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762 Hikes

Southwest Washington > Long Beach Area

 
2.9 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 60 ft.
Highest Point: 35 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
1.83
(6 votes)
  • Wildlife
  • Good for kids
  • Dogs allowed on leash
  • Fall foliage
  • Coast
A walk through the coastal forest and tidal flats of Leadbetter Point State Park, the Dune Forest Loop is a nice way to see this low-lying peninsula, but the conditions on trail are heavily dependent on the tides and recent rainfall. Come prepared to wade through at least a little bit of water, and don’t be surprised to find yourself navigating deeper stuff. Bring a tide table, and try to visit at low tide for the driest conditions.
 
 

Snoqualmie Region > Snoqualmie Pass

 
5.5 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 2000 ft.
Highest Point: 5459 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.33
(21 votes)
  • Wildflowers/Meadows
  • Mountain views
  • Dogs allowed on leash
  • Ridges/passes
  • Summits
  • Fall foliage
Hike up an abandoned road, through a logged area, and into mature forest on the edge of the Alpine Lakes wilderness. What the trail lacks in ruggedness is more than made up for by the quantity of berries that line the trail.
 
 

Central Cascades > Leavenworth Area

 
15.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 4325 ft.
Highest Point: 7200 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
5.00
(3 votes)
  • Mountain views
  • Established campsites
  • Ridges/passes
  • Dogs not allowed
  • Lakes
  • Fall foliage
Take a side trip from Lake Caroline up to a saddle with gorgeous, sweeping views of the Alpine Lakes wilderness.
 
 

North Cascades > North Cascades Highway - Hwy 20

 
15.2 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 3320 ft.
Highest Point: 6060 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
0.00
(0 votes)
  • Ridges/passes
  • Dogs allowed on leash
  • Established campsites
  • Mountain views
  • Lakes
  • Fall foliage
  • Rivers
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 > Methow/Sawtooth

 
9.2 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 3850 ft.
Highest Point: 7047 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.00
(5 votes)
  • Mountain views
  • Dogs allowed on leash
  • Lakes
  • Fall foliage
This is one of the best day hikes for larch-spotting in the fall. In the summer, enjoy the reward of swimming or fishing after a steep climb. Scatter Lake is also an excellent destination for an overnight backpack.
 
 
 
1.1 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 300 ft.
Highest Point: 560 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.50
(2 votes)
  • Old growth
  • Good for kids
  • Dogs allowed on leash
  • Fall foliage
Hike a little more than a mile on a shady lollipop loop trail reserved for hikers near the southern edge of the Capitol State Forest, south of Olympia. Gain 300 feet elevation as you ascend from the confluence of the Mill and Mima Creeks to the high point in the grove of big old hemlock, cedar and fir trees.
 
 

Mount Rainier Area > NW - Carbon River/Mowich

 
2.35 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 104 ft.
Highest Point: 1446 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.00
(3 votes)
  • Wildflowers/Meadows
  • Wildlife
  • Good for kids
  • Fall foliage
  • Rivers
Once a booming coal town, Fairfax Ghost Town is an adventure of exploration and discovery. Expect thick vegetation and undefined trails once you arrive at the town site, so pack a good sense of direction, plenty of time and a thirst for exploration is highly recommended.
 
 

Central Cascades > Stevens Pass - West

 
8.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 1200 ft.
Highest Point: 5495 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.66
(35 votes)
  • Wildflowers/Meadows
  • Ridges/passes
  • Dogs allowed on leash
  • Established campsites
  • Mountain views
  • Summits
  • Good for kids
  • Fall foliage
An up and down meandering trail that leads through open forest, wildflower meadows and a side trip to some fantastic views. The road up does most of the work, so the climb is not too long, and can be easily done by most hikers.
 
 

North Cascades > North Cascades Highway - Hwy 20

 
7.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 2800 ft.
Highest Point: 6500 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.00
(22 votes)
  • Wildflowers/Meadows
  • Mountain views
  • Fall foliage
  • Ridges/passes
Don’t be fooled by the name – the way to Easy Pass is anything but easy. But the reward for your efforts is an eastside gateway into the stunning North Cascades National Park. At the pass, you’re greeted by trickling streams of snowmelt and views of the peaks of Golden Horn and Mount Henry to the east. Venturing further west, gaze into the Park, with awe-inspiring glacially carved river valleys, dark gray craggy massifs of Fisher Peak and Mount Logan dotted with snowfields or cloaked by glaciers, and a host of wildflowers.
 
 

Snoqualmie Region > Snoqualmie Pass

 
6.2 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 1220 ft.
Highest Point: 3780 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.94
(124 votes)
  • Mountain views
  • Wildlife
  • Dogs allowed on leash
  • Old growth
  • Good for kids
  • Lakes
  • Fall foliage
With a moderate grade on a wide trail, the hike to Talapus Lake is the perfect introduction to the outdoors for hikers and beginning backpackers. Upon arrival at Talapus, break out lunch or pitch camp. Either way, you can cool off in the large lake. If you feel like pressing on, Ollalie Lake is just about a mile and a half up trail, where open campsites offer lakeside havens with calm waters and views of a beautiful lake basin.
 
 

Olympic Peninsula > Northern Coast

 
7.2 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 2100 ft.
Highest Point: 6200 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.78
(9 votes)
  • Wildflowers/Meadows
  • Ridges/passes
  • Wildlife
  • Established campsites
  • Mountain views
  • Summits
  • Fall foliage
The eastern part of the Grand Ridge trail can be accessed from Deer Park as a day hike and has a charm all of its own -- forest with avalanche lilies in spring, wildflower meadows and great views of the Strait of Juan de Fuca, Mount Baker, Glacier Peak, the Cascades, and the Olympic mountains.
 
 

Puget Sound and Islands > Seattle-Tacoma Area

 
10.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 200 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.40
(20 votes)
  • Wildflowers/Meadows
  • Mountain views
  • Wildlife
  • Dogs allowed on leash
  • Old growth
  • Good for kids
  • Lakes
  • Fall foliage
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.
 
 

Puget Sound and Islands > Seattle-Tacoma Area

 
3.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 400 ft.
Highest Point: 400 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.88
(34 votes)
  • Wildflowers/Meadows
  • Wildlife
  • Dogs allowed on leash
  • Good for kids
  • Lakes
  • Fall foliage
Hike through a diverse century-old second-growth forest with a dense canopy to the undeveloped shoreline of Lake Washington. This historic 316-acre state park, nestled in the midst of the Seattle metropolitan area, has playground facilities for children, picnic areas, trails for mountain bikers and fields for sports teams as well.
 
 

Eastern Washington > Selkirk Range

 
1.8 miles, one-way
Gain: 1085 ft.
Highest Point: 5434 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.33
(3 votes)
  • Ridges/passes
  • Wildlife
  • Old growth
  • Dogs allowed on leash
  • Fall foliage

09/01/2022 - Wildfire: Trail closed

The Shedroof Cutoff Trail serves as a short feeder trail to the Shedroof Divide Trail in the Salmo Priest Wilderness.
 
 

Eastern Washington > Selkirk Range

 
22.8 miles, one-way
Gain: 5300 ft.
Highest Point: 6600 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.12
(8 votes)
  • Ridges/passes
  • Wildlife
  • Summits
  • Wildflowers/Meadows
  • Mountain views
  • Dogs allowed on leash
  • Established campsites
  • Old growth
  • Fall foliage

09/01/2022 - Wildfire: Trail closed

The Shedroof Divide offers some of the best views in northeast Washington as it traverses the wild high country of the Salmo-Priest Wilderness.
 
 

Eastern Washington > Selkirk Range

 
4.9 miles, one-way
Gain: 2204 ft.
Highest Point: 6229 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
5.00
(1 vote)
  • Wildflowers/Meadows
  • Ridges/passes
  • Wildlife
  • Mountain views
  • Old growth
  • Dogs allowed on leash
  • Fall foliage

09/01/2022 - Wildfire: Trail closed

This long ridge route gives hikers big views in all directions and also serves as a connector to enable big loop opportunities with other nearby trails.
 
 

Eastern Washington > Selkirk Range

 
10.0 miles, one-way
Gain: 2600 ft.
Highest Point: 5600 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
0.00
(0 votes)
  • Wildflowers/Meadows
  • Ridges/passes
  • Wildlife
  • Mountain views
  • Old growth
  • Dogs allowed on leash
  • Fall foliage

09/01/2022 - Wildfire: Trail closed

This meandering trail through old-growth forest follows Jackson Creek, connecting the Shedroof Divide in Washington to Hughes Meadows in Idaho.
 
 

Eastern Washington > Selkirk Range

 
7.6 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 1000 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.00
(4 votes)
  • Wildflowers/Meadows
  • Mountain views
  • Wildlife
  • Dogs allowed on leash
  • Old growth
  • Summits
  • Lakes
  • Fall foliage

09/01/2022 - Wildfire: Trail closed

Let the car take care of most of the climbing, then enjoy this gently contouring trail that begins in forest and passes through thickets of huckleberries before arriving in the upper grassy meadows that provide spectacular views of the surrounding peaks in the Selkirk range.
 
 

Eastern Washington > Selkirk Range

 
10.0 miles, one-way
Gain: 3284 ft.
Highest Point: 5500 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
0.00
(0 votes)
  • Wildflowers/Meadows
  • Mountain views
  • Wildlife
  • Established campsites
  • Old growth
  • Dogs allowed on leash
  • Fall foliage

Wildfire: Trail closed on Washington side

An alternate approach to the Shedroof Divide, this trail offers a mostly-gentle climb through old-growth forest on its approach to the Salmo Priest Wilderness.
 
 

North Cascades

 
18.8 miles, one-way
Gain: 3100 ft.
Highest Point: 7000 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
2.40
(5 votes)
  • Wildflowers/Meadows
  • Ridges/passes
  • Wildlife
  • Mountain views
  • Summits
  • Fall foliage

The trail is closed between the junction with the PCT at Holman Pass west to Devil's Pass until further notice due to wildfire activity.

Connect between the PCT and Ross Lake as you take in the incredible sights of the Pasayten Wilderness. Pass over ridges and stop to explore and admire the popular Devil's Dome.
 
 

South Cascades > Mount St. Helens

 
13.6 miles, one-way
Gain: 1900 ft.
Highest Point: 4000 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.00
(6 votes)
  • Wildflowers/Meadows
  • Ridges/passes
  • Dogs allowed on leash
  • Mountain views
  • Old growth
  • Good for kids
  • Lakes
  • Fall foliage
  • Rivers

The trail is closed until further notice due to wildfire activity.

The Toutle Trail transects five ecozones over more than 13 miles, but can be done in three sections.
 
 

Snoqualmie Region > North Bend Area

 
8.6 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 2500 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.00
(10 votes)
  • Mountain views
  • Wildlife
  • Dogs allowed on leash
  • Summits
  • Lakes
  • Fall foliage
East Peak is a slightly longer, more challenging hike than the extremely popular route to Rattlesnake Ledge. Allow a little more time, and be sure to bring a map of the area!
 
 

North Cascades > Mountain Loop Highway

 
8.5 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 3300 ft.
Highest Point: 6500 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.31
(32 votes)
  • Wildflowers/Meadows
  • Ridges/passes
  • Wildlife
  • Established campsites
  • Mountain views
  • Summits
  • Good for kids
  • Dogs allowed on leash
  • Fall foliage

FR-26 (Suiattle River Road) is closed due to wildfires.

In a state with so many places offering a day's walk to big, peaky views, Green Mountain still makes the short-list of Washington's all-time finest hikes. From woods to meadows to panoramic views and even a historic lookout, it just doesn't get much better than this.
 
 

Mount Rainier Area > NW - Carbon River/Mowich

 
16.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 5100 ft.
Highest Point: 6375 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.88
(16 votes)
  • Wildflowers/Meadows
  • Ridges/passes
  • Established campsites
  • Mountain views
  • Dogs not allowed
  • Waterfalls
  • Lakes
  • Fall foliage
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.
 
 

Eastern Washington > Spokane Area/Coeur d'Alene

 
7.6 miles, one-way
Gain: 382 ft.
Highest Point: 2151 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
0.00
(0 votes)
  • Dogs allowed on leash
  • Good for kids
  • Fall foliage
A rails-to-trails paved path connecting West Spokane to Queen Lucas Lake.
 
 

North Cascades > Pasayten

 
6.2 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 1325 ft.
Highest Point: 6135 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
2.25
(4 votes)
  • Mountain views
  • Wildlife
  • Fall foliage
  • Ridges/passes
Often used as a connector to create larger loops, the Deer Park trail ventures through an old fire area into the wild Pasayten wilderness.
 
 

Southwest Washington > Columbia River Gorge - WA

 
2.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 40 ft.
Highest Point: 1200 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
0.00
(0 votes)
  • Wildflowers/Meadows
  • Dogs allowed on leash
  • Good for kids
  • Fall foliage
Visit a historic arboretum on connected paths that form a 2 mile interpretive trail, with the option to do shorter loops.
 
 

Central Cascades > Blewett Pass

 
10.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 1783 ft.
Highest Point: 5579 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
2.00
(4 votes)
  • Wildflowers/Meadows
  • Mountain views
  • Fall foliage
Beginning at the trailhead off Forest Road 9712 and ending at Naneum Creek Trail 1381, Howard Creek can give visitors either a long ramble through the big Table Mountain burn area, or it can be utilized to make a loop through the Blewett Pass area, including Mount Lillian.
 
 

Puget Sound and Islands > Seattle-Tacoma Area

 
3.9 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 541 ft.
Highest Point: 351 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.00
(6 votes)
  • Wildlife
  • Good for kids
  • Dogs allowed on leash
  • Fall foliage
A 5.5 mile loop near the city of Puyallup, where locals and visitors can get their exercise and spend some time on trail near an urban center.
 
 

Eastern Washington > Okanogan Highlands/Kettle River Range

 
7.6 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 1772 ft.
Highest Point: 5367 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.25
(4 votes)
  • Dogs allowed on leash
  • Fall foliage
Make one of several loops on Bonaparte Mountain using Cabin Trail.