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3897 Hikes
Boundary Way

North Cascades -- Mount Baker Area

 
8.2 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 1458 ft.
Highest Point: 5658.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.00
(4 votes)
Put your navigational skills to the test! This unmaintained trail just off Damfino Lakes trail may be brushy, but if you can find your way to Boundary Way, you'll be rewarded with breathtaking views into Canada and the epic North Cascades.
 
 
Excelsior Peak via Damfino Lakes Trail

North Cascades -- Mount Baker Area

 
5.6 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 1500 ft.
Highest Point: 5699.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.00
(11 votes)
Disregarding the apocryphal stories about their name, the Damfino Lakes are noteworthy only to distinguish this route from two other routes. The lakes pale in comparison to these magnificent destinations: Excelsior Pass, the High Divide, and Excelsior Peak.
 
 
Snow Lakes

Central Cascades -- Leavenworth Area

 
14.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 4300 ft.
Highest Point: 5500.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.65
(26 votes)
The Snow Lakes trail is known mostly as the long, gradual way into the Enchantments; but it is a worthwhile - if deceptively grueling - destination in its own right. The narrow isthmus between the lakes offers a majestic view across the water to the towering heights of McClellan Peak.
 
 
Mount St. Helens - Monitor Ridge

South Cascades -- Mount St. Helens

 
10.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 4500 ft.
Highest Point: 8365.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.46
(39 votes)
Mount St. Helens is a peak that should be on every life list. And because it is an active volcano, it is best not to put it off for too long. Climbing to the crater rim is an opportunity to see not only amazing views in every direction, but to see geology raw, unformed and in its making.
 
 
Oak Creek Road - Bethel Ridge

Central Washington -- Yakima

 
6.5 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 800 ft.
Highest Point: 2500.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
0.00
(0 votes)
Trail Closed Summer 2021: This trail is closed until further notice due to the Schneider Springs fire.
This is a scenic, easy to moderate hike or snowshoe up a broad canyon with a good chance of spotting bands of elk.
 
 
Bear Canyon

Central Washington -- Yakima

 
6.4 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 1130 ft.
Highest Point: 3200.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.29
(7 votes)
Trail Closed Summer 2021: This trail is closed until further notice due to the Schneider Springs fire.
Follow a stream between steep sided basalt cliffs up a shady canyon in the transition zone between the Cascade Mountains and the dry shrub-steppe grasslands of eastern Washington.
 
 
Tieton River Nature Trail

Central Washington -- Yakima

 
6.75 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 300 ft.
Highest Point: 1900.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.60
(10 votes)
Trail Closed Summer 2021: This trail is closed until further notice due to the Schneider Springs fire.
This short hike is an excellent option during a visit to the Naches area in the spring and summertime. You'll enjoy a ramble along a river, impressive geologic formations, and relative solitude, though the area is open to mountain bikers and popular with rock climbers and birders.
 
 
Sharpe Park - Sares Head

Puget Sound and Islands -- Bellingham Area

 
2.1 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 440 ft.
Highest Point: 490.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.29
(7 votes)
This hike just south of Anacortes offers superb views of the ocean and islands from a pair of high vantage points, and it has some fine trails through mixed forest along the way.
 
 
Church Mountain

North Cascades -- Mount Baker Area

 
8.5 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 3750 ft.
Highest Point: 6100.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.34
(29 votes)
The rewards for this strenuous hike are a bouquet of fall colors and a vast panorama of North Cascades mountains.
 
 
Cispus Pass

South Cascades -- Goat Rocks

 
12.8 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 2700 ft.
Highest Point: 6400.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.00
(1 vote)
Hike to a stunning viewpoint high above two river valleys in the Goat Rocks Wilderness.
 
 
Mine Road Trail

North Cascades -- Mountain Loop Highway

 
4.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 650 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.76
(21 votes)
A nice afternoon hike near Darrington up an abandoned road to an old mine.
 
 
Tolt Pipeline Trail

Puget Sound and Islands -- Seattle-Tacoma Area

 
12.0 miles, one-way
Gain: 1060 ft.
Highest Point: 535.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
2.50
(4 votes)
Take an urban hike with plenty of up-and-down as you follow the Tolt pipeline easement, a 12-mile corridor with wildflowers, berries, and occasional wildlife on a multi-use trail for equestrians, dog walkers, mountain bikers, joggers, and hikers.
 
 
Liberty Lake Regional Park - Liberty Lake Loop Trail

Eastern Washington -- Spokane Area/Coeur d'Alene

 
8.4 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 1500 ft.
Highest Point: 3280.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
5.00
(1 vote)
This trail offers a full tour of the trails at Liberty Lake Regional Park, taking visitors along Split Creek, through a cedar grove, past Liberty Falls and an old cabin as well as along miles of beautiful trails with views down to the lake.
 
 
Liberty Lake Regional Park - Split Creek Loop

Eastern Washington -- Spokane Area/Coeur d'Alene

 
4.06 miles, roundtrip
Rating:
Average rating:
4.25
(4 votes)
Meander alongside Liberty Creek, staying close to the water, on a trail that provides a shorter loop option than the full waterfall loop.
 
 
Tubbs Hill

Eastern Washington -- Spokane Area/Coeur d'Alene

 
2.2 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 300 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.00
(1 vote)
This delightful little park in the heart of Coeur D'Alene boasts swimming holes, plenty of trails to give you a workout, and great views of the majestic Lake Coeur D'Alene.
 
 
Schmitz Preserve Park

Puget Sound and Islands -- Seattle-Tacoma Area

 
1.7 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 220 ft.
Highest Point: 325.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.38
(8 votes)
This park, in the middle of West Seattle, has 1.7 miles of hiking trails in a natural forest setting, and offers the opportunity to see old growth conifers that once were common in Puget Sound forests.
 
 
Blanca Lake

Central Cascades -- Stevens Pass - West

 
7.5 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 3300 ft.
Highest Point: 4600.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.44
(141 votes)
Visit one of the most striking lakes in the Henry M. Jackson wilderness. The vibrant blue of the glacier-fed lake provides the perfect rest stop for hikers who have braved the thirty-odd, steep switchbacks that lead to the lake.
 
 
Mildred Point

Mount Rainier Area -- SW - Longmire/Paradise

 
7.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 3135 ft.
Highest Point: 5900.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.82
(11 votes)
A moderately strenuous hike that traverses a forested ridge, climbs to alpine meadows and ends at a 6000 foot viewpoint with a spectacular view of the west side of Mount Rainier. Waterfalls and wildflowers abound.
 
 
Poo Poo Point

Issaquah Alps -- Tiger Mountain

 
7.2 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 1748 ft.
Highest Point: 2021.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.83
(121 votes)
Hike railroad grades dating from the logging era. Cross many small creeks, some of them seasonal. Pass tall trees draped with moss. Enjoy ferns and, in season, forest wildflowers and a few wild berries. Reach a fine viewpoint that's also a favorite launching spot for paragliders.
 
 
Flapjack Lakes via North Fork Skokomish River

Olympic Peninsula -- Hood Canal

 
15.4 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 3050 ft.
Highest Point: 3850.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.06
(17 votes)
This is a burly day trip, but a great overnight destination for exploring the Sawtooth Range in the Olympic high country.
 
 
Gladys Divide

Olympic Peninsula -- Hood Canal

 
18.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 4000 ft.
Highest Point: 5050.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.44
(9 votes)
Find solitude among expansive views of the Olympic interior on this strenuous but rewarding backpack.
 
 
Yellow Aster Butte

North Cascades -- Mount Baker Area

 
7.5 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 2550 ft.
Highest Point: 6150.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.43
(61 votes)
Campfires are not allowed in this area.
Find supreme wildflower gardens and a high-country plateau speckled with shimmering tarns-but that's not all. Spectacular alpine vistas abound too-of Baker, Shuksan, and all those rugged and craggy peaks straddling the 49th parallel. Yellow Aster Butte may be a misnomer (those yellow-petaled delights are actually daisies), but you definitely don't want to miss hiking here.
 
 
Granite Mountain

Snoqualmie Region -- Snoqualmie Pass

 
8.6 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 3800 ft.
Highest Point: 5629.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.45
(127 votes)
In winter the trail up Granite Mountain crosses a large avalanche chute early in the hike. Please have experience navigating avalanche terrain and the proper equipment when hiking this trail in the winter
The astounding views from the summit of the Granite Mountain trail come at a price. A nearly-1000-feet-of-elevation-gain-per-mile price. But views of pointed Kaleetan Peak, deep blue Crystal Lake, the climber-dotted Tooth, and Mount Rainier dominating the skyline to the south make it all worth it.
 
 
Horseshoe Lake

Central Cascades -- Leavenworth Area

 
16.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 2928 ft.
Highest Point: 6300.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.17
(6 votes)
Parking Restriction: Parking allowed at trailheads and only on the right side of Road 7601 between Eightmile Lake and Stuart Lake trailheads. Parking anywhere else along Road 7601 is not allowed.
A couple miles beyond Lake Stuart and a few hundred feet up lies Horseshoe Lake--a stunning, silent lake that makes for an excellent day trip for those lucky folks who get to camp at Lake Stuart. It’s also attainable as a day hike, but you’ll want to get an early start.
 
 
Gobblers Knob

Mount Rainier Area -- SW - Longmire/Paradise

 
11.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 2565 ft.
Highest Point: 5485.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.57
(14 votes)
A clear, sparkling lake, up-close views of Mount Rainier, and a historic fire lookout await you on the Gobblers Knob Trail. This route is an eastern approach to the lookout via Westside Road.
 
 
Larrabee State Park - Chuckanut Falls

Puget Sound and Islands -- Bellingham Area

 
2.6 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 640 ft.
Highest Point: 540.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.50
(4 votes)
Take a short hike to a pleasant waterfall tucked away on the northeast corner of Larrabee State Park.
 
 
Kestner Homestead - Maple Glade

Olympic Peninsula -- Pacific Coast

 
1.5 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 30 ft.
Highest Point: 260.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.00
(4 votes)
 
This short interpretive takes you through a homestead from the 1800s. Relics from the past along the way include an old barn, the home that the Kestner and Higley families occupied, and various outbuildings and equipment they used.
 
 
Scorpion Mountain via Johnson Ridge

Central Cascades -- Stevens Pass - West

 
8.6 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 2500 ft.
Highest Point: 5540.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.58
(19 votes)
Scorpion Mountain offers a 360-degree view of the Central Cascades, and the huckleberries and blueberries make this a much underrated fall hike.
 
 
Shellrock Peak

Mount Rainier Area -- Chinook Pass - Hwy 410

 
7.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 2955 ft.
Highest Point: 6835.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.67
(6 votes)
Trail Closed 8/10/21: This trail is closed until further notice due to the Schneider Springs Fire
Scramble your way up to the top of Shellrock Peak for mountain views and a close-up look of columnar rocks.
 
 
Queets Campground Loop

Olympic Peninsula -- Pacific Coast

 
2.8 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 50 ft.
Highest Point: 300.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.71
(7 votes)
The Queets Campground Loop is a quintessential rainforest experience. At just under three miles, it provides visitors with a generous variety of nature. Giant spruce and hemlock rise above great galleries of fern and oxalis. The wind whispers the memories of abandoned homesteads in the grasses of shrinking meadows. Owls hoot and frogs croak the song of an ancient melody. One stands here often and wonders.