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3897 Hikes
Lake Wapiki

South Cascades -- Mount Adams Area

 
7.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 1600 ft.
Highest Point: 5250.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.80
(5 votes)
Just a half mile off the Lemei Lake Trail is a gorgeous blue lake nestled in an old volcanic crater. Surrounded by trees, this is a sheltered refuge perfect for an overnight in Indian Heaven.
 
 
Tieton Meadows

South Cascades

 
9.8 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 2900 ft.
Highest Point: 3600.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.40
(5 votes)
This horse/hiker trail used to access Bear Creek Mountain, but years of underuse and neglect has rendered it nearly impossible to follow.
 
 
Margaret Lake

Snoqualmie Region -- Snoqualmie Pass

 
6.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 1500 ft.
Highest Point: 5100.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.32
(34 votes)
Logging paid for most of the trails in the Cascades, so sometimes hikers must expect to hike the terrain that provided that rich stock of timber. This trail starts on an old logging road, leads through old clearcuts—now nicely regrown as lush berry meadows and forest stands—and enters lush old second-growth forest. It’s a great way to experience both the natural and human history of the area, while enjoying some remarkable wild country around a pristine alpine lake.
 
 
Blowout Mountain

Snoqualmie Region

 
4.6 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 650 ft.
Highest Point: 5450.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.00
(4 votes)
This trail takes you to Blowout Mountain through a forested area. The views from the mountain are spectacular.
 
 
Curly Creek Falls

Southwest Washington -- Lewis River Region

 
0.4 miles, roundtrip
Highest Point: 1285.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.60
(5 votes)
Visit two waterfalls plunging to the Lewis River on this family friendly accessible trail.
 
 
East Creek

North Cascades -- North Cascades Highway - Hwy 20

 
18.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 4500 ft.
Highest Point: 6500.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.00
(5 votes)
East Creek is an unmaintained trail with lots of potential. At it's full length this old forgotten trail extends nearly 15 miles to the Pacific Crest Trail. It makes for a great out and back with lots of solitude.
 
 
White River Snowshoe

Mount Rainier Area -- Chinook Pass - Hwy 410

 
10.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 1100 ft.
Highest Point: 3800.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
2.50
(2 votes)
The White River Snowshoe follows the Mather Memorial Highway (SR 410) through a snowy river valley in Mount Rainier National Park. What is a bustling highway in summer becomes a quiet snowshoe ramble in the winter.
 
 
Winchester Mountain

North Cascades -- Mount Baker Area

 
3.4 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 1300 ft.
Highest Point: 6521.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.46
(28 votes)
The trail up to Winchester Mountain is less than two miles long and only 1300 feet of elevation gain, with access to a lookout at 6500 feet with outstanding 360 degree views. What’s the catch? The road.
 
 
Sheep Lake to Sourdough Gap

Mount Rainier Area -- Chinook Pass - Hwy 410

 
6.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 1100 ft.
Highest Point: 6400.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.92
(36 votes)
This is a pleasant hike to a small lake and a notched gap with sweeping views. Sheep Lake is nestled in a subalpine area that explodes with wildflowers in July and August. The lake is a good place to relax and enjoy nature or perhaps take off your boots and go wading. Sourdough Gap is a small saddle in a rocky-edged ridge. The hike from the lake to the gap offers increasingly picturesque views of the south Cascades with every foot of altitude you gain. Once at the gap, you will be rewarded with grand views of Sheep Lake on one side and the Crystal Lakes basin on the other side.
 
 
Spring Lake/Lake Desire Park - Echo Mountain

Puget Sound and Islands -- Seattle-Tacoma Area

 
3.0 miles, roundtrip
Highest Point: 900.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.73
(11 votes)
Spring Lake – Lake Desire Park is a 390-acre forested site with a bald rocky outcrop, a bog and 3 miles of trails situated between…Spring Lake and Lake Desire! Echo Mountain is the 900-foot-tall rocky outcrop that provides great views of the two lakes and the Cascade foothills.
 
 
Dosewallips State Park - Steam Donkey Trail

Olympic Peninsula -- Hood Canal

 
3.5 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 400 ft.
Highest Point: 425.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
2.91
(11 votes)
The 3.5 mile Steam Donkey Loop Trail is an especially good choice in spring, with lots of creeklets, views of the Dosewallips River and silent forest. There is a strong chance that you will see wildlife in winter and spring. An elk herd resides in the area, and with the estuary so close, the area is rife with bird-life. As an added bonus for fall hikers, you can search for and pick chanterelle mushrooms.
 
 
Carne Mountain

Central Cascades -- Stevens Pass - East

 
7.3 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 3600 ft.
Highest Point: 7085.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.25
(20 votes)
Carne Mountain is a challenging, yet rewarding hike to the brilliant gold colors of the western larches. Against a backdrop of blue autumn sky and indigo mountains, they are a dazzling sight.
 
 
Sinlahekin Natural Area

Eastern Washington -- Okanogan Highlands/Kettle River Range

 
8.0 miles of trails
Highest Point: 2700.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.50
(2 votes)
Tucked in a lush river valley in the Okanogan region, the Sinlahekin Wildlife Area provides the opportunity to wander at will, through a rich ecosystem harboring hundreds of species of big game, waterfowl, and native plants.
 
 
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.
 
 
Beckler Peak

Central Cascades -- Stevens Pass - West

 
7.6 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 2240 ft.
Highest Point: 5026.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.51
(70 votes)
Hike a re-built trail adjacent to the Wild Sky Wilderness. The Beckler Peak trail opened in September of 2011, and with it, the Jennifer Dunn trailhead. The trail takes you through an old-growth forest to summit views of Glacier Peak, Baring, Index, the Monte Cristo Range, and Evergreen Mountain. It's easy to get to and provides great rewards for your effort. The trail has a gentle grade, it is well built, and suitable for kids. Be sure to take water with you, because there is no reliable water along the trail.
 
 
Greider Lakes

Central Cascades -- Stevens Pass - West

 
8.6 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 2035 ft.
Highest Point: 2930.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.51
(37 votes)
For those searching for alpine vistas with fewer visitors than on the most popular trails of the I-90 corridor, Greider Lakes is just right. This trailhead is located in the Sultan Basin Watershed.
 
 
Cutthroat Pass via Cutthroat Lake

North Cascades -- North Cascades Highway - Hwy 20

 
11.4 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 2300 ft.
Highest Point: 6800.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.64
(11 votes)
8/10/21 Trail Closed: This trail is closed due to the Cedar Creek Fire
Take this gentle trail to a beautiful alpine lake surrounded by rocky cliffs before heading up some steeper switchbacks to a pass and junction with the iconic Pacific Crest Trail.
 
 
Snow Lake

Snoqualmie Region -- Snoqualmie Pass

 
7.2 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 1800 ft.
Highest Point: 4400.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.19
(192 votes)
Multiple avalanche chutes cross the Snow Lake Trail, posing danger for hikers in the winter. If there is snow present at the trailhead, hikers should have experience navigating avalanche territory and the appropriate safety gear.
A relatively short and easy hike within a stone’s throw of Seattle, Snow Lake delivers splendorous alpine scenery – crystal clear waters, towering peaks – at a mere pittance of sweat and toil. Just don’t expect to have the trail to yourself – Snow Lake is Washington's most heavily-used trail in a wilderness area!
 
 
Rainy Lake

Snoqualmie Region -- North Bend Area

 
8.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 2900 ft.
Highest Point: 3900.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.89
(18 votes)
This is an abandoned trail that heads south along Rainy Creek off of the downstream section of the Middle Fork Snoqualmie Trail up to Rainy Lake. The lake is popular among fishermen, since it is home to lots of trout, but be warned -- route-finding skills are a must on this trip.
 
 
Excelsior Peak via Damfino Lakes Trail

North Cascades -- Mount Baker Area

 
5.6 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 1500 ft.
Highest Point: 5699.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.08
(13 votes)
Disregarding the apocryphal stories about their name, the Damfino Lakes are noteworthy only to distinguish this route from two other routes. The lakes pale in comparison to these magnificent destinations: Excelsior Pass, the High Divide, and Excelsior Peak.
 
 
Tonga Ridge / Mount Sawyer

Central Cascades -- Stevens Pass - West

 
8.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 1200 ft.
Highest Point: 5495.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.64
(33 votes)
An up and down meandering trail that leads through open forest, wildflower meadows and a side trip to some fantastic views. The road up does most of the work, so the climb is not too long, and can be easily done by most hikers.
 
 
Melakwa Lake

Snoqualmie Region -- Snoqualmie Pass

 
8.5 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 2700 ft.
Highest Point: 4600.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.19
(88 votes)
The way to Melakwa Lake is like two different trails: first a wide gentle trail through old growth forest beneath an elevated and noisy Interstate freeway. And second, a rocky steep trail that follows a waterfall and a precipitous gorge upstream to get to a pair of clear alpine lakes flanked by rocky peaks. Is it about the journey or the destination? You decide.
 
 
Thomas, Blue and Tombstone Lakes

South Cascades -- Mount Adams Area

 
7.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 1000 ft.
Highest Point: 4780.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
2.43
(7 votes)
This heavily-used trail passes numerous lakes and meadows and is an excellent foray into the Indian Heaven Wilderness. Hikers will find amble opportunities for a lakeside lunch spot.
 
 
Ptarmigan Ridge

North Cascades -- Mount Baker Area

 
9.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 1800 ft.
Highest Point: 6100.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.48
(31 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.
Rarely can hikers approach a climbers’ realm so easily, with minimal elevation gain, and enjoy beautiful views all along the way.
 
 
Mount Shuksan

North Cascades -- Mount Baker Area

 
Highest Point: 9127.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
5.00
(1 vote)
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.
 
 
Mount Ann

North Cascades -- Mount Baker Area

 
10.5 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 4000 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
0.00
(0 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.
A scramble up a mountain near Lake Ann. Climbing experience and equipment required.
 
 
Lake Ann (Mount Baker Highway)

North Cascades -- Mount Baker Area

 
8.2 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 1900 ft.
Highest Point: 4900.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.27
(26 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.
Enjoy up-close, breathtaking views of Mount Shuksan’s west face, along with views of Fisher Chimney, the upper and lower Curtis Glacier, as well as Mount Baker from the trail to Lake Ann. The lake in a rocky basin, in the midst of this spectacular scenery. On some days you can hear ice echoing through the valley as it crashes down the face of Mount Shuksan. This is a late season hike, as snow can linger here into August.
 
 
Huntoon Point Snowshoe

North Cascades -- Mount Baker Area

 
6.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 1200 ft.
Highest Point: 5200.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
5.00
(5 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.
With a starting elevation of 4,300, this tour is your best guarantee of good snow, even in a lean year.
 
 
Fire and Ice Trail

North Cascades -- Mount Baker Area

 
0.5 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 100 ft.
Highest Point: 4400.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.60
(5 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.
The Fire and Ice trail is the Mount Baker area's premiere interpretive trail, telling the story of how glaciers and volcanoes shaped this impressive place.
 
 
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.