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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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187 Hikes
Cathedral Pass Loop

North Cascades -- Pasayten

 
44.7 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 4000 ft.
Highest Point: 7800.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.12
(8 votes)
Hike through some of the Boundary Trail’s best scenery on the 44-mile lollipop loop along the Chewuch River and through majestic Cathedral Pass.
 
 
Lone Fir Loop

North Cascades -- North Cascades Highway - Hwy 20

 
2.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 100 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.80
(5 votes)
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.
 
 
Snoquera Falls Loop

Mount Rainier Area -- Chinook Pass - Hwy 410

 
3.9 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 975 ft.
Highest Point: 3100.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.64
(36 votes)
With a trailhead so easily accessible, there's no excuse not to visit Snoquera Falls. Best in early spring, this lush, forested trail features a pretty fantail cascade plunging down a sheer, rocky wall.
 
 
Slavin Pond Loop

Eastern Washington -- Spokane Area/Coeur d'Alene

 
3.3 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 246 ft.
Highest Point: 2341.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.33
(3 votes)
With more than 600 acres of rolling fields, pine-forested buttes and wetlands, the Slavin Conservation Area provides plenty of room to stretch legs all year-round.
 
 
Skyline Trail Loop

Mount Rainier Area -- SW - Longmire/Paradise

 
5.5 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 1450 ft.
Highest Point: 6800.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.61
(70 votes)
The Skyline Trail is the main route for hiking out of Paradise, Mount Rainier’s south side hub and most popular destination, providing visitors a unique opportunity to experience the breathtaking beauty of Washington’s grandest mountain. Even before the historic Paradise Inn was constructed in 1916, the Paradise valley has long been one of the state’s most beloved hiking destinations because of its southern exposure, giving it a longer season than its north side counterpart, Sunrise. In peak season (July and August) your trip along the Skyline Trail will be filled with views of cascading waterfalls, mighty glaciers and subalpine meadows brimming with colorful splashes of lupines, mountain heather, scarlet paintbrush, cascade asters and bistort.
 
 
Salmo-Priest Loop

Eastern Washington -- Selkirk Range

 
19.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 3400 ft.
Highest Point: 6480.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.44
(9 votes)
Hike into the heart of Colville's Salmo-Priest Wilderness -- so remote that even grizzly bears have been spotted here. This is high country, with some of the most impressive old growth stands this side of the Cascades. You'll experience old growth cedar, moss, ferns and wildflowers galore. But the vistas are pure Inland Northwest - vast views of the Selkirks and the Upper Priest River Valley.
 
 
Rampart Ridge Loop

Mount Rainier Area -- SW - Longmire/Paradise

 
4.5 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 1300 ft.
Highest Point: 4080.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.05
(22 votes)
This short loop out of Longmire makes for a great, quick way to get some elevation gain, some forest views, and a fantastic vista of Mount Rainier, all in less than five miles!
 
 
Port Gamble Forest - Forbidden Forest Trail Loop

Olympic Peninsula -- Kitsap Peninsula

 
8.5 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 350 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
2.00
(1 vote)
Enjoy a long ramble through the Port Gamble Forest full of second-growth Douglas firs and lots of ferns.
 
 
Liberty Lake Regional Park - Split Creek Loop

Eastern Washington -- Spokane Area/Coeur d'Alene

 
4.06 miles, roundtrip
Rating:
Average rating:
4.25
(4 votes)
Meander alongside Liberty Creek, staying close to the water, on a trail that provides a shorter loop option than the full waterfall loop.
 
 
Coyote Wall - The Labyrinth Loop

Southwest Washington -- Columbia River Gorge - WA

 
7.7 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 1200 ft.
Highest Point: 1250.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.20
(5 votes)
This year-round hike offers great views of the Columbia River Gorge along with enchanting stands of oak, cascading waterfalls, dramatic basalt outcroppings, and profuse wildflowers in the spring. Often sunny here while raining in Vancouver, it is a great place to hike while waiting for snow to melt at higher elevations.
 
 
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.
 
 
Angel Falls Loop

South Cascades -- White Pass/Cowlitz River Valley

 
3.4 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 1100 ft.
Highest Point: 2300.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.13
(15 votes)
Covel Creek trail is a very short, one mile trail with only 50 feet of elevation gain. Hikers can travel through dense forest to a small waterfall, but there is an option to continue on the Angel Falls Loop, which creates a figure-eight, making this longer hike about 4 miles roundtrip.
 
 
Chybinski Loop

Issaquah Alps -- Squak Mountain

 
7.7 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 2100 ft.
Highest Point: 1800.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.29
(7 votes)
The Chybinski Loop is located in the Cougar/Squak Mountain Corridor, and has many connecting trails and loop options.
 
 
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.
 
 
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.
 
 
Naches Peak Loop

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

 
3.2 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 600 ft.
Highest Point: 5850.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.54
(63 votes)
This popular hike provides a range of alpine experiences in a short loop. Walk along a hillside above a small valley, pause at a viewpoint overlooking a lake, and stroll through grassy meadows with stunning views of Mount Rainier. In season enjoy an abundance of wildflowers or perhaps a handful of huckleberries.
 
 
Wallace Falls - Lake Loop

Central Cascades -- Stevens Pass - West

 
9.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 1544 ft.
Highest Point: 1844.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.55
(20 votes)
This fine loop trail gives you scenery, mileage, and some elevation gain, with the bonus of being hikeable year-round. Start by wandering along the Wallace River as it tumbles down from the famous falls. Get your pictures of the falls, then continue your hike by including the large forested Wallace Lake. Return through a green shag carpet of moss, sword ferns and hemlock, following the North Fork Wallace River as it rushes to meet the main Wallace River and your return trail.
 
 
Heather - Maple Pass Loop

North Cascades -- North Cascades Highway - Hwy 20

 
7.2 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 2000 ft.
Highest Point: 6650.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.82
(115 votes)
If ever there was a hike to satisfy all a hiker's desires, this one comes as close as any. A loop hike with many fabulous changing faces throughout the seasons, Heather-Maple Pass features ridgelines blanketed in wildflowers in summer, lakes ringed with golden larches in fall, and before the highway closes for the season, a dramatic place to experience early winter’s snows.
 
 
Vancouver Discovery Historic Loop

Southwest Washington -- Vancouver Area

 
2.3 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 115 ft.
Highest Point: 105.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
0.00
(0 votes)
As the oldest non-Native American settlement in the Pacific Northwest, Vancouver celebrates its long history more than most Washington cities. Experience many historic and scenic attractions in close proximity on this inviting urban loop.
 
 
Copper Ridge Loop

North Cascades -- Mount Baker Area

 
34.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 8600 ft.
Highest Point: 6260.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.38
(13 votes)
Experience the variety offered by the North Cascades: high mountain ridges with spectacular views, a remote river valley, and even a self-propelled cable car river crossing. Popular side trips include Hannegan Peak and Whatcom Pass.
 
 
White Pass - Pilot Ridge Loop

North Cascades -- Mountain Loop Highway

 
29.2 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 7500 ft.
Highest Point: 6360.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.75
(12 votes)
A loop hike, beginning and ending in the old-growth forests of the North Fork Sauk River that traverses high ridges and passes of the Pacific crest, visits beautiful alpine lakes, and finally follows the high and lonesome Pilot Ridge Trail before descending back down to the trail junction on the North Fork Sauk River.
 
 
Mount Misery Loop

Eastern Washington -- Palouse and Blue Mountains

 
48.5 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 4000 ft.
Highest Point: 6387.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
0.00
(0 votes)
Area Closure: This trail is closed due to the risks associated with wildfires in the Umatilla National Forest. This temporary closure will be lifted once it is safe to do so. Please respect this closure.
From mountain peak to Wild and Scenic River, this long loop takes in a range of terrain, wildlife and views.
 
 
Grizzly Bear Ridge - Wenaha River - Slick Ear Loop

Eastern Washington -- Palouse and Blue Mountains

 
20.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 1300 ft.
Highest Point: 5400.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
0.00
(0 votes)
Area Closure: This trail is closed due to the risks associated with wildfires in the Umatilla National Forest. This temporary closure will be lifted once it is safe to do so. Please respect this closure.
Explore from ridgelines to river in a remote corner of the Wenaha-Tucannon Wilderness.
 
 
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: This trail is closed due to the risks associated with wildfires in the Umatilla National Forest. 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.
 
 
Packers Trail - Mount Misery Loop

Eastern Washington -- Palouse and Blue Mountains

 
45.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 9234 ft.
Highest Point: 6387.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
0.00
(0 votes)
Area Closure: This trail is closed due to the risks associated with wildfires in the Umatilla National Forest. This temporary closure will be lifted once it is safe to do so. Please respect this closure.
Embark on a long, lovely backpacking trip through some of the wild and open wilderness in the Wenaha-Tucannon area.
 
 
Angel's Rest-Devil's Rest Loop

Southwest Washington -- Columbia River Gorge - OR

 
10.7 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 2770 ft.
Highest Point: 2308.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
5.00
(1 vote)
Explore waterfalls, enjoy expansive views, and have a look at how forest rebounds from fires all along this lovely loop in the Columbia River Gorge.
 
 
Siouxon Peak Loop

South Cascades -- Dark Divide

 
15.3 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 5120 ft.
Highest Point: 4170.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
0.00
(0 votes)
This strenuous trek from creek to peak offers up-close views of impressive waterfalls and far-off views of Cascade volcanoes.
 
 
Independence Pass Loop

South Cascades -- Mount St. Helens

 
6.5 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 1665 ft.
Highest Point: 4700.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.00
(5 votes)
The Independence Pass trail is impassable past the first 1.5 miles due to significant washouts and cannot currently be connected with the Boundary Trail to complete this loop.
 
 
Nisqually Vista Loop

Mount Rainier Area -- SW - Longmire/Paradise

 
1.1 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 200 ft.
Highest Point: 5400.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.80
(10 votes)
Follow the trails here to views of Mount Rainier's rocky Nisqually River valley and the much-receded Nisqually Glacier.
 
 
Bench Lake Loop

South Cascades -- Mount Adams Area

 
3.4 miles, roundtrip
Rating:
Average rating:
5.00
(1 vote)
Limited Access: This area is only open to the public from August 30 to September 25, 2021.
A hike near Mount Adams.