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3897 Hikes
Killen Creek to High Camp

South Cascades -- Mount Adams Area

 
10.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 2300 ft.
Highest Point: 6900.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.11
(18 votes)
Take this remote, flower-filled trail up the north side of Mount Adams to the rocky alpine terrain of giant glaciers.
 
 
Snow Lake

Snoqualmie Region -- Snoqualmie Pass

 
7.2 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 1800 ft.
Highest Point: 4400.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.18
(191 votes)
Multiple avalanche chutes cross the Snow Lake Trail, posing danger for hikers in the winter. If there is snow present at the trailhead, hikers should have experience navigating avalanche territory and the appropriate safety gear.
A relatively short and easy hike within a stone’s throw of Seattle, Snow Lake delivers splendorous alpine scenery – crystal clear waters, towering peaks – at a mere pittance of sweat and toil. Just don’t expect to have the trail to yourself – Snow Lake is Washington's most heavily-used trail in a wilderness area!
 
 
Thunder Mountain Lakes

Central Cascades -- Stevens Pass - West

 
14.5 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 3000 ft.
Highest Point: 6500.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.50
(12 votes)
Thunder Mountain Lakes are found in the Alpine Lakes Wilderness. The area is increasing in popularity, and the lakes are set in a highly sensitive area, so it is important to practice Leave No Trace principles should you decide to visit.
 
 
Mount Baring

Central Cascades -- Stevens Pass - West

 
7.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 3500 ft.
Highest Point: 6129.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.56
(9 votes)
A fairly well used climber's trail goes straight up, and up, and then up Mount Baring. The trail requires moderate navigational skills and possibly climbing equipment in bad weather.
 
 
Deadhorse Creek

Mount Rainier Area -- SW - Longmire/Paradise

 
3.25 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 800 ft.
Highest Point: 5820.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.43
(7 votes)
This trail offers a more intimate view of the Nisqually Glacier valley, and connects to the Moraine Trail from the Paradise parking area.
 
 
Skyline Trail Loop

Mount Rainier Area -- SW - Longmire/Paradise

 
5.5 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 1450 ft.
Highest Point: 6800.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.60
(68 votes)
The Skyline Trail is the main route for hiking out of Paradise, Mount Rainier’s south side hub and most popular destination, providing visitors a unique opportunity to experience the breathtaking beauty of Washington’s grandest mountain. Even before the historic Paradise Inn was constructed in 1916, the Paradise valley has long been one of the state’s most beloved hiking destinations because of its southern exposure, giving it a longer season than its north side counterpart, Sunrise. In peak season (July and August) your trip along the Skyline Trail will be filled with views of cascading waterfalls, mighty glaciers and subalpine meadows brimming with colorful splashes of lupines, mountain heather, scarlet paintbrush, cascade asters and bistort.
 
 
Bench and Snow Lakes

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

 
2.5 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 610 ft.
Highest Point: 4725.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.19
(21 votes)
Escape the crowds within Mount Rainier National Park without going on a lengthy adventure. Visit one or both of two alpine lakes, the second one just a bit more than a mile from the parking lot.
 
 
Silver Falls Loop

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

 
3.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 600 ft.
Highest Point: 2300.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.77
(26 votes)
The Ohanapecosh River is arguably the most beautiful in Mount Rainier National Park, with water so clear you can see all the way to the bottom in many places. Where it's not crashing over rocks, of course. The Silver Falls Loop takes you upstream along this impressive river, to a majestic waterfall and back through humbling forest, all in just three miles.
 
 
Emmons Moraine

Mount Rainier Area -- NE - Sunrise/White River

 
3.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 900 ft.
Highest Point: 5200.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.92
(13 votes)
This short trail crosses the Inter Fork of the White River to views of The Mountain's largest glacier and the valley carved by this river of ice.
 
 
Sourdough Ridge

Mount Rainier Area -- NE - Sunrise/White River

 
2.5 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 400 ft.
Highest Point: 6800.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.00
(10 votes)
This short trail allows you a quick escape from the Sunrise parking lot to stunning views of Mount Rainier and the peaks and valley nearby.
 
 
Silver Forest - Emmons Vista

Mount Rainier Area -- NE - Sunrise/White River

 
2.5 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 325 ft.
Highest Point: 6400.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.86
(7 votes)
The Silver Forest Trail is a lesser-known and therefore less-crowded alternative at Mount Rainier’s Sunrise. Enjoy mountain, glacier and river valley views along a gentle trail that is mostly out of sight of the bustle of Sunrise.
 
 
Deception Falls National Recreation Area

Central Cascades -- Stevens Pass - West

 
0.5 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 50 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.76
(17 votes)
The short half-mile interpretive trail along Deception Falls is a great stop for a quick stretch of the legs as you drive over Stevens Pass. The highlight is the tumbling, multi-tiered waterfall and its distinctive 90 degree turn the creek makes at a stop along the way.
 
 
Iron Goat Trail

Central Cascades -- Stevens Pass - West

 
6.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 700 ft.
Highest Point: 2800.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.00
(40 votes)
Take a hike through railroad history. The old tunnels, rusting relics, cement snow sheds and the big red caboose should appeal to kids of all ages, and the complex history of the railroad and those who built it, as well as the avalanche that wiped everything away will appeal to history buffs.
 
 
Barclay Lake

Central Cascades -- Stevens Pass - West

 
4.4 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 500 ft.
Highest Point: 2423.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.94
(81 votes)
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.
 
 
Baker Lake - Maple Grove

North Cascades -- Mount Baker Area

 
8.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 500 ft.
Highest Point: 1000.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.86
(14 votes)
Magnificent old growth forests, stellar views of Mount Baker, turbulent tributaries, and, of course, a beautiful lake make this trail a great path to travel.
 
 
Colchuck Lake

Central Cascades -- Leavenworth Area

 
8.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 2280 ft.
Highest Point: 5580.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.37
(95 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.
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.
 
 
Franklin Falls

Snoqualmie Region -- Snoqualmie Pass

 
2.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 400 ft.
Highest Point: 2600.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.13
(103 votes)
Hiking with kids, new to hiking, or just looking for an easy day hike with a spectacular endpoint? Look no further then Franklin Falls! At just 2 miles with 400 feet in elevation gain it is the perfect destination for any hiker looking for something easy and beautiful!
 
 
Alpine Lookout

Central Cascades -- Stevens Pass - East

 
10.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 2600 ft.
Highest Point: 6235.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.60
(10 votes)
This is one of the most popular hikes along the US 2 corridor, and it's easy to understand why: a historic and active fire lookout, an enclave for mountain goats, miles of flower-blooming meadows, jaw-slacking views of Lake Wenatchee, Glacier Peak, and hundreds of other peaks. It's amazing there aren't more hikers sunning themselves on this Nason Ridge summit. And being on one of the area's first high peaks to shed its winter snows, Alpine Lookout makes for an excellent early summer adventure.
 
 
High Divide - Seven Lakes Basin Loop

Olympic Peninsula -- Northern Coast

 
19.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 4000 ft.
Highest Point: 5120.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.53
(30 votes)
Stunning views, stargazing, backcountry lakes and plentiful wildlife await you on this classic 19-mile loop on the Olympic Mountains’ stunning Seven Lakes Basin and High Divide Trail.
 
 
Lake Serene

Central Cascades -- Stevens Pass - West

 
8.2 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 2000 ft.
Highest Point: 2521.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.47
(354 votes)
Lake Serene and Bridal Veil Falls compete for attention on this 7.2 mile trip. Either would be a worthy destination by themselves and combined they are a great day on the trail.
 
 
Bridal Veil Falls

Central Cascades -- Stevens Pass - West

 
4.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 1000 ft.
Highest Point: 1600.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.99
(68 votes)
A beautiful waterfall flows out of Lake Serene and cascades below the rugged east wall of Mount Index at the end of a trail on the west side of Bridal Veil Creek. Take time to see and enjoy a stunning view of Bridal Veil Falls and climb flights of steps paralleling the falls.
 
 
Eightmile Lake

Central Cascades -- Leavenworth Area

 
6.6 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 1300 ft.
Highest Point: 4650.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.68
(28 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.
Along a moderate trail into the glorious Alpine Lakes Wilderness Area, past burnt Ponderosa Pines, chattering mountain streams, plenteous wildflowers and tall mountain peaks, hikers will find beautiful Eightmile Lake and its rocky, tree lined shore.
 
 
Wilderness Peak Loop

Issaquah Alps -- Cougar Mountain

 
4.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 1200 ft.
Highest Point: 1598.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.09
(32 votes)
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.
 
 
Marmot Pass

Olympic Peninsula -- Hood Canal

 
11.5 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 3489 ft.
Highest Point: 6000.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.46
(71 votes)
Marmot Pass offers great views and a gentle hike through old-growth forest as well as high meadows. It is a great day hike, but also offers a great starting place for a variety of overnight options.
 
 
Ptarmigan Ridge

North Cascades -- Mount Baker Area

 
9.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 1800 ft.
Highest Point: 6100.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.48
(31 votes)
Rarely can hikers approach a climbers’ realm so easily, with minimal elevation gain, and enjoy beautiful views all along the way.
 
 
Crystal Peak

Mount Rainier Area -- NE - Sunrise/White River

 
8.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 3100 ft.
Highest Point: 6595.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.07
(29 votes)
Check the weather before heading out for this hike, and if it’s going to be clear, bring a camera. From the summit, it’s possible to see six (yes, six!) volcanoes spanning two states. Baker, Glacier, Adams, Rainier, St. Helens and Hood wait patiently for you to climb the more-than-moderately steep path to the summit of Crystal Peak, where you can take in beautiful snow-capped majesty from the top.
 
 
Lundin Peak

Snoqualmie Region -- Snoqualmie Pass

 
7.6 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 2900 ft.
Highest Point: 6057.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.00
(3 votes)
This is a steep scramble up Lundin Peak. Gear and prior experience required.
 
 
Green Mountain

North Cascades -- Mountain Loop Highway

 
8.5 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 3300 ft.
Highest Point: 6500.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.31
(32 votes)
In a state with so many places offering a day's walk to big, peaky views, Green Mountain still makes the short-list of Washington's all-time finest hikes. From woods to meadows to panoramic views and even a historic lookout, it just doesn't get much better than this.
 
 
Gold Creek Pond

Snoqualmie Region -- Snoqualmie Pass

 
1.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 10 ft.
Highest Point: 3000.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.33
(21 votes)
Gold Creek Pond has different pass requirements when snow is present. Please see note
Gold Creek Pond is an ADA-accessible paved loop hike around a picturesque mountain pond atop Snoqualmie Pass.
 
 
Columbia Mountain

Eastern Washington -- Okanogan Highlands/Kettle River Range

 
5.4 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 3348 ft.
Highest Point: 6565.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
5.00
(1 vote)
One of the most popular hikes on the Colville National Forest is the short but challenging hike to the summit of Columbia Mountain, where vistas of surrounding mountains, wildflowers and one of the oldest fire lookouts in the state await you.