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WTA's hiking guide is the most comprehensive database of hikes in Washington, and comprises content written by local hiking experts and user submitted information. All data is vetted by WTA staff. This resource is made possible by the donations of WTA members.

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Results List

450 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.
 
 
Guemes Channel and Ship Harbor

Puget Sound and Islands -- San Juan Islands

 
3.2 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 100 ft.
Highest Point: 110.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
5.00
(1 vote)
Hike shoreline trails in both directions from this Anacortes trailhead. Take in views of distant islands, ferries, seabirds, eagles, historic displays. All on good trails suitable for all ages.
 
 
Bayview Trail

Puget Sound and Islands -- Seattle-Tacoma Area

 
2.5 miles, roundtrip
Rating:
Average rating:
4.00
(1 vote)
The Bayview Trail is a segment of paved trail that runs along a powerline corridor in a residential area in Marysville.
 
 
Discovery Park Loop Trail

Puget Sound and Islands -- Seattle-Tacoma Area

 
2.8 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 140 ft.
Highest Point: 325.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.65
(37 votes)
Seattle's Discovery Park Loop Trail is a designated National Recreation Trail, 2.8 miles long with an elevation change of just 140 feet. It passes through both forest and open meadows, offers extensive views, good prospects for bird watchers, and it can be hiked or jogged year-round.
 
 
Crescent Beach Preserve

Puget Sound and Islands -- San Juan Islands

 
1.5 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 40 ft.
Highest Point: 60.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.00
(2 votes)
Just outside the little town of Eastsound on Orcas Island is a sweet little beach that offers some nice rambling; the perfect place to walk off a meal, or simply take in low tide and the lovely animals that come with it.
 
 
Crestwoods Park Trail

Puget Sound and Islands -- Seattle-Tacoma Area

 
1.5 miles of trails
Gain: 195 ft.
Highest Point: 235.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.00
(1 vote)
 
A close-in hike near Kirkland. The perfect after-work way to unwind.
 
 
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.
 
 
Sunset Hill Park

Puget Sound and Islands -- Seattle-Tacoma Area

 
0.25 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 90 ft.
Highest Point: 290.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
1.00
(1 vote)
A small park tucked into the Crown Hill neighborhood of Ballard.
 
 
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.
 
 
Berthusen Park

Puget Sound and Islands -- Bellingham Area

 
2.4 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 20 ft.
Highest Point: 111.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
0.00
(0 votes)
Berthusen Park offers up plenty of great opportunities to get outdoors and explore. This beautiful park, the site of a homestead from the late 1800s, has antique farm machinery, a historical cabin, a big red barn and a great playground with a wonderful swing set for kids.
 
 
Lincoln Park

Puget Sound and Islands -- Seattle-Tacoma Area

 
1.85 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 160 ft.
Highest Point: 160.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.14
(7 votes)
Located on the western edge of West Seattle, Lincoln park offers 5 miles of trails, including a loop hike with bluff and beachfront views of Puget Sound, Vashon Island, and the Olympic Mountains.
 
 
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.
 
 
Tolt Pipeline Trail

Puget Sound and Islands -- Seattle-Tacoma Area

 
12.0 miles, one-way
Gain: 1060 ft.
Highest Point: 535.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
2.50
(4 votes)
Take an urban hike with plenty of up-and-down as you follow the Tolt pipeline easement, a 12-mile corridor with wildflowers, berries, and occasional wildlife on a multi-use trail for equestrians, dog walkers, mountain bikers, joggers, and hikers.
 
 
Schmitz Preserve Park

Puget Sound and Islands -- Seattle-Tacoma Area

 
1.7 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 220 ft.
Highest Point: 325.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.38
(8 votes)
This park, in the middle of West Seattle, has 1.7 miles of hiking trails in a natural forest setting, and offers the opportunity to see old growth conifers that once were common in Puget Sound forests.
 
 
Larrabee State Park - Chuckanut Falls

Puget Sound and Islands -- Bellingham Area

 
2.6 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 640 ft.
Highest Point: 540.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.50
(4 votes)
Take a short hike to a pleasant waterfall tucked away on the northeast corner of Larrabee State Park.
 
 
North Creek Park Boardwalk

Puget Sound and Islands -- Seattle-Tacoma Area

 
2.0 miles, roundtrip
Rating:
Average rating:
3.20
(10 votes)
This watershed hike offers water crossings, swaying bridges, beautiful views close to Bothell, and birds galore!
 
 
Shelton View Forest

Puget Sound and Islands -- Seattle-Tacoma Area

 
5.0 miles of trails
Rating:
Average rating:
3.67
(3 votes)
This forest is tucked away in a residential neighborhood in Bothell. A series of short trails wander through forested ravines, and provide opportunities to see birds and other wildlife.
 
 
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.
 
 
Wildwood Park

Puget Sound and Islands -- Seattle-Tacoma Area

 
3.0 miles of trails
Gain: 75 ft.
Highest Point: 354.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.00
(2 votes)
This urban park has it all! In a woodsy setting here, you'll find fitness challenge trails and activities for all ages and abilities.
 
 
Nathan Chapman Memorial Trail

Puget Sound and Islands -- Seattle-Tacoma Area

 
0.6 miles, one-way
Rating:
Average rating:
5.00
(1 vote)
The Nathan Chapman Memorial Trail connects the Heritage Recreation Center to the South Hill Community Park via a wide paved trail.
 
 
Mount Grant Preserve

Puget Sound and Islands -- San Juan Islands

 
4.6 miles of trails
Gain: 900 ft.
Highest Point: 900.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
5.00
(3 votes)
Mount Grant Preserve is a trail system in development on San Juan Island. Currently, the trails to the top offer the most elevation gain available on San Juan Island, so you'll love this one if you're looking to get high up.
 
 
Fragrance Lake

Puget Sound and Islands -- Bellingham Area

 
5.5 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 950 ft.
Highest Point: 1050.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.75
(51 votes)
The year-round, dog-friendly day hike to Fragrance Lake in the Chuckanut Recreation Area is popular with college students and faculty from Western Washington University in nearby Bellingham, and with day visitors and car campers at Larrabee State Park. On a sunny weekend afternoon you could easily lose count of the number of smiles and “hullos” you’ll exchange!
 
 
Robinswood Park

Puget Sound and Islands -- Seattle-Tacoma Area

 
2.0 miles of trails
Gain: 110 ft.
Highest Point: 400.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
0.00
(0 votes)
Robinswood Community Park has a 10-acre wooded area with about 2 miles of hiking trails. The rest of the park includes a small pond, big grassy fields, dog parks, and sports fields. The park is also home to the Robinswood House. It's easily accessible from the surrounding neighborhoods, which includes Bellevue College.
 
 
Sunset Ravine Trail

Puget Sound and Islands

 
Rating:
Average rating:
0.00
(0 votes)
 
 
 
Ebey's Landing

Puget Sound and Islands -- Whidbey Island

 
5.6 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 260 ft.
Highest Point: 260.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.25
(61 votes)
Perched on a bluff overlooking majestic Puget Sound is the unique acreage of Ebey’s Landing. In addition to the Bluff Trail, visitors can experience the seaport town of Coupeville, observe working farms, and get their fill of wildlife viewing, all in a tiny National Park on Whidbey Island.
 
 
 
5.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 350 ft.
Highest Point: 110.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.19
(42 votes)
On your next trip to Deception Pass State Park, don’t cross over the Deception Pass bridge. Instead, take the road down to Bowman Bay for some fine hiking along the rugged cliffs. Great views of the bridge over Deception and Canoe Pass, calm Lottie Bay, a woodland walk through hemlock, fir and Pacific Madrone, plus the legend of the Maiden of Deception Pass are what await you here.
 
 
Kukutali Preserve

Puget Sound and Islands -- Bellingham Area

 
2.2 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 200 ft.
Highest Point: 230.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.25
(12 votes)
Thanks to a partnership between Washington State Parks and the Swinomish Indian Tribal Community, Kukutali Preserve in Similk Bay near La Conner opened to the public on June 16, 2014. Believed to be the first park in the United States to be co-owned and managed by a tribe and another government, management of the area focuses on conservation and research, public education and limited recreational use, including hiking!
 
 
Grand Forest

Puget Sound and Islands -- Seattle-Tacoma Area

 
7.0 miles of trails
Highest Point: 350.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.50
(2 votes)
Explore the miles of trail that weave through the 240-acre Grand Forest on Bainbridge Island. The relatively flat trails are also used by horses and mountain bikers.
 
 
Lily and Lizard Lake Loop

Puget Sound and Islands -- Bellingham Area

 
7.15 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 1400 ft.
Highest Point: 2120.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.90
(10 votes)
This is a loop made up of several well signed trails on Blanchard Mountain in the Chuckanuts. The trail offers that other-world ancientness with its dark forests, moss and house-sized boulders. It makes a good year-round hike, with a route that passes by waterfalls, swamps, two lakes, wildlife activity, old growth and evidence of logging operations from the nineteenth century.
 
 
Big Gulch

Puget Sound and Islands -- Seattle-Tacoma Area

 
2.6 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 300 ft.
Highest Point: 460.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.27
(11 votes)
Big Gulch includes a system of forested trails in Mukilteo.