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1271 Hikes
Heybrook Lookout

Central Cascades -- Stevens Pass - West

 
2.6 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 850 ft.
Highest Point: 1700.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.70
(74 votes)
Heybrook Lookout is a short and moderately steep hike through a fern and moss covered forest to a fun, staircase-ridden lookout with great views of the nearby mountains. If you are introducing someone to hiking, limited on time, or trying to add on another hike or activity in the area, this is the hike for you.
 
 
Guemes Channel and Ship Harbor

Puget Sound and Islands -- San Juan Islands

 
3.2 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 100 ft.
Highest Point: 110.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
5.00
(1 vote)
Hike shoreline trails in both directions from this Anacortes trailhead. Take in views of distant islands, ferries, seabirds, eagles, historic displays. All on good trails suitable for all ages.
 
 
Twin Falls

Snoqualmie Region -- North Bend Area

 
2.6 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 500 ft.
Highest Point: 1000.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.14
(207 votes)
Visit a trio (yes, trio) of waterfalls just off I-90 on this sure-to-please short trail, perfect for families.
 
 
Verlot Nature Trail

North Cascades -- Mountain Loop Highway

 
0.5 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 13 ft.
Highest Point: 1035.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.00
(4 votes)
The Verlot Nature Trail connects the Verlot Campground with Turlo Campground.
 
 
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.
 
 
Burley Mountain

South Cascades -- White Pass/Cowlitz River Valley

 
7.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 2700 ft.
Highest Point: 4000.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.17
(6 votes)
One of just three remaining lookouts on the Gifford Pinchot National Forest, Burley Mountain Lookout was built in 1934 and is still active today. This route utilizes nature trails, a forest road, and a short hiking trail to access this unique site just south of Highway 12.
 
 
Icicle Gorge Nature Loop

Central Cascades -- Leavenworth Area

 
4.2 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 150 ft.
Highest Point: 2800.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.20
(20 votes)
The Icicle Gorge Trail, one of the most popular trails in the Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest, is a wonderful way to explore the natural beauty of the Icicle Creek Valley. The interpretive loop trail has a gentle grade and scenic views of Icicle Creek, Icicle Gorge, and the surrounding forest that are ideal for families, trail runners, beginner hikers, bird enthusiasts, and those looking to take a nice long walk on a well-defined path.
 
 
Talapus and Olallie Lakes

Snoqualmie Region -- Snoqualmie Pass

 
6.2 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 1220 ft.
Highest Point: 3780.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.92
(120 votes)
With a moderate grade on a wide trail, the hike to Talapus Lake is the perfect introduction to the outdoors for hikers and beginning backpackers. Upon arrival at Talapus, break out lunch or pitch camp. Either way, you can cool off in the large lake. If you feel like pressing on, Ollalie Lake is just about a mile and a half up trail, where open campsites offer lakeside havens with calm waters and views of a beautiful lake basin.
 
 
Little Si

Snoqualmie Region -- North Bend Area

 
3.7 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 1300 ft.
Highest Point: 1550.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.60
(175 votes)
Companion piece to neighbor and big brother Mount Si, the small rocky bluff known as Little Si is a moderate grade 4.7 mile trail located in the hike rich North Bend area. Although relatively steep inclines bookend this hike, this primarily North/South route is perfect for beginners who are looking to get back in shape, while still accommodating veterans with opportunities to cut away on the Boulder Garden Loop (at .3 miles and .5 miles) to merge with the more challenging Mount Si trail. Expect crowds, even in winter, as New Year’s resolutions (the two Si mountains are sometimes colloquially referred to as the “Resolution Peaks” for the deluge of hikers that appear after January 1st), proximity to the city and a degree of refuge from the elements often divert heavy foot traffic to this mini-mountain to keep it busy year round.
 
 
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.
 
 
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.
 
 
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.
 
 
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.
 
 
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.
 
 
Douglas Falls Grange Park - Nature Loop Trail

Eastern Washington -- Selkirk Range

 
1.5 miles, roundtrip
Rating:
Average rating:
3.00
(1 vote)
 
 
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)
 
 
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.
 
 
East Rim Waterworks Canyon

Central Washington -- Yakima

 
3.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 450 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
5.00
(1 vote)
A short, hike alongside a creek on the east side of Washington, just outside of Yakima. Lush brush, including balsamroot, yarrow, and lupine can be found along the way, as you enjoy the dramatic canyon walls.
 
 
Camas Meadows

Central Cascades -- Blewett Pass

 
2.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 350 ft.
Highest Point: 3200.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
2.00
(6 votes)
This beautiful meadow is visible from a variety of logging roads that surround it. Visitors are asked to not walk in the meadow, as it is a protected research area and a fragile ecosystem.
 
 
West Fork Teanaway River

Snoqualmie Region -- Salmon La Sac/Teanaway

 
9.6 miles, one-way
Gain: 2800 ft.
Highest Point: 5750.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
2.40
(5 votes)
Hiking through a deep canyon with a riparian zone, old-growth, and cliffs, this dramatic trail parallels the river with several crossings. In places, it climbs high above the river to avoid cliffs and other obstructions in the deep, rugged canyon.
 
 
Weldon Wagon Road

Southwest Washington -- Columbia River Gorge - WA

 
5.4 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 1290 ft.
Highest Point: 1900.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.00
(3 votes)
Oregon white oak woodlands with open ridgetop meadows, wildflowers, and views of the White Salmon Valley make this a delightful hike that is off the beaten track.
 
 
Mirror Lake via the Pacific Crest Trail (PCT)

Snoqualmie Region -- Snoqualmie Pass

 
7.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 1180 ft.
Highest Point: 4195.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.83
(12 votes)
This short dayhike on the Pacific Crest Trail (PCT) is a nice alternate route to quiet Mirror Lake, or just a lovely little forest ramble on a quiet section of the well-maintained trail. You could consider it as a first-time backpacking destination, too, since the trail is never particularly steep here.
 
 
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
(67 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.
 
 
Silent Swamp Loop

Issaquah Alps -- Tiger Mountain

 
8.8 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 600 ft.
Highest Point: 1780.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
2.89
(9 votes)
Hike a restored trail in the southeast corner of the Tigers, through an area that is very green, with impressive moss cover and with many huge, decaying stumps remaining from logging a century ago.
 
 
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.
 
 
Chain Lakes Loop

North Cascades -- Mount Baker Area

 
6.5 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 1820 ft.
Highest Point: 5400.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.46
(46 votes)
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.