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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
 
0.75 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 25 ft.
Highest Point: 200.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.00
(7 votes)
North Head Lighthouse is closed for tours until further notice due to COVID 19
Take a couple of ADA-accessible trails to some of the most scenic parts of Cape Disappointment State Park.
 
 
Antoine Peak Conservation Area - Canfield Gulch

Eastern Washington -- Spokane Area/Coeur d'Alene

 
5.3 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 1030 ft.
Highest Point: 3366.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.00
(1 vote)
Antoine Peak has a whole lot of new after the summer of 2016: a new westside parking lot to improve access, and a new trail on Canfield Gulch courtesy of WTA volunteers.
 
 
Camp Long

Puget Sound and Islands -- Seattle-Tacoma Area

 
1.6 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 240 ft.
Highest Point: 350.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.57
(7 votes)
Camp Long is a hidden gem, a 68-acre enclave in West Seattle featuring old growth forest, wildlife, a variety of hiking trails, rock climbing, ropes courses, camping, and environmental education.
 
 
Beacon Rock State Park - Bridge Trail

Southwest Washington -- Columbia River Gorge - WA

 
1.0 miles, one-way
Rating:
Average rating:
2.33
(3 votes)
This approximately one mile trail provides a link between the East Hardy Ridge Trail and the Upper Hardy Creek Trail to providing multiple loop options in the backcountry of Beacon Rock State Park. With its majestic bridge across Hardy Creek, lush evergreen forest and enchanting stream crossings, it is a worthy destination in itself.
 
 
Boundary Way

North Cascades -- Mount Baker Area

 
8.2 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 1458 ft.
Highest Point: 5658.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.20
(5 votes)
Put your navigational skills to the test! This unmaintained trail just off Damfino Lakes trail may be brushy, but if you can find your way to Boundary Way, you'll be rewarded with breathtaking views into Canada and the epic North Cascades.
 
 
Boulder River

North Cascades -- Mountain Loop Highway

 
8.6 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 700 ft.
Highest Point: 1550.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.93
(123 votes)
The Boulder River trail is a nice hike that can be done any time of year. Come in winter while the rain is dripping off the mossy trees, photograph the waterfalls filled with spring snowmelt. Take the kids out for a little picnic in the summer, or leaf collecting in the fall. Come anytime midweek for quiet contemplation.
 
 
Blandford Canyon

Southwest Washington -- Vancouver Area

 
0.9 miles of trails
Gain: 75 ft.
Highest Point: 175.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.00
(1 vote)
A small network of trails connects the neighborhoods of South Cliff and DuBois across Blandford Road in Vancouver. Visit both parks, but do know you’ll have to cross a road to get the full experience.
 
 
Blanca Lake

Central Cascades -- Stevens Pass - West

 
7.5 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 3300 ft.
Highest Point: 4600.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.44
(142 votes)
Visit one of the most striking lakes in the Henry M. Jackson wilderness. The vibrant blue of the glacier-fed lake provides the perfect rest stop for hikers who have braved the thirty-odd, steep switchbacks that lead to the lake.
 
 
Black Diamond Open Space

Puget Sound and Islands -- Seattle-Tacoma Area

 
17.0 miles of trails
Highest Point: 700.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
2.00
(3 votes)
The Black Diamond Open space consists of 1,240 forested acres including wetlands, peat bogs, streams and portions of the protected migratory corridor known as the Wildlife Habitat Network. Explore the 17 miles of non-motorized trails only two miles north of Black Diamond and six miles to the south of Maple Valley.
 
 
Dishman Hills Conservation Area - Rocks of Sharon

Eastern Washington -- Spokane Area/Coeur d'Alene

 
3.3 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 800 ft.
Highest Point: 3400.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.67
(3 votes)
This short hike offers something to please the geology buff and the shutterbug alike.
 
 
Marmot Pass

Olympic Peninsula -- Hood Canal

 
11.5 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 3489 ft.
Highest Point: 6000.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.47
(72 votes)
Marmot Pass offers great views and a gentle hike through old-growth forest as well as high meadows. It is a great day hike, but also offers a great starting place for a variety of overnight options.
 
 
Big Finn Hill Park

Puget Sound and Islands -- Seattle-Tacoma Area

 
9.5 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 100 ft.
Highest Point: 450.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
2.75
(4 votes)
Big Finn Hill Park is the lesser-known cousin to the adjoining Saint Edwards State Park in Kirkland. Its expansive 220 acres are worth exploring and getting to know for their miles of meandering trails fit for mountain biking and casual strolling. Chock-full of tall Douglas-firs, ferns and bright green mosses, it offers possibilities to spot eagles, deer and owls.
 
 
Bead Lake

Eastern Washington -- Selkirk Range

 
11.4 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 400 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.71
(7 votes)
Hug the shoreline for a lovely out-and-back trek along the undeveloped side of Bead Lake.
 
 
East Bank Baker Lake

North Cascades -- North Cascades Highway - Hwy 20

 
9.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 500 ft.
Highest Point: 1000.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.70
(20 votes)
This hike along Baker Lake is a busy, popular trail in summer. It is a nice off season walk though, and is perfect on a crisp, clear winter day. With the leaves off the trees, views that aren't possible in summer emerge; the surrounding peaks and the mossy green silhouettes of the leafless maple trees cover the hillside. A bonus any time of year are the many creeks, quaint bridges, large old-growth trees and of course, Mount Baker as the main attraction.
 
 
Bagley Lakes

North Cascades -- Mount Baker Area

 
2.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 150 ft.
Highest Point: 4300.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.85
(20 votes)
Campfires are not allowed in this area
Bring the family for this easy hike at Heather Meadows. Two sparkling alpine lakes, an abundance of wildflowers, an impressive mountainous backdrop and a year-round snowfield make this a hike that will please everybody. What's more, this trail gets a fraction of the foot traffic that the trails at Artist Point get in late summer.
 
 
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.
 
 
Antoine Peak Conservation Area

Eastern Washington -- Spokane Area/Coeur d'Alene

 
9.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 732 ft.
Highest Point: 3366.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
5.00
(1 vote)
Acquired in three phases through Spokane County’s Conservation Futures Program, with additional funding secured through the Washington State Recreation and Conservation Office, the Antoine Peak Conservation Area offers fantastic views overlooking Liberty Lake, the Spokane Valley, and north to Mount Spokane and the Selkirk Range. The trail system of old roadbeds on this 1,066-acre parcel boasts over nine miles of total trail length.
 
 
Anti-Aircraft Peak Loop

Issaquah Alps -- Cougar Mountain

 
4.75 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 450 ft.
Highest Point: 1380.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.05
(19 votes)
Hike a loop around Anti-Aircraft Peak in the Cougar Mountain Regional Wildland Park. Hike past sites associated with coal and clay mining, and a former 1950s-era anti-aircraft missile installation. Enjoy good forest trails, some seasonal wildflowers, and a million-dollar view.
 
 
Annette Lake

Snoqualmie Region -- Snoqualmie Pass

 
7.5 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 1800 ft.
Highest Point: 3600.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.84
(194 votes)
Waterfalls, wildflowers, sheltering forests, mountain views and an alpine lake are offered on this well-maintained trail. At the lake, enjoy the sights and relax for a while. If you backpacked in, stay at the campsites for a sunrise and sunset on the lake.
 
 
Abercrombie Mountain Trail

Eastern Washington -- Selkirk Range

 
7.3 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 2350 ft.
Highest Point: 7300.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
2.57
(7 votes)
From Eastern Washington’s second-highest peak, the former home to Eastern Washington’s second-highest lookout, take in hundreds of square miles of rolling forested terrain, from the Canadian Purcells to the Columbia Plateau.
 
 
Wood Lake

South Cascades -- Mount Adams Area

 
1.5 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 250 ft.
Highest Point: 5110.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
2.67
(6 votes)
Two approaches, one longer and easier and the other shorter and harder, access this spur trail off the PCT to a serene mountain lake.
 
 
Bullitt Fireplace Trail

Issaquah Alps -- Squak Mountain

 
4.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 1100 ft.
Highest Point: 1830.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.07
(14 votes)
Hike a two-mile forest trail on the north side of Squak Mountain to reach the site of a former cabin owned by the Bullitt family. Only the massive fireplace and the foundation remain today. Optionally, extend your hike to Central Peak, the highest point on Squak Mountain (no view,) and make it an interesting loop by returning via the Old Griz and East Side Trails.
 
 
Ira Spring Trail - Mason Lake

Snoqualmie Region -- Snoqualmie Pass

 
6.5 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 2420 ft.
Highest Point: 4320.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.18
(133 votes)
Sun drenched ridgelines, blooming trillium, and sparkling alpine waters define this fitting tribute to one of Washington’s greatest trail advocates.
 
 
Baldy Mountain

Central Washington -- Yakima

 
5.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 1972 ft.
Highest Point: 3212.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.14
(7 votes)
This hike in the Yakima River Canyon is an excellent conditioning hike for anyone looking to train in the winter months.
 
 
Bare Mountain

Snoqualmie Region -- North Bend Area

 
8.6 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 3300 ft.
Highest Point: 5353.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.77
(22 votes)
Bare Mountain, the site of a former fire lookout, is a superb viewpoint with mountains in every direction and lakes close by. In season, appreciate the great variety of wildflowers, beginning at the trailhead and continuing all the way to the summit. And be alert for birds and wild critters. They are out there.
 
 
Monkey Bear Falls

Central Cascades -- Entiat Mountains/Lake Chelan

 
5.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 200 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
2.83
(6 votes)
Hike this lovely, flat trail in the forests of the North Cascades to a quiet waterfall about 2.5 miles from Holden Village.
 
 
Battle Point Park Trail

Puget Sound and Islands -- Seattle-Tacoma Area

 
3.5 miles of trails
Rating:
Average rating:
5.00
(1 vote)
There are over three miles of trails in this community park. Visitors can stop by for a quick dose of nature or do the full loop for a longer walk.
 
 
Wallace Falls - Lake Loop

Central Cascades -- Stevens Pass - West

 
9.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 1544 ft.
Highest Point: 1844.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.55
(20 votes)
This fine loop trail gives you scenery, mileage, and some elevation gain, with the bonus of being hikeable year-round. Start by wandering along the Wallace River as it tumbles down from the famous falls. Get your pictures of the falls, then continue your hike by including the large forested Wallace Lake. Return through a green shag carpet of moss, sword ferns and hemlock, following the North Fork Wallace River as it rushes to meet the main Wallace River and your return trail.
 
 
Quartz Creek/Lake Blethen

Snoqualmie Region

 
11.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 2550 ft.
Highest Point: 3700.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
2.17
(6 votes)
Trail Closed: The Snoqualmie Lake trailhead and trail will be closed beginning October 18 for trailhead expansion and toilet installation. The 5640 road that leads to the trailhead will also be closed for road improvements to facilitate construction. It is anticipated that the construction will occur for about a month. This timeline will be updated as the Forest Service progress’s through the project.
Less of a trail than a road walk, the route up Quartz Creek offers quiet and solitude in the Middle Fork Valley.
 
 
Nordrum Lake

Snoqualmie Region -- North Bend Area

 
19.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 4172 ft.
Highest Point: 3675.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
2.88
(8 votes)
Trail Closed: The Snoqualmie Lake trailhead and trail will be closed beginning October 18 for trailhead expansion and toilet installation. The 5640 road that leads to the trailhead will also be closed for road improvements to facilitate construction. It is anticipated that the construction will occur for about a month. This timeline will be updated as the Forest Service progress’s through the project.
A steep and seldom traveled trail settled in what is now Alpine Lakes Wilderness, Nordrum Lake provides giant old-growth conifers, rivers, streams, waterfalls – and quite a workout! This narrow path cuts off the Taylor River/Snoqualmie Lake trail after about 6.5 miles, and doesn’t stop climbing until you reach the lake at about 3675’. But don’t worry, the giant cedars and firs provide shade throughout the entirety of the hike, keeping you cool on even the hottest of summer days.