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3897 Hikes
Inside Passage

Issaquah Alps -- Tiger Mountain

 
6.2 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 1600 ft.
Highest Point: 2150.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
1.00
(1 vote)
This 1.6-mile section of trail is located in the Tiger Mountain State Forest. It is popular with mountain bikers and hikers.
 
 
Freund Canyon

Central Cascades -- Leavenworth Area

 
7.3 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 1800 ft.
Highest Point: 3000.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
1.00
(1 vote)
Used primarily by mountain bikers, this trail is very popular due to its proximity to the town of Leavenworth. It is also frequently used as a logging road, and is subject to occasional closures because of this.
 
 
Esmeralda Peak Loop

Snoqualmie Region -- Salmon La Sac/Teanaway

 
12.1 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 2940 ft.
Highest Point: 6000.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.67
(3 votes)
Take a rugged trek through creek canyons, down a four-wheeling road, over a remote pass, and back down through a multi-use trail to complete a challenging loop hike. You may have equestrians, mountain bikers, and ORV users for company, but any type of user can appreciate the views you’ll get along the way.
 
 
Hall of Mosses

Olympic Peninsula -- Pacific Coast

 
0.8 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 100 ft.
Highest Point: 600.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.45
(20 votes)
A short rainforest loop from the Hoh Rain Forest Visitor Center in Olympic National Park.
 
 
Heather - Maple Pass Loop

North Cascades -- North Cascades Highway - Hwy 20

 
7.2 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 2000 ft.
Highest Point: 6650.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.81
(113 votes)
If ever there was a hike to satisfy all a hiker's desires, this one comes as close as any. A loop hike with many fabulous changing faces throughout the seasons, Heather-Maple Pass features ridgelines blanketed in wildflowers in summer, lakes ringed with golden larches in fall, and before the highway closes for the season, a dramatic place to experience early winter’s snows.
 
 
Easy Pass

North Cascades -- North Cascades Highway - Hwy 20

 
7.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 2800 ft.
Highest Point: 6500.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.00
(20 votes)
Don’t be fooled by the name – the way to Easy Pass is anything but easy. But the reward for your efforts is an eastside gateway into the stunning North Cascades National Park. At the pass, you’re greeted by trickling streams of snowmelt and views of the peaks of Golden Horn and Mount Henry to the east. Venturing further west, gaze into the Park, with awe-inspiring glacially carved river valleys, dark gray craggy massifs of Fisher Peak and Mount Logan dotted with snowfields or cloaked by glaciers, and a host of wildflowers.
 
 
Chain Lakes Loop

North Cascades -- Mount Baker Area

 
6.5 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 1820 ft.
Highest Point: 5400.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.46
(46 votes)
This gorgeous loop hike has it all: big views of Mounts Baker and Shuksan, as well as the North Cascades, alpine lakes for swimming, and well-maintained trail winding through meadows and heather. And with wildflowers in spring, blueberry bushes for trail-side snacking in late summer and blazing color in the fall, you can't pick a bad season to visit.
 
 
Cascade Pass

North Cascades -- North Cascades Highway - Hwy 20

 
7.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 1800 ft.
Highest Point: 5392.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.12
(32 votes)
8/23/2021 - The Cascade River Road is closed at milepost 16 due to the Pincer Creek Fire.
At Cascade Pass, the wow factor far exceeds the “ow” factor – perhaps no other trail in the state delivers as much reward for the effort. From the high peaks on either side of the pass, verdant meadows curve down to a saddle that offers sweeping views of nearby valleys, glaciers, mountains, and passing wildlife. Sedately climbing a little less than 1,800 feet in 3.6 miles, it is the perfect hike to show new hikers the extraordinary places their feet can take them.
 
 
Fremont Lookout

Mount Rainier Area -- NE - Sunrise/White River

 
5.6 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 1200 ft.
Highest Point: 7200.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.59
(58 votes)
The two-story frame cabin of Mount Fremont, built in 1934, provides an opportunity to reminisce about the time when watchmen stood guard over the forest, with an eye out for wildfires.
 
 
Burroughs Mountain

Mount Rainier Area -- NE - Sunrise/White River

 
9.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 2500 ft.
Highest Point: 7828.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.48
(73 votes)
Burroughs Mountain can be described as a 'mountain against a mountain'. At over 7800 feet, Burroughs Mountain sets right up against the northeastern face of Mount Rainier, hugging the Winthrop Glacier. It offers one of the most dramatic views of the massive volcano.
 
 
Tolmie Peak Lookout - Eunice Lake

Mount Rainier Area -- NW - Carbon River/Mowich

 
7.5 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 1100 ft.
Highest Point: 5900.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.52
(95 votes)
Hike to an old fire lookout with in-your-face views of Mount Rainier and a sapphire blue lake below. Tolmie Peak and Eunice Lake pack a one-two punch when it comes to scenery, but stopping at the picturesque lake is a perfectly acceptable destination as well.
 
 
Lake 22

North Cascades -- Mountain Loop Highway

 
5.4 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 1350 ft.
Highest Point: 2400.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.27
(320 votes)
The curiously-named Lake Twentytwo 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.
 
 
Cooney Lake

North Cascades -- Methow/Sawtooth

 
17.6 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 2850 ft.
Highest Point: 7260.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.17
(6 votes)
This hike is to a beautiful lake basin filled with larch and expansive views of the peaks above. From a basecamp at the lake, day trips explorations lead to other lakes and views.
 
 
Icicle Creek

Central Cascades -- Leavenworth Area

 
4.0 miles, roundtrip
Rating:
Average rating:
3.44
(9 votes)
An out and back hike through the forest with gentle hills for the first two miles or so. It eventually joins Icicle Creek at its confluence with French Creek, and the trail continues beyond.
 
 
Swift Creek

North Cascades -- Mount Baker Area

 
16.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 2700 ft.
Highest Point: 3930.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
2.75
(4 votes)
Part of the scenic Pacific Northwest Trail, rugged 8-mile Swift Creek Trail accesses the Mount Baker Wilderness.
 
 
Crescent Beach Preserve

Puget Sound and Islands -- San Juan Islands

 
1.5 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 40 ft.
Highest Point: 60.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.00
(2 votes)
Just outside the little town of Eastsound on Orcas Island is a sweet little beach that offers some nice rambling; the perfect place to walk off a meal, or simply take in low tide and the lovely animals that come with it.
 
 
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
(60 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.
 
 
Boulder Creek

Central Cascades -- Leavenworth Area

 
17.25 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 4850 ft.
Highest Point: 6310.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.00
(5 votes)
Boulder River leads to magnificent views of Napeequa Valley and the Glacier Peak Wilderness.
 
 
Duncan Hill

Central Cascades -- Entiat Mountains/Lake Chelan

 
13.6 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 3000 ft.
Highest Point: 7819.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.29
(7 votes)
Duncan Hill takes hikers through a previously burnt forest to reach wide open views of the Entiat.
 
 
North Fork Entiat River

Central Cascades -- Entiat Mountains/Lake Chelan

 
26.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 4000 ft.
Highest Point: 7150.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
2.50
(4 votes)
Experience the rugged beauty of the Entiat mountains, rich in wild flower meadows, jagged peaks, and solitude. These trails, though occasionally steep and loose, harbor fantastic corners, wildlife, and old-school outdoorsmanship that many crowded trails now lack.
 
 
Tungsten

North Cascades -- Pasayten

 
6.2 miles, one-way
Gain: 2100 ft.
Highest Point: 6800.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.00
(5 votes)
Explore an abandoned tungsten mine as you connect between the Chewuch Trail and Boundary Trail. Enjoy views of mountain peaks, meadows, and refreshing streams along the way.
 
 
Fern Lake

Central Cascades -- Entiat Mountains/Lake Chelan

 
16.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 3600 ft.
Highest Point: 6950.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.00
(6 votes)
Seek solitude and stupendous views at this high alpine lake in the Entiat Mountains. A steep slog of a trail ensures you'll have plenty of room at this lake.
 
 
Miners Ridge (Entiat)

Central Cascades -- Entiat Mountains/Lake Chelan

 
4.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 850 ft.
Highest Point: 5750.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.80
(5 votes)
Navigate through a recently burned area to reach the top of Miners Ridge and enjoy views of the Stuart Range and Lake Wenatchee.
 
 
Beacon Rock State Park - Hadley Trail

Southwest Washington -- Columbia River Gorge - WA

 
1.2 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 175 ft.
Highest Point: 750.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
0.00
(0 votes)
Here's an ADA-accessible forested trail just over half a mile long in Beacon Rock State Park that takes you to a lookout point for Bonneville Dam and the Columbia Gorge. It can also connect you with the Hamilton Mountain Trail from the Beacon Rock Campground.
 
 
Myrtle Falls

Mount Rainier Area -- SW - Longmire/Paradise

 
0.8 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 185 ft.
Highest Point: 5600.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.50
(4 votes)
A good, short destination just outside of the main Paradise visitors area, Myrtle Falls is a beauty.
 
 
Crestwoods Park Trail

Puget Sound and Islands -- Seattle-Tacoma Area

 
1.5 miles of trails
Gain: 195 ft.
Highest Point: 235.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.00
(1 vote)
 
A close-in hike near Kirkland. The perfect after-work way to unwind.
 
 
Capitol State Forest - Waddell Basin West

Olympic Peninsula -- Olympia

 
9.22 miles, one-way
Gain: 1390 ft.
Highest Point: 1035.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
0.00
(0 votes)
A motorized trail in Capitol State Forest.
 
 
Illahee Lake Trail

Puget Sound and Islands -- Seattle-Tacoma Area

 
0.5 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 35 ft.
Highest Point: 370.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
0.00
(0 votes)
A half mile loop around a wetland in the City of Sammamish.
 
 
Lyre Conservation Area

Olympic Peninsula -- Northern Coast

 
2.5 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 235 ft.
Highest Point: 180.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
5.00
(1 vote)
A lovely protected space on a half-mile of beach along the Strait of Juan de Fuca. This area is just 20 miles west of Port Angeles -- perfect for a picnic or a short day trip.
 
 
Sunset Hill Park

Puget Sound and Islands -- Seattle-Tacoma Area

 
0.25 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 90 ft.
Highest Point: 290.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
1.00
(1 vote)
A small park tucked into the Crown Hill neighborhood of Ballard.