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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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751 Hikes
Swan Creek Park

Puget Sound and Islands -- Seattle-Tacoma Area

 
4.8 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 325 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.73
(11 votes)
Featuring a wooded canyon and forested hills, a salmon-bearing stream and new community garden, Swan Creek Park is a 290-acre greenspace which lies on the boundary between East Tacoma and Pierce County. Trails, both paved and soft-surface, as well as those for mountain bikes weave over the property.
 
 
South Fork Cascade River

North Cascades -- North Cascades Highway - Hwy 20

 
9.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 1800 ft.
Highest Point: 2000.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
2.60
(5 votes)
8/11/21 Trail Closed: This trail is closed due to the Pincer Creek Fire
A hidden gem revealed! The South Fork Cascade Trail was in the Mineral Park Fire of 2003, but recent efforts by WTA crews and other volunteer organizations have helped reopen a section of it, and continue to repair it.
 
 
Shedroof Divide

Eastern Washington -- Selkirk Range

 
22.8 miles, one-way
Rating:
Average rating:
3.12
(8 votes)
The Shedroof Divide offers some of the best views in northeast Washington as it traverses the wild high country of the Salmo-Priest Wilderness.
 
 
Sharpe Park - Montgomery - Duban Headlands

Puget Sound and Islands -- Bellingham Area

 
1.9 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 425 ft.
Highest Point: 370.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.67
(6 votes)
Follow well-signed but sometimes rough trails to a great viewpoint near the water's edge at Porpoise Point. Enjoy views of distant islands, and on a clear day of the distant Olympic Mountains. Sightings of seals, eagles, waterfowl, and sometimes otters are likely.
 
 
Raymond E. Shaffer Park

Southwest Washington -- Vancouver Area

 
0.35 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 65 ft.
Highest Point: 236.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
0.00
(0 votes)
Follow this wide path as it winds through tall, ivy-covered Douglas firs. Although it’s in the middle of the city, this trail around a developing park provides a great way to enjoy the outdoors.
 
 
Port Gamble Forest - Forbidden Forest Trail Loop

Olympic Peninsula -- Kitsap Peninsula

 
8.5 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 350 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
2.00
(1 vote)
Enjoy a long ramble through the Port Gamble Forest full of second-growth Douglas firs and lots of ferns.
 
 
 
74.7 miles, one-way
Gain: 16000 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.62
(13 votes)
Crossing through the stunning Alpine Lakes wilderness, this section is a must-do for serious Washington backpackers. This 75-mile section leads through some of the most beautiful, remote and varied surroundings along the PCT.
 
 
Park Butte

North Cascades -- Mount Baker Area

 
7.5 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 2200 ft.
Highest Point: 5450.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.55
(67 votes)
Hikers must pack out their waste on this trail and dispose of it in the receptacles at the trailhead
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.
 
 
Green River Natural Area - Potter's Trail

Puget Sound and Islands -- Seattle-Tacoma Area

 
4.32 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 500 ft.
Highest Point: 500.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
2.22
(9 votes)
The 1,000-acre Green River Natural Area is a wonderful gateway to the middle stretch of the Green River. Composed of steep valley walls and a broad valley floor, the natural area provides trails for hiking and horseback riding as well as access to the most dynamic reach of the Green River in King County.
 
 
Notch Pass

Olympic Peninsula -- Hood Canal

 
8.6 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 2700 ft.
Highest Point: 2500.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.73
(11 votes)
Believed to be a former Native American trading route through the Olympics, this historic trail was rebuilt by the Civilian Conservation Corps (the CCC) in the 1930s. It was relocated in the early 2000s and is a popular WTA volunteer work party site to this day.
 
 
North Fork Sullivan Creek

Eastern Washington -- Selkirk Range

 
5.7 miles, one-way
Gain: 3600 ft.
Highest Point: 6600.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.50
(4 votes)
Tucked deep into the heart of the infrequently-visited Colville National Forest is the North Fork Sullivan Trail. This trail has no trailhead of its own, but climbs steadily from its junction with the Halliday and Red Bluff Trails to Crowell Ridge, where you'll enjoy expansive views of the surrounding area.
 
 
Mount Townsend

Olympic Peninsula -- Hood Canal

 
8.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 3010 ft.
Highest Point: 6260.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.31
(59 votes)
Mount Townsend offers rhododendrons in May and June, wildflowers June through August, then berries in August and September and fall colors in, well, fall. Add in old growth, some tucked away waterfalls, and a windswept, turtleback summit with views north across the Strait and San Juans, west and south into and along the Olympics and east across the Sound to the Cascades, and you've got the perfect year-round hike.
 
 
Mount Spokane State Park - Upper Trail 140

Eastern Washington -- Spokane Area/Coeur d'Alene

 
3.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 1341 ft.
Highest Point: 5867.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.50
(2 votes)
Hike a huckleberry-dotted trail to the summit of Mount Spokane for views of lush forest, farmland, and lakes. You can even explore the site of an old fire lookout.
 
 
Mount Spokane State Park - Trail 130

Eastern Washington -- Spokane Area/Coeur d'Alene

 
12.0 miles, roundtrip
Rating:
Average rating:
4.00
(4 votes)
If you're looking for the best workout in the park, you'd be hard-pressed to find something better than this, the longest trail. Circumnavigate the park's namesake peak by following trail 130 "round-the-mountain" for nearly 12 miles of forested trail punctuated by the occasional open meadow, or opt to turn around at any time for a shorter stroll.
 
 
Mount Spokane State Park - Trail 131

Eastern Washington -- Spokane Area/Coeur d'Alene

 
1.0 miles, one-way
Gain: 550 ft.
Highest Point: 5119.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
0.00
(0 votes)
A year-round hike, Trail 131 is the main snowshoe access trail to Bald Knob Campground and connecting trails.
 
 
Mount Spokane State Park - Trail 110

Eastern Washington -- Spokane Area/Coeur d'Alene

 
7.5 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 1750 ft.
Highest Point: 5000.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.00
(4 votes)
Trail 110 is one of the core trails within Mount Spokane State Park, beginning just inside the park entrance and providing access to numerous connector trails. Hike it as an out-and-back to learn the intersections, then explore the connecting trails to form loop routes.
 
 
Mount Dickerman

North Cascades -- Mountain Loop Highway

 
8.2 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 3950 ft.
Highest Point: 5760.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.63
(110 votes)
If the best views come to those who earn them, Mount Dickerman offers the fairest vantage along the Mountain Loop. You’ll huff and puff through 4,000 feet of elevation on your way to the summit; in return, you’ll get a superb panorama of nearly every peak in the Mountain Loop. In late summer, it also rewards the intrepid with a bounty of mountain blueberries.
 
 
Marmot Lake

Snoqualmie Region -- Salmon La Sac/Teanaway

 
16.0 miles, roundtrip
Highest Point: 4500.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.78
(9 votes)
Scenic Marmot Lake is reachable from both Highway 2 or the Salmon La Sac area, but either way will be a challenge -- it's 14 miles via Deception Pass, or more than 10 miles from the Tucquala Meadows Trailhead.
 
 
Liberty Lake Regional Park - Split Creek Loop

Eastern Washington -- Spokane Area/Coeur d'Alene

 
4.06 miles, roundtrip
Rating:
Average rating:
4.25
(4 votes)
Meander alongside Liberty Creek, staying close to the water, on a trail that provides a shorter loop option than the full waterfall loop.
 
 
Larrabee State Park - South Lost Lake Trail

Puget Sound and Islands -- Bellingham Area

 
9.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 1950 ft.
Highest Point: 1650.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.29
(7 votes)
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.
 
 
Larch Lakes (Entiat)

Central Cascades -- Entiat Mountains/Lake Chelan

 
16.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 2600 ft.
Highest Point: 5750.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.00
(2 votes)
A hike to two lakes situated in a remote hanging valley in the Entiat, this beautiful hike is ideal for adventurous backpackers in the autumn who are looking for larches.
 
 
Lacamas Park - Lacamas Creek

Southwest Washington -- Vancouver Area

 
4.5 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 350 ft.
Highest Point: 400.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.33
(6 votes)
Lacamas Lake Park is a diverse natural area with a surprisingly 'wild' feel for a park this close to town. Picnic by the lake, check out the Camas meadow in bloom, or explore the forest and creeks along the many trails. This hike describes a "lollipop" loop starting at the south end of the park, visiting the Lower Falls, then circling around through the park past Round Lake and returning along Lacamas Creek.
 
 
Klickitat Trail

South Cascades -- White Pass/Cowlitz River Valley

 
38.2 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 1000 ft.
Highest Point: 5500.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.60
(5 votes)
A former Native American route into the high country of the South Cascades, the Klickitat Trail traverses a ridgetop between Kilborn Creek to Elk Peak. Views of Mount Adams and the south Cascades are breathtaking on clear days. From the ridgeline, hikers can spot Castle Butte, Jackpot Lake, St. Michaels Lake, and St. John Lake.
 
 
Jackson Creek

Eastern Washington -- Selkirk Range

 
10.0 miles, one-way
Gain: 2600 ft.
Highest Point: 5600.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
0.00
(0 votes)
This meandering trail through old-growth forest follows Jackson Creek, connecting the Shedroof Divide in Washington to Hughes Meadows in Idaho.
 
 
Island Center Forest

Puget Sound and Islands -- Seattle-Tacoma Area

 
10.0 miles of trails
Gain: 200 ft.
Highest Point: 425.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.00
(4 votes)
With lovely Douglas-fir forest, wetlands, and a great network of trails, Island Center Forest is one of King County's best-kept secrets. Birds are abundant on the wetlands, and the forest is lush, with large, second-growth trees, a testament to the effort that several groups have put into managing this forest in order to restore the health of this area.
 
 
Independence Ridge

South Cascades -- Mount St. Helens

 
2.6 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 40 ft.
Highest Point: 4500.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
0.00
(0 votes)
A connector trail in the Mount St. Helens area linking Independence Pass with the Boundary Trail. Views from here include Spirit Lake and the north side of the volcano.
 
 
Dishman Hills Conservation Area - Iller Creek

Eastern Washington -- Spokane Area/Coeur d'Alene

 
5.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 1200 ft.
Highest Point: 3200.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.89
(18 votes)
Take a hike on the edge of Spokane Valley with commanding views of Spokane Valley and the Palouse. On the way, you'll see many plant species typical of western slopes of Cascades, a seasonal stream, and amazing variety of wildflowers through from late March through mid-July.
 
 
Hauser Lake Conservation Area

Eastern Washington -- Spokane Area/Coeur d'Alene

 
5.7 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 600 ft.
Highest Point: 2640.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
0.00
(0 votes)
Named for its proximity to Hauser Lake, this hike doesn't actually offer any lake access or views. Instead, it's a good place to stretch one's legs and perhaps see some wildlife.
 
 
Beacon Rock State Park - Hamilton Mountain

Southwest Washington -- Columbia River Gorge - WA

 
7.5 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 2000 ft.
Highest Point: 2400.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.32
(22 votes)
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.
 
 
Green Mountain

North Cascades -- Mountain Loop Highway

 
8.5 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 3300 ft.
Highest Point: 6500.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.31
(32 votes)
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.