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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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1721 Hikes

Central Cascades -- Stevens Pass - West

 
3.3 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 775 ft.
Highest Point: 1327 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.22
(59 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.
 
 

Issaquah Alps -- Squak Mountain

 
4.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 1100 ft.
Highest Point: 1830 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.06
(17 votes)
Hike a two-mile forest trail on the north side of Squak Mountain to reach the site of a former cabin owned by the Bullitt family. Only the massive fireplace and the foundation remain today. Optionally, extend your hike to Central Peak, the highest point on Squak Mountain (no view,) and make it an interesting loop by returning via the Old Griz and East Side Trails.
 
 

Issaquah Alps -- Tiger Mountain

 
2.9 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 150 ft.
Highest Point: 540 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.76
(17 votes)
Hike a series of short, nearly level trails that offer views of two lakes and of some swampy areas, and pass one of the largest trees in the Tigers. Appreciate the forest vegetation and wildflowers. Along the way, hear and perhaps see a variety of song birds and waterfowl.
 
 

North Cascades -- Methow/Sawtooth

 
5.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 1100 ft.
Highest Point: 3100 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
5.00
(2 votes)
A trail ascending from the Methow valley floor towards Goat Wall, Spokane Gulch is a local favorite. Trails and roads continue on up to Flagg Mountain to the south or Goat Peak's lookout 4000 feet above the valley floor.
 
 

Olympic Peninsula -- Hood Canal

 
4.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 2000 ft.
Highest Point: 2804 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.49
(35 votes)
Approachable throughout the year, the Mount Walker trail’s average 20% grade makes it a go-to route for hikers and trail runners looking for a short, brisk tromp. (While it is also a designated stock trail, riders and pack animals rarely make an appearance.) Spring, summer, and fall the 2-mile trail is both ascended and descended by those on foot. In the winter, when the Mount Walker road is gated closed to vehicles, many will pursue the then 2.25-mile jaunt up to the north viewpoint, saunter over to the south viewpoint and then descend on the more gentle grade of the road.
 
 

Olympic Peninsula -- Northern Coast

 
0.2 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 46 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
2.88
(8 votes)
Paved 0.1 mile trail, ending at the beautiful Madison Falls.
 
 

Olympic Peninsula -- Hood Canal

 
7.2 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 1300 ft.
Highest Point: 2000 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.11
(89 votes)
The hike to Lena Lake is doable for nearly every type of hiker, and the traffic on the trail is evidence of it. A wide path switchbacks gently at first and then just a little more steeply uphill through old- and second-growth forest to a large lake ringed by silent sentinels--huge old-growth fir trees that keep watch over day hikers and campers who elect to stay overnight at this wilderness refuge.
 
 

Olympic Peninsula -- Pacific Coast

 
1.5 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 200 ft.
Highest Point: 250 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.33
(49 votes)
The furthest northwest tip of the contiguous United State, Cape Flattery provides a dramatic backdrop to a surprisingly accessible hike. It's managed by the Makah Tribe, who provide permits for parking here at Washburn's General Store, The Makah Museum, and many other locations in Neah Bay. As you drive through on the way to the trailhead, be sure to purchase yours -- they're good for the year, and you can also use it for Shi Shi Beach.
 
 

Snoqualmie Region -- North Bend Area

 
4.5 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 1400 ft.
Highest Point: 2100 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.50
(20 votes)
Get a different view of the perennially-popular Mount Si on the Talus Loop Trail. Just under 4 miles long, the Talus Trail explores the eastern slopes of the mountain. You'll hike briefly with the crowds headed to the haystack, then peel off and enjoy a much quieter forest walk, along with a good workout.
 
 

Puget Sound and Islands -- Seattle-Tacoma Area

 
4.0 miles of trails
Gain: 174 ft.
Highest Point: 363 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.09
(11 votes)
Lots of access points to this network of trails right in the heart of Mukilteo makes for great hiking for all ages.
 
 

Puget Sound and Islands -- Seattle-Tacoma Area

 
3.5 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 450 ft.
Highest Point: 525 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.17
(12 votes)
Bridle Trails State Park offers more than 28 miles of pleasant, forested trails conveniently located between Bellevue and Kirkland. This park is popular with horseback riders, so while dogs are allowed, they must be kept on leash to avoid startling horses.
 
 

Snoqualmie Region -- Salmon La Sac/Teanaway

 
7.8 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 400 ft.
Highest Point: 2800 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.42
(12 votes)
Kids will love this hike because there’s so much to see: a rushing river, a lush old-growth forest dotted with wildflowers and, if you’re lucky, plenty of wildlife.
 
 

North Cascades -- Mountain Loop Highway

 
Rating:
Average rating:
3.00
(1 vote)
Historic old wagon road at Barlow Pass. An alternative route to getting to the Monte Cristo townsite.
 
 

North Cascades -- Mountain Loop Highway

 
10.4 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 1400 ft.
Highest Point: 3161 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.23
(123 votes)
A nice hike with plenty of variety. Beautiful forest, a rushing creek, waterfalls of all shapes and sizes, history, and of course a large blue-green lake surrounded by snowy peaks. At 10.4 miles, it can be either a day-hike or a quick early season overnight. You won’t be alone, though – this is a popular trail with both hikers and backpackers.
 
 

North Cascades -- Mountain Loop Highway

 
17.2 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 2939 ft.
Highest Point: 5300 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
5.00
(2 votes)
Take a nice long walk up the old Monte Cristo Road grade and stop by the townsite on your way. Rougher terrain begins on entering the Henry M. Jackson Wilderness area, and past Silver Lake, the trail becomes difficult to find. Trek along a steep mountain-side before finally cresting the ridge to look down on Twin Lakes and make the steep descent to the camp sites.
 
 

Issaquah Alps -- Cougar Mountain

 
4.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 1200 ft.
Highest Point: 1598 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.09
(33 votes)
Hike trails named in honor of mountaineers Jim Whittaker and Nawang Gombu, of 1963 Mount Everest ascent fame. Wilderness Peak may not be Everest, but it is the highest point in King County's Cougar Mountain Regional Wildland Park and it does have some wonderful old-growth conifers. This loop offers a diversity of steep forested hillsides, huge mossy boulders, and a low swampy area traversed via a narrow boardwalk.
 
 

Snoqualmie Region -- Snoqualmie Pass

 
4.4 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 1600 ft.
Highest Point: 2600 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.62
(64 votes)
Get a workout and experience rock work completed by Department of Natural Resources and WTA volunteer crews on this hike. Your reward is a rocky overlook from which you can marvel at Mount Kent, McClellan Butte, and Mount Washington, the behemoths forming the south rim of the west entrance to Snoqualmie Pass.
 
 

Central Cascades -- Stevens Pass - West

 
5.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 450 ft.
Highest Point: 705 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.78
(46 votes)
Respect the neighborhood this hike is in. Observe leash laws and pack out waste, keep noise levels to a minimum and be kind to residents.
Hike along old logging roads to a 25-foot tall waterfall on Cherry Creek just outside of Duvall. Note that access to this area is part of an agreement with nearby homeowners, and part of the trail is on private land, so please remain on the main path, observe leash laws and keep noise to a minimum as a courtesy to homeowners along trail. There are no toilets at the trailhead. Plan ahead.
 
 

Snoqualmie Region -- North Bend Area

 
5.6 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 1585 ft.
Highest Point: 2370 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.91
(81 votes)
You'll work up a sweat on this easy to moderate hike to the spectacular Teneriffe Falls. Go in the spring when the tread is snow-free and the waterfall is flowing at full volume. Along the way, you'll be rewarded with views of the surrounding Snoqualmie valley and nearby peaks.
 
 

Issaquah Alps -- Cougar Mountain

 
2.5 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 416 ft.
Highest Point: 1066 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.38
(52 votes)
Coal Creek Falls is a wonderful destination for any day hiker looking for an easy and/or family friendly trail with a picturesque culmination at Coal Creek Falls. It’s a well maintained trail that meanders beneath a thick canopy and a dense understory with many wildflower species in the spring.
 
 

Olympic Peninsula -- Kitsap Peninsula

 
1.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 25 ft.
Highest Point: 25 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.50
(6 votes)
This is an easy loop trail, wandering nearly one mile through a forest of bigleaf maple and cedars on the shores of Carr Inlet in Gig Harbor. With less than fifty feet of elevation gain and plenty of picnic tables, it makes the perfect destination for families with small children.
 
 

Mount Rainier Area -- Chinook Pass - Hwy 410

 
14.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 1900 ft.
Highest Point: 4100 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.73
(37 votes)
Visit a trail where rushing rivers, placid lakes, and wild forests abound.
 
 

Puget Sound and Islands -- Seattle-Tacoma Area

 
2.0 miles of trails
Rating:
Average rating:
3.00
(2 votes)
Start out at a historic lodge, then walk along the edge of a lagoon before heading out to the beach.
 
 

Puget Sound and Islands -- Seattle-Tacoma Area

 
5.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 200 ft.
Highest Point: 300 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.11
(18 votes)
As the largest urban park in Pierce County, the network of roads and trails weaving through the forest preserve provides a quiet retreat for joggers, cyclists, and hikers.
 
 

Mount Rainier Area -- Chinook Pass - Hwy 410

 
3.9 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 975 ft.
Highest Point: 3100 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.65
(37 votes)
With a trailhead so easily accessible, there's no excuse not to visit Snoquera Falls. Best in early spring, this lush, forested trail features a pretty fantail cascade plunging down a sheer, rocky wall.
 
 

Puget Sound and Islands -- Seattle-Tacoma Area

 
1.25 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 200 ft.
Highest Point: 300 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.25
(4 votes)
This Mercer Island park offers a dense network of forest trails with tall trees and a lot of moss, ferns and some seasonal wildflowers. All the trails are open to hikers and bicyclists; some also are designated for use by equestrians.
 
 
 
0.5 miles, one-way
Highest Point: 280 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
5.00
(1 vote)
This area is managed primarily as important riparian habitat, but there are a couple short trails, one heading into the upland portion of the property and the other following along the river.
 
 

Puget Sound and Islands -- Seattle-Tacoma Area

 
1.5 miles of trails
Gain: 300 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.00
(2 votes)
Stairs are the attraction at Mercerdale. The main stairway here includes 302 wooden steps climbing from Bicentennial Park to 74th Place SE, and several other locations offer plenty of ways to get your heart rate up.
 
 

North Cascades -- Mountain Loop Highway

 
2.2 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 220 ft.
Highest Point: 1938 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.95
(107 votes)
Trail closed: The bridge over the Stillaguamish River has been removed for repairs rendering the Big Four Ice Caves inaccessible
Never go into or climb on top of the Ice Caves
This is an easy walk on a wide gravel and boardwalk path to views of Big Four Mountain and the caves beneath the snow. Hikers of all ages and abilities can enjoy this trail.
 
 

Olympic Peninsula -- Hood Canal

 
12.6 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 2500 ft.
Highest Point: 2700 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.78
(9 votes)
The Lower Dungeness Trail travels through mostly conifer forests high above the river with a fair bit of elevation gain for a river hike.