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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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762 Hikes

Central Cascades > Stevens Pass - West

 
5.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 712 ft.
Highest Point: 3888 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.18
(11 votes)
  • Wildflowers/Meadows
  • Mountain views
  • Wildlife
  • Established campsites
  • Dogs allowed on leash
  • Old growth
  • Good for kids
  • Lakes
  • Fall foliage

The trail is currently inaccessible due to the Bolt Creek Fire.

Eagle Lake is a shallow and infrequently visited alpine lake in the shadows of Merchant Peak and Townsend Mountain in the Stevens Pass region. Walk this trail to experience a variety of mountain terrain and wildlife encompassed by few other hikes.
 
 

Central Cascades > Stevens Pass - West

 
4.4 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 500 ft.
Highest Point: 2423 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.96
(85 votes)
  • Wildflowers/Meadows
  • Mountain views
  • Established campsites
  • Old growth
  • Good for kids
  • Lakes
  • Fall foliage
  • Rivers

The trail is currently inaccessible due to the Bolt Creek Fire.

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.
 
 

Southwest Washington > Columbia River Gorge - WA

 
7.5 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 2000 ft.
Highest Point: 2400 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.32
(22 votes)
  • Ridges/passes
  • Wildlife
  • Summits
  • Wildflowers/Meadows
  • Mountain views
  • Dogs allowed on leash
  • Waterfalls
  • Old growth
  • Fall foliage

Hamilton Mountain trail will be closed 9/19-9/23 for construction.

This hike is full of the best things the Columbia Gorge has to offer: easy access and parking, well-maintained trail, wildflowers galore, two waterfalls, and views to knock off your sweaty socks. It’s a long journey at about 7.5 miles, and steep in places, but nothing a healthy dog, child or senior citizen can’t do. You’ll meet all of these smiling folks on this hike during the peak seasons.
 
 

Puget Sound and Islands > Seattle-Tacoma Area

 
1.5 miles of trails
Gain: 350 ft.
Highest Point: 360 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
5.00
(1 vote)
  • Wildflowers/Meadows
  • Wildlife
  • Old growth
  • Good for kids
  • Dogs allowed on leash
  • Fall foliage
Fauntleroy Park, in West Seattle, is a few blocks southeast of the Vashon Island Ferry dock. The park offers some impressively tall trees, both conifers and deciduous trees. There is a good system of short trails, with boardwalks, rustic stairs and viewing platforms. Wildflowers are common in spring, and many wild birds make the park their home.
 
 

North Cascades > Mount Baker Area

 
6.5 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 1820 ft.
Highest Point: 5400 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.45
(49 votes)
  • Wildflowers/Meadows
  • Mountain views
  • Wildlife
  • Established campsites
  • Dogs allowed on leash
  • Good for kids
  • Lakes
  • Fall foliage
This gorgeous loop hike has it all: big views of Mounts Baker and Shuksan, as well as the North Cascades, alpine lakes for swimming, and well-maintained trail winding through meadows and heather. And with wildflowers in spring, blueberry bushes for trail-side snacking in late summer and blazing color in the fall, you can't pick a bad season to visit.
 
 

Central Cascades > Stevens Pass - West

 
7.6 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 2240 ft.
Highest Point: 5026 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.49
(73 votes)
  • Mountain views
  • Wildlife
  • Old growth
  • Summits
  • Good for kids
  • Dogs allowed on leash
  • Fall foliage
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.
 
 

Snoqualmie Region > Snoqualmie Pass

 
1.9 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 353 ft.
Highest Point: 2604 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.67
(6 votes)
  • Dogs allowed on leash
  • Rivers
  • Good for kids
  • Fall foliage
  • Waterfalls
This comfortable, easy to follow trail winds through intermittent old growth, occasional remnants of the past, and alongside a sometimes babbling and other times a crashing creek. You will follow the original Snoqualmie Pass Wagon Road, and it is possible to connect with the trail to Franklin Falls for a scenic and delightful 2-mile loop.
 
 

Issaquah Alps > Squak Mountain

 
6.5 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 1500 ft.
Highest Point: 1730 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.95
(61 votes)
  • Mountain views
  • Old growth
  • Dogs allowed on leash
  • Fall foliage
If nature excites you, there's plenty here to be excited about. Cool forest, trickling creeks in deep ravines, and a beautiful new trail built by WTA volunteers await you here.
 
 

North Cascades > North Cascades Highway - Hwy 20

 
7.2 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 2000 ft.
Highest Point: 6650 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.83
(128 votes)
  • Wildflowers/Meadows
  • Ridges/passes
  • Wildlife
  • Mountain views
  • Old growth
  • Lakes
  • Fall foliage
If ever there was a hike to satisfy all a hiker's desires, this one comes as close as any. A loop hike with many fabulous changing faces throughout the seasons, Heather-Maple Pass features ridgelines blanketed in wildflowers in summer, lakes ringed with golden larches in fall, and before the highway closes for the season, a dramatic place to experience early winter’s snows.
 
 

Olympic Peninsula > Northern Coast

 
16.2 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 3800 ft.
Highest Point: 5100 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.00
(4 votes)
  • Mountain views
  • Wildlife
  • Dogs not allowed
  • Fall foliage
  • Rivers

Hurricane Ridge Road is closed past the Heart o' the Hills entrance 9/16-10/26 due to construction.

The Wolf Creek trail departs Hurricane Ridge and plunges eight miles downhill to Whiskey Bend in the Elwha River Valley. It's a lovely route that gets little use along its entire length, though many people wander a couple miles down its length before heading back up.
 
 

Southwest Washington > Columbia River Gorge - WA

 
2.4 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 1340 ft.
Highest Point: 3780 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.00
(1 vote)
  • Wildflowers/Meadows
  • Mountain views
  • Fall foliage
  • Ridges/passes
The Chinook Trail #108B is a section of the Chinook Trail System, an yet-to-be-realized 300 mile bi-state loop encircling the Columbia River Gorge. The #108B section connects the Tarbell Trail to the Silver Star Trail. Many still refer to this section as the Kloochman Butte Trail.
 
 

Mount Rainier Area > NE - Sunrise/White River

 
9.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 2500 ft.
Highest Point: 7828 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.52
(79 votes)
  • Wildflowers/Meadows
  • Ridges/passes
  • Wildlife
  • Mountain views
  • Dogs not allowed
  • Summits
  • Good for kids
  • Fall foliage
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.
 
 

Puget Sound and Islands > Bellingham Area

 
2.1 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 440 ft.
Highest Point: 490 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.40
(10 votes)
  • Wildflowers/Meadows
  • Mountain views
  • Wildlife
  • Dogs allowed on leash
  • Summits
  • Good for kids
  • Lakes
  • Fall foliage
  • Coast
This hike just south of Anacortes offers superb views of the ocean and islands from a pair of high vantage points, and it has some fine trails through mixed forest along the way.
 
 

Snoqualmie Region > Snoqualmie Pass

 
12.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 2600 ft.
Highest Point: 5400 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.24
(84 votes)
  • Wildflowers/Meadows
  • Mountain views
  • Dogs allowed on leash
  • Ridges/passes
  • Old growth
  • Fall foliage
If the name Kendall Katwalk conjures up an image of a narrow pathway blasted out of a steeply sloped rock face, that’s part of it. But the whole package includes old growth forest, gorgeous wildflowers, and stunning views into the Alpine Lakes Wilderness from both sides of the pass below Kendall Peak, where the Katwalk begins.
 
 

Central Cascades > Stevens Pass - West

 
3.3 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 775 ft.
Highest Point: 1327 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.19
(63 votes)
  • Wildflowers/Meadows
  • Mountain views
  • Dogs allowed on leash
  • Waterfalls
  • Good for kids
  • Ridges/passes
  • Fall foliage
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.
 
 

Central Cascades > Stevens Pass - East

 
10.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 700 ft.
Highest Point: 4682 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
5.00
(1 vote)
  • Mountain views
  • Old growth
  • Dogs allowed on leash
  • Lakes
  • Fall foliage
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.
 
 

Puget Sound and Islands > Seattle-Tacoma Area

 
32.0 miles, one-way
Rating:
Average rating:
3.00
(3 votes)
  • Wildflowers/Meadows
  • Mountain views
  • Wildlife
  • Old growth
  • Good for kids
  • Dogs allowed on leash
  • Fall foliage
  • Rivers
Walk along an old railroad grade that climbs gently though forested hillsides. In summer, look for wildflowers: blackberry, elderberry, pea, daisy, buttercup and wild rose.
 
 

Snoqualmie Region > Salmon La Sac/Teanaway

 
5.8 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 1260 ft.
Highest Point: 4700 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.17
(12 votes)
  • Mountain views
  • Lakes
  • Established campsites
  • Fall foliage
With a low-key walk that merges into a steep uphill climb, and an optional extension to visit a fire lookout, the trail to Thorp Lake offers a range of hiking experiences crammed into one 2.6-mile trail.
 
 

Snoqualmie Region > Salmon La Sac/Teanaway

 
7.4 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 2484 ft.
Highest Point: 5884 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.18
(11 votes)
  • Wildflowers/Meadows
  • Mountain views
  • Dogs allowed on leash
  • Summits
  • Lakes
  • Fall foliage
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.
 
 

Snoqualmie Region > North Bend Area

 
13.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 3800 ft.
Highest Point: 4585 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.88
(33 votes)
  • Wildflowers/Meadows
  • Ridges/passes
  • Dogs allowed on leash
  • Fall foliage
  • Mountain views
  • Summits
  • Waterfalls
Mountains to Sound Greenway did this road to trail conversion in order to create a more sustainable, safer route for hikers to a summit on the I-90 corridor. Hike through second- and third-growth forest, pass a lovely waterfall, and enjoy a slightly less-crowded trail than the nearby Mount Si.
 
 

North Cascades > Mount Baker Area

 
7.5 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 2200 ft.
Highest Point: 5450 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.57
(70 votes)
  • Wildlife
  • Summits
  • Lakes
  • Rivers
  • Wildflowers/Meadows
  • Mountain views
  • Dogs allowed on leash
  • Waterfalls
  • Fall foliage
On Park Butte, hike to an historic fire lookout and come face-to-face with Koma Kulshan. Along with unobstructed panoramic views of Mount Baker, the Twin Sisters, and the rest of the North Cascades, the route to Park Butte offers dedicated campsites, wildflower-filled alpine meadows, rushing waterfalls, and a stunning variety of mushroom species.
 
 

North Cascades > Mount Baker Area

 
8.5 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 3750 ft.
Highest Point: 6100 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.37
(30 votes)
  • Wildflowers/Meadows
  • Mountain views
  • Dogs allowed on leash
  • Ridges/passes
  • Summits
  • Fall foliage
The rewards for this strenuous hike are a bouquet of fall colors and a vast panorama of North Cascades mountains.
 
 

North Cascades > Methow/Sawtooth

 
3.7 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 1400 ft.
Highest Point: 7001 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.40
(20 votes)
  • Wildflowers/Meadows
  • Mountain views
  • Summits
  • Fall foliage
Views of majestic peaks and the vibrant golden hues of larches come autumn - Goat Peak Lookout offers both, as well as the commanding views you'd expect of a working fire lookout. Though steep at times, the trail's short length makes it a perfect hike to introduce kids and newer hikers to the grandeur of the Methow and North Cascades.
 
 

South Cascades > Mount Adams Area

 
6.8 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 2600 ft.
Highest Point: 8300 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
5.00
(1 vote)
  • Ridges/passes
  • Wildlife
  • Summits
  • Lakes
  • Wildflowers/Meadows
  • Mountain views
  • Dogs allowed on leash
  • Established campsites
  • Waterfalls
  • Fall foliage
Hike through beautiful woods, subalpine meadows and glacial moraines to the Hellroaring Viewpoint. The trail then becomes poorly defined up to Sunrise Camp.
 
 

Puget Sound and Islands > Seattle-Tacoma Area

 
5.56 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 50 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.78
(9 votes)
  • Wildflowers/Meadows
  • Wildlife
  • Good for kids
  • Dogs allowed on leash
  • Fall foliage
Enjoy a paved, forested trail through the Maple Valley region, even if you're living carless. This area is serviced by bus routes (143, 168, 912). The trail has off shoots to Lake Wilderness, The Lake Wilderness Arboretum, and the Maple Valley Community Center, as well as others.
 
 

Mount Rainier Area > NW - Carbon River/Mowich

 
3.4 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 425 ft.
Highest Point: 2150 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
5.00
(2 votes)
  • Dogs not allowed
  • Good for kids
  • Fall foliage
An infrequently-visited trail off the Carbon River Road, the Old Mine Trail follows a short but steep roadbed to a mineshaft. It's a good outing for kids, if they're willing to make the short push up the steep section.
 
 

Issaquah Alps

 
1.7 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 60 ft.
Highest Point: 525 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.78
(9 votes)
  • Wildflowers/Meadows
  • Wildlife
  • Dogs not allowed
  • Old growth
  • Good for kids
  • Lakes
  • Fall foliage
Hike a loop around this exceptional wetland. In season, view a variety of waterfowl. And marvel at the close-up views of beaver dams.
 
 

Puget Sound and Islands > Seattle-Tacoma Area

 
3.0 miles of trails
Rating:
Average rating:
2.00
(1 vote)
  • Mountain views
  • Dogs allowed on leash
  • Good for kids
  • Fall foliage
A large, wooded park in the Capitol Hill neighborhood of Seattle. With a historic watertower, the Asian Art Museum and the Volunteer Park Conservatory here, there is plenty to see here on your walk.
 
 

Central Cascades > Stevens Pass - East

 
34.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 7650 ft.
Highest Point: 7100 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.33
(15 votes)
  • Wildflowers/Meadows
  • Ridges/passes
  • Wildlife
  • Established campsites
  • Mountain views
  • Lakes
  • Fall foliage
Take a long weekend 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.
 
 

Mount Rainier Area > SE - Cayuse Pass/Stevens Canyon

 
3.2 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 600 ft.
Highest Point: 5850 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.48
(69 votes)
  • Wildflowers/Meadows
  • Mountain views
  • Dogs not allowed
  • Good for kids
  • Lakes
  • Fall foliage
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.