Hiking in Washington

The "Evergreen State" has something for everyone...rugged ocean beaches, high alpine mountains and meadows, beautiful lakes, streams, and cascading waterfalls, rain forests, deserts, remote islands, old growth woods, river gorges, vast grasslands, ice caves, hot springs, volcanoes. It would be a shame if you lived here and didn't get out and explore. One third of this state's land is federally owned which means you share over 20,000 square miles of land to explore with your neighbors.

Washington has 5 National Parks/Monuments, 9 National Forests, 31 Wilderness areas, and 23 National Wildlife Refuges.

From the spectacular Olympic Coast, to the glaciated heights of Mount Ranier and the Cascades, to the deserts and grasslands of Eastern Washington, find what you're looking for in the following selection of our best Guides and Trips of Washington.
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Eagle Creek and Tunnel Falls
Eagle Creek and Tunnel Falls
Fort Rains, Washington, United States
 
Moderate: 12.0 miles, Full day
An amazing gorge hike with several beautiful waterfalls including one you can walk behind!

This is a beautiful gorge hike not far from Portland. It takes you on trails that hug cliffs (hope you don't have a fear of heights) and past numerous beautiful waterfalls. I hiked this trail on a rainy weekend in the spring so water levels were high (high enough for kayakers to run the canyon beneath us). I suggest doing this hike in the spring...
Poo-Poo Point via Chirico Trail
Poo-Poo Point via Chirico Trail
Issaquah, Washington, United States
 
Moderate: 4.7 miles, 1-3 hours
Popular site for hiking, paragliding and hang gliding

The Chirico Trail is a lovely spot located just off of I-90 in Issaquah. It is conveniently located and after about 700 feet of elevation the noise from any roads disappears. It is easy to reach and leaves the user in the forest and forgetting how close I-90 and Highway 18 are for most of the trail. The south launch area allows the users to have lovely...
Rattlesnake Ridge
Rattlesnake Ridge
Cedar Falls, Washington, United States
 
Easy: 1.9 miles, 1-3 hours
Atop Rattlesnake Ridge great views of the surrounding mountains can be seen including Mount Si and Mount Washington.

This is a very popular trail in the summer months. It is a short 30 minute drive from downtown Bellevue or under an hour away from Seattle. Not only does this trail provide you with great panoramic views from atop Rattlesnake Ridge but there is also a great park located down below. Many people come to the use the lake in the warmer months. There are...
Twin Falls Trail - Olallie State Park
Twin Falls Trail - Olallie State Park
Olallie State Park, Washington, United States
 
Easy: 2.7 miles, 1-3 hours
Enjoy an easy hike through the Cascade foothills to a beautiful set of waterfalls, only 30 minutes from downtown Seattle

This popular trail follows the South Fork of the Snoqualmie River through the rainforests along the western edge of the Cascade Mountains. The trail provides spectacular views of Twin Falls. Most people park at the Twin Falls Trailhead located off of Exit 34 on I-90. A little over a mile from the trailhead, a set of stairs descends to a viewpoint of...
Lower Coal Creek Trail
Lower Coal Creek Trail
Newcastle, Washington, United States
 
Easy: 2.2 miles, 1-3 hours
Nature hike with multiple Coal Creek crossings.

This trail is an excellent finish to the four trails of Coal Creek Park. This trail offers the best views of Coal Creek and offers more of a challenge. The hills are not terribly steep but there are many and opportunity to rest is few. Starting out from the parking lot on SE 60th you will descend into the forest on a set of wooden stairs. The trail...
Coal Creek Trail
Coal Creek Trail
Bellevue, Washington, United States
 
Easy: 2.8 miles, 1-3 hours
A short hike through the woods while exploring the area's coal mining history.

This is an easy hike that will lead you through a historical coal mining region. While the towns are gone you will still be able to view some artifacts from the past. Along the way you will see a coal mine shaft and an information kiosk where you can learn more about its history. There are also a few railroad cart turntables but they are difficult to...
Wallace Falls Hike
Wallace Falls Hike
May Creek, Washington, United States
 
Moderate: 4.7 miles, Half day
Beautiful, well-groomed trail up to a beutifull series of waterfalls

Wallace Falls is set of nine different cataracts in all which are well worth the hike up. The hike is short enough for a day time picnic outing. But, be prepared to get a little exercise as it is a 1200 foot elevation gain up to the falls. On the trail, you'll find many examples of Cascade regional flora and fauna as well as some old growth forest....
The Enchantments
The Enchantments
Leavenworth, Washington, United States
 
Difficult: 18.0 miles, Multiple days
The first comprehensive guide to The Enchantments... including photos, side trips, camps, even toilets!

This is THE backpacking destination in the state of Washington. Wander through soft tundra meadows, glacial-cirque lakes, crystal clear trickling streams, and impossible granite rock formations in the heart of the Alpine Lakes Wilderness. It will make you feel like you're in a completely different part of the world. Note that you MUST have a permit...
Wildside Trail
Wildside Trail
Bellevue, Washington, United States
 
Easy: 1.1 miles, 1 hour or less
Part of the Cougar Mountain Regional Wildland Park.

This is one of my favorite trails to run on within the Cougar Mountain Park. It has a lot to offer in the form of scenery, access to other trails, and challenge. This trail can also be difficult to navigate if this is your first time hiking the trail. The first half of the trail seems to end with you having to walk 30 feet in either direction to locate...
Deception Pass Bridge
Deception Pass Bridge
Oak Harbor, Washington, United States
 
Swirling Fog / Rushing Tides

Overview: Looking for a safe harbor? Smooth waters? So was Captain James Vancouver in June of 1798. So he sent Ship’s Master Joseph Whidbey with a crew in a small boat around the northeastern tip of what was later named Whidbey Island to search for the inner waterway to Port Gardener. Deceived as to the nature of this passage, he wrote on his chart...
De Leo Wall Trail
De Leo Wall Trail
Newcastle, Washington, United States
 
Moderate: 1.5 miles, 1 hour or less
Part of the Cougar Mountain Regional Wildland Park.

The De Leo Wall Trail can be one of the most scenic trails on the West side of Cougar Mountain. From the scenic overlook you can see the city of Renton to the South and on a clear day Mount Rainier. To get here you can take a few routes, the quickest route is to take Wildside Trail and then take either the De Leo Wall Trail or Marshall's Hill Trail....
Bandera Mountain
Bandera Mountain
Seattle, Washington, United States
 
Moderate: 6.6 miles, Half day
An Alpine Treat Above the Clouds, Great Seattle Hike

Late summer days in the Seattle area often begin with a thick layer of gloomy clouds. So you can head east through the I-90 corridor, into the Mount Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest, to climb above the clouds. Bandera Mountain on the western edge of the Alpine Lakes Wilderness Area is an excellent place to find the sun and enjoy panoramic views of glacial...
Mount Si
Mount Si
North Bend, Washington, United States
 
Moderate: 3.0 miles, 1-3 hours
A moderate 6-mile out and back climb of Mount Si in Washington

The hike starts at the parking lot and the trail head is clearly marked, in a couple hundred yards you will begin your ascent to the top of Mount Si. The trail is well-maintained and dog-friendly, but be aware that there have been reports of bear spottings on the trail (although not very often). Most of the hike is under the shade of the trees amove...
Liberty Lake Loop
Liberty Lake Loop
Liberty Lake, Washington, United States
 
Moderate: 11.9 miles, Half day
This is the loop at Liberty Lake WA, it does include a side loop of about 4 miles.

• Hike Time: 4:57:44 • Distance: 11.93 miles • Average Pace: 24:58 /mile • Fastest Pace: 13:00 /mile • Ascent/Descent: 2544 feet • Calories: 1748 Please note: - Without the side loop, the Liberty Lake Loop is 8.5 miles. Count on 3 1/2 to 4 hours. - Hiking the loop clockwise (opposite the direction of this guide), you reach the...
Wilderness Cliffs Trail
Wilderness Cliffs Trail
Renton, Washington, United States
 
Moderate: 1.0 miles, 1 hour or less
Part of the Cougar Mountain Regional Wildland Park

This trail can be accessed from two different routes. The quickest route is to hike up the Squak Mountain Connector Trail from the base of the mountain and continue up onto this trail. This is also the most direct route to reach the peak. The hike up to the peak on this section of the trail can be difficult when compared to other trails located within...
Pretzel Tree Trail
Pretzel Tree Trail
High Valley, Washington, United States
 
Easy: 0.3 miles, 1 hour or less
Follow Field Mouse on a quick educational hike located on Squak Mountain.

This is a great hike for you to take the kids on. The trail is short and has almost no elevation change to it. It also provides a little education on how the forest and its animals work together to form an ecosystem. You will follow Field Mouse, who is the lead character, while he takes his first hike into the forest. Along the way he will encounter...
Primrose Trail
Primrose Trail
Bellevue, Washington, United States
 
Easy: 0.8 miles, 1 hour or less
Part of the Coal Creek Park trail system, this trail will take you along a creek with a few small waterfalls.

At only .8 miles the Primrose Trail seems like a quick detour, however, this trail offers some of the best sites to be seen. On this trail you will follow Coal Creek while making a few crossings of the creek via wooden bridges. Along the way you will also pass by Sand Stone Falls, one of Coal Creeks tributaries. The Primrose Trail is named after...
Sunrise Rim Trail Loop and Mt. Freemont Lookout
Sunrise Rim Trail Loop and Mt. Freemont Lookout
Enumclaw, Washington, United States
 
Moderate: 7.5 miles, Full day
A loop trail on the northeast side of Mt. Rainier to Burroughs Mountain & Frozen Lake with a side trip to Mt. Freemont

This is a great loop hike that will take you to a fire tower, several alpine lakes and a close up view of Mt. Rainier from the top of Burroughs Mountain with a return on the famous Wonderland Trail. The trails are easy to follow and the views are spectacular. Bring a camera.
Mt. Baker Standard Summit Route
Mt. Baker Standard Summit Route
Washington, United States
 
Difficult: 12.1 miles, Multiple days
Via Coleman Glacier with optional ski descent

This is a beautiful climb up one of the most glaciated peaks in the lower 48. In the summer you will see beautiful wildflowers. You will camp high up on the Coleman Glacier and make a summit bid early the next morning before the sun comes up. We found the best place to camp was high on the Coleman Glacier underneath a rocky ridge to climbers right....
Dog Mountain
Dog Mountain
Cook, Washington, United States
 
Moderate: 8.0 miles, Full day
Hiking at Dog Mountain

The most spectacular wildflower meadows of the Columbia Gorge drape the alp-like slopes of Dog Mountain, north of the Columbia River in Washington. in May and June these hills are alive yellow balsamrot, red paintbrush and blue lupine. Even flowerless seasons provide breathtaking views of the Columbia Gorge. Such beauty has made the steep climb popular,...
Green Lake Park
Green Lake Park
Seattle, Washington, United States
 
Easy: 2.8 miles, 1-3 hours
One of Seattle’s most beloved parks. This hike loops around Green Lake.

Geologists say the Vashon Glacial Ice Sheet, which also formed Puget Sound and other area lakes, formed Green Lake 50,000 years ago. Dredgings of Green Lake have produced volcanic ash from an eruption of Glacier Peak that occurred about 6,700 years ago. The lake was included in the Olmsted Brothers’ comprehensive parks plan, and was given to the...
Larch Mountain Crater Loop
Larch Mountain Crater Loop
Prindle, Washington, United States
 
Moderate: 6.2 miles, Half day
This 4,000 foot peak with its rocky summit spire will provide you great views of Portland, Hood and the Columbia Gorge

This loop hike will start you off at the top of Larch Mountain at Sherrard Point just over 4,000 feet with fantastic views of 4 major Cascade Volcanoes! Sherrard Point is an easy walk from the parking lot at the top of Larch Mountain Road. This road is definitely not open in the winter so plan accordingly. From here you will then take a loop hike...
Goat Ridge loop hike
Goat Ridge loop hike
Packwood, Washington, United States
 
Moderate: 11.6 miles, Full day
An epic day hike loop through the spectacular Goat Rocks wilderness. Highlighted by wildflowers & often icy Goat Lake.

A wonderful loop hike in the Goat Rocks Wilderness. Spectacular scenery includes alpine wildflower meadows, views of Mount Adams and Mount St. Helens, and a visit to often icy Goat Lake and the cascading falls at the lake outlet. Begin/end at Berry Patch or Snowgrass trailhead, there's a short gravel road between the two trailheads. It is also often...
Lime Kiln Trail - Robe Canyon Historic Park
Lime Kiln Trail - Robe Canyon Historic Park
Granite Falls, Washington, United States
 
Easy: 7.2 miles, Half day
Snohomish County Park, Granite Falls, Washington

Start out at Lime Kiln Trail head, south east of Granite Falls, Washington. Trail goes briefly through the forest to a mostly level road, before gently declining through the forest to follow the South Fork of the Stillaguamish river. At one point you pass by Hubbard Lake and cross a bridge over Hubbard Creek. Continue on the trail with peek-a boo...
Red Town Trail
Red Town Trail
Bellevue, Washington, United States
 
Easy: 0.8 miles, 1 hour or less
Part of the Cougar Mountain Regional Wildland Park.

The Red Town Trail is one of the first trails you will come across when entering the park. From the information kiosk walk forward and keep left at the trailhead marker. The trail is very wide when compared to its connecting trails, but it is composed of a mixture of large and small rocks. The trail is named after a mining town by the same name that...
Walla Walla Wine Country Tour
Walla Walla Wine Country Tour
Walla Walla, Washington, United States
 
Easy: 50 miles, Full day
A nice tour through the great wineries in the Walla Walla wine country

Walla Walla Washington is fast becoming one of the premiere wine growing sections of the United States. There are over 30 wineries in and around the city. This guide is a collection of some of the highlights for tasting as well as food.
Tolmie Peak Fire Tower Hike on the Wonderland Trail
Tolmie Peak Fire Tower Hike on the Wonderland Trail
Upper Fairfax, Washington, United States
 
Moderate: 5.9 miles, Half day
Take this short hike on the Wonderland Trail in Rainier National Park for great views from a fire tower of the volcano

This is a beautiful hike past alpine lakes to a fire tower look out over the surrounding peaks and a commanding view of Mount Rainier. You will want to take a camera and pack a lunch to lounge on the summit rocks in the sun. Note: The true summit of the peak is 300 yards down the ridge from the firetower.
Loowit Falls, Mount Saint Helens
Loowit Falls, Mount Saint Helens
Washington, United States
 
Difficult: 8.5 miles, Full day
A hike from The Johnston Ridge Observatory, across the pumice planes, and part way up Mt. Saint Helens to Loowit Falls.

A great hike from the Johnston Ridge Observatory, across the pumice planes in the devastated area destroyed in the 1980 eruption, and part of the way up the mountain to beautiful Loowit Falls. Mt. St. Helens is in Washington State. It's about sixty miles off highway five about 70 miles from Porland and about a hundred and fifty miles south of Seattle....
Marshall's Hill Trail
Marshall's Hill Trail
Newcastle, Washington, United States
 
Easy: 1.0 miles, 1 hour or less
Part of the Cougar Mountain Regional Wildland Park.

Located far from the park entrance you will have this trail to yourself. Rarely have I seen other hikers on this remote trail but that doesn't mean that there is nothing to be seen. You can easily spot small animals on this trail due to the infrequent use. You will begin the trail by leaving either the Wildside or Red Town Trail. The trail starts...
Mt St Helens - Monitor Ridge Trail
Mt St Helens - Monitor Ridge Trail
Cougar, Washington, United States
 
Difficult: 9.4 miles, Full day
Hike to the rim of this Pacific Northwest active volcano.

Mount St. Helens is an active volcano in southwest Washington State and the central feature of the Mount St. Helens National Volcanic Monument. Mount St. Helens is a popular climb for both beginning and experienced mountaineers. Although people are able to climb Mount St. Helens year-round, late spring through early fall is the most popular season....
Rainbow Town Trail
Rainbow Town Trail
Bellevue, Washington, United States
 
Easy: 0.4 miles, 1 hour or less
Part of the Cougar Mountain Regional Wildland Park.

This is one of my favorite short hikes in the park. It is an easy stroll and round trip is only 1 mile long, depending on which route you take. On this trail you will see many artifacts from the mining days of the area and information on the mining activities. The best way to get to the Rainbow Town Trail is to hike in from the Wildside Trail. From...
Mt Margaret -  Mt St Helens
Mt Margaret - Mt St Helens
Mt St Helens, Washington, United States
 
Difficult: 11.0 miles, Full day
One of the most breathtaking hikes you will ever experience

This is a beautiful hike on the North Side of Mt St Helens to the top of Mt Margaret, just over 5 miles away. It has great views into the crater, of Spirit Lake, and the surrounding mountains.
Steam Hoist Trail
Steam Hoist Trail
Bellevue, Washington, United States
 
Easy: 0.3 miles, 1 hour or less
Part of the Cougar Mountain Regional Wildland Park.

This short loop is another trail at Cougar Mountain where you can see some of the areas coal mining history. Along this trail you will come across the concrete pillars from the mines steam hoist. A steam hoist is basically a crane that used steam power to raise and lower objects into and out of the mine. The quickest way to get to this trail is...
Syncline Ridge Run
Syncline Ridge Run
Bingen, Washington, United States
 
Moderate: 7.1 miles, 1-3 hours
Syncline to White Salmon (Over Bingen)

This trail gives epic view of the Columbia River gorge as well as Mount Hood. You start with favorite mountain biking spot for locals and continue thru both public and private land. Between April and October, you might encounter cows at the mid section. No worries, they are nice, but you can not bring your dog between April and October. Even on rainy...
Rialto Beach Hike
Rialto Beach Hike
La Push, Washington, United States
 

This hike is probably one of the most beautiful hikes in the area The 1st half is an easy hike along the beach, after you pass the whole in the wall it becomes more of a rocky hike where you may need to use your hands to get pass the rocks. The rocks can be slippery unless you walk close to the wall to your right. You can camp at the first stop...
Beacon Rock Trail - Beacon Rock State Park
Beacon Rock Trail - Beacon Rock State Park
North Bonneville, Washington, United States
 
Moderate: 0.9 miles, 1-3 hours
Hike the core of a volcano! An easy-moderate 1 mile walk up this 845ft tall remnant of a 57,000 year old eruption.

Beacon Rock is a the core of an ancient volcano. Over thousands of years, hundreds of massive floods (originating in Missoula Montana) careened through the Columbia River Gorge and carved away the volcano's main structure, leaving only the lava core we see today. Depending on the definition and expert you talk to, it is the second largest free standing...
Wilderness Creek Trail
Wilderness Creek Trail
Renton, Washington, United States
 
Moderate: 1.4 miles, 1 hour or less
Part of the Cougar Mountain Regional Wildland Park.

This is one of the most scenic trails on the south side of Cougar Mountain. It is also one of the steeper sections of the park, which from the parking area quickly gains 1000 ft. in elevation. There are a few breaks in the elevation gain towards the middle of the trail where you will pass through Shy Bear Marsh. Along the way there are a few creek crossings...
Mount Saint Helens
Mount Saint Helens
Harmony Falls Landing, Washington, United States
 
Hiking the Summer route up Mount Saint Helens

All St. Helens trips start out at the Lone Fir Resort the night prior to hiking to pick up the permits. The weather forecast should be checked prior to climbing. It's best to start early morning at the climbers bivouc. The climb rises steadily as you go up in altitude. The wind and the altitude can affect many climbers but as with all physical activity...
Wilderness Peak Trail
Wilderness Peak Trail
Renton, Washington, United States
 
Easy: 0.4 miles, 1 hour or less
Part of the Cougar Mountain Regional Wildland Park.

This is the highest point within the Cougar Mountain Park. To get here you can take either the Wilderness Creek Trail or the Wilderness Cliffs Trail. The hike up to this point can be a challenge where you will encounter a steep climb and at times, rocky terrain. The final stretch to the peak is a gentle short climb where you can rest and relax. On...
Bagley Seam Trail
Bagley Seam Trail
Bellevue, Washington, United States
 
Easy: 0.2 miles, 1 hour or less
Part of the Cougar Mountain Regional Wildland Park.

The official trail may only be .2 miles long but to get to this trail you will have to hike in using one of two different routes, via Red Town Trail or Wildside Trail. The total distance travelled round trip will be about 3/4 of a mile from the Red Town parking area. This trail is a nice part of the coal mining history that can be found at Cougar...