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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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Results List

374 Hikes
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.
 
 
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.
 
 
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.
 
 
Hall of Mosses

Olympic Peninsula -- Pacific Coast

 
0.8 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 100 ft.
Highest Point: 600.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.45
(20 votes)
A short rainforest loop from the Hoh Rain Forest Visitor Center in Olympic National Park.
 
 
Capitol State Forest - Waddell Basin West

Olympic Peninsula -- Olympia

 
9.22 miles, one-way
Gain: 1390 ft.
Highest Point: 1035.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
0.00
(0 votes)
A motorized trail in Capitol State Forest.
 
 
Lyre Conservation Area

Olympic Peninsula -- Northern Coast

 
2.5 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 235 ft.
Highest Point: 180.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
5.00
(1 vote)
A lovely protected space on a half-mile of beach along the Strait of Juan de Fuca. This area is just 20 miles west of Port Angeles -- perfect for a picnic or a short day trip.
 
 
Moments in Time Interpretive Trail

Olympic Peninsula -- Northern Coast

 
1.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 25 ft.
Highest Point: 600.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.50
(2 votes)
An interpretive nature trail along the shore of Lake Crescent. The trail leads through forest, a small meadow and lake shore. This trail is accessible to most hikers. This trail was formerly known as the Barnes Point Nature Trail, but is now called the Moments in Time Trail on the National Park Service Lake Crescent Area Trail Brochure.
 
 
Jarrell Cove State Park - Harstine Island

Olympic Peninsula -- Kitsap Peninsula

 
1.5 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 200 ft.
Highest Point: 175.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.50
(6 votes)
Accessible only by bridge or by boat, Jarrell Cove State Park administers several small recreation areas, including Harstine Island, McMicken Island, Stretch Point, Eagle Island and Hope Island. Harstine Island is a day-use property with beach access via a half-mile trail; the other areas area all only accessible by boat.
 
 
Bayshore Preserve

Olympic Peninsula -- Olympia

 
2.0 miles of trails
Gain: 75 ft.
Highest Point: 40.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
2.00
(1 vote)
Bayshore Preserve is a 74-acre spread of land on the Bayshore Peninsula which pokes into Oakland Bay. A former golf course, WTA is working on improving the informal trails here so hikers can enjoy an area that is undergoing restoration efforts.
 
 
Quinault Rainforest Nature Loop

Olympic Peninsula -- Pacific Coast

 
0.5 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 40 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.73
(11 votes)
Do a short interpretive loop that passes a crashing creek as it heads to the ocean, gaze up at dizzyingly tall trees, and soak it all in – literally. The Quinault rainforest can average 140 inches of rain each year, so bring your gear – there will be plenty of puddles to splash in on this hike!
 
 
Big Creek

Olympic Peninsula -- Hood Canal

 
4.3 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 850 ft.
Highest Point: 1850.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.98
(40 votes)
This low-key loop in the shadow of Mount Ellinor makes for a great respite on a hot summer day or a low-country winter ramble when it's rainy.
 
 
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.
 
 
Fort Flagler State Park

Olympic Peninsula -- Hood Canal

 
5.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 150 ft.
Highest Point: 150.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
2.67
(9 votes)
Fort Flagler State Park is one of five impressive military installations that were established in close proximity to protect Puget Sound from invaders during times of war.
 
 
Flapjack Lakes via North Fork Skokomish River

Olympic Peninsula -- Hood Canal

 
15.4 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 3050 ft.
Highest Point: 3850.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.06
(17 votes)
This is a burly day trip, but a great overnight destination for exploring the Sawtooth Range in the Olympic high country.
 
 
Gladys Divide

Olympic Peninsula -- Hood Canal

 
18.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 4000 ft.
Highest Point: 5050.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.44
(9 votes)
Find solitude among expansive views of the Olympic interior on this strenuous but rewarding backpack.
 
 
Kestner Homestead - Maple Glade

Olympic Peninsula -- Pacific Coast

 
1.5 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 30 ft.
Highest Point: 260.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.00
(4 votes)
 
This short interpretive takes you through a homestead from the 1800s. Relics from the past along the way include an old barn, the home that the Kestner and Higley families occupied, and various outbuildings and equipment they used.
 
 
Queets Campground Loop

Olympic Peninsula -- Pacific Coast

 
2.8 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 50 ft.
Highest Point: 300.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.71
(7 votes)
The Queets Campground Loop is a quintessential rainforest experience. At just under three miles, it provides visitors with a generous variety of nature. Giant spruce and hemlock rise above great galleries of fern and oxalis. The wind whispers the memories of abandoned homesteads in the grasses of shrinking meadows. Owls hoot and frogs croak the song of an ancient melody. One stands here often and wonders.
 
 
High Divide - Seven Lakes Basin Loop

Olympic Peninsula -- Northern Coast

 
19.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 4000 ft.
Highest Point: 5120.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.53
(30 votes)
Stunning views, stargazing, backcountry lakes and plentiful wildlife await you on this classic 19-mile loop on the Olympic Mountains’ stunning Seven Lakes Basin and High Divide Trail.
 
 
Marmot Pass

Olympic Peninsula -- Hood Canal

 
11.5 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 3489 ft.
Highest Point: 6000.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.46
(71 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.
 
 
Upper Lena Lake

Olympic Peninsula -- Hood Canal

 
14.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 3900 ft.
Highest Point: 4600.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.23
(31 votes)
The trail to Lena Lake is a pretty, and popular, weekend destination. But hearty hikers and backpackers who venture to Upper Lena Lake will leave the crowds behind and experience a little bit of nirvana.
 
 
Lena Lake

Olympic Peninsula -- Hood Canal

 
7.2 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 1300 ft.
Highest Point: 2000.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.11
(88 votes)
The hike to Lena Lake is doable for nearly every type of hiker, and the traffic on the trail is evidence of it. A wide path switchbacks gently at first and then just a little more steeply uphill through old- and second-growth forest to a large lake ringed by silent sentinels--huge old-growth fir trees that keep watch over day hikers and campers who elect to stay overnight at this wilderness refuge.
 
 
Deer Park to Maiden Peak

Olympic Peninsula -- Northern Coast

 
7.2 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 2100 ft.
Highest Point: 6200.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.67
(6 votes)
The eastern part of the Grand Ridge trail can be accessed from Deer Park as a day hike and has a charm all of its own -- forest with avalanche lilies in spring, wildflower meadows and great views of the Strait of Juan de Fuca, Mount Baker, Glacier Peak, the Cascades, and the Olympic mountains.
 
 
Cape Alava

Olympic Peninsula -- Pacific Coast

 
6.2 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 100 ft.
Highest Point: 350.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.55
(11 votes)
The Ozette Indian Reservation is closed to the public. Hiking north past the campsites at Cape Alava is prohibited.
Take a beautifully constructed boardwalk a little more than three miles out to the wild Olympic Coast. If you can snag a permit, camping here is divine. If not, while away a few hours playing in the water or ambling along the beach.
 
 
Mount Zion

Olympic Peninsula -- Hood Canal

 
4.6 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 1300 ft.
Highest Point: 4274.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.52
(21 votes)
 
The trip to Mount Zion is straightforward and short; a steep hike through fir, hemlock cedar, salal, and, the main attraction for many visitors, tall groves of wild rhododendrons. Views from the top are limited, but a little ridgeline wandering to the south afford the intrepid better views of the Olympic Mountains.
 
 
Brown Creek

Olympic Peninsula -- Hood Canal

 
0.8 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 20 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.50
(6 votes)
A pleasant 0.8 mile loop around a beaver pond and wetland is ideal for a morning stroll or post-dinner walk while camping at Brown Creek Campground.
 
 
Pete's Creek - Colonel Bob Peak

Olympic Peninsula -- Pacific Coast

 
8.2 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 3500 ft.
Highest Point: 4510.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.58
(26 votes)
This peak allows for unrivaled views of the Olympic Peninsula. Located on the southwest side of the park, views include the Pacific Ocean, Grays Harbor, Lake Quinault and the Quinault River, the Olympic rainforest and Mount Olympus.
 
 
Mildred Lakes

Olympic Peninsula -- Hood Canal

 
9.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 2300 ft.
Highest Point: 4100.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.53
(17 votes)
Take a sojourn in the Hood Canal Ranger District on this way trail within Mount Skokomish Wilderness. If you're looking for solitude, you'll find it on this out-of-the-way gem in the Olympic National Forest.