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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

Puget Sound and Islands -- Seattle-Tacoma Area

 
3.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 32 ft.
Highest Point: 320 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
2.67
(3 votes)
This short walk through a neighborhood in Burien weaves between residents backyards and ends at a cliffy overlook of the Sound. Neighbors maintain the route and ask that visitors clean up after their pets and keep dogs on leash if you choose to visit.
 
 

Issaquah Alps -- Cougar Mountain

 
3.0 miles, roundtrip
Rating:
Average rating:
2.75
(4 votes)
A short amble along a road in Cougar Mountain Regional Wildland Park.
 
 

Issaquah Alps -- Cougar Mountain

 
1.0 miles, roundtrip
Rating:
Average rating:
3.00
(5 votes)
A trail off Clay Pit Road with access to Coal Creek Falls, as well as Shy Bear area, Wilderness Peak, and other areas.
 
 

Central Cascades -- Stevens Pass - West

 
3.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 1100 ft.
Highest Point: 5100 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.28
(18 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.
 
 

Issaquah Alps -- Cougar Mountain

 
2.5 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 110 ft.
Highest Point: 1270 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.20
(5 votes)
The Klondike Swamp Trail traverses much of what is special about Cougar Mountain Park, utilizing old logging roads and railroad grades that take you through charming second growth forest. The loop is easily accessed from the Sky Country Trailhead in Bellevue, and offers a nearly level grade for most of the journey.
 
 

Puget Sound and Islands -- Seattle-Tacoma Area

 
5.0 miles of trails
Gain: 800 ft.
Highest Point: 410 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
2.50
(2 votes)
Salmon Creek Ravine Park in Burien, located a few blocks north of Seahurst Park, is a large, minimally developed park centered on the drainage of Salmon Creek and its small tributaries. The area is forested and has some very large maples and alders, interspersed with Douglas fir, red cedar and madrone.
 
 

Puget Sound and Islands -- Seattle-Tacoma Area

 
4.9 miles, one-way
Gain: 164 ft.
Highest Point: 164 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
2.50
(2 votes)
A paved urban trail running from Montlake, across the new 520 bridge and through several eastside communities with excellent views of Union Bay, Foster Island wetlands and Lake Washington.
 
 

Puget Sound and Islands -- Seattle-Tacoma Area

 
4.5 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 115 ft.
Highest Point: 200 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.25
(4 votes)
Cowen and Ravenna Parks form a contiguous urban nature area and green space, containing Ravenna Ravine and Ravenna Creek, in the middle of North Seattle. They contain 4.5 miles of trails that traverse a 0.75-mile stretch of Ravenna Ravine.
 
 

Puget Sound and Islands -- Seattle-Tacoma Area

 
1.6 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 150 ft.
Highest Point: 325 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
0.00
(0 votes)
Hike good trails in this very green, forested park on Mercer Island. Enjoy moss, ferns and bird life. And see whether the missing suspension bridge has returned.
 
 

Issaquah Alps -- Tiger Mountain

 
8.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 2500 ft.
Highest Point: 2948 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
0.00
(0 votes)
Hike through some of the nicest second-growth forest in the area, and reach the second highest summit in the Tigers. Then enjoy a superb viewpoint a short distance west of the summit.
 
 

Southwest Washington -- Vancouver Area

 
7.6 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 120 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
0.00
(0 votes)
The middle section of the Burnt Bridge Creek trail extends from Devine Road to Leverage Park. In this section of the trail, the character becomes more urban and passes close to houses and soccer fields. Nonetheless, the trail passes through some open grassy areas where you may spot a raptor looking for lunch.
 
 

Puget Sound and Islands -- Seattle-Tacoma Area

 
1.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 100 ft.
Highest Point: 200 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
0.00
(0 votes)
When you need a dose of nature therapy but are limited for time, look for a suburban nature trail. The Walker Preserve in Normandy Park offers a level easy trail, plus optional steep and narrow side trails that lead down to two small creeks. There is even a picnic table available at the small parking lot.
 
 

Puget Sound and Islands -- Bellingham Area

 
0.75 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 360 ft.
Highest Point: 140 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.00
(3 votes)
La Conner is well known for its museums, interesting shops, pubs and dining establishments. Less well-known is this small park at the southwest corner of town that offers a forested retreat with a few short hiking trails and some wildflowers in season. As a hike extension, continue on across Swinomish Channel to visit a tribal park.
 
 

Puget Sound and Islands -- Seattle-Tacoma Area

 
3.2 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 0 ft.
Highest Point: 15 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.60
(5 votes)
Enjoy an easy stroll along a flat, paved trail with beautiful views and a good look at a restored estuary.
 
 

Puget Sound and Islands -- Bellingham Area

 
4.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 50 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.20
(10 votes)
There are three and a half miles of trails in Whatcom Falls Park. Many routes wind through the forests, some overlooking the creek gorge and still pools. Some wind through open meadows, while others stay in deep forest.
 
 

Southwest Washington -- Columbia River Gorge - WA

 
1.1 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 50 ft.
Highest Point: 100 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.00
(1 vote)
Take a mile-long stroll along a gravelled trail through abandoned farm fields. This trail is barrier free, and trail maintenance WTA is performing will greatly improve it, making it more wheelchair friendly in the future.
 
 

Puget Sound and Islands -- Seattle-Tacoma Area

 
2.8 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 140 ft.
Highest Point: 325 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.65
(37 votes)
Seattle's Discovery Park Loop Trail is a designated National Recreation Trail, 2.8 miles long with an elevation change of just 140 feet. It passes through both forest and open meadows, offers extensive views, good prospects for bird watchers, and it can be hiked or jogged year-round.
 
 

Puget Sound and Islands -- Bellingham Area

 
1.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 0 ft.
Highest Point: 0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
2.33
(3 votes)
This innovative park in Edmonds is a delight for the senses of both blind and sighted visitors. The trail through the park was landscaped with trees and shrubs that provide a wide range of textures and fragrances as well as visual beauty.
 
 

Puget Sound and Islands -- Seattle-Tacoma Area

 
3.2 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 130 ft.
Highest Point: 370 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
2.50
(2 votes)
Hike all the way around the Phantom Lake area, nestled in between Bellevue's Weowna Park and the main section of Lake Hills Greenbelt Park. Enjoy expansive views across the lake from both the western end and eastern end. Much of the hiking path is bordered by trees that give the illusion of a more rural setting.
 
 

Puget Sound and Islands -- Seattle-Tacoma Area

 
2.8 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 0 ft.
Highest Point: 164 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.31
(13 votes)
The quintessential Seattle walk around the perimeter of a 50,000 thousand-year-old glacial lake, this trail is accessible to folks of all ages and abilities. It continues to be a preserve for hundreds of species of trees and plants, as well as numerous birds and waterfowl.
 
 

Puget Sound and Islands -- Seattle-Tacoma Area

 
1.5 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 150 ft.
Highest Point: 320 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
0.00
(0 votes)
Hike easy forest trails connecting two adjoining urban parks. Appreciate the tall deciduous trees and some large conifers, plus ferns and small creeks. In season, look for forest wildflowers. Try to identify some of the wild birds, and enjoy the antics of the squirrels that always are present.
 
 

Puget Sound and Islands -- Seattle-Tacoma Area

 
5.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 50 ft.
Highest Point: 150 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.40
(10 votes)
The 230-acre Washington Park Arboretum offers miles of trails that wind through forests of maples, magnolias, oaks, salmonberry, and the famous Azalea Way. Visit the Pacific Connections Gardens to see a variety of plant life from various countries that border the Pacific Ocean, or lose yourself in the many groves of trees that line the paths in the park.
 
 

Puget Sound and Islands -- Seattle-Tacoma Area

 
4.4 miles, one-way
Gain: 0 ft.
Highest Point: 20 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.25
(4 votes)
A paved urban trail along the Alki beaches and West Seattle industrial area with spectacular mountain, city and Elliott Bay marine views.
 
 

Puget Sound and Islands -- Seattle-Tacoma Area

 
1.5 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 170 ft.
Highest Point: 380 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.75
(4 votes)
Bellevue's Ardmore Park offers two connected sections of forest habitat, traversed by easy hiking trails. Here, you can enjoy tall conifers and deciduous trees, ferns and other forest vegetation, and small creeks, giving the illusion that you are some distance away from surrounding suburbia. You are likely to find a few wildflowers blooming in season, to hear woodpeckers, crows and other birds, and see a few energetic squirrels
 
 

Puget Sound and Islands -- Seattle-Tacoma Area

 
0.6 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 140 ft.
Highest Point: 700 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
0.00
(0 votes)
The Squibbs Creek Trail is part of the City of Bellevue’s Parks and Open Trails System. Take a walk through the old growth trees in the Horizon Heights Open Space.
 
 

Puget Sound and Islands -- Seattle-Tacoma Area

 
9.5 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 100 ft.
Highest Point: 450 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
2.75
(4 votes)
Big Finn Hill Park is the lesser-known cousin to the adjoining Saint Edwards State Park in Kirkland. Its expansive 220 acres are worth exploring and getting to know for their miles of meandering trails fit for mountain biking and casual strolling. Chock-full of tall Douglas-firs, ferns and bright green mosses, it offers possibilities to spot eagles, deer and owls.
 
 

Puget Sound and Islands -- Seattle-Tacoma Area

 
3.5 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 600 ft.
Highest Point: 320 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.33
(6 votes)
Hike an urban park near Bellevue through extensive old-growth forest (yes, really)! Marvel at the many large conifers and deciduous trees. View a small creek in a steep canyon. Listen for, and perhaps see, abundant bird life. And, in season, note a few wildflowers.
 
 

Puget Sound and Islands -- Seattle-Tacoma Area

 
0.2 miles, roundtrip
Rating:
Average rating:
0.00
(0 votes)
The Chapin Trail is part of the City of Bellevue’s Parks and Open Trails System. The short loop will take you through a charming forested area within a residential neighborhood.
 
 

Puget Sound and Islands -- Seattle-Tacoma Area

 
0.95 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 120 ft.
Highest Point: 380 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.00
(2 votes)
This Shoreline city park seems to be little-known outside its immediate neighborhood, but it's worth a visit. The park is minimally developed, and it offers a variety of trails through open grassy areas and forested areas.
 
 

Puget Sound and Islands -- Seattle-Tacoma Area

 
4.6 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 13 ft.
Highest Point: 49 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
2.00
(1 vote)
An easy walk along a paved rail-to-trail down the Sammamish Valley and through the new urban core of Redmond.