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3935 Hikes

Mount Rainier Area -- SW - Longmire/Paradise

 
8.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 4640 ft.
Highest Point: 10080 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.61
(46 votes)
Enter rarefied air as you climb halfway up the most popular route to the summit of Mount Rainier. This is Camp Muir, a perch higher than the summits of nearly all mountains in the state. In addition to commanding views of the South Cascades, catch a glimpse of both the history of the park and the dramatic landscape of Rainier’s upper reaches.
 
 

North Cascades -- Mountain Loop Highway

 
15.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 4700 ft.
Highest Point: 4849 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
2.90
(10 votes)
 
A summit outside of Darrington without an official trail system. The approach is on private property. Hikers are requested to respect this and stay on the road if you elect to visit it.
 
 

North Cascades -- Methow/Sawtooth

 
2.8 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 686 ft.
Highest Point: 2877 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
0.00
(0 votes)
5/23/22 - Trailhead Inaccessible: The Mountain Loop Highway is closed to vehicles between Barlow Pass and Bedal Campground. This annual winter closure will be lifted in the spring.
This well-marked snowshoe route near Sun Mountain Lodge offers outstanding views, a variety of terrain, and more solitude than you might expect.
 
 
 
11.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 480 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
0.00
(0 votes)
5/23/22 - Trailhead Inaccessible: The Mountain Loop Highway is closed to vehicles between Barlow Pass and Bedal Campground. This annual winter closure will be lifted in the spring.
The hike from the Cedar Falls trailhead to the junction with the Change Creek route is one through history. You will walk along a decommissioned railroad passing by the remnants of the line. Starting at the Cedar Falls trailhead, begin your hike just past the outhouse, crossing a paved road, and picking up the gravel path.
 
 

Puget Sound and Islands -- Seattle-Tacoma Area

 
5.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 200 ft.
Highest Point: 300 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.12
(17 votes)
As the largest urban park in Pierce County, the network of roads and trails weaving through the forest preserve provides a quiet retreat for joggers, cyclists, and hikers.
 
 

Snoqualmie Region -- North Bend Area

 
5.6 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 1585 ft.
Highest Point: 2370 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.91
(80 votes)
You'll work up a sweat on this easy to moderate hike to the spectacular Teneriffe Falls. Go in the spring when the tread is snow-free and the waterfall is flowing at full volume. Along the way, you'll be rewarded with views of the surrounding Snoqualmie valley and nearby peaks.
 
 

Mount Rainier Area -- Chinook Pass - Hwy 410

 
1.45 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 0 ft.
Highest Point: 791 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.40
(5 votes)
The expansive acreage of this park allows for a wide variety of activities, including hiking, biking, boating, fishing, swimming, bird and wildlife viewing, even lawn games such as horseshoes! The hiking trail is a lovely loop around Deep Lake.
 
 

Central Cascades -- Leavenworth Area

 
6.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 1800 ft.
Highest Point: 3000 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.84
(32 votes)
Often free of snow as early as April, this excellent early season hike offers hikers what they have been missing for months: a good chance of sun (this being the sunny side of the Cascades, a bountiful array of wildflowers, and stunning views of Tumwater and Icicle Canyon, the Wenatchee and Icicle rivers and surrounding mountains.
 
 
 
5.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 550 ft.
Highest Point: 1200 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
2.29
(7 votes)
Gingko Petrified Forest State Park presents a unique look at Central Washington's shrub–steppe. The real experience comes from exploring its backcountry.
 
 

Issaquah Alps -- Tiger Mountain

 
5.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 2100 ft.
Highest Point: 2525 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.31
(42 votes)
Temporary closure: Effective on Tuesday July 6 2021 portions of this trail and others that access privately owned forest lands surrounding the summits of West Tiger Mountain will be temporarily closed until further notice while road work and timber harvesting occur. For your safety please respect the closure area.
Don't expect solitude here- this is perhaps the most heavily used trail on Tiger Mountain, and for good reason. Fortunately, there is plenty of room to share. This close-to-the-city wild land trail provides stunning views, great forestlands, and ample opportunities to see birds and critters. West Tiger- one of the sprawling mountain's four primary peaks (West, Middle, South and East)- is itself a tri-crowned peak. Numbered 1 through 3, the third of the West Tiger peaks offers the best views, despite being the lowest of the triplets.
 
 

Mount Rainier Area -- NW - Carbon River/Mowich

 
10.8 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 500 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.56
(9 votes)
Due to the permanent closure of the Carbon River Road, hikers can now park at the closure and venture to the end of the road to the viewpoint for Ipsut Falls. Along the way, you'll hike through magnificent old-growth forest, and many opportunities to see the power of the Carbon River.
 
 

Puget Sound and Islands -- Seattle-Tacoma Area

 
1.2 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 40 ft.
Highest Point: 390 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.00
(4 votes)
Hike an almost level forest loop trail along a creek in this Snohomish County park. It's a welcome break from the surrounding suburbia, and offers large trees and ferns, plus a few wildflowers and birds. Optionally, check out a more urbanized trail that continues on far to the south.
 
 

Snoqualmie Region -- North Bend Area

 
8.5 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 3250 ft.
Highest Point: 4450 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.96
(98 votes)
This easy-access day hike delivers comparable—if not superior—panoramic views and lung-busting switchbacks to Mount Si, with significantly less foot traffic.
 
 

Southwest Washington -- Long Beach Area

 
2.9 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 60 ft.
Highest Point: 35 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
1.83
(6 votes)
A walk through the coastal forest and tidal flats of Leadbetter Point State Park, the Dune Forest Loop is a nice way to see this low-lying peninsula, but the conditions on trail are heavily dependent on the tides and recent rainfall. Come prepared to wade through at least a little bit of water, and don’t be surprised to find yourself navigating deeper stuff. Bring a tide table, and try to visit at low tide for the driest conditions.
 
 

Snoqualmie Region -- North Bend Area

 
13.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 3800 ft.
Highest Point: 4585 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.87
(30 votes)
Mountains to Sound Greenway did this road to trail conversion in order to create a more sustainable, safer route for hikers to a summit on the I-90 corridor. Hike through second- and third-growth forest, pass a lovely waterfall, and enjoy a slightly less-crowded trail than the nearby Mount Si.
 
 

Southwest Washington -- Columbia River Gorge - WA

 
5.4 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 1290 ft.
Highest Point: 1900 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.00
(3 votes)
Oregon white oak woodlands with open ridgetop meadows, wildflowers, and views of the White Salmon Valley make this a delightful hike that is off the beaten track.
 
 

Central Cascades -- Stevens Pass - West

 
4.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 2658 ft.
Highest Point: 5464 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.00
(9 votes)
A hefty workout, spectacular views, and very little company await you on this summit. Please note access to this trail is via private property. A recreational permit from Hampton Resources, a forest products company, is required.
 
 

Central Washington -- Grand Coulee

 
9.25 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 800 ft.
Highest Point: 2200 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.00
(2 votes)
Explore lakes, wetlands, and the shrub-steppe landscape on this tour of BLM property west of Spokane.
 
 

North Cascades -- Pasayten

 
6.2 miles, one-way
Gain: 2100 ft.
Highest Point: 6800 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.00
(5 votes)
Explore an abandoned tungsten mine as you connect between the Chewuch Trail and Boundary Trail. Enjoy views of mountain peaks, meadows, and refreshing streams along the way.
 
 

Southwest Washington -- Vancouver Area

 
6.8 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 55 ft.
Highest Point: 60 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.00
(3 votes)
A birder's paradise, this wildlife refuge is the perfect getaway without a long drive. The refuge includes mixed wetlands and pastures with riparian strips lined with cottonwoods and white oak trees. More than 200 species of waterfowl and songbirds have been recorded here, making it the perfect place to slow down and enjoy nature.
 
 

South Cascades -- Mount Adams Area

 
9.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 1700 ft.
Highest Point: 5900 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.29
(7 votes)
Stagman Ridge is a long spine reaching out southwest from Mount Adams, and the hike through the pleasing forest is never overly steep.
 
 

Issaquah Alps -- Cougar Mountain

 
2.5 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 416 ft.
Highest Point: 1066 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.37
(51 votes)
Coal Creek Falls is a wonderful destination for any day hiker looking for an easy and/or family friendly trail with a picturesque culmination at Coal Creek Falls. It’s a well maintained trail that meanders beneath a thick canopy and a dense understory with many wildflower species in the spring.
 
 

North Cascades -- North Cascades Highway - Hwy 20

 
10.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 2000 ft.
Highest Point: 6800 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.00
(24 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.
Cutthroat Pass is a stunner no matter which way you access it. This way, you'll enjoy a wider, more well-maintained trail, and you're more likely to share it with Pacific Crest Trail thru-hikers.
 
 

North Cascades -- Methow/Sawtooth

 
19.8 miles, one-way
Rating:
Average rating:
0.00
(0 votes)
The Methow Community Trail runs along the Methow River valley between the towns of Mazama and Winthrop. It is a multi-use trail that provides countless connections to other trails like the Sun Mountain trail system and beyond.
 
 

Eastern Washington -- Spokane Area/Coeur d'Alene

 
2.2 miles, one-way
Gain: 660 ft.
Highest Point: 2788 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
5.00
(1 vote)
The Philips Creek trailhead and Flying L Trail provide access to the Glenrose Unit of the Dishman Hills Conservation Area from the Spokane Valley.
 
 

Snoqualmie Region -- North Bend Area

 
1.4 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 250 ft.
Highest Point: 450 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.62
(39 votes)
The 0.7-mile interpretive trail from the upper falls viewpoints to the lower falls viewpoint is family- and pet-friendly, good for beginners, teaches the basics of the flora and fauna near Snoqualmie Pass, informs about local Native American culture, and ends with impressive views of a Washington icon.
 
 

Puget Sound and Islands -- Seattle-Tacoma Area

 
3.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 32 ft.
Highest Point: 320 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
2.67
(3 votes)
This short walk through a neighborhood in Burien weaves between residents backyards and ends at a cliffy overlook of the Sound. Neighbors maintain the route and ask that visitors clean up after their pets and keep dogs on leash if you choose to visit.
 
 

Issaquah Alps -- Cougar Mountain

 
3.0 miles, roundtrip
Rating:
Average rating:
2.75
(4 votes)
A short amble along a road in Cougar Mountain Regional Wildland Park.
 
 

Issaquah Alps -- Cougar Mountain

 
4.75 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 450 ft.
Highest Point: 1380 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.05
(19 votes)
Hike a loop around Anti-Aircraft Peak in the Cougar Mountain Regional Wildland Park. Hike past sites associated with coal and clay mining, and a former 1950s-era anti-aircraft missile installation. Enjoy good forest trails, some seasonal wildflowers, and a million-dollar view.
 
 

Snoqualmie Region -- North Bend Area

 
4.5 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 1400 ft.
Highest Point: 2100 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.47
(19 votes)
Get a different view of the perennially-popular Mount Si on the Talus Loop Trail. Just under 4 miles long, the Talus Trail explores the eastern slopes of the mountain. You'll hike briefly with the crowds headed to the haystack, then peel off and enjoy a much quieter forest walk, along with a good workout.