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Results List

46 Hikes
Tolmie Peak Lookout - Eunice Lake

Mount Rainier Area -- NW - Carbon River/Mowich

 
7.5 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 1100 ft.
Highest Point: 5900.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.52
(93 votes)
Hike to an old fire lookout with in-your-face views of Mount Rainier and a sapphire blue lake below. Tolmie Peak and Eunice Lake pack a one-two punch when it comes to scenery, but stopping at the picturesque lake is a perfectly acceptable destination as well.
 
 
Sawtooth Ridge

Eastern Washington -- Palouse and Blue Mountains

 
8.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 500 ft.
Highest Point: 5500.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
2.67
(3 votes)
Area Closure: Effective July 16 2021 this trail along with the entire Umatilla National Forest is closed due to the risks associated with wildfires. This temporary closure will be lifted once it is safe to do so. Please respect this closure.
This flower-lined trail with big views will make you wonder if the Blue Mountains earned their name from the carpets of larkspur along the route.
 
 
Mount Misery

Eastern Washington -- Palouse and Blue Mountains

 
16.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 1000 ft.
Highest Point: 6401.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
2.75
(4 votes)
Area Closure: Effective July 16 2021 this trail along with the entire Umatilla National Forest is closed due to the risks associated with wildfires. This temporary closure will be lifted once it is safe to do so. Please respect this closure.
Despite the name, Mount Misery trail offers a delightful hike to the Oregon Butte Lookout, situated on a hilltop in the remote Blue Mountains.
 
 
Grouse Mountain

Eastern Washington -- Palouse and Blue Mountains

 
5.0 miles, one-way
Gain: 400 ft.
Highest Point: 4000.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
5.00
(1 vote)
Area Closure: Effective July 16 2021 this trail along with the entire Umatilla National Forest is closed due to the risks associated with wildfires. This temporary closure will be lifted once it is safe to do so. Please respect this closure.
A great first-of-spring hike for the whole family less than an hour from Walla Walla. A top of ridge hike looks down into the North Fork of the Umatilla River.
 
 
West Fork Teanaway River

Snoqualmie Region -- Salmon La Sac/Teanaway

 
9.6 miles, one-way
Gain: 2800 ft.
Highest Point: 5750.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
2.40
(5 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.
Hiking through a deep canyon with a riparian zone, old-growth, and cliffs, this dramatic trail parallels the river with several crossings. In places, it climbs high above the river to avoid cliffs and other obstructions in the deep, rugged canyon.
 
 
Rattlesnake Ledge

Snoqualmie Region -- North Bend Area

 
4.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 1160 ft.
Highest Point: 2078.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.02
(346 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.
 
 
Hurricane Hill

Olympic Peninsula -- Northern Coast

 
3.2 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 650 ft.
Highest Point: 5757.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.25
(24 votes)
Whether you need a day hike for the whole family or the perfect trail to round out your first visit to Olympic National Park, Hurricane Hill is the answer. You can even use this trail as the jumpoff (or ending point) to a variety of longer hikes out of the Elwha River Valley.
 
 
Marmot Pass

Olympic Peninsula -- Hood Canal

 
11.5 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 3489 ft.
Highest Point: 6000.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.46
(70 votes)
Marmot Pass offers great views and a gentle hike through old-growth forest as well as high meadows. It is a great day hike, but also offers a great starting place for a variety of overnight options.
 
 
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.
 
 
Artist Ridge - Huntoon Point

North Cascades -- Mount Baker Area

 
1.2 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 200 ft.
Highest Point: 5150.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.82
(11 votes)
10/22/200 Road closed: Highway 542 is closed at the Bagley Lakes trailhead cutting off vehicle access to this trailhead.
This spectacular, short trail gets lots of love during its short hiking season. Accessible for less than three months each year, hordes of hikers and tourists take to it as the snow finally begins to melt.
 
 
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!
 
 
Burroughs Mountain

Mount Rainier Area -- NE - Sunrise/White River

 
9.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 2500 ft.
Highest Point: 7828.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.47
(70 votes)
Burroughs Mountain can be described as a 'mountain against a mountain'. At over 7800 feet, Burroughs Mountain sets right up against the northeastern face of Mount Rainier, hugging the Winthrop Glacier. It offers one of the most dramatic views of the massive volcano.
 
 
Lake Ann (Rainy Pass)

North Cascades -- North Cascades Highway - Hwy 20

 
3.4 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 700 ft.
Highest Point: 5500.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.17
(18 votes)
Highway 20 Closure: Highway 20 is closed between Silver Star (Milepost 170) and Early Winter Campground (Mileposte 177) while crews fight an active wildfire in the area. This closure is dated 7.12.21
The trail to Lake Ann is a wonderful, short way to see the impressive glaciated valley encircled by the popular Heather - Maple Pass Loop. Lake Ann features views of ridgelines blanketed in wildflowers in summer, a lake ringed with golden larches in fall, and before the highway closes for the season, a dramatic place to experience early winter’s snows.
 
 
Snow Mountain Ranch and Cowiche Mountain

Central Washington -- Yakima

 
14.0 miles of trails
Gain: 1140 ft.
Highest Point: 2970.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.17
(6 votes)
For a flat riparian ramble or a great workout to a scenic summit, Snow Mountain Ranch is a walking wonderland just outside of Yakima.
 
 
Rocky Top and Cowiche Mountain

Central Washington -- Yakima

 
20.0 miles of trails
Gain: 1148 ft.
Highest Point: 2970.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.00
(1 vote)
Rocky Top is an extensive system of interconnected mountain bike trails open to hikers. It offers innumerable out-and back and loop options though shrub-steppe on the flanks of Cowiche Mountain as well as a scenic ridge walk on a portion of the William O. Douglas Trail to the summit of the mountain and a connection with the Snow Mountain Ranch trail system.
 
 
Heybrook Ridge

Central Cascades -- Stevens Pass - West

 
3.3 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 775 ft.
Highest Point: 1327.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.23
(57 votes)
The Leovy Trail, a testament to community land conservation, is a moderate ascent through second-growth Cascade rainforest to the summit of Heybrook Ridge. At the top, take in stunning views of Mount Index, Bridal Veil Falls, and the Skykomish Valley.
 
 
 
12.0 miles, roundtrip
Rating:
Average rating:
3.33
(3 votes)
This moderate hike follows the Pacific Crest Trail south out of Snoqualmie Pass to lovely Olallie Meadow, a place to see native carnivorous sundew plants.
 
 
Mount Grant Preserve

Puget Sound and Islands -- San Juan Islands

 
4.6 miles of trails
Gain: 900 ft.
Highest Point: 900.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
5.00
(2 votes)
Mount Grant Preserve is a trail system in development on San Juan Island. Currently, the trails to the top offer the most elevation gain available on San Juan Island, so you'll love this one if you're looking to get high up.
 
 
Phelps Creek

Central Cascades -- Stevens Pass - West

 
7.2 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 3500 ft.
Highest Point: 5500.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.50
(6 votes)
Phelps Creek Trail offers relatively easy access to the remote Glacier Peak Wilderness, particularly Spider Meadows and the larch-ridden Carne Mountain.
 
 
Glacier View

Mount Rainier Area -- SW - Longmire/Paradise

 
4.4 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 950 ft.
Highest Point: 5450.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.10
(21 votes)
3/8/2021 - Trailhead Inaccessible: Forest Road 59 is washed out shortly after the turn from Highway 706
Climb a ridge to a rocky promontory nine miles due west of Tahoma’s summit and experience multi-volcano, jaw-dropping views under clear conditions. Glacier View’s short but moderately intense route is ideal for lovers of huckleberries, wildflowers, old growth forest, mushrooms, fauna, and lakes.
 
 
High Lakes Loop

Mount Rainier Area -- SW - Longmire/Paradise

 
3.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 600 ft.
Highest Point: 5425.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.78
(9 votes)
Reflection Lakes are not just a popular photography stop. From the lakes you can hike to a stunning cliffside view of the lakes and the Tatoosh range. From there you have the option of returning the way you came, or hiking in a loop around the largest of the lakes.
 
 
Faraway Rock

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

 
1.3 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 300 ft.
Highest Point: 5220.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
2.50
(4 votes)
The overlook at Faraway Rock is a short jaunt along the Mazama Ridge Trail up from Stevens Canyon Road and Reflection Lakes along the Wonderland Trail. This viewpoint showcases glistening Lake Louise below and the towering Tatoosh Ridge to the south.
 
 
Melmont Ghost Town

Mount Rainier Area -- NW - Carbon River/Mowich

 
6.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 100 ft.
Highest Point: 1360.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.27
(15 votes)
A great exploratory hike to an old coal mining ghost town, with views of the underside of the Fairfax bridge.
 
 
June Lake

South Cascades -- Mount St. Helens

 
2.86 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 445 ft.
Highest Point: 3140.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.75
(8 votes)
This sweet little hike on the south side of Mount St. Helens is a good destination for families seeking a short day hike, but it is also one access point for the round-the-mountain Loowit Trail, and a popular snowshoeing location, so it sees a fair amount of traffic year-round.
 
 
Tiffany Mountain via Freezeout Ridge

North Cascades -- Pasayten

 
4.2 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 1685 ft.
Highest Point: 8245.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.23
(13 votes)
Start at one of the higher trailheads in the state (6560 feet) and follow the trail even higher. In early summer, if the thinner air doesn't take your breath away, the flowers and views will.
 
 
Freezeout Ridge

North Cascades -- Pasayten

 
7.4 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 1040 ft.
Highest Point: 7700.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.00
(7 votes)
The Freezeout Ridge trail is located in the Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest
 
 
Lily and Lizard Lake Loop

Puget Sound and Islands -- Bellingham Area

 
7.15 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 1400 ft.
Highest Point: 2120.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.78
(9 votes)
This is a loop made up of several well signed trails on Blanchard Mountain in the Chuckanuts. The trail offers that other-world ancientness with its dark forests, moss and house-sized boulders. It makes a good year-round hike, with a route that passes by waterfalls, swamps, two lakes, wildlife activity, old growth and evidence of logging operations from the nineteenth century.
 
 
Green Mountain

North Cascades -- Mountain Loop Highway

 
8.5 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 3300 ft.
Highest Point: 6500.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.29
(31 votes)
In a state with so many places offering a day's walk to big, peaky views, Green Mountain still makes the short-list of Washington's all-time finest hikes. From woods to meadows to panoramic views and even a historic lookout, it just doesn't get much better than this.
 
 
Anti-Aircraft Peak Loop

Issaquah Alps -- Cougar Mountain

 
4.75 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 450 ft.
Highest Point: 1380.0 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.
 
 
Wilderness Peak Loop

Issaquah Alps -- Cougar Mountain

 
4.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 1200 ft.
Highest Point: 1598.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.10
(31 votes)
Hike trails named in honor of mountaineers Jim Whittaker and Nawang Gombu, of 1963 Mount Everest ascent fame. Wilderness Peak may not be Everest, but it is the highest point in King County's Cougar Mountain Regional Wildland Park and it does have some wonderful old-growth conifers. This loop offers a diversity of steep forested hillsides, huge mossy boulders, and a low swampy area traversed via a narrow boardwalk.