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!
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
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
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.)