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833 Hikes
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.
 
 
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.
 
 
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.
 
 
Ashland Lakes

North Cascades -- Mountain Loop Highway

 
5.4 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 800 ft.
Highest Point: 3000.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.64
(25 votes)
Hike a trail built mostly of boardwalk planking through peaty bogs beside three quiet little lakes. Established campsites with fire pits, benches and tent platforms await a weekend of camping with the kids. This trail also makes a pleasant weekday hike for those with creaky knees, as it is not difficult. As you hike, enjoy the many plants and animals that make the lowland bog environment home.
 
 
Dingford Creek-Hester Lake

Snoqualmie Region -- North Bend Area

 
10.8 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 2600 ft.
Highest Point: 3900.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.44
(9 votes)
Hike a rugged trail through second-growth hemlock forest. You'll cross several lively creeks and see waterfalls on your way to a high alpine lake well-stocked with trout.
 
 
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 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:
4.43
(65 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.
 
 
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.
 
 
Blue Lake

North Cascades -- North Cascades Highway - Hwy 20

 
4.4 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 1050 ft.
Highest Point: 6254.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.37
(67 votes)
At 6254 feet, Blue Lake sits quietly a little over two trail miles from Highway 20. With towering granite peaks, forests, meadows, wildflowers, and of course the beautiful mountain lake surrounded by granite that reaches for the sky, this short hike is easily a classic and should be on your must-hike list. With only 1050 feet of elevation gain this hike is doable for almost everyone. If you’re driving over Highway 20 and don’t have all day, stop for this mountain gem.
 
 
Heather - Maple Pass Loop

North Cascades -- North Cascades Highway - Hwy 20

 
7.2 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 2000 ft.
Highest Point: 6650.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.81
(113 votes)
If ever there was a hike to satisfy all a hiker's desires, this one comes as close as any. A loop hike with many fabulous changing faces throughout the seasons, Heather-Maple Pass features ridgelines blanketed in wildflowers in summer, lakes ringed with golden larches in fall, and before the highway closes for the season, a dramatic place to experience early winter’s snows.
 
 
Chain Lakes Loop

North Cascades -- Mount Baker Area

 
6.5 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 1820 ft.
Highest Point: 5400.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.46
(46 votes)
This gorgeous loop hike has it all: big views of Mounts Baker and Shuksan, as well as the North Cascades, alpine lakes for swimming, and well-maintained trail winding through meadows and heather. And with wildflowers in spring, blueberry bushes for trail-side snacking in late summer and blazing color in the fall, you can't pick a bad season to visit.
 
 
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
(58 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.
 
 
Tolmie Peak Lookout - Eunice Lake

Mount Rainier Area -- NW - Carbon River/Mowich

 
7.5 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 1100 ft.
Highest Point: 5900.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.52
(95 votes)
Hike to an old fire lookout with in-your-face views of Mount Rainier and a sapphire blue lake below. Tolmie Peak and Eunice Lake pack a one-two punch when it comes to scenery, but stopping at the picturesque lake is a perfectly acceptable destination as well.
 
 
Lake 22

North Cascades -- Mountain Loop Highway

 
5.4 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 1350 ft.
Highest Point: 2400.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.27
(320 votes)
The curiously-named Lake Twentytwo is the center of an oasis of alpine wetland nestled on the northern shoulder of Mount Pilchuck. The hike to the lake combines the best of mountain rainforests, old-growth, wetlands, and mountain views, yet it is readily accessible. In winter the route lends itself to snowshoeing.
 
 
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.
 
 
Naches Peak Loop

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

 
3.2 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 600 ft.
Highest Point: 5850.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.53
(60 votes)
This popular hike provides a range of alpine experiences in a short loop. Walk along a hillside above a small valley, pause at a viewpoint overlooking a lake, and stroll through grassy meadows with stunning views of Mount Rainier. In season enjoy an abundance of wildflowers or perhaps a handful of huckleberries.
 
 
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.