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750 Hikes
The Enchantments

Central Cascades -- Leavenworth Area

 
18.0 miles, one-way
Gain: 4500 ft.
Highest Point: 7800.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.70
(125 votes)
Parking Restriction on Road 7601: 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.
The Enchantment Lakes are an alpine wonderland of pristine lakes set among polished granite, soaring peaks, blazing larches, and ambling mountain goats. Widely regarded as the crown jewel of hiking in Washington, this trail exceeds even the wildest of superlatives.
 
 
Norse Peak Lollipop via Goat Lake Trail

Mount Rainier Area -- Chinook Pass - Hwy 410

 
11.5 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 3240 ft.
Highest Point: 6856.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
0.00
(0 votes)
Convert the popular out-and-back Norse Peak hike into a lollipop loop through the open terrain along the PCT and back along the Goat Lake Trail. While it has fewer views, it provides a longer, more secluded return to the trailhead.
 
 
Lakeview Trail

Puget Sound and Islands -- Seattle-Tacoma Area

 
2.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 95 ft.
Highest Point: 410.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
0.00
(0 votes)
Follow a gentle, stroller-friendly slope for about a mile along the eastern and northern shores of scenic Lake Ballinger. You can extend your walk by continuing west along Lakeview Drive to the nearby Interurban Trail, or head east to explore the gravel forested path through Terrace Creek Park
 
 
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)
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.
 
 
Sand Ridge

South Cascades -- White Pass/Cowlitz River Valley

 
8.9 miles, one-way
Gain: 2000 ft.
Highest Point: 5400.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
1.80
(5 votes)
This trail in the William O. Douglas wilderness climbs from the north side of Highway 12 through second-growth forest. It offers access to Spiral Butte and Shellrock Lake, among other lakes in this area. While it's a lovely spot to enjoy a low-key backpack, the water here can make the area swampy in the spring and early summer.
 
 
Pipsissewa Trail

Eastern Washington -- Okanogan Highlands/Kettle River Range

 
4.2 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 860 ft.
Highest Point: 4420.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
2.75
(4 votes)
Take in beautiful views of Bonaparte Lake, heady pine forest, and beautiful rock gardens in this Eastern Washington escape.
 
 
Oak Creek Road - Bethel Ridge

Central Washington -- Yakima

 
6.5 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 800 ft.
Highest Point: 2500.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
0.00
(0 votes)
This is a scenic, easy to moderate hike or snowshoe up a broad canyon with a good chance of spotting bands of elk.
 
 
Larch Creek

North Cascades -- Pasayten

 
32.4 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 3300 ft.
Highest Point: 7500.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.25
(4 votes)
Follow this trail through the heart of the Pasayten Wilderness. Take in all the sights the Wilderness has to offer, including but not limited to: stunning peaks, refreshing creeks, wildflowers galore, and limitless views from ridges.
 
 
Big Tree Trail

Eastern Washington -- Okanogan Highlands/Kettle River Range

 
2.7 miles, roundtrip
Rating:
Average rating:
0.00
(0 votes)
Looking for a lower-key, wheelchair accessible hike among gorgeous golden larches in fall? The 0.7-mile Big Tree Trail is just the ticket.
 
 
Copper Glance Lake

North Cascades -- Pasayten

 
6.8 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 2560 ft.
Highest Point: 6260.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.29
(7 votes)
This hike through history, both natural and mining, leads to a beautiful emerald lake below the rocky cliffs of Isabella Ridge. The mix of old mining road and steep trail passes through burnt forest, past an old mine, through flowered meadows, and across a boulder field to reach Copper Glance Lake.
 
 
Cutthroat Pass via Cutthroat Lake

North Cascades -- North Cascades Highway - Hwy 20

 
11.4 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 2300 ft.
Highest Point: 6800.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.64
(11 votes)
Take this gentle trail to a beautiful alpine lake surrounded by rocky cliffs before heading up some steeper switchbacks to a pass and junction with the iconic Pacific Crest Trail.
 
 
Bumping Lake

Mount Rainier Area -- Chinook Pass - Hwy 410

 
9.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 300 ft.
Highest Point: 3700.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.17
(6 votes)
A gentle hike through stands of mature larches and other conifers along the shores of Bumping Lake. The trail is also a good alternate route to Swamp Lake Trail #970 or to Pacific Crest Trail #2000 when a ford of the Bumping River is too hazardous.
 
 
Bear Canyon

Central Washington -- Yakima

 
6.4 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 1130 ft.
Highest Point: 3200.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.29
(7 votes)
Follow a stream between steep sided basalt cliffs up a shady canyon in the transition zone between the Cascade Mountains and the dry shrub-steppe grasslands of eastern Washington.
 
 
Wenaha River Trail

Eastern Washington -- Palouse and Blue Mountains

 
29.9 miles, one-way
Gain: 2500 ft.
Highest Point: 4000.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.00
(1 vote)
Hike along a section of the Wenaha River in the Wenaha-Tucannon Wilderness.
 
 
Twin Sisters Lakes

Mount Rainier Area -- Chinook Pass - Hwy 410

 
4.4 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 900 ft.
Highest Point: 5200.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.58
(12 votes)
A long dirt road provides access to the central trailhead for the William O. Douglas Wilderness Area. The popular, easy forest hike to the Twin Sisters Lakes is a prelude to miles of exploration possible on trails and cross-country through open forest, past meadows, ponds, and lakes.
 
 
Tieton River Nature Trail

Central Washington -- Yakima

 
6.75 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 300 ft.
Highest Point: 1900.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.60
(10 votes)
This short hike is an excellent option during a visit to the Naches area in the spring and summertime. You'll enjoy a ramble along a river, impressive geologic formations, and relative solitude, though the area is open to mountain bikers and popular with rock climbers and birders.
 
 
Strawberry Mountain

Eastern Washington -- Okanogan Highlands/Kettle River Range

 
3.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 890 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
2.00
(3 votes)
This moderate trail makes for a great family hike up Strawberry Mountain with good views of Lost Lake and Bonaparte Mountain.
 
 
Cascade Pass

North Cascades -- North Cascades Highway - Hwy 20

 
7.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 1800 ft.
Highest Point: 5392.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.15
(33 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.
 
 
Little Ranger Peak via Ranger Creek

Mount Rainier Area -- Chinook Pass - Hwy 410

 
12.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 2500 ft.
Highest Point: 5010.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.50
(10 votes)
This infrequently visited trail is the perfect hike early in the season, because the snow melts off the south-facing flanks of the peak early. If you miss the springtime, save it for fall, because the deciduous trees that line the path make it ideal for a shot of fall color. Enjoy a moderately graded that leads you to a summit that boasts views of Rainier and the White River valley from the summit.
 
 
Yellow Aster Butte

North Cascades -- Mount Baker Area

 
7.5 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 2550 ft.
Highest Point: 6150.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.44
(62 votes)
Campfires are not allowed in this area.
Find supreme wildflower gardens and a high-country plateau speckled with shimmering tarns-but that's not all. Spectacular alpine vistas abound too-of Baker, Shuksan, and all those rugged and craggy peaks straddling the 49th parallel. Yellow Aster Butte may be a misnomer (those yellow-petaled delights are actually daisies), but you definitely don't want to miss hiking here.
 
 
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.
 
 
Whipple Creek Park

Southwest Washington -- Vancouver Area

 
3.1 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 110 ft.
Highest Point: 200.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.00
(6 votes)
A deep-forest experience without the drive. Whipple Creek Park is a 300-acre green oasis in the midst of farmlands to the west of the Clark County Fairgrounds. This hike loops through colossal Douglas fir trees and waist-high sword ferns to provide a primordial experience where you are dwarfed by nature. There is a small meadow for a picnic and the remnants of a grist mill to explore. This hike is a great way to escape urban life and be immersed in a peaceful forest environment.
 
 
West Crater

South Cascades -- Mount St. Helens

 
1.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 430 ft.
Highest Point: 4131.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
1.80
(5 votes)
Hike to a small lava dome with an associated summit crater in southern Washington.
 
 
West Butte

Eastern Washington -- Palouse and Blue Mountains

 
11.8 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 3100 ft.
Highest Point: 5504.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.50
(4 votes)
Area Closure: This trail is closed due to the risks associated with wildfires in the Umatilla National Forest. This temporary closure will be lifted once it is safe to do so. Please respect this closure.
Descend into the heart of the Wenaha-Tucannon Wilderness from the historic Godman Guard Station, crossing through the Rainbow Creek Research Natural Area.
 
 
Vancouver Lake - North Trail

Southwest Washington -- Vancouver Area

 
2.5 miles, roundtrip
Highest Point: 10.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.00
(1 vote)
A gentle meandering barrier-free path leads through a mature cottonwood forest just west of Vancouver Lake. Although you can't see the lake through all the trees, there are other sights and sounds to enjoy along this route. Most notably the vibrant greens of the understory in spring, beautiful fall yellows and quite a few species of birds nearly all year.
 
 
Twisp Pass

North Cascades -- Methow/Sawtooth

 
9.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 2460 ft.
Highest Point: 6064.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.83
(12 votes)
Twisp Pass is a stunner in summer and autumn. Though it is a bit of a drive to get there from almost anywhere in the state, it's well worth it!
 
 
Tunnel Creek

Olympic Peninsula -- Hood Canal

 
9.4 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 2450 ft.
Highest Point: 4500.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.69
(16 votes)
Tunnel Creek Trail has two trailheads. Nearly all hikers access the trail from the north side where for the first three miles the moderately easy grade is often within earshot of Tunnel Creek. After crossing the South Fork of Tunnel Creek, the route rises at a steeper but manageable grade past Harrison Lakes to 5050 Pass and some nearby viewpoints. The south side trailhead is on the Dosewallips Road. This segment’s notoriously steep grade to 5050 Pass means it is seldom used. Try it and you’ll find out why.
 
 
Tiger Mountain Trail

Issaquah Alps -- Tiger Mountain

 
15.2 miles, one-way
Gain: 2360 ft.
Highest Point: 2500.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.80
(10 votes)
Temporary closure: Effective on Tuesday July 6 2021 portions of this trail and others that access privately owned forest lands surrounding the summits of West Tiger Mountain will be temporarily closed until further notice while road work and timber harvesting occur. For your safety please respect the closure area.
Do a thru-hike on the main Tiger Mountain Trail, also known as the TMT. Arrange a car shuttle and start at the southern end. Hike north more than fifteen miles over varied terrain and through different types of forest vegetation. Pass a large glacial erratic boulder, and visit some of the most remote places in the Tigers.
 
 
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.
 
 
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.