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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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3897 Hikes
Suiattle River Trail

North Cascades -- Mountain Loop Highway

 
13.8 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 900 ft.
Highest Point: 2500.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.80
(5 votes)
Trail Closed: The Suiattle River Road is closed just west of the Downey Creek Bridge until October 6 2021 due to forest fire damage.
The trail winds its way above the Suiattle River through old-growth forest and some mature forest recovering from an old burn from the 1920’s. The vegetation in the upper Suiattle watershed includes a wonderful mixture of west-of-the-crest/east-fo-the-crest species.
 
 
Striped Peak

Olympic Peninsula -- Northern Coast

 
6.8 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 850 ft.
Highest Point: 1166.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.43
(14 votes)
Visit a park full of coastal scenery, forests, rocky bluffs, tidepools, and a hearty climb to a 1,166-foot viewpoint. Hike though beautiful coastal forest to an expansive view north across the Strait of Juan de Fuca to Vancouver Island and Salt Spring Island in Canada.
 
 
Strawberry Mountain

South Cascades -- Mount St. Helens

 
10.7 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 2280 ft.
Highest Point: 5900.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.00
(8 votes)
Former lookout sites are ideal for views, and Strawberry Mountain is right up there with the best of them. See peaks in two states, the blast zone of an active volcano, and a few sapphire lakes set into the dramatic landscape. That is, of course, if you can bear the drive to get there.
 
 
Stimpson Nature Reserve

Puget Sound and Islands -- Bellingham Area

 
4.9 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 300 ft.
Highest Point: 800.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.29
(7 votes)
Take a stroll through 350 acres of undisturbed old-growth forest and thriving wetland ecosystem at the Stimpson Family Nature Reserve, a quiet place where hikers can experience the intricate grandeur of nature. Interpretive signs encourage adults and children to discover the nature of the reserve.
 
 
South Puyallup Trail

Mount Rainier Area -- SW - Longmire/Paradise

 
3.4 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 700 ft.
Highest Point: 4200.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.00
(7 votes)
Known as the South Puyallup Trail, this access point to the Wonderland Trail is a connector 1.7 miles long that wends its way through a mature forest with trees ranging between 100 to 1000 years old. The variety of ecosystems make this hike an alluring one: visitors start in the lower elevations, surrounded by western redcedar, Douglas fir, yew and western hemlock. But as you climb, you'll see Pacific silver fir, western white pine, noble fir, and the rare Alaska yellow cedar.
 
 
Upper South Fork Skokomish River

Olympic Peninsula -- Olympia

 
16.4 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 2950 ft.
Highest Point: 4103.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.50
(10 votes)
Try this for a tough dayhike or the start of an epic backpack in the Olympics!
 
 
Lower South Fork Skokomish River

Olympic Peninsula -- Olympia

 
8.5 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 800 ft.
Highest Point: 900.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.38
(21 votes)
Venture up the Lower South Fork of the Skokomish River for an abundance of flora and fauna amid lush old growth.
 
 
South Fork Cascade River

North Cascades -- North Cascades Highway - Hwy 20

 
9.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 1800 ft.
Highest Point: 2000.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
2.60
(5 votes)
8/11/21 Trail Closed: This trail is closed due to the Pincer Creek Fire
A hidden gem revealed! The South Fork Cascade Trail was in the Mineral Park Fire of 2003, but recent efforts by WTA crews and other volunteer organizations have helped reopen a section of it, and continue to repair it.
 
 
Snow Lake

Snoqualmie Region -- Snoqualmie Pass

 
7.2 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 1800 ft.
Highest Point: 4400.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.19
(192 votes)
Multiple avalanche chutes cross the Snow Lake Trail, posing danger for hikers in the winter. If there is snow present at the trailhead, hikers should have experience navigating avalanche territory and the appropriate safety gear.
A relatively short and easy hike within a stone’s throw of Seattle, Snow Lake delivers splendorous alpine scenery – crystal clear waters, towering peaks – at a mere pittance of sweat and toil. Just don’t expect to have the trail to yourself – Snow Lake is Washington's most heavily-used trail in a wilderness area!
 
 
Snoquera Falls Loop

Mount Rainier Area -- Chinook Pass - Hwy 410

 
3.9 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 975 ft.
Highest Point: 3100.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.64
(36 votes)
With a trailhead so easily accessible, there's no excuse not to visit Snoquera Falls. Best in early spring, this lush, forested trail features a pretty fantail cascade plunging down a sheer, rocky wall.
 
 
Snipes Mountain - Pine Way

South Cascades -- Mount Adams Area

 
5.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 500 ft.
Highest Point: 4800.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.00
(4 votes)
A short connector trail to the Snipes Mountain trail and other adventures on the southern flanks of Mount Adams.
 
 
Slavin Pond Loop

Eastern Washington -- Spokane Area/Coeur d'Alene

 
3.3 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 246 ft.
Highest Point: 2341.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.33
(3 votes)
With more than 600 acres of rolling fields, pine-forested buttes and wetlands, the Slavin Conservation Area provides plenty of room to stretch legs all year-round.
 
 
Skyline Trail Loop

Mount Rainier Area -- SW - Longmire/Paradise

 
5.5 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 1450 ft.
Highest Point: 6800.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.61
(70 votes)
The Skyline Trail is the main route for hiking out of Paradise, Mount Rainier’s south side hub and most popular destination, providing visitors a unique opportunity to experience the breathtaking beauty of Washington’s grandest mountain. Even before the historic Paradise Inn was constructed in 1916, the Paradise valley has long been one of the state’s most beloved hiking destinations because of its southern exposure, giving it a longer season than its north side counterpart, Sunrise. In peak season (July and August) your trip along the Skyline Trail will be filled with views of cascading waterfalls, mighty glaciers and subalpine meadows brimming with colorful splashes of lupines, mountain heather, scarlet paintbrush, cascade asters and bistort.
 
 
Skyline Divide

North Cascades -- Mount Baker Area

 
9.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 2500 ft.
Highest Point: 6563.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.59
(59 votes)
The Skyline Divide is a 6000-foot-high ridgeline extension of Mount Baker that transforms itself into a summertime paradise of unrivaled mountain views and unending wildflower fields, a trail that deposits you just 3.5 miles from the summit itself.
 
 
Six Ridge

Olympic Peninsula -- Hood Canal

 
21.1 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 3150 ft.
Highest Point: 4650.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.40
(5 votes)
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.
 
 
Silver Falls

Central Cascades -- Entiat Mountains/Lake Chelan

 
1.7 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 600 ft.
Highest Point: 3050.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.17
(12 votes)
Hidden in the Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest near the town of Entiat is a treasure of a trail with a wide graceful waterfall and panoramic views of the Entiat River Valley. Offering a chance to explore the outdoors for all abilities, it will be easy to see why it has been designated a National Recreational Trail and draws locals and travelers from all over the state.
 
 
Shedroof Divide

Eastern Washington -- Selkirk Range

 
22.8 miles, one-way
Rating:
Average rating:
3.12
(8 votes)
The Shedroof Divide offers some of the best views in northeast Washington as it traverses the wild high country of the Salmo-Priest Wilderness.
 
 
Sharpe Park - Montgomery - Duban Headlands

Puget Sound and Islands -- Bellingham Area

 
1.9 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 425 ft.
Highest Point: 370.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.67
(6 votes)
Follow well-signed but sometimes rough trails to a great viewpoint near the water's edge at Porpoise Point. Enjoy views of distant islands, and on a clear day of the distant Olympic Mountains. Sightings of seals, eagles, waterfowl, and sometimes otters are likely.
 
 
Shannon Ridge

North Cascades

 
8.2 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 2800 ft.
Highest Point: 5400.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.86
(7 votes)
A welcome change of pace from some of the busier nearby hikes, this North Cascades ridge hike offers the same stunning views minus the crowds.
 
 
Shadow of The Sentinels

North Cascades -- Mount Baker Area

 
0.5 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 50 ft.
Highest Point: 900.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
2.80
(5 votes)
This interpretive trail is a great one for visitors of all ages. Thanks to the boardwalk, it's great for all comers, including those with mobility issues. Educational signs found along the trail illustrate the purpose of our forests and the reason we need to preserve them.
 
 
Sehome Arboretum

Puget Sound and Islands -- Bellingham Area

 
6.0 miles of trails
Gain: 325 ft.
Highest Point: 620.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
2.83
(6 votes)
A lush, green refuge with 6 miles of trails is the backyard playground for Western Washington University and Fairhaven College in Bellingham.
 
 
Sams Walker Nature Trail

Southwest Washington -- Columbia River Gorge - WA

 
1.1 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 50 ft.
Highest Point: 100.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.00
(1 vote)
Take a mile-long stroll along a gravelled trail through abandoned farm fields. This trail is barrier free, and trail maintenance WTA is performing will greatly improve it, making it more wheelchair friendly in the future.
 
 
Salmo-Priest Loop

Eastern Washington -- Selkirk Range

 
19.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 3400 ft.
Highest Point: 6480.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.44
(9 votes)
Hike into the heart of Colville's Salmo-Priest Wilderness -- so remote that even grizzly bears have been spotted here. This is high country, with some of the most impressive old growth stands this side of the Cascades. You'll experience old growth cedar, moss, ferns and wildflowers galore. But the vistas are pure Inland Northwest - vast views of the Selkirks and the Upper Priest River Valley.
 
 
Larrabee State Park - Rock Trail

Puget Sound and Islands -- Bellingham Area

 
2.4 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 1200 ft.
Highest Point: 1820.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.27
(11 votes)
The Rock Trail is one of WTA's signature projects, built from scratch thanks to WTA’s partnerships with various organizations, including Larrabee State Park and Chuckanut Conservancy. A dedicated group of enthusiastic WTA volunteers worked countless hours here, carving a connector trail out of the steep, rugged hillside from the top of Cleator Road to the South Lost Lake Trail. The Rock Trail provides hikers and trail runners a steep climb, gorgeous views, and a peek at the area's fascinating geology.
 
 
Mazama Park via Ridley Creek

North Cascades -- Mount Baker Area

 
7.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 2600 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.40
(5 votes)
Hike a trail that WTA is helping restore. The Ridley Creek trail provides access to scenic Mazama Park and views of Mount Baker.
 
 
Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge

Southwest Washington -- Vancouver Area

 
2.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 100 ft.
Highest Point: 100.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.80
(5 votes)
More than 5000 acres of marshes, grasslands and wooded areas are home to more than one hundred species of birds, waterfowl and fish. Two trails and a loop road provide public access to this serene area just a few miles west of I-5. Spring and fall are the best seasons to see migrating songbirds and shorebirds, but summer offers the additional attraction of the barrier-free Kiwa Loop Trail.
 
 
Raymond E. Shaffer Park

Southwest Washington -- Vancouver Area

 
0.35 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 65 ft.
Highest Point: 236.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
0.00
(0 votes)
Follow this wide path as it winds through tall, ivy-covered Douglas firs. Although it’s in the middle of the city, this trail around a developing park provides a great way to enjoy the outdoors.
 
 
Rattlesnake Ledge

Snoqualmie Region -- North Bend Area

 
4.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 1160 ft.
Highest Point: 2078.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.03
(352 votes)
This is a fine hike on a well maintained, albeit busy trail through a cool forest with views of the Cedar River watershed, Mount Si, Mount Washington, Rattlesnake Lake and Chester Morse Lake.
 
 
Little Ranger Peak via Ranger Creek

Mount Rainier Area -- Chinook Pass - Hwy 410

 
12.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 2500 ft.
Highest Point: 5010.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.33
(9 votes)
This infrequently visited trail is the perfect hike early in the season, because the snow melts off the south-facing flanks of the peak early. If you miss the springtime, save it for fall, because the deciduous trees that line the path make it ideal for a shot of fall color. Enjoy a moderately graded that leads you to a summit that boasts views of Rainier and the White River valley from the summit.
 
 
Rampart Ridge Loop

Mount Rainier Area -- SW - Longmire/Paradise

 
4.5 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 1300 ft.
Highest Point: 4080.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.05
(22 votes)
This short loop out of Longmire makes for a great, quick way to get some elevation gain, some forest views, and a fantastic vista of Mount Rainier, all in less than five miles!