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835 Hikes
Bench Lake Loop

South Cascades -- Mount Adams Area

 
3.4 miles, roundtrip
Rating:
Average rating:
5.00
(1 vote)
Limited Access: This area is only open to the public from August 30 to September 25, 2021.
A hike near Mount Adams.
 
 
Hellroaring Meadows

South Cascades -- Mount Adams Area

 
1.6 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 150 ft.
Highest Point: 5373.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
5.00
(1 vote)
Limited Access: This area is only open to the public from August 30 to September 25, 2021.
A hike near Mount Adams.
 
 
Bird Creek Meadows

South Cascades -- Mount Adams Area

 
3.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 500 ft.
Highest Point: 6085.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.14
(7 votes)
Limited Access: This area is only open to the public from August 30 to September 25, 2021.
Bird Creek Meadows is a short, easy crowd pleaser. Known for its abundant wildflower meadows, views of Mount Adams, Mount Hood and the Hellroaring Canyon, and little creeks, lakes and waterfalls, the trail provides a nice three mile loop for hikers.
 
 
Anacortes Community Forest Lands - Sugarloaf

Puget Sound and Islands -- Whidbey Island

 
2.5 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 890 ft.
Highest Point: 1275.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.59
(17 votes)
While it’s not quite as tall as nearby Mount Erie, Sugarloaf makes a great summit—this one doesn’t have a parking lot at the top.
 
 
Colchuck Lake

Central Cascades -- Leavenworth Area

 
8.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 2280 ft.
Highest Point: 5580.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.38
(96 votes)
Parking Restriction: Parking allowed at trailheads and only on the right side of Road 7601 between Eightmile Lake and Stuart Lake trailheads. Parking anywhere else along Road 7601 is not allowed.
Set beneath two of Washington’s tallest peaks, Colchuck Lake is an alpine gem. It is a larger cousin to the nearby fabled Enchantment Lakes and offers many of the same payoffs – including groves of larches on its far shore – but can be reached with less than half the effort.
 
 
Source Lake

Snoqualmie Region -- Snoqualmie Pass

 
4.5 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 1000 ft.
Highest Point: 4100.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.92
(13 votes)
In winter the trail to Source Lake crosses a large avalanche chute early in the hike. Please have experience navigating avalanche terrain and the proper equipment when hiking this trail in the winter
If you want to see the headwaters of the mighty Snoqualmie River, head for the source. Source Lake, that is. It's a modest pond, but the setting is remarkable. Craggy peaks ring this pool, found along the way to one of the state's most popular alpine lake -- Snow Lake.
 
 
Lake Ethel

Central Cascades -- Stevens Pass - East

 
9.5 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 3500 ft.
Highest Point: 5735.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.25
(8 votes)
Lake Ethel is a beautiful lake in the Chiwaukum Mountains of the Alpine Lakes Wilderness, just east of Stevens Pass. Lake Ethel is one of the ‘Scottish Lakes’, which includes nearby Lake Donald, Loch Eileen and Lake Julius. The entire Scottish Lakes area is great for solitude. From Lake Ethel there are numerous options to extend your trip for backpacking or long day hikes.
 
 
Talapus and Olallie Lakes

Snoqualmie Region -- Snoqualmie Pass

 
6.2 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 1220 ft.
Highest Point: 3780.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.92
(120 votes)
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.
 
 
Upper Twin Lake

Central Cascades -- Leavenworth Area

 
5.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 300 ft.
Highest Point: 2850.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.50
(4 votes)
This is an ideal ‘multi-modal’ kid hike, featuring a two mile bike ride, followed by an easy and quite pretty half mile hike. We did the bike and hike with our kids when they were four and six, and they enjoyed it.
 
 
Gold Creek - Alaska Lake

Snoqualmie Region -- Snoqualmie Pass

 
14.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 2024 ft.
Highest Point: 4624.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
2.79
(14 votes)
While the trail near Gold Creek Pond is a great spot for hikers of all ages, the trail back towards Alaska Lake is a more rugged experience. Starting flat, it heads into the heart of the Central Cascades on an old road for four miles, where it then crosses an impressive old avalanche path before heading straight uphill to remote Alaska Lake.
 
 
Cascade Pass

North Cascades -- North Cascades Highway - Hwy 20

 
7.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 1800 ft.
Highest Point: 5392.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.12
(32 votes)
9/17/2021 - The Cascade River Road is closed at milepost 20 due to road damage.
At Cascade Pass, the wow factor far exceeds the “ow” factor – perhaps no other trail in the state delivers as much reward for the effort. From the high peaks on either side of the pass, verdant meadows curve down to a saddle that offers sweeping views of nearby valleys, glaciers, mountains, and passing wildlife. Sedately climbing a little less than 1,800 feet in 3.6 miles, it is the perfect hike to show new hikers the extraordinary places their feet can take them.
 
 
Glasses Lake

Central Cascades -- Stevens Pass - East

 
10.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 700 ft.
Highest Point: 4682.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
0.00
(0 votes)
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.
 
 
Buck Creek Falls Loop

South Cascades -- Mount Adams Area

 
3.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 770 ft.
Highest Point: 1090.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
0.00
(0 votes)
A short, family-friendly loop that can be done all year round. You'll meander through douglas fir, western redcedar, bigleaf maple, and other deciduous trees, along a creek, and end at a lovely waterfall, perfect for picnicking.
 
 
Sawtooth View via Aspen Lake

North Cascades -- Methow/Sawtooth

 
6.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 1170 ft.
Highest Point: 3578.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
0.00
(0 votes)
Take a short hike to a cattail fringed lake and beyond through a blackened forest to grand views of the Sawtooth Range. It's a four-season hike boasting beauty in all seasons, pristine snow, spring and summer flowers, and some fall colors.
 
 
Mirror Lake via the Pacific Crest Trail (PCT)

Snoqualmie Region -- Snoqualmie Pass

 
7.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 1180 ft.
Highest Point: 4195.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.83
(12 votes)
This short dayhike on the Pacific Crest Trail (PCT) is a nice alternate route to quiet Mirror Lake, or just a lovely little forest ramble on a quiet section of the well-maintained trail. You could consider it as a first-time backpacking destination, too, since the trail is never particularly steep here.
 
 
Cooney Lake

North Cascades -- Methow/Sawtooth

 
17.6 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 2850 ft.
Highest Point: 7260.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.17
(6 votes)
This hike is to a beautiful lake basin filled with larch and expansive views of the peaks above. From a basecamp at the lake, day trips explorations lead to other lakes and views.
 
 
North Fork Entiat River

Central Cascades -- Entiat Mountains/Lake Chelan

 
26.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 4000 ft.
Highest Point: 7150.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
2.50
(4 votes)
Experience the rugged beauty of the Entiat mountains, rich in wild flower meadows, jagged peaks, and solitude. These trails, though occasionally steep and loose, harbor fantastic corners, wildlife, and old-school outdoorsmanship that many crowded trails now lack.
 
 
Fern Lake

Central Cascades -- Entiat Mountains/Lake Chelan

 
16.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 3600 ft.
Highest Point: 6950.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.00
(6 votes)
Seek solitude and stupendous views at this high alpine lake in the Entiat Mountains. A steep slog of a trail ensures you'll have plenty of room at this lake.
 
 
Illahee Lake Trail

Puget Sound and Islands -- Seattle-Tacoma Area

 
0.5 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 35 ft.
Highest Point: 370.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
0.00
(0 votes)
A half mile loop around a wetland in the City of Sammamish.
 
 
Nute's Pond Park

Puget Sound and Islands -- Seattle-Tacoma Area

 
1.5 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 10 ft.
Highest Point: 280.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
0.00
(0 votes)
A small park on Bainbridge Island.
 
 
Moments in Time Interpretive Trail

Olympic Peninsula -- Northern Coast

 
1.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 25 ft.
Highest Point: 600.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.50
(2 votes)
An interpretive nature trail along the shore of Lake Crescent. The trail leads through forest, a small meadow and lake shore. This trail is accessible to most hikers. This trail was formerly known as the Barnes Point Nature Trail, but is now called the Moments in Time Trail on the National Park Service Lake Crescent Area Trail Brochure.
 
 
Diablo Lake

North Cascades -- North Cascades Highway - Hwy 20

 
7.6 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 1400 ft.
Highest Point: 1950.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.22
(36 votes)
Follow the Diablo Lake Trail up and across talus slopes on the flanks of Sourdough Mountain to impressive cascading waterfalls and stunning views of Ross Lake and Colonial, Pyramid, Davis Peaks, as well as Jack Mountain.
 
 
Trapper Lake

North Cascades -- North Cascades Highway - Hwy 20

 
5.0 miles, roundtrip
Rating:
Average rating:
0.00
(0 votes)
Follow a fisherman's trail to a crystalline blue lake in the North Cascades. This is a bushwhack, so you will need route-finding experience and a map and compass, and you'll need to know how to use them.
 
 
Kaleetan Peak

Snoqualmie Region -- Snoqualmie Pass

 
12.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 4500 ft.
Highest Point: 6224.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.67
(12 votes)
A peak near Melakwa Lake on the north side of I-90. Climbing experience and route finding necessary to gain the summit.
 
 
Tuck and Robin Lakes

Snoqualmie Region -- Salmon La Sac/Teanaway

 
16.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 2900 ft.
Highest Point: 6300.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.26
(31 votes)
A beautiful granite basin housing two sparkling lakes and big views. Explorations abound with nearly a dozen lakes to look down upon or explore around.
 
 
Mirror and Cottonwood Lakes

Snoqualmie Region -- Snoqualmie Pass

 
2.2 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 870 ft.
Highest Point: 4200.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.04
(27 votes)
Nestled in a quiet basin only a stone’s throw from Snoqualmie Pass, pristine Mirror Lake is a destination to be enjoyed by the whole family. Rarely can you find such lovely sites with so little effort, but here, a short trek will take you through forests, across delicate streams, and past brightly colored wildflowers. Humming with butterflies, birds, bees, and babbling streams, this trail is not to be missed.
 
 
No Name Ridge - Thorp Mountain

Snoqualmie Region -- Salmon La Sac/Teanaway

 
9.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 1000 ft.
Highest Point: 5854.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.00
(9 votes)
With wide open views at the top, Thorp Mountain is a worthwhile destination, even if the steep ascent to the peak might seem challenging.
 
 
Vesper Peak

North Cascades -- Mountain Loop Highway

 
8.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 4000 ft.
Highest Point: 6214.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.52
(27 votes)
Vesper Peak is definitely not for the novice hiker, but for those thirsting for one step beyond hiking into backcountry adventure, it's a good leaping off point. The smooth, low angle granite of Vesper's upper reaches make for relatively easy off-trail travel and beginning routefinding.
 
 
Headlee Pass and Vesper Lake

North Cascades -- Mountain Loop Highway

 
7.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 2700 ft.
Highest Point: 4950.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.90
(20 votes)
Vesper Lake is squeezed, like a thumbprint in clay, deep in the saddle between the twin summits of Sperry Peak and Vesper Peak. Rarely is a lake situated so close and steeply below two summits like this–its unique setting gives you remarkably up-close (and straight-up) views of mountainous terrain. And all that comes after the former mining trail that provides incredible scenery along the way.
 
 
Wallace Falls State Park

Central Cascades -- Stevens Pass - West

 
5.6 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 1300 ft.
Highest Point: 1500.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.11
(277 votes)
An accessible hike for seasoned veterans and neophytes alike, Wallace Falls provides visitors with breathtaking views of the Wallace River and the surrounding falls on a relatively low difficulty, scenic 5.6 mile round-trip. Although well attended and often busy, the trail stands as a true showcase of the diversity and majestic beauty that the Central Cascades can offer to hikers who journey into the heart of this sublime mountain range.