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771 Hikes

Puget Sound and Islands > San Juan Islands

 
10.0 miles of trails
Gain: 223 ft.
Highest Point: 223 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.33
(6 votes)
  • Mountain views
  • Wildlife
  • Good for kids
  • Dogs allowed on leash
  • Fall foliage
  • Coast
Far to the north, between the Strait of Georgia and the waters surrounding the San Juan Islands is a funny-shaped little island with a wealth of hiking trails on its relatively small square acreage.
 
 

Snoqualmie Region > Salmon La Sac/Teanaway

 
7.8 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 400 ft.
Highest Point: 2800 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.46
(13 votes)
  • Wildlife
  • Lakes
  • Rivers
  • Wildflowers/Meadows
  • Mountain views
  • Dogs allowed on leash
  • Established campsites
  • Old growth
  • Good for kids
  • Fall foliage
Kids will love this hike because there’s so much to see: a rushing river, a lush old-growth forest dotted with wildflowers and, if you’re lucky, plenty of wildlife.
 
 

Central Cascades > Stevens Pass - East

 
2.4 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 100 ft.
Highest Point: 1400 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.50
(8 votes)
  • Wildflowers/Meadows
  • Mountain views
  • Wildlife
  • Good for kids
  • Dogs allowed on leash
  • Fall foliage
  • Rivers
Just west of the town of Leavenworth, the Tumwater Pipeline Trail offers a lovely riverside ramble at any time of year. Enjoy the high waters and flowers blooming in spring, photograph vivid color in fall, and try out your snowshoes in winter. Whatever the season, this is a beautiful, short walk for those looking for something easy and quick.
 
 

North Cascades > Mountain Loop Highway

 
0.25 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
2.67
(6 votes)
  • Wildflowers/Meadows
  • Wildlife
  • Old growth
  • Good for kids
  • Dogs allowed on leash
  • Fall foliage

Trail Closed

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 > Northern Coast

 
4.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 500 ft.
Highest Point: 800 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.75
(4 votes)
  • Mountain views
  • Wildlife
  • Old growth
  • Good for kids
  • Dogs not allowed
  • Fall foliage
  • Rivers
Formerly a trail that bordered Lake Mills, the Smokey Bottom trail winds through the second-growth forest along the now free-flowing Elwha River.
 
 

North Cascades > Mount Baker Area

 
4.4 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 1500 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.07
(14 votes)
  • Mountain views
  • Dogs allowed on leash
  • Lakes
  • Fall foliage

6/7/2022 Road Closed: This trailhead is inaccessible

Dock Butte boasts sweeping views of Mount Baker, Baker Lake, and several prominent peaks in the North Cascades and Olympic Peninsula. It is a great option for beginner hikers looking to up their hiking game as well as those looking for exceptional mountain views without the mileage and time commitment of a longer hike.
 
 

Olympic Peninsula > Northern Coast

 
4.5 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 1800 ft.
Highest Point: 1825 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.50
(6 votes)
  • Wildlife
  • Summits
  • Good for kids
  • Dogs not allowed
  • Fall foliage
Cascade Rock used to be accessible from the backyard of many sites at the Elwha Campground, but with the removal of the Elwha Dam, this campground has flooded multiple times and the campground is closed. Luckily though, you can still hike Cascade Rock, and its such a secret trail, you're likely to have it to yourself.
 
 

Olympic Peninsula > Northern Coast

 
10.2 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 2480 ft.
Highest Point: 4300 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.00
(5 votes)
  • Wildflowers/Meadows
  • Mountain views
  • Dogs not allowed
  • Established campsites
  • Old growth
  • Lakes
  • Fall foliage
This is a well-engineered trail of moderate grade that makes a 2.8-mile switchback free ascent from the intersection of the Appleton Pass Trail to the shores of green-tinted Boulder Lake. Along the way you will ramble through some great stands of fir and hemlock and pull in some panoramic views to the south including the north slopes of Mount Appleton.
 
 

North Cascades > Mount Baker Area

 
1.7 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 300 ft.
Highest Point: 3984 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.06
(16 votes)
  • Wildflowers/Meadows
  • Mountain views
  • Wildlife
  • Dogs allowed on leash
  • Good for kids
  • Lakes
  • Fall foliage

6/7/2022 Road Closed: This trailhead is inaccessible

One of several Blue Lakes in Washington State, this Blue Lake lies about four and a half miles south of Mount Baker and requires less than a mile of hiking to reach it. Its translucent blue-green colors peek out beneath the shadows of a sheer rock wall partially encircling the lake, a reward for conquering the somewhat eroded and rooty trail that leads to it. Families, anglers, and hikers looking to experience a pretty subalpine lake will enjoy this short, yet memorable hike.
 
 

Olympic Peninsula > Northern Coast

 
15.4 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 3230 ft.
Highest Point: 5050 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.67
(6 votes)
  • Wildflowers/Meadows
  • Ridges/passes
  • Established campsites
  • Mountain views
  • Old growth
  • Waterfalls
  • Dogs not allowed
  • Fall foliage
The trail to Appleton Pass is only 7.7 miles, but it hikes longer. The route offers some rewarding diversions along the way, but much of the payoff is in the last 1.5 miles with sweeping views as one ascends the meadows and traverses the switchbacks to Appleton Pass. Plan for an early start to your day in order to enjoy lunch, and perhaps even a restorative nap, at Appleton Pass.
 
 

Puget Sound and Islands > Bellingham Area

 
1.5 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 192 ft.
Highest Point: 157 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.00
(4 votes)
  • Wildflowers/Meadows
  • Mountain views
  • Wildlife
  • Dogs not allowed
  • Good for kids
  • Fall foliage
  • Coast
This hike boasts a great combination of wetland and sea shore. It is doable by hikers of all ages, and most of the trail is wheelchair accessible
 
 

Puget Sound and Islands > Seattle-Tacoma Area

 
7.3 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 797 ft.
Highest Point: 452 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.00
(2 votes)
  • Dogs allowed on leash
  • Good for kids
  • Lakes
  • Fall foliage
You can visit several parks along the way of this urban trail including Celebration Park, Madrona Park and Panther Lake Park. It is also passes by the Weyerhaeuser King County Aquatic Centre. The paved path is ADA accessible and allows leashed dogs.
 
 

North Cascades > Mountain Loop Highway

 
7.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 625 ft.
Highest Point: 750 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.60
(81 votes)
  • Old growth
  • Good for kids
  • Dogs allowed on leash
  • Fall foliage
  • Rivers
Here's an unusual hike through a very mossy forest and along a narrow river canyon, past sites that were important in local history. A railroad once ran along the canyon, passing through small communities. Logging was done in the area, and lime once was produced from limestone here, in a kiln that still stands. The railroad and communities are gone now, and much has disappeared over the past eighty years. But a few artifacts still remain and can be seen near the trail.
 
 

Southwest Washington > Long Beach Area

 
8.2 miles, one-way
Gain: 15 ft.
Highest Point: 45 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
5.00
(1 vote)
  • Dogs allowed on leash
  • Good for kids
  • Fall foliage
  • Coast
This 8.2-mile trail from the center of Ilwaco along Long Beach provides a nice outing for those wanting to experience the area on foot. The route takes you through forested hills and features nice views of the ocean from the Beard's Hollow Overlook, and then beach and dune walking to the town of Long Beach.
 
 

Mount Rainier Area > Chinook Pass - Hwy 410

 
9.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 300 ft.
Highest Point: 3700 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.29
(7 votes)
  • Wildflowers/Meadows
  • Wildlife
  • Established campsites
  • Dogs allowed on leash
  • Old growth
  • Lakes
  • Fall foliage
A gentle hike through stands of mature larches and other conifers along the shores of Bumping Lake. The trail is also a good alternate route to Swamp Lake Trail #970 or to Pacific Crest Trail #2000 when a ford of the Bumping River is too hazardous.
 
 

Snoqualmie Region > North Bend Area

 
11.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 650 ft.
Highest Point: 1750 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.00
(59 votes)
  • Dogs allowed on leash
  • Waterfalls
  • Good for kids
  • Lakes
  • Fall foliage
  • Rivers
Lose yourself in second-growth forest as you traverse an old logging road that heads into quiet wilderness just an hour from the urban sprawl of Puget Sound. Enjoy the sounds of water rushing and birds singing. Explore mossy boulders and cross multiple burbling creeks, even do a small amount of cross-country travel on the way to the piece de resistance – a 1,200 foot waterfall that streams into tiny Lipsy Lake before draining to the Taylor River.
 
 

Eastern Washington > Okanogan Highlands/Kettle River Range

 
5.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 3100 ft.
Highest Point: 300 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
0.00
(0 votes)
  • Wildflowers/Meadows
  • Dogs allowed on leash
  • Lakes
  • Fall foliage
  • Rivers
Approach a calm, quiet lake on a rugged canyon trail, where wildflowers bloom in spring, and you can rest lakeside in the heat of the summer.
 
 

Puget Sound and Islands > Bellingham Area

 
9.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 1950 ft.
Highest Point: 1650 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.12
(8 votes)
  • Dogs allowed on leash
  • Waterfalls
  • Old growth
  • Good for kids
  • Lakes
  • Fall foliage
Tucked away atop Chuckanut Mountain is shallow Lost Lake. The south trail to the lake leads through a recovering forest of bigleaf maple, alder, Douglas fir, and western hemlock, meandering 4.5 miles to a riparian hideout, providing waterfalls, old growth, fall color, and year-round hiking to those who make the journey.
 
 

North Cascades > Methow/Sawtooth

 
10.2 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 3210 ft.
Highest Point: 7640 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.44
(9 votes)
  • Mountain views
  • Dogs allowed on leash
  • Lakes
  • Fall foliage
  • Ridges/passes
This strenuous hike passes through varied climate zones of the Sawtooth Range, ending at stark Libby Lake, tucked into a talus bowl with a larch-fringed outlet. Enjoy the view, soak your feet, catch some fish, or for those so inclined, backtrack to the cabin and scramble up Hoodoo Peak.
 
 

Mount Rainier Area > Chinook Pass - Hwy 410

 
4.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 80 ft.
Highest Point: 1300 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
2.67
(9 votes)
  • Wildflowers/Meadows
  • Mountain views
  • Wildlife
  • Good for kids
  • Dogs allowed on leash
  • Fall foliage
  • Rivers
Located on the White River near Mount Rainier, the Mud Mountain Dam is both a flood control dam operated by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and a recreation facility. This gentle 2-mile trail will take you along the White River.
 
 

Southwest Washington > Columbia River Gorge - WA

 
12.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 20 ft.
Highest Point: 40 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.00
(1 vote)
  • Mountain views
  • Wildlife
  • Good for kids
  • Dogs allowed on leash
  • Fall foliage
  • Rivers
There are more than 12 miles of trails encircling and interweaving the town of North Bonneville. These range from paved and flat to rougher, dirt trails that are somewhat steep in places. All afford nice exercise and views from the valley of the high peaks above the wide Columbia River.
 
 

Mount Rainier Area > Chinook Pass - Hwy 410

 
2.5 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 200 ft.
Highest Point: 800 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.12
(26 votes)
  • Old growth
  • Good for kids
  • Dogs allowed on leash
  • Fall foliage
Follow a gentle old railroad grade into the coal-mining ghost town of Franklin, along the Green River near Black Diamond. It’s an easy walk up to the coal cart and sealed mine shaft. Follow the narrow footpath beyond to discover the powerhouse foundation and cemetery.
 
 

Snoqualmie Region > Salmon La Sac/Teanaway

 
7.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 2300 ft.
Highest Point: 6031 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.00
(15 votes)
  • Wildflowers/Meadows
  • Ridges/passes
  • Wildlife
  • Mountain views
  • Summits
  • Dogs allowed on leash
  • Fall foliage
  • Rivers
The Teanaway is a fabulous drainage with year-round opportunities. Koppen sits on an easily accessed ridge line which lacks the crowds of many of the other hikes in this area. Commanding views of the Stuart Range, and further away, the Pacific Crest make for stunning scenery. Although this trail’s rewards are an end unto itself, it may also easily be combined with numerous other peaks, ridgelines, or drainages for longer loop trails.
 
 

Southwest Washington > Vancouver Area

 
4.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 90 ft.
Highest Point: 570 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.00
(2 votes)
  • Dogs allowed on leash
  • Rivers
  • Good for kids
  • Fall foliage
  • Waterfalls
Moulton Falls Trail is an out-and-back hike along the Lewis River. The trail crosses a picturesque footbridge and then follows the Lewis River with the river to the right and a mossy cliff to the left. The wide hard-surfaced trail is mostly flat, making this a perfect year round hike for people of all ages.
 
 

South Cascades > Mount St. Helens

 
8.2 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 970 ft.
Highest Point: 4752 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.16
(32 votes)
  • Mountain views
  • Dogs not allowed
  • Lakes
  • Fall foliage
  • Ridges/passes
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.
 
 

Olympic Peninsula > Northern Coast

 
17.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 3200 ft.
Highest Point: 5050 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.33
(6 votes)
  • Wildlife
  • Dogs not allowed
  • Lakes
  • Rivers
  • Wildflowers/Meadows
  • Mountain views
  • Established campsites
  • Waterfalls
  • Old growth
  • Fall foliage
The Sol Duc River Trail is one of Olympic National Park’s most beloved hikes. Thus it is always crowded and a backcountry camping quota is enforced. Roaring waterfalls, lush old growth, and subalpine meadows where elk bugle and bears browse for berries are just some of the many highlights.
 
 

Puget Sound and Islands > Seattle-Tacoma Area

 
1.2 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 0 ft.
Highest Point: 70 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.50
(10 votes)
  • Dogs not allowed
  • Wildlife
  • Good for kids
  • Lakes
  • Fall foliage
A little history, a little wildlife, a little botany -- it's all here in this quiet little wetland right off a main road in Federal Way.
 
 

Snoqualmie Region > North Bend Area

 
1.4 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 250 ft.
Highest Point: 450 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.62
(39 votes)
  • Dogs allowed on leash
  • Rivers
  • Good for kids
  • Fall foliage
  • Waterfalls
The 0.7-mile interpretive trail from the upper falls viewpoints to the lower falls viewpoint is family- and pet-friendly, good for beginners, teaches the basics of the flora and fauna near Snoqualmie Pass, informs about local Native American culture, and ends with impressive views of a Washington icon.
 
 

Central Washington > Yakima

 
6.5 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 500 ft.
Highest Point: 1800 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.63
(30 votes)
  • Wildflowers/Meadows
  • Wildlife
  • Good for kids
  • Dogs allowed on leash
  • Fall foliage
  • Rivers
Take a pleasant hike up a spectacular canyon with towering basalt formations, a rushing creek, and a chance to see bighorn sheep. Whether you go in spring or fall, the canyon is filled with brilliant color.
 
 

North Cascades > North Cascades Highway - Hwy 20

 
10.4 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 3650 ft.
Highest Point: 7660 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.00
(3 votes)
  • Ridges/passes
  • Wildlife
  • Dogs allowed on leash
  • Fall foliage
Starting in a forested creek valley, climb through alpine forest, meadows, and rocks to expansive vistas at the Stiletto Lookout site. Your destination is visible from the trailhead, on the end of the ridge to the southeast.