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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
 
0.58 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 35 ft.
Highest Point: 2200 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
0.00
(0 votes)
  • Wildflowers/Meadows
  • Wildlife
  • Good for kids
  • Fall foliage
The Arboretum Loop Trail is a short interpretive trail within the Indian Creek Community Forest.
 
 
 
74.7 miles, one-way
Gain: 16000 ft.
Highest Point: 5988 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.62
(13 votes)
  • Ridges/passes
  • Wildlife
  • Lakes
  • Rivers
  • Wildflowers/Meadows
  • Mountain views
  • Established campsites
  • Old growth
  • Fall foliage
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.
 
 

Olympic Peninsula > Northern Coast

 
5.0 miles, one-way
Gain: 1500 ft.
Highest Point: 5500 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.00
(5 votes)
  • Wildflowers/Meadows
  • Ridges/passes
  • Wildlife
  • Mountain views
  • Lakes
  • Fall foliage
This primitive trail forms a partial loop, connecting the High Divide trail just above Heart Lake with Appleton Pass.
 
 

North Cascades > Mountain Loop Highway

 
14.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 4900 ft.
Highest Point: 5900 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
2.70
(10 votes)
  • Mountain views
  • Dogs allowed on leash
  • Ridges/passes
  • Old growth
  • Summits
  • Fall foliage

Trail is closed until further notice due to Lake Toketie fire.

The trail up Huckleberry Mountain is a grind, but as with so many other hikes to high places on the Suiattle River Road, your efforts will be rewarded with spectacular views.
 
 

Issaquah Alps > Tiger Mountain

 
2.9 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 150 ft.
Highest Point: 540 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.67
(18 votes)
  • Wildflowers/Meadows
  • Wildlife
  • Dogs allowed on leash
  • Old growth
  • Good for kids
  • Lakes
  • Fall foliage
Hike a series of short, nearly level trails that offer views of two lakes and of some swampy areas, and pass one of the largest trees in the Tigers. Appreciate the forest vegetation and wildflowers. Along the way, hear and perhaps see a variety of song birds and waterfowl.
 
 

Puget Sound and Islands > Seattle-Tacoma Area

 
1.4 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 225 ft.
Highest Point: 215 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.00
(2 votes)
  • Wildflowers/Meadows
  • Mountain views
  • Dogs allowed on leash
  • Fall foliage
  • Coast
This hike is in a minimally-developed park in the City of Shoreline, north of Seattle. It offers steep hillsides and some fine mixed forest. Trails descend into the park from both a northern and a southern trailhead, with the northern trail being longer.
 
 

Mount Rainier Area > NE - Sunrise/White River

 
12.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 2950 ft.
Highest Point: 6800 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.63
(52 votes)
  • Ridges/passes
  • Wildlife
  • Dogs not allowed
  • Lakes
  • Wildflowers/Meadows
  • Mountain views
  • Established campsites
  • Waterfalls
  • Old growth
  • Fall foliage
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.
 
 

Puget Sound and Islands > Bellingham Area

 
2.6 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 640 ft.
Highest Point: 540 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.67
(6 votes)
  • Mountain views
  • Wildlife
  • Waterfalls
  • Good for kids
  • Dogs allowed on leash
  • Fall foliage
Take a short hike to a pleasant waterfall tucked away on the northeast corner of Larrabee State Park.
 
 

Snoqualmie Region > Snoqualmie Pass

 
7.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 1180 ft.
Highest Point: 4195 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.80
(15 votes)
  • Wildflowers/Meadows
  • Mountain views
  • Wildlife
  • Established campsites
  • Dogs allowed on leash
  • Good for kids
  • Lakes
  • Fall foliage
This short dayhike on the Pacific Crest Trail (PCT) is a nice alternate route to quiet Mirror Lake, or just a lovely forest hike on a quiet section of a rocky and rooty trail. You could consider it as a first-time backpacking destination, too, since the trail is never particularly steep here.
 
 

Mount Rainier Area > SE - Cayuse Pass/Stevens Canyon

 
8.5 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 3434 ft.
Highest Point: 5834 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.83
(18 votes)
  • Mountain views
  • Dogs not allowed
  • Lakes
  • Fall foliage
  • Ridges/passes
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.
 
 

North Cascades > Pasayten

 
19.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 3660 ft.
Highest Point: 6220 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.11
(9 votes)
  • Wildflowers/Meadows
  • Dogs allowed on leash
  • Established campsites
  • Waterfalls
  • Fall foliage
  • Rivers
The sight and roaring sound of Robinson Creek will accompany you on your forested hike up the valley, following in the footsteps of an early trapper, Billy Robinson. The low starting elevation makes this a popular late spring/early summer day-hike or overnight.
 
 
 
14.4 miles, one-way
Gain: 2100 ft.
Highest Point: 6900 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.25
(4 votes)
  • Mountain views
  • Fall foliage
  • Established campsites
  • Ridges/passes

Hart's Pass Road is closed until further notice to clear a slide.

Stunning section of the Pacific Crest Trail (PCT). Starts high and stays high, going from Hart's Pass to Windy Pass to Holman Pass.
 
 

Puget Sound and Islands > Seattle-Tacoma Area

 
8.5 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 578 ft.
Highest Point: 306 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
2.00
(3 votes)
  • Wildlife
  • Good for kids
  • Dogs allowed on leash
  • Fall foliage
  • Rivers
This West Seattle urban hike features a peat bog, public art, a salmon stream that runs through front yards, and a shopping center parking lot.
 
 

Eastern Washington > Spokane Area/Coeur d'Alene

 
3.6 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 508 ft.
Highest Point: 2487 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.25
(4 votes)
  • Wildflowers/Meadows
  • Wildlife
  • Good for kids
  • Dogs allowed on leash
  • Fall foliage
Meander alongside Liberty Creek, staying close to the water, on a trail that provides a shorter loop option than the full waterfall loop.
 
 

Issaquah Alps

 
3.5 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 585 ft.
Highest Point: 398 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.50
(4 votes)
  • Dogs allowed on leash
  • Good for kids
  • Fall foliage
  • Rivers
This pleasant woodland trail follows the historic route of the Seattle-Walla Walla Railroad, which transported coal from the mines once operating in present-day Cougar Mountain Park.
 
 

North Cascades > Pasayten

 
7.9 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 2500 ft.
Highest Point: 6942 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
0.00
(0 votes)
  • Wildflowers/Meadows
  • Mountain views
  • Fall foliage

Hart's Pass Road is closed until further notice to clear a slide.

This lightly used trail connects Robinson Pass and Slate Pass.
 
 

North Cascades > Pasayten

 
9.4 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 1200 ft.
Highest Point: 7386 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.44
(16 votes)
  • Wildflowers/Meadows
  • Mountain views
  • Dogs allowed on leash
  • Ridges/passes
  • Summits
  • Fall foliage

Hart's Pass Road is closed until further notice to clear a slide.

Hike on the Pacific Crest Trail in a section where its name describes its location. From the trail high on the ridge, the views abound. In the three passes are flowers in the summer and golden larch in the fall. A side trip up Tatie Peak provides 360 degree views of the North Cascades.
 
 

North Cascades > Pasayten

 
6.3 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 1320 ft.
Highest Point: 6480 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
0.00
(0 votes)
  • Wildflowers/Meadows
  • Mountain views
  • Dogs allowed on leash
  • Established campsites
  • Fall foliage
  • Rivers

Hart's Pass Road is closed until further notice to clear a slide.

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.
 
 

North Cascades > Pasayten

 
26.6 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 4100 ft.
Highest Point: 7446 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
5.00
(2 votes)
  • Wildflowers/Meadows
  • Ridges/passes
  • Wildlife
  • Mountain views
  • Summits
  • Dogs allowed on leash
  • Fall foliage
  • Rivers

Hart's Pass Road is closed until further notice to clear a slide.

This breathtaking loop offers an undulating ridge walk on the Pacific Crest Trail, a jaunt through the West Fork Pasayten River Valley — one of the priority areas in WTA's Lost Trails Found campaign — and views from the highest fire lookout in the state.
 
 

Puget Sound and Islands > Seattle-Tacoma Area

 
2.4 miles, roundtrip
Rating:
Average rating:
3.94
(17 votes)
  • Dogs allowed on leash
  • Wildlife
  • Good for kids
  • Lakes
  • Fall foliage
Whether you're a naturalist looking for flora and fauna, a training trail runner, a dog owner looking for a nice walk, a parent with an energetic child or just a busy urban dweller seeking an break from the city, Seward Park is the place for you.
 
 

Central Cascades > Stevens Pass - West

 
8.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 1800 ft.
Highest Point: 2600 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
1.00
(2 votes)
  • Mountain views
  • Fall foliage
  • Ridges/passes
A brushy hike up an abandoned logging road to Jumpoff Ridge.
 
 

North Cascades > Mountain Loop Highway

 
11.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 5300 ft.
Highest Point: 7201 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.39
(36 votes)
  • Ridges/passes
  • Wildlife
  • Summits
  • Lakes
  • Wildflowers/Meadows
  • Mountain views
  • Old growth
  • Fall foliage
Mount Pugh -- also known by its native name "Da Klagwats" -- has one of the most spectacular viewpoints in the North Cascades, offering a vista that includes Glacier and Sloan Peak, Mounts Baker, Shuksan, and Rainier, the Olympics, Monte Cristo, Three Fingers, and White Chuck. The first fire lookout here was established in 1916; a lowly tent perched on the peak until a cabin with a cupola was built in 1922. This was hit by lightning in 1927 and a second lookout was built, but it was subsequently destroyed in 1965 and never rebuilt. Remains of these structures can still be seen on the mountain, when you can tear yourself away from the view.
 
 

North Cascades > Mount Baker Area

 
10.3 miles, one-way
Rating:
Average rating:
3.00
(4 votes)
  • Mountain views
  • Dogs allowed on leash
  • Fall foliage
This multi-use trail meanders through mature forest to connect with the Boundary Way trail to expansive views of the North Cascades and Mount Baker.
 
 

Snoqualmie Region > Salmon La Sac/Teanaway

 
2.4 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 476 ft.
Highest Point: 3586 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.88
(8 votes)
  • Wildflowers/Meadows
  • Mountain views
  • Wildlife
  • Dogs allowed on leash
  • Lakes
  • Fall foliage
The trail to Stirrup Lake is a road less traveled and a moderate hike through second-growth forest to a serene alpine lake tucked between Big Muffin and Meadow Mountain, paying tremendous dividends for lovers of huckleberries, wildflowers, and riparian fauna.
 
 

Southwest Washington > Vancouver Area

 
3.0 miles, one-way
Gain: 850 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
0.00
(0 votes)
  • Dogs allowed on leash
  • Fall foliage
A connector trail that goes from the west side of the 25-mile Tarbell Trail Loop to the east side and one of the latest of the Department of National Resources (DNR) trail projects in the historic Yacolt Burn State Forest of southwest Washington.
 
 

Central Cascades > Stevens Pass - East

 
16.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 3500 ft.
Highest Point: 5600 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.00
(9 votes)
  • Ridges/passes
  • Wildlife
  • Rivers
  • Wildflowers/Meadows
  • Mountain views
  • Established campsites
  • Old growth
  • Fall foliage

Trail closed: Wildfire

This is a great weekend backpacking trip for wildflower lovers. Miles of wildflowers along Meander Meadow and Cady Ridge will delight the hiker who passes through during July and August. Fantastic views of the Cascades, Glacier Peak and plunging valleys add to the allure, and it's all packaged up in a 16-mile loop.
 
 

Central Cascades > Stevens Pass - East

 
5.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 1800 ft.
Highest Point: 6015 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.82
(11 votes)
  • Wildflowers/Meadows
  • Mountain views
  • Summits
  • Fall foliage
  • Ridges/passes

Trail closed: Wildfire

One of about six former lookout sites in the Stevens Pass area, Poe Mountain boasts two different trails to the summit; the original steep supply route to the retired fire lookout via a trail rising from the Little Wenatchee Falls campground, and the more moderate trail via the Irving Pass Trail. Irving Pass is the recommended route, since you spend a significant amount of the hike on the ridge with awesome views both north and south.
 
 

Snoqualmie Region > Snoqualmie Pass

 
8.6 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 3800 ft.
Highest Point: 5629 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.44
(131 votes)
  • Wildflowers/Meadows
  • Mountain views
  • Dogs allowed on leash
  • Summits
  • Fall foliage
The astounding views from the summit of the Granite Mountain trail come at a price. A nearly-1000-feet-of-elevation-gain-per-mile price. But views of pointed Kaleetan Peak, deep blue Crystal Lake, the climber-dotted Tooth, and Mount Rainier dominating the skyline to the south make it all worth it.
 
 

Snoqualmie Region > North Bend Area

 
8.8 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 2270 ft.
Highest Point: 3070 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.09
(54 votes)
  • Mountain views
  • Wildlife
  • Waterfalls
  • Old growth
  • Dogs allowed on leash
  • Fall foliage
  • Rivers
Granite Creek courses through the gorge between Mailbox Peak and Russian Butte. Ascend through the creek’s ravine, immersed in mountain rainforest, alongside whitewater rapids, waterfalls, wildflowers, and mushrooms, while you take in majestic views of the mountains of the Middle Fork valley. Seasonal treats include berries and fall colors.
 
 

Olympic Peninsula > Olympia

 
5.5 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 600 ft.
Highest Point: 650 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.64
(22 votes)
  • Dogs allowed on leash
  • Established campsites
  • Waterfalls
  • Old growth
  • Fall foliage
  • Rivers
The Mima Falls Loop takes hikers through young plantings, lush forest, and quiet wetlands in Olympia's Capitol State Forest. Just 30 minutes from the state capital, this is the perfect year-round waterfall hike for after work or weekends. Hike through a working forest and examine forestry practices up close.