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Urban Cure: Hikes Within 30 Minutes

Find a hike only 30 minutes (or less) from Seattle, Bellingham, Spokane, Tacoma and Vancouver.

Sometimes work gets in the way. Maybe you don't have a car or are trying to reduce your carbon footprint. Maybe you're a new hiker who wants to test the waters before heading into the wilderness.

Whatever the reason, it's not always ideal to drive an hour or two to a trailhead. So when you need a hiking fix on an easy-to-get-to local hike, give one of these a try.

The trails here are just a sampling of what might be available in your area. Get inspiration here, then search our Hiking Guide or Hike Finder Map for more trails near you. Don't see your favorite local trail in the guide? Write a trip report to let us know about it!


Find A Hike Near You

Discovery Park Loop Trail by ZiaT.jpegSeattle

You don't have to scale Mount Si to get your hiking fix. Seattle has wild refuges right in the city and plenty of nearby trails that can be hiked all year round.
>> Try a local trail near Seattle

Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge. Photo by Bob and Barb..jpegVancouver/Portland Area

From stunning views and cascading waterfalls to wide-open reaches of grasslands and marshes, Vancouver and Portland couldn't better situated for reaching some incredible Washington trails.
>> Try a local trail near Vancouver

Dishman Hills_trailkat.jpegSpokane

With the Centennial Trail running right through town, and the state's second-largest state park just minutes down the road, a hike is rarely out of reach in Spokane. 
>> Try a local trail near Spokane

Alger Alp by CassieCassidy.jpegBellingham

Bellingham is minutes from an incredible diversity of trails, including the lofty heights of the Chuckanut Mountains to beach-combing at Padilla Bay, 
>> Try a local trail near Bellingham

Scott Pierson Trail. Photo by Erik Morgenstern..jpeg

Tacoma

Trails in Tacoma have plenty to offer. Forested ravines, ecological rarities, pebble beaches, and views of the Sound — it's all within reach. 
>> Try a local trail near Tacoma


Is it really a 30-minute drive? Your starting point and traffic may make these 5 minutes or 40 minutes away. And if you're taking a bus, it may take quite a bit longer to reach the trailhead. (Be sure to double check routes and schedules.)