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3897 Hikes
Keenan Meadows

Central Washington -- Yakima

 
3.1 miles, one-way
Rating:
Average rating:
3.33
(3 votes)
Part of the Manastash Ridge trail system, the Keenan Meadow Trail begins at South Fork Manastash Trail and ends at the Shoestring Lake Trail.
 
 
Fishhook Flat

Snoqualmie Region -- Cle Elum Area

 
Rating:
Average rating:
1.25
(4 votes)
 
This hike is in the Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest
 
 
Shoestring Lake

Central Washington -- Yakima

 
3.6 miles, one-way
Rating:
Average rating:
0.00
(0 votes)
Located near the Manastash trail system, the Shoestring Lake Trail begins at Forest Road 3100 and ends at Shoestring Jeep Trail #4W308. This area is multi-use, including motorized vehicles, so expect some company while you're visiting.
 
 
Taneum Ridge

Snoqualmie Region -- Cle Elum Area

 
12.1 miles, one-way
Gain: 3200 ft.
Highest Point: 6080.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.50
(4 votes)
The Taneum Ridge Trail extends for 12.1 miles, starting at Forest Road 3300 and ending at the Manastash Ridge Trail. This trail is open to off road vehicles so you are likely to encounter dirt bikes and other motorized vehicles, depending when you go hiking here.
 
 
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.
 
 
Scatter Lake

North Cascades -- Methow/Sawtooth

 
8.5 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 3850 ft.
Highest Point: 7047.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.00
(5 votes)
This is one of the best day hikes for larch-spotting in the fall. In the summer, enjoy the reward of swimming or fishing after a steep climb. Scatter Lake is also an excellent destination for an overnight backpack.
 
 
Reynolds Creek

North Cascades -- Methow/Sawtooth

 
Rating:
Average rating:
3.00
(5 votes)
 
Reynolds Creek is an unmaintained trail within the Lake Chelan-Sawtooth Wilderness.
 
 
North Twentymile Peak

North Cascades -- Pasayten

 
12.8 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 4387 ft.
Highest Point: 7437.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.50
(4 votes)
On this little used trail, hikers can see history, both natural and man-made. Large sections of the forest are recovering from the 2006 Tripod Complex Fire, and the two lookouts on the summit provide a glimpse of the 1920's and 1940's construction.
 
 
North Lake

North Cascades -- Methow/Sawtooth

 
10.6 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 2220 ft.
Highest Point: 5840.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
5.00
(6 votes)
9/29/21 Trail Section Closed: The Cedar Creek Trail is closed due to the Cedar Creek Fire.
Hike in to a small lake at the head of a valley with good campsites and many possibilities for exploration. Along the way, see the difference between the 2018 Crescent Mountain Fire impacted forest and the old growth forest.
 
 
Lower Falls Creek Trail

Southwest Washington -- Columbia River Gorge - WA

 
3.4 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 600 ft.
Highest Point: 1410.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.80
(10 votes)
Discover a waterfall utopia with triple the falls and a wonderful place to put down your pack, enjoy some snacks and snap some incredible photos.
 
 
Big Snagtooth

North Cascades -- North Cascades Highway - Hwy 20

 
Gain: 4000 ft.
Highest Point: 8330.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
0.00
(0 votes)
 
A mountain in the North Cascades. Climbing gear and route-finding expertise required to summit.
 
 
Silver Star Mountain (Okanogan)

North Cascades -- North Cascades Highway - Hwy 20

 
Gain: 4500 ft.
Highest Point: 8876.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
0.00
(0 votes)
Silver Star mountain provides a rewarding hiking and climbing opportunity right off Highway 20. Its majestic barren rocky spires that raise out of the forested slopes seem beyond reach but in fact the summit block requires a bit of exposed scrambling, after a long hike and a glacier traverse.
 
 
Angel's Rest

Southwest Washington -- Columbia River Gorge - OR

 
4.8 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 1500 ft.
Highest Point: 1600.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.50
(2 votes)
Hike a short, moderately steep trail to Angel's Rest, an exposed bluff with stunning views into the Columbia River Gorge. You'll be able to see the river glittering below your feet at the overlook, which seems close enough for a quick dip, but be careful, it's a long fall from the balcony.
 
 
Lake Creek

North Cascades -- Pasayten

 
37.8 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 2600 ft.
Highest Point: 5800.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
2.80
(5 votes)
Visit beautiful Black Lake on your way to Ashnola Pass and the Boundary trail. Enjoy views of peaks and plenty of wildflowers as you make your way through this 2003 burn zone.
 
 
Coleman Ridge

North Cascades -- Pasayten

 
27.2 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 3400 ft.
Highest Point: 7400.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.00
(5 votes)
This difficult to follow ridge trail was burned in the 2003 Farewell Fire and is no longer maintained. For those with good navigation skills, it provides access to Remmel Mountain.
 
 
Chewuch River Trail

North Cascades -- Pasayten

 
37.4 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 3300 ft.
Highest Point: 6900.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.50
(4 votes)
9/29/21 Trailhead Inaccessible: The road accessing this trailhead is closed due to the Cub Creek Fire.
The Chewuch River Trail provides access to the very popular Cathedral Lakes area on the Boundary trail. Walk through a burn zone, lodgepole pine, and meadows as you travel deep into the Pasayten Wilderness.
 
 
Andrews Creek

North Cascades -- Pasayten

 
31.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 4000 ft.
Highest Point: 6700.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.00
(4 votes)
Dive deep into the heart of the Pasayten Wilderness on the Andrews Creek trail. Walk along Andrews Creek through a burn zone. Connect to the Boundary trail after passing through a lush meadow of wildflowers.
 
 
Williams Creek

North Cascades -- Methow/Sawtooth

 
14.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 3600 ft.
Highest Point: 6500.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.75
(4 votes)
To see beautiful Williams Lake, set in a meadow basin with pockets of larch trees, a hiker must earn it. The shallow gradient trail takes 7 miles to gain 3600 feet and is mostly on a fire-scorched, sun-baked south facing slope where the sparse shade offers a welcome respite from the heat.
 
 
 
8.4 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 700 ft.
Highest Point: 1570.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
2.75
(4 votes)
This excellent early-season romp heads up a lush river canyon boasting three gorgeous waterfalls with riverside campsites for an overnight, or a longer, more challenging loop.
 
 
Twisp Pass

North Cascades -- Methow/Sawtooth

 
9.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 2460 ft.
Highest Point: 6064.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.83
(12 votes)
Twisp Pass is a stunner in summer and autumn. Though it is a bit of a drive to get there from almost anywhere in the state, it's well worth it!
 
 
Soda Peaks Lake

Southwest Washington -- Lewis River Region

 
9.76 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 2874 ft.
Highest Point: 3700.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.50
(6 votes)
There are two ways to reach Soda Peak Lake, a beautiful sub-alpine lake in an old growth forest. This approach is from the Government Mineral Springs trailhead to the east. It's a tough hike to a serene location, with plenty of secluded camps.
 
 
Burley Mountain

South Cascades -- White Pass/Cowlitz River Valley

 
14.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 4000 ft.
Highest Point: 5250.0 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.
 
 
Mount Storm King

Olympic Peninsula -- Northern Coast

 
4.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 2065 ft.
Highest Point: 2600.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.24
(41 votes)
Hikers flock to Mount Storm King for that signature shot, standing on a rocky outcropping above Lake Crescent. But it's a grind to get there, and the climb to the summit can be dangerous in bad weather. Luckily, there are several outcroppings about halfway to the top offering similar views. It's still a steep hike to get to them, but at least it's shorter.
 
 
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.
 
 
Sumas Mountain - Gold Mine Trail

Puget Sound and Islands -- Bellingham Area

 
Rating:
Average rating:
3.40
(5 votes)
 
The popular access point for Sumas Mountain (off Sealund Road) utilizes private property. Hikers are asked to refrain from using this access point.
 
 
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.
 
 
Bald Mountain via Ashland Lakes

North Cascades -- Mountain Loop Highway

 
20.0 miles, one-way
Rating:
Average rating:
2.33
(6 votes)
It used to be possible to traverse from Ashland Lakes to Bald Mountain, Cutthroat Lakes, and the Walt Bailey trail on trail. Now, the way is an overgrown, hard-to-follow bushwhack.
 
 
Cutthroat Lakes via Walt Bailey Trail

North Cascades -- Mountain Loop Highway

 
6.8 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 2300 ft.
Highest Point: 4700.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.00
(4 votes)
Great views await you at the summit of Bald Mountain or Cutthroat Lakes if you can stand the rough, rocky, and rooty trail that you must brave to get there. Fortunately, lots of lakes and berries keep you busy along the way, and the ever-changing surroundings on this CCC-built, WTA-maintained trail make for a great day hike along the popular Mountain Loop Highway.
 
 
Mount McCausland

Central Cascades -- Stevens Pass - East

 
7.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 1800 ft.
Highest Point: 5747.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.78
(40 votes)
Mount McCausland delivers mountain views, lake views, and even solitude at the summit. The cost? The first three miles of the trail is easy, but the last half mile to the summit is steep and occasionally brushy. Taking a break on that climb is no hardship, though: the hillside is carpeted in berries and the views start early.