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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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1684 Hikes

Mount Rainier Area -- SW - Longmire/Paradise

 
Rating:
Average rating:
2.50
(4 votes)
Just a few miles west of Eatonville, off Highway 7, is Washington's newest state park. Created thanks to a partnership between the Nisqually Tribe, Washington State Parks, and other local agencies, the park provides 1,300 acres of forest, prairie, and riverside trails to recreate in.
 
 

Central Cascades -- Stevens Pass - West

 
5.6 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 1300 ft.
Highest Point: 1500 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.11
(279 votes)
An accessible hike for seasoned veterans and neophytes alike, Wallace Falls provides visitors with breathtaking views of the Wallace River and the surrounding falls on a relatively low difficulty, scenic 5.6 mile round-trip. Although well attended and often busy, the trail stands as a true showcase of the diversity and majestic beauty that the Central Cascades can offer to hikers who journey into the heart of this sublime mountain range.
 
 

Snoqualmie Region -- Cle Elum Area

 
5.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.50
(2 votes)
Lake Easton State Park is not a wilderness park, but it is scenic and peaceful. You can put together a five-mile loop hike on the park trails and on a section of the Palouse to Cascades State Park Trail, if you don't mind walking on roads for a bit through the town of Easton. This hike makes for a good leg stretcher when you need a break from I-90.
 
 

Puget Sound and Islands -- Whidbey Island

 
2.75 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 300 ft.
Highest Point: 130 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
5.00
(2 votes)
Enjoy a series of easy forest trails in this new Island County park. Descend to the beach at both ends of the bluff. Optionally, tide permitting, hike the entire length of the mile-long beach. Either way, finish your hike on more forest trails.
 
 

Snoqualmie Region -- Snoqualmie Pass

 
3.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 1330 ft.
Highest Point: 5052 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.14
(44 votes)
Where can you find unobstructed views of Mount Rainier and the mountains of Snoqualmie Pass, see rare butterfly species, and go berry-picking, all in return for a modest 1330-foot elevation gain? Mount Catherine, of course! This off-the-beaten-path hike to the summit of a wintertime ski destination is one of the most rewarding climbs along the southern wall of Snoqualmie Pass.
 
 

Central Cascades -- Stevens Pass - West

 
5.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 450 ft.
Highest Point: 705 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.74
(43 votes)
Hike along old logging roads to a 25-foot tall waterfall on Cherry Creek just outside of Duvall. Note that access to this area is part of an agreement with nearby homeowners, and part of the trail is on private land, so please remain on the main path, observe leash laws and keep noise to a minimum as a courtesy to homeowners along trail. There are no toilets at the trailhead. Please plan ahead.
 
 

Snoqualmie Region -- North Bend Area

 
2.6 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 500 ft.
Highest Point: 1000 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.14
(209 votes)
Visit a trio (yes, trio) of waterfalls just off I-90 on this sure-to-please short trail, perfect for families.
 
 

Puget Sound and Islands -- Seattle-Tacoma Area

 
12.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 400 ft.
Highest Point: 500 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.67
(9 votes)
Tolt-MacDonald Park is an outdoor recreation treasure for all King County residents! With 12 miles of forested and riverside trails, this is a favorite mountain biking and hiking destination. The backcountry area of the park is located on the west side of the Snoqualmie River across the suspension bridge.
 
 

Issaquah Alps -- Squak Mountain

 
6.5 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 1500 ft.
Highest Point: 1730 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.85
(55 votes)
If nature excites you, there's plenty here to be excited about. Cool forest, trickling creeks in deep ravines, and a beautiful new trail built by WTA volunteers await you here.
 
 

Snoqualmie Region -- North Bend Area

 
9.4 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 4000 ft.
Highest Point: 4822 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.25
(97 votes)
The old trail up Mailbox Peak was the stuff of legend. It inspired potential Rainier climbers, challenged adventurous day hikers, and occasionally Mother Nature used the trail to bite back. The number of injuries and rescues on the old trail prompted the Department of Natural Resources to create a new trail to the top. While still relatively steep, this new route, built in part with help from WTA volunteers offers a more easily navigable way for folks to attain the summit of this formidable peak.
 
 

Eastern Washington -- Spokane Area/Coeur d'Alene

 
45.0 miles of trails
Gain: 2000 ft.
Highest Point: 4800 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
5.00
(1 vote)
The conservation area on the west slopes of Mica Peak afford visitors of all types a healthy workout close to the city of Spokane.
 
 

Issaquah Alps -- Tiger Mountain

 
2.0 miles, roundtrip
Highest Point: 1150 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
2.71
(7 votes)
Begin your hike up High Point Trail in wooded, steep terrain, passing a junction with the Lingering Trail and eventually joining up with the Tiger Mountain Trail.
 
 

Issaquah Alps -- Tiger Mountain

 
1.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 400 ft.
Highest Point: 1250 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
2.33
(3 votes)
Take a one-mile detour off the High Point Trail until it rejoins the Tiger Mountain Trail. Intersect with Dwight's Way Trail about three-quarters of a mile in.
 
 

Puget Sound and Islands -- Seattle-Tacoma Area

 
1.2 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 0 ft.
Highest Point: 72 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
0.00
(0 votes)
A local part in Port Orchard, Square Lake has a fishing pond, picnic opportunities and the chance to get a breath of fresh air close to home.
 
 

Mount Rainier Area -- Chinook Pass - Hwy 410

 
1.45 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 0 ft.
Highest Point: 791 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.25
(4 votes)
The expansive acreage of this park allows for a wide variety of activities, including hiking, biking, boating, fishing, swimming, bird and wildlife viewing, even lawn games such as horseshoes! The hiking trail is a lovely loop around Deep Lake.
 
 

Central Cascades -- Leavenworth Area

 
10.0 miles, one-way
Gain: 2700 ft.
Highest Point: 5200 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.00
(5 votes)
Road closed 1/13/22: Icicle Road is closed at milepost 4 due to snow removal operations. It will reopen when the snow is cleared and it is safe to open the road.
5/15/2021 - Trail inaccessible: The bridge over French Creek 1.5 miles up is broken due to damage from heavy winter snowpack. There is no way to ford the creek and no access to French Creek Trail or beyond
A handful of high lakes nestled in a forested cirque below Granite Mountain deep within the Alpine Lakes Wilderness
 
 

Central Cascades -- Leavenworth Area

 
12.0 miles, one-way
Gain: 5056 ft.
Highest Point: 6400 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.25
(4 votes)
Road closed 1/13/22: Icicle Road is closed at milepost 4 due to snow removal operations. It will reopen when the snow is cleared and it is safe to open the road.
Running like a spine through the Icicle Creek area, the Jack Creek Trail is 12 miles long, running from just outside Leavenworth to the Ingalls Creek valley and the northern border of the Teanway. Along the way, it offers a myriad of hiking options for visitors. Sections of this trail have burned in the past, so the odds of running into downed trees across the trail are high, especially in spring and early summer.
 
 

Central Cascades -- Leavenworth Area

 
4.2 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 150 ft.
Highest Point: 2800 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.20
(20 votes)
Road closed 1/13/22: Icicle Road is closed at milepost 4 due to snow removal operations. It will reopen when the snow is cleared and it is safe to open the road.
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.
 
 

Central Cascades -- Leavenworth Area

 
11.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 3800 ft.
Highest Point: 6400 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.00
(4 votes)
Road closed 1/13/22: Icicle Road is closed at milepost 4 due to snow removal operations. It will reopen when the snow is cleared and it is safe to open the road.
A great option for a day hike, Chatter Creek connects up with the popular Icicle Ridge Trail, which allows for even further wandering.
 
 

Central Cascades -- Leavenworth Area

 
12.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 4370 ft.
Highest Point: 7020 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.62
(21 votes)
Road closed 1/13/22: Icicle Road is closed at milepost 4 due to snow removal operations. It will reopen when the snow is cleared and it is safe to open the road.
Visit this trail in the springtime and you can expect to see an explosion of wildflower color! At more than 4500 feet in 5.5 miles of trail, the route to the old Icicle Ridge Lookout site is quite an undertaking, but the views and the flowers are truly worth the energy it takes to get up there.
 
 

Snoqualmie Region -- Salmon La Sac/Teanaway

 
8.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 400 ft.
Highest Point: 2900 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.25
(4 votes)
1/12/2022 - The parking area for this trail is temporarily closed due to avalanche and many downed trees from recent heavy snowfall.
A snowy ramble along a river east of Snoqualmie Pass.
 
 

Snoqualmie Region -- Snoqualmie Pass

 
9.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 1700 ft.
Highest Point: 4400 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.23
(13 votes)
1/12/2022 - The parking area for this trail is temporarily closed due to avalanche and many downed trees from recent heavy snowfall.
Kendall Peak Lakes are popular snowshoe destinations, since the trailhead is about one hour from Seattle, the grade is gentle and the views superb. The route is relatively easy to follow because it follows an closed forest road.
 
 

Snoqualmie Region -- Snoqualmie Pass

 
14.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 2024 ft.
Highest Point: 4624 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
2.79
(14 votes)
1/12/2022 - The parking area for this trail is temporarily closed due to avalanche and many downed trees from recent heavy snowfall.
While the trail near Gold Creek Pond is a great spot for hikers of all ages, the trail back towards Alaska Lake is a more rugged experience. Starting flat, it heads into the heart of the Central Cascades on an old road for four miles, where it then crosses an impressive old avalanche path before heading straight uphill to remote Alaska Lake.
 
 

Snoqualmie Region -- Snoqualmie Pass

 
2.8 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 10 ft.
Highest Point: 3000 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.64
(22 votes)
1/12/2022 - The parking area for this trail is temporarily closed due to avalanche and many downed trees from recent heavy snowfall.
The flat terrain of this wide valley east of Snoqualmie Pass is the perfect place to practice snowshoeing with kids or first-timers. This is an area popular with cross-country skiers, and you may spot beaver dams and other winter wildlife. From Mardee Lake to looming Kendall Peak before you, this is premiere terrain for winter enthusiasts.
 
 

Snoqualmie Region -- Salmon La Sac/Teanaway

 
4.0 miles, one-way
Gain: 1500 ft.
Highest Point: 4500 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
2.60
(5 votes)
Jungle Creek Trail is a 4-mile long trail from FS 9701/Jungle Creek Road to Johnson Media Trail #1383. The saddle at 2.1 miles from the trailhead is the highest point of the trail at 4,500 feet in elevation. In spring there are a lot of flowers along the trail. When the weather is good, there are good views of peaks in Stuart Range at the saddle.
 
 

Eastern Washington -- Selkirk Range

 
22.8 miles, one-way
Gain: 5300 ft.
Highest Point: 6600 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.12
(8 votes)
The Shedroof Divide offers some of the best views in northeast Washington as it traverses the wild high country of the Salmo-Priest Wilderness.
 
 

North Cascades -- Mount Baker Area

 
16.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 2700 ft.
Highest Point: 3930 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
2.75
(4 votes)
Part of the scenic Pacific Northwest Trail, rugged 8-mile Swift Creek Trail accesses the Mount Baker Wilderness.
 
 

Southwest Washington -- Columbia River Gorge - WA

 
77.5 miles, one-way
Gain: 16300 ft.
Highest Point: 5000 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
5.00
(1 vote)
This section hike is a great way to get a taste of the Pacific Crest Trail over the course of a week or long weekend.
 
 

Puget Sound and Islands -- Whidbey Island

 
3.5 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 118 ft.
Highest Point: 60 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
0.00
(0 votes)
A smaller, less well known state park on Whidbey Island with gorgeous beach views and a shorter but diverse trail system through woods, grassy meadows, marsh and beach areas.
 
 
 
11.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 480 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
0.00
(0 votes)
The hike from the Cedar Falls trailhead to the junction with the Change Creek route is one through history. You will walk along a decommissioned railroad passing by the remnants of the line. Starting at the Cedar Falls trailhead, begin your hike just past the outhouse, crossing a paved road, and picking up the gravel path.