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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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3937 Hikes

Snoqualmie Region -- North Bend Area

 
9.4 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 4000 ft.
Highest Point: 4822 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.22
(102 votes)
  • Mountain views
  • Dogs allowed on leash
  • Summits
  • Fall foliage
While still relatively steep, this new route up Mailbox Peak, built in part with help from WTA volunteers, offers a safer and more easily navigable way for folks to summit this formidable peak than the old trail.
 
 

North Cascades -- Mountain Loop Highway

 
5.4 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 1350 ft.
Highest Point: 2400 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.25
(327 votes)
  • Wildflowers/Meadows
  • Mountain views
  • Wildlife
  • Waterfalls
  • Dogs allowed on leash
  • Old growth
  • Good for kids
  • Lakes
  • Rivers
The curiously-named Lake Twenty-Two is the center of an oasis of alpine wetland nestled on the northern shoulder of Mount Pilchuck. The hike to the lake combines the best of mountain rainforests, old-growth, wetlands, and mountain views, yet it is readily accessible. In winter the route lends itself to snowshoeing.
 
 

Issaquah Alps -- Cougar Mountain

 
1.3 miles, one-way
Rating:
Average rating:
5.00
(1 vote)
The Terrace Trail is part of the network of trails in the city of Newcastle. It connects the Highlands Loop Trail with the Crosstown Trail by starting low in a residential neighborhood and climbing via a series of switchbacks.
 
 

Puget Sound and Islands -- Seattle-Tacoma Area

 
5.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 500 ft.
Highest Point: 1100 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.00
(31 votes)
  • Old growth
  • Rivers
  • Good for kids
  • Wildlife
  • Waterfalls
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.
 
 

Puget Sound and Islands -- Seattle-Tacoma Area

 
1.5 miles, roundtrip
Rating:
Average rating:
4.33
(6 votes)
  • Dogs allowed on leash
  • Wildlife
  • Good for kids
  • Lakes
  • Fall foliage
Take a walk through the grounds of the Washington Park Arboretum, along the edge of Lake Washington, and near the grounds of the old MOHAI building. This is a nice urban romp, perfect for before or after work, or on a day when you just can't get out of the city.
 
 

Snoqualmie Region -- Salmon La Sac/Teanaway

 
7.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 2300 ft.
Highest Point: 6031 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.00
(15 votes)
  • Wildflowers/Meadows
  • Ridges/passes
  • Wildlife
  • Mountain views
  • Summits
  • Dogs allowed on leash
  • Fall foliage
  • Rivers
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.
 
 

Central Cascades -- Stevens Pass - West

 
11.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 1200 ft.
Highest Point: 3150 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.86
(21 votes)
  • Dogs allowed on leash
  • Established campsites
  • Waterfalls
  • Old growth
  • Good for kids
  • Rivers
Everything that makes a river hike fun is here, cool bridges, waterfalls, big trees, lots of dripping moss, and mushrooms.
 
 

Central Cascades -- Stevens Pass - West

 
4.4 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 500 ft.
Highest Point: 2423 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.95
(83 votes)
  • Wildflowers/Meadows
  • Mountain views
  • Established campsites
  • Old growth
  • Good for kids
  • Lakes
  • Fall foliage
  • Rivers
Barclay Lake offers something for almost everyone: a well-maintained trail that is accessible to beginners and children, stunning mountain views, mycology, camping, a serene alpine lake, and a staging area for challenging adventures in the 106,000-acre Wild Sky Wilderness. Keep your camera charged, as this popular pathway in the shadow of Baring Mountain offers many photo opportunities.
 
 

Mount Rainier Area -- Chinook Pass - Hwy 410

 
12.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 2700 ft.
Highest Point: 4000 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.33
(9 votes)
  • Wildlife
  • Established campsites
  • Dogs allowed on leash
  • Old growth
  • Good for kids
  • Lakes
  • Rivers
Take the trail less traveled by and visit some quiet lakes near Mount Rainier. Or, continue on to extensive views afforded by Noble Knob.
 
 

Puget Sound and Islands -- Seattle-Tacoma Area

 
2.4 miles, roundtrip
Rating:
Average rating:
3.94
(16 votes)
  • Dogs allowed on leash
  • Wildlife
  • Good for kids
  • Lakes
  • Fall foliage
Whether you're a naturalist looking for flora and fauna, a training trail runner, a dog owner looking for a nice walk, a parent with an energetic child or just a busy urban dweller seeking an break from the city, Seward Park is the place for you.
 
 

Olympic Peninsula -- Northern Coast

 
5.0 miles, one-way
Gain: 250 ft.
Highest Point: 700 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.92
(37 votes)
  • Mountain views
  • Dogs allowed on leash
  • Good for kids
  • Lakes
Hop aboard the Spruce Railroad Trail for a scenic and historic hike along the sparkling shores of massive Lake Crescent. With a microclimate of warmer and drier conditions than areas just a few miles away, this trail is a good hiking choice on an overcast afternoon.
 
 

Snoqualmie Region -- North Bend Area

 
6.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 100 ft.
Highest Point: 900 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.67
(21 votes)
  • Dogs allowed on leash
  • Good for kids
  • Rivers
Just a short drive from civilization, this is a good moderate choice if you're seeking a relaxing, riverside ramble.
 
 

Issaquah Alps -- Tiger Mountain

 
5.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 2100 ft.
Highest Point: 2525 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.30
(43 votes)
  • Mountain views
  • Old growth
  • Wildlife
This close-to-the-city wild land trail provides stunning views, great forestlands and ample opportunities to see birds and critters. Of the three peaks on West Tiger, this peak offers the best views, despite being the lowest of the triplets.
 
 

Snoqualmie Region -- Salmon La Sac/Teanaway

 
11.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 3000 ft.
Highest Point: 6000 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.02
(43 votes)
  • Wildflowers/Meadows
  • Mountain views
  • Wildlife
  • Established campsites
  • Ridges/passes
  • Dogs allowed on leash
Navaho Pass is an excellent introduction to the Teanaway area. Rife with wildflowers, fascinating geology, and just enough elevation gain to keep it interesting, this hike has just about everything that the Teanaway is known for.
 
 

Central Cascades -- Stevens Pass - West

 
3.3 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 775 ft.
Highest Point: 1327 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.20
(59 votes)
  • Wildflowers/Meadows
  • Mountain views
  • Dogs allowed on leash
  • Waterfalls
  • Good for kids
  • Ridges/passes
  • Fall foliage
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.
 
 

North Cascades -- Mount Baker Area

 
Highest Point: 9127 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
5.00
(2 votes)
  • Summits
 
 

Olympic Peninsula -- Pacific Coast

 
26.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 3700 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.41
(29 votes)
  • Wildflowers/Meadows
  • Ridges/passes
  • Established campsites
  • Waterfalls
  • Old growth
  • Good for kids
  • Dogs not allowed
  • Rivers
The East Fork Quinault River Trail is one of the most popular trails on the south portion of the park and hundreds of hikers visit Enchanted Valley to take in the tremendous views and see the famed chalet each year.
 
 

Issaquah Alps -- Tiger Mountain

 
3.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 2022 ft.
Highest Point: 2522 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.71
(24 votes)
  • Dogs allowed on leash
What a workout! The Cable Line Trail on Tiger Mountain is not for the weak of heart, nor the weak of knees. A steep, slippery incline awaits you here, up to the summit of West Tiger 3.
 
 

Issaquah Alps -- Tiger Mountain

 
7.2 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 1748 ft.
Highest Point: 2021 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.84
(123 votes)
  • Wildflowers/Meadows
  • Mountain views
  • Wildlife
  • Dogs allowed on leash
Hike railroad grades dating from the logging era. Cross many small creeks, some seasonal. Pass tall trees draped with moss. Enjoy ferns and, in season, forest wildflowers and wild berries. Reach a viewpoint that's also a favorite launching spot for paragliders.
 
 

North Cascades -- Mountain Loop Highway

 
5.4 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 2300 ft.
Highest Point: 5327 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.58
(186 votes)
  • Wildflowers/Meadows
  • Mountain views
  • Dogs allowed on leash
  • Summits
Despite its intermediate difficulty, hikers flock to Mount Pilchuck for its historic restored fire lookout with grand panoramic views of Mount Baker, Mount Rainier and the Olympics.
 
 

Snoqualmie Region -- North Bend Area

 
8.8 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 2270 ft.
Highest Point: 3070 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.09
(53 votes)
  • Mountain views
  • Wildlife
  • Waterfalls
  • Old growth
  • Dogs allowed on leash
  • Fall foliage
  • Rivers
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.
 
 

Issaquah Alps -- Squak Mountain

 
6.5 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 1500 ft.
Highest Point: 1730 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.95
(60 votes)
  • Mountain views
  • Old growth
  • Dogs allowed on leash
  • Fall foliage
If nature excites you, there's plenty here to be excited about. Cool forest, trickling creeks in deep ravines, and a beautiful new trail built by WTA volunteers await you here.
 
 

Issaquah Alps -- Cougar Mountain

 
4.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 1200 ft.
Highest Point: 1598 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.12
(34 votes)
  • Wildflowers/Meadows
  • Ridges/passes
  • Wildlife
  • Waterfalls
  • Old growth
  • Summits
  • Good for kids
  • Dogs allowed on leash
  • Fall foliage
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.
 
 

Central Cascades -- Entiat Mountains/Lake Chelan

 
13.0 miles, one-way
Gain: 6250 ft.
Highest Point: 6700 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
2.50
(4 votes)
  • Wildflowers/Meadows
  • Mountain views
  • Dogs allowed on leash
  • Lakes
  • Ridges/passes
Emerald Park is a long thru trail connecting Lake Chelan to the east and the Entiat River Trail to the west.
 
 

Southwest Washington -- Vancouver Area

 
4.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 90 ft.
Highest Point: 570 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.00
(2 votes)
  • Dogs allowed on leash
  • Rivers
  • Good for kids
  • Fall foliage
  • Waterfalls
Moulton Falls Trail is an out-and-back hike along the Lewis River. The trail crosses a picturesque footbridge and then follows the Lewis River with the river to the right and a mossy cliff to the left. The wide hard-surfaced trail is mostly flat, making this a perfect year round hike for people of all ages.
 
 

Central Cascades -- Blewett Pass

 
6.5 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 1900 ft.
Highest Point: 5489 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.03
(40 votes)
  • Wildflowers/Meadows
  • Mountain views
  • Dogs allowed on leash
  • Ridges/passes
In spring and early summer, the flowers are so profuse and beautiful that you would think that a gardener had planted them. And because this area is usually clear of snow long before many others in the region, hikers can attain Iron Bear Pass, the Teanaway Ridge and views of the Stuart Range and Mount Rainier while much of the Cascade Range is still snowed in.
 
 

Central Cascades -- Stevens Pass - West

 
8.2 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 1500 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.63
(19 votes)
  • Wildlife
  • Established campsites
  • Waterfalls
  • Dogs allowed on leash
  • Good for kids
  • Lakes
  • Rivers
The Greg Ball Trail is a trail envisioned by and honoring one of the greatest trail advocates this state has ever had. Ball was a former board member and director of the WTA. In 1993 he launched the organization’s volunteer trail maintenance program which has since grown into the largest state-based program of its kind. He designed this trail to Wallace Lake and it was finished in his memory by volunteers from WTA and through support from the Spring Trail Trust.
 
 

Snoqualmie Region -- North Bend Area

 
8.5 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 3250 ft.
Highest Point: 4450 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.96
(99 votes)
  • Wildflowers/Meadows
  • Mountain views
  • Old growth
  • Summits
  • Dogs allowed on leash
This easy-access day hike delivers comparable—if not superior—panoramic views and lung-busting switchbacks to Mount Si, with significantly less foot traffic.
 
 

Central Cascades -- Stevens Pass - West

 
8.6 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 2035 ft.
Highest Point: 2930 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.56
(41 votes)
  • Mountain views
  • Old growth
  • Dogs allowed on leash
  • Lakes
  • Established campsites
For those searching for alpine vistas with fewer visitors than on the most popular trails of the I-90 corridor, Greider Lakes is just right. This trailhead is located in the Sultan Basin Watershed.
 
 

Central Cascades -- Leavenworth Area

 
8.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 2280 ft.
Highest Point: 5580 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.39
(99 votes)
  • Mountain views
  • Established campsites
  • Dogs not allowed
  • Summits
  • Lakes
  • Fall foliage
  • Rivers

Parking Restriction on Road 7601: Parking allowed only on the right side of Road 7601 between Eightmile Lake and Stuart Lake trailheads.

Set beneath two of Washington’s tallest peaks, Colchuck Lake is an alpine gem. It is a larger cousin to the nearby fabled Enchantment Lakes and offers many of the same payoffs – including groves of larches on its far shore – but can be reached with less than half the effort.