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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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1281 Hikes

Puget Sound and Islands -- Bellingham Area

 
7.7 miles of trails
Gain: 400 ft.
Highest Point: 800 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.00
(5 votes)
Enjoy a stroll on the main loop trail that goes around Lake Padden or lengthen your trip by exploring some of the short trails at the east end of the park. To find a little solitude take a turn off the beaten path to rise above the south side of the lake on a less-trodden upper trail.
 
 

Puget Sound and Islands -- Bellingham Area

 
4.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 50 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.20
(10 votes)
There are three and a half miles of trails in Whatcom Falls Park. Many routes wind through the forests, some overlooking the creek gorge and still pools. Some wind through open meadows, while others stay in deep forest.
 
 

Puget Sound and Islands -- Bellingham Area

 
4.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 20 ft.
Highest Point: 20 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.12
(8 votes)
Hike along the abandoned Bellingham & Skagit Interurban Railway grade between Fairhaven and Bellingham, which has been reclaimed as pedestrian trail. The gentle grade makes it a good option for new hikers, and excellent views of Bellingham Bay make for great trailside distractions.
 
 

North Cascades -- Mount Baker Area

 
8.5 miles of trails
Highest Point: 100 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.00
(3 votes)
After a long day at the office, the Bay to Baker Trail offers a convenient dose of nature right in the heart of Bellingham.
 
 

Puget Sound and Islands -- Bellingham Area

 
6.0 miles of trails
Gain: 325 ft.
Highest Point: 620 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
2.83
(6 votes)
A lush, green refuge with 6 miles of trails is the backyard playground for Western Washington University and Fairhaven College in Bellingham.
 
 

South Cascades

 
10.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 600 ft.
Highest Point: 3200 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.88
(34 votes)
When most of Washington’s alpine lakes are still snow-covered, Packwood Lake rewards hikers with a relaxing early-season hike ideal for dusting off your boots.
 
 

Puget Sound and Islands -- Bellingham Area

 
4.4 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 1150 ft.
Highest Point: 1272 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.18
(11 votes)
Climb Alger Alp for a straightforward day hike or after-work ascent, with a steady climb along an access road through second-growth forest. Soak in the wildflowers and fauna along the way, and views of Skagit Valley, Blanchard Mountain and Samish Bay await you at the summit.
 
 

South Cascades -- Mount Adams Area

 
1.4 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 625 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.00
(6 votes)
Enjoy great views of Mount Adams from the site of a former fire lookout tower.
 
 

North Cascades -- Mount Baker Area

 
5.2 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 300 ft.
Highest Point: 900 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.86
(14 votes)
Trailhead Inaccessible: As of 10/29/21 Baker Lake Road is washed out at milepost 26, just north of Shannon Creek Campground.
Take a mellow walk on a trail that wanders among large old trees and huge mossy boulders. The trail alongside Baker River takes you on a path of gentle up and downs, splashing your way through stream crossings and past open areas filled with young alder, huckleberry and salmonberry. On a quiet spring day, your chances of seeing wildlife are excellent.
 
 

Olympic Peninsula -- Olympia

 
1.98 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 200 ft.
Highest Point: 225 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.00
(6 votes)
Take a short jaunt in Tolmie State Park. Great for families or just a quick stretch of the legs.
 
 

Issaquah Alps -- Tiger Mountain

 
3.8 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 1760 ft.
Highest Point: 1850 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.06
(78 votes)
Hike a short but steep trail with many stone steps. Pause at a viewpoint offering a fine view of Mount Rainier, then continue on to Poo Poo Point itself, only 1.9 miles from the trailhead. Enjoy views to the northwest, and perhaps watch paragliders sailing off into the sky.
 
 

North Cascades -- North Cascades Highway - Hwy 20

 
9.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 500 ft.
Highest Point: 1000 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.70
(20 votes)
Trailhead Inaccessible: As of 10/29/21 Baker Lake Road is washed out at milepost 26, just north of Shannon Creek Campground.
This hike along Baker Lake is a busy, popular trail in summer. It is a nice off season walk though, and is perfect on a crisp, clear winter day. With the leaves off the trees, views that aren't possible in summer emerge; the surrounding peaks and the mossy green silhouettes of the leafless maple trees cover the hillside. A bonus any time of year are the many creeks, quaint bridges, large old-growth trees and of course, Mount Baker as the main attraction.
 
 

Puget Sound and Islands -- Bellingham Area

 
4.4 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 30 ft.
Highest Point: 30 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.23
(13 votes)
This estuary at the saltwater edge of the Skagit River delta is eight miles long and three miles across, and you can walk a portion of it. This hike can be enjoyed by almost anyone in any season. The easy flat walking make this an ideal hike for those just starting to hike, or someone recovering from injury or illness. Birders will definitely want to bring the binoculars! Before you start, be sure to check out the large tree on the road to the trailhead, there is a pair of bald eagles that sometimes hang out here.
 
 

Southwest Washington -- Lewis River Region

 
7.6 miles, roundtrip
Rating:
Average rating:
0.00
(0 votes)
This 2.5 mile long horseshoe trail is part of a nice 8 mile lollipop loop in the Yacolt Burn State Forest. Expect a shaded section of trail and to share the way with mountain bikers.
 
 

Southwest Washington -- Columbia River Gorge - WA

 
1.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 200 ft.
Highest Point: 280 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
0.00
(0 votes)
From the Moorage at Beacon Rock State Park this short connector trail climbs through tall Douglas-fir trees, through the site of an old homestead and Filbert Orchard, then past Ridell Lake on its way to the namesake Rock. Its a great hike for people who arrive at the park by boat or for anyone wanting to make a longer hike of the 1.0 mile Beacon Rock Trail.
 
 

Southwest Washington -- Lewis River Region

 
1.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 120 ft.
Highest Point: 680 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.50
(2 votes)
Battle Ground Lake State Park is a local favorite, particularly good for families with its short loop around the lake and the playground.
 
 

Puget Sound and Islands -- Seattle-Tacoma Area

 
0.9 miles of trails
Gain: 150 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
0.00
(0 votes)
Named for a Puyallup-Klickitat tribal member who lived nearby, this park is a strip of green forest that sits between a residential neighborhood and an industrial area below.
 
 

Puget Sound and Islands -- Bellingham Area

 
2.4 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 20 ft.
Highest Point: 111 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
0.00
(0 votes)
Berthusen Park offers up plenty of great opportunities to get outdoors and explore. This beautiful park, the site of a homestead from the late 1800s, has antique farm machinery, a historical cabin, a big red barn and a great playground with a wonderful swing set for kids.
 
 

Central Cascades -- Stevens Pass - West

 
7.6 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 2240 ft.
Highest Point: 5026 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.52
(71 votes)
Hike a re-built trail adjacent to the Wild Sky Wilderness. The Beckler Peak trail opened in September of 2011, and with it, the Jennifer Dunn trailhead. The trail takes you through an old-growth forest to summit views of Glacier Peak, Baring, Index, the Monte Cristo Range, and Evergreen Mountain. It's easy to get to and provides great rewards for your effort. The trail has a gentle grade, it is well built, and suitable for kids. Be sure to take water with you, because there is no reliable water along the trail.
 
 

Central Cascades -- Stevens Pass - West

 
4.4 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 500 ft.
Highest Point: 2423 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.95
(82 votes)
Barclay Lake offers something for almost everyone: a well-maintained trail that is accessible to beginners and children, stunning mountain views, mycology, camping, a serene alpine lake, and a staging area for challenging adventures in the 106,000-acre Wild Sky Wilderness. Keep your camera charged, as this popular pathway in the shadow of Baring Mountain offers many photo opportunities.
 
 

Central Cascades -- Stevens Pass - West

 
2.6 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 850 ft.
Highest Point: 1700 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.69
(75 votes)
Heybrook Lookout is a short and moderately steep hike through a fern and moss covered forest to a fun, staircase-ridden lookout with great views of the nearby mountains. If you are introducing someone to hiking, limited on time, or trying to add on another hike or activity in the area, this is the hike for you.
 
 

Snoqualmie Region -- North Bend Area

 
0.25 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
0.00
(0 votes)
The Taylor River Connector is a short connector trail that leads from the Middle Fork River parking area to the vehicle bridge over the Taylor River. Cross this bridge and walk a few feet down the road to access the Garfield Ledges trailhead.
 
 

Issaquah Alps -- Taylor Mountain

 
4.5 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 200 ft.
Highest Point: 950 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
0.00
(0 votes)
On the south side of Taylor Mountain, this trail gains a couple hundred feet as it curves through the forest above Carey Creek.
 
 

Issaquah Alps -- Taylor Mountain

 
1.84 miles, one-way
Gain: 150 ft.
Highest Point: 800 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
0.00
(0 votes)
Wander along this forested slope above Carey Creek in the southern portion of the Taylor Mountain Forest.
 
 

Issaquah Alps -- Taylor Mountain

 
1.57 miles, one-way
Gain: 425 ft.
Highest Point: 900 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
2.00
(1 vote)
Cross over two small creeks as you make your way up and over Holder Ridge.
 
 

Issaquah Alps -- Taylor Mountain

 
3.28 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 500 ft.
Highest Point: 1050 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.83
(6 votes)
A good short day hike with the best views on Taylor Mountain.
 
 

Issaquah Alps -- Taylor Mountain

 
1.47 miles, one-way
Rating:
Average rating:
0.00
(0 votes)
This popular path for horseback riders follows a gentle grade along Carey Creek to connect with the Taylor Mountain trail network.
 
 

Issaquah Alps -- Taylor Mountain

 
4.66 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 600 ft.
Highest Point: 1050 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
0.00
(0 votes)
The Whiskey Still trail is part of the Taylor Mountain trail system and can be used to make a variety of loops.
 
 

Issaquah Alps

 
30.0 miles of trails
Gain: 550 ft.
Highest Point: 1100 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
2.54
(13 votes)
The extensive trail system at Taylor Mountain Forest is used by equestrians, hikers, and mountain bikers. This working forest is intended to demonstrate environmentally sound forest management, protect and restore ecological systems and provide passive recreational opportunities. Taylor Mountain is dominated by mature red alder trees. Trail users will see recent efforts to convert some of the forests from red alder to conifers.
 
 

Issaquah Alps -- Taylor Mountain

 
3.44 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 450 ft.
Highest Point: 800 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
0.00
(0 votes)
This quick out-and-back will satisfy your outdoor craving without the exertion of a full day hike.