await you on this classic 19-mile loop on the Olympic Mountains’ stunning Seven Lakes Basin and High Divide Trail.
 
 

Olympic Peninsula > Hood Canal

 
8.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 3010 ft.
Highest Point: 6260 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.33
(60 votes)
  • Wildflowers/Meadows
  • Mountain views
  • Dogs allowed on leash
  • Waterfalls
  • Old growth
  • Summits
  • Fall foliage
Mount Townsend offers rhododendrons in May and June, wildflowers June through August, then berries in August and September and fall colors in, well, fall. Add in old growth, some tucked away waterfalls, and a windswept, turtleback summit with views north across the Strait and San Juans, west and south into and along the Olympics and east across the Sound to the Cascades, and you've got the perfect year-round hike.
 
 

Mount Rainier Area > SW - Longmire/Paradise

 
5.5 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 1660 ft.
Highest Point: 4760 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.67
(3 votes)
  • Mountain views
  • Wildlife
  • Established campsites
  • Summits
  • Good for kids
  • Dogs allowed on leash
High Hut is the highlight of the Mount Tahoma Trail System. From the warmth of a cozy alpine hut, enjoy some of the best views in the southern Cascades.
 
 

South Cascades > Mount Adams Area

 
2.6 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 1400 ft.
Highest Point: 4900 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.55
(11 votes)
  • Mountain views
  • Summits
  • Ridges/passes
A beautiful rocky outcropping provides eye-popping views of Mount Adams.
 
 

South Cascades

 
8.2 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 1600 ft.
Highest Point: 5800 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.28
(25 votes)
  • Wildflowers/Meadows
  • Mountain views
  • Dogs allowed on leash
  • Established campsites
Enjoy a hike to a beautiful subalpine meadow in the Goat Rocks Wilderness. A good destination all on its own, it can also provide a jumping off point for a longer trip.
 
 

North Cascades > Methow/Sawtooth

 
24.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 4200 ft.
Highest Point: 8000 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.25
(4 votes)
  • Ridges/passes
  • Wildlife
  • Summits
  • Lakes
  • Wildflowers/Meadows
  • Mountain views
  • Dogs allowed on leash
  • Established campsites
  • Fall foliage
This is a classic multi-day backpack ideal in larch season.
 
 

Olympic Peninsula > Pacific Coast

 
8.2 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 3500 ft.
Highest Point: 4510 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.59
(27 votes)
  • Mountain views
  • Old growth
  • Summits
  • Dogs allowed on leash
  • Rivers
This peak allows for unrivaled views of the Olympic Peninsula. Located on the southwest side of the park, views include the Pacific Ocean, Grays Harbor, Lake Quinault and the Quinault River, the Olympic rainforest and Mount Olympus.
 
 

North Cascades > Mount Baker Area

 
34.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 8600 ft.
Highest Point: 6260 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.43
(14 votes)
  • Ridges/passes
  • Wildlife
  • Established campsites
  • Mountain views
  • Dogs not allowed
  • Summits
  • Lakes
  • Rivers
Experience the variety offered by the North Cascades: high mountain ridges with spectacular views, a remote river valley, and even a self-propelled cable car river crossing. Popular side trips include Hannegan Peak and Whatcom Pass.
 
 

North Cascades > Mountain Loop Highway

 
5.2 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 1900 ft.
Highest Point: 4700 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
2.12
(8 votes)
  • Wildflowers/Meadows
  • Mountain views
  • Old growth
  • Dogs allowed on leash
  • Rivers
Follow a trail up an old mining trail before reaching a boulder-filled basin with views of Sloan Peak above. The first half of the hike is fairly easy, while the second is a steep climb through a creek bed. Navigational skills are required for this hike.