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Results List

98 Hikes

Olympic Peninsula > Olympia

 
5.5 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 600 ft.
Highest Point: 650 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.64
(22 votes)
  • Dogs allowed on leash
  • Established campsites
  • Waterfalls
  • Old growth
  • Fall foliage
  • Rivers
The Mima Falls Loop takes hikers through young plantings, lush forest, and quiet wetlands in Olympia's Capitol State Forest. Just 30 minutes from the state capital, this is the perfect year-round waterfall hike for after work or weekends. Hike through a working forest and examine forestry practices up close.
 
 

Olympic Peninsula > Kitsap Peninsula

 
5.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 1000 ft.
Highest Point: 1639 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.64
(36 votes)
  • Mountain views
  • Dogs allowed on leash
  • Summits
  • Established campsites
Green Mountain is the Kitsap Peninsula's go-to after work destination. Whether you're mountain biking, trail running, or hiking, you can get a quick workout by hiking the Gold Creek Trail up to the summit of Green Mountain.
 
 

Olympic Peninsula > Northern Coast

 
4.8 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 600 ft.
Highest Point: 2084 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.54
(13 votes)
  • Dogs not allowed
  • Old growth
  • Fall foliage
  • Established campsites
  • Rivers
Hike to some remote hot springs on the Olympic Peninsula.
 
 

Olympic Peninsula > Pacific Coast

 
4.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 310 ft.
Highest Point: 220 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.36
(33 votes)
  • Wildlife
  • Established campsites
  • Old growth
  • Good for kids
  • Dogs not allowed
  • Coast
Shorter than the hike to Third Beach, the access to Second Beach is also a little more interesting, thanks to the ups and downs and a set of switchbacked stairs leading down to a coastline dotted with seastacks and a hole in the mainland that wind whistles through eerily.
 
 

Olympic Peninsula > Hood Canal

 
16.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 2650 ft.
Highest Point: 5700 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.13
(30 votes)
  • Dogs not allowed
  • Lakes
  • Rivers
  • Wildflowers/Meadows
  • Mountain views
  • Established campsites
  • Waterfalls
  • Old growth
  • Fall foliage
You will see plenty in the first 7.2 miles of this trip that take you to the shores of Royal Lake, but you should plan your hike to have the time –and energy -- to enjoy the wildflower-dotted alpine basin and its milky blue tarns in Upper Royal Basin about three-quarters of a mile past the lake.
 
 

Olympic Peninsula > Pacific Coast

 
13.8 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 2850 ft.
Highest Point: 3175 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.00
(7 votes)
  • Wildflowers/Meadows
  • Mountain views
  • Wildlife
  • Dogs not allowed
  • Established campsites
  • Old growth
  • Lakes
  • Rivers
The Three Lakes Trail is a tour of some of Olympic's finest old growth forests, and is the traditional start of the much longer Queets-Quinault Skyline route. Starting in lowland rainforest, the trail works its way through exemplary stands of montane and then subalpine forests before finally breaking out into meadows dotted with tiny lakes. This is a truly wild and remote corner of the Olympics that leaves a lasting impression on the lucky hiker who experiences its beauty.
 
 

Olympic Peninsula > Northern Coast

 
7.4 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 2350 ft.
Highest Point: 4196 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.43
(21 votes)
  • Dogs not allowed
  • Lakes
  • Established campsites
Get up close and personal with an enchanting glacier-sculpted landscape at Olympic National Park’s Lake Angeles.
 
 

Olympic Peninsula > Northern Coast

 
8.2 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 1500 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.50
(4 votes)
  • Wildflowers/Meadows
  • Mountain views
  • Established campsites
  • Ridges/passes
  • Dogs not allowed
  • Lakes
A hike with great scenery in the high country of Olympic with good opportunity to see the endemic Olympic marmot and wildflowers!
 
 

Olympic Peninsula > Northern Coast

 
7.5 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 850 ft.
Highest Point: 1166 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.47
(17 votes)
  • Old growth
  • Good for kids
  • Dogs allowed on leash
  • Established campsites
  • Coast
Visit a multi-use trail to a summit that boasts coastal scenery, forests, rocky bluffs, tidepools, and a hearty climb to a 1,166-foot viewpoint over the Strait of Juan de Fuca
 
 

Olympic Peninsula > Hood Canal

 
21.1 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 3150 ft.
Highest Point: 4650 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.50
(6 votes)
  • Wildflowers/Meadows
  • Ridges/passes
  • Established campsites
  • Mountain views
  • Dogs not allowed
  • Summits
  • Lakes
The Six Ridge Trail is a rugged route that traverses the South Fork to the North Fork of the Skokomish River. It is known for its solitude, meadows and grand mountain vistas, but it comes at a price -- a steep, long trail to these destinations.
 
 

Olympic Peninsula > Pacific Coast

 
26.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 3700 ft.
Highest Point: 2035 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.43
(30 votes)
  • Wildflowers/Meadows
  • Ridges/passes
  • Established campsites
  • Waterfalls
  • Old growth
  • Good for kids
  • Dogs not allowed
  • Rivers
The East Fork Quinault River Trail is one of the most popular trails on the south portion of the park and hundreds of hikers visit Enchanted Valley to take in the tremendous views and see the famed chalet each year.
 
 

Olympic Peninsula > Hood Canal

 
5.5 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 1100 ft.
Highest Point: 2540 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.67
(12 votes)
  • Wildflowers/Meadows
  • Dogs allowed on leash
  • Established campsites
  • Old growth
  • Good for kids
  • Rivers
This is a classic Olympics river hike without the crowds, and it's downhill all the way to your destination.
 
 

Olympic Peninsula > Hood Canal

 
7.2 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 1300 ft.
Highest Point: 2000 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.11
(91 votes)
  • Wildflowers/Meadows
  • Mountain views
  • Dogs allowed on leash
  • Established campsites
  • Waterfalls
  • Old growth
  • Good for kids
  • Lakes
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.
 
 

Olympic Peninsula > Olympia

 
8.5 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 800 ft.
Highest Point: 900 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.36
(25 votes)
  • Mountain views
  • Wildlife
  • Established campsites
  • Waterfalls
  • Dogs allowed on leash
  • Rivers
Venture up the Lower South Fork of the Skokomish River for an abundance of flora and fauna amid lush old growth.
 
 

Olympic Peninsula > Northern Coast

 
19.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 4000 ft.
Highest Point: 5120 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.53
(32 votes)
  • Mountain views
  • Wildlife
  • Established campsites
  • Dogs not allowed
  • Lakes
  • Rivers
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.
 
 

Olympic Peninsula > Northern Coast

 
15.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 3100 ft.
Highest Point: 6625 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.62
(13 votes)
  • Wildflowers/Meadows
  • Ridges/passes
  • Wildlife
  • Established campsites
  • Mountain views
  • Dogs not allowed
  • Summits
Grand Ridge is the highest continuous trail in the Olympic Mountains. On a clear day it is among the most beautiful places in Washington; the 360 degree view includes the interior of the Olympics, the Strait of Juan de Fuca, Canada, and the Cascades.
 
 

Olympic Peninsula > Pacific Coast

 
0.8 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 20 ft.
Highest Point: 25 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
5.00
(1 vote)
  • Wildflowers/Meadows
  • Wildlife
  • Established campsites
  • Old growth
  • Coast
  • Good for kids
  • Dogs allowed on leash
  • Rivers
If the tide is high, or you just want to see a different side of the Olympic Peninsula while you're visiting the coast, cross Highway 101 from the Kalaloch campground and take a peek into the deep Olympic forest.
 
 

Olympic Peninsula > Pacific Coast

 
2.8 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 50 ft.
Highest Point: 300 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.71
(7 votes)
  • Wildflowers/Meadows
  • Mountain views
  • Wildlife
  • Established campsites
  • Old growth
  • Good for kids
  • Dogs not allowed
  • Fall foliage
  • Rivers
The Queets Campground Loop is a quintessential rainforest experience. At just under three miles, it provides visitors with a generous variety of nature. Giant spruce and hemlock rise above great galleries of fern and oxalis. The wind whispers the memories of abandoned homesteads in the grasses of shrinking meadows. Owls hoot and frogs croak the song of an ancient melody. One stands here often and wonders.
 
 

Olympic Peninsula > Pacific Coast

 
22.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 600 ft.
Highest Point: 800 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.91
(11 votes)
  • Dogs not allowed
  • Old growth
  • Wildlife
  • Established campsites
  • Rivers
The Queets River Trail is legendary for both its wild rainforest scenery and for the challenges it presents to the hiker. To begin, the trail can only be accessed after fording the glacier-born Queets River itself. Across the river, the trail is primitive and remote. Most hikers skip this trail either because of the ford or because it dead ends at 11 miles. But anglers and Olympiphiles hold a special place for this valley in their hearts.
 
 

Olympic Peninsula > Northern Coast

 
18.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 4400 ft.
Highest Point: 5280 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
2.75
(4 votes)
  • Wildflowers/Meadows
  • Mountain views
  • Wildlife
  • Established campsites
  • Dogs not allowed
  • Lakes
Enjoy a mix of solitude and company along a ridgetop with two backcountry lakes and sweeping alpine views.
 
 

Olympic Peninsula > Northern Coast

 
7.8 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 600 ft.
Highest Point: 1300 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.17
(6 votes)
  • Wildflowers/Meadows
  • Wildlife
  • Established campsites
  • Old growth
  • Dogs not allowed
  • Rivers
Follow in the footsteps of the intrepid Press Expedition while enjoying the natural beauty, local history and wildlife along the Olympic Peninsula’s Elwha River.
 
 

Olympic Peninsula > Northern Coast

 
13.5 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 1200 ft.
Highest Point: 2500 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.17
(6 votes)
  • Wildlife
  • Dogs not allowed
  • Established campsites
  • Old growth
  • Lakes
  • Rivers
Take a long, rolling trail deep into quiet forest. Admire enormous trees, see a historic cabin, and find true solitude on the banks of Lillian River.
 
 

Olympic Peninsula > Northern Coast

 
27.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 4983 ft.
Highest Point: 5753 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.25
(4 votes)
  • Mountain views
  • Dogs not allowed
  • Summits
  • Established campsites
Backpack on primitive trails to Dodger Point Camp in the heart of Olympic National Park for unparalleled views of high, snowy peaks towering above deep forested valleys.
 
 

Olympic Peninsula > Northern Coast

 
10.2 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 2480 ft.
Highest Point: 4300 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.00
(5 votes)
  • Wildflowers/Meadows
  • Mountain views
  • Dogs not allowed
  • Established campsites
  • Old growth
  • Lakes
  • Fall foliage
This is a well-engineered trail of moderate grade that makes a 2.8-mile switchback free ascent from the intersection of the Appleton Pass Trail to the shores of green-tinted Boulder Lake. Along the way you will ramble through some great stands of fir and hemlock and pull in some panoramic views to the south including the north slopes of Mount Appleton.
 
 

Olympic Peninsula > Northern Coast

 
15.4 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 3230 ft.
Highest Point: 5050 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.67
(6 votes)
  • Wildflowers/Meadows
  • Ridges/passes
  • Established campsites
  • Mountain views
  • Old growth
  • Waterfalls
  • Dogs not allowed
  • Fall foliage
The trail to Appleton Pass is only 7.7 miles, but it hikes longer. The route offers some rewarding diversions along the way, but much of the payoff is in the last 1.5 miles with sweeping views as one ascends the meadows and traverses the switchbacks to Appleton Pass. Plan for an early start to your day in order to enjoy lunch, and perhaps even a restorative nap, at Appleton Pass.
 
 

Olympic Peninsula > Pacific Coast

 
3.3 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 286 ft.
Highest Point: 71 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.19
(27 votes)
  • Wildlife
  • Good for kids
  • Dogs not allowed
  • Established campsites
  • Coast
Spend a day strolling the rugged Olympic Coast to dramatic sea stacks and natural wonders.
 
 

Olympic Peninsula > Hood Canal

 
11.5 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 3489 ft.
Highest Point: 6000 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.47
(72 votes)
  • Ridges/passes
  • Wildlife
  • Rivers
  • Wildflowers/Meadows
  • Mountain views
  • Dogs allowed on leash
  • Established campsites
  • Waterfalls
  • Old growth
  • Good for kids
Marmot Pass offers great views and a gentle hike through old-growth forest as well as high meadows. It is a great day hike, but also offers a great starting place for a variety of overnight options.
 
 

Olympic Peninsula > Hood Canal

 
11.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 3400 ft.
Highest Point: 5700 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.25
(12 votes)
  • Mountain views
  • Dogs allowed on leash
  • Lakes
  • Established campsites
  • Ridges/passes
These quiet little lakes tucked on the south side of Mount Townsend make a delightful respite from the hordes that are trucking up Townsend. And, like Townsend, there are several ways to access them.
 
 

Olympic Peninsula > Hood Canal

 
7.2 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 1600 ft.
Highest Point: 4600 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.33
(9 votes)
  • Old growth
  • Dogs allowed on leash
  • Established campsites
  • Rivers
This short dayhike also offers campsites near the site of an old B-17 crash site. Please leave what you see so others may discover this historic site as you do.
 
 

Olympic Peninsula > Northern Coast

 
7.2 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 2100 ft.
Highest Point: 6200 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.71
(7 votes)
  • Wildflowers/Meadows
  • Ridges/passes
  • Wildlife
  • Established campsites
  • Mountain views
  • Summits
  • Fall foliage
The eastern part of the Grand Ridge trail can be accessed from Deer Park as a day hike and has a charm all of its own -- forest with avalanche lilies in spring, wildflower meadows and great views of the Strait of Juan de Fuca, Mount Baker, Glacier Peak, the Cascades, and the Olympic mountains.