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835 Hikes
Cutthroat Lake

North Cascades -- North Cascades Highway - Hwy 20

 
3.8 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 400 ft.
Highest Point: 4900.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.89
(18 votes)
This pleasant trail offers an almost level walk to a grassy forested lake set in the rocky basin beneath Cutthroat Peak. This is an easy hike in an area of rugged, steep country and one of the few that are suitable for small children. It is an especially pretty hike in the fall when the larch are turning golden.
 
 
Hidden Lake

Mount Rainier Area

 
Rating:
Average rating:
3.50
(4 votes)
Hidden Lake
 
 
Snow Lakes

Central Cascades -- Leavenworth Area

 
14.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 4300 ft.
Highest Point: 5500.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.65
(26 votes)
The Snow Lakes trail is known mostly as the long, gradual way into the Enchantments; but it is a worthwhile - if deceptively grueling - destination in its own right. The narrow isthmus between the lakes offers a majestic view across the water to the towering heights of McClellan Peak.
 
 
Sharpe Park - Sares Head

Puget Sound and Islands -- Bellingham Area

 
2.1 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 440 ft.
Highest Point: 490.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.29
(7 votes)
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.
 
 
Cispus Pass

South Cascades

 
12.8 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 2700 ft.
Highest Point: 6400.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.00
(1 vote)
Hike to a stunning viewpoint high above two river valleys in the Goat Rocks Wilderness.
 
 
Liberty Lake Regional Park - Liberty Lake Loop Trail

Eastern Washington -- Spokane Area/Coeur d'Alene

 
8.4 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 1500 ft.
Highest Point: 3280.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
5.00
(1 vote)
This trail offers a full tour of the trails at Liberty Lake Regional Park, taking visitors along Split Creek, through a cedar grove, past Liberty Falls and an old cabin as well as along miles of beautiful trails with views down to the lake.
 
 
Tubbs Hill

Eastern Washington -- Spokane Area/Coeur d'Alene

 
2.2 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 300 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.00
(1 vote)
This delightful little park in the heart of Coeur D'Alene boasts swimming holes, plenty of trails to give you a workout, and great views of the majestic Lake Coeur D'Alene.
 
 
Flapjack Lakes via North Fork Skokomish River

Olympic Peninsula -- Hood Canal

 
15.4 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 3050 ft.
Highest Point: 3850.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.06
(17 votes)
This is a burly day trip, but a great overnight destination for exploring the Sawtooth Range in the Olympic high country.
 
 
Horseshoe Lake

Central Cascades -- Leavenworth Area

 
16.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 2928 ft.
Highest Point: 6300.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.17
(6 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.
A couple miles beyond Lake Stuart and a few hundred feet up lies Horseshoe Lake--a stunning, silent lake that makes for an excellent day trip for those lucky folks who get to camp at Lake Stuart. It’s also attainable as a day hike, but you’ll want to get an early start.
 
 
Scorpion Mountain via Johnson Ridge

Central Cascades -- Stevens Pass - West

 
8.6 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 2500 ft.
Highest Point: 5540.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.58
(19 votes)
Scorpion Mountain offers a 360-degree view of the Central Cascades, and the huckleberries and blueberries make this a much underrated fall hike.
 
 
Thunder Mountain Lakes

Central Cascades -- Stevens Pass - West

 
14.5 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 3000 ft.
Highest Point: 6500.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.50
(12 votes)
Thunder Mountain Lakes are found in the Alpine Lakes Wilderness. The area is increasing in popularity, and the lakes are set in a highly sensitive area, so it is important to practice Leave No Trace principles should you decide to visit.
 
 
Bench and Snow Lakes

Mount Rainier Area -- SE - Cayuse Pass/Stevens Canyon

 
2.5 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 610 ft.
Highest Point: 4725.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.19
(21 votes)
Escape the crowds within Mount Rainier National Park without going on a lengthy adventure. Visit one or both of two alpine lakes, the second one just a bit more than a mile from the parking lot.
 
 
Emmons Moraine

Mount Rainier Area -- NE - Sunrise/White River

 
3.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 900 ft.
Highest Point: 5200.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.92
(13 votes)
This short trail crosses the Inter Fork of the White River to views of The Mountain's largest glacier and the valley carved by this river of ice.
 
 
Baker Lake - Maple Grove

North Cascades -- Mount Baker Area

 
8.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 500 ft.
Highest Point: 1000.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.86
(14 votes)
Magnificent old growth forests, stellar views of Mount Baker, turbulent tributaries, and, of course, a beautiful lake make this trail a great path to travel.
 
 
High Divide - Seven Lakes Basin Loop

Olympic Peninsula -- Northern Coast

 
19.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 4000 ft.
Highest Point: 5120.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.53
(30 votes)
Stunning views, stargazing, backcountry lakes and plentiful wildlife await you on this classic 19-mile loop on the Olympic Mountains’ stunning Seven Lakes Basin and High Divide Trail.
 
 
Eightmile Lake

Central Cascades -- Leavenworth Area

 
6.6 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 1300 ft.
Highest Point: 4650.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.68
(28 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.
Along a moderate trail into the glorious Alpine Lakes Wilderness Area, past burnt Ponderosa Pines, chattering mountain streams, plenteous wildflowers and tall mountain peaks, hikers will find beautiful Eightmile Lake and its rocky, tree lined shore.
 
 
Upper Lena Lake

Olympic Peninsula -- Hood Canal

 
14.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 3900 ft.
Highest Point: 4600.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.23
(31 votes)
The trail to Lena Lake is a pretty, and popular, weekend destination. But hearty hikers and backpackers who venture to Upper Lena Lake will leave the crowds behind and experience a little bit of nirvana.
 
 
Lena Lake

Olympic Peninsula -- Hood Canal

 
7.2 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 1300 ft.
Highest Point: 2000.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.11
(88 votes)
The hike to Lena Lake is doable for nearly every type of hiker, and the traffic on the trail is evidence of it. A wide path switchbacks gently at first and then just a little more steeply uphill through old- and second-growth forest to a large lake ringed by silent sentinels--huge old-growth fir trees that keep watch over day hikers and campers who elect to stay overnight at this wilderness refuge.
 
 
Rampart Ridge - Rampart Lakes

Snoqualmie Region -- Snoqualmie Pass

 
11.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 2200 ft.
Highest Point: 5100.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.12
(26 votes)
Rampart Lakes is a pretty collection of pothole lakes with a maze of social trails lacing them together. Though doable as a day hike, it is better enjoyed as an overnight destination, with nearby Alta Mountain and Lila Lake making excellent side trips.
 
 
Owyhigh Lakes

Mount Rainier Area -- NE - Sunrise/White River

 
7.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 1650 ft.
Highest Point: 5275.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.65
(17 votes)
Walk a very pleasant and well-graded trail through old- and new-growth forest. After a moderate elevation gain, the forest opens into meadowlands filled with wildflowers after the snow melts. A pair of shallow but pretty lakes, with a rocky ridge as a backdrop, completes the scene.
 
 
Thorp Mountain Lookout via Thorp Creek

Snoqualmie Region -- Salmon La Sac/Teanaway

 
7.4 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 2484 ft.
Highest Point: 5884.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.10
(10 votes)
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.
 
 
Union Bay Natural Area

Puget Sound and Islands -- Seattle-Tacoma Area

 
1.5 miles, roundtrip
Rating:
Average rating:
2.75
(4 votes)
Seattle has many pocket parks and natural areas where native species of floral and fauna make their home. The Union Bay Natural Area is one of these wonderful little spots that offers a natural environment within easy reach of many city dwellers.
 
 
Mildred Lakes

Olympic Peninsula -- Hood Canal

 
9.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 2300 ft.
Highest Point: 4100.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.53
(17 votes)
Take a sojourn in the Hood Canal Ranger District on this way trail within Mount Skokomish Wilderness. If you're looking for solitude, you'll find it on this out-of-the-way gem in the Olympic National Forest.
 
 
Lake Janus and Grizzly Peak

Central Cascades -- Stevens Pass - East

 
16.6 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 2525 ft.
Highest Point: 5550.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.31
(13 votes)
A stroll north on the Pacific Crest Trail to tranquil Lake Janus and neighboring Grizzly Peak offers panoramas of the Central Cascades’ finest peaks and undulating meadows blanketed with wildflowers as far as the eye can see. Traveled by sauntering day hikers, first-time backpackers and dedicated thru-hikers bound for Canada, this well-graded trail has a little something for everyone.
 
 
Dark Peak

Central Cascades -- Entiat Mountains/Lake Chelan

 
16.0 miles, roundtrip
Highest Point: 8513.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
0.00
(0 votes)
Trail Closed 8/19/21: This trail is closed until further notice due to the Twentyfive Mile Fire.
A scramble and climb in the North Cascades accessible from the Stehekin Valley. Climbing gear and expertise, as well as routefinding experience required.
 
 
Gothic Basin

North Cascades -- Mountain Loop Highway

 
9.2 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 2840 ft.
Highest Point: 5200.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.54
(98 votes)
Rough and tumble is the trail, just like the miners that constructed this path. Though not always easy, the ascent to Gothic Basin, has tremendous rewards. Early on, one simply meanders along side the relentless South Fork of the Sauk. Quickly though this trail will turn to a no-nonsense bee-line to the basin with waterfalls, flowers, and views of the surrounding mountains to keep one distracted. The ultimate rewards come to those who have enough strength to explore the basin after the ascent.
 
 
Myrtle Lake

Central Cascades -- Entiat Mountains/Lake Chelan

 
8.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 650 ft.
Highest Point: 3765.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.38
(8 votes)
Myrtle Lake is a quaint lake nestled in the Entiat Mountains.
 
 
Silver Peak

Snoqualmie Region -- Snoqualmie Pass

 
5.6 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 2100 ft.
Highest Point: 5605.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.54
(48 votes)
At 5605 feet of elevation, Silver Peak is the tallest mountain guarding the southern wall of Snoqualmie Pass. Silver Peak has more than 2000 feet of prominence and provides commanding, panoramic views of the eastern end of Snoqualmie Pass and the surrounding mountains and lakes.
 
 
Cathedral Pass Loop

North Cascades -- Pasayten

 
44.7 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 4000 ft.
Highest Point: 7800.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.12
(8 votes)
Trail Closed 8/10/21: This Trail is closed until further notice due to the Cub Creek 2 fire.
Hike through some of the Boundary Trail’s best scenery on the 44-mile lollipop loop along the Chewuch River and through majestic Cathedral Pass.
 
 
Pratt Lake Basin

Snoqualmie Region -- North Bend Area

 
11.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 2300 ft.
Highest Point: 4100.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.82
(22 votes)
You’re bound to run into all manner of people on the Pratt Lake Trail: trail runners, families, beginning hikers, backpackers hungry for a night out in the woods, even folks looking for fish (in the lakes, not on the trail). All that traffic does a number on the trail, but fortunately WTA work parties have worked hard here, ensuring that all trail users can easily follow the picturesque path to Pratt Lake.