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751 Hikes
Mount Misery Loop

Eastern Washington -- Palouse and Blue Mountains

 
48.5 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 4000 ft.
Highest Point: 6387.0 ft.
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From mountain peak to Wild and Scenic River, this long loop takes in a range of terrain, wildlife and views.
 
 
East Butte Creek

Eastern Washington -- Palouse and Blue Mountains

 
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This trail begins at the easily accessible Teepee trailhead and connects to multiple trails within the Wenaha-Tucannon Wilderness, making it possible to hike as an out-and-back or create longer routes.
 
 
Tucannon River - Rattlesnake Loop

Eastern Washington -- Palouse and Blue Mountains

 
21.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 2700 ft.
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0.00
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This backpack loop starts low where water and trees abound, then climbs high to take in the views on the Mount Misery trail's open ridges. An easy one- or two- night backpack trip, give some thought to campsite locations to take advantage of the few springs that are available in the high country.
 
 
West Butte

Eastern Washington -- Palouse and Blue Mountains

 
11.8 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 3100 ft.
Highest Point: 5504.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.50
(4 votes)
Descend into the heart of the Wenaha-Tucannon Wilderness from the historic Godman Guard Station, crossing through the Rainbow Creek Research Natural Area.
 
 
Turkey Creek

Eastern Washington -- Palouse and Blue Mountains

 
8.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 2060 ft.
Highest Point: 5300.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.25
(4 votes)
This creekside trail winds through old-growth, connecting the Panjab Trail to the Teepee Trailhead.
 
 
BPA Trail

Puget Sound and Islands -- Seattle-Tacoma Area

 
7.28 miles, roundtrip
Highest Point: 420.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.00
(2 votes)
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.
 
 
Summerland - Panhandle Gap

Mount Rainier Area -- NE - Sunrise/White River

 
12.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 2950 ft.
Highest Point: 6800.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.63
(51 votes)
Road Closed 11.9.21: The highway to this trailhead is closed for the winter season. It will reopen in the spring when the snow can be cleared.
Begin in old-growth forest, climb up to one of Mount Rainier's most spectacular wildflower meadows, then continue along the highest section of the Wonderland Trail to reach the alpine world of Panhandle Gap. Along the way be alert for marmots and goats, and it is not unusual to see a black bear.
 
 
Chinook Pass to Crystal Mountain via the Pacific Crest Trail

Mount Rainier Area -- Chinook Pass - Hwy 410

 
8.9 miles, one-way
Gain: 1400 ft.
Highest Point: 6400.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
5.00
(1 vote)
Road Closed 11.9.21: The highway to this trailhead is closed for the winter season. It will reopen in the spring when the snow can be cleared.
Done as a one-way car shuttle hike, this route takes you past several lakes and streams, through meadows of wild flowers, patches of huckleberries, views of mountains and occasional wildlife such as marmots, black bears, pikas and mountain goats. And on a warm day you can take a cooling dip in Sheep Lake on your journey.
 
 
Naches Peak Loop

Mount Rainier Area -- SE - Cayuse Pass/Stevens Canyon

 
3.2 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 600 ft.
Highest Point: 5850.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.54
(63 votes)
Road Closed 11.9.21: The highway to this trailhead is closed for the winter season. It will reopen in the spring when the snow can be cleared.
This popular hike provides a range of alpine experiences in a short loop. Walk along a hillside above a small valley, pause at a viewpoint overlooking a lake, and stroll through grassy meadows with stunning views of Mount Rainier. In season enjoy an abundance of wildflowers or perhaps a handful of huckleberries.
 
 
Shriner Peak

Mount Rainier Area -- SE - Cayuse Pass/Stevens Canyon

 
8.5 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 3434 ft.
Highest Point: 5834.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.60
(15 votes)
Road Closed 11.9.21: The highway to this trailhead is closed for the winter season. It will reopen in the spring when the snow can be cleared.
Gorgeous weather and late-season color make this one of the most beautiful autumn hikes in Mount Rainier National Park. This hike is a tough climb, but the payoff is great views and lots of solitude.
 
 
Indian Bar - Cowlitz Divide

Mount Rainier Area -- SE - Cayuse Pass/Stevens Canyon

 
14.6 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 3130 ft.
Highest Point: 5900.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.88
(8 votes)
Road Closed 11.9.21: The Stevens Canyon Road is closed for the winter season. It will reopen in the spring depending on weather.
This section of the Wonderland Trail, which begins at Box Canyon, continues along the Cowlitz Divide, and eventually concludes in the valley that houses Indian Bar, will certainly test your trail stamina. But the rewards for all of your efforts are plentiful: swaths of old-growth forests, bountiful berries (when in season), rolling alpine meadows, an epic in-your-face view of Mount Rainier, and finally, the rushing waters of the Ohanapecosh River and Wauhaukaupauken Falls, which offer a cooling respite after your long, and sometimes arduous, climb and descent into this famed valley.
 
 
High Lakes Loop

Mount Rainier Area -- SW - Longmire/Paradise

 
3.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 600 ft.
Highest Point: 5425.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.70
(10 votes)
Road Closed 11.9.21: The Stevens Canyon Road is closed for the winter season. It will reopen in the spring depending on weather.
Reflection Lakes are not just a popular photography stop. From the lakes you can hike to a stunning cliffside view of the lakes and the Tatoosh range. From there you have the option of returning the way you came, or hiking in a loop around the largest of the lakes.
 
 
Snow Mountain Ranch and Cowiche Mountain

Central Washington -- Yakima

 
14.0 miles of trails
Gain: 1140 ft.
Highest Point: 2970.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.50
(8 votes)
For a flat riparian ramble or a great workout to a scenic summit, Snow Mountain Ranch is a walking wonderland just outside of Yakima.
 
 
Alger Alp (South Route)

Puget Sound and Islands -- Bellingham Area

 
4.4 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 1150 ft.
Highest Point: 1272.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.18
(11 votes)
Climb Alger Alp for a straightforward day hike or after-work ascent, with a steady climb along an access road through second-growth forest. Soak in the wildflowers and fauna along the way, and views of Skagit Valley, Blanchard Mountain and Samish Bay await you at the summit.
 
 
Mica Peak

Eastern Washington -- Spokane Area/Coeur d'Alene

 
45.0 miles of trails
Gain: 2000 ft.
Highest Point: 4800.0 ft.
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0.00
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The conservation area on the west slopes of Mica Peak afford visitors of all types a healthy workout close to the city of Spokane.
 
 
Poo Poo Point - Chirico Trail

Issaquah Alps -- Tiger Mountain

 
3.8 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 1760 ft.
Highest Point: 1850.0 ft.
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Average rating:
4.06
(78 votes)
Hike a short but steep trail with many stone steps. Pause at a viewpoint offering a fine view of Mount Rainier, then continue on to Poo Poo Point itself, only 1.9 miles from the trailhead. Enjoy views to the northwest, and perhaps watch paragliders sailing off into the sky.
 
 
Lake Little Forest

Puget Sound and Islands -- Seattle-Tacoma Area

 
Highest Point: 900.0 ft.
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0.00
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The Lake Little Forest was acquired by King County Parks in 2018. A small forested lake sits in the middle of this 155-acre park, and a gravel access road leads to the northern shore of the lake.
 
 
Silver Star Mountain - Ed's Trail

Southwest Washington -- Lewis River Region

 
5.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 1240 ft.
Highest Point: 4390.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.40
(15 votes)
There are two routes up the north side of Silver Star Mountain that in good conditions can be combined to form a sort of loop. Along the way, hikers will be delighted with a diverse array of wildflowers, a natural arch, volcanic views and fine hiking.
 
 
Beckler Peak

Central Cascades -- Stevens Pass - West

 
7.6 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 2240 ft.
Highest Point: 5026.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.52
(71 votes)
Hike a re-built trail adjacent to the Wild Sky Wilderness. The Beckler Peak trail opened in September of 2011, and with it, the Jennifer Dunn trailhead. The trail takes you through an old-growth forest to summit views of Glacier Peak, Baring, Index, the Monte Cristo Range, and Evergreen Mountain. It's easy to get to and provides great rewards for your effort. The trail has a gentle grade, it is well built, and suitable for kids. Be sure to take water with you, because there is no reliable water along the trail.
 
 
Barclay Lake

Central Cascades -- Stevens Pass - West

 
4.4 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 500 ft.
Highest Point: 2423.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.95
(82 votes)
Barclay Lake offers something for almost everyone: a well-maintained trail that is accessible to beginners and children, stunning mountain views, mycology, camping, a serene alpine lake, and a staging area for challenging adventures in the 106,000-acre Wild Sky Wilderness. Keep your camera charged, as this popular pathway in the shadow of Baring Mountain offers many photo opportunities.
 
 
Taylor Mountain - Elk Ridge Trail

Issaquah Alps -- Taylor Mountain

 
1.6 miles, one-way
Gain: 500 ft.
Highest Point: 1200.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.00
(2 votes)
Enjoy a short hike through lush greenery on this newly renovated trail.
 
 
Taylor Mountain - Hermit Trail

Issaquah Alps -- Taylor Mountain

 
2.24 miles, one-way
Gain: 750 ft.
Highest Point: 1500.0 ft.
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0.00
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Wander through the eastern reaches of Taylor Mountain Forest.
 
 
Taylor Mountain - Boot Trail

Issaquah Alps -- Taylor Mountain

 
4.5 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 200 ft.
Highest Point: 950.0 ft.
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On the south side of Taylor Mountain, this trail gains a couple hundred feet as it curves through the forest above Carey Creek.
 
 
Taylor Mountain - Sherwood Trail

Issaquah Alps -- Taylor Mountain

 
5.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 250 ft.
Highest Point: 1250.0 ft.
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0.00
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Starting out along Carey Creek, the Sherwood Trail climbs to a high point on the eastern edge of Taylor Mountain.
 
 
Taylor Mountain - Mount Beaver Trail

Issaquah Alps -- Taylor Mountain

 
1.84 miles, one-way
Gain: 150 ft.
Highest Point: 800.0 ft.
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0.00
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Wander along this forested slope above Carey Creek in the southern portion of the Taylor Mountain Forest.
 
 
Taylor Mountain - Holder Ridge Trail

Issaquah Alps -- Taylor Mountain

 
1.57 miles, one-way
Gain: 425 ft.
Highest Point: 900.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
2.00
(1 vote)
Cross over two small creeks as you make your way up and over Holder Ridge.
 
 
Taylor Mountain - Holder Creek

Issaquah Alps -- Taylor Mountain

 
1.46 miles, one-way
Gain: 400 ft.
Highest Point: 1100.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
2.33
(3 votes)
This trail follows salmon-spawning Holder Creek before a short climb in the northern section of Taylor Mountain.
 
 
Taylor Mountain - Holder Knob

Issaquah Alps -- Taylor Mountain

 
3.28 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 500 ft.
Highest Point: 1050.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.83
(6 votes)
A good short day hike with the best views on Taylor Mountain.
 
 
Taylor Mountain - Carey Creek Trail

Issaquah Alps -- Taylor Mountain

 
1.47 miles, one-way
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0.00
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This popular path for horseback riders follows a gentle grade along Carey Creek to connect with the Taylor Mountain trail network.
 
 
Taylor Mountain - Donkey Engine Trail

Issaquah Alps -- Taylor Mountain

 
3.44 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 450 ft.
Highest Point: 800.0 ft.
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0.00
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This quick out-and-back will satisfy your outdoor craving without the exertion of a full day hike.