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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

South Cascades -- Mount St. Helens

 
20.2 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 3200 ft.
Highest Point: 5250 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.17
(6 votes)
Escape the crowds on this two-day backpacking adventure into the less-traveled areas on the north side of Mount St. Helens.
 
 

Puget Sound and Islands -- Bellingham Area

 
3.5 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 250 ft.
Highest Point: 275 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.00
(6 votes)
Enjoy the easy, forested trail to Cranberry Lake - an extensive wetland created by energetic beavers - plus trails along the high bluffs with views out to Saratoga Passage and Whidbey Island. Optionally, explore a trail to the eastern edge of the park. To finish up, visit the Historic District and vintage beach cabins.
 
 

Puget Sound and Islands -- Whidbey Island

 
1.5 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 125 ft.
Highest Point: 250 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.33
(9 votes)
Set off for a hike in the Anacortes Community Forest Lands (ACFL), a 2,800-acre preserve within the city limits of Anacortes.
 
 

Mount Rainier Area -- NW - Carbon River/Mowich

 
16.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 5100 ft.
Highest Point: 6375 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.83
(12 votes)
Considered one of the best loop hikes in Mount Rainier National Park, the trail through the alpine meadows of Spray and Seattle Parks blazes with a bounty of seasonal wildflowers. Throw in an ample serving of glassy tarns, a couple of wispy waterfalls, an optional side trip to Carbon Glacier and a forested stroll up Ipsut Creek, and you have a photographer’s dreamland.
 
 

Puget Sound and Islands -- Seattle-Tacoma Area

 
10.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 200 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.35
(17 votes)
This is a wonderful wild park right in the backyard of those who live in the Everett area. Covering 1,463 acres of forest, ponds and meadows, the river valley is a confluence of the Issaquah, Tulalip, Stillaguamish, and Snoqualmie Tribal treaty areas. Hikers can roam all day on the network of trails leading through the forest, down to the Snohomish River and up to views of the Cascades and Snohomish valley. Explore, and keep an eye out for the wildlife that live in these woods.
 
 

Central Cascades -- Stevens Pass - East

 
7.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 1500 ft.
Highest Point: 5050 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.36
(50 votes)
Lake Valhalla is a gem, tucked under Lichtenberg Mountain and Mount McCausland on the PCT North of Stevens Pass. The lake is a great day hike in summer or fall and accessible by snowshoe in the winter. Wildflowers abound in early summer, berries in late summer and fall colors make vivid surroundings in autumn.
 
 

Puget Sound and Islands

 
1200.0 miles, one-way
Highest Point: 7580 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.00
(3 votes)
The Pacific Northwest Trail is a 1200-mile linear park that stretches from Glacier National Park in Montana to Cape Alava on the Pacific Ocean in the Olympic National Park.
 
 

Southwest Washington -- Long Beach Area

 
3.5 miles, roundtrip
Rating:
Average rating:
4.00
(5 votes)
Known as the jewel of Longview, this man-made lake in Southwest Washington is a delightful way to spend a couple of hours. Maple trees blaze red, orange and yellow in autumn, willows provide shade in spring, and the stark skeletons of those trees stand out against grey skies in winter. With various bridges crossing it, it's possible to venture all the way around it, or create smaller loops as needed
 
 

Puget Sound and Islands -- Seattle-Tacoma Area

 
2.4 miles, roundtrip
Rating:
Average rating:
4.00
(14 votes)
Are you a naturalist seeking to observe local flora and fauna? A trail runner in need of a place to train when you can’t make it to the mountains? A dog owner looking for a place to walk with your furry friend? A parent hoping to introduce a child to the wonderful outdoors? Or maybe just a busy urban dweller searching for a quick escape from the hustle and bustle of city life? If you fit any of these descriptions, then look no further. Seward Park is the place for you!
 
 

Puget Sound and Islands -- Seattle-Tacoma Area

 
2.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 9 ft.
Highest Point: 45 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.67
(3 votes)
Enjoy an easy walk (or a jog) around a small lake in a very green, open setting. If you have occasion to be in the Monroe area anyway, come by for a pre-lunch stroll. Or, Lake Tye can be a pleasant add-on if you stop in Monroe for a meal after a longer hike in the Stevens Pass area. Either way, relax and take in the vista of open fields and forested hills.
 
 

Puget Sound and Islands -- Seattle-Tacoma Area

 
3.0 miles of trails
Gain: 120 ft.
Highest Point: 290 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.60
(5 votes)
Don’t let the thought of the Brightwater Treatment Plant prevent you from hiking through the Brightwater Center’s 70-acre suburban wetland and woodland preserve that serves as a refuge for local wildlife and plant species. The trails at Brightwater are ideal for families, birdwatchers, pets, and children.
 
 

Snoqualmie Region -- North Bend Area

 
2.2 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 830 ft.
Highest Point: 1860 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.42
(12 votes)
Built with the help of Washington Trails Association and Mountains to Sound Greenway crews, the trail to Garfield Ledges will offer visitors expansive views of the Middle Fork valley and a short but steep workout.
 
 

Central Cascades -- Entiat Mountains/Lake Chelan

 
0.7 miles, one-way
Gain: 150 ft.
Highest Point: 1340 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
0.00
(0 votes)
If you only have a short time to hike while visiting the secluded town of Stehekin, hop on the Imus Creek Trail to sample what the North Cascades National Park has to offer. This easy self-guided nature walk runs behind the landing for a one mile loop to an overlook of the lake and the majestic mountains that make up the Lake Chelan Valley.
 
 

Central Cascades -- Entiat Mountains/Lake Chelan

 
5.5 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 300 ft.
Highest Point: 2000 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.00
(5 votes)
This easy day hike is a great destination for families staying in the Stehekin Valley. Huckleberries line the slopes in the fall, and the 200-foot deep gorge you hike along provides thrills at any time of year. Plus, it's a relatively short hike in a valley of miles-long trails.
 
 

Central Cascades -- Entiat Mountains/Lake Chelan

 
11.4 miles, one-way
Gain: 1100 ft.
Highest Point: 2400 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
0.00
(0 votes)
Once upon a time, the road in Stehekin extended all the way to Cottonwood Camp, more than ten miles further into the lush green valley. But strong river activity due to snowmelt and rain events washed the road out frequently, and for one final time in 2003. Now it's accessible by foot only, and many of the trails found along this route are some of your best chance for solitude in the state.
 
 

Central Cascades -- Entiat Mountains/Lake Chelan

 
0.25 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 30 ft.
Highest Point: 1200 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
0.00
(0 votes)
Cascading 312 feet from Rainbow Creek high above the Stehekin valley floor, Rainbow Falls is perhaps the most popular natural destination for day visitors to the Stehekin Valley. And now, thanks to efforts from the National Park Service trail crew, a short trail exists here, offering a modest amount of elevation gain for a new vantage point of the waterfall.
 
 

Central Cascades -- Entiat Mountains/Lake Chelan

 
3.3 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 600 ft.
Highest Point: 2180 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
2.33
(3 votes)
Just behind the High Bridge Guard Station at the end of the road in Stehekin, a trail leads to a quiet little lake nestled in lush, vibrant forest. This trail is primarily used by hikers heading to the summit of McGregor Mountain, the most prominent peak towering over the Stehekin Valley, but Howard Lake is a nice destination in and of itself, if you don’t have the time or the desire to tackle the 16 mile roundtrip hike up McGregor.
 
 

Central Cascades -- Entiat Mountains/Lake Chelan

 
7.6 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 100 ft.
Highest Point: 1200 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.00
(4 votes)
If you’re overnighting in the Stehekin Valley and just want a riverside ramble to while away the hours, try the Stehekin River Trail. It’s an easy forested walk along the mighty Stehekin River on a side of the valley that few visitors get to see.
 
 

North Cascades -- Pasayten

 
11.5 miles, one-way
Rating:
Average rating:
4.00
(5 votes)
Follow this rugged trail through a former burn to views of Mount Baker and the expansive Pasayten Wilderness.
 
 

Central Cascades -- Stevens Pass - East

 
44.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 7200 ft.
Highest Point: 7100 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.29
(14 votes)
Take five days (or seven!) and enjoy some of the best backcountry in the state on this long loop hike. Along the way, you'll see massive wildflower meadows, glaciers, alpine lakes, high mountain passes and supreme views of Glacier Peak.
 
 

Olympic Peninsula -- Hood Canal

 
16.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 2650 ft.
Highest Point: 5700 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.07
(28 votes)
You will see plenty in the first 7.2 miles of this trip that take you to the shores of Royal Lake, but you should plan your hike to have the time –and energy -- to enjoy the wildflower-dotted alpine basin and its milky blue tarns in Upper Royal Basin about three-quarters of a mile past the lake.
 
 

Issaquah Alps -- Tiger Mountain

 
11.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 1600 ft.
Highest Point: 2607 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
0.00
(0 votes)
Hike the forested Iverson Railroad Trail and the little-used middle section of the main Tiger Mountain Trail (TMT). Look in on the site of a 1925 logging train wreck. Continue on to remote Custer's Bridge, and return via a loop over Middle Tiger Mountain, including views south-side hikers miss.
 
 

Issaquah Alps -- Tiger Mountain

 
2.4 miles, one-way
Highest Point: 2900 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
0.00
(0 votes)
The Quick Link Trail is a short segment in the middle of the east tiger trail system. Combine this trail with others to form any number of loop hikes, including a trip to the east tiger summit.
 
 

Issaquah Alps -- Tiger Mountain

 
6.5 miles, one-way
Gain: 200 ft.
Highest Point: 1400 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
2.25
(4 votes)
The East Side Road is an access road on Tiger Mountain that is closed to vehicle traffic and open to hikers. The road roughly parallels the eastern boundary of Tiger Mountain and connects with several other trails.
 
 

Central Cascades -- Stevens Pass - West

 
3.3 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 775 ft.
Highest Point: 1327 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.23
(57 votes)
The Leovy Trail, a testament to community land conservation, is a moderate ascent through second-growth Cascade rainforest to the summit of Heybrook Ridge. At the top, take in stunning views of Mount Index, Bridal Veil Falls, and the Skykomish Valley.
 
 

Snoqualmie Region -- Salmon La Sac/Teanaway

 
7.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 2300 ft.
Highest Point: 6031 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.93
(14 votes)
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.
 
 

Mount Rainier Area -- NW - Carbon River/Mowich

 
20.5 miles, one-way
Gain: 8000 ft.
Highest Point: 6750 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
5.00
(1 vote)
This 20-mile section of the longer 93-mile Wonderland Trail covers the northern section of the loop from Mowich to Sunrise, utilizing the Spray Park alternate.
 
 

Mount Rainier Area -- NW - Carbon River/Mowich

 
2.9 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 1300 ft.
Highest Point: 6200 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.17
(6 votes)
Knapsack Pass follows a no-longer-maintained hiking trail. It now requires GPS or map and compass skills to reach the pass, located near Mother Mountain.
 
 

North Cascades -- Pasayten

 
6.3 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 1320 ft.
Highest Point: 6480 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
0.00
(0 votes)
This trail is an essential link for access to the west and central Pasayten wilderness. It allows hikers to avoid the steepest parts of the Buckskin Ridge Trail and the minimally maintained West Fork Pasayten Trail. Or, it can be part of a multi-day loop trip on any of the four major north-south trails: Pacific Crest Trail, West Fork Pasayten Trail, Buckskin Ridge Trail, and Robinson Creek (Middle Fork Pasayten) Trail.
 
 

Puget Sound and Islands -- Seattle-Tacoma Area

 
5.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 200 ft.
Highest Point: 300 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.12
(17 votes)
As the largest urban park in Pierce County, the network of roads and trails weaving through the forest preserve provides a quiet retreat for joggers, cyclists, and hikers.