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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

63 Hikes
Capitol State Forest - McKenny Trail

Olympic Peninsula -- Olympia

 
13.8 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 2565 ft.
Highest Point: 1207.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
5.00
(1 vote)
The McKenny Trail is a long route in Capitol State Forest that connects the Margaret McKenny Campground and Trailhead to the east with the Fall Creel Trailhead to the west.
 
 
Tunnel Creek

Olympic Peninsula -- Hood Canal

 
9.4 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 2450 ft.
Highest Point: 4500.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.71
(14 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.
 
 
Mount Storm King

Olympic Peninsula -- Northern Coast

 
4.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 2065 ft.
Highest Point: 2600.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.14
(35 votes)
Hikers flock to Mount Storm King for that signature shot, standing on a rocky outcropping above Lake Crescent. But it's a grind to get there, and the climb to the summit can be dangerous in bad weather. Luckily, there are several outcroppings about halfway to the top offering similar views. It's still a steep hike to get to them, but at least it's shorter.
 
 
Duckabush River

Olympic Peninsula -- Hood Canal

 
10.6 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 2300 ft.
Highest Point: 1750.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.68
(31 votes)
Explore one of the quieter Olympic Peninsula river valleys. Quiet, that is, if you don't count the Duckabush River's constant belching, crashing, and churning as it tumbles over giant boulders and squeezes through narrow rocky clefts.
 
 
Port Gamble Forest - Forbidden Forest Trail Loop

Olympic Peninsula -- Kitsap Peninsula

 
8.5 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 350 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
2.00
(1 vote)
Enjoy a long ramble through the Port Gamble Forest full of second-growth Douglas firs and lots of ferns.
 
 
Notch Pass

Olympic Peninsula -- Hood Canal

 
8.6 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 2700 ft.
Highest Point: 2500.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.73
(11 votes)
Believed to be a former Native American trading route through the Olympics, this historic trail was rebuilt by the Civilian Conservation Corps (the CCC) in the 1930s. It was relocated in the early 2000s and is a popular WTA volunteer work party site to this day.
 
 
Fallsview Canyon (Falls View)

Olympic Peninsula -- Hood Canal

 
1.5 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 300 ft.
Highest Point: 400.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.43
(7 votes)
Here are two quick and easy trails to view an unnamed waterfall splashing 100 feet down into the Big Quilcene River. Though the campground is seasonal, the trails are open year round. Bring the dog and the kids, stretch your legs, and take in some fantastic scenery located 4 miles south of Quilcene, immediately off of Olympic Highway 101.
 
 
Dosewallips State Park - Maple Valley Loop

Olympic Peninsula -- Hood Canal

 
1.5 miles, roundtrip
Rating:
Average rating:
4.00
(1 vote)
This 1.5 mile loop is in Dosewallips State Park right out of the campground. You'll enjoy a moderate climb, which meanders up, down, and all around the park. Amble past waterfalls, through a valley lined with bigleaf maples and western redcedar before switchbacking up to a ridgeline, then return to the campground via a gentle downhill grade.
 
 
Brewery Park at Tumwater Falls

Olympic Peninsula -- Olympia

 
0.5 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 30 ft.
Highest Point: 150.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.14
(7 votes)
Visit a park near Olympia that boasts it all: native flora and fauna, an interpretive nature trail, historical markers and plenty to keep kids entertained all year round.
 
 
Twanoh State Park

Olympic Peninsula -- Hood Canal

 
2.3 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 375 ft.
Highest Point: 400.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.79
(14 votes)
Enjoy an easy hike along a salmon-spawning stream in a lush emerald ravine. Twanoh is derived from the Skokomish people, meaning "gathering place."Twanoh State Park protects 182 acres of prime Hood Canal real estate-a perfect place for hikers and wildlife to gather.
 
 
Lake Wynoochee East Shore Trail

Olympic Peninsula -- Hood Canal

 
6.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 800 ft.
Highest Point: 930.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
0.00
(0 votes)
There is one section of the Lake Wynoochee Lakeshore Trail that can be hiked year-round—a pleasant, interesting hike for all ages, at 6 miles round-trip and 800 feet of elevation gain. Its creeks have bridges; it has road access at both ends; it features flowers in spring and summer, autumn color in fall, and provides a pleasant winter outing in clear weather.
 
 
Royal Basin - Royal Lake

Olympic Peninsula -- Hood Canal

 
16.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 2650 ft.
Highest Point: 5700.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.04
(27 votes)
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.
 
 
Fort Townsend Historical State Park

Olympic Peninsula -- Northern Coast

 
6.5 miles of trails
Rating:
Average rating:
5.00
(3 votes)
Visit a historic marine camping park that boasts saltwater shoreline that abuts Port Townsend Bay. Rife with military history, the trails here travel through beautiful forest and offer insight into the area's past life, including a former military cemetary.
 
 
Lower Dungeness River

Olympic Peninsula -- Hood Canal

 
12.6 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 2500 ft.
Highest Point: 2700.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.75
(8 votes)
The Lower Dungeness Trail travels through mostly conifer forests high above the river with a fair bit of elevation gain for a river hike.
 
 
Evergreen Beach Trail

Olympic Peninsula -- Olympia

 
2.0 miles, roundtrip
Rating:
Average rating:
4.00
(3 votes)
In Washington, trails can be found just about anywhere. This one takes off from Parking Lot F on the campus of Evergreen State College! A short hike down to a lovely little beach, this is just the ticket for students and families alike.
 
 
Deer Ridge

Olympic Peninsula -- Hood Canal

 
9.8 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 2800 ft.
Highest Point: 5350.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.12
(17 votes)
Hike through a tunnel of rhododendron blooms and second-growth forest to views of the Olympic Peninsula interior and a carpet of wildflowers. Hike this route in the early summer and you may be lucky enough to see Deer Park with no cars, since the road to Deer Park often doesn't open until late in the season.
 
 
Mount Townsend

Olympic Peninsula -- Hood Canal

 
8.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 3010 ft.
Highest Point: 6260.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.29
(55 votes)
Mount Townsend offers rhododendrons in May and June, wildflowers June through August, then berries in August and September and fall colors in, well, fall. Add in old growth, some tucked away waterfalls, and a windswept, turtleback summit with views north across the Strait and San Juans, west and south into and along the Olympics and east across the Sound to the Cascades, and you've got the perfect year-round hike.
 
 
Deer Park to Maiden Peak

Olympic Peninsula -- Northern Coast

 
9.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 2100 ft.
Highest Point: 6200.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.67
(6 votes)
Road Closed: The road accessing this trailhead is closed for the 2020/2021 winter season.
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.
 
 
 
1.1 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 300 ft.
Highest Point: 560.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
0.00
(0 votes)
Hike a little more than a mile on a shady lollipop loop trail reserved for hikers near the southern edge of the Capitol State Forest, south of Olympia. Gain 300 feet elevation as you ascend from the confluence of the Mill and Mima Creeks to the high point in the grove of big old hemlock, cedar and fir trees.
 
 
South Fork Hoh River - Big Flat

Olympic Peninsula -- Pacific Coast

 
7.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 150 ft.
Highest Point: 850.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
2.67
(9 votes)
The South Fork Hoh Trail penetrates a wild and remote wilderness and offers hikers solitude just a short distance from the crowded main Hoh Rain Forest. The easy trail stays in the bottomland among groves of towering spruce and grassy maple glades.
 
 
Queets Campground Loop

Olympic Peninsula -- Pacific Coast

 
2.8 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 50 ft.
Highest Point: 300.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.50
(6 votes)
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.
 
 
Millersylvania State Park

Olympic Peninsula -- Olympia

 
6.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 105 ft.
Highest Point: 395.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.75
(16 votes)
Millersylvania State Park sports camping, boating and more than eight miles of hiking trails. The trails zigzag all around, so visitors can construct a loop of up to five miles, and add some side trips on. The huge old growth cedar and fir, easy accessibility to I-5 and excellent opportunity for a pleasant walk in the woods make this an attractive place to hike, especially in winter.
 
 
Maple Hollow Park

Olympic Peninsula -- Kitsap Peninsula

 
Rating:
Average rating:
4.33
(3 votes)
With one to two miles of nice forest and beach hiking, this park features easy trails for morning jaunts, afternoon excursions, and evening strolls.
 
 
Capitol State Forest - McLane Creek

Olympic Peninsula -- Olympia

 
1.5 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 50 ft.
Highest Point: 60.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.82
(17 votes)
This is one of the best places to go if you're looking for wildlife and a little leg-stretchers. McLane Creek's boardwalk provides an intimate glimpse into nature, whether it's swimming families of news, spawning salmon, or laughing ducks. As always, please refrain from feeding the wildlife.
 
 
Capitol State Forest - Mima Falls Loop

Olympic Peninsula -- Olympia

 
6.5 miles, roundtrip
Highest Point: 650.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.60
(20 votes)
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.
 
 
Illahee State Park

Olympic Peninsula -- Kitsap Peninsula

 
0.5 miles of trails
Rating:
Average rating:
5.00
(1 vote)
Find this tiny gem of a state park on the Kitsap Peninsula, tucked between Bainbridge Island and Bremerton. Vistors here will find prime beachside meandering and a relaxing atmosphere, enhanced by the dense forest typical of land in the Puget Sound area.
 
 
Gold Mountain

Olympic Peninsula -- Kitsap Peninsula

 
4.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 1087 ft.
Highest Point: 1687.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.89
(9 votes)
Gold Mountain is a beautiful hike from the Gold Creek Trailhead up a logging road and across country. With spectacular views of the Hood Canal and the Olympics to the west, as well as Mount Rainier, the Cascades, and Bremerton to the east, this is a definitely a half day hike you must experience.
 
 
Green Mountain - Wildcat Trail

Olympic Peninsula -- Kitsap Peninsula

 
9.5 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 1900 ft.
Highest Point: 1639.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.50
(4 votes)
The Wildcat Trail on Green Mountain follows a multi-use trail on a steep, rocky ascent to the peak. Along the way, enjoy views of Hood Canal, the Olympics, and sometimes even downtown Seattle!
 
 
Camp Pleasant

Olympic Peninsula -- Hood Canal

 
14.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 800 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.00
(2 votes)
The hike to Camp Pleasant is often included in more lengthy backpacks or dayhikes on the Olympic Peninsula, but hikers will find an easy conditioner when they undertake this early season stroll.
 
 
Living Legacy Interpretive Trail

Olympic Peninsula -- Hood Canal

 
1.5 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 125 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
2.75
(4 votes)
Visitors to the Hamma Hamma Campground will attest to the delightful Living Legacy Interpretive Trail. The 1.5 mile trail tells the story of the Civilian Conservation Corps through interpretive signs and photographs along the way.