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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

Snoqualmie Region -- Salmon La Sac/Teanaway

 
7.4 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 2484 ft.
Highest Point: 5884 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.10
(10 votes)
It’s possible to reach the lookout on top of Thorp Mountain four different ways. But this route offers a nice detour to a little lake, where you can have a snack and size up your objective before continuing on your way.
 
 

Puget Sound and Islands -- Seattle-Tacoma Area

 
5.0 miles of trails
Rating:
Average rating:
3.67
(3 votes)
This forest is tucked away in a residential neighborhood in Bothell. A series of short trails wander through forested ravines, and provide opportunities to see birds and other wildlife.
 
 

Puget Sound and Islands -- Seattle-Tacoma Area

 
3.0 miles of trails
Gain: 75 ft.
Highest Point: 354 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.00
(2 votes)
This urban park has it all! In a woodsy setting here, you'll find fitness challenge trails and activities for all ages and abilities.
 
 

Central Cascades -- Stevens Pass - East

 
9.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 3600 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.38
(8 votes)
Sometimes, taking the back door is better. At 9 miles and 3600 feet of elevation gain, the back way to the Rock Mountain Lookout is less steep, more scenic, and two miles shorter than the more frequently used route from Rock Lake. Try this as a key swap or a thru-hike if you want to get both sides of this gorgeous hike.
 
 

Puget Sound and Islands -- San Juan Islands

 
4.6 miles of trails
Gain: 900 ft.
Highest Point: 900 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
5.00
(3 votes)
Mount Grant Preserve is a trail system in development on San Juan Island. Currently, the trails to the top offer the most elevation gain available on San Juan Island, so you'll love this one if you're looking to get high up.
 
 

North Cascades -- North Cascades Highway - Hwy 20

 
9.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 800 ft.
Highest Point: 2000 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.33
(3 votes)
Hike towards the base of Klawatti and Austera Peaks along Newhalem Creek on this unmaintained North Cascades National Park trail. Years of blowdowns and overgrowth make this trail difficult to hike and navigate, but Newhalem Falls and the views of the mountains cannot be beaten. It's a great way to get into the North Cascades in the winter and still avoid the snow.
 
 

Issaquah Alps -- Tiger Mountain

 
3.5 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 520 ft.
Highest Point: 1100 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.10
(10 votes)
Hike the southernmost part of the Main Tiger Mountain Trail - the TMT - for a gentle introduction to the southern slopes of the Tigers. The trail is usable all year unless there has been significant lowland snow. In spring, enjoy blooms of trilliums and other wild flowers. In the fall, appreciate the colors of leaves that carpet parts of the trail.
 
 

Olympic Peninsula -- Olympia

 
6.5 miles, roundtrip
Highest Point: 650 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.57
(21 votes)
The Mima Falls Loop takes hikers through young plantings, lush forest, and quiet wetlands in Olympia's Capitol State Forest. Just 30 minutes from the state capital, this is the perfect year-round waterfall hike for after work or weekends. Hike through a working forest and examine forestry practices up close.
 
 

North Cascades -- North Cascades Highway - Hwy 20

 
5.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 50 ft.
Highest Point: 182 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.00
(12 votes)
Once the largest hospital for mentally ill people in Washington State, Northern State Mental Hospital was a town unto itself. Parts of the site are still in use and off-limits, but the farm is now a recreation area. It is located just north of the Skagit River near the town of Sedro-Woolley. Stroll along the wide pastoral trails amongst the buildings and cemetery.
 
 

North Cascades -- North Cascades Highway - Hwy 20

 
16.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 9800 ft.
Highest Point: 8000 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
0.00
(0 votes)
The route to West McMillan Spire is a strenuous Class 3 and involved exposed scrambling. Gear and experience recommended.
 
 

North Cascades -- North Cascades Highway - Hwy 20

 
36.5 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 8009 ft.
Highest Point: 8285 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
0.00
(0 votes)
 
 

North Cascades -- North Cascades Highway - Hwy 20

 
25.0 miles, roundtrip
Highest Point: 8444 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
0.00
(0 votes)
The route to Tower Mountain is a Class 3 and involved exposed scrambling. Gear and experience recommended.
 
 

North Cascades -- North Cascades Highway - Hwy 20

 
3.4 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 700 ft.
Highest Point: 5500 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.17
(18 votes)
The trail to Lake Ann is a wonderful, short way to see the impressive glaciated valley encircled by the popular Heather - Maple Pass Loop. Lake Ann features views of ridgelines blanketed in wildflowers in summer, a lake ringed with golden larches in fall, and before the highway closes for the season, a dramatic place to experience early winter’s snows.
 
 

North Cascades -- North Cascades Highway - Hwy 20

 
Rating:
Average rating:
0.00
(0 votes)
A climb to a peak on the North Cascades Highway. Climbing gear and experience as well as route finding knowledge required.
 
 

North Cascades -- North Cascades Highway - Hwy 20

 
18.7 miles, one-way
Gain: 3600 ft.
Highest Point: 4900 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
0.00
(0 votes)
Connect between the Stehekin River and Rainy Pass on this section of the Pacific Crest Trail. Views of peaks in every direction capture the hiker's attention as you walk through the beautiful North Cascades.
 
 

North Cascades -- North Cascades Highway - Hwy 20

 
Highest Point: 9066 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
0.00
(0 votes)
The route to Jack Mountain is a Class 5 and above and involves exposed climbing. Gear and experience are recommended.
 
 

North Cascades -- North Cascades Highway - Hwy 20

 
15.2 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 2420 ft.
Highest Point: 6060 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
0.00
(0 votes)
Take a walk in the forest on this trail as it climbs past a shallow lake and continues nearly to treeline at Twisp Pass. The upper half of the trail is flowered in summer and the power of avalanches is evident in the pick-up-sticks debris field shortly before Dagger Lake. At Twisp Pass in an intersection with many informal trails for further exploration.
 
 

North Cascades -- North Cascades Highway - Hwy 20

 
4.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 440 ft.
Highest Point: 900 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.75
(4 votes)
A nice trip through a quiet forest that features trees, moss, and ferns on a steep hillside above a babbling creek.
 
 

Puget Sound and Islands -- Bellingham Area

 
2.2 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 200 ft.
Highest Point: 230 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.25
(12 votes)
Thanks to a partnership between Washington State Parks and the Swinomish Indian Tribal Community, Kukutali Preserve in Similk Bay near La Conner opened to the public on June 16, 2014. Believed to be the first park in the United States to be co-owned and managed by a tribe and another government, management of the area focuses on conservation and research, public education and limited recreational use, including hiking!
 
 

Eastern Washington -- Okanogan Highlands/Kettle River Range

 
5.0 miles, roundtrip
Rating:
Average rating:
4.25
(4 votes)
Trail Closed 8/10/21: This trail is closed until further notice due to the Spur Mountain Fire
Make one of several loops on Bonaparte Mountain using Cabin Trail.
 
 

Puget Sound and Islands -- Seattle-Tacoma Area

 
2.6 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 300 ft.
Highest Point: 460 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.27
(11 votes)
Big Gulch includes a system of forested trails in Mukilteo.
 
 

South Cascades -- White Pass/Cowlitz River Valley

 
14.9 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 3815 ft.
Highest Point: 3261 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
2.33
(3 votes)
A short backpacking trip or a long dayhike, the Frying Pan Loop winds hikers through meadows, past lakes, and up to the summit of Frying Pan Mountain.
 
 

Snoqualmie Region -- Snoqualmie Pass

 
8.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 2600 ft.
Highest Point: 4500 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.44
(9 votes)
This loop takes you past two clear and calm lakes, up a steep, brushy trail to the beautifully manicured Pacific Crest Trail, then west under the blocky granite summit of Tinkham Peak and the shining pyramid of Silver Peak before dropping to Windy Pass.
 
 

Snoqualmie Region -- North Bend Area

 
13.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 1500 ft.
Highest Point: 2240 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
2.67
(3 votes)
This entry describes the most direct approach to the Pratt River Trail, which starts by fording the Middle Fork Snoqualmie River.
 
 

Olympic Peninsula -- Kitsap Peninsula

 
4.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 1087 ft.
Highest Point: 1687 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.70
(10 votes)
Gold Mountain is a beautiful hike from the Gold Creek Trailhead up a logging road and across country. With spectacular views of the Hood Canal and the Olympics to the west, as well as Mount Rainier, the Cascades, and Bremerton to the east, this is a definitely a half day hike you must experience.
 
 

South Cascades -- Mount St. Helens

 
8.2 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 970 ft.
Highest Point: 4752 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.13
(31 votes)
Named for the lovable curmudgeon who refused to leave his homestead when St. Helens was on the brink of erupting, Harry’s Ridge offers a fascinating panorama of the restless giant, still smoking and belching occasionally, years after her devastating awakening.
 
 

Eastern Washington -- Spokane Area/Coeur d'Alene

 
7.0 miles, roundtrip
Highest Point: 2780 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
0.00
(0 votes)
No trip through Pend Oreille County is complete without a stop at the county park, easily accessible for year-round recreation just off Highway 2 and a popular camping spot during the summer months.
 
 

North Cascades -- Mountain Loop Highway

 
0.25 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
2.67
(6 votes)
Trail closed: The presence of hazard trees has led to the decommissioning of this site. Please refrain from parking or dispersed camping here
A paved interpretive trail on the Mountain Loop Highway near Verlot. Perfect for exploring children, curious adults, an extra add-on after a longer hike, or a leg stretch during a driving tour of the area.
 
 

Olympic Peninsula -- Olympia

 
4.0 miles of trails
Rating:
Average rating:
0.00
(0 votes)
The LBA of LBA Park stands for Little Baseball Association, but there is much more to do than just play baseball at this urban park. There are 4 miles of gentle walking trails in the adjoining LBA Woods and more.
 
 

Puget Sound and Islands -- Seattle-Tacoma Area

 
2.6 miles, roundtrip
Rating:
Average rating:
2.75
(4 votes)
A trip to Ring Hill Forest gives visitors an opportunity to observe a working forest in action as King County implements its Forest Stewardship Plan which is focused on creating a diverse, vigorous, and healthy forest that provides habitat as well as revenue.