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3891 Hikes
Summerland - Panhandle Gap

Mount Rainier Area -- NE - Sunrise/White River

 
12.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 2950 ft.
Highest Point: 6800.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.63
(51 votes)
Begin in old-growth forest, climb up to one of Mount Rainier's most spectacular wildflower meadows, then continue along the highest section of the Wonderland Trail to reach the alpine world of Panhandle Gap. Along the way be alert for marmots and goats, and it is not unusual to see a black bear.
 
 
Paddy-Go-Easy Pass

Snoqualmie Region -- Salmon La Sac/Teanaway

 
6.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 2560 ft.
Highest Point: 6080.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.62
(13 votes)
The relentless but scenic climb up to Paddy-Go-Easy Pass is often used to access scrambling routes on nearby peaks, or further adventures beyond the pass. On its own, the Paddy-Go-Easy Pass trail offers views of Tucquala Lake and Mount Daniel as well as The Cradle and mountain ranges to the east.
 
 
Hope and Mig Lakes

Central Cascades -- Stevens Pass - West

 
5.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 1550 ft.
Highest Point: 4650.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.12
(8 votes)
This hike has deep forest, pretty mountain lakes, fall color, and plenty of good trail to walk on without watching your feet all the time.
 
 
Monte Carlo via Middle Fork Camp

South Cascades -- Mount Adams Area

 
6.3 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 1860 ft.
Highest Point: 4040.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.00
(2 votes)
Area Closure: Effective July 23 2021 this area and all lands in Eastern Washington managed by the Washington State Department of Natural Resources are temporarily closed to the public to prevent the risks associated with wildfires. This area will reopen once it is safe to do so. Please respect this closure.
The Monte Cristo Range just north of Willard offers quiet forest, and miles of solitary rambling. There are a myriad of ways to access this trail network, including this one, which starts in the middle of the mountains.
 
 
Gold Mountain

Olympic Peninsula -- Kitsap Peninsula

 
4.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 1087 ft.
Highest Point: 1687.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.70
(10 votes)
Gold Mountain is a beautiful hike from the Gold Creek Trailhead up a logging road and across country. With spectacular views of the Hood Canal and the Olympics to the west, as well as Mount Rainier, the Cascades, and Bremerton to the east, this is a definitely a half day hike you must experience.
 
 
Harry's Ridge

South Cascades -- Mount St. Helens

 
8.2 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 970 ft.
Highest Point: 4752.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.13
(31 votes)
Named for the lovable curmudgeon who refused to leave his homestead when St. Helens was on the brink of erupting, Harry’s Ridge offers a fascinating panorama of the restless giant, still smoking and belching occasionally, years after her devastating awakening.
 
 
Wallace Falls State Park

Central Cascades -- Stevens Pass - West

 
5.6 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 1300 ft.
Highest Point: 1500.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.11
(274 votes)
An accessible hike for seasoned veterans and neophytes alike, Wallace Falls provides visitors with breathtaking views of the Wallace River and the surrounding falls on a relatively low difficulty, scenic 5.6 mile round-trip. Although well attended and often busy, the trail stands as a true showcase of the diversity and majestic beauty that the Central Cascades can offer to hikers who journey into the heart of this sublime mountain range.
 
 
Mount Washington

Olympic Peninsula -- Hood Canal

 
4.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 3190 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.67
(9 votes)
This hike is in the Olympic National Forest
 
 
Mohawk Falls and Mohawk Mine

Central Cascades -- Stevens Pass - West

 
0.6 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 200 ft.
Highest Point: 1500.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.83
(6 votes)
A short, non-crowded hike to a great waterfall and historic mines.
 
 
Ross Dam Trail

North Cascades -- North Cascades Highway - Hwy 20

 
1.6 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 500 ft.
Highest Point: 2100.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.00
(2 votes)
Highway 20 Closure: Highway 20 is closed west of Winthrop between milepost 165 and 185 while crews fight active wildfires in the area. This closure is dated 7.12.21
This forested trail in the North Cascades National Park Complex leads down to Ross Lake and the network of trails in the Ross Lake National Recreation Area. Look out over both Ross Lake and Ross Dam before making your way down to Ross Dam itself
 
 
Gorge Lake Overlook

North Cascades -- North Cascades Highway - Hwy 20

 
0.53 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 70 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.00
(1 vote)
Highway 20 Closure: Highway 20 is closed west of Winthrop between milepost 165 and 185 while crews fight active wildfires in the area. This closure is dated 7.12.21
This very short trail provides astonishing views of nature’s beauty as well as humanity's technological “improvements” upon it. Half this loop is paved, allowing an out-and-back for all family members, while the remaining graveled loop section is never steep nor too challenging.
 
 
Lake Serene

Central Cascades -- Stevens Pass - West

 
8.2 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 2000 ft.
Highest Point: 2521.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.47
(352 votes)
Lake Serene and Bridal Veil Falls compete for attention on this 7.2 mile trip. Either would be a worthy destination by themselves and combined they are a great day on the trail.
 
 
Mount Margaret

Snoqualmie Region -- Snoqualmie Pass

 
5.5 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 2000 ft.
Highest Point: 5459.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.33
(15 votes)
Hike up an abandoned road, through a logged area, and into mature forest on the edge of the Alpine Lakes wilderness. What the trail lacks in ruggedness is more than made up for by the quantity of berries that line the trail.
 
 
Skyline Divide

North Cascades -- Mount Baker Area

 
9.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 2500 ft.
Highest Point: 6563.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.59
(58 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.
 
 
Cascade Pass and Sahale Arm

North Cascades -- North Cascades Highway - Hwy 20

 
12.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 4000 ft.
Highest Point: 7570.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.43
(65 votes)
Highway 20 Closure: Highway 20 is closed west of Winthrop between milepost 165 and 185 while crews fight active wildfires in the area. This closure is dated 7.12.21
In Sahale Arm, the forces of nature have conspired to create an improbably gentle, gorgeous landscape. A scenic trail ambles peacefully through rolling alpine meadows blanketing the broad shoulder of Sahale Mountain. This park-like setting is made all the more spectacular by contrast with the dramatic mountainous terrain that stretches off in every direction near and far. Simply put, this is one of the most beautiful hikes in all of Washington.
 
 
Mount Margaret

South Cascades -- Mount St. Helens

 
11.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 2820 ft.
Highest Point: 5780.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.80
(10 votes)
On maps, Mount Margaret doesn’t seem impressive enough to warrant its namesake Mount Margaret Backcountry. It is not the tallest nor the most majestic peak in the area. However, it is easily summited and it offers clear unobstructed views of Mount Rainier, Mount Adams, and Mount St. Helens (in three different directions), and expansive views of much more, including legendary Spirit Lake.
 
 
Killen Creek to High Camp

South Cascades -- Mount Adams Area

 
10.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 2300 ft.
Highest Point: 6900.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.06
(16 votes)
Take this remote, flower-filled trail up the north side of Mount Adams to the rocky alpine terrain of giant glaciers.
 
 
Goat Lake

North Cascades -- Mountain Loop Highway

 
10.4 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 1400 ft.
Highest Point: 3161.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.22
(119 votes)
A nice hike with plenty of variety. Beautiful forest, a rushing creek, waterfalls of all shapes and sizes, history, and of course a large blue-green lake surrounded by snowy peaks. At 10.4 miles, it can be either a day-hike or a quick early season overnight. You won’t be alone, though – this is a popular trail with both hikers and backpackers.
 
 
Mailbox Peak

Snoqualmie Region -- North Bend Area

 
9.4 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 4000 ft.
Highest Point: 4822.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.24
(94 votes)
The old trail up Mailbox Peak was the stuff of legend. It inspired potential Rainier climbers, challenged adventurous day hikers, and occasionally Mother Nature used the trail to bite back. The number of injuries and rescues on the old trail prompted the Department of Natural Resources to create a new trail to the top. While still relatively steep, this new route, built in part with help from WTA volunteers offers a more easily navigable way for folks to attain the summit of this formidable peak.
 
 
Oyster Dome

Puget Sound and Islands -- Bellingham Area

 
5.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 1050 ft.
Highest Point: 2025.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.10
(155 votes)
Oyster Dome is a rocky promontory on the western slope of Blanchard Mountain, the grandest member of the Chuckanut Mountain range, an extension of the Cascades that rises directly from the ocean. The sheer cliffs of Oyster Dome offer year-round access to commanding views of the San Juans, Skagit River flats, Olympic Mountains, and Samish Bay.
 
 
Skyline Trail Loop

Mount Rainier Area -- SW - Longmire/Paradise

 
5.5 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 1450 ft.
Highest Point: 6800.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.59
(66 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.
 
 
Iron Goat Trail

Central Cascades -- Stevens Pass - West

 
6.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 700 ft.
Highest Point: 2800.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.97
(39 votes)
Take a hike through railroad history. The old tunnels, rusting relics, cement snow sheds and the big red caboose should appeal to kids of all ages, and the complex history of the railroad and those who built it, as well as the avalanche that wiped everything away will appeal to history buffs.
 
 
Sheep Lake to Sourdough Gap

Mount Rainier Area -- Chinook Pass - Hwy 410

 
6.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 1100 ft.
Highest Point: 6400.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.88
(34 votes)
This is a pleasant hike to a small lake and a notched gap with sweeping views. Sheep Lake is nestled in a subalpine area that explodes with wildflowers in July and August. The lake is a good place to relax and enjoy nature or perhaps take off your boots and go wading. Sourdough Gap is a small saddle in a rocky-edged ridge. The hike from the lake to the gap offers increasingly picturesque views of the south Cascades with every foot of altitude you gain. Once at the gap, you will be rewarded with grand views of Sheep Lake on one side and the Crystal Lakes basin on the other side.
 
 
Spray Park

Mount Rainier Area -- NW - Carbon River/Mowich

 
8.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 1700 ft.
Highest Point: 6500.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.29
(55 votes)
Since getting to the trailhead involves a significant drive on gravel road, this hike sees fewer boots than trails leaving from Paradise and Sunrise. Spray Falls is attainable by most day hikers, but the gain up to Spray Park is a good test of your fitness level! Your reward on a clear day will be views, views, views of Echo Rock, Observation Rock and Mount Rainier.
 
 
Comet Falls

Mount Rainier Area -- SW - Longmire/Paradise

 
3.8 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 1250 ft.
Highest Point: 4875.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.21
(42 votes)
Follow a tumbling, churning, whitewater creek upstream as it thunders through a narrow gorge of glacier-polished rock on your way to a waterfall that drops 301 feet in a single plunge. Admire numerous small waterfalls and cascades and two significant ones, all in less than two miles. This is the Comet Falls trail.
 
 
Icicle Gorge Nature Loop

Central Cascades -- Leavenworth Area

 
4.2 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 150 ft.
Highest Point: 2800.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.17
(18 votes)
The Icicle Gorge Trail, one of the most popular trails in the Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest, is a wonderful way to explore the natural beauty of the Icicle Creek Valley. The interpretive loop trail has a gentle grade and scenic views of Icicle Creek, Icicle Gorge, and the surrounding forest that are ideal for families, trail runners, beginner hikers, bird enthusiasts, and those looking to take a nice long walk on a well-defined path.
 
 
Pinnacle Saddle

Mount Rainier Area -- SE - Cayuse Pass/Stevens Canyon

 
2.5 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 1000 ft.
Highest Point: 5920.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.40
(20 votes)
Imagine that you are looking through a telephoto lens at one of those iconic images of Mount Rainier taken from the south. Now zoom out to a wider view of the entire mountain, the thick forests below timberline, the enormous brown gash of the Nisqually River Valley, and beside it the verdant parkland that became known as Paradise. This is the view from the Pinnacle Saddle trail.
 
 
Lake Ann (Mount Baker Highway)

North Cascades -- Mount Baker Area

 
8.2 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 1900 ft.
Highest Point: 4900.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.27
(26 votes)
10/22/200 Road closed: Highway 542 is closed at the Bagley Lakes trailhead cutting off vehicle access to this trailhead.
Enjoy up-close, breathtaking views of Mount Shuksan’s west face, along with views of Fisher Chimney, the upper and lower Curtis Glacier, as well as Mount Baker from the trail to Lake Ann. The lake in a rocky basin, in the midst of this spectacular scenery. On some days you can hear ice echoing through the valley as it crashes down the face of Mount Shuksan. This is a late season hike, as snow can linger here into August.
 
 
Pend Oreille County Park

Eastern Washington -- Spokane Area/Coeur d'Alene

 
7.0 miles, roundtrip
Highest Point: 2780.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
0.00
(0 votes)
No trip through Pend Oreille County is complete without a stop at the county park, easily accessible for year-round recreation just off Highway 2 and a popular camping spot during the summer months.
 
 
Troublesome Creek Nature

Central Cascades -- Stevens Pass - West

 
1.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 104 ft.
Highest Point: 1420.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
2.67
(3 votes)
A short but scenic nature trail that begins and ends at the Troublesome Creek Campground. Hikers and campers will enjoy the walk along and over the turquoise creek, which indeed could be troublesome without the bridges spanning the shores.