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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

118 Hikes
Flapjack Lakes via North Fork Skokomish River

Olympic Peninsula -- Hood Canal

 
15.4 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 3050 ft.
Highest Point: 3850.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.06
(17 votes)
This is a burly day trip, but a great overnight destination for exploring the Sawtooth Range in the Olympic high country.
 
 
Queets Campground Loop

Olympic Peninsula -- Pacific Coast

 
2.8 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 50 ft.
Highest Point: 300.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.71
(7 votes)
The Queets Campground Loop is a quintessential rainforest experience. At just under three miles, it provides visitors with a generous variety of nature. Giant spruce and hemlock rise above great galleries of fern and oxalis. The wind whispers the memories of abandoned homesteads in the grasses of shrinking meadows. Owls hoot and frogs croak the song of an ancient melody. One stands here often and wonders.
 
 
High Divide - Seven Lakes Basin Loop

Olympic Peninsula -- Northern Coast

 
19.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 4000 ft.
Highest Point: 5120.0 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.
 
 
Cape Alava

Olympic Peninsula -- Pacific Coast

 
6.2 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 100 ft.
Highest Point: 350.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.55
(11 votes)
The Ozette Indian Reservation is closed to the public. Hiking north past the campsites at Cape Alava is prohibited.
Take a beautifully constructed boardwalk a little more than three miles out to the wild Olympic Coast. If you can snag a permit, camping here is divine. If not, while away a few hours playing in the water or ambling along the beach.
 
 
Pete's Creek - Colonel Bob Peak

Olympic Peninsula -- Pacific Coast

 
8.2 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 3500 ft.
Highest Point: 4510.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.58
(26 votes)
This peak allows for unrivaled views of the Olympic Peninsula. Located on the southwest side of the park, views include the Pacific Ocean, Grays Harbor, Lake Quinault and the Quinault River, the Olympic rainforest and Mount Olympus.
 
 
Marymere Falls

Olympic Peninsula -- Northern Coast

 
1.8 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 500 ft.
Highest Point: 1100.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.97
(35 votes)
Walk among old-growth giants as you travel to one of Olympic National Park's best-loved waterfalls.
 
 
Pine Lake

Olympic Peninsula -- Hood Canal

 
4.8 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 700 ft.
Highest Point: 1830.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
2.70
(10 votes)
Walk along a gentle road-to-trail conversion along beautiful old growth groves to a placid lake deep in the Lower Skokomish Valley.
 
 
Capitol State Forest - Mima Falls Loop

Olympic Peninsula -- Olympia

 
6.5 miles, roundtrip
Highest Point: 650.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.57
(21 votes)
The Mima Falls Loop takes hikers through young plantings, lush forest, and quiet wetlands in Olympia's Capitol State Forest. Just 30 minutes from the state capital, this is the perfect year-round waterfall hike for after work or weekends. Hike through a working forest and examine forestry practices up close.
 
 
Grand Valley - Cameron Creek Loop

Olympic Peninsula -- Northern Coast

 
30.8 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 10945 ft.
Highest Point: 6628.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
0.00
(0 votes)
Hike up and down (and up again and down again, and then up one more time) around this loop in the northern part of Olympic National Park. You'll get stunning mountain views, pass tranquil lakes, and laze around in gorgeous alpine meadows, and you'll need that break, because the elevation gain on this one is no joke.
 
 
Cameron Pass

Olympic Peninsula -- Hood Canal

 
3.3 miles, one-way
Gain: 2401 ft.
Highest Point: 6418.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.33
(6 votes)
The Cameron Pass trail is a brushy bushwhack to a lovely high alpine basin and pass. But it's miles in the backcountry and requires hard work and planning to get there.
 
 
Cameron Creek

Olympic Peninsula -- Hood Canal

 
6.71 miles, one-way
Gain: 3304 ft.
Highest Point: 4210.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
2.75
(4 votes)
A rugged, riverside trail that accesses the Olympic high country, at a price.
 
 
Three Forks

Olympic Peninsula -- Northern Coast

 
8.5 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 3366 ft.
Highest Point: 5381.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.20
(5 votes)
A well-graded trail leading from Deer Park to the Three Forks campground.
 
 
North Fork Skokomish River

Olympic Peninsula -- Hood Canal

 
15.2 miles, one-way
Gain: 3568 ft.
Highest Point: 4688.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.57
(7 votes)
Hiking through lowland forest rivers, the North Fork Skokomish Trail leads through the thick Olympic forest to subalpine meadows with unbelievable views of the heart of the craggy, snow-capped Olympic Range.
 
 
West Elwha

Olympic Peninsula -- Pacific Coast

 
6.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 500 ft.
Highest Point: 650.0 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.
 
 
Valhalla Peak

Olympic Peninsula -- Hood Canal

 
8.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 2900 ft.
Highest Point: 5345.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.00
(6 votes)
Valhalla Peak is a modest summit located in the Olympic National Forest and can be reached via the Tunnel Creek Trailhead or via Dosewallips Road.
 
 
Marmot Pass via Upper Dungeness River Trail

Olympic Peninsula -- Hood Canal

 
16.2 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 3500 ft.
Highest Point: 6000.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.18
(17 votes)
The Upper Dungeness Trail is a gateway trail. It is not only a great hike all by itself --on the way to its end at Marmot Pass it links to other high reward hikes in the northeast Olympics – Royal Basin, Goat Lake, Heather Creek, and Home Lake. From Marmot Pass one can continue to either the Upper Big Quilcene or Tubal Cain Trail.
 
 
Little River

Olympic Peninsula -- Northern Coast

 
16.0 miles, roundtrip
Highest Point: 5600.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.79
(14 votes)
Enjoy this delightful trail in Olympic National Park. Despite a steep start, the trail is gently graded, ascending 8 miles from a valley and ending at the Hurricane Hill Trail.
 
 
North Fork Quinault River and Halfway House

Olympic Peninsula -- Pacific Coast

 
10.2 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 300 ft.
Highest Point: 800.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.20
(10 votes)
The hike to Halfway House follows the first five miles of the North Fork Quinault River along the same route taken by the Press Expedition of 1890. The trail passes through superb lowland rainforest before entering the canyon of the Quinault. Halfway House makes a good picnic spot for day hikers and is also a great camp site for backpackers on a longer journey.
 
 
Royal Basin - Royal Lake

Olympic Peninsula -- Hood Canal

 
16.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 2650 ft.
Highest Point: 5700.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.07
(28 votes)
You will see plenty in the first 7.2 miles of this trip that take you to the shores of Royal Lake, but you should plan your hike to have the time –and energy -- to enjoy the wildflower-dotted alpine basin and its milky blue tarns in Upper Royal Basin about three-quarters of a mile past the lake.
 
 
South Coast Wilderness Trail - Toleak Point

Olympic Peninsula -- Pacific Coast

 
17.0 miles, one-way
Gain: 2400 ft.
Highest Point: 350.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.33
(18 votes)
Facilities at La Push remain closed
Bring a tide table and a good book on this scenic traverse of the wild Olympic Coast. While much of your hike will be across sandy beaches, there are several places that will require you wait for the tide to go out. Along the way, plan to climb up steep headlands with cable ladders, ropes and your hands and knees. It's a challenge, but a good one.
 
 
Bogachiel River

Olympic Peninsula -- Pacific Coast

 
12.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 400 ft.
Highest Point: 500.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.33
(12 votes)
The Bogachiel River is a classic example of a lowland rainforest ecosystem, with a rough and tumble trail that extends all the way to the head of the valley. Born on lower mountains than the Hoh, Queets, and Quinault, it lacks the glacial coloration and tremendous flow associated with those valleys. What it makes up for is miles of solitude and adventure.
 
 
Lower Big Quilcene River

Olympic Peninsula -- Hood Canal

 
12.9 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 1890 ft.
Highest Point: 2943.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.57
(14 votes)
The Lower Big Quilcene Trail begins just outside the Buckhorn Wilderness and follows the lower Big Quilcene River along a mostly non-technical tread for approximately 6.5 miles. The moss-lined route starts on an old road bed through younger forest and then winds past large old-growth cedars. In spring and summer, blooming rhododendrons add vibrant color to your journey. This trail is also a great choice during the fall and winter months because the trees provide shelter from precipitation.
 
 
Lower Gray Wolf River

Olympic Peninsula -- Hood Canal

 
8.4 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 800 ft.
Highest Point: 1500.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.68
(25 votes)
Visit a quieter trail in the Dungeness network -- one that a lot of folks skip in favor of more well-known trails with more views. But Lower Gray Wolf is beautiful in its own right, and visitors here can discover it for themselves.
 
 
Lower Pete's Creek

Olympic Peninsula -- Pacific Coast

 
2.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 1000 ft.
Highest Point: 1500.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
2.50
(4 votes)
The Lower Pete's Creek trail starts on the same side of the road as the parking area and privy. The Pete’s Creek trail to Colonel Bob is on the opposite side of the road, just behind the “Pete’s Creek Trail” sign. They’re easy to tell apart because Lower Pete's Creek starts flat, and the Pete's Creek trail to Colonel Bob begins climbing right away.
 
 
Aurora Divide

Olympic Peninsula -- Northern Coast

 
14.5 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 4800 ft.
Highest Point: 4750.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.20
(5 votes)
The Aurora Divide Trail branches off the Barnes Creek Trail and steeply climbs to Aurora Ridge. Aurora Ridge offers sweeping views of Lake Crescent, Mount Baker, and more.
 
 
Deer Lake

Olympic Peninsula -- Northern Coast

 
8.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 1650 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
2.50
(12 votes)
The hike to Deer Lake is a great day hike, or beginners overnight.
 
 
Upper Duckabush

Olympic Peninsula -- Hood Canal

 
16.1 miles, one-way
Gain: 1500 ft.
Highest Point: 4950.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.60
(5 votes)
The Duckabush River trail spans two land management agencies -- the US Forest Service and the National Park service. The first 6.2 miles of the trail weaves through Olympic National Forest. It's a popular early season backpack and a frequent site for WTA work crews. The upper section, in Olympic National Park, melts out much later, but provides a gateway to gorgeous backpacking destinations.
 
 
Elwha River and Lillian River

Olympic Peninsula -- Northern Coast

 
13.5 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 1200 ft.
Highest Point: 2500.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.17
(6 votes)
Road Washout: Trailhead inaccessible
Take a long, rolling trail deep into quiet forest. Admire enormous trees, see a historic cabin, and find true solitude on the banks of Lillian River.
 
 
Ranger Hole - Interrorem Nature Trail

Olympic Peninsula -- Hood Canal

 
1.85 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 292 ft.
Highest Point: 515.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.33
(12 votes)
A short and easy hike through history, the Ranger Hole trailhead features a ranger’s cabin built over 100 years ago, a short trail through a re-growing forest, and a walk down to the turquoise waters of the Duckabush River.
 
 
Staircase Rapids

Olympic Peninsula -- Hood Canal

 
2.1 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 574 ft.
Highest Point: 950.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.03
(34 votes)
Staircase Rapids is a beautiful 2.1 mile loop trail following the North Fork of the Skokomish River. Enjoy the Olympic old growth forests with a lush understory of mosses and ferns.