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3897 Hikes
Big Creek

Olympic Peninsula -- Hood Canal

 
4.3 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 850 ft.
Highest Point: 1850.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.98
(40 votes)
This low-key loop in the shadow of Mount Ellinor makes for a great respite on a hot summer day or a low-country winter ramble when it's rainy.
 
 
Mount Si - Old Trail

Snoqualmie Region -- North Bend Area

 
7.4 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 3420 ft.
Highest Point: 3980.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.39
(31 votes)
The “old” trail that ascends Mount Si’s western flank offers a shorter, steeper, slightly more scenic, and if one dare say it — less crowded — route to the summit, where you can rejoin the rest of the people who flock to one of Snoqualmie Pass’s most popular hiking destinations.
 
 
Rock Creek - Red Pass Loop

Snoqualmie Region -- Snoqualmie Pass

 
17.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 5600 ft.
Highest Point: 5400.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
5.00
(1 vote)
This is a long distance day hike that includes unmaintained trails. You should be an experienced route finder willing to hike trails less traveled, and prepared for a lonely hike. You may need crampons and ice axe.
 
 
Round Mountain

Central Cascades -- Stevens Pass - East

 
3.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 1700 ft.
Highest Point: 5700.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.57
(7 votes)
The hike to Round Mountain is a good one for those looking for a shorter hike than heading all the way to Alpine Lookout. The views aren't quite as good, but you'll still enjoy a good workout and a classic central Washington ridge walk.
 
 
Lodge Lake

Snoqualmie Region -- Snoqualmie Pass

 
3.75 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 950 ft.
Highest Point: 3500.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.62
(26 votes)
Snoqualmie Pass grows ever more developed each year. Condos go up left and right, the ski area plans new ski lifts (or replacements for existing chairs), and hotels pop up east and west. But even with the development, these are still mountains and there is still stunning mountain scenery to enjoy, even on the fringes of the developed areas. Lodge Lake stands as proof.
 
 
Rachel Lake

Snoqualmie Region -- Snoqualmie Pass

 
8.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 1600 ft.
Highest Point: 4600.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.01
(75 votes)
From Rachel Lake you can access further adventures at Rampart Lakes, Lila Lakes and Alta Peak. This hike is a popular weekend overnight destination; so don’t expect to be by yourself in high season.
 
 
Mirror and Cottonwood Lakes

Snoqualmie Region -- Snoqualmie Pass

 
2.2 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 870 ft.
Highest Point: 4200.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.04
(27 votes)
Nestled in a quiet basin only a stone’s throw from Snoqualmie Pass, pristine Mirror Lake is a destination to be enjoyed by the whole family. Rarely can you find such lovely sites with so little effort, but here, a short trek will take you through forests, across delicate streams, and past brightly colored wildflowers. Humming with butterflies, birds, bees, and babbling streams, this trail is not to be missed.
 
 
The Enchantments

Central Cascades -- Leavenworth Area

 
18.0 miles, one-way
Gain: 4500 ft.
Highest Point: 7800.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.70
(124 votes)
Parking Restriction on Road 7601: 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.
The Enchantment Lakes are an alpine wonderland of pristine lakes set among polished granite, soaring peaks, blazing larches, and ambling mountain goats. Widely regarded as the crown jewel of hiking in Washington, this trail exceeds even the wildest of superlatives.
 
 
Cape Disappointment State Park - North Head Trail

Southwest Washington -- Long Beach Area

 
1.8 miles, one-way
Gain: 420 ft.
Highest Point: 200.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.00
(1 vote)
For years, WTA has been coming to Cape Disappointment to work on trails in this area, including this trail, which leads hikers from the iconic North Head lighthouse down to the road that accesses the camping area and beaches at the south end of the park.
 
 
Willapa National Wildlife Refuge - Leadbetter Point

Southwest Washington -- Long Beach Area

 
10.6 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 50 ft.
Highest Point: 35.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.29
(7 votes)
Enjoy a flat, sandy stroll to the mouth of Willapa Bay on the Long Beach Peninsula.
 
 
Big Four Ice Caves

North Cascades -- Mountain Loop Highway

 
2.2 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 220 ft.
Highest Point: 1938.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.94
(105 votes)
Trail closed: The bridge over the Stillaguamish River has been removed for repairs rendering the Big Four Ice Caves inaccessible
Never go into or climb on top of the Ice Caves
This is an easy walk on a wide gravel and boardwalk path to views of Big Four Mountain and the caves beneath the snow. Hikers of all ages and abilities can enjoy this trail.
 
 
Rattlesnake Ledge

Snoqualmie Region -- North Bend Area

 
4.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 1160 ft.
Highest Point: 2078.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.03
(349 votes)
This is a fine hike on a well maintained, albeit busy trail through a cool forest with views of the Cedar River watershed, Mount Si, Mount Washington, Rattlesnake Lake and Chester Morse Lake.
 
 
Upper Dungeness River

Olympic Peninsula -- Hood Canal

 
6.8 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 600 ft.
Highest Point: 3100.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.36
(11 votes)
The Upper Dungeness River trail is an easy stroll along a roaring river and among towering trees. It’s great for all ages (as long as the trail is snow- and ice-free), and the shelter at Camp Handy is a welcome and dry lunch destination on rainy days.
 
 
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:
4.08
(51 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.
 
 
Hannegan Pass and Peak

North Cascades -- Mount Baker Area

 
10.4 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 3100 ft.
Highest Point: 6200.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.42
(26 votes)
The wide-open trail to Hannegan Pass and Hannegan Peak offers spectacular mountain views, glorious alpine wildflowers, waterfalls and glaciers. Choose to hike to 5050 foot Hannegan Pass (about 8 miles roundtrip) or press on to the 6200 foot summit of Hannegan Peak -- 10.6 miles roundtrip.
 
 
No Name Ridge - Thorp Mountain

Snoqualmie Region -- Salmon La Sac/Teanaway

 
9.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 1000 ft.
Highest Point: 5854.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.00
(9 votes)
With wide open views at the top, Thorp Mountain is a worthwhile destination, even if the steep ascent to the peak might seem challenging.
 
 
Annette Lake

Snoqualmie Region -- Snoqualmie Pass

 
7.5 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 1800 ft.
Highest Point: 3600.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.84
(194 votes)
Waterfalls, wildflowers, sheltering forests, mountain views and an alpine lake are offered on this well-maintained trail. At the lake, enjoy the sights and relax for a while. If you backpacked in, stay at the campsites for a sunrise and sunset on the lake.
 
 
Vesper Peak

North Cascades -- Mountain Loop Highway

 
8.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 4000 ft.
Highest Point: 6214.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.52
(27 votes)
Vesper Peak is definitely not for the novice hiker, but for those thirsting for one step beyond hiking into backcountry adventure, it's a good leaping off point. The smooth, low angle granite of Vesper's upper reaches make for relatively easy off-trail travel and beginning routefinding.
 
 
Headlee Pass and Vesper Lake

North Cascades -- Mountain Loop Highway

 
7.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 2700 ft.
Highest Point: 4950.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.90
(20 votes)
Vesper Lake is squeezed, like a thumbprint in clay, deep in the saddle between the twin summits of Sperry Peak and Vesper Peak. Rarely is a lake situated so close and steeply below two summits like this–its unique setting gives you remarkably up-close (and straight-up) views of mountainous terrain. And all that comes after the former mining trail that provides incredible scenery along the way.
 
 
Glacier Vista - Panorama Point

Mount Rainier Area -- SW - Longmire/Paradise

 
5.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 1300 ft.
Highest Point: 6700.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.11
(9 votes)
Paradise is one of the most gorgeous (and, as a result, popular) parts of Washington. This short but steep trail offers tourists and locals alike one of the most stunning views for the least number of miles in Washington state, but that doesn't mean you won't sweat! Be prepared to climb more than 1000 feet in less than a mile at the outset of this trail .
 
 
Columbia River Renaissance Trail

Southwest Washington -- Vancouver Area

 
5.0 miles, one-way
Gain: 10 ft.
Highest Point: 50.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
0.00
(0 votes)
Explore the links between the Columbia River and Vancouver’s historic past and vibrant future on this paved accessible trail.
 
 
Lincoln Park

Puget Sound and Islands -- Seattle-Tacoma Area

 
1.85 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 160 ft.
Highest Point: 160.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.14
(7 votes)
Located on the western edge of West Seattle, Lincoln park offers 5 miles of trails, including a loop hike with bluff and beachfront views of Puget Sound, Vashon Island, and the Olympic Mountains.
 
 
Fort Flagler State Park

Olympic Peninsula -- Hood Canal

 
5.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 150 ft.
Highest Point: 150.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
2.67
(9 votes)
Fort Flagler State Park is one of five impressive military installations that were established in close proximity to protect Puget Sound from invaders during times of war.
 
 
Wallace Falls State Park

Central Cascades -- Stevens Pass - West

 
5.6 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 1300 ft.
Highest Point: 1500.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.11
(277 votes)
An accessible hike for seasoned veterans and neophytes alike, Wallace Falls provides visitors with breathtaking views of the Wallace River and the surrounding falls on a relatively low difficulty, scenic 5.6 mile round-trip. Although well attended and often busy, the trail stands as a true showcase of the diversity and majestic beauty that the Central Cascades can offer to hikers who journey into the heart of this sublime mountain range.
 
 
Seven Pass Loop (Pasayten)

North Cascades -- Pasayten

 
26.6 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 4100 ft.
Highest Point: 7446.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
5.00
(2 votes)
This breathtaking loop offers an undulating ridge walk on the Pacific Crest Trail, a jaunt through the West Fork Pasayten River Valley — one of the priority areas in WTA's Lost Trails Found campaign — and views from the highest fire lookout in the state.
 
 
Cutthroat Lake

North Cascades -- North Cascades Highway - Hwy 20

 
3.8 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 400 ft.
Highest Point: 4900.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.89
(18 votes)
This pleasant trail offers an almost level walk to a grassy forested lake set in the rocky basin beneath Cutthroat Peak. This is an easy hike in an area of rugged, steep country and one of the few that are suitable for small children. It is an especially pretty hike in the fall when the larch are turning golden.
 
 
Hidden Lake

Mount Rainier Area

 
Rating:
Average rating:
3.50
(4 votes)
Hidden Lake
 
 
Mount Dickerman

North Cascades -- Mountain Loop Highway

 
8.2 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 3950 ft.
Highest Point: 5760.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.63
(110 votes)
If the best views come to those who earn them, Mount Dickerman offers the fairest vantage along the Mountain Loop. You’ll huff and puff through 4,000 feet of elevation on your way to the summit; in return, you’ll get a superb panorama of nearly every peak in the Mountain Loop. In late summer, it also rewards the intrepid with a bounty of mountain blueberries.
 
 
Bearpaw Mountain Lake

North Cascades -- Mount Baker Area

 
1.6 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 650 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
0.00
(0 votes)
Bearpaw Lake is a small fishing lake near the Damfino Lakes Trail, which is the shortest route to the exquisite High Divide.
 
 
Church Lake

North Cascades -- Mount Baker Area

 
Rating:
Average rating:
4.00
(3 votes)
 
This hiker-only route is not an official trail It is a user-built route, and so is a rough and rugged climb. The way is often overgrown and the road to access the trailhead requires a high-clearance car.