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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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574 Hikes
Cama Beach Historical State Park

Puget Sound and Islands -- Bellingham Area

 
3.5 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 250 ft.
Highest Point: 275.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.00
(6 votes)
Enjoy the easy, forested trail to Cranberry Lake - an extensive wetland created by energetic beavers - plus trails along the high bluffs with views out to Saratoga Passage and Whidbey Island. Optionally, explore a trail to the eastern edge of the park. To finish up, visit the Historic District and vintage beach cabins.
 
 
Beacon Rock State Park - Beacon Rock

Southwest Washington -- Columbia River Gorge - WA

 
2.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 600 ft.
Highest Point: 848.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.20
(15 votes)
Beacon Rock's native name is "Che-Che-op-tin," which translates to "the navel of the world." Native Americans weren't far off in their comparison, since the 848-foot basalt column once formed the core, or belly, of an ancient volcano.
 
 
Cherry Creek Falls

Central Cascades -- Stevens Pass - West

 
5.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 450 ft.
Highest Point: 705.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.69
(42 votes)
Hike along old logging roads to a 25-foot tall waterfall on Cherry Creek just outside of Duvall. Note that access to this area is part of an agreement with nearby homeowners, and part of the trail is on private land, so please remain on the main path, observe leash laws and keep noise to a minimum as a courtesy to homeowners along trail. There are no toilets at the trailhead. Please plan ahead.
 
 
Lacamas Park - Lacamas Creek

Southwest Washington -- Vancouver Area

 
4.5 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 350 ft.
Highest Point: 400.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.33
(6 votes)
Lacamas Lake Park is a diverse natural area with a surprisingly 'wild' feel for a park this close to town. Picnic by the lake, check out the Camas meadow in bloom, or explore the forest and creeks along the many trails. This hike describes a "lollipop" loop starting at the south end of the park, visiting the Lower Falls, then circling around through the park past Round Lake and returning along Lacamas Creek.
 
 
Anacortes Community Forest Lands - Little Cranberry Lake

Puget Sound and Islands -- Whidbey Island

 
1.5 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 125 ft.
Highest Point: 250.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.33
(9 votes)
Set off for a hike in the Anacortes Community Forest Lands (ACFL), a 2,800-acre preserve within the city limits of Anacortes.
 
 
Sharpe Park - Montgomery - Duban Headlands

Puget Sound and Islands -- Bellingham Area

 
1.9 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 425 ft.
Highest Point: 370.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.67
(6 votes)
Follow well-signed but sometimes rough trails to a great viewpoint near the water's edge at Porpoise Point. Enjoy views of distant islands, and on a clear day of the distant Olympic Mountains. Sightings of seals, eagles, waterfowl, and sometimes otters are likely.
 
 
Washington Park

Puget Sound and Islands -- San Juan Islands

 
2.2 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 280 ft.
Highest Point: 250.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.33
(6 votes)
Washington Park sits at the northwestern tip of Anacortes. When viewed from the sea the area is referred to as Fidalgo Head. The terrain varies from rain forest on the north to open, stony hillsides with few trees on the south.
 
 
Kukutali Preserve

Puget Sound and Islands -- Bellingham Area

 
2.2 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 200 ft.
Highest Point: 230.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.18
(11 votes)
Thanks to a partnership between Washington State Parks and the Swinomish Indian Tribal Community, Kukutali Preserve in Similk Bay near La Conner opened to the public on June 16, 2014. Believed to be the first park in the United States to be co-owned and managed by a tribe and another government, management of the area focuses on conservation and research, public education and limited recreational use, including hiking!
 
 
Tucannon River - Rattlesnake Loop

Eastern Washington -- Palouse and Blue Mountains

 
21.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 2700 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
0.00
(0 votes)
Area Closure: Effective July 16 2021 this trail along with the entire Umatilla National Forest is closed due to the risks associated with wildfires. This temporary closure will be lifted once it is safe to do so. Please respect this closure.
This backpack loop starts low where water and trees abound, then climbs high to take in the views on the Mount Misery trail's open ridges. An easy one- or two- night backpack trip, give some thought to campsite locations to take advantage of the few springs that are available in the high country.
 
 
Third Creek

Eastern Washington -- Palouse and Blue Mountains

 
34.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 2000 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
0.00
(0 votes)
Area Closure: Effective July 16 2021 this trail along with the entire Umatilla National Forest is closed due to the risks associated with wildfires. This temporary closure will be lifted once it is safe to do so. Please respect this closure.
The Third Creek trail immediately plunges into dense forest. This hike drops 2000 feet along its length before intersecting the Diamond Peak Trail and parallelling Crooked Creek before reaching the Wenaha River Trail.
 
 
Shell Rock

Central Washington -- Yakima

 
6.0 miles, one-way
Gain: 1100 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
2.50
(4 votes)
Area Closure: Effective July 23 2021 this area and all lands in Eastern Washington managed by the Washington State Department of Natural Resources are temporarily closed to the public to prevent the risks associated with wildfires. This area will reopen once it is safe to do so. Please respect this closure.
 
 
Manastash Ridge - Observatory Road

Central Washington -- Yakima

 
4.5 miles, one-way
Gain: 900 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
2.67
(3 votes)
Area Closure: Effective July 23 2021 this area and all lands in Eastern Washington managed by the Washington State Department of Natural Resources are temporarily closed to the public to prevent the risks associated with wildfires. This area will reopen once it is safe to do so. Please respect this closure.
 
 
East Rim Waterworks Canyon

Central Washington -- Yakima

 
3.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 450 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
5.00
(1 vote)
Area Closure: Effective July 23 2021 this area and all lands in Eastern Washington managed by the Washington State Department of Natural Resources are temporarily closed to the public to prevent the risks associated with wildfires. This area will reopen once it is safe to do so. Please respect this closure.
A short, hike alongside a creek on the east side of Washington, just outside of Yakima. Lush brush, including balsamroot, yarrow, and lupine can be found along the way, as you enjoy the dramatic canyon walls.
 
 
Washtucna Coulee - Kahlotus Railroad Grade

Central Washington -- Tri-Cities

 
8.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 30 ft.
Highest Point: 900.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.75
(4 votes)
Area Closure: Effective July 23 2021 this area and all lands in Eastern Washington managed by the Washington State Department of Natural Resources are temporarily closed to the public to prevent the risks associated with wildfires. This area will reopen once it is safe to do so. Please respect this closure.
The Washtucna Coulee - Kahlotus Railroad Grade will take you past the dried basin of the ancient Lake Kahlotus and through to the eerie former railroad tunnel in Devils Canyon.
 
 
Lord Hill Regional Park

Puget Sound and Islands -- Seattle-Tacoma Area

 
10.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 200 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.35
(17 votes)
This is a wonderful wild park right in the backyard of those who live in the Everett area. Covering 1,463 acres of forest, ponds and meadows, the river valley is a confluence of the Issaquah, Tulalip, Stillaguamish, and Snoqualmie Tribal treaty areas. Hikers can roam all day on the network of trails leading through the forest, down to the Snohomish River and up to views of the Cascades and Snohomish valley. Explore, and keep an eye out for the wildlife that live in these woods.
 
 
Cascade Trail

Puget Sound and Islands -- Bellingham Area

 
22.5 miles, one-way
Gain: 60 ft.
Highest Point: 230.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
2.67
(3 votes)
This 22.5-mile rail trail follows the abandoned Burlington Northern grade connecting the towns of Sedro Woolley and Concrete, and can be accessed from three trailheads off of the North Cascades Highway.
 
 
Enchanted Valley via East Fork Quinault River

Olympic Peninsula -- Pacific Coast

 
26.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 3700 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.39
(28 votes)
The famed Enchanted Valley chalet has been a destination for weary travelers since the early '30s, when it provided a mountain retreat for hikers and horseback riders. During World War II, the chalet served as an Aircraft Warning Station, and is currently listed on the National Register of Historic Places. It's occasionally used as an emergency shelter and ranger station, but the precarious position over the Quinault River has caused it to be closed to hikers until it is moved.
 
 
Lost Lake

Central Cascades -- Stevens Pass - West

 
6.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 512 ft.
Highest Point: 962.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.50
(2 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.
 
 
Thomas Mountain

Snoqualmie Region -- Cle Elum Area

 
8.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 3400 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.50
(2 votes)
Climb to a summit between Cle Elum Lake and Lake Kachess. Route finding and climbing experience recommended.
 
 
Lake Tye

Puget Sound and Islands -- Seattle-Tacoma Area

 
2.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 9 ft.
Highest Point: 45.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.67
(3 votes)
Enjoy an easy walk (or a jog) around a small lake in a very green, open setting. If you have occasion to be in the Monroe area anyway, come by for a pre-lunch stroll. Or, Lake Tye can be a pleasant add-on if you stop in Monroe for a meal after a longer hike in the Stevens Pass area. Either way, relax and take in the vista of open fields and forested hills.
 
 
Brightwater Center

Puget Sound and Islands -- Seattle-Tacoma Area

 
3.0 miles of trails
Gain: 120 ft.
Highest Point: 290.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.60
(5 votes)
Don’t let the thought of the Brightwater Treatment Plant prevent you from hiking through the Brightwater Center’s 70-acre suburban wetland and woodland preserve that serves as a refuge for local wildlife and plant species. The trails at Brightwater are ideal for families, birdwatchers, pets, and children.
 
 
Chief Joseph Wildlife Area - Green Gulch

Eastern Washington -- Palouse and Blue Mountains

 
10.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 2500 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.43
(7 votes)
Trail Closed: This trail is closed due to wildfire
Hike down into a canyon starting at 1000 feet of elevation and descending. The trail is an old road that goes for several miles.
 
 
North Fork Quinault River and Halfway House

Olympic Peninsula -- Pacific Coast

 
10.2 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 300 ft.
Highest Point: 800.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.20
(10 votes)
The hike to Halfway House follows the first five miles of the North Fork Quinault River along the same route taken by the Press Expedition of 1890. The trail passes through superb lowland rainforest before entering the canyon of the Quinault. Halfway House makes a good picnic spot for day hikers and is also a great camp site for backpackers on a longer journey.
 
 
Northern State Ghost Town

North Cascades -- North Cascades Highway - Hwy 20

 
5.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 50 ft.
Highest Point: 182.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.00
(12 votes)
Highway 20 Closure: Highway 20 is closed between Silver Star (Milepost 170) and Early Winter Campground (Mileposte 177) while crews fight an active wildfire in the area. This closure is dated 7.12.21
Once the largest hospital for mentally ill people in Washington State, Northern State Mental Hospital was a town unto itself. Parts of the site are still in use and off-limits, but the farm is now a recreation area. It is located just north of the Skagit River near the town of Sedro-Woolley. Stroll along the wide pastoral trails amongst the buildings and cemetery.
 
 
River Loop

North Cascades -- North Cascades Highway - Hwy 20

 
1.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 50 ft.
Highest Point: 480.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
0.00
(0 votes)
Highway 20 Closure: Highway 20 is closed between Silver Star (Milepost 170) and Early Winter Campground (Mileposte 177) while crews fight an active wildfire in the area. This closure is dated 7.12.21
This trail can be accessed from the Newhalem Creek Campground. The one mile loop trail will take you through green forest and along the Skagit River with sweeping views.
 
 
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)
Highway 20 Closure: Highway 20 is closed between Silver Star (Milepost 170) and Early Winter Campground (Mileposte 177) while crews fight an active wildfire in the area. This closure is dated 7.12.21
Park Closed 5.18.21: Pressentin Park will be closed until September 30 2021 due to construction.
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.
 
 
Skagit River Loop Trail

North Cascades -- North Cascades Highway - Hwy 20

 
1.8 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 118 ft.
Highest Point: 597.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.20
(5 votes)
Highway 20 Closure: Highway 20 is closed between Silver Star (Milepost 170) and Early Winter Campground (Mileposte 177) while crews fight an active wildfire in the area. This closure is dated 7.12.21
This is a lovely little trail tucked behind the North Cascades Visitor Center outside of Newhalem. Learn about the area by exploring inside the Visitor Center, and then see some of the natural wonders for yourself by wandering down the River Loop Trail to the Skagit River.
 
 
Rockport State Park

North Cascades -- North Cascades Highway - Hwy 20

 
3.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 250 ft.
Highest Point: 750.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.86
(14 votes)
Highway 20 Closure: Highway 20 is closed between Silver Star (Milepost 170) and Early Winter Campground (Mileposte 177) while crews fight an active wildfire in the area. This closure is dated 7.12.21
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.
 
 
Rasar State Park

North Cascades -- North Cascades Highway - Hwy 20

 
3.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 20 ft.
Highest Point: 125.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.60
(5 votes)
Highway 20 Closure: Highway 20 is closed between Silver Star (Milepost 170) and Early Winter Campground (Mileposte 177) while crews fight an active wildfire in the area. This closure is dated 7.12.21
Explore a beautiful state park near the Skagit River with an extensive trail network and beautiful campsites.
 
 
Lone Fir Loop

North Cascades -- North Cascades Highway - Hwy 20

 
2.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 100 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.80
(5 votes)
Highway 20 Closure: Highway 20 is closed between Silver Star (Milepost 170) and Early Winter Campground (Mileposte 177) while crews fight an active wildfire in the area. This closure is dated 7.12.21
An easy, short loop hike out of the Lone Fir campground. The first bit is paved before giving way to a dirt trail that follows Early Winters Creek. After a creek crossing (log bridge) it loops back to the campground.