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835 Hikes
Little Joe Lake

Snoqualmie Region -- Snoqualmie Pass

 
3.6 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 1130 ft.
Highest Point: 4700.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
0.00
(0 votes)
This short, but steep, hiker-only trail leads to a small, forested lake with a large campsite. The trail is mostly covered in forest duff due to the limited foot traffic, making the climb much more pleasant, as do the berries in late summer.
 
 
Snowking Mountain

North Cascades -- North Cascades Highway - Hwy 20

 
Highest Point: 7433.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.50
(2 votes)
Snowking Mountain is a strenuous mountaineering trip or class 3 alpine scramble with stunning panoramic mountain views, deep blue alpine lakes and rewarding isolation.
 
 
Labyrinth Mountain

Central Cascades -- Stevens Pass - East

 
4.2 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 2500 ft.
Highest Point: 6366.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.17
(6 votes)
If the steep climb up to Lake Minotaur hasn’t taken all the go out of your legs, adding a mile and another 1,000 feet of climbing will get you to the top of Labyrinth Mountain. From the summit you look down on Minotaur and Theseus Lakes directly below.
 
 
Emerald Lake via Trout Lake Trailhead

Eastern Washington -- Okanogan Highlands/Kettle River Range

 
6.5 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 1430 ft.
Highest Point: 3740.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
2.83
(6 votes)
Exploring a verdant canyon on the east side of the Kettle Range, Hoodoo Trail makes a great early-season conditioning hike or introduction to overnighting. The hike up Hoodoo Canyon from Trout Lake to Emerald Lake is a classic, low-elevation Inland Northwest hike through one of the largest remaining low-elevation roadless areas in the Kettle Range.
 
 
Emerald Lake via Deadman Trailhead

Eastern Washington -- Okanogan Highlands/Kettle River Range

 
5.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 3100 ft.
Highest Point: 300.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
0.00
(0 votes)
Approach a calm, quiet lake on a rugged canyon trail, where wildflowers bloom in spring, and you can rest lakeside in the heat of the summer.
 
 
Copper Ridge Loop

North Cascades -- Mount Baker Area

 
34.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 8600 ft.
Highest Point: 6260.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.38
(13 votes)
Experience the variety offered by the North Cascades: high mountain ridges with spectacular views, a remote river valley, and even a self-propelled cable car river crossing. Popular side trips include Hannegan Peak and Whatcom Pass.
 
 
Copper Ridge

North Cascades -- Mount Baker Area

 
13.9 miles, one-way
Gain: 1800 ft.
Highest Point: 6260.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.67
(6 votes)
The Copper Ridge Trail forms part of the popular and iconic Copper Ridge Loop. The trail climbs to a ridge with stunning views before dropping down to the Chilliwack River Valley.
 
 
White Pass - Pilot Ridge Loop

North Cascades -- Mountain Loop Highway

 
29.2 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 7500 ft.
Highest Point: 6360.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.75
(12 votes)
A loop hike, beginning and ending in the old-growth forests of the North Fork Sauk River that traverses high ridges and passes of the Pacific crest, visits beautiful alpine lakes, and finally follows the high and lonesome Pilot Ridge Trail before descending back down to the trail junction on the North Fork Sauk River.
 
 
North Coast Route

Olympic Peninsula -- Pacific Coast

 
30.0 miles, one-way
Gain: 200 ft.
Highest Point: 200.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.00
(7 votes)
Hike through and alongside coastal forest, rocky cliffs and the wild Pacific coast on a relatively well-maintained route.
 
 
Indian Dan State Wildlife Refuge

North Cascades -- Methow/Sawtooth

 
3.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 200 ft.
Highest Point: 1700.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
0.00
(0 votes)
Much of the trails in this area follow old roads and Jeep roads around the area. It's an excellent area to bring dogs (on-leash) and apart from some blowdowns, is a very easy trail to follow with a low grade.
 
 
Surprise Lake

Mount Rainier Area -- NW - Carbon River/Mowich

 
4.0 miles, roundtrip
Highest Point: 4406.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
0.00
(0 votes)
Surprise Lake and the surrounding land is entirely on private property. The road to the lake is gated, but kept open to hikers by the property owners. To retain access to this lovely lake, please respect the private property and refrain from entering any structures you may encounter on your outing.
 
 
Cathedral Rock

Snoqualmie Region -- Salmon La Sac/Teanaway

 
8.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 2290 ft.
Highest Point: 5550.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.43
(14 votes)
While commonly used to access the Alpine Lakes backcountry, the trail up to Cathedral Pass is a worthy destination on its own. Old growth forest, lakes, subalpine meadows, and an up-close view of the dominating Cathedral Rock make for a satisfying and scenic day hike or short overnight.
 
 
Taneum Lake

Snoqualmie Region -- Cle Elum Area

 
1.4 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 100 ft.
Highest Point: 5400.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.00
(1 vote)
This trail leaves from a forest service road in the Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest south of Cle Elum and reaches the lake in under a mile. The trail is simple and straightforward and stays nearly level the entire way.
 
 
Manastash Lake

Central Washington -- Yakima

 
8.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 2100 ft.
Highest Point: 5063.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.89
(9 votes)
Hike through a diverse forest to two alpine lakes that rest atop Manastash Ridge, one of Central Washington’s most notable geologic formations. The trail to Lost and Manastash Lakes is an underappreciated gem that will delight larch lovers, berry munchers, flower photographers, and campers alike.
 
 
Scatter Lake

North Cascades -- Methow/Sawtooth

 
8.5 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 3850 ft.
Highest Point: 7047.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.00
(5 votes)
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.
 
 
North Lake

North Cascades -- Methow/Sawtooth

 
10.6 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 2220 ft.
Highest Point: 5840.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
5.00
(6 votes)
9/29/21 Trail Section Closed: The Cedar Creek Trail is closed due to the Cedar Creek Fire.
Hike in to a small lake at the head of a valley with good campsites and many possibilities for exploration. Along the way, see the difference between the 2018 Crescent Mountain Fire impacted forest and the old growth forest.
 
 
Lake Creek

North Cascades -- Pasayten

 
37.8 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 2600 ft.
Highest Point: 5800.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
2.80
(5 votes)
Visit beautiful Black Lake on your way to Ashnola Pass and the Boundary trail. Enjoy views of peaks and plenty of wildflowers as you make your way through this 2003 burn zone.
 
 
Coleman Ridge

North Cascades -- Pasayten

 
27.2 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 3400 ft.
Highest Point: 7400.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.00
(5 votes)
This difficult to follow ridge trail was burned in the 2003 Farewell Fire and is no longer maintained. For those with good navigation skills, it provides access to Remmel Mountain.
 
 
Williams Creek

North Cascades -- Methow/Sawtooth

 
14.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 3600 ft.
Highest Point: 6500.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.75
(4 votes)
To see beautiful Williams Lake, set in a meadow basin with pockets of larch trees, a hiker must earn it. The shallow gradient trail takes 7 miles to gain 3600 feet and is mostly on a fire-scorched, sun-baked south facing slope where the sparse shade offers a welcome respite from the heat.
 
 
Soda Peaks Lake

Southwest Washington -- Lewis River Region

 
9.76 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 2874 ft.
Highest Point: 3700.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.50
(6 votes)
There are two ways to reach Soda Peak Lake, a beautiful sub-alpine lake in an old growth forest. This approach is from the Government Mineral Springs trailhead to the east. It's a tough hike to a serene location, with plenty of secluded camps.
 
 
Bald Mountain via Ashland Lakes

North Cascades -- Mountain Loop Highway

 
20.0 miles, one-way
Rating:
Average rating:
2.33
(6 votes)
It used to be possible to traverse from Ashland Lakes to Bald Mountain, Cutthroat Lakes, and the Walt Bailey trail on trail. Now, the way is an overgrown, hard-to-follow bushwhack.
 
 
Mount McCausland

Central Cascades -- Stevens Pass - East

 
7.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 1800 ft.
Highest Point: 5747.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.78
(40 votes)
Mount McCausland delivers mountain views, lake views, and even solitude at the summit. The cost? The first three miles of the trail is easy, but the last half mile to the summit is steep and occasionally brushy. Taking a break on that climb is no hardship, though: the hillside is carpeted in berries and the views start early.
 
 
Independence Pass Loop

South Cascades -- Mount St. Helens

 
6.5 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 1665 ft.
Highest Point: 4700.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.00
(5 votes)
The Independence Pass trail is impassable past the first 1.5 miles due to significant washouts and cannot currently be connected with the Boundary Trail to complete this loop.
 
 
Hidden Lake Lookout

North Cascades -- North Cascades Highway - Hwy 20

 
8.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 3300 ft.
Highest Point: 6900.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.62
(64 votes)
The Hidden Lake trail is one of the crown jewels of hiking in Washington State. No other trail offers so much as Hidden Lake Lookout: forest, wildflowers, a true alpine environment of stark granite well above treeline, breathtaking summit views of the heart of North Cascades National Park, and a fire lookout with a sweeping history almost as big as the mountainous landscape it gazes over.
 
 
Sunday Lake

Snoqualmie Region -- North Bend Area

 
6.2 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 355 ft.
Highest Point: 1900.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
2.58
(12 votes)
Tucked into a corner of the Alpine Lakes Wilderness is Sunday Lake, a road less traveled that abounds in wildflowers, berries, fauna, historical artifacts, old growth, and alpine littoral habitat. Much more than the gentle woodland saunter implied by the 300-foot elevation change, the route to Sunday Lake requires the fording of Sunday Creek in spring and fall, making it an adventure any day of the week.
 
 
Lake Ingalls

Snoqualmie Region -- Salmon La Sac/Teanaway

 
9.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 2500 ft.
Highest Point: 6500.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.31
(99 votes)
There's no question why Ingalls Lake is one of the most popular destinations in the Alpine Lakes Wilderness. It is a stunning blue lake, set high in a basin beneath rocky peaks, showcasing striking Mount Stuart as its backdrop. The trail to this treasure is filled with delights, both for the summer adventurer as well as for those hikers who appreciate fall colors. Views of the craggy Esmeralda Peaks, a walk through beautiful Headlight Basin plus a pretty picture of the imposing Stuart Range are just a few of the wonders along the way.
 
 
Cascade Pass and Sahale Arm

North Cascades -- North Cascades Highway - Hwy 20

 
12.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 4000 ft.
Highest Point: 7570.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.44
(66 votes)
9/17/2021 - The Cascade River Road is closed at milepost 20 due to road damage.
In Sahale Arm, the forces of nature have conspired to create an improbably gentle, gorgeous landscape. A scenic trail ambles peacefully through rolling alpine meadows blanketing the broad shoulder of Sahale Mountain. This park-like setting is made all the more spectacular by contrast with the dramatic mountainous terrain that stretches off in every direction near and far. Simply put, this is one of the most beautiful hikes in all of Washington.
 
 
Island Lake - Rainbow Lake

Snoqualmie Region -- Snoqualmie Pass

 
11.7 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 3000 ft.
Highest Point: 4400.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.57
(21 votes)
The trailhead might be busy, but heading to Island and Rainbow Lakes may afford you more solitude than you'd expect on the crowded I-90 corridor. It's a touch longer than many day hikers want to tackle, and even most of the campers will drop off past Ollalie, or Pratt Lake junctions, leaving you (and a few hardy others) to discover these alpine jewels.
 
 
Fremont Lookout

Mount Rainier Area -- NE - Sunrise/White River

 
5.6 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 1200 ft.
Highest Point: 7200.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.59
(59 votes)
The two-story frame cabin of Mount Fremont, built in 1934, provides an opportunity to reminisce about the time when watchmen stood guard over the forest, with an eye out for wildfires.
 
 
Mountain Climbers Trail

South Cascades -- Mount Adams Area

 
6.8 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 2600 ft.
Highest Point: 8300.0 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.
Hike through beautiful woods, subalpine meadows and glacial moraines to the Hellroaring Viewpoint. The trail then becomes poorly defined up to Sunrise Camp.