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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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755 Hikes

Olympic Peninsula -- Northern Coast

 
5.8 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 480 ft.
Highest Point: 2000 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.54
(13 votes)
The Lover's Lane trail follows the Sol Duc river upstream, connecting Sol Duc campground, Sol Duc Falls and the resort.
 
 

Central Cascades -- Stevens Pass - East

 
10.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 700 ft.
Highest Point: 4682 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
0.00
(0 votes)
This is a beautiful small lake tucked immediately under Grizzly Peak and the Pacific Crest Trail (PCT). Where Heather Lake is often shared with a number of hiking and camping groups, you are pretty much assured to have lunch by yourself at Glasses. Only a half a dozen trip reports have been filed in the last decade, this is a good predictor of solitude.
 
 

Olympic Peninsula -- Hood Canal

 
6.2 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 3300 ft.
Highest Point: 5944 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.58
(103 votes)
Mount Ellinor is the southern-most prominence on the eastern front of the Olympics. This makes its peak easy to point out to your friends when you say, ”I was up there.” Mount Ellinor also gives you two trailheads to choose from. The lower trailhead at 2,600 feet welcomes you to the ascent with an easy grade at the outset. The route from the upper trailhead at 3,500 feet starts out with a nearly immediate upward jolt. The trails merge well before the summit and continue upward at a character-building grade.
 
 

South Cascades -- Mount Adams Area

 
3.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 770 ft.
Highest Point: 1090 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
0.00
(0 votes)
A short, family-friendly loop that can be done all year round. You'll meander through douglas fir, western redcedar, bigleaf maple, and other deciduous trees, along a creek, and end at a lovely waterfall, perfect for picnicking.
 
 

North Cascades -- Methow/Sawtooth

 
4.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 1070 ft.
Highest Point: 3520 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.89
(9 votes)
This short hike to the top of Patterson Mountain provides great views across and along the Methow Valley from Twisp to Mazama, while to the west lies the Sawtooth Range.
 
 

South Cascades -- Mount Adams Area

 
6.3 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 1860 ft.
Highest Point: 4040 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.00
(2 votes)
The Monte Cristo Range just north of Willard offers quiet forest, and miles of solitary rambling. There are a myriad of ways to access this trail network, including this one, which starts in the middle of the mountains.
 
 

Central Washington -- Yakima

 
3.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 450 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
5.00
(1 vote)
A short, hike alongside a creek on the east side of Washington, just outside of Yakima. Lush brush, including balsamroot, yarrow, and lupine can be found along the way, as you enjoy the dramatic canyon walls.
 
 

Central Cascades -- Blewett Pass

 
2.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 350 ft.
Highest Point: 3200 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
2.00
(6 votes)
This beautiful meadow is visible from a variety of logging roads that surround it. Visitors are asked to not walk in the meadow, as it is a protected research area and a fragile ecosystem.
 
 

Central Washington -- Yakima

 
10.9 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 1900 ft.
Highest Point: 5000 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
5.00
(1 vote)
The Whites Ridge trailhead is a forested hike with mountain views located in Ahtanum Forest. It is only open to hikers and equestrians from April 1 to November 30.
 
 

Snoqualmie Region -- Snoqualmie Pass

 
7.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 1180 ft.
Highest Point: 4195 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.83
(12 votes)
This short dayhike on the Pacific Crest Trail (PCT) is a nice alternate route to quiet Mirror Lake, or just a lovely little forest ramble on a quiet section of the well-maintained trail. You could consider it as a first-time backpacking destination, too, since the trail is never particularly steep here.
 
 

Issaquah Alps -- Tiger Mountain

 
8.8 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 600 ft.
Highest Point: 1780 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
2.89
(9 votes)
Hike a restored trail in the southeast corner of the Tigers, through an area that is very green, with impressive moss cover and with many huge, decaying stumps remaining from logging a century ago.
 
 

Issaquah Alps -- Tiger Mountain

 
6.2 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 1600 ft.
Highest Point: 2150 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.
 
 

Mount Rainier Area -- NE - Sunrise/White River

 
9.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 2500 ft.
Highest Point: 7828 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.
 
 

North Cascades -- Methow/Sawtooth

 
17.6 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 2850 ft.
Highest Point: 7260 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.
 
 

Puget Sound and Islands -- San Juan Islands

 
1.5 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 40 ft.
Highest Point: 60 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.
 
 

Central Cascades -- Entiat Mountains/Lake Chelan

 
26.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 4000 ft.
Highest Point: 7150 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.
 
 

North Cascades -- North Cascades Highway - Hwy 20

 
5.0 miles, roundtrip
Rating:
Average rating:
0.00
(0 votes)
Follow a fisherman's trail to a crystalline blue lake in the North Cascades. This is a bushwhack, so you will need route-finding experience and a map and compass, and you'll need to know how to use them.
 
 

Eastern Washington -- Palouse and Blue Mountains

 
5.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 1400 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
0.00
(0 votes)
Canyon hike starting at the Snake River.
 
 

South Cascades -- White Pass/Cowlitz River Valley

 
2.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 400 ft.
Highest Point: 1800 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
0.00
(0 votes)
Visitors to the North Fork Loop Trail will see several different forests and enjoy views of the lush Cispus Valley. The trail is adjacent to the North Fork of the Cispus River, and departs from the North Fork campground, making it a great option for people staying there.
 
 

Snoqualmie Region -- North Bend Area

 
7.4 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 3420 ft.
Highest Point: 3980 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.
 
 

Snoqualmie Region -- Snoqualmie Pass

 
2.2 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 870 ft.
Highest Point: 4200 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.
 
 

North Cascades -- Pasayten

 
26.6 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 4100 ft.
Highest Point: 7446 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.
 
 

South Cascades -- Mount St. Helens

 
10.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 4500 ft.
Highest Point: 8365 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.
 
 

North Cascades -- Mount Baker Area

 
8.5 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 3750 ft.
Highest Point: 6100 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.
 
 

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.
 
 

Puget Sound and Islands -- Seattle-Tacoma Area

 
12.0 miles, one-way
Gain: 1060 ft.
Highest Point: 535 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.
 
 

Puget Sound and Islands -- Seattle-Tacoma Area

 
1.7 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 220 ft.
Highest Point: 325 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.
 
 

Olympic Peninsula -- Pacific Coast

 
2.8 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 50 ft.
Highest Point: 300 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.
 
 

Issaquah Alps -- Cougar Mountain

 
4.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 1200 ft.
Highest Point: 1598 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.
 
 

Olympic Peninsula -- Northern Coast

 
7.2 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 2100 ft.
Highest Point: 6200 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.67
(6 votes)
The eastern part of the Grand Ridge trail can be accessed from Deer Park as a day hike and has a charm all of its own -- forest with avalanche lilies in spring, wildflower meadows and great views of the Strait of Juan de Fuca, Mount Baker, Glacier Peak, the Cascades, and the Olympic mountains.