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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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1148 Hikes
Fishtrap Lake - North

Eastern Washington -- Spokane Area/Coeur d'Alene

 
4.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 126 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
2.20
(5 votes)
The Fishtrap area is part of the Channeled Scablands of eastern Washington. The deep coulees and canyons were carved by the Great Missoula Floods following the last Ice Age tens of thousands of years ago.
 
 
Entiat River

Central Cascades -- Entiat Mountains/Lake Chelan

 
15.25 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 2690 ft.
Highest Point: 5760.0 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.
 
 
Elk Lakes

Olympic Peninsula -- Hood Canal

 
4.9 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 400 ft.
Highest Point: 1200.0 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.
 
 
Eagle Peak Saddle

Mount Rainier Area -- SW - Longmire/Paradise

 
7.2 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 2910 ft.
Highest Point: 5720.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.92
(12 votes)
This hike contains all of what a classic Rainier outing should – a quiet canopy of old-growth forest, high alpine meadows bursting with wildflowers in the summer, and in-your-face-views of glaciated Mount Tahoma (not to mention Mounts Adams, St. Helens, and even Hood on a crystal clear day).
 
 
Duckabush River

Olympic Peninsula -- Hood Canal

 
10.6 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 2300 ft.
Highest Point: 1750.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.65
(34 votes)
Explore one of the quieter Olympic Peninsula river valleys. Quiet, that is, if you don't count the Duckabush River's constant belching, crashing, and churning as it tumbles over giant boulders and squeezes through narrow rocky clefts.
 
 
Dosewallips River Road

Olympic Peninsula -- Hood Canal

 
13.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 1200 ft.
Highest Point: 1550.0 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.
 
 
Dishman Hills Natural Area - Nimbus Knob Loop

Eastern Washington -- Spokane Area/Coeur d'Alene

 
3.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 400 ft.
Highest Point: 2350.0 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.
 
 
Crow Lake Way

Mount Rainier Area -- Chinook Pass - Hwy 410

 
12.4 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 3340 ft.
Highest Point: 5850.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
2.60
(5 votes)
Are you looking for an early summer, dry-side, flowered workout? The eastern third of this trail is for you, with its many flowers and increasing views over the American River valley. Just be ready for the stark nature of the fire ravaged forest.
 
 
Cramer Lake

South Cascades -- White Pass/Cowlitz River Valley

 
3.4 miles, one-way
Gain: 950 ft.
Highest Point: 5067.0 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.
 
 
Cow Creek Meadows

Central Cascades -- Entiat Mountains/Lake Chelan

 
11.25 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 3500 ft.
Highest Point: 5000.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.14
(7 votes)
Hike through an old burn zone to reach an idyllic meadow high in the Entiat Mountains.
 
 
Colonel Bob Trail - Colonel Bob Peak

Olympic Peninsula -- Pacific Coast

 
14.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 4292 ft.
Highest Point: 4492.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.00
(1 vote)
Start at 200 feet above sea level and climb to a lofty, scenic peak of 4492 feet on a long, switchbacking trail through stunning old growth forest. WTA has done a lot of work on this trail to improve it after a huge storm in 2007.
 
 
Clackamas Mountain

Eastern Washington -- Okanogan Highlands/Kettle River Range

 
10.0 miles, roundtrip
Rating:
Average rating:
4.33
(3 votes)
Part of the Pacific Northwest National Scenic Trail, Clackamas Mountain Trail travels up to the summit of Clackamas Mountain with great views to the west. It then traverses down the north side to Cougar Creek and connects to the Cougar Creek #100 road.
 
 
Larrabee State Park - Chuckanut Falls

Puget Sound and Islands -- Bellingham Area

 
2.6 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 640 ft.
Highest Point: 540.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.50
(4 votes)
Take a short hike to a pleasant waterfall tucked away on the northeast corner of Larrabee State Park.
 
 
Chelan Lakeshore Trail

Central Cascades -- Entiat Mountains/Lake Chelan

 
17.0 miles, one-way
Gain: 4030 ft.
Highest Point: 1700.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.94
(16 votes)
Looking for an early-season backpack featuring craggy, snow-capped peaks, a sapphire-blue lake, a myriad of wildflowers, and a trail that’s regularly maintained by WTA volunteers? The 17-mile thru-hike on the Chelan Lakeshore Trail might be just the thing for you.
 
 
Chain Lakes Loop

North Cascades -- Mount Baker Area

 
6.5 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 1820 ft.
Highest Point: 5400.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.47
(47 votes)
Vehicle Access Limited: As of 10/07/21 Highway 542 is closed to cars for the winter season at the Bagley Lakes Trailhead milepost 54.7.
This gorgeous loop hike has it all: big views of Mounts Baker and Shuksan, as well as the North Cascades, alpine lakes for swimming, and well-maintained trail winding through meadows and heather. And with wildflowers in spring, blueberry bushes for trail-side snacking in late summer and blazing color in the fall, you can't pick a bad season to visit.
 
 
Cape Horn

Southwest Washington -- Columbia River Gorge - WA

 
7.2 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 1300 ft.
Highest Point: 1350.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.89
(18 votes)
This rugged hike is bound to become a classic, if it isn’t already. The full trail loop provides fantastic views of the Columbia River Gorge, an intimate look at the Cape Horn Falls and a challenging workout as it climbs and descends the rocky slopes of Cape Horn.
 
 
Camp Long

Puget Sound and Islands -- Seattle-Tacoma Area

 
1.6 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 240 ft.
Highest Point: 350.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.57
(7 votes)
Camp Long is a hidden gem, a 68-acre enclave in West Seattle featuring old growth forest, wildlife, a variety of hiking trails, rock climbing, ropes courses, camping, and environmental education.
 
 
Black Diamond Open Space

Puget Sound and Islands -- Seattle-Tacoma Area

 
17.0 miles of trails
Highest Point: 700.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
2.00
(3 votes)
The Black Diamond Open space consists of 1,240 forested acres including wetlands, peat bogs, streams and portions of the protected migratory corridor known as the Wildlife Habitat Network. Explore the 17 miles of non-motorized trails only two miles north of Black Diamond and six miles to the south of Maple Valley.
 
 
Dishman Hills Conservation Area - Rocks of Sharon

Eastern Washington -- Spokane Area/Coeur d'Alene

 
3.3 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 800 ft.
Highest Point: 3400.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.67
(3 votes)
This short hike offers something to please the geology buff and the shutterbug alike.
 
 
Marmot Pass

Olympic Peninsula -- Hood Canal

 
11.5 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 3489 ft.
Highest Point: 6000.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.47
(72 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.
 
 
Big Finn Hill Park

Puget Sound and Islands -- Seattle-Tacoma Area

 
9.5 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 100 ft.
Highest Point: 450.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
2.75
(4 votes)
Big Finn Hill Park is the lesser-known cousin to the adjoining Saint Edwards State Park in Kirkland. Its expansive 220 acres are worth exploring and getting to know for their miles of meandering trails fit for mountain biking and casual strolling. Chock-full of tall Douglas-firs, ferns and bright green mosses, it offers possibilities to spot eagles, deer and owls.
 
 
Barlow Point

North Cascades -- Mountain Loop Highway

 
2.4 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 800 ft.
Highest Point: 3200.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.54
(13 votes)
From Barlow Point’s rocky promontory, hikers can take in views of Mount Dickerman, Big Four, and Stillaguamish Peak.
 
 
Antoine Peak Conservation Area

Eastern Washington -- Spokane Area/Coeur d'Alene

 
9.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 732 ft.
Highest Point: 3366.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
5.00
(1 vote)
Acquired in three phases through Spokane County’s Conservation Futures Program, with additional funding secured through the Washington State Recreation and Conservation Office, the Antoine Peak Conservation Area offers fantastic views overlooking Liberty Lake, the Spokane Valley, and north to Mount Spokane and the Selkirk Range. The trail system of old roadbeds on this 1,066-acre parcel boasts over nine miles of total trail length.
 
 
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.
 
 
Bullitt Fireplace Trail

Issaquah Alps -- Squak Mountain

 
4.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 1100 ft.
Highest Point: 1830.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.07
(14 votes)
Hike a two-mile forest trail on the north side of Squak Mountain to reach the site of a former cabin owned by the Bullitt family. Only the massive fireplace and the foundation remain today. Optionally, extend your hike to Central Peak, the highest point on Squak Mountain (no view,) and make it an interesting loop by returning via the Old Griz and East Side Trails.
 
 
Bare Mountain

Snoqualmie Region -- North Bend Area

 
8.6 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 3300 ft.
Highest Point: 5353.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.77
(22 votes)
Bare Mountain, the site of a former fire lookout, is a superb viewpoint with mountains in every direction and lakes close by. In season, appreciate the great variety of wildflowers, beginning at the trailhead and continuing all the way to the summit. And be alert for birds and wild critters. They are out there.
 
 
Snoqualmie Lake

Snoqualmie Region -- North Bend Area

 
18.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 1900 ft.
Highest Point: 3147.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.47
(17 votes)
Trail Closed: The Snoqualmie Lake trailhead and trail will be closed beginning October 18 for trailhead expansion and toilet installation. The 5640 road that leads to the trailhead will also be closed for road improvements to facilitate construction. It is anticipated that the construction will occur for about a month. This timeline will be updated as the Forest Service progress’s through the project.
Visit this large, quiet lake in the heart of the Alpine Lakes Wilderness. Snoqualmie is accessible both via Highway 2 and the Middle Fork Snoqualmie Road. From the trailhead on Highway 2, it's 7.3 miles to Snoqualmie Lake, and from the Middle Fork Road, it's 9.2 miles. You can even make this a thru-hike if you can arrange a pick-up at the other end.
 
 
Pressentin Park

North Cascades -- North Cascades Highway - Hwy 20

 
2.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 10 ft.
Highest Point: 327.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
0.00
(0 votes)
Park Closed: Due to a renovation project Pressentin Park will be closed until March 31 2022.
This county park consists of 40 acres of old homestead land in Marblemount. The park is for day use only and includes a picnic shelter, fishing and hiking trails.
 
 
Oyster Dome

Puget Sound and Islands -- Bellingham Area

 
5.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 1050 ft.
Highest Point: 2025.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.10
(155 votes)
Oyster Dome is a rocky promontory on the western slope of Blanchard Mountain, the grandest member of the Chuckanut Mountain range, an extension of the Cascades that rises directly from the ocean. The sheer cliffs of Oyster Dome offer year-round access to commanding views of the San Juans, Skagit River flats, Olympic Mountains, and Samish Bay.
 
 
Summit Lake

Mount Rainier Area -- NW - Carbon River/Mowich

 
6.1 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 1300 ft.
Highest Point: 5800.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.44
(66 votes)
This popular summer trail offers wildflower-filled meadows, a glistening alpine lake, big mountain views and wildlife sighting aplenty.