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Results List

13 Hikes

Southwest Washington -- Columbia River Gorge - WA

 
77.5 miles, one-way
Gain: 16300 ft.
Highest Point: 5000 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
5.00
(1 vote)
This section hike is a great way to get a taste of the Pacific Crest Trail over the course of a week or long weekend.
 
 
 
12.0 miles, one-way
Highest Point: 4500 ft.
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This is a 12-mile traverse of the Pacific Crest Trail (PCT) that makes a great warm-up thru-hike for the full PCT, or a nice overnight backpacking trip.
 
 

North Cascades -- North Cascades Highway - Hwy 20

 
70.3 miles, one-way
Gain: 13649 ft.
Highest Point: 7100 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.50
(6 votes)
Road Closed 11/11/21: The North Cascades Highway is closed between the Ross Dam Trailhead at milepost 134 and the Silver Star Gate at milepost 171 for the winter.
This last leg of the Pacific Crest Trail (or first depending on whether you're north- or southbound) offers breathtaking views as it passes along the eastern edge of the North Cascades and into the Pasayten Wilderness. Make sure to bring your passport to complete your journey in Manning Provincial Park!
 
 
 
74.7 miles, one-way
Gain: 16000 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.62
(13 votes)
Crossing through the stunning Alpine Lakes wilderness, this section is a must-do for serious Washington backpackers. This 75-mile section leads through some of the most beautiful, remote and varied surroundings along the PCT.
 
 

Snoqualmie Region -- Snoqualmie Pass

 
7.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 1180 ft.
Highest Point: 4195 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.
 
 
 
117.0 miles, one-way
Gain: 26351 ft.
Highest Point: 6600 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.25
(8 votes)
By far the most difficult stretch of PCT in Washington, Section K puts hikers through a grueling 127-mile trek over harsh terrain and treacherous conditions. Yet those intrepid enough to attempt it are rewarded with a true wilderness experience in and among some of the country's most pristine and beautiful surroundings.
 
 
 
12.0 miles, roundtrip
Rating:
Average rating:
3.33
(3 votes)
This moderate hike follows the Pacific Crest Trail south out of Snoqualmie Pass to lovely Olallie Meadow, a place to see native carnivorous sundew plants.
 
 

Snoqualmie Region -- Snoqualmie Pass

 
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This short section of the PCT heads south out of Snoqualmie Pass and to Windy Pass, where it is possible to access Mount Catherine, or do a longer loop before heading back towards the trailhead at Snoqualmie Pass.
 
 
 
10.6 miles, one-way
Gain: 2330 ft.
Highest Point: 4600 ft.
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0.00
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Follow the Pacific Crest Trail along a lightly used section in the forests south of Snoqualmie Pass, enjoy views, old growth forest, and in season, great huckleberries.
 
 

Mount Rainier Area -- Chinook Pass - Hwy 410

 
63.3 miles, one-way
Gain: 8600 ft.
Highest Point: 6400 ft.
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0.00
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Connect between the Mount Rainier area and Snoqualmie Pass along the Pacific Crest Trail (PCT). Travel over rolling hills through forests and clear cut areas with views of Mt. Rainier.
 
 
 
14.4 miles, one-way
Highest Point: 6900 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.33
(3 votes)
Stunning section of the Pacific Crest Trail (PCT). Starts high and stays high, going from Harts Pass to Windy Pass to Holman Pass.
 
 

South Cascades -- White Pass/Cowlitz River Valley

 
99.0 miles, one-way
Gain: 17771 ft.
Highest Point: 6530 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.14
(7 votes)
Starting in well-protected sub-alpine wilderness and descending into heavily-logged, privately-owned land, this stretch of the PCT offers a dramatic illustration of the effects of public land protection and private industry on Washington's landscape.
 
 

Southwest Washington -- Columbia River Gorge - WA

 
147.5 miles, one-way
Gain: 27996 ft.
Highest Point: 7800 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.00
(5 votes)
Offering spectacular views of the three southern volcanoes in Washington, lakes, meadows and wildlife over relatively moderate terrain, Section H is the perfect starting point for the Washington portion of the Pacific Crest Trail.