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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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3891 Hikes
Concord Tower

North Cascades -- North Cascades Highway - Hwy 20

 
Highest Point: 7560.0 ft.
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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
The route to Concord Tower is a Class 5+ and involved exposed climbing. Gear and experience are recommended.
 
 
Snowfield Peak

North Cascades -- North Cascades Highway - Hwy 20

 
14.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 5032 ft.
Highest Point: 6000.0 ft.
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0.00
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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
A climb in the North Cascades. Climbing gear, routefinding experience and expertise required.
 
 
Wing Lake

North Cascades -- North Cascades Highway - Hwy 20

 
Rating:
Average rating:
3.40
(5 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
A challenging offshoot trail from the Heather Maple Pass loop that traverses a large talus field to arrive at two stunning alpine lakes.
 
 
Wallaby Peak

North Cascades -- North Cascades Highway - Hwy 20

 
6.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 2900 ft.
Highest Point: 7995.0 ft.
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0.00
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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
A peak scramble on the southern end of Kangaroo Ridge. Climbing experience and equipment required.
 
 
Washington Pass Overlook

North Cascades -- North Cascades Highway - Hwy 20

 
0.25 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 61 ft.
Highest Point: 5581.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.50
(10 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
Wheelchair accessible, this trail is paved to a lookout on a ledge overlooking Liberty Bell Mountain. This area is worth the trip from the west side, because of spectacular views, and the myriad hiking trails in the area.
 
 
Voodoo Peak

North Cascades -- North Cascades Highway - Hwy 20

 
Highest Point: 5198.0 ft.
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0.00
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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
A striking peak off the Mountain Loop Highway that requires climbing experience to summit successfully.
 
 
Trail of the Cedars

North Cascades -- North Cascades Highway - Hwy 20

 
1.0 miles, roundtrip
Rating:
Average rating:
3.86
(7 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
A short, self guided nature trail near Newhalem. See a wide variety of native plants and animals along this hike that is great for kids.
 
 
Thunder Knob

North Cascades -- North Cascades Highway - Hwy 20

 
3.6 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 635 ft.
Highest Point: 1875.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.73
(30 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
Hike this easy leg stretcher while taking in the beautiful scenery of the North Cascades Highway. A good stop if you have a car full of restless children or you are showing off the area to visiting relatives. The views from the top are a big payoff for such a short hike.
 
 
Thornton Lakes and Trappers Peak

North Cascades -- North Cascades Highway - Hwy 20

 
10.2 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 2900 ft.
Highest Point: 5000.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.33
(27 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
Incredible views and beautiful alpine lakes are your reward if you can ascend this steep trail in the North Cascades. At the top, you can choose between taking in sweeping panoramic views of North Cascades National Park and the Pickets Range, or relaxing near the lowest of the Thornton Lakes, both of which make a rewarding destination.
 
 
Thunder Creek

North Cascades -- North Cascades Highway - Hwy 20

 
12.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 1300 ft.
Highest Point: 1900.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.67
(21 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
A pale green creek, big old trees, a variety of understory, and peek-a-boo views of snow-capped peaks. Day-hikers should take it easy, as the joy here is in the journey not the destination. Backpackers, however, may disagree. Families and first-time backpackers will enjoy beautiful camps just two miles from the trailhead. Experienced backpackers will note that Thunder Creek is a gateway to an extensive network of trails.
 
 
Stiletto Vista

North Cascades -- North Cascades Highway - Hwy 20

 
Rating:
Average rating:
3.50
(4 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
Between Twisp Pass on the east and Stiletto Peak lookout site (a.k.a. Stiletto Vista) on the west is the North Cascades National Park Stiletto Cross-Country Zone with options for roaming and climbing. For a detailed description of the hiking trail to explore this area, see WTA's Stiletto Peak entry.
 
 
Stetattle Creek

North Cascades -- North Cascades Highway - Hwy 20

 
6.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 1100 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.67
(6 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
The Stettatle Creek Trail is an infrequently-used path that delivers hikers into a deep canyon in the heart of the North Cascades. Though it clears early in the season, this may not be the best option for those looking for an easy walk -- the trail is rugged and requires scrambling in places.
 
 
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)
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
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.
 
 
Silver Star View Snowshoe

North Cascades -- North Cascades Highway - Hwy 20

 
8.8 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 800 ft.
Highest Point: 4250.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
2.50
(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
A quiet snowshoe trip to views of Silver Star Mountain awaits the mid-week traveler in late fall and early spring. This road walk parallels the Early Winters Trail, the old route from Mazama to Washington Pass.
 
 
Sourdough Mountain

North Cascades -- North Cascades Highway - Hwy 20

 
10.4 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 4870 ft.
Highest Point: 5985.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.90
(20 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
The mountainous views that once inspired beatnik poets continue to inspire modern-day hikers who take on this strenuous yet rewarding challenge.
 
 
Slide Lake

North Cascades -- North Cascades Highway - Hwy 20

 
2.5 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 300 ft.
Highest Point: 3100.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
2.80
(5 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
Slide Lake is a short but remote hike that samples a rugged slice of the Glacier Peak Wilderness. Popular among anglers, the hour-long drive up the single lane logging road deters crowds and ensures relative solitude. Magnificent old growth and a mountain lake with views toward snowy peaks are the reward.
 
 
Fourth of July Pass via Panther Creek

North Cascades -- North Cascades Highway - Hwy 20

 
11.5 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 2000 ft.
Highest Point: 3500.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.00
(4 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
Panther Creek is a small gem in a setting of big gems. The North Cascades boasts some of the biggest, finest views in the country, and quiet, contemplative hikes like Panther Creek can get lost in the mix. Nevertheless, it’s well worth hikers’ time to venture into these forests and meadows to ascend Fourth of July Pass.
 
 
Horseshoe Basin (Stehekin)

Central Cascades -- Entiat Mountains/Lake Chelan

 
1.6 miles, one-way
Gain: 1315 ft.
Highest Point: 4950.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.67
(6 votes)
A spectacular, waterfall-filled cirque near Cascade Pass and Sahale Arm, Horseshoe Basin is just far enough away from both trailheads that access it to warrant making it an overnight trip. But you'll need to be sure to have your backpacking permits should you elect to hike here.
 
 
Myrtle Falls

Mount Rainier Area -- SW - Longmire/Paradise

 
0.8 miles, roundtrip
Rating:
Average rating:
3.50
(4 votes)
A good, short destination just outside of the main Paradise visitors area, Myrtle Falls is a beauty.
 
 
Park Butte

North Cascades -- Mount Baker Area

 
7.5 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 2200 ft.
Highest Point: 5450.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.55
(67 votes)
On Park Butte, hike to an historic fire lookout and come face-to-face with Koma Kulshan. Along with unobstructed panoramic views of Mount Baker, the Twin Sisters, and the rest of the North Cascades, the route to Park Butte offers campsites, wildflower-filled alpine meadows, rushing waterfalls, and a stunning variety of mushroom species.
 
 
Elbow Lake

North Cascades -- Mount Baker Area

 
16.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 2100 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
2.60
(5 votes)
7.8.20 Road Closed: This trailhead is inaccessible from the southern approach due to a washed out bridge on Forest Road 12 one mile past its junction with Forest Road 13.
Above the banks of the South Fork Nooksack lies Pioneer Camp and the trailhead for the Elbow Lake Trail. Climb gently the first two miles through mature, mid-elevation forest to the Bell Pass Trail junction, a little used route to Mazama Park, or continue another mile to access the remote beauty of Elbow Lake. Large, ancient yellow cedars can be found on the north side of the lake as the trail continues to wind towards the Middle Fork Nooksack.
 
 
Mazama Park via Ridley Creek

North Cascades -- Mount Baker Area

 
7.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 2600 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.40
(5 votes)
Trail Impassable 7/27/21: The log bridge over the Middle Fork Nooksack River has washed out. Crossing the river is extremely dangerous and should not be attempted.
Hike a trail that WTA is helping restore. The Ridley Creek trail provides access to scenic Mazama Park and views of Mount Baker.
 
 
Hummocks Trail

South Cascades -- Mount St. Helens

 
2.4 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 100 ft.
Highest Point: 2500.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.90
(21 votes)
Popular because it's the perfect balance between day hike and easy enough for little legs, the Hummocks Trail is a relatively flat loop hike among strange hills that were left by the eruption of Mount St. Helens in 1980.
 
 
Mount Ellinor

Olympic Peninsula -- Hood Canal

 
6.2 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 3300 ft.
Highest Point: 5944.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.57
(100 votes)
Mount Ellinor is the southern-most prominence on the eastern front of the Olympics. This makes its peak easy to point out to your friends when you say, ”I was up there.” Mount Ellinor also gives you two trailheads to choose from. The lower trailhead at 2,600 feet welcomes you to the ascent with an easy grade at the outset. The route from the upper trailhead at 3,500 feet starts out with a nearly immediate upward jolt. The trails merge well before the summit and continue upward at a character-building grade.
 
 
Fremont Lookout

Mount Rainier Area -- NE - Sunrise/White River

 
5.6 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 1200 ft.
Highest Point: 7200.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.56
(54 votes)
The two-story frame cabin of Mount Fremont, built in 1934, provides an opportunity to reminisce about the time when watchmen stood guard over the forest, with an eye out for wildfires.
 
 
Kettle Crest Trail

Eastern Washington -- Okanogan Highlands/Kettle River Range

 
44.0 miles, one-way
Gain: 8000 ft.
Highest Point: 7140.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
5.00
(2 votes)
The Kettle Crest Trail is the granddaddy of long-distance, high-country routes in Eastern Washington. Over the course of its 44 miles, it presents a virtual highlight reel of dry-side beauty, from sage-scented meadows to subalpine parkland.
 
 
Ira Spring Trail - Mason Lake

Snoqualmie Region -- Snoqualmie Pass

 
6.5 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 2420 ft.
Highest Point: 4320.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.18
(131 votes)
Sun drenched ridgelines, blooming trillium, and sparkling alpine waters define this fitting tribute to one of Washington’s greatest trail advocates.
 
 
Lost Lake

Central Cascades -- Stevens Pass - West

 
6.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 512 ft.
Highest Point: 962.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.00
(3 votes)
 
Explore a managed forest and watershed area to end at a small lake stocked for fisherman. Enjoy peek-a-boo views of Mount Pilchuck and the Olympics on the way back down to the start of the trail.
 
 
Grove of the Patriarchs Loop

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

 
1.5 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 50 ft.
Highest Point: 2200.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.76
(25 votes)
Some of the biggest, oldest trees in the Washington Cascades stand tall in the Grove of the Patriarchs. These silent old men of moss tower overhead, with a few lying down to show us just how massive the trunks really are. The Grove resides in a low, boggy area across the Ohanapecosh River, so you'll need to cross a sweet little suspension bridge to get there, offering you a chance to enjoy a bit of adventure on this simple little trail. Youngsters typically love the bridge, and kids of all ages marvel at the massive trees.
 
 
White Chuck Bench

North Cascades -- Mountain Loop Highway

 
5.0 miles, roundtrip
Rating:
Average rating:
2.93
(15 votes)
Hike a beautiful, flat 2.5 mile walk in the woods along the White Chuck River. The trail has been cleared its entire length thanks to WTA trail crews.