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3901 Hikes
Snoquera Falls Loop

Mount Rainier Area -- Chinook Pass - Hwy 410

 
3.9 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 975 ft.
Highest Point: 3100.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.56
(34 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.
 
 
Rampart Ridge Loop

Mount Rainier Area -- SW - Longmire/Paradise

 
4.5 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 1300 ft.
Highest Point: 4080.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.05
(21 votes)
This short loop out of Longmire makes for a great, quick way to get some elevation gain, some forest views, and a fantastic vista of Mount Rainier, all in less than five miles!
 
 
 
11.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 480 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
0.00
(0 votes)
The hike from the Cedar Falls trailhead to the junction with the Change Creek route is one through history. You will walk along a decommissioned railroad passing by the remnants of the line. Starting at the Cedar Falls trailhead, begin your hike just past the outhouse, crossing a paved road, and picking up the gravel path.
 
 
Burch Mountain - Eagle Rock

Central Washington -- Wenatchee

 
3.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 500 ft.
Highest Point: 4522.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.00
(1 vote)
Enjoy this wooded trail leading to a ridge featuring a rock outcropping overlooking the town of Wenatchee.
 
 
Talus Loop

Snoqualmie Region -- North Bend Area

 
4.5 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 1400 ft.
Highest Point: 2100.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.50
(18 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.
 
 
Happy Creek Nature Trail

North Cascades -- North Cascades Highway - Hwy 20

 
2.6 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 570 ft.
Highest Point: 2780.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.83
(6 votes)
Hikers can choose from an easy loop partially along Happy Creek, or a longer hike to Happy Creek Falls, site of an old sawmill that supported the mining in the late 1800's.
 
 
Green Lantern Trail

Puget Sound and Islands -- Seattle-Tacoma Area

 
2.8 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 33 ft.
Highest Point: 463.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
2.83
(6 votes)
The Green Lantern Trail mostly follows the shores of Silver Lake in South Everett, perfect for those looking to stretch their legs and experience the outdoors without having to leave the city. With a multitude of attractions including passing through three parks with water access this trail is ready to please! Disc golfers, beach-goers, kids, birders and fishermen alike may all find something here.
 
 
Twin Lakes - Monte Cristo

North Cascades -- Mountain Loop Highway

 
17.2 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 2939 ft.
Highest Point: 5300.0 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.
 
 
McNary National Wildlife Refuge

Central Washington -- Tri-Cities

 
2.0 miles, roundtrip
Highest Point: 350.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
2.00
(4 votes)
This National Wildlife Refuge consists of a chain of wetland marshes adjacent to the confluence of the Snake and Columbia Rivers.
 
 
Elowah and Upper McCord Creek Falls

Southwest Washington -- Columbia River Gorge - OR

 
3.5 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 620 ft.
Highest Point: 660.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.33
(3 votes)
The trail to the bottom of Elowah Falls is closed until further notice due to a massive landslide
This hike is actual a twofer, forking to two paths each leading to a waterfall – go up to Upper McCord Creek’s twin waterfalls, or down to the towering Elowah Falls. Each waterfall has its own character and it is worth visiting both of them.
 
 
Oneonta Gorge

Southwest Washington -- Columbia River Gorge - OR

 
3.2 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 425 ft.
Highest Point: 385.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.00
(6 votes)
This lovely trail loops around Oneonta Gorge and takes you behind Ponytail Falls.
 
 
Boulder Lake

North Cascades -- Mountain Loop Highway

 
6.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 1960 ft.
Highest Point: 4980.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.00
(2 votes)
Boulder Lake is a brilliant, azure gem set deep within a stunning cirque of metamorphic cliffs, but to reach it you will need perseverance.
 
 
Diablo Lake

North Cascades -- North Cascades Highway - Hwy 20

 
7.6 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 1400 ft.
Highest Point: 1950.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.19
(31 votes)
Diablo Overlook will be closed on June 14 to provide a safe staging area for operations
Follow the Diablo Lake Trail up and across talus slopes on the flanks of Sourdough Mountain to impressive cascading waterfalls and stunning views of Ross Lake and Colonial, Pyramid, Davis Peaks, as well as Jack Mountain.
 
 
Entiat River

Central Cascades -- Entiat Mountains/Lake Chelan

 
15.25 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 2690 ft.
Highest Point: 5760.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.80
(5 votes)
A long, rambling gateway into the eastern side of Glacier Peak Wilderness, the Entiat River Trail culminates at its namesake glacier with Mount Maude, Seven Fingered Jack and Mount Fernow towering above. Ravaged by wildfires over the years, the majority of the trail is exposed, dry and dusty. Both flora and fauna are slowly returning and the revealed panorama of bordering peaks makes for an extraordinary wilderness corridor.
 
 
Lower Big Quilcene River

Olympic Peninsula -- Hood Canal

 
12.9 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 1890 ft.
Highest Point: 2943.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.62
(13 votes)
The Lower Big Quilcene Trail begins just outside the Buckhorn Wilderness and follows the lower Big Quilcene River along a mostly non-technical tread for approximately 6.5 miles. The moss-lined route starts on an old road bed through younger forest and then winds past large old-growth cedars. In spring and summer, blooming rhododendrons add vibrant color to your journey. This trail is also a great choice during the fall and winter months because the trees provide shelter from precipitation.
 
 
Mount Spokane State Park - Trail 170

Eastern Washington -- Spokane Area/Coeur d'Alene

 
Rating:
Average rating:
0.00
(0 votes)
 
This route is a groomed snowmobile trail in the winter that connects directly to the private property of Bear Creek Lodge. Bear Creek Lodge allows hikers, but expects a separate parking fee to use this route.
 
 
Tolt-MacDonald Park

Puget Sound and Islands -- Seattle-Tacoma Area

 
12.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 400 ft.
Highest Point: 500.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.62
(8 votes)
Tolt-MacDonald Park is an outdoor recreation treasure for all King County residents! With 12 miles of forested and riverside trails, this is a favorite mountain biking and hiking destination. The backcountry area of the park is located on the west side of the Snoqualmie River across the suspension bridge.
 
 
Koppen Mountain

Snoqualmie Region -- Salmon La Sac/Teanaway

 
7.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 2300 ft.
Highest Point: 6031.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.85
(13 votes)
The Teanaway is a fabulous drainage with year-round opportunities. Koppen sits on an easily accessed ridge line which lacks the crowds of many of the other hikes in this area. Commanding views of the Stuart Range, and further away, the Pacific Crest make for stunning scenery. Although this trail’s rewards are an end unto itself, it may also easily be combined with numerous other peaks, ridgelines, or drainages for longer loop trails.
 
 
Glacier Vista Snowshoe

Mount Rainier Area -- SW - Longmire/Paradise

 
2.5 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 900 ft.
Highest Point: 6330.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.12
(8 votes)
Glacier Vista snowshoe is a shorter alternative to Panorama Point snowshoe. With 2.5 miles round trip with only 900 feet elevation gain, it is an easy snowshoeing outing with great views of snow-capped mountains.
 
 
Lewis Creek Park

Issaquah Alps -- Cougar Mountain

 
2.3 miles of trails
Gain: 200 ft.
Highest Point: 907.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
0.00
(0 votes)
This 55-acre park has grassland, forest and wetland habitats to explore via soft-surface trail and boardwalks. The Lewis Creek Park also has a visitor center, playground, a basketball court, picnic shelter, restrooms and more.
 
 
Ranger Hole - Interrorem Nature Trail

Olympic Peninsula -- Hood Canal

 
1.85 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 292 ft.
Highest Point: 515.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.33
(12 votes)
A short and easy hike through history, the Ranger Hole trailhead features a ranger’s cabin built over 100 years ago, a short trail through a re-growing forest, and a walk down to the turquoise waters of the Duckabush River.
 
 
Joseph Whidbey State Park

Puget Sound and Islands -- Whidbey Island

 
3.5 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 118 ft.
Highest Point: 60.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
0.00
(0 votes)
A smaller, less well known state park on Whidbey Island with gorgeous beach views and a shorter but diverse trail system through woods, grassy meadows, marsh and beach areas.
 
 
Sasse Ridge

Snoqualmie Region -- Salmon La Sac/Teanaway

 
5.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 1400 ft.
Highest Point: 5730.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.60
(5 votes)
A lovely ridge walk to a somewhat underwhelming mountaintop, with connections to other destinations in the area.
 
 
Denman Falls

Mount Rainier Area -- SW - Longmire/Paradise

 
15.5 miles, roundtrip
Rating:
Average rating:
0.00
(0 votes)
A little-known, yet spectacular waterfall, Denman Falls offers a relatively easy hike to it, if you can bear the 7.25 mile approach.
 
 
Teanaway Community Forest - Exclamation Point Rock

Snoqualmie Region -- Salmon La Sac/Teanaway

 
Rating:
Average rating:
0.00
(0 votes)
 
Exclamation Point Rock is a geological rarity in Washington, and part of the developing Teanaway Community Forest. Right now it is difficult to access this location without trespassing on private property. Hikers are discouraged from visiting this area.
 
 
Swift Creek (#244)

South Cascades -- Mount St. Helens

 
4.8 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 1000 ft.
Highest Point: 3500.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
2.33
(3 votes)
This is a winter only trail linking Marble Mountain SnoPark to the Worm Flows winter climbing route.
 
 
White Pass to Chinook Pass

South Cascades -- White Pass/Cowlitz River Valley

 
28.0 miles, one-way
Gain: 2200 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.00
(6 votes)
Get ready for 28 miles of very scenic hiking on the Pacific Crest Trail. This is a great intro to backpacking route: Four days, seven to eight miles per day of relatively flat backpacking. The trail is well marked, there are abundant camp sites and many stopping points along the way.
 
 
Naches Peak Loop

Mount Rainier Area -- SE - Cayuse Pass/Stevens Canyon

 
3.2 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 600 ft.
Highest Point: 5850.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.53
(57 votes)
This popular hike provides a range of alpine experiences in a short loop. Walk along a hillside above a small valley, pause at a viewpoint overlooking a lake, and stroll through grassy meadows with stunning views of Mount Rainier. In season enjoy an abundance of wildflowers or perhaps a handful of huckleberries.
 
 
Granite Creek Trail to Granite Lakes

Snoqualmie Region -- North Bend Area

 
8.8 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 2270 ft.
Highest Point: 3070.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.06
(47 votes)
Granite Creek courses through the gorge between Mailbox Peak and Russian Butte. Ascend through the creek’s ravine, immersed in mountain rainforest, alongside whitewater rapids, waterfalls, wildflowers, and mushrooms, while you take in majestic views of the mountains of the Middle Fork valley. Seasonal treats include berries and fall colors.
 
 
Little Mashel Falls - Pack Forest

Puget Sound and Islands -- Seattle-Tacoma Area

 
5.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 500 ft.
Highest Point: 1100.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.03
(29 votes)
Three waterfalls, multiple viewing areas, and two different trailheads provide great choices for an excursion to Little Mashel Falls. The tallest waterfall plunges over 90 feet.