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3916 Hikes

North Cascades -- Mountain Loop Highway

 
11.3 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 1800 ft.
Highest Point: 3000 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
1.50
(2 votes)
The winter route to Boardman Lake involves several miles of road walking from the Mountain Loop Highway followed by a short stretch on the actual Boardman Lake Trail.
 
 

Central Cascades -- Stevens Pass - East

 
15.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 1100 ft.
Highest Point: 3000 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.00
(2 votes)
This snowshoe route follows several forest roads to a viewpoint of Lake Wenatchee.
 
 

Central Cascades -- Leavenworth Area

 
7.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 1165 ft.
Highest Point: 3265 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
2.67
(3 votes)
Parking Restriction on Road 7601: Parking allowed at trailheads and only on the right side of Road 7601 between Eightmile Lake and Stuart Lake trailheads. Parking anywhere else along Road 7601 is not allowed.
The Eightmile Creek Snowshoe is a snowy road walk during the winter. This busy summer road becomes a beautiful backdrop for a winter walk. Turn around at either the Eightmile Lake Trailhead or carry on a little farther to the Stuart Lake trailhead. Be aware of avalanche conditions along the road before heading here for a snowshoe outing.
 
 

Olympic Peninsula -- Northern Coast

 
17.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 3200 ft.
Highest Point: 5050 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.00
(5 votes)
The Sol Duc River Trail is one of Olympic National Park’s most beloved hikes. Thus it is always crowded and a backcountry camping quota is enforced. Roaring waterfalls, lush old growth, and subalpine meadows where elk bugle and bears browse for berries are just some of the many highlights.
 
 

Central Washington -- Potholes Region

 
4.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 200 ft.
Highest Point: 1000 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.08
(13 votes)
Vantage is primarily a destination for rock climbers, with the fascinating rock formations of the Gorge making for a great challenge to those wishing to hone their belaying skills. But nearby Frenchman Coulee allows hikers to enjoy the same surroundings with both feet planted firmly on the ground.
 
 

Central Cascades -- Entiat Mountains/Lake Chelan

 
Rating:
Average rating:
3.75
(4 votes)
Prince Creek is the starting point for hikers tackling the full Lakeshore Trail, a popular spring backpacking trip. This trail is free from winter snow earlier than many thanks to its low elevation, and because of that, it can get quite full in the early season. Consider starting your hike midweek if you prefer to hike in solitude.
 
 

North Cascades -- North Cascades Highway - Hwy 20

 
24.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 5000 ft.
Highest Point: 6500 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
5.00
(1 vote)
 
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.
High ridge traverse from Gold Hill Mine to North American Mine, connects East Creek to Canyon Creek.
 
 

Central Cascades -- Stevens Pass - East

 
88.5 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 25300 ft.
Highest Point: 7071 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
5.00
(1 vote)
What better way to experience the Glacier Peak Wilderness than by hiking round-the-mountain from old-growth glacier valleys to airy alpine ridgelines? This classic volcanic circumnavigation serves up the miles and elevation gain and is best given at least 5-10 days to complete without accounting for side explorations and bad weather.
 
 

North Cascades -- Mountain Loop Highway

 
5.4 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 800 ft.
Highest Point: 3000 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.67
(27 votes)
Hike a trail built mostly of boardwalk planking through peaty bogs beside three quiet little lakes. Established campsites with fire pits, benches and tent platforms await a weekend of camping with the kids. This trail also makes a pleasant weekday hike for those with creaky knees, as it is not difficult. As you hike, enjoy the many plants and animals that make the lowland bog environment home.
 
 

North Cascades -- Mountain Loop Highway

 
7.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 250 ft.
Highest Point: 1800 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.89
(9 votes)
Trailhead Inaccessible: The Mountain Loop Highway is closed to vehicles between Deer Creek and Bedal Creek. This annual winter closure will be lifted in the spring.
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
While this is a popular location to snowshoe in wintertime, there is high risk in winter from avalanches off the mountain that feeds these caves. Keep to the main trail, and do not venture onto the snowfields at the end of the route.
 
 

North Cascades -- Mountain Loop Highway

 
2.2 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 220 ft.
Highest Point: 1938 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.95
(106 votes)
Trailhead Inaccessible: The Mountain Loop Highway is closed to vehicles between Deer Creek and Bedal Creek. This annual winter closure will be lifted in the spring.
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.
 
 

North Cascades -- Mountain Loop Highway

 
10.5 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 3400 ft.
Highest Point: 5250 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.24
(29 votes)
Trailhead Inaccessible: The Mountain Loop Highway is closed to vehicles between Deer Creek and Bedal Creek. This annual winter closure will be lifted in the spring.
Perry Creek proves you can have it all in a single hike – old-growth forest, wildflowers, waterfalls, meadows, expansive mountain views, even lakes! Tread lightly, though-due to its unparalleled diversity of native plants, the area between the summits of Stillaguamish Peak, Mount Forgotten, and Mount Dickerman is a research natural area that could (in theory) be closed to all uses but scientific study.
 
 

North Cascades -- Mountain Loop Highway

 
13.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 4300 ft.
Highest Point: 6005 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.23
(13 votes)
Trailhead Inaccessible: The Mountain Loop Highway is closed to vehicles between Deer Creek and Bedal Creek. This annual winter closure will be lifted in the spring.
Mount Forgotten is an appealing target for the peculiarly determined hiker-turned-climber. Its sheer wall of a summit is very striking and easily instills visions of alpinism in those headed to Mount Forgotten Meadows, but the route takes a roundabout journey that requires not so much vertiginous daring-do as it does oodles of patience. The views from the top are spectacular, particularly the unobstructed view straight up Glacier Peak.
 
 

North Cascades -- Mountain Loop Highway

 
8.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 700 ft.
Highest Point: 2800 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.86
(28 votes)
Trailhead Inaccessible: The Mountain Loop Highway is closed to vehicles between Deer Creek and Bedal Creek. This annual winter closure will be lifted in the spring.
Hike to an old mining town by heading up a long-closed road along the South Fork Sauk River. This route largely sticks to the old route taken by miners over a century ago.
 
 

North Cascades -- Mountain Loop Highway

 
8.2 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 3950 ft.
Highest Point: 5760 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.63
(111 votes)
Trailhead Inaccessible: The Mountain Loop Highway is closed to vehicles between Deer Creek and Bedal Creek. This annual winter closure will be lifted in the spring.
If the best views come to those who earn them, Mount Dickerman offers the fairest vantage along the Mountain Loop. You’ll huff and puff through 4,000 feet of elevation on your way to the summit; in return, you’ll get a superb panorama of nearly every peak in the Mountain Loop. In late summer, it also rewards the intrepid with a bounty of mountain blueberries.
 
 

North Cascades -- Mountain Loop Highway

 
Rating:
Average rating:
3.00
(1 vote)
Trailhead Inaccessible: The Mountain Loop Highway is closed to vehicles between Deer Creek and Bedal Creek. This annual winter closure will be lifted in the spring.
Historic old wagon road at Barlow Pass. An alternative route to getting to the Monte Cristo townsite.
 
 

North Cascades -- Mountain Loop Highway

 
10.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 1600 ft.
Highest Point: 3182 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.50
(4 votes)
Trailhead Inaccessible: The Mountain Loop Highway is closed to vehicles between Deer Creek and Bedal Creek. This annual winter closure will be lifted in the spring.
For a more strenuous snowshoe, head out to Deer Creek and the Lake Kelcema trail. From the parking area, the route proceeds up Deer Creek Road (Road 4052). Watch out for tubers and sledders on the lower portion.
 
 

North Cascades -- Mountain Loop Highway

 
9.2 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 2840 ft.
Highest Point: 5200 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.54
(98 votes)
Trailhead Inaccessible: The Mountain Loop Highway is closed to vehicles between Deer Creek and Bedal Creek. This annual winter closure will be lifted in the spring.
Rough and tumble is the trail, just like the miners that constructed this path. Though not always easy, the ascent to Gothic Basin, has tremendous rewards. Early on, one simply meanders along side the relentless South Fork of the Sauk. Quickly though this trail will turn to a no-nonsense bee-line to the basin with waterfalls, flowers, and views of the surrounding mountains to keep one distracted. The ultimate rewards come to those who have enough strength to explore the basin after the ascent.
 
 

North Cascades -- Mountain Loop Highway

 
10.4 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 1400 ft.
Highest Point: 3161 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.21
(121 votes)
Trailhead Inaccessible: The Mountain Loop Highway is closed to vehicles between Deer Creek and Bedal Creek. This annual winter closure will be lifted in the spring.
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.
 
 

North Cascades -- Mountain Loop Highway

 
11.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 4200 ft.
Highest Point: 6610 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
5.00
(6 votes)
Trailhead Inaccessible: The Mountain Loop Highway is closed to vehicles between Deer Creek and Bedal Creek. This annual winter closure will be lifted in the spring.
A scramble to Del Campo Peak from Gothic Basic. Class 3 or 4. Technical expertise required.
 
 

North Cascades -- Mountain Loop Highway

 
2.4 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 800 ft.
Highest Point: 3200 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.54
(13 votes)
Trailhead Inaccessible: The Mountain Loop Highway is closed to vehicles between Deer Creek and Bedal Creek. This annual winter closure will be lifted in the spring.
From Barlow Point’s rocky promontory, hikers can take in views of Mount Dickerman, Big Four, and Stillaguamish Peak.
 
 

North Cascades -- Mountain Loop Highway

 
17.2 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 2939 ft.
Highest Point: 5300 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
5.00
(2 votes)
Trailhead Inaccessible: The Mountain Loop Highway is closed to vehicles between Deer Creek and Bedal Creek. This annual winter closure will be lifted in the spring.
Take a nice long walk up the old Monte Cristo Road grade and stop by the townsite on your way. Rougher terrain begins on entering the Henry M. Jackson Wilderness area, and past Silver Lake, the trail becomes difficult to find. Trek along a steep mountain-side before finally cresting the ridge to look down on Twin Lakes and make the steep descent to the camp sites.
 
 

Puget Sound and Islands -- Bellingham Area

 
5.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 1050 ft.
Highest Point: 2025 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.10
(156 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.
 
 

Olympic Peninsula -- Pacific Coast

 
9.4 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 100 ft.
Highest Point: 350 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.22
(55 votes)
The Ozette Indian Reservation is closed to the public. Hiking north past the campsites at Cape Alava is prohibited.
The Cape Alava Loop (Ozette Triangle) is two hikes in one: a forest stroll and a walk on the beach. Take the Cape Alava Trail out to the beach and back for a 6.2 mile hike, or continue south along the beach to connect up with the Sand Point Trail for a 9.4 mile loop.
 
 

Snoqualmie Region -- Snoqualmie Pass

 
4.4 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 1600 ft.
Highest Point: 2600 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.61
(61 votes)
Get a workout and experience rock work completed by Department of Natural Resources and WTA volunteer crews on this hike. Your reward is a rocky overlook from which you can marvel at Mount Kent, McClellan Butte, and Mount Washington, the behemoths forming the south rim of the west entrance to Snoqualmie Pass.
 
 

Central Cascades -- Stevens Pass - West

 
5.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 450 ft.
Highest Point: 705 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.74
(43 votes)
Respect the neighborhood this hike is in. Observe leash laws and pack out waste, keep noise levels to a minimum and be kind to residents.
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. Plan ahead.
 
 

Puget Sound and Islands -- Seattle-Tacoma Area

 
4.5 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 400 ft.
Highest Point: 580 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.89
(9 votes)
Explore 800 acres of wooded area right in Redmond’s backyard.
 
 

Issaquah Alps -- Tiger Mountain

 
3.8 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 1760 ft.
Highest Point: 1850 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.08
(79 votes)
Hike a short but steep trail with many stone steps. Pause at a viewpoint offering a fine view of Mount Rainier, then continue on to Poo Poo Point itself, only 1.9 miles from the trailhead. Enjoy views to the northwest, and perhaps watch paragliders sailing off into the sky.
 
 

Puget Sound and Islands -- Seattle-Tacoma Area

 
1.8 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 1000 ft.
Highest Point: 1800 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.30
(27 votes)
There are many names for this short little hike. Mount Pete, Mount Peak, Pinnacle Peak Park, Cal Magnusson Trail.
 
 

Snoqualmie Region -- Snoqualmie Pass

 
2.8 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 10 ft.
Highest Point: 3000 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.70
(23 votes)
The flat terrain of this wide valley east of Snoqualmie Pass is the perfect place to practice snowshoeing with kids or first-timers. This is an area popular with cross-country skiers, and you may spot beaver dams and other winter wildlife. From Mardee Lake to looming Kendall Peak before you, this is premiere terrain for winter enthusiasts.