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3897 Hikes
High Rock

South Cascades -- White Pass/Cowlitz River Valley

 
3.2 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 1365 ft.
Highest Point: 5685.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.53
(53 votes)
Topping out at 5685 feet, High Rock is dramatically higher than its surroundings. On a clear day, the exposed summit provides outstanding views all around and down. The trail is moderately steep but short, following Sawtooth Ridge 1.6 miles to the summit, where a fire lookout cabin clings to the top.
 
 
Skyline Trail Loop

Mount Rainier Area -- SW - Longmire/Paradise

 
5.5 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 1450 ft.
Highest Point: 6800.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.61
(70 votes)
The Skyline Trail is the main route for hiking out of Paradise, Mount Rainier’s south side hub and most popular destination, providing visitors a unique opportunity to experience the breathtaking beauty of Washington’s grandest mountain. Even before the historic Paradise Inn was constructed in 1916, the Paradise valley has long been one of the state’s most beloved hiking destinations because of its southern exposure, giving it a longer season than its north side counterpart, Sunrise. In peak season (July and August) your trip along the Skyline Trail will be filled with views of cascading waterfalls, mighty glaciers and subalpine meadows brimming with colorful splashes of lupines, mountain heather, scarlet paintbrush, cascade asters and bistort.
 
 
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.
 
 
Tolmie Peak Lookout - Eunice Lake

Mount Rainier Area -- NW - Carbon River/Mowich

 
7.5 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 1100 ft.
Highest Point: 5900.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.52
(97 votes)
Hike to an old fire lookout with in-your-face views of Mount Rainier and a sapphire blue lake below. Tolmie Peak and Eunice Lake pack a one-two punch when it comes to scenery, but stopping at the picturesque lake is a perfectly acceptable destination as well.
 
 
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.
 
 
Naches Peak Loop

Mount Rainier Area -- SE - Cayuse Pass/Stevens Canyon

 
3.2 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 600 ft.
Highest Point: 5850.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.54
(63 votes)
This popular hike provides a range of alpine experiences in a short loop. Walk along a hillside above a small valley, pause at a viewpoint overlooking a lake, and stroll through grassy meadows with stunning views of Mount Rainier. In season enjoy an abundance of wildflowers or perhaps a handful of huckleberries.
 
 
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.
 
 
Rooster Mountain

Snoqualmie Region -- North Bend Area

 
14.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 4500 ft.
Highest Point: 5340.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.00
(7 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.
Once a popular I-90 guidebook staple, Rooster Mountain trail is actually an unofficial trail up an old road bed. The Forest Service does not maintain it. Route-finding skills to tackle this overgrown, ghostly Cascades excursion. There are far easier and more rewarding peaks in the area, but if you are looking for a challenging trail off the beaten path, quite literally in this case, Rooster Mountain may be just the hike for you.
 
 
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.
 
 
Snoqualmie Lake

Snoqualmie Region -- North Bend Area

 
18.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 1900 ft.
Highest Point: 3147.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.47
(17 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.
Visit this large, quiet lake in the heart of the Alpine Lakes Wilderness. Snoqualmie is accessible both via Highway 2 and the Middle Fork Snoqualmie Road. From the trailhead on Highway 2, it's 7.3 miles to Snoqualmie Lake, and from the Middle Fork Road, it's 9.2 miles. You can even make this a thru-hike if you can arrange a pick-up at the other end.
 
 
Taylor River - Otter Falls

Snoqualmie Region -- North Bend Area

 
11.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 650 ft.
Highest Point: 1750.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.00
(57 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.
Lose yourself in second-growth forest as you traverse an old logging road that heads into quiet wilderness just an hour from the urban sprawl of Puget Sound. Enjoy the sounds of water rushing and birds singing. Explore mossy boulders and cross multiple burbling creeks, even do a small amount of cross-country travel on the way to the piece de resistance – a 1,200 foot waterfall that streams into tiny Lipsy Lake before draining to the Taylor River.
 
 
Gotchen Creek

South Cascades -- Mount Adams Area

 
2.9 miles, one-way
Gain: 1000 ft.
Highest Point: 4600.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
2.75
(4 votes)
Gotchen Creek Trail is a 2.9-mile, high-elevation, single-track in the middle of Gotchen Meadow, south of Mount Adams and the Mount Adams Wilderness. This trail intersects with Cold Springs Trail (#72) and Morrison Creek Trail (#39) and crosses Hole-in-the-Ground Creek.
 
 
Pressentin Park

North Cascades -- North Cascades Highway - Hwy 20

 
2.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 10 ft.
Highest Point: 327.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
0.00
(0 votes)
Park Closed: Due to a renovation project Pressentin Park will be closed until March 31 2022.
This county park consists of 40 acres of old homestead land in Marblemount. The park is for day use only and includes a picnic shelter, fishing and hiking trails.
 
 
Main Fork Dosewallips River

Olympic Peninsula -- Hood Canal

 
15.0 miles, one-way
Gain: 4800 ft.
Highest Point: 5847.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.71
(7 votes)
The Main Fork Dosewallips Trail is a major artery in the Olympic National Park trail system and offers access to remote areas deep within the park. As such, this route is most often traveled by through-hikers or multi-night backpackers on a loop tour of flowery meadows and high passes.
 
 
Olympic Hot Springs

Olympic Peninsula -- Northern Coast

 
4.8 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 600 ft.
Highest Point: 2084.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.55
(11 votes)
Road Closed: The Olympic Hot Springs Trailhead is inaccessible due to a road washout. Hikers can access the trail from the Madison Falls parking area by walking 7.8 miles each way along the road.
Hike to some remote hot springs on the Olympic Peninsula.
 
 
Oyster Dome

Puget Sound and Islands -- Bellingham Area

 
5.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 1050 ft.
Highest Point: 2025.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.10
(155 votes)
Oyster Dome is a rocky promontory on the western slope of Blanchard Mountain, the grandest member of the Chuckanut Mountain range, an extension of the Cascades that rises directly from the ocean. The sheer cliffs of Oyster Dome offer year-round access to commanding views of the San Juans, Skagit River flats, Olympic Mountains, and Samish Bay.
 
 
Granite Mountain

Snoqualmie Region -- Snoqualmie Pass

 
8.6 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 3800 ft.
Highest Point: 5629.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.45
(127 votes)
In winter the trail up Granite Mountain crosses a large avalanche chute early in the hike. Please have experience navigating avalanche terrain and the proper equipment when hiking this trail in the winter
The astounding views from the summit of the Granite Mountain trail come at a price. A nearly-1000-feet-of-elevation-gain-per-mile price. But views of pointed Kaleetan Peak, deep blue Crystal Lake, the climber-dotted Tooth, and Mount Rainier dominating the skyline to the south make it all worth it.
 
 
Noble Knob

Mount Rainier Area -- Chinook Pass - Hwy 410

 
5.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 950 ft.
Highest Point: 6011.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.23
(35 votes)
This hike up to a former lookout site provides spectacular views of Mount Rainier and the surrounding landscape.
 
 
Lake Ann

Snoqualmie Region -- Salmon La Sac/Teanaway

 
8.2 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 2200 ft.
Highest Point: 6500.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.73
(11 votes)
Discover a pleasant alpine lake alternative to nearby, crowded Lake Ingalls. Tranquil Lake Ann can't boast the same dramatic view of jagged Mount Stuart, but it has its fair share of scenery, especially during fall when the larches around it turn to gold.
 
 
Goldmyer Hot Springs

Snoqualmie Region -- North Bend Area

 
24.0 miles, roundtrip
Rating:
Average rating:
4.00
(10 votes)
The way to Goldmyer Hot Springs is a delightful forest walk through deep woods, along the rushing Snoqualmie River, and ultimately to a beautiful privately owned hot springs tucked against the Alpine Lakes Wilderness. Because it is privately owned by a non-profit, reservations are strongly recommended and are the only way to assure access to the property and hot springs.
 
 
Gem Lake

Snoqualmie Region -- Snoqualmie Pass

 
10.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 2200 ft.
Highest Point: 4857.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.38
(34 votes)
Gem Lake is nestled at the foot of Wright Mountain and is about two miles beyond the trail junction at Rock Creek trail #1013.1 that intersects with the Snow Lake trail starting at Alpental. Beautiful colors surround the lake in autumn as do the many climbable peaks in the area.
 
 
Summit Lake

Mount Rainier Area -- NW - Carbon River/Mowich

 
6.1 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 1300 ft.
Highest Point: 5800.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.44
(66 votes)
This popular summer trail offers wildflower-filled meadows, a glistening alpine lake, big mountain views and wildlife sighting aplenty.
 
 
Blue Lake

North Cascades -- North Cascades Highway - Hwy 20

 
4.4 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 1050 ft.
Highest Point: 6254.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.37
(70 votes)
At 6254 feet, Blue Lake sits quietly a little over two trail miles from Highway 20. With towering granite peaks, forests, meadows, wildflowers, and of course the beautiful mountain lake surrounded by granite that reaches for the sky, this short hike is easily a classic and should be on your must-hike list. With only 1050 feet of elevation gain this hike is doable for almost everyone. If you’re driving over Highway 20 and don’t have all day, stop for this mountain gem.
 
 
Tahoma Creek

Mount Rainier Area -- SW - Longmire/Paradise

 
Rating:
Average rating:
4.00
(6 votes)
 
Trail closed: The Tahoma Creek Trail is washed out, difficult to navigate and travels through a hazardous area.
 
 
Swauk Forest Discovery Trail

Central Cascades -- Blewett Pass

 
2.45 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 660 ft.
Highest Point: 4530.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.92
(13 votes)
This popular summer trail offers a wonderful place to learn about woodland ecosystems with 25 different interpretive stops. Wandering just under three miles through woods and meadows near the summit of Blewett Pass, With five log benches throughout providing fascinating views. It also gives insight into an area recovering after a burn towards the end of the trail.
 
 
Seattle Park

Mount Rainier Area -- NW - Carbon River/Mowich

 
11.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 1500 ft.
Highest Point: 6400.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.14
(7 votes)
Venture into Seattle Park, a wilder, more remote version of more popular Spray Park, and enjoy verdant meadows and rugged scenery.