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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

 
4.0 miles, roundtrip
Rating:
Average rating:
3.50
(2 votes)
The Hemlock Trail is one of the many trails on Chuckanut Mountain, just south of Fairhaven. This is a main trail, with many alternate routes branching off to provide visitors with a variety of hiking options.
 
 

North Cascades -- Mountain Loop Highway

 
4.6 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 1034 ft.
Highest Point: 2430 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.99
(142 votes)
After you've explored a few trails with your little one, the Heather Lake trail makes a wonderful next step. It's the perfect place to take children on their first ‘real’ hike. The trail is short, but steep and challenging--it'll give a child a real sense of accomplishment once they reach the lake. The lake itself is a scenic little lake located on the northeastern slope of Mount Pilchuck.
 
 

Puget Sound and Islands -- Seattle-Tacoma Area

 
Rating:
Average rating:
0.00
(0 votes)
This local park features two trails that take visitors out-and-back through the forest.
 
 

Eastern Washington -- Spokane Area/Coeur d'Alene

 
5.7 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 600 ft.
Highest Point: 2640 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
0.00
(0 votes)
Named for its proximity to Hauser Lake, this hike doesn't actually offer any lake access or views. Instead, it's a good place to stretch one's legs and perhaps see some wildlife.
 
 

South Cascades -- Mount St. Helens

 
2.4 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 650 ft.
Highest Point: 4060 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.22
(9 votes)
It is dangerous to enter Spirit Lake due to the log raft which moves unexpectedly. Please do not swim in the lake
An infrequently-used but surprisingly charming trail leading to the site of a former waterfall, and offering the only access to Spirit Lake.
 
 

Olympic Peninsula -- Kitsap Peninsula

 
2.6 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 100 ft.
Highest Point: 180 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.75
(4 votes)
Providing a cool forest walk even on warm summer day, Hansville Greenway is an extensive network of trails encompassing the community of Hansville on the Kitsap peninsula.
 
 

Olympic Peninsula -- Kitsap Peninsula

 
2.5 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 360 ft.
Highest Point: 360 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.18
(17 votes)
Enjoy breath taking views of the Olympics from a secluded cove with many different types of seabirds and wildlife. Try to keep your feet dry while exploring a series of trails amid the historic 184-acre Guillemot Cove Nature Reserve.
 
 

Mount Rainier Area -- Chinook Pass - Hwy 410

 
12.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 2700 ft.
Highest Point: 5700 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.33
(9 votes)
Take the trail less traveled by and visit some quiet lakes near Mount Rainier. Or, continue on to extensive views afforded by Noble Knob.
 
 

North Cascades -- Mountain Loop Highway

 
8.5 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 3300 ft.
Highest Point: 6500 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.31
(32 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.
 
 

Olympic Peninsula -- Hood Canal

 
5.5 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 1100 ft.
Highest Point: 2540 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.73
(11 votes)
This is a classic Olympics river hike without the crowds, and it's downhill all the way to your destination.
 
 

Puget Sound and Islands -- Whidbey Island

 
4.3 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 484 ft.
Highest Point: 484 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.00
(28 votes)
Deception Pass State Park is one of the most popular Washington state parks and it is easy to see why. There are beautiful beaches, mature woodlands, great views, lakes, and a beautifully built bridge high on rocks above two narrow waterways. This nice trail will take you through all of this.
 
 

Puget Sound and Islands -- Seattle-Tacoma Area

 
2.0 miles of trails
Rating:
Average rating:
3.67
(3 votes)
Woodinville has struck gold with this park. Tucked away in the wine country, Gold Creek offers a multitude of hiking experiences on well-maintained trails.
 
 

Central Washington -- Grand Coulee

 
6.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 650 ft.
Highest Point: 2250 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.21
(24 votes)
Jutting 800 feet out of Banks Lake in Washington’s majestic coulee country, Steamboat Rock is the crown jewel of this area. The basalt butte has a rich history; first used by native people many years ago, and during the ice age, the Great Missoula Floods carved the canyons here, while the rock stood as an island in the raging river. Now, Steamboat Rock lies high and dry, offering excellent 360-degree panoramas of the landscape surrounding it.
 
 

Snoqualmie Region -- North Bend Area

 
1.4 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 250 ft.
Highest Point: 450 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.61
(38 votes)
The 0.7-mile interpretive trail from the upper falls viewpoints to the lower falls viewpoint is family- and pet-friendly, good for beginners, teaches the basics of the flora and fauna near Snoqualmie Pass, informs about local Native American culture, and ends with impressive views of a Washington icon.
 
 

North Cascades -- Mountain Loop Highway

 
10.4 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 1400 ft.
Highest Point: 3161 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.21
(121 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.
 
 

South Cascades -- Mount St. Helens

 
11.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 400 ft.
Highest Point: 2400 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.33
(9 votes)
Hike along a lush green valley wall above Goat Creek in the Mount St. Helens National Volcanic Monument. Because this part of the monument is so infrequently visited, it's possible you won't see another soul on the trail, meaning you'll get to have the incredible Cathedral Falls all to yourself.
 
 

Puget Sound and Islands -- Bellingham Area

 
5.5 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 950 ft.
Highest Point: 1050 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.75
(51 votes)
The year-round, dog-friendly day hike to Fragrance Lake in the Chuckanut Recreation Area is popular with college students and faculty from Western Washington University in nearby Bellingham, and with day visitors and car campers at Larrabee State Park. On a sunny weekend afternoon you could easily lose count of the number of smiles and “hullos” you’ll exchange!
 
 

Puget Sound and Islands -- Bellingham Area

 
2.5 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 200 ft.
Highest Point: 200 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.57
(7 votes)
This is more of a stroll than a hike . It is of historical interest with interpretive signs along the way. Beach walking is also present. Fort Casey was one of three forts chosen in 1896 to form a triangle for protection of Puget Sound. Fort Worden and Fort Flagler were the other two. All have become State Parks. Their use for coastal protection proved to be impractical so their use became a place for instruction and training of troops during both of the world wars.
 
 

Central Cascades -- Entiat Mountains/Lake Chelan

 
15.25 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 2690 ft.
Highest Point: 5760 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.80
(5 votes)
A long, rambling gateway into the eastern side of Glacier Peak Wilderness, the Entiat River Trail culminates at its namesake glacier with Mount Maude, Seven Fingered Jack and Mount Fernow towering above. Ravaged by wildfires over the years, the majority of the trail is exposed, dry and dusty. Both flora and fauna are slowly returning and the revealed panorama of bordering peaks makes for an extraordinary wilderness corridor.
 
 

Olympic Peninsula -- Hood Canal

 
4.9 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 400 ft.
Highest Point: 1200 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
2.40
(5 votes)
This hiker-only trail makes for a quick way to sample the ecosystem on the east slope of the Olympic mountains. Plus, it's a decent starter backpacking trip for kids and makes for a nice day for birdwatchers.
 
 

Olympic Peninsula -- Hood Canal

 
6.8 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 600 ft.
Highest Point: 3100 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.36
(11 votes)
The Upper Dungeness River trail is an easy stroll along a roaring river and among towering trees. It’s great for all ages (as long as the trail is snow- and ice-free), and the shelter at Camp Handy is a welcome and dry lunch destination on rainy days.
 
 

Olympic Peninsula -- Hood Canal

 
6.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 800 ft.
Highest Point: 1600 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
2.67
(6 votes)
Climb through second-growth forest to a not-so-dry creek, while enjoying spring wildflowers and views of nearby Lake Cushman and surrounding peaks.
 
 

Olympic Peninsula -- Hood Canal

 
13.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 1200 ft.
Highest Point: 1550 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.06
(17 votes)
The Dosewallips River Road is the gateway to the eastern Olympic Mountains and it penetrates one of the deepest canyons in Olympic National Park. Now closed to vehicles, the old road bed allows hikers to explore true wilderness at a gentle grade. Backpackers, peak baggers, and horseback riders take advantage of the easy access to the trails beyond the road's end.
 
 

Eastern Washington -- Spokane Area/Coeur d'Alene

 
3.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 400 ft.
Highest Point: 2350 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.00
(1 vote)
This is a loop hike created in April 2013 to provide for a new hiking experience while preserving some areas of the natural area for wildlife.
 
 

Snoqualmie Region -- Snoqualmie Pass

 
6.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 1345 ft.
Highest Point: 3642 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.03
(60 votes)
A popular trail, thanks to its gentle, family friendly grade with amazing destinations. The natural water slide area at Denny Creek is a must visit for families! Keekwulee Falls offers a stunning viewpoint that is easily accessible. Snowshoe Falls maybe a bit elusive and more difficult to see from the trail, but is also a beautiful natural wonder.
 
 

Snoqualmie Region -- Salmon La Sac/Teanaway

 
4.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 100 ft.
Highest Point: 3500 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
2.50
(10 votes)
The relatively flat hike to this long, shallow lake makes an excellent destination for families with children or an easy overnight camping trip.
 
 

Central Cascades -- Stevens Pass - West

 
11.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 1200 ft.
Highest Point: 3150 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.80
(20 votes)
Everything that makes a river hike fun is here, cool bridges, waterfalls, big trees, lots of dripping moss, and mushrooms.
 
 

South Cascades -- White Pass/Cowlitz River Valley

 
3.4 miles, one-way
Gain: 950 ft.
Highest Point: 5067 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.00
(7 votes)
The south end of the William O. Douglas Wilderness is rolling country swathed in mature forest that is interrupted by dozens of named, and many more unnamed, lakes. A visit to scenic Cramer Lake, with its clear water, good fishing, and comfortable campsites will leave you wanting to explore deeper into the Tumac Plateau.
 
 

South Cascades -- White Pass/Cowlitz River Valley

 
3.4 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 1100 ft.
Highest Point: 2300 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.13
(15 votes)
Covel Creek trail is a very short, one mile trail with only 50 feet of elevation gain. Hikers can travel through dense forest to a small waterfall, but there is an option to continue on the Angel Falls Loop, which creates a figure-eight, making this longer hike about 4 miles roundtrip.
 
 

Southwest Washington -- Vancouver Area

 
6.0 miles of trails
Gain: 308 ft.
Highest Point: 240 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.50
(2 votes)
The Cougar Trails network contains six miles of moderately trafficked trails on the WSU Vancouver campus. Encompassing a river, a disc golf field, and quiet forested areas, this network is good for all skill levels.