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1281 Hikes

Puget Sound and Islands -- Seattle-Tacoma Area

 
1.7 miles, roundtrip
Rating:
Average rating:
3.60
(5 votes)
The Bellevue Botanical Garden (BBG) is a tranquil gem nestled in Wilburton Hill Park. The BBG’s winding pathways, elegant gardens and 150 foot suspension bridge provide hikers and families with a visual cornucopia and gentle refuge from the hustle and bustle of everyday life.
 
 

North Cascades -- North Cascades Highway - Hwy 20

 
3.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 250 ft.
Highest Point: 750 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.87
(15 votes)
The family friendly trails of 670-acre Rockport State Park explore an ancient forest where dappled sunlight illuminates mossy trees and lush ferns -- perfect for a springtime stroll.
 
 

Puget Sound and Islands -- Seattle-Tacoma Area

 
1.0 miles, roundtrip
Rating:
Average rating:
4.00
(3 votes)
If you've been to Cama Beach and Camano Island State Parks, and you're looking for another diversion on Camano Island, consider Iverson Spit Waterfront Preserve. This delightful area offers some short hiking trails and, of course, ever present views of the Cascade Mountains and shoreline wandering.
 
 

Puget Sound and Islands -- Seattle-Tacoma Area

 
4.3 miles, one-way
Gain: 800 ft.
Highest Point: 330 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.00
(3 votes)
This urban gem features four and a half miles of paved trail connecting Jefferson Park with the Kubota Gardens end with expansive views all along the way.
 
 

Puget Sound and Islands -- Whidbey Island

 
5.6 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 260 ft.
Highest Point: 260 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.25
(61 votes)
Perched on a bluff overlooking majestic Puget Sound is the unique acreage of Ebey’s Landing. In addition to the Bluff Trail, visitors can experience the seaport town of Coupeville, observe working farms, and get their fill of wildlife viewing, all in a tiny National Park on Whidbey Island.
 
 

Central Cascades -- Blewett Pass

 
0.9 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 200 ft.
Highest Point: 3400 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.00
(5 votes)
This short leg-stretcher winds through old growth fir and ponderosa forests with amazing geology
 
 

North Cascades -- Methow/Sawtooth

 
1.65 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
0.00
(0 votes)
Beaver Loop is a pleasant, level outing which is easy to follow and and has many distractions for younger hikers. There is ample opportunity for wildlife and best of all it is close to town.
 
 

Snoqualmie Region -- North Bend Area

 
6.0 miles, roundtrip
Rating:
Average rating:
4.17
(12 votes)
Olallie Lake is a wonderful first-time destination for hikers or backpackers just beginning to discover trails.
 
 

Puget Sound and Islands -- Bellingham Area

 
5.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 1400 ft.
Highest Point: 1600 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.88
(17 votes)
With two small lakes and numerous branching trails that sport views to Mount Baker and the Puget Sound, this moderate trail through shady forest can be hiked or backpacked year round. Trails circle both of these lakes, and on nice days you’ll find people out fishing or canoeing here.
 
 

North Cascades -- Methow/Sawtooth

 
1.2 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 780 ft.
Highest Point: 1980 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
0.00
(0 votes)
This trail is short and steep with great views. The rocky, arid climate of eastern Washington is on full display as this crumbly-at-times trail snakes up through cliff bands and rock gardens.
 
 

North Cascades -- Mountain Loop Highway

 
2.5 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 600 ft.
Highest Point: 3956 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.75
(4 votes)
North Mountain is home to a network of mountain bike trails which can be accessed at many points along the North Mountain road, but the lookout tower is a destination in itself.
 
 

North Cascades -- Mount Baker Area

 
5.5 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 1400 ft.
Highest Point: 5100 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.46
(46 votes)
Trailhead Inaccessible: As of 11.22.21 Glacier Creek Road is washed out at milepost 3.1 cutting off vehicle access to this trail.
If you'd like nose-to-nose access to Mount Baker, this first-rate woodsy walk delivers. Over a relatively short, well-maintained trail with mild elevation gain, you can be glacier-side in no time... if the creek crossings allow.
 
 

Central Cascades -- Stevens Pass - West

 
4.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 1000 ft.
Highest Point: 1600 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.00
(69 votes)
A beautiful waterfall flows out of Lake Serene and cascades below the rugged east wall of Mount Index at the end of a trail on the west side of Bridal Veil Creek. Take time to see and enjoy a stunning view of Bridal Veil Falls and climb flights of steps paralleling the falls.
 
 

Snoqualmie Region -- North Bend Area

 
4.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 1160 ft.
Highest Point: 2078 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.03
(353 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.
 
 

Snoqualmie Region -- Snoqualmie Pass

 
3.75 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 950 ft.
Highest Point: 3500 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.64
(28 votes)
Snoqualmie Pass grows ever more developed each year. Condos go up left and right, the ski area plans new ski lifts (or replacements for existing chairs), and hotels pop up east and west. But even with the development, these are still mountains and there is still stunning mountain scenery to enjoy, even on the fringes of the developed areas. Lodge Lake stands as proof.
 
 

Snoqualmie Region -- North Bend Area

 
11.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 650 ft.
Highest Point: 1750 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.00
(57 votes)
Lose yourself in second-growth forest as you traverse an old logging road that heads into quiet wilderness just an hour from the urban sprawl of Puget Sound. Enjoy the sounds of water rushing and birds singing. Explore mossy boulders and cross multiple burbling creeks, even do a small amount of cross-country travel on the way to the piece de resistance – a 1,200 foot waterfall that streams into tiny Lipsy Lake before draining to the Taylor River.
 
 

Olympic Peninsula -- Pacific Coast

 
6.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 500 ft.
Highest Point: 650 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.12
(8 votes)
Take a short but very scenic hike starting from the Altair campground in Olympic National Park. Traverse along the edge of the Elwha River, recently free-flowing thanks to the removal of the Glines Canyon Dam.
 
 

Central Washington -- Potholes Region

 
4.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 0 ft.
Highest Point: 1050 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.00
(6 votes)
The Potholes Wildlife Area is enclosed in the nearly 40,000-acre Potholes Reservoir Unit near Moses Lake. Part of the Columbia Basin Irrigation Project, anyone who has driven cross-state has zipped through this enormous irrigation project, but few stop to enjoy the wide variety of wildlife it supports.
 
 

Mount Rainier Area -- Chinook Pass - Hwy 410

 
2.5 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 200 ft.
Highest Point: 800 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.04
(24 votes)
Follow a gentle old railroad grade into the coal-mining ghost town of Franklin, along the Green River near Black Diamond. It’s an easy walk up to the coal cart and sealed mine shaft. Follow the narrow footpath beyond to discover the powerhouse foundation and cemetery.
 
 

North Cascades -- Mountain Loop Highway

 
2.2 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 220 ft.
Highest Point: 1938 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.95
(106 votes)
Trail closed: The bridge over the Stillaguamish River has been removed for repairs rendering the Big Four Ice Caves inaccessible
Never go into or climb on top of the Ice Caves
This is an easy walk on a wide gravel and boardwalk path to views of Big Four Mountain and the caves beneath the snow. Hikers of all ages and abilities can enjoy this trail.
 
 

Puget Sound and Islands -- Seattle-Tacoma Area

 
1.0 miles of trails
Gain: 50 ft.
Highest Point: 375 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
0.00
(0 votes)
Senator Rosa Franklin Park borders Franklin Elementary school in Central Tacoma. The park features a playground, a baseball field, picnic areas, a sprayground, restrooms and several paved paths.
 
 

Puget Sound and Islands -- Seattle-Tacoma Area

 
1.0 miles of trails
Gain: 50 ft.
Highest Point: 300 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
0.00
(0 votes)
China Lake is a natural area wedged between Highway 16 and a residential neighborhood right next to Tacoma Community College. This small lake park includes a few different access points with sparse parking that connect to a series of trails that go around the lake and connect to the surrounding streets.
 
 

North Cascades -- Mount Baker Area

 
2.4 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 220 ft.
Highest Point: 1200 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.61
(18 votes)
Trail Closed 11.18.21: Horseshoe Bend Trail is closed at 0.1 mile due to erosion and land slide hazards until further notice.
Here's a Mount Baker Highway gem that's low enough to be passable all year and at the same time easy enough for the whole family. It's also a terrific spot to witness the power of water.
 
 

Issaquah Alps -- Cougar Mountain

 
1.5 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 150 ft.
Highest Point: 800 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.29
(7 votes)
Hike easy, very green trails in the northwest corner of Cougar Mountain Regional Wildland Park. View artifacts from the coal mining era. As optional hike extensions, look in on Far Country Falls, or check out the ongoing downstream Coal Creek Trail.
 
 

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

 
1.5 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 50 ft.
Highest Point: 2200 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.78
(27 votes)
Trail Closed: As of 11.17.21 this trail is closed because of winter storm damage to the suspension bridge.
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.
 
 

Mount Rainier Area -- NW - Carbon River/Mowich

 
3.4 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 425 ft.
Highest Point: 2150 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
5.00
(1 vote)
Trail Closed: As of 11/16/21 this trail is closed due to a road washout making it unsafe to access this area. Please respect this closure.
An infrequently-visited trail off the Carbon River Road, the Old Mine Trail follows a short but steep roadbed to a mineshaft. It's a good outing for kids, if they're willing to make the short push up the steep section.
 
 

Mount Rainier Area -- NW - Carbon River/Mowich

 
9.6 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 1500 ft.
Highest Point: 3270 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.10
(31 votes)
Trail Closed: As of 11/16/21 this trail is closed due to a road washout making it unsafe to access this area. Please respect this closure.
The Green Lake Trail is a moderately strenuous but relatively short hike to a pocket lake set among a rare high-elevation rain forest. The trail's wide, ambitious grade rewards accordingly for your efforts, ascending through stands of humbling firs, passing a picturesque waterfall, and ending on the shore of a lovely mountain lake.
 
 

Mount Rainier Area -- NW - Carbon River/Mowich

 
0.6 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 20 ft.
Highest Point: 1780 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.40
(5 votes)
Trail Closed: As of 11/16/21 this trail is closed due to a road washout making it unsafe to access this area. Please respect this closure.
The Carbon River Rain Forest Nature Trail is a pleasant and easy stroll that offers two short segments which can be combined to create a 0.6 mile roundtrip walk. Both paths penetrate primeval rain forest where giant ferns, maples, and spruce tower above charming cedar puncheon bridges and babbling brooks. This hike is great in any season, and takes on particular wildness in winter. Interpretive signs and photo opportunities abound.
 
 

Mount Rainier Area -- NW - Carbon River/Mowich

 
8.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 500 ft.
Highest Point: 2200 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.14
(7 votes)
Trail Closed: As of 11/16/21 this trail is closed due to a road washout making it unsafe to access this area. Please respect this closure.
A long walk (or short mountain bike ride!) leads to a rolling falls that feeds into the rushing Carbon River.
 
 

Mount Rainier Area -- NW - Carbon River/Mowich

 
10.8 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 500 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.50
(8 votes)
Trail Closed: As of 11/16/21 this trail is closed due to a road washout making it unsafe to access this area. Please respect this closure.
Due to the permanent closure of the Carbon River Road, hikers can now park at the closure and venture to the end of the road to the viewpoint for Ipsut Falls. Along the way, you'll hike through magnificent old-growth forest, and many opportunities to see the power of the Carbon River.