Trails for everyone, forever

Home hikes

Hiking Guide

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

368 Hikes

Central Cascades -- Leavenworth Area

 
18.0 miles, one-way
Gain: 4500 ft.
Highest Point: 7800 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.71
(127 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.
Parking Restriction: Parking allowed at trailheads and only on the right side of Road 7601 between Eightmile Lake and Stuart Lake trailheads. Parking anywhere else along Road 7601 is not allowed.
The Enchantment Lakes are an alpine wonderland of pristine lakes set among polished granite, soaring peaks, blazing larches, and ambling mountain goats. Widely regarded as the crown jewel of hiking in Washington, this trail exceeds even the wildest of superlatives.
 
 

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 -- 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

 
5.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 500 ft.
Highest Point: 1100 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.00
(30 votes)
Three waterfalls, multiple viewing areas, and two different trailheads provide great choices for an excursion to Little Mashel Falls. The tallest waterfall plunges over 90 feet.
 
 

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

 
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

 
12.2 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 4400 ft.
Highest Point: 7800 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.22
(9 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.
Parking Restriction: Parking allowed at trailheads and only on the right side of Road 7601 between Eightmile Lake and Stuart Lake trailheads. Parking anywhere else along Road 7601 is not allowed.
This “shortcut” to the Enchantments Core Zone refers only to mileage. As far as miles per hour goes, Aasgard may be one of the slowest hikes you attempt. Achieving the pass is a thigh-burning, chest-bursting, eye-popping endeavor that offers as many extraordinary views as beads of sweat that will fall from your brow as you ascend nearly 2000 feet in just three-quarters of a mile.
 
 

Central Cascades -- Leavenworth Area

 
16.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 2928 ft.
Highest Point: 6300 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.17
(6 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.
Parking Restriction: Parking allowed at trailheads and only on the right side of Road 7601 between Eightmile Lake and Stuart Lake trailheads. Parking anywhere else along Road 7601 is not allowed.
A couple miles beyond Lake Stuart and a few hundred feet up lies Horseshoe Lake--a stunning, silent lake that makes for an excellent day trip for those lucky folks who get to camp at Lake Stuart. It’s also attainable as a day hike, but you’ll want to get an early start.
 
 

Central Cascades -- Leavenworth Area

 
14.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 4300 ft.
Highest Point: 5500 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.65
(26 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 Snow Lakes trail is known mostly as the long, gradual way into the Enchantments; but it is a worthwhile - if deceptively grueling - destination in its own right. The narrow isthmus between the lakes offers a majestic view across the water to the towering heights of McClellan Peak.
 
 

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.
 
 

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.
 
 

North Cascades -- North Cascades Highway - Hwy 20

 
9.6 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 4040 ft.
Highest Point: 4460 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.71
(7 votes)
With a trailhead accessible year round, Cow Heaven and views of the Skagit and Sauk River Valleys along with the majestic North Cascades are a promising paradise despite the challenge of a zigzag ascent spent mostly within the shelter of the forest.
 
 

Snoqualmie Region -- Snoqualmie Pass

 
6.5 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 700 ft.
Highest Point: 2600 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
0.00
(0 votes)
Avalanche Danger: The Franklin Falls basin lies at the bottom of an avalanche chute. Know the avalanche conditions and exercise caution if you choose to enter the basin.
This popular summer trail off I-90 changes quite a bit during the winter months. The road accessing the summer trailhead is closed to vehicles, adding several miles to the route, and there is considerable avalanche danger at the falls.
 
 

Eastern Washington -- Selkirk Range

 
2.5 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 300 ft.
Highest Point: 3600 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
5.00
(2 votes)
Visit a majestic old-growth grove in eastern Washington! Just 14 miles north of Nordman, Idaho is the Roosevelt Grove of Ancient Cedars, boasting some trees that are almost 3000 years old.
 
 

Olympic Peninsula -- Hood Canal

 
11.5 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 3489 ft.
Highest Point: 6000 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.47
(72 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.
 
 

Snoqualmie Region -- Snoqualmie Pass

 
8.5 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 2700 ft.
Highest Point: 4600 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.19
(88 votes)
The way to Melakwa Lake is like two different trails: first a wide gentle trail through old growth forest beneath an elevated and noisy Interstate freeway. And second, a rocky steep trail that follows a waterfall and a precipitous gorge upstream to get to a pair of clear alpine lakes flanked by rocky peaks. Is it about the journey or the destination? You decide.
 
 

Snoqualmie Region -- North Bend Area

 
11.7 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 2300 ft.
Highest Point: 4700 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.00
(1 vote)
Take a thru-hike among some of the I-90 corridor's most iconic lakes. Make it a day hike, an overnight, or take as much time as you like and really explore the area.
 
 

Snoqualmie Region -- Snoqualmie Pass

 
12.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 4500 ft.
Highest Point: 6224 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.67
(12 votes)
A peak near Melakwa Lake on the north side of I-90. Climbing experience and route finding necessary to gain the summit.
 
 

Snoqualmie Region -- Snoqualmie Pass

 
2.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 400 ft.
Highest Point: 2600 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.13
(104 votes)
Hiking with kids, new to hiking, or just looking for an easy day hike with a spectacular endpoint? Look no further then Franklin Falls! At just 2 miles with 400 feet in elevation gain it is the perfect destination for any hiker looking for something easy and beautiful!
 
 

Snoqualmie Region -- Snoqualmie Pass

 
2.0 miles, roundtrip
Rating:
Average rating:
3.67
(6 votes)
This comfortable, easy to follow trail winds through intermittent old growth, occasional remnants of the past, and alongside a sometimes babbling and other times a crashing creek. You will follow the original Snoqualmie Pass Wagon Road, and it is possible to connect with the trail to Franklin Falls for a scenic and delightful 2-mile loop.
 
 

North Cascades -- Mountain Loop Highway

 
5.4 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 1350 ft.
Highest Point: 2400 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.26
(323 votes)
The curiously-named Lake Twentytwo is the center of an oasis of alpine wetland nestled on the northern shoulder of Mount Pilchuck. The hike to the lake combines the best of mountain rainforests, old-growth, wetlands, and mountain views, yet it is readily accessible. In winter the route lends itself to snowshoeing.
 
 

Central Cascades -- Stevens Pass - West

 
8.2 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 2000 ft.
Highest Point: 2521 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.46
(355 votes)
Lake Serene and Bridal Veil Falls compete for attention on this 7.2 mile trip. Either would be a worthy destination by themselves and combined they are a great day on the trail.
 
 

Central Cascades -- Stevens Pass - West

 
7.5 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 3300 ft.
Highest Point: 4600 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.45
(143 votes)
Visit one of the most striking lakes in the Henry M. Jackson wilderness. The vibrant blue of the glacier-fed lake provides the perfect rest stop for hikers who have braved the thirty-odd, steep switchbacks that lead to the lake.
 
 

Puget Sound and Islands -- Seattle-Tacoma Area

 
1.7 miles, roundtrip
Rating:
Average rating:
3.60
(5 votes)
The Bellevue Botanical Garden (BBG) is a tranquil gem nestled in Wilburton Hill Park. The BBG’s winding pathways, elegant gardens and 150 foot suspension bridge provide hikers and families with a visual cornucopia and gentle refuge from the hustle and bustle of everyday life.
 
 

Southwest Washington -- Columbia River Gorge - WA

 
7.2 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 1300 ft.
Highest Point: 1350 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.89
(19 votes)
This rugged hike is bound to become a classic, if it isn’t already. The full trail loop provides fantastic views of the Columbia River Gorge, an intimate look at the Cape Horn Falls and a challenging workout as it climbs and descends the rocky slopes of Cape Horn.
 
 

Snoqualmie Region -- North Bend Area

 
19.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 4172 ft.
Highest Point: 3675 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
2.88
(8 votes)
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.
 
 

North Cascades -- North Cascades Highway - Hwy 20

 
18.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 3400 ft.
Highest Point: 6400 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.75
(8 votes)
A lengthy, pleasant hike through lodgepole pine and deciduous forest, past a lovely waterfall to Abernathy Pass.
 
 

North Cascades -- Mount Baker Area

 
5.5 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 1400 ft.
Highest Point: 5100 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.46
(46 votes)
Trailhead Inaccessible: As of 11.22.21 Glacier Creek Road is washed out at milepost 3.1 cutting off vehicle access to this trail.
If you'd like nose-to-nose access to Mount Baker, this first-rate woodsy walk delivers. Over a relatively short, well-maintained trail with mild elevation gain, you can be glacier-side in no time... if the creek crossings allow.
 
 

Central Cascades -- Stevens Pass - West

 
4.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 1000 ft.
Highest Point: 1600 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.00
(69 votes)
A beautiful waterfall flows out of Lake Serene and cascades below the rugged east wall of Mount Index at the end of a trail on the west side of Bridal Veil Creek. Take time to see and enjoy a stunning view of Bridal Veil Falls and climb flights of steps paralleling the falls.
 
 

Snoqualmie Region -- North Bend Area

 
11.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 650 ft.
Highest Point: 1750 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.00
(57 votes)
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.