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3897 Hikes
Mount Roosevelt

Snoqualmie Region -- Snoqualmie Pass

 
12.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 3500 ft.
Highest Point: 5835.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
5.00
(1 vote)
A climb off I-90 near Melakwa Lake. Gear and climbing experience required.
 
 
Lake 22

North Cascades -- Mountain Loop Highway

 
5.4 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 1350 ft.
Highest Point: 2400.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.27
(322 votes)
The curiously-named Lake Twentytwo is the center of an oasis of alpine wetland nestled on the northern shoulder of Mount Pilchuck. The hike to the lake combines the best of mountain rainforests, old-growth, wetlands, and mountain views, yet it is readily accessible. In winter the route lends itself to snowshoeing.
 
 
McKenzie Conservation Area

Eastern Washington -- Spokane Area/Coeur d'Alene

 
6.0 miles of trails
Gain: 500 ft.
Highest Point: 2600.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
0.00
(0 votes)
Visit McKenzie to take in the wild side of Newman Lake, where one can watch for moose in the shallows along the 3,000 feet of lakeshore, or possibly see an eagle nab a fish before returning to its nest in the nearby cottonwoods. Mount Spokane and Ragged Ridge make the backdrop for this mellow loop trail system.
 
 
Forest Park - Ridge Trail

Southwest Washington -- Columbia River Gorge - OR

 
4.25 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 982 ft.
Highest Point: 1075.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
0.00
(0 votes)
Traverse Forest Park via an out-and-back or a point-to-point, soaking in urban forest that has old growth, wildflowers, mushrooms, berries and fauna, enjoying occasional glimpses of the Willamette and the fantastic St. Johns Bridge. If desired, take a side excursion along one of the connector trails near the Springville Road trailhead for an extended Tualatin Mountains experience.
 
 
Snowgrass Flat

South Cascades

 
8.2 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 1600 ft.
Highest Point: 5800.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.35
(23 votes)
Enjoy a hike to a beautiful subalpine meadow in the Goat Rocks Wilderness. A good destination all on its own, it can also provide a jumping off point for a longer trip.
 
 
Little Joe Lake

Snoqualmie Region -- Snoqualmie Pass

 
3.6 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 1130 ft.
Highest Point: 4700.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
0.00
(0 votes)
This short, but steep, hiker-only trail leads to a small, forested lake with a large campsite. The trail is mostly covered in forest duff due to the limited foot traffic, making the climb much more pleasant, as do the berries in late summer.
 
 
Snowking Mountain

North Cascades -- North Cascades Highway - Hwy 20

 
Highest Point: 7433.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.50
(2 votes)
Snowking Mountain is a strenuous mountaineering trip or class 3 alpine scramble with stunning panoramic mountain views, deep blue alpine lakes and rewarding isolation.
 
 
Minotaur Lake

Central Cascades -- Stevens Pass - East

 
3.5 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 1905 ft.
Highest Point: 5580.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.93
(30 votes)
Tucked in a cirque a few miles east of Stevens Pass are Minotaur Lake, its immediate neighbor Theseus and overlooking Labyrinth Mountain. This group of alpine destinations, named for symbols in the Greek mythos, make for a great day hike and an excellent workout.
 
 
Labyrinth Mountain

Central Cascades -- Stevens Pass - East

 
4.2 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 2500 ft.
Highest Point: 6366.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.17
(6 votes)
If the steep climb up to Lake Minotaur hasn’t taken all the go out of your legs, adding a mile and another 1,000 feet of climbing will get you to the top of Labyrinth Mountain. From the summit you look down on Minotaur and Theseus Lakes directly below.
 
 
Emerald Lake via Trout Lake Trailhead

Eastern Washington -- Okanogan Highlands/Kettle River Range

 
6.5 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 1430 ft.
Highest Point: 3740.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
2.83
(6 votes)
Exploring a verdant canyon on the east side of the Kettle Range, Hoodoo Trail makes a great early-season conditioning hike or introduction to overnighting. The hike up Hoodoo Canyon from Trout Lake to Emerald Lake is a classic, low-elevation Inland Northwest hike through one of the largest remaining low-elevation roadless areas in the Kettle Range.
 
 
Glacier Peak Meadows

North Cascades -- Mountain Loop Highway

 
25.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 4350 ft.
Highest Point: 6450.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
5.00
(1 vote)
The climb up the North Fork Trail to the Pacific Crest Trail is steep and often buggy, but vast meadows of wildflowers and alpine heaven are the well-earned reward.
 
 
Chief Joseph Wildlife Area - Joseph Canyon

Eastern Washington -- Palouse and Blue Mountains

 
2.0 miles, roundtrip
Highest Point: 1160.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
0.00
(0 votes)
The Chief Joseph Wildlife Area sits in the very southeast corner of Washington State. This trail follows Joseph Creek for a couple miles before ending in overgrowth.
 
 
Emerald Lake via Deadman Trailhead

Eastern Washington -- Okanogan Highlands/Kettle River Range

 
5.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 3100 ft.
Highest Point: 300.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
0.00
(0 votes)
Approach a calm, quiet lake on a rugged canyon trail, where wildflowers bloom in spring, and you can rest lakeside in the heat of the summer.
 
 
Round Lake

North Cascades -- Mountain Loop Highway

 
11.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 4300 ft.
Highest Point: 5600.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.44
(9 votes)
 
While Round Lake, tucked securely in a hidden basin on Lost Creek Ridge, is a wonderful locale, this hike is definitely more about the journey than the destination. After a demanding initial grunt, amble along a mile-high, flower-swaying, peak-packed, view-granting ridge. Savor one of the finest vantages for admiring spiraling Sloan Peak's sprawling sparkling glacier. And if you can ever move your eyes away from this mesmerizing mountain, a multitude of others demand your attention as well.
 
 
Ryan Cabin

Eastern Washington -- Okanogan Highlands/Kettle River Range

 
1.7 miles, one-way
Gain: 700 ft.
Highest Point: 5200.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.33
(3 votes)
One of several feeder trails to the Kettle Crest, the Ryan Cabin Trail provides easy access to numerous route options in the Kettle Range.
 
 
Rim Trail

South Cascades -- Mount Adams Area

 
0.9 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 100 ft.
Highest Point: 3620.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.00
(2 votes)
 
This primitive trail can be difficult to follow as it wanders across a broad forested bench in the heart of the Trapper Creek Wilderness.
 
 
Painted Mountain (Red Mountain)

North Cascades -- Mountain Loop Highway

 
8.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 4875 ft.
Highest Point: 6975.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.33
(6 votes)
 
A climber's trail past the abandoned lookout on Painted Mountain to higher elevations. Experience and comfort with scrambling necessary for this hike.
 
 
Peshastin Pinnacles State Park

Central Cascades -- Leavenworth Area

 
1.5 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 400 ft.
Highest Point: 1450.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.25
(12 votes)
Largely used as a climbing park, Peshastin Pinnacles also makes an ideal stop on Highway 2 to stretch your legs, or as a destination during a visit to Leavenworth, Wenatchee, Cashmere or Chelan. A short trail system offers a nice zigzag, moderately steep loop tour of the base of the climbing areas, and a picnic area makes for a great way to finish the visit off.
 
 
Pilot Ridge

North Cascades -- Mountain Loop Highway

 
Rating:
Average rating:
2.80
(5 votes)
 
A steep, infrequently maintained trail that is part of the White Pass-Pilot ridge Loop.
 
 
Old Stage

Eastern Washington -- Okanogan Highlands/Kettle River Range

 
1.6 miles, one-way
Rating:
Average rating:
3.25
(4 votes)
A trail wide enough for a stage coach, which was its original and still permitted use, Old Stage Trail No. 75 serves as the main feeder trail to the Kettle Crest National Recreation Trail for access to nearby Copper Butte.
 
 
Observation Peak

Southwest Washington -- Lewis River Region

 
5.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 500 ft.
Highest Point: 4207.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.89
(9 votes)
Visit a the site of an old fire lookout, where you'll have views for miles in all directions on a clear day. Along the way, you'll enjoy wildflowers of many varieties, beargrass, and plump huckleberries in the summertime.
 
 
North Fork Sauk River

North Cascades -- Mountain Loop Highway

 
11.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 1000 ft.
Highest Point: 2800.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.12
(8 votes)
Some trails go to lakes, some to high viewpoints. This trail is all about the forest, and what a forest it is! Old-growth trees reach for the sky on either side of a brush-free trail, since understory is minimal when the big old trees block out the light. Find fantastic mushrooms here in the fall and forest wildflowers in the spring and early summer.
 
 
North Fork Sauk Falls

North Cascades -- Mountain Loop Highway

 
0.4 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 200 ft.
Highest Point: 1500.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.00
(8 votes)
This short trail descends 200 feet to the base of a large 45-foot waterfall.
 
 
Lost Creek Ridge

North Cascades -- Mountain Loop Highway

 
14.0 miles, one-way
Gain: 5000 ft.
Highest Point: 5700.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.57
(7 votes)
A rugged trail that offers stunning views and access to several beautiful backcountry lakes.
 
 
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.
 
 
Rhododendron Park

Puget Sound and Islands -- Whidbey Island

 
3.0 miles, roundtrip
Highest Point: 295.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
0.00
(0 votes)
A multi-use county park with a short system of rambling trails through native rhododendron forest in central Whidbey Island.
 
 
Barnum Point

Puget Sound and Islands -- Whidbey Island

 
2.75 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 300 ft.
Highest Point: 130.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
0.00
(0 votes)
Enjoy a series of easy forest trails in this new Island County park. Descend to the beach at both ends of the bluff. Optionally, tide permitting, hike the entire length of the mile-long beach. Either way, finish your hike on more forest trails.
 
 
Harold Engles Memorial Cedars

North Cascades -- Mountain Loop Highway

 
1.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 200 ft.
Highest Point: 1800.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
0.00
(0 votes)
This is a half-mile loop hike past giant cedar trees preserved by Harold Engles, a famous Forest Ranger.
 
 
Double Bluff

Puget Sound and Islands -- Whidbey Island

 
4.0 miles, roundtrip
Rating:
Average rating:
3.50
(12 votes)
Looking for a great day at the beach with the dog? Double Bluff is the place to be! Time it just right and at low tide you could walk for miles!
 
 
Dry Creek

South Cascades -- Mount Adams Area

 
8.4 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 350 ft.
Highest Point: 1500.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.00
(4 votes)
Low-lying with impressive trees bordering each side of it, this trail is a nice option year-round. The Doug-fir bigleaf maple, and hemlock forest canopy in this narrow valley shades hikers in the heat of summer, and in winter the elevation means it's unlikely to have heavy snow to navigate. And since it's a former railroad grade, the trail is easy enough for hikers of all types.