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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

56 Hikes
Hall of Mosses

Olympic Peninsula -- Pacific Coast

 
0.8 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 100 ft.
Highest Point: 600.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.45
(20 votes)
A short rainforest loop from the Hoh Rain Forest Visitor Center in Olympic National Park.
 
 
Quinault Rainforest Nature Loop

Olympic Peninsula -- Pacific Coast

 
0.5 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 40 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.73
(11 votes)
Do a short interpretive loop that passes a crashing creek as it heads to the ocean, gaze up at dizzyingly tall trees, and soak it all in – literally. The Quinault rainforest can average 140 inches of rain each year, so bring your gear – there will be plenty of puddles to splash in on this hike!
 
 
Kestner Homestead - Maple Glade

Olympic Peninsula -- Pacific Coast

 
1.5 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 30 ft.
Highest Point: 260.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.00
(4 votes)
 
This short interpretive takes you through a homestead from the 1800s. Relics from the past along the way include an old barn, the home that the Kestner and Higley families occupied, and various outbuildings and equipment they used.
 
 
Queets Campground Loop

Olympic Peninsula -- Pacific Coast

 
2.8 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 50 ft.
Highest Point: 300.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.71
(7 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.
 
 
Cape Alava

Olympic Peninsula -- Pacific Coast

 
6.2 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 100 ft.
Highest Point: 350.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.55
(11 votes)
The Ozette Indian Reservation is closed to the public. Hiking north past the campsites at Cape Alava is prohibited.
Take a beautifully constructed boardwalk a little more than three miles out to the wild Olympic Coast. If you can snag a permit, camping here is divine. If not, while away a few hours playing in the water or ambling along the beach.
 
 
Pete's Creek - Colonel Bob Peak

Olympic Peninsula -- Pacific Coast

 
8.2 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 3500 ft.
Highest Point: 4510.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.58
(26 votes)
This peak allows for unrivaled views of the Olympic Peninsula. Located on the southwest side of the park, views include the Pacific Ocean, Grays Harbor, Lake Quinault and the Quinault River, the Olympic rainforest and Mount Olympus.
 
 
Second Beach

Olympic Peninsula -- Pacific Coast

 
4.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 310 ft.
Highest Point: 220.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.41
(32 votes)
Shorter than the hike to Third Beach, the access to Second Beach is also a little more interesting, thanks to the ups and downs and a set of switchbacked stairs leading down to a coastline dotted with seastacks and a hole in the mainland that wind whistles through eerily.
 
 
Elk Mountain to Maiden Peak

Olympic Peninsula -- Pacific Coast

 
8.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 840 ft.
Highest Point: 6625.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.75
(4 votes)
This moderate trail traverses a ridgeline up and down all the way to Maiden Peak.
 
 
Sand Point

Olympic Peninsula -- Pacific Coast

 
6.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 150 ft.
Highest Point: 100.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.12
(8 votes)
A beautiful hike through an interesting forest, often over boardwalks, ends at the beach with the potential for birdwatching and wildlife viewing. If you plan ahead and get a permit, it's a nice overnight destination.
 
 
Rialto Beach and Hole-in-the-Wall

Olympic Peninsula -- Pacific Coast

 
4.0 miles, roundtrip
Rating:
Average rating:
4.15
(26 votes)
Spend a day strolling the rugged Olympic Coast to dramatic sea stacks and natural wonders.
 
 
West Elwha

Olympic Peninsula -- Pacific Coast

 
6.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 500 ft.
Highest Point: 650.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.12
(8 votes)
Take a short but very scenic hike starting from the Altair campground in Olympic National Park. Traverse along the edge of the Elwha River, recently free-flowing thanks to the removal of the Glines Canyon Dam.
 
 
Cape Alava Loop (Ozette Triangle)

Olympic Peninsula -- Pacific Coast

 
9.4 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 100 ft.
Highest Point: 350.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.19
(53 votes)
The Ozette Indian Reservation is closed to the public. Hiking north past the campsites at Cape Alava is prohibited.
The Cape Alava Loop (Ozette Triangle) is two hikes in one: a forest stroll and a walk on the beach. Take the Cape Alava Trail out to the beach and back for a 6.2 mile hike, or continue south along the beach to connect up with the Sand Point Trail for a 9.4 mile loop.
 
 
Enchanted Valley via East Fork Quinault River

Olympic Peninsula -- Pacific Coast

 
26.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 3700 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.39
(28 votes)
The famed Enchanted Valley chalet has been a destination for weary travelers since the early '30s, when it provided a mountain retreat for hikers and horseback riders. During World War II, the chalet served as an Aircraft Warning Station, and is currently listed on the National Register of Historic Places. It's occasionally used as an emergency shelter and ranger station, but the precarious position over the Quinault River has caused it to be closed to hikers until it is moved.
 
 
North Fork Quinault River and Halfway House

Olympic Peninsula -- Pacific Coast

 
10.2 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 300 ft.
Highest Point: 800.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.20
(10 votes)
The hike to Halfway House follows the first five miles of the North Fork Quinault River along the same route taken by the Press Expedition of 1890. The trail passes through superb lowland rainforest before entering the canyon of the Quinault. Halfway House makes a good picnic spot for day hikers and is also a great camp site for backpackers on a longer journey.
 
 
South Coast Wilderness Trail - Toleak Point

Olympic Peninsula -- Pacific Coast

 
17.0 miles, one-way
Gain: 2400 ft.
Highest Point: 350.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.33
(18 votes)
Facilities at La Push remain closed
Bring a tide table and a good book on this scenic traverse of the wild Olympic Coast. While much of your hike will be across sandy beaches, there are several places that will require you wait for the tide to go out. Along the way, plan to climb up steep headlands with cable ladders, ropes and your hands and knees. It's a challenge, but a good one.
 
 
Bogachiel River

Olympic Peninsula -- Pacific Coast

 
12.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 400 ft.
Highest Point: 500.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.33
(12 votes)
The Bogachiel River is a classic example of a lowland rainforest ecosystem, with a rough and tumble trail that extends all the way to the head of the valley. Born on lower mountains than the Hoh, Queets, and Quinault, it lacks the glacial coloration and tremendous flow associated with those valleys. What it makes up for is miles of solitude and adventure.
 
 
Ruby Beach

Olympic Peninsula -- Pacific Coast

 
6.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 60 ft.
Highest Point: 60.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.70
(23 votes)
Ruby Beach offers several miles of beach exploration, with unique rock formations and swirling sun-bleached driftwood.
 
 
Lower Pete's Creek

Olympic Peninsula -- Pacific Coast

 
2.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 1000 ft.
Highest Point: 1500.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
2.50
(4 votes)
The Lower Pete's Creek trail starts on the same side of the road as the parking area and privy. The Pete’s Creek trail to Colonel Bob is on the opposite side of the road, just behind the “Pete’s Creek Trail” sign. They’re easy to tell apart because Lower Pete's Creek starts flat, and the Pete's Creek trail to Colonel Bob begins climbing right away.
 
 
Bottle Beach State Park

Olympic Peninsula -- Pacific Coast

 
0.7 miles, one-way
Rating:
Average rating:
0.00
(0 votes)
With 6,000 feet of shoreline and an ADA accessible trail, visitors can travel along the coast and keep an eye out for the numerous species that fill the air.
 
 
Big Cedar Tree - Kalaloch

Olympic Peninsula -- Pacific Coast

 
0.1 miles, roundtrip
Highest Point: 25.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
2.50
(4 votes)
A storm in March 2014 partially felled this giant. Use caution when visiting and attend to any signage regarding access.
This trail is a short one, just a few hundred feet from the parking area, but it takes you to one of the most easily-accessible, impressive giants of the west coast.
 
 
Ericson's Bay

Olympic Peninsula -- Pacific Coast

 
11.5 miles, roundtrip
Rating:
Average rating:
4.00
(4 votes)
The trail to Ericson's Bay is primitive and no longer maintained by Olympic National Park.
 
 
Hoh River Trail to Elk Lake

Olympic Peninsula -- Pacific Coast

 
33.0 miles, roundtrip
Rating:
Average rating:
4.50
(4 votes)
Beautiful multi-day hike that shows off the beauty of the Hoh Rainforest. Hike on relatively level ground until the last two miles, which climb to Elk Lake Campground, a good place to start a day hike to the glacier.
 
 
Hoh River Trail to Five Mile Island

Olympic Peninsula -- Pacific Coast

 
10.6 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 300 ft.
Highest Point: 800.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.63
(27 votes)
A classic hike in any season, but come in winter and you’ll find that the hordes of tourists, hikers, and climbers who use this trail in the summer have dwindled to just a trickle.
 
 
Quinault National Recreation Trails

Olympic Peninsula -- Pacific Coast

 
4.25 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 350 ft.
Highest Point: 475.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
2.64
(11 votes)
Providing miles of interconnected and gently graded trail, the Quinault National Recreation Trail System provides you with options to extend or shorten your trip into the Quinault Rainforest. The description provided follows Trail the Quinault Loop Trail 854, though it intersects with a few others at various points.
 
 
Cape Flattery

Olympic Peninsula -- Pacific Coast

 
1.5 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 200 ft.
Highest Point: 250.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.33
(48 votes)
Trail closed until at least October 1 2021
The furthest northwest tip of the contiguous United State, Cape Flattery provides a dramatic backdrop to a surprisingly accessible hike. It's managed by the Makah Tribe, who provide permits for parking here at Washburn's General Store, The Makah Museum, and many other locations in Neah Bay. As you drive through on the way to the trailhead, be sure to purchase yours -- they're good for the year, and you can also use it for Shi Shi Beach.
 
 
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.
 
 
Kalaloch - Browns Point

Olympic Peninsula -- Pacific Coast

 
4.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 25 ft.
Highest Point: 25.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.88
(8 votes)
Wild and mercurial, the Olympic Coast has a special appeal in the spring and fall. Grassy bluffs, cliffside caves and tidal pools are all to be found along this four-mile beach hike near the Kalaloch Campground. So shrug on your rain gear and enjoy the bird watching, sense of solitude and stunning seascapes.
 
 
Graves Creek

Olympic Peninsula -- Pacific Coast

 
7.4 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 1500 ft.
Highest Point: 1880.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
2.33
(6 votes)
The Graves Creek primitive trail provides access to old growth forests high above the Quinault River Valley and solitude compared to the high use trails along the Quinault River. Expect glimpses of waterfalls across the gorge in spring and signs of wild-life including bear, deer, and elk.
 
 
Kalaloch Creek Nature Trail

Olympic Peninsula -- Pacific Coast

 
0.8 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 20 ft.
Highest Point: 25.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
0.00
(0 votes)
If the tide is high, or you just want to see a different side of the Olympic Peninsula while you're visiting the coast, cross Highway 101 from the Kalaloch campground and take a peek into the deep Olympic forest.