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3961 Hikes

Snoqualmie Region > Snoqualmie Pass

 
14.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 2024 ft.
Highest Point: 4624 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
2.87
(15 votes)
  • Mountain views
  • Dogs allowed on leash
  • Established campsites
  • Waterfalls
  • Lakes
  • Rivers
While the trail near Gold Creek Pond is a great spot for hikers of all ages, the trail back towards Alaska Lake is a more rugged experience. Starting flat, it heads into the heart of the Central Cascades on an old road for four miles, where it then crosses an impressive old avalanche path before heading straight uphill to remote Alaska Lake.
 
 

Snoqualmie Region > Snoqualmie Pass

 
11.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 2800 ft.
Highest Point: 5400 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.77
(26 votes)
  • Wildflowers/Meadows
  • Ridges/passes
  • Established campsites
  • Mountain views
  • Waterfalls
  • Lakes
  • Rivers
Lila Lake is a beautiful lake surrounded by parkland and jagged mountains. While it can be done as a day hike, it is better enjoyed as an overnight destination. Nearby Alta Mountain and Rampart Lakes make excellent side trips.
 
 

Southwest Washington > Columbia River Gorge - OR

 
10.7 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 2770 ft.
Highest Point: 2308 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
5.00
(1 vote)
  • Dogs allowed on leash
  • Summits
  • Rivers
  • Waterfalls
Explore waterfalls, enjoy expansive views, and have a look at how forest rebounds from fires all along this lovely loop in the Columbia River Gorge.
 
 

North Cascades > North Cascades Highway - Hwy 20

 
1.8 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 118 ft.
Highest Point: 597 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.33
(6 votes)
  • Old growth
  • Good for kids
  • Dogs allowed on leash
  • Rivers
This is a lovely little trail tucked behind the North Cascades Visitor Center outside of Newhalem. Learn about the area by exploring inside the Visitor Center, and then see some of the natural wonders for yourself by wandering down the River Loop Trail to the Skagit River.
 
 

Central Washington > Wenatchee

 
2.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 920 ft.
Highest Point: 2000 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.70
(10 votes)
  • Mountain views
  • Dogs allowed on leash
This is an excellent location for folks in Wenatchee looking to get some conditioning in during the winter months, or just wanting to stretch their legs after a long day behind a desk.
 
 

North Cascades > Mount Baker Area

 
7.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 2000 ft.
Highest Point: 6000 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.18
(28 votes)
  • Wildflowers/Meadows
  • Mountain views
  • Dogs allowed on leash
  • Rivers
  • Ridges/passes

The road to Artist Point is closed for the winter season

This popular route for summitting Mount Baker is also a brilliant summer wildflower hiking destination.
 
 

Puget Sound and Islands > Bellingham Area

 
5.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 1050 ft.
Highest Point: 2025 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.11
(163 votes)
  • Mountain views
  • Wildlife
  • Summits
  • Dogs allowed on leash
  • Coast
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.
 
 

Snoqualmie Region > Cle Elum Area

 
12.5 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 4500 ft.
Highest Point: 5920 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
2.50
(4 votes)
  • Mountain views
  • Wildlife
  • Summits
  • Ridges/passes
Great trail which has many views, and rarely is crowded. May encounter dirtbikres on trail
 
 

North Cascades > Mount Baker Area

 
Highest Point: 9127 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
5.00
(2 votes)
  • Summits

The road to Artist Point is closed for the winter season

 
 

North Cascades > Mount Baker Area

 
10.5 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 4000 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
0.00
(0 votes)
  • Mountain views
  • Summits
  • Ridges/passes

The road to Artist Point is closed for the winter season

A scramble up a mountain near Lake Ann. Climbing experience and equipment required.
 
 

Olympic Peninsula > Northern Coast

 
6.25 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 2100 ft.
Highest Point: 6454 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.00
(14 votes)
  • Wildflowers/Meadows
  • Mountain views
  • Summits
  • Coast
  • Ridges/passes
A scramble up Mount Angeles just off the Klahhane Ridge hike in Olympic National Park.
 
 

North Cascades > North Cascades Highway - Hwy 20

 
9.4 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 4500 ft.
Highest Point: 5719 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.27
(11 votes)
  • Wildflowers/Meadows
  • Mountain views
  • Summits

Road Closed: The Cascade River Road is closed for the winter season

To get panoramic views of the North Cascades without fighting the crowds at Cascade Pass or Hidden Lake Lookout, look no further than Lookout Mountain, an arduous climb that often gets overlooked by hikers heading to North Cascades National Park. From the fire lookout on the summit, enjoy 360-degree views of Mount Baker, Mount Shuksan, and a panoply of other North Cascades giants.
 
 

Southwest Washington > Columbia River Gorge - OR

 
3.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 540 ft.
Highest Point: 600 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.00
(5 votes)
  • Dogs allowed on leash
  • Good for kids
  • Waterfalls
The popular Latourell Falls in Guy W. Talbot State Park offers hikers several loop options, a family friendly one-mile roundtrip accessible walk to the Lower Falls and historic bridge, or a 2 mile loop to also take in the 134-foot Upper Falls, the third tallest in the Columbia Gorge.
 
 

Southwest Washington > Columbia River Gorge - OR

 
14.4 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 4000 ft.
Highest Point: 4050 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.00
(1 vote)
  • Wildflowers/Meadows
  • Mountain views
  • Dogs allowed on leash
  • Established campsites
  • Summits
  • Good for kids
A viewpoint of the Columbia River Gorge on the Oregon side.
 
 

Olympic Peninsula > Northern Coast

 
5.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 1700 ft.
Highest Point: 6050 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.50
(28 votes)
  • Wildflowers/Meadows
  • Mountain views
  • Wildlife
  • Ridges/passes
  • Dogs not allowed
  • Summits
Make a steep ascent through flowerfilled slopes to views of high mountain peaks and pillow lavas that originated on the bottom of the Pacific Ocean.
 
 

Central Cascades > Stevens Pass - West

 
8.2 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 2000 ft.
Highest Point: 2521 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.45
(372 votes)
  • Wildflowers/Meadows
  • Mountain views
  • Dogs allowed on leash
  • Waterfalls
  • Good for kids
  • Lakes
Lake Serene and Bridal Veil Falls compete for attention on this 7.2 mile trip. Either would be a worthy destination by themselves and combined they are a great day on the trail.
 
 

Snoqualmie Region > Snoqualmie Pass

 
6.2 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 1220 ft.
Highest Point: 3780 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.95
(126 votes)
  • Mountain views
  • Wildlife
  • Dogs allowed on leash
  • Old growth
  • Good for kids
  • Lakes
  • Fall foliage
With a moderate grade on a wide trail, the hike to Talapus Lake is the perfect introduction to the outdoors for hikers and beginning backpackers. Upon arrival at Talapus, break out lunch or pitch camp. Either way, you can cool off in the large lake. If you feel like pressing on, Ollalie Lake is just about a mile and a half up trail, where open campsites offer lakeside havens with calm waters and views of a beautiful lake basin.
 
 

Southwest Washington > Columbia River Gorge - WA

 
5.0 miles of trails
Gain: 200 ft.
Highest Point: 2856 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
0.00
(0 votes)
  • Wildflowers/Meadows
  • Mountain views
  • Wildlife
  • Established campsites
  • Old growth
  • Good for kids
  • Dogs allowed on leash
  • Fall foliage
This state park has trails that wind through a forest of Ponderosa pine and Oregon white oak in the Simcoe Mountains near the Columbia River Gorge. Some trails take you up to meadows with wildflowers in the spring and views of Mount Hood in Oregon on a clear day.
 
 

Southwest Washington > Columbia River Gorge - OR

 
1.2 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 100 ft.
Highest Point: 611 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.56
(9 votes)
  • Wildflowers/Meadows
  • Dogs allowed on leash
  • Waterfalls
  • Good for kids
  • Fall foliage
  • Rivers
Multnomah Falls is one of the most beautiful (and popular) in the Columbia River Gorge. And that's saying something, since the Oregon side of the Gorge flows with more than 70 cascades of varying heights. Of course, all that flowing water has made it famous, and its proximity to Portland and Vancouver mean Multnomah is one of the most crowded of these waterfalls as well.
 
 

Southwest Washington > Columbia River Gorge - OR

 
4.8 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 1500 ft.
Highest Point: 1600 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.50
(2 votes)
  • Wildflowers/Meadows
  • Rivers
Hike a short, moderately steep trail to Angel's Rest, an exposed bluff with stunning views into the Columbia River Gorge. You'll be able to see the river glittering below your feet at the overlook, which seems close enough for a quick dip, but be careful, it's a long fall from the balcony.
 
 

North Cascades > Pasayten

 
6.3 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 1320 ft.
Highest Point: 6480 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
0.00
(0 votes)
  • Wildflowers/Meadows
  • Mountain views
  • Dogs allowed on leash
  • Established campsites
  • Fall foliage
  • Rivers
This trail is an essential link for access to the west and central Pasayten wilderness. It allows hikers to avoid the steepest parts of the Buckskin Ridge Trail and the minimally maintained West Fork Pasayten Trail. Or, it can be part of a multi-day loop trip on any of the four major north-south trails: Pacific Crest Trail, West Fork Pasayten Trail, Buckskin Ridge Trail, and Robinson Creek (Middle Fork Pasayten) Trail.
 
 

Central Cascades > Entiat Mountains/Lake Chelan

 
0.25 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 30 ft.
Highest Point: 1200 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
0.00
(0 votes)
  • Old growth
  • Good for kids
  • Dogs not allowed
  • Fall foliage
  • Waterfalls
Cascading 312 feet from Rainbow Creek high above the Stehekin valley floor, Rainbow Falls is perhaps the most popular natural destination for day visitors to the Stehekin Valley. And now, thanks to efforts from the National Park Service trail crew, a short trail exists here, offering a modest amount of elevation gain for a new vantage point of the waterfall.
 
 

Southwest Washington > Columbia River Gorge - WA

 
13.0 miles, one-way
Gain: 450 ft.
Highest Point: 1550 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
2.67
(3 votes)
  • Wildflowers/Meadows
  • Wildlife
  • Good for kids
  • Dogs allowed on leash
  • Fall foliage
The Klickitat Rail Trail is a 31-mile rails-to-trails conversion managed by Columbia Hills State Park. This linear park goes from Lyle to Warwick (on the Lyle-Centerville Highway) with several access points along the way. Swale Canyon lies on the eastern end of the trail and offers a quiet canyon, a burbly creek, wildflowers and solitude.
 
 

North Cascades > Mount Baker Area

 
8.2 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 2150 ft.
Highest Point: 4900 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.30
(30 votes)
  • Wildflowers/Meadows
  • Mountain views
  • Dogs allowed on leash
  • Lakes
  • Established campsites

The road to Artist Point is closed for the winter season

Enjoy up-close, breathtaking views of Mount Shuksan’s west face, along with views of Fisher Chimney, the upper and lower Curtis Glacier, as well as Mount Baker from the trail to Lake Ann. The lake in a rocky basin, in the midst of this spectacular scenery. On some days you can hear ice echoing through the valley as it crashes down the face of Mount Shuksan. This is a late season hike, as snow can linger here into August.
 
 

Snoqualmie Region > North Bend Area

 
18.8 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 5690 ft.
Highest Point: 4560 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.75
(4 votes)
  • Old growth
  • Lakes
  • Established campsites
  • Rivers
Press on past Pratt Lake to reach a measure of backcountry solitude at Windy Lake or Kaleetan Lake in the Alpine Lakes Wilderness.
 
 

North Cascades > Mount Baker Area

 
2.4 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 220 ft.
Highest Point: 1200 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.61
(18 votes)
  • Wildflowers/Meadows
  • Dogs allowed on leash
  • Old growth
  • Good for kids
  • Fall foliage
  • Rivers
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.
 
 

North Cascades > Methow/Sawtooth

 
2.6 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 750 ft.
Highest Point: 2920 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.56
(9 votes)
  • Wildlife
  • Good for kids
  • Dogs allowed on leash
  • Waterfalls
Explore an easy, gently graded trail to Falls Creek Falls just outside of Winthrop. The first waterfall is just a quarter-mile from the trailhead and is accessible via a paved trail.
 
 

North Cascades > Pasayten

 
1.2 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 140 ft.
Highest Point: 6631 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.83
(6 votes)
  • Mountain views
  • Dogs allowed on leash
  • Lakes
  • Established campsites
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.
 
 

North Cascades > Mount Baker Area

 
0.5 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 100 ft.
Highest Point: 4400 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.60
(5 votes)
  • Wildflowers/Meadows
  • Mountain views
  • Dogs allowed on leash
  • Good for kids

The road to Artist Point is closed for the winter season

The Fire and Ice trail is the Mount Baker area's premiere interpretive trail, telling the story of how glaciers and volcanoes shaped this impressive place.
 
 

Central Cascades > Stevens Pass - West

 
4.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 1000 ft.
Highest Point: 1600 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.00
(74 votes)
  • Mountain views
  • Dogs allowed on leash
  • Good for kids
  • Waterfalls
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.