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589 Hikes
West Elwha

Olympic Peninsula -- Pacific Coast

 
6.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 500 ft.
Highest Point: 650.0 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.
 
 
Franklin Ghost Town

Mount Rainier Area -- Chinook Pass - Hwy 410

 
2.5 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 200 ft.
Highest Point: 800.0 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.
 
 
Senator Rosa Franklin Park

Puget Sound and Islands -- Seattle-Tacoma Area

 
1.0 miles of trails
Gain: 50 ft.
Highest Point: 375.0 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.
 
 
China Lake

Puget Sound and Islands -- Seattle-Tacoma Area

 
1.0 miles of trails
Gain: 50 ft.
Highest Point: 300.0 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.
 
 
Red Town Meadow & Trails

Issaquah Alps -- Cougar Mountain

 
1.5 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 150 ft.
Highest Point: 800.0 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.
 
 
Carbon River to Ipsut Falls

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.
 
 
Innis Arden Reserve Park

Puget Sound and Islands -- Seattle-Tacoma Area

 
1.4 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 225 ft.
Highest Point: 215.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.00
(1 vote)
This hike is in a minimally-developed park in the City of Shoreline, north of Seattle. It offers steep hillsides and some fine mixed forest. Trails descend into the park from both a northern and a southern trailhead, with the northern trail being longer.
 
 
Lone Fir Loop

North Cascades -- North Cascades Highway - Hwy 20

 
2.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 100 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.80
(5 votes)
Road Closed 11/11/21: The North Cascades Highway is closed between the Ross Dam Trailhead at milepost 134 and the Silver Star Gate at milepost 171 for the winter.
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.
 
 
East Bank Ross Lake

North Cascades -- North Cascades Highway - Hwy 20

 
31.0 miles, one-way
Gain: 800 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.38
(8 votes)
Road Closed 11/11/21: The North Cascades Highway is closed between the Ross Dam Trailhead at milepost 134 and the Silver Star Gate at milepost 171 for the winter.
You'll enjoy moderate elevation gain and fabulous views on this lakeside trail that stretches more than 30 miles north -- nearly to Canada.
 
 
Tucannon River - Rattlesnake Loop

Eastern Washington -- Palouse and Blue Mountains

 
21.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 2700 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
0.00
(0 votes)
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)
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.
 
 
White Pass to Chinook Pass

South Cascades -- White Pass/Cowlitz River Valley

 
28.0 miles, one-way
Gain: 2200 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.00
(6 votes)
Road Closed 11.9.21: The highway to this trailhead is closed for the winter season. It will reopen in the spring when the snow can be cleared.
Get ready for 28 miles of very scenic hiking on the Pacific Crest Trail. This is a great intro to backpacking route: Four days, seven to eight miles per day of relatively flat backpacking. The trail is well marked, there are abundant camp sites and many stopping points along the way.
 
 
Eastside Trail

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

 
26.2 miles, one-way
Gain: 3532 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.00
(3 votes)
Road Closed 11.9.21: The Stevens Canyon Road is closed for the winter season. It will reopen in the spring depending on weather.
This long route connects the subalpine environs of Chinook Pass and Tipsoo Lake with the deep, lowland forests of the Ohanapecosh area. It is part of the East Side Loop trail, a long loop that hikers can enjoy in lieu of the Wonderland Trail.
 
 
Twin Falls

Snoqualmie Region -- North Bend Area

 
2.6 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 500 ft.
Highest Point: 1000.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.13
(208 votes)
Visit a trio (yes, trio) of waterfalls just off I-90 on this sure-to-please short trail, perfect for families.
 
 
 
5.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 350 ft.
Highest Point: 110.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.16
(44 votes)
On your next trip to Deception Pass State Park, don’t cross over the Deception Pass bridge. Instead, take the road down to Bowman Bay for some fine hiking along the rugged cliffs. Great views of the bridge over Deception and Canoe Pass, calm Lottie Bay, a woodland walk through hemlock, fir and Pacific Madrone, plus the legend of the Maiden of Deception Pass are what await you here.
 
 
Strawberry Bay and Reef Point

Puget Sound and Islands -- San Juan Islands

 
10.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 2180 ft.
Highest Point: 960.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
0.00
(0 votes)
Cypress Island Natural Resources Conservation Area (NRCA) is the largest relatively undeveloped island in the San Juan Islands and is home to over 5,200 acres of protected forests, wetlands, grasslands and tidelands.
 
 
Lake Padden Park

Puget Sound and Islands -- Bellingham Area

 
7.7 miles of trails
Gain: 400 ft.
Highest Point: 800.0 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.
 
 
Interurban Trail

Puget Sound and Islands -- Bellingham Area

 
11.8 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 300 ft.
Highest Point: 350.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
2.50
(2 votes)
This trail can be short or long, depending on how much you want to hike and which trailhead you start from. Along the way, you will pass several quaint waterfalls and some spectacular views of the San Juan Islands and Chuckanut Bay.
 
 
Whatcom Falls Park

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.
 
 
South Bay Trail

Puget Sound and Islands -- Bellingham Area

 
4.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 20 ft.
Highest Point: 20.0 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.
 
 
Sehome Arboretum

Puget Sound and Islands -- Bellingham Area

 
6.0 miles of trails
Gain: 325 ft.
Highest Point: 620.0 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.
 
 
Steamboat Mountain

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.
 
 
Baker River

North Cascades -- Mount Baker Area

 
5.2 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 300 ft.
Highest Point: 900.0 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.
 
 
Tolmie State Park - Four Cedars Trail

Olympic Peninsula -- Olympia

 
1.98 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 200 ft.
Highest Point: 225.0 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.
 
 
East Bank Baker Lake

North Cascades -- North Cascades Highway - Hwy 20

 
9.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 500 ft.
Highest Point: 1000.0 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.
 
 
Padilla Bay

Puget Sound and Islands -- Bellingham Area

 
4.4 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 30 ft.
Highest Point: 30.0 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.
 
 
Beacon Rock State Park - River To Rock Trail

Southwest Washington -- Columbia River Gorge - WA

 
1.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 200 ft.
Highest Point: 280.0 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.
 
 
Battle Ground Lake State Park - Lower Lake Trail

Southwest Washington -- Lewis River Region

 
1.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 120 ft.
Highest Point: 680.0 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.
 
 
Julia's Gulch Park

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.
 
 
Berthusen Park

Puget Sound and Islands -- Bellingham Area

 
2.4 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 20 ft.
Highest Point: 111.0 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.