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3897 Hikes
Colchuck Lake

Central Cascades -- Leavenworth Area

 
8.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 2280 ft.
Highest Point: 5580.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.38
(96 votes)
Parking Restriction: 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.
Set beneath two of Washington’s tallest peaks, Colchuck Lake is an alpine gem. It is a larger cousin to the nearby fabled Enchantment Lakes and offers many of the same payoffs – including groves of larches on its far shore – but can be reached with less than half the effort.
 
 
Mount Margaret

Snoqualmie Region -- Snoqualmie Pass

 
5.5 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 2000 ft.
Highest Point: 5459.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.38
(16 votes)
Hike up an abandoned road, through a logged area, and into mature forest on the edge of the Alpine Lakes wilderness. What the trail lacks in ruggedness is more than made up for by the quantity of berries that line the trail.
 
 
Twin Falls

Snoqualmie Region -- North Bend Area

 
2.6 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 500 ft.
Highest Point: 1000.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.14
(207 votes)
Visit a trio (yes, trio) of waterfalls just off I-90 on this sure-to-please short trail, perfect for families.
 
 
Verlot Nature Trail

North Cascades -- Mountain Loop Highway

 
0.5 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 13 ft.
Highest Point: 1035.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.00
(4 votes)
The Verlot Nature Trail connects the Verlot Campground with Turlo Campground.
 
 
Mount Si

Snoqualmie Region -- North Bend Area

 
8.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 3150 ft.
Highest Point: 3900.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.01
(247 votes)
There are many reasons – besides its proximity to Seattle – why Mount Si is the most popular hike in the state: beautiful views, wildlife (some of it not so wild), old growth forest, and a dramatic summit worthy of a more remote peak. Rising dramatically above the Snoqualmie Valley, it serves as a literal and figurative gateway to the Cascades for thousands of hikers.
 
 
Bayview Trail

Puget Sound and Islands -- Seattle-Tacoma Area

 
2.5 miles, roundtrip
Rating:
Average rating:
4.00
(1 vote)
The Bayview Trail is a segment of paved trail that runs along a powerline corridor in a residential area in Marysville.
 
 
Ashland Lakes

North Cascades -- Mountain Loop Highway

 
5.4 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 800 ft.
Highest Point: 3000.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.64
(25 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.
 
 
Dingford Creek-Hester Lake

Snoqualmie Region -- North Bend Area

 
10.8 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 2600 ft.
Highest Point: 3900.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.44
(9 votes)
Hike a rugged trail through second-growth hemlock forest. You'll cross several lively creeks and see waterfalls on your way to a high alpine lake well-stocked with trout.
 
 
Burley Mountain

South Cascades -- White Pass/Cowlitz River Valley

 
7.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 2700 ft.
Highest Point: 4000.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.17
(6 votes)
One of just three remaining lookouts on the Gifford Pinchot National Forest, Burley Mountain Lookout was built in 1934 and is still active today. This route utilizes nature trails, a forest road, and a short hiking trail to access this unique site just south of Highway 12.
 
 
Source Lake

Snoqualmie Region -- Snoqualmie Pass

 
4.5 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 1000 ft.
Highest Point: 4100.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.92
(13 votes)
In winter the trail to Source Lake crosses a large avalanche chute early in the hike. Please have experience navigating avalanche terrain and the proper equipment when hiking this trail in the winter
If you want to see the headwaters of the mighty Snoqualmie River, head for the source. Source Lake, that is. It's a modest pond, but the setting is remarkable. Craggy peaks ring this pool, found along the way to one of the state's most popular alpine lake -- Snow Lake.
 
 
Icicle Gorge Nature Loop

Central Cascades -- Leavenworth Area

 
4.2 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 150 ft.
Highest Point: 2800.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.20
(20 votes)
The Icicle Gorge Trail, one of the most popular trails in the Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest, is a wonderful way to explore the natural beauty of the Icicle Creek Valley. The interpretive loop trail has a gentle grade and scenic views of Icicle Creek, Icicle Gorge, and the surrounding forest that are ideal for families, trail runners, beginner hikers, bird enthusiasts, and those looking to take a nice long walk on a well-defined path.
 
 
Lake Ethel

Central Cascades -- Stevens Pass - East

 
9.5 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 3500 ft.
Highest Point: 5735.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.25
(8 votes)
Lake Ethel is a beautiful lake in the Chiwaukum Mountains of the Alpine Lakes Wilderness, just east of Stevens Pass. Lake Ethel is one of the ‘Scottish Lakes’, which includes nearby Lake Donald, Loch Eileen and Lake Julius. The entire Scottish Lakes area is great for solitude. From Lake Ethel there are numerous options to extend your trip for backpacking or long day hikes.
 
 
Talapus and Olallie Lakes

Snoqualmie Region -- Snoqualmie Pass

 
6.2 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 1220 ft.
Highest Point: 3780.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.92
(120 votes)
With a moderate grade on a wide trail, the hike to Talapus Lake is the perfect introduction to the outdoors for hikers and beginning backpackers. Upon arrival at Talapus, break out lunch or pitch camp. Either way, you can cool off in the large lake. If you feel like pressing on, Ollalie Lake is just about a mile and a half up trail, where open campsites offer lakeside havens with calm waters and views of a beautiful lake basin.
 
 
Kendall Katwalk

Snoqualmie Region -- Snoqualmie Pass

 
12.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 2600 ft.
Highest Point: 5400.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.24
(83 votes)
If the name Kendall Katwalk conjures up an image of a narrow pathway blasted out of a steeply sloped rock face, that’s part of it. But the whole package includes old growth forest, gorgeous wildflowers, and stunning views into the Alpine Lakes Wilderness from both sides of the pass below Kendall Peak, where the Katwalk begins.
 
 
Little Si

Snoqualmie Region -- North Bend Area

 
3.7 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 1300 ft.
Highest Point: 1550.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.60
(175 votes)
Companion piece to neighbor and big brother Mount Si, the small rocky bluff known as Little Si is a moderate grade 4.7 mile trail located in the hike rich North Bend area. Although relatively steep inclines bookend this hike, this primarily North/South route is perfect for beginners who are looking to get back in shape, while still accommodating veterans with opportunities to cut away on the Boulder Garden Loop (at .3 miles and .5 miles) to merge with the more challenging Mount Si trail. Expect crowds, even in winter, as New Year’s resolutions (the two Si mountains are sometimes colloquially referred to as the “Resolution Peaks” for the deluge of hikers that appear after January 1st), proximity to the city and a degree of refuge from the elements often divert heavy foot traffic to this mini-mountain to keep it busy year round.
 
 
White Bluffs - North

Central Washington -- Tri-Cities

 
7.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 500 ft.
Highest Point: 725.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.94
(16 votes)
This is a striking, gorgeous hike -- excellent year round, whether you like snow-dappled trail or high desert. If you visit in summer, bring lots of water and a hat. There's no water available here.
 
 
Discovery Park Loop Trail

Puget Sound and Islands -- Seattle-Tacoma Area

 
2.8 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 140 ft.
Highest Point: 325.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.65
(37 votes)
Seattle's Discovery Park Loop Trail is a designated National Recreation Trail, 2.8 miles long with an elevation change of just 140 feet. It passes through both forest and open meadows, offers extensive views, good prospects for bird watchers, and it can be hiked or jogged year-round.
 
 
Upper Twin Lake

Central Cascades -- Leavenworth Area

 
5.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 300 ft.
Highest Point: 2850.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.50
(4 votes)
This is an ideal ‘multi-modal’ kid hike, featuring a two mile bike ride, followed by an easy and quite pretty half mile hike. We did the bike and hike with our kids when they were four and six, and they enjoyed it.
 
 
Capitol State Forest - Porter Falls

Olympic Peninsula -- Olympia

 
2.2 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 450 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.00
(4 votes)
Hike along a gentle grade as it climbs along Porter Creek and crosses it, traveling west on the other side, keeping the road you arrived on in view. As you reach the confluence of Porter Creek and the West Fork of Porter Creek, you also reach the waterfall, your destination.
 
 
Gold Creek - Alaska Lake

Snoqualmie Region -- Snoqualmie Pass

 
14.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 2024 ft.
Highest Point: 4624.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
2.79
(14 votes)
While the trail near Gold Creek Pond is a great spot for hikers of all ages, the trail back towards Alaska Lake is a more rugged experience. Starting flat, it heads into the heart of the Central Cascades on an old road for four miles, where it then crosses an impressive old avalanche path before heading straight uphill to remote Alaska Lake.
 
 
Cascade Pass and Sahale Arm

North Cascades -- North Cascades Highway - Hwy 20

 
12.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 4000 ft.
Highest Point: 7570.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.43
(65 votes)
9/17/2021 - The Cascade River Road is closed at milepost 20 due to road damage.
In Sahale Arm, the forces of nature have conspired to create an improbably gentle, gorgeous landscape. A scenic trail ambles peacefully through rolling alpine meadows blanketing the broad shoulder of Sahale Mountain. This park-like setting is made all the more spectacular by contrast with the dramatic mountainous terrain that stretches off in every direction near and far. Simply put, this is one of the most beautiful hikes in all of Washington.
 
 
Cascade Pass

North Cascades -- North Cascades Highway - Hwy 20

 
7.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 1800 ft.
Highest Point: 5392.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.12
(32 votes)
9/17/2021 - The Cascade River Road is closed at milepost 20 due to road damage.
At Cascade Pass, the wow factor far exceeds the “ow” factor – perhaps no other trail in the state delivers as much reward for the effort. From the high peaks on either side of the pass, verdant meadows curve down to a saddle that offers sweeping views of nearby valleys, glaciers, mountains, and passing wildlife. Sedately climbing a little less than 1,800 feet in 3.6 miles, it is the perfect hike to show new hikers the extraordinary places their feet can take them.
 
 
Mount Persis

Central Cascades -- Stevens Pass - West

 
4.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 2658 ft.
Highest Point: 5464.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.00
(9 votes)
A hefty workout, spectacular views, and very little company await you on this summit.
 
 
Lover's Lane Loop

Olympic Peninsula -- Northern Coast

 
5.8 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 480 ft.
Highest Point: 2000.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.54
(13 votes)
The Lover's Lane trail follows the Sol Duc river upstream, connecting Sol Duc campground, Sol Duc Falls and the resort.
 
 
Sol Duc Falls

Olympic Peninsula -- Northern Coast

 
1.6 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 200 ft.
Highest Point: 1951.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.00
(22 votes)
Marvel at old-growth trees amid a lush rain forest landscape while visiting one of Olympic National Park’s most beloved attractions: Sol Duc Falls.
 
 
Cape Alava Loop (Ozette Triangle)

Olympic Peninsula -- Pacific Coast

 
9.4 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 100 ft.
Highest Point: 350.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.20
(54 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.
 
 
Pyramid Mountain

Central Cascades -- Entiat Mountains/Lake Chelan

 
18.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 3600 ft.
Highest Point: 8260.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.00
(4 votes)
Trail access limited 8/19/21: This trailhead is inaccessible due to the Twentyfive Mile Fire.
Pyramid Mountain is a scenic trail that starts high and stays high. From the trailhead ad 6200 feet, hikers will continue along ridgelines and shallow valleys before making the final ascent to Pyramid Mountain at 8260 feet.
 
 
Pugh Ridge

Central Cascades -- Entiat Mountains/Lake Chelan

 
12.4 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 2833 ft.
Highest Point: 6783.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.20
(5 votes)
Pugh Ridge is a steep ridgeline trail branching off of the North Fork Entiat around 2.5 miles in, and connecting back down with South Pyramid Creek, making for a ideal loop trip.
 
 
Glasses Lake

Central Cascades -- Stevens Pass - East

 
10.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 700 ft.
Highest Point: 4682.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
0.00
(0 votes)
This is a beautiful small lake tucked immediately under Grizzly Peak and the Pacific Crest Trail (PCT). Where Heather Lake is often shared with a number of hiking and camping groups, you are pretty much assured to have lunch by yourself at Glasses. Only a half a dozen trip reports have been filed in the last decade, this is a good predictor of solitude.
 
 
Riverfront Trail

Central Washington -- Tri-Cities

 
7.0 miles, one-way
Rating:
Average rating:
3.50
(2 votes)
A blacktop trail with some gravel and dirt sections that meanders along The Columbia River in the City of Richland. Start or end at Columbia Point Marina Park at the south end or USS Triton Submarine Memorial Park in the north. The trail is seven miles in length with many benches along the way to stop and take a breather and soak up the beauty of the fast moving Columbia.