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Results List

3897 Hikes
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.
 
 
Mount Jupiter

Olympic Peninsula -- Hood Canal

 
14.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 3950 ft.
Highest Point: 5701.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.25
(12 votes)
and access may vary as logging continues. Doublecheck by reading trip reports or call the Hood Canal Ranger District for updates
A long road walk through a logging operation is required to access this trailhead.
 
 
Mount Ellinor

Olympic Peninsula -- Hood Canal

 
6.2 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 3300 ft.
Highest Point: 5944.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.58
(103 votes)
Mount Ellinor is the southern-most prominence on the eastern front of the Olympics. This makes its peak easy to point out to your friends when you say, ”I was up there.” Mount Ellinor also gives you two trailheads to choose from. The lower trailhead at 2,600 feet welcomes you to the ascent with an easy grade at the outset. The route from the upper trailhead at 3,500 feet starts out with a nearly immediate upward jolt. The trails merge well before the summit and continue upward at a character-building grade.
 
 
Spider Gap

Central Cascades -- Entiat Mountains/Lake Chelan

 
1.2 miles, one-way
Gain: 1650 ft.
Highest Point: 7040.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.33
(6 votes)
Spider Gap is the pass in the ridge between Spider Meadow and Lyman Lakes. Start out on the Phelps Creek Trail to its end in Spider Meadow. The Spider Gap Trail climbs steeply from here for 1.2 miles, topping out at the ridge and connecting to the Lyman Lakes Trail.
 
 
Palouse to Cascades Trail - South Cle Elum Trailhead

Snoqualmie Region -- Salmon La Sac/Teanaway

 
Rating:
Average rating:
0.00
(0 votes)
 
A section of the longer Palouse to Cascades Trail.
 
 
Buck Creek Falls Loop

South Cascades -- Mount Adams Area

 
3.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 770 ft.
Highest Point: 1090.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
0.00
(0 votes)
A short, family-friendly loop that can be done all year round. You'll meander through douglas fir, western redcedar, bigleaf maple, and other deciduous trees, along a creek, and end at a lovely waterfall, perfect for picnicking.
 
 
Sawtooth View via Aspen Lake

North Cascades -- Methow/Sawtooth

 
6.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 1170 ft.
Highest Point: 3578.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
0.00
(0 votes)
Take a short hike to a cattail fringed lake and beyond through a blackened forest to grand views of the Sawtooth Range. It's a four-season hike boasting beauty in all seasons, pristine snow, spring and summer flowers, and some fall colors.
 
 
Douglas Falls Grange Park - Nature Loop Trail

Eastern Washington -- Selkirk Range

 
1.5 miles, roundtrip
Rating:
Average rating:
3.00
(1 vote)
 
 
Shell Rock

Central Washington -- Yakima

 
6.0 miles, one-way
Gain: 1100 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
2.80
(5 votes)
 
 
Patterson Mountain

North Cascades -- Methow/Sawtooth

 
4.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 1070 ft.
Highest Point: 3520.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.89
(9 votes)
This short hike to the top of Patterson Mountain provides great views across and along the Methow Valley from Twisp to Mazama, while to the west lies the Sawtooth Range.
 
 
Manastash Ridge - Observatory Road

Central Washington -- Yakima

 
4.5 miles, one-way
Gain: 900 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
2.67
(3 votes)
 
 
Mount Clifty

Snoqualmie Region -- Cle Elum Area

 
Rating:
Average rating:
3.25
(4 votes)
 
A trail near Manastash Ridge.
 
 
Sherman Point Loop

Eastern Washington -- Okanogan Highlands/Kettle River Range

 
3.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 200 ft.
Highest Point: 1475.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.00
(1 vote)
Easy access and a gentle grade make this a great wildlife-viewing hike for all ability levels.
 
 
Columbia Hills State Park - Stacker Butte

Southwest Washington -- Columbia River Gorge - WA

 
5.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 1150 ft.
Highest Point: 3200.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.00
(1 vote)
If your car can take the chassis-rattling drive to the Stacker Butte trailhead, you'll be rewarded with one of the most gratifying views-per-mile hikes in Washington. The Columbia Hills Natural Area Preserve boasts spreading views of the east side of the Columbia River Gorge, both in Washington and Oregon, and provides one of the only protected areas for houndstongue hawkweed and Idaho fescue grasslands. These protected plants need mininmal disturbance, so it's especially important to stay on trail and four-legged hiking companions have to stay home from this hike.
 
 
Ewok Trail

Snoqualmie Region -- Salmon La Sac/Teanaway

 
Rating:
Average rating:
0.00
(0 votes)
 
This trail starts on the NW side of Roslyn and heads up the ridge.
 
 
Monte Carlo via Middle Fork Camp

South Cascades -- Mount Adams Area

 
6.3 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 1860 ft.
Highest Point: 4040.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.00
(2 votes)
The Monte Cristo Range just north of Willard offers quiet forest, and miles of solitary rambling. There are a myriad of ways to access this trail network, including this one, which starts in the middle of the mountains.