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3915 Hikes

Central Cascades -- Blewett Pass

 
5.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 550 ft.
Highest Point: 3600 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
0.00
(0 votes)
 
A quiet roadwalk near Blewett Pass -- a good option for those looking for a wide trail with less elevation gain.
 
 

Central Cascades -- Stevens Pass - West

 
7.4 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 700 ft.
Highest Point: 2200 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.00
(1 vote)
In winter, and, as with all showshoeing, the right gear, it is possible to snowshoe the Miller River Road to the Dorothy Lake Trailhead.
 
 

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

 
9.0 miles, roundtrip
Highest Point: 6244 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
0.00
(0 votes)
A scramble of a peak in the Alpine Lakes Wilderness near I-90. Technical gear and expertise required.
 
 

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.
 
 

Central Cascades -- Stevens Pass - East

 
5.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 1800 ft.
Highest Point: 6015 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.82
(11 votes)
One of about six former lookout sites in the Stevens Pass area, Poe Mountain boasts two different trails to the summit; the original steep supply route to the retired fire lookout via a trail rising from the Little Wenatchee Falls campground, and the more moderate trail via the Irving Pass Trail. Irving Pass is the recommended route, since you spend a significant amount of the hike on the ridge with awesome views both north and south.
 
 

Central Washington -- Yakima

 
6.5 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 500 ft.
Highest Point: 1800 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.62
(29 votes)
Take a pleasant hike up a spectacular canyon with towering basalt formations, a rushing creek, and a chance to see bighorn sheep. Whether you go in spring or fall, the canyon is filled with brilliant color.
 
 

Puget Sound and Islands -- Seattle-Tacoma Area

 
2.5 miles, roundtrip
Rating:
Average rating:
3.20
(5 votes)
WTA has done some general trail maintenance in this beautiful neighborhood park. The site is extremely valuable from an ecological standpoint.
 
 

Central Cascades -- Stevens Pass - West

 
8.6 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 2500 ft.
Highest Point: 5540 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.60
(20 votes)
Scorpion Mountain offers a 360-degree view of the Central Cascades, and the huckleberries and blueberries make this a much underrated fall hike.
 
 

Central Cascades -- Stevens Pass - East

 
9.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 3950 ft.
Highest Point: 5989 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.89
(19 votes)
Dirty Face Lookout is one of the earliest high Central Cascade trails to melt out. At four miles and with 4000 feet of elevation gain, the trail provides hikers with a very good workout. Along the way, you'll have lots to look at, as the elevation change can roll an entire season of wildflowers into a single hike. Rock roses and paintbrush bob near the trailhead, while avalanche lilys sway in the breeze near the summit. When you aren't looking at the wildflowers, the vistas are outstanding.
 
 

South Cascades -- Mount St. Helens

 
4.5 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 860 ft.
Highest Point: 4500 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.24
(17 votes)
Witness the destructive force and the restorative power of nature on this hike in the blast zone of Mount St. Helens’ 1980 eruption. The rocky ash and treeless areas are testaments to the devastation caused by the explosion, while wildflowers and shrubs signal the return of vegetation to the denuded landscape.
 
 

Snoqualmie Region -- Salmon La Sac/Teanaway

 
11.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 3000 ft.
Highest Point: 6000 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.00
(42 votes)
Navaho Pass is an excellent introduction to the Teanaway area. Rife with wildflowers, fascinating geology, and just enough elevation gain to keep it interesting, this hike has just about everything that the Teanaway is known for.
 
 

North Cascades -- Methow/Sawtooth

 
3.7 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 1400 ft.
Highest Point: 7001 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.40
(20 votes)
Views of majestic peaks and the vibrant golden hues of larches come autumn - Goat Peak Lookout offers both, as well as the commanding views you'd expect of a working fire lookout. Though steep at times, the trail's short length makes it a perfect hike to introduce kids and newer hikers to the grandeur of the Methow and North Cascades.
 
 

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.
 
 

North Cascades -- Mountain Loop Highway

 
8.2 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 3950 ft.
Highest Point: 5760 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.63
(111 votes)
If the best views come to those who earn them, Mount Dickerman offers the fairest vantage along the Mountain Loop. You’ll huff and puff through 4,000 feet of elevation on your way to the summit; in return, you’ll get a superb panorama of nearly every peak in the Mountain Loop. In late summer, it also rewards the intrepid with a bounty of mountain blueberries.
 
 

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.
 
 

North Cascades -- North Cascades Highway - Hwy 20

 
10.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 2000 ft.
Highest Point: 6800 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.96
(23 votes)
Road Closed 11/11/21: The North Cascades Highway is closed between the Ross Dam Trailhead at milepost 134 and the Silver Star Gate at milepost 171 for the winter.
Cutthroat Pass is a stunner no matter which way you access it. This way, you'll enjoy a wider, more well-maintained trail, and you're more likely to share it with Pacific Crest Trail thru-hikers.
 
 

North Cascades -- North Cascades Highway - Hwy 20

 
7.2 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 2000 ft.
Highest Point: 6650 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.82
(116 votes)
Road Closed 11/11/21: The North Cascades Highway is closed between the Ross Dam Trailhead at milepost 134 and the Silver Star Gate at milepost 171 for the winter.
If ever there was a hike to satisfy all a hiker's desires, this one comes as close as any. A loop hike with many fabulous changing faces throughout the seasons, Heather-Maple Pass features ridgelines blanketed in wildflowers in summer, lakes ringed with golden larches in fall, and before the highway closes for the season, a dramatic place to experience early winter’s snows.
 
 

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.
 
 

Central Washington -- Yakima

 
8.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 1100 ft.
Highest Point: 5063 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.89
(9 votes)
Hike through a diverse forest to two alpine lakes that rest atop Manastash Ridge, one of Central Washington’s most notable geologic formations. The trail to Lost and Manastash Lakes is an underappreciated gem that will delight larch lovers, berry munchers, flower photographers, and campers alike.
 
 

Central Washington -- Yakima

 
20.0 miles of trails
Gain: 1148 ft.
Highest Point: 2970 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.00
(1 vote)
Rocky Top is an extensive system of interconnected mountain bike trails open to hikers. It offers innumerable out-and back and loop options though shrub-steppe on the flanks of Cowiche Mountain as well as a scenic ridge walk on a portion of the William O. Douglas Trail to the summit of the mountain and a connection with the Snow Mountain Ranch trail system.
 
 

Central Washington -- Yakima

 
14.0 miles of trails
Gain: 1140 ft.
Highest Point: 2970 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.50
(8 votes)
For a flat riparian ramble or a great workout to a scenic summit, Snow Mountain Ranch is a walking wonderland just outside of Yakima.
 
 

Central Washington -- Yakima

 
20.0 miles, roundtrip
Highest Point: 1844 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.53
(15 votes)
The Cowiche Canyon Preserve is a small pocket of wildlands near Yakima. It includes both the canyon itself and the canyon’s southerly uplands. There are approximately 20 miles of interconnected trails open to hikers, runners, mountain bikers, and equestrians. Snowshoeing and cross-country skiing are popular when there is enough snow.
 
 

Olympic Peninsula -- Kitsap Peninsula

 
2.7 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 210 ft.
Highest Point: 530 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.00
(2 votes)
Explore an undeveloped watershed on well-maintained trails just minutes from town.
 
 

Central Cascades -- Entiat Mountains/Lake Chelan

 
1.7 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 450 ft.
Highest Point: 1100 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
0.00
(0 votes)
Walk through a rocky, desert landscape with expansive views of the Columbia River. These trails are short and well built with rock steps for stable footing. This loop trail system may be started at either the Chelan Hatchery or at the loop’s top just off Highway 150 on the way into Chelan.
 
 

Central Cascades -- Entiat Mountains/Lake Chelan

 
2.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.00
(1 vote)
Visiting Beebe Springs is more of a leg stretcher or bird watching location than a destination hiking location. That much being said, it has bountiful wildlife, an ADA accessible trail, and broad vistas. Do note that it is closed seasonally from December 1 to March 15.
 
 

Olympic Peninsula -- Hood Canal

 
4.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 2000 ft.
Highest Point: 2804 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.48
(33 votes)
Approachable throughout the year, the Mount Walker trail’s average 20% grade makes it a go-to route for hikers and trail runners looking for a short, brisk tromp. (While it is also a designated stock trail, riders and pack animals rarely make an appearance.) Spring, summer, and fall the 2-mile trail is both ascended and descended by those on foot. In the winter, when the Mount Walker road is gated closed to vehicles, many will pursue the then 2.25-mile jaunt up to the north viewpoint, saunter over to the south viewpoint and then descend on the more gentle grade of the road.