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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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Results List

122 Hikes

Olympic Peninsula -- Kitsap Peninsula

 
13.0 miles of trails
Gain: 250 ft.
Highest Point: 350 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.60
(5 votes)
This little gem of a park is located in Kitsap County, at the west end of Newberry Hill Road right before the T to Seabeck Highway.
 
 

Olympic Peninsula -- Northern Coast

 
19.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 4000 ft.
Highest Point: 5120 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.53
(30 votes)
Stunning views, stargazing, backcountry lakes and plentiful wildlife await you on this classic 19-mile loop on the Olympic Mountains’ stunning Seven Lakes Basin and High Divide Trail.
 
 

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.
 
 

Olympic Peninsula -- Northern Coast

 
4.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 10 ft.
Highest Point: 10 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.00
(1 vote)
An easy, pleasant four-season ramble along the Dungeness River, good for bird watching.
 
 

Olympic Peninsula -- Northern Coast

 
2.5 miles, roundtrip
Rating:
Average rating:
0.00
(0 votes)
An interpretive trail outside of Forks. Great for a midday walk or a leg stretch during a long drive.
 
 
 
1.3 miles, roundtrip
Rating:
Average rating:
0.00
(0 votes)
A one-mile loop through forest and along the East Fork of the Satsop River. A cutoff trail allows this hike to be made even shorter, if desired.
 
 

Olympic Peninsula -- Kitsap Peninsula

 
1.5 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 328 ft.
Highest Point: 362 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
0.00
(0 votes)
A short trail through undeveloped state park lands to a section of shoreline on the Key Peninsula.
 
 

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

 
4.3 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 850 ft.
Highest Point: 1850 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.98
(41 votes)
This low-key loop in the shadow of Mount Ellinor makes for a great respite on a hot summer day or a low-country winter ramble when it's rainy.
 
 

Olympic Peninsula -- Olympia

 
1.98 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 200 ft.
Highest Point: 225 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.00
(6 votes)
Take a short jaunt in Tolmie State Park. Great for families or just a quick stretch of the legs.
 
 

Olympic Peninsula -- Pacific Coast

 
26.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 3700 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.41
(29 votes)
The famed Enchanted Valley chalet has been a destination for weary travelers since the early '30s, when it provided a mountain retreat for hikers and horseback riders. During World War II, the chalet served as an Aircraft Warning Station, and is currently listed on the National Register of Historic Places. It's occasionally used as an emergency shelter and ranger station, but the precarious position over the Quinault River has caused it to be closed to hikers until it is moved.
 
 

Olympic Peninsula -- Hood Canal

 
6.4 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 4550 ft.
Highest Point: 5050 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.00
(5 votes)
Tunnel Creek Trail has two trailheads.The south side trailhead is on the Dosewallips Road, but its notoriously steep grade to 5050 Pass means it is seldom used. Try it and you’ll find out why.
 
 

Olympic Peninsula -- Pacific Coast

 
13.8 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 2850 ft.
Highest Point: 3175 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
2.83
(6 votes)
The Three Lakes Trail is a tour of some of Olympic's finest old growth forests, and is the traditional start of the much longer Queets-Quinault Skyline route. Starting in lowland rainforest, the trail works its way through exemplary stands of montane and then subalpine forests before finally breaking out into meadows dotted with tiny lakes. This is a truly wild and remote corner of the Olympics that leaves a lasting impression on the lucky hiker who experiences its beauty.
 
 

Olympic Peninsula -- Olympia

 
16.4 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 2950 ft.
Highest Point: 4103 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.50
(10 votes)
Try this for a tough dayhike or the start of an epic backpack in the Olympics!
 
 

Olympic Peninsula -- Olympia

 
8.5 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 800 ft.
Highest Point: 900 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.38
(21 votes)
Venture up the Lower South Fork of the Skokomish River for an abundance of flora and fauna amid lush old growth.
 
 

Olympic Peninsula -- Hood Canal

 
1.0 miles, roundtrip
Rating:
Average rating:
2.25
(4 votes)
This is a short hike into a tree-filled gorge. Views include a waterfall, Elbo Creek, and the Quilcene River.
 
 

Olympic Peninsula -- Kitsap Peninsula

 
8.5 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 350 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
2.00
(1 vote)
Enjoy a long ramble through the Port Gamble Forest full of second-growth Douglas firs and lots of ferns.
 
 

Olympic Peninsula -- Hood Canal

 
8.6 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 2700 ft.
Highest Point: 2500 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.73
(11 votes)
Believed to be a former Native American trading route through the Olympics, this historic trail was rebuilt by the Civilian Conservation Corps (the CCC) in the 1930s. It was relocated in the early 2000s and is a popular WTA volunteer work party site to this day.
 
 

Olympic Peninsula -- Pacific Coast

 
0.8 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 20 ft.
Highest Point: 25 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
0.00
(0 votes)
If the tide is high, or you just want to see a different side of the Olympic Peninsula while you're visiting the coast, cross Highway 101 from the Kalaloch campground and take a peek into the deep Olympic forest.
 
 

Olympic Peninsula -- Hood Canal

 
15.8 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 1800 ft.
Highest Point: 4200 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.33
(3 votes)
Take an amble through moss-laden forest and along churning waters in colors only the Olympic Peninsula can provide. For the most part, it’s ramble with moderate grade, but the last two and a half miles change character dramatically—giving you a steep, thigh-burning workout before rewarding you with views of Mount Mystery and Little Mystery just inside the park boundary.
 
 

Olympic Peninsula -- Kitsap Peninsula

 
2.5 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 360 ft.
Highest Point: 360 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.18
(17 votes)
Enjoy breath taking views of the Olympics from a secluded cove with many different types of seabirds and wildlife. Try to keep your feet dry while exploring a series of trails amid the historic 184-acre Guillemot Cove Nature Reserve.
 
 

Olympic Peninsula -- Hood Canal

 
5.5 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 1100 ft.
Highest Point: 2540 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.73
(11 votes)
This is a classic Olympics river hike without the crowds, and it's downhill all the way to your destination.
 
 

Olympic Peninsula -- Pacific Coast

 
7.4 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 1500 ft.
Highest Point: 1880 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
2.33
(6 votes)
The Graves Creek primitive trail provides access to old growth forests high above the Quinault River Valley and solitude compared to the high use trails along the Quinault River. Expect glimpses of waterfalls across the gorge in spring and signs of wild-life including bear, deer, and elk.
 
 

Olympic Peninsula -- Northern Coast

 
11.6 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 5248 ft.
Highest Point: 5650 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.00
(4 votes)
Road Washout: The Elwha River Road is washed out, rendering this trailhead inaccessible by vehicle
Climb steeply out of the Elwha River Valley to impressive views of the Bailey Range and wide-open meadows on this trail that accesses Hurricane Hill the back way.
 
 

Olympic Peninsula -- Hood Canal

 
6.8 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 600 ft.
Highest Point: 3100 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.36
(11 votes)
The Upper Dungeness River trail is an easy stroll along a roaring river and among towering trees. It’s great for all ages (as long as the trail is snow- and ice-free), and the shelter at Camp Handy is a welcome and dry lunch destination on rainy days.
 
 

Olympic Peninsula -- Hood Canal

 
10.6 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 2300 ft.
Highest Point: 1750 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.65
(34 votes)
Explore one of the quieter Olympic Peninsula river valleys. Quiet, that is, if you don't count the Duckabush River's constant belching, crashing, and churning as it tumbles over giant boulders and squeezes through narrow rocky clefts.
 
 

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

 
4.8 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 600 ft.
Highest Point: 2084 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.55
(11 votes)
Road Closed: The Olympic Hot Springs Trailhead is inaccessible due to a road washout. Hikers can access the trail from the Madison Falls parking area by walking 7.8 miles each way along the road.
Hike to some remote hot springs on the Olympic Peninsula.
 
 

Olympic Peninsula -- Hood Canal

 
3.5 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 400 ft.
Highest Point: 425 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
2.91
(11 votes)
The 3.5 mile Steam Donkey Loop Trail is an especially good choice in spring, with lots of creeklets, views of the Dosewallips River and silent forest. There is a strong chance that you will see wildlife in winter and spring. An elk herd resides in the area, and with the estuary so close, the area is rife with bird-life. As an added bonus for fall hikers, you can search for and pick chanterelle mushrooms.