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Results List

117 Hikes
Hoh River Trail to Blue Glacier

Olympic Peninsula -- Pacific Coast

 
37.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 3700 ft.
Highest Point: 4300.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.91
(11 votes)
Hike the Hoh River to the Blue Glacier through lush rainforest. Pass spectacular old-growth dripping with moss, nurse logs providing nourishment to full grown trees and end with a panorama including the the aptly named Blue Glacier and Mount Olympus. The bio-diversity on this hike is seldom seen on such an accessible backpacking trip. Just be sure to check in with the ranger station before overnighting -- while there are lots of campsites, it's a popular place, and you'll need to reserve in advance.
 
 
Shi Shi Beach and Point of the Arches

Olympic Peninsula -- Pacific Coast

 
8.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 200 ft.
Highest Point: 200.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.40
(60 votes)
Trail currently closed
This stunning Olympic coastal hike is one of the more photographed places in Washington for good reason.
 
 
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.
 
 
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.
 
 
Barnes Creek

Olympic Peninsula -- Northern Coast

 
10.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 3300 ft.
Highest Point: 5090.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.14
(7 votes)
A nice creekside hike within the Olympics with the option to check out Marymere Falls on the hike. This hike has all types of old growth and lush vegetation.
 
 
Tubal Cain Mine

Olympic Peninsula -- Hood Canal

 
7.2 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 1600 ft.
Highest Point: 4600.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.38
(8 votes)
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.
 
 
LaCrosse Pass

Olympic Peninsula -- Hood Canal

 
6.4 miles, one-way
Gain: 2000 ft.
Highest Point: 5566.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
2.50
(4 votes)
The Lacrosse Pass Trail runs up and over the ridge between the West Fork Dosewallips River valley and the Duckabush River Valley.
 
 
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.
 
 
Upper Gray Wolf River to Gray Wolf Pass

Olympic Peninsula -- Hood Canal

 
22.5 miles, one-way
Gain: 5200 ft.
Highest Point: 6200.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.80
(5 votes)
The Gray Wolf Trail extends between Forest Road 2870 and the Main Fork Dosewallips River in the northeast corner of the Olympics. Along the way it goes up and over Gray Wolf Pass.
 
 
Snow Creek

Olympic Peninsula -- Hood Canal

 
4.8 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 1944 ft.
Highest Point: 4274.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.12
(8 votes)
One of three ways to reach the summit of Mount Zion. It's steep, but short, and you'll be rewarded with view of the Olympics at the top.
 
 
Oil City

Olympic Peninsula -- Pacific Coast

 
2.9 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 250 ft.
Highest Point: 50.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.40
(5 votes)
The trail from Oil City starts out as a short forest jaunt along the Hoh River, and ends at the sandy shores of the Pacific Ocean.
 
 
O'Neil Pass

Olympic Peninsula -- Hood Canal

 
12.0 miles, one-way
Highest Point: 5000.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.80
(5 votes)
The O’neil Pass Trail travels through the southeastern corner of Olympic National Park. It is a trail segment that sits well within the backcountry so you must hike a considerable distance to reach the start of this trail.
 
 
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.
 
 
Queets River

Olympic Peninsula -- Pacific Coast

 
22.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 600 ft.
Highest Point: 800.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.91
(11 votes)
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.
 
 
Fletcher Canyon

Olympic Peninsula -- Pacific Coast

 
4.6 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 1300 ft.
Highest Point: 1600.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.00
(8 votes)
The Fletcher Canyon Trail is a disproportionately difficult hike for being little more than two miles long. Perhaps because the route is steep and often muddy, obscured by blowdown, or faded entirely, it earns its ire and accolades. Individual accounts may be forgiven for their embellishments, especially those recalled fireside at the lodge tavern on a wet winter’s eve.
 
 
Lake Aldwell Overlook Trail

Olympic Peninsula -- Northern Coast

 
1.4 miles of trails
Gain: 50 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.00
(2 votes)
With the Elwha Dam gone and the landscape re-sculpted to approximate historic contours, the gravel access road to Elwha Dam has opened to non-motorized travel. There's also a very short trail leaving from the parking area to two observation areas.
 
 
Watershed Park

Olympic Peninsula -- Olympia

 
1.36 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 150 ft.
Highest Point: 300.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.11
(9 votes)
Discover the area that was the original source of Olympia's drinking water--a delightful little green wetland known as Watershed Park. With thirty structures on the 1.35 mile loop, you can be sure to have an intimate look at the workings of a wetland without getting damp yourself.
 
 
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.
 
 
Capitol State Forest - Sherman Creek Loop

Olympic Peninsula -- Olympia

 
7.8 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 800 ft.
Highest Point: 1150.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.67
(9 votes)
This is one of the longest hike options in Capitol State Forest -- weaving through wooded valleys and along quietly flowing creeks, visitors here may discover not only natural wonders but also relics from the time that this area was the home of many a logging show.
 
 
Capitol State Forest - Mount Molly

Olympic Peninsula -- Olympia

 
3.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 908 ft.
Highest Point: 1950.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.00
(1 vote)
Explore one of the many trails in Capitol State Forest as an out-and-back, or combined with another trail in the area.
 
 
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.
 
 
Kennedy Creek Natural Area Preserve

Olympic Peninsula -- Olympia

 
9.0 miles of trails
Gain: 420 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.25
(4 votes)
Home to a small trail system and made accessible thanks to Taylor Shellfish and Green Diamond, in partnership with a local nonprofit and Department of Natural Resources, Kennedy Creek is a nice walk where, in fall, you can experience spawning salmon up close.
 
 
Shady Lane

Olympic Peninsula -- Hood Canal

 
1.8 miles, roundtrip
Rating:
Average rating:
3.42
(12 votes)
Explore a beautiful riverside forest, perfect for kids and adults alike.
 
 
LaCrosse Basin

Olympic Peninsula -- Hood Canal

 
18.5 miles, one-way
Gain: 5588 ft.
Highest Point: 4400.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.00
(6 votes)
Nestled deep within the heart of the Olympics, LaCrosse Basin is steeped in rich history as well as views that never relent.
 
 
Copper Creek

Olympic Peninsula -- Hood Canal

 
5.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 2400 ft.
Highest Point: 3200.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.61
(23 votes)
Whatever you like most about hiking, this trail has something for you, whether it’s a quick ascent, a period of more level ground, a peek-a-boo view, a quintessential Olympic Peninsula rain forest, or a ridge top.
 
 
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.
 
 
Black & White Lakes

Olympic Peninsula -- Hood Canal

 
15.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 4000 ft.
Highest Point: 4200.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.00
(5 votes)
This beautiful hike takes you through a canopy of old growth trees until you find yourself in a high alpine meadow with small quiet lakes. Yes it's gorgeous but this hike isn't easy.
 
 
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.
 
 
Lake Constance

Olympic Peninsula -- Hood Canal

 
4.4 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 3300 ft.
Highest Point: 4800.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.83
(18 votes)
The Lake Constance route is not a casual hike to a lake. It's a Class 2 and sometimes Class 3 scramble that requires continuous attention and careful hand work in areas where a mistake could prove fatal. People who have a fear of heights or are less than 100% confident in their climbing skills should avoid this route.
 
 
Railroad Bridge Park

Olympic Peninsula -- Northern Coast

 
Rating:
Average rating:
3.00
(4 votes)
This delightful little park is part of the Olympic Discovery Trail, which means you can hike as far as time allows, or as little as you like. You'll see salmon spawning in the fall, interpretive signs year round, and can watch the seasons turn by visiting as often as you like.