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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.

We respectfully acknowledge the lands we are visiting are the homelands of Indigenous tribes of the Pacific Northwest, some of whom have reserved treaty rights on these lands. Tribes continue to rely on and share in the management of these lands today. Please tread gently and treat these places with respect.

Results List

33 Hikes

Olympic Peninsula -- Northern Coast

 
14.72 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 3965 ft.
Highest Point: 4926 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.50
(4 votes)
Lunch Lake is a popular stop or overnight camping area along the Seven Lakes Basin Loop in Olympic National Park. Visitors here will need an overnight permit to stay here, attainable from Olympic National Park.
 
 

Olympic Peninsula -- Pacific Coast

 
28.6 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 6235 ft.
Highest Point: 4532 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.60
(5 votes)
Hoh Lake is a quiet spot in the wilderness of Olympic National Park that is accessible via a steep ascent from the Hoh River Trail or a long approach on the High Divide Trail.
 
 

Olympic Peninsula -- Pacific Coast

 
6.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 500 ft.
Highest Point: 650 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.12
(8 votes)
Take a short but very scenic hike starting from the Altair campground in Olympic National Park. Traverse along the edge of the Elwha River, recently free-flowing thanks to the removal of the Glines Canyon Dam.
 
 

Olympic Peninsula -- Hood Canal

 
0.8 miles, one-way
Gain: 735 ft.
Highest Point: 5200 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.00
(7 votes)
The Anderson Glacier Trail is a backcountry trail located in the eastern reaches of Olympic National Park. This short spur trail starts at Anderson Pass and ascends in a series of steep switchbacks to a moraine that overlooks a lake and the former site of Anderson Glacier.
 
 

Olympic Peninsula -- Pacific Coast

 
0.8 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 100 ft.
Highest Point: 600 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.48
(21 votes)
A short rainforest loop from the Hoh Rain Forest Visitor Center in Olympic National Park.
 
 

Olympic Peninsula -- Hood Canal

 
13.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 1200 ft.
Highest Point: 1550 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.06
(17 votes)
The Dosewallips River Road is the gateway to the eastern Olympic Mountains and it penetrates one of the deepest canyons in Olympic National Park. Now closed to vehicles, the old road bed allows hikers to explore true wilderness at a gentle grade. Backpackers, peak baggers, and horseback riders take advantage of the easy access to the trails beyond the road's end.
 
 

Olympic Peninsula -- Hood Canal

 
15.0 miles, one-way
Gain: 4800 ft.
Highest Point: 5847 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 Peninsula -- Northern Coast

 
6.25 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 2100 ft.
Highest Point: 6454 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.00
(13 votes)
A scramble up Mount Angeles just off the Klahhane Ridge hike in Olympic National Park.
 
 

Olympic Peninsula -- Northern Coast

 
1.6 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 200 ft.
Highest Point: 1951 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.
 
 

Olympic Peninsula -- Northern Coast

 
1.8 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 500 ft.
Highest Point: 1100 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.97
(35 votes)
Walk among old-growth giants as you travel to one of Olympic National Park's best-loved waterfalls.
 
 

Olympic Peninsula -- Northern Coast

 
5.0 miles, one-way
Gain: 250 ft.
Highest Point: 700 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.89
(36 votes)
Hop aboard the Spruce Railroad Trail for a scenic and historic hike along the sparkling shores of massive Lake Crescent. For 5 nearly flat miles you'll saunter along one of Olympic National Park's most alluring natural features. Nine miles long, over 600 feet deep, and surrounded by steep ridges and peaks, Lake Crescent seems more like a fjord. With a microclimate of warmer and drier conditions than areas just a few miles away, this trail is a good hiking choice on an overcast afternoon.
 
 

Olympic Peninsula -- Northern Coast

 
7.4 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 2350 ft.
Highest Point: 4196 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.56
(18 votes)
Get up close and personal with an enchanting glacier-sculpted landscape at Olympic National Park’s Lake Angeles.
 
 

Olympic Peninsula -- Northern Coast

 
30.8 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 10945 ft.
Highest Point: 6628 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
0.00
(0 votes)
Hike up and down (and up again and down again, and then up one more time) around this loop in the northern part of Olympic National Park. You'll get stunning mountain views, pass tranquil lakes, and laze around in gorgeous alpine meadows, and you'll need that break, because the elevation gain on this one is no joke.
 
 

Olympic Peninsula -- Northern Coast

 
3.2 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 650 ft.
Highest Point: 5757 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.25
(24 votes)
Whether you need a day hike for the whole family or the perfect trail to round out your first visit to Olympic National Park, Hurricane Hill is the answer. You can even use this trail as the jumpoff (or ending point) to a variety of longer hikes out of the Elwha River Valley.
 
 

Olympic Peninsula -- Northern Coast

 
16.0 miles, roundtrip
Highest Point: 5600 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.79
(14 votes)
Enjoy this delightful trail in Olympic National Park. Despite a steep start, the trail is gently graded, ascending 8 miles from a valley and ending at the Hurricane Hill Trail.
 
 

Puget Sound and Islands

 
1200.0 miles, one-way
Highest Point: 7580 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.00
(3 votes)
The Pacific Northwest Trail is a 1200-mile linear park that stretches from Glacier National Park in Montana to Cape Alava on the Pacific Ocean in the Olympic National Park.
 
 

Olympic Peninsula -- Northern Coast

 
8.6 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 2080 ft.
Highest Point: 6400 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.00
(7 votes)
The Badger Valley Trail is located in the NE corner of Olympic National Park. This trail starts at the Obstruction Point Trailhead and trends down into Badger Valley to end at Grand Lake.
 
 

Olympic Peninsula -- Northern Coast

 
0.2 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
0.00
(0 votes)
A short dead end trail coming off the High Ridge trail at Hurricane Ridge in Olympic National Park.
 
 

Olympic Peninsula -- Hood Canal

 
16.1 miles, one-way
Gain: 1500 ft.
Highest Point: 4950 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.60
(5 votes)
The Duckabush River trail spans two land management agencies -- the US Forest Service and the National Park service. The first 6.2 miles of the trail weaves through Olympic National Forest. It's a popular early season backpack and a frequent site for WTA work crews. The upper section, in Olympic National Park, melts out much later, but provides a gateway to gorgeous backpacking destinations.
 
 

Olympic Peninsula -- Pacific Coast

 
11.5 miles, roundtrip
Rating:
Average rating:
4.00
(4 votes)
The trail to Ericson's Bay is primitive and no longer maintained by Olympic National Park.
 
 

Olympic Peninsula -- Hood Canal

 
16.6 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 2000 ft.
Highest Point: 2950 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
5.00
(2 votes)
Hike along an old road being converted to trail in Olympic National Park.
 
 

Olympic Peninsula -- Northern Coast

 
6.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 800 ft.
Highest Point: 5757 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.67
(12 votes)
Whether you’re an expert or a first-timer, Hurricane Ridge in Olympic National Park is one of the most spectacular places to snowshoe in Washington state—and on clear days you’ll be treated to bird’s-eye views of Mount Olympus in all her winter splendor.
 
 

Olympic Peninsula -- Hood Canal

 
12.0 miles, one-way
Highest Point: 5000 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.80
(5 votes)
The O’neil Pass Trail travels through the southeastern corner of Olympic National Park. It is a trail segment that sits well within the backcountry so you must hike a considerable distance to reach the start of this trail.
 
 

Olympic Peninsula -- Hood Canal

 
7.8 miles, one-way
Highest Point: 6080 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.40
(5 votes)
The Constance Pass Trail climbs from the Dosewallips River, over the pass and on to the border between Olympic National Park and the Buckhorn Wilderness in Olympic National Forest
 
 

Olympic Peninsula -- Hood Canal

 
Rating:
Average rating:
2.57
(7 votes)
 
A short hike near the Staircase area of Olympic National Park.
 
 

Olympic Peninsula -- Northern Coast

 
27.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 4983 ft.
Highest Point: 5753 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.25
(4 votes)
Road Washout: Trailhead inaccessible
Backpack on primitive trails to Dodger Point Camp in the heart of Olympic National Park for unparalleled views of high, snowy peaks towering above deep forested valleys.
 
 

Olympic Peninsula -- Pacific Coast

 
2.8 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 145 ft.
Highest Point: 615 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
0.00
(0 votes)
A temperate rainforest saunter up from the Quinault River valley floor to a fauna rich lake within the Olympic National Park
 
 

Olympic Peninsula -- Hood Canal

 
7.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 3990 ft.
Highest Point: 4755 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.00
(1 vote)
An unofficially named, seldom-visited peak above Wagonwheel Lake on the border of Olympic National Park.
 
 

Olympic Peninsula -- Pacific Coast

 
12.5 miles, one-way
Gain: 796 ft.
Highest Point: 1675 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
2.60
(5 votes)
Formerly the Rugged Ridge Trail, the Snider-Jackson Trail is a primitive north to south traverse on the west side of Olympic National Park.
 
 

Olympic Peninsula -- Pacific Coast

 
1.8 miles of trails
Gain: 60 ft.
Highest Point: 50 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
2.50
(4 votes)
Experience a quiet woodland walk while camping at one of Olympic National Park's many campgrounds. Add it on to a day of exploration on the coast, or simply meditate in the cool forest with your morning coffee before heading out for the day.