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WTA's hiking guide is the most comprehensive database of hikes in Washington, and comprises content written by local hiking experts and user submitted information. All data is vetted by WTA staff. This resource is made possible by the donations of WTA members.

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1661 Hikes
Snoqualmie Falls

Snoqualmie Region -- North Bend Area

 
1.4 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 250 ft.
Highest Point: 450.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.61
(38 votes)
The 0.7-mile interpretive trail from the upper falls viewpoints to the lower falls viewpoint is family- and pet-friendly, good for beginners, teaches the basics of the flora and fauna near Snoqualmie Pass, informs about local Native American culture, and ends with impressive views of a Washington icon.
 
 
Goat Lake

North Cascades -- Mountain Loop Highway

 
10.4 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 1400 ft.
Highest Point: 3161.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.21
(121 votes)
A nice hike with plenty of variety. Beautiful forest, a rushing creek, waterfalls of all shapes and sizes, history, and of course a large blue-green lake surrounded by snowy peaks. At 10.4 miles, it can be either a day-hike or a quick early season overnight. You won’t be alone, though – this is a popular trail with both hikers and backpackers.
 
 
Goat Creek

South Cascades -- Mount St. Helens

 
11.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 400 ft.
Highest Point: 2400.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.33
(9 votes)
Hike along a lush green valley wall above Goat Creek in the Mount St. Helens National Volcanic Monument. Because this part of the monument is so infrequently visited, it's possible you won't see another soul on the trail, meaning you'll get to have the incredible Cathedral Falls all to yourself.
 
 
Franklin Falls

Snoqualmie Region -- Snoqualmie Pass

 
2.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 400 ft.
Highest Point: 2600.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.13
(103 votes)
Hiking with kids, new to hiking, or just looking for an easy day hike with a spectacular endpoint? Look no further then Franklin Falls! At just 2 miles with 400 feet in elevation gain it is the perfect destination for any hiker looking for something easy and beautiful!
 
 
Fragrance Lake

Puget Sound and Islands -- Bellingham Area

 
5.5 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 950 ft.
Highest Point: 1050.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.75
(51 votes)
The year-round, dog-friendly day hike to Fragrance Lake in the Chuckanut Recreation Area is popular with college students and faculty from Western Washington University in nearby Bellingham, and with day visitors and car campers at Larrabee State Park. On a sunny weekend afternoon you could easily lose count of the number of smiles and “hullos” you’ll exchange!
 
 
Fort Casey State Park

Puget Sound and Islands -- Bellingham Area

 
2.5 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 200 ft.
Highest Point: 200.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.57
(7 votes)
This is more of a stroll than a hike . It is of historical interest with interpretive signs along the way. Beach walking is also present. Fort Casey was one of three forts chosen in 1896 to form a triangle for protection of Puget Sound. Fort Worden and Fort Flagler were the other two. All have become State Parks. Their use for coastal protection proved to be impractical so their use became a place for instruction and training of troops during both of the world wars.
 
 
Excelsior Pass via Nooksack River

North Cascades -- Mount Baker Area

 
7.8 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 3600 ft.
Highest Point: 5400.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.77
(13 votes)
This trail is a staircase of switchbacks that march ever upward through thick forest to deliver hikers to an iconic ridge walk in the North Cascades.
 
 
Entiat River

Central Cascades -- Entiat Mountains/Lake Chelan

 
15.25 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 2690 ft.
Highest Point: 5760.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.80
(5 votes)
A long, rambling gateway into the eastern side of Glacier Peak Wilderness, the Entiat River Trail culminates at its namesake glacier with Mount Maude, Seven Fingered Jack and Mount Fernow towering above. Ravaged by wildfires over the years, the majority of the trail is exposed, dry and dusty. Both flora and fauna are slowly returning and the revealed panorama of bordering peaks makes for an extraordinary wilderness corridor.
 
 
Emerald Park

Central Cascades -- Entiat Mountains/Lake Chelan

 
13.0 miles, one-way
Gain: 6250 ft.
Highest Point: 6700.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
2.50
(4 votes)
Emerald Park is a long trail connecting Lake Chelan to the east and the Entiat River Trail to the west.
 
 
East Fork Lewis River

Southwest Washington -- Lewis River Region

 
8.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 2500 ft.
Highest Point: 4000.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
2.38
(8 votes)
If you like rugged, primitive trails, creek crossings with no bridges and finding a great view at the end of the trail, this hike is for you.
 
 
Upper Dungeness River

Olympic Peninsula -- Hood Canal

 
6.8 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 600 ft.
Highest Point: 3100.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.36
(11 votes)
The Upper Dungeness River trail is an easy stroll along a roaring river and among towering trees. It’s great for all ages (as long as the trail is snow- and ice-free), and the shelter at Camp Handy is a welcome and dry lunch destination on rainy days.
 
 
Duckabush River

Olympic Peninsula -- Hood Canal

 
10.6 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 2300 ft.
Highest Point: 1750.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.65
(34 votes)
Explore one of the quieter Olympic Peninsula river valleys. Quiet, that is, if you don't count the Duckabush River's constant belching, crashing, and churning as it tumbles over giant boulders and squeezes through narrow rocky clefts.
 
 
Dry Creek

Olympic Peninsula -- Hood Canal

 
6.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 800 ft.
Highest Point: 1600.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
2.67
(6 votes)
Climb through second-growth forest to a not-so-dry creek, while enjoying spring wildflowers and views of nearby Lake Cushman and surrounding peaks.
 
 
Dog Mountain

Southwest Washington -- Columbia River Gorge - WA

 
6.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 2800 ft.
Highest Point: 2948.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.32
(31 votes)
The stunning views and unparalleled springtime flowers make this one of the most popular hikes in the Gorge. On a good day, you can get a bird’s eye view of Mount Hood and the Columbia River. In the spring the top is carpeted with vibrant yellow balsam root. Although the trail is steep and sometimes crowded, this hike is unquestionably worth the effort.
 
 
Dishman Hills Natural Area - Nimbus Knob Loop

Eastern Washington -- Spokane Area/Coeur d'Alene

 
3.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 400 ft.
Highest Point: 2350.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.00
(1 vote)
This is a loop hike created in April 2013 to provide for a new hiking experience while preserving some areas of the natural area for wildlife.
 
 
Denny Creek

Snoqualmie Region -- Snoqualmie Pass

 
6.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 1345 ft.
Highest Point: 3642.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.03
(60 votes)
A popular trail, thanks to its gentle, family friendly grade with amazing destinations. The natural water slide area at Denny Creek is a must visit for families! Keekwulee Falls offers a stunning viewpoint that is easily accessible. Snowshoe Falls maybe a bit elusive and more difficult to see from the trail, but is also a beautiful natural wonder.
 
 
Hyas Lake

Snoqualmie Region -- Salmon La Sac/Teanaway

 
4.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 100 ft.
Highest Point: 3500.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
2.50
(10 votes)
The relatively flat hike to this long, shallow lake makes an excellent destination for families with children or an easy overnight camping trip.
 
 
Deception Creek

Central Cascades -- Stevens Pass - West

 
11.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 1200 ft.
Highest Point: 3150.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.80
(20 votes)
Everything that makes a river hike fun is here, cool bridges, waterfalls, big trees, lots of dripping moss, and mushrooms.
 
 
Dalles Ridge

Mount Rainier Area -- Chinook Pass - Hwy 410

 
1.8 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 200 ft.
Highest Point: 5700.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.00
(6 votes)
Dalles Ridge is the primary way that hikers access the popular Noble Knob Trail and Ranger Creek. It provides hikers with a beautiful ridge walk after a steady climb from the trailhead.
 
 
Crow Lake Way

Mount Rainier Area -- Chinook Pass - Hwy 410

 
12.4 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 3340 ft.
Highest Point: 5850.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
2.60
(5 votes)
Are you looking for an early summer, dry-side, flowered workout? The eastern third of this trail is for you, with its many flowers and increasing views over the American River valley. Just be ready for the stark nature of the fire ravaged forest.
 
 
Cramer Lake

South Cascades -- White Pass/Cowlitz River Valley

 
3.4 miles, one-way
Gain: 950 ft.
Highest Point: 5067.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.00
(7 votes)
The south end of the William O. Douglas Wilderness is rolling country swathed in mature forest that is interrupted by dozens of named, and many more unnamed, lakes. A visit to scenic Cramer Lake, with its clear water, good fishing, and comfortable campsites will leave you wanting to explore deeper into the Tumac Plateau.
 
 
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.
 
 
Cougar Trails

Southwest Washington -- Vancouver Area

 
6.0 miles of trails
Gain: 308 ft.
Highest Point: 240.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.50
(2 votes)
The Cougar Trails network contains six miles of moderately trafficked trails on the WSU Vancouver campus. Encompassing a river, a disc golf field, and quiet forested areas, this network is good for all skill levels.
 
 
Klondike Swamp

Issaquah Alps -- Cougar Mountain

 
2.5 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 110 ft.
Highest Point: 1270.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.20
(5 votes)
The Klondike Swamp Trail traverses much of what is special about Cougar Mountain Park, utilizing old logging roads and railroad grades that take you through charming second growth forest. The loop is easily accessed from the Sky Country Trailhead in Bellevue, and offers a nearly level grade for most of the journey.
 
 
Clear Fork Trail

South Cascades

 
9.6 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 1200 ft.
Highest Point: 4800.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.00
(1 vote)
Many hikers only see the first couple miles of this trail, since Lily Lake is a popular location for families. But the Clear Fork Trail is many miles long, and offers fantastic adventure past the small lake.
 
 
Clackamas Mountain

Eastern Washington -- Okanogan Highlands/Kettle River Range

 
10.0 miles, roundtrip
Rating:
Average rating:
4.33
(3 votes)
Part of the Pacific Northwest National Scenic Trail, Clackamas Mountain Trail travels up to the summit of Clackamas Mountain with great views to the west. It then traverses down the north side to Cougar Creek and connects to the Cougar Creek #100 road.
 
 
Chybinski Loop

Issaquah Alps -- Squak Mountain

 
7.7 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 2100 ft.
Highest Point: 1800.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.29
(7 votes)
The Chybinski Loop is located in the Cougar/Squak Mountain Corridor, and has many connecting trails and loop options.
 
 
Larrabee State Park - Chuckanut Falls

Puget Sound and Islands -- Bellingham Area

 
2.6 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 640 ft.
Highest Point: 540.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.50
(4 votes)
Take a short hike to a pleasant waterfall tucked away on the northeast corner of Larrabee State Park.
 
 
Chelan Lakeshore Trail

Central Cascades -- Entiat Mountains/Lake Chelan

 
17.0 miles, one-way
Gain: 4030 ft.
Highest Point: 1700.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.94
(16 votes)
Looking for an early-season backpack featuring craggy, snow-capped peaks, a sapphire-blue lake, a myriad of wildflowers, and a trail that’s regularly maintained by WTA volunteers? The 17-mile thru-hike on the Chelan Lakeshore Trail might be just the thing for you.
 
 
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.