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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

56 Hikes
Hoh River Trail to Blue Glacier

Olympic Peninsula -- Pacific Coast

 
37.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 3700 ft.
Highest Point: 4300.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.91
(11 votes)
Hike the Hoh River to the Blue Glacier through lush rainforest. Pass spectacular old-growth dripping with moss, nurse logs providing nourishment to full grown trees and end with a panorama including the the aptly named Blue Glacier and Mount Olympus. The bio-diversity on this hike is seldom seen on such an accessible backpacking trip. Just be sure to check in with the ranger station before overnighting -- while there are lots of campsites, it's a popular place, and you'll need to reserve in advance.
 
 
Shi Shi Beach and Point of the Arches

Olympic Peninsula -- Pacific Coast

 
8.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 200 ft.
Highest Point: 200.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.40
(60 votes)
Trail currently closed
This stunning Olympic coastal hike is one of the more photographed places in Washington for good reason.
 
 
Kalaloch - Browns Point

Olympic Peninsula -- Pacific Coast

 
4.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 25 ft.
Highest Point: 25.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.88
(8 votes)
Wild and mercurial, the Olympic Coast has a special appeal in the spring and fall. Grassy bluffs, cliffside caves and tidal pools are all to be found along this four-mile beach hike near the Kalaloch Campground. So shrug on your rain gear and enjoy the bird watching, sense of solitude and stunning seascapes.
 
 
Oil City

Olympic Peninsula -- Pacific Coast

 
2.9 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 250 ft.
Highest Point: 50.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.40
(5 votes)
The trail from Oil City starts out as a short forest jaunt along the Hoh River, and ends at the sandy shores of the Pacific Ocean.
 
 
Third Beach

Olympic Peninsula -- Pacific Coast

 
3.6 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 280 ft.
Highest Point: 280.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.93
(14 votes)
The trail to Third Beach provides plenty of suspense for hikers. It’s a 1.3 mile trek through high trees, sometimes shrouded in fog, giving the forest here a spooky aura. But popping out onto the coast at the log-choked mouth of a creek and seeing the grand Pacific Ocean provides the perfect payoff.
 
 
Queets River

Olympic Peninsula -- Pacific Coast

 
22.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 600 ft.
Highest Point: 800.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.91
(11 votes)
The Queets River Trail is legendary for both its wild rainforest scenery and for the challenges it presents to the hiker. To begin, the trail can only be accessed after fording the glacier-born Queets River itself. Across the river, the trail is primitive and remote. Most hikers skip this trail either because of the ford or because it dead ends at 11 miles. But anglers and Olympiphiles hold a special place for this valley in their hearts.
 
 
Fletcher Canyon

Olympic Peninsula -- Pacific Coast

 
4.6 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 1300 ft.
Highest Point: 1600.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.00
(8 votes)
The Fletcher Canyon Trail is a disproportionately difficult hike for being little more than two miles long. Perhaps because the route is steep and often muddy, obscured by blowdown, or faded entirely, it earns its ire and accolades. Individual accounts may be forgiven for their embellishments, especially those recalled fireside at the lodge tavern on a wet winter’s eve.
 
 
Narnia Trail

Olympic Peninsula -- Pacific Coast

 
2.6 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 184 ft.
Highest Point: 106.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
0.00
(0 votes)
Narnia provides a nice option to hike a short trail through the woods while at the beach. It is open for all trail purposes, so watch for bikes and horses. The trail is well maintained and easy to navigate.
 
 
South Fork Hoh River - Big Flat

Olympic Peninsula -- Pacific Coast

 
7.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 150 ft.
Highest Point: 850.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
2.67
(9 votes)
The South Fork Hoh Trail penetrates a wild and remote wilderness and offers hikers solitude just a short distance from the crowded main Hoh Rain Forest. The easy trail stays in the bottomland among groves of towering spruce and grassy maple glades.
 
 
Ocean City State Park

Olympic Peninsula -- Pacific Coast

 
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0.00
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Ocean City State Park is a 170-acre camping park with almost 3000 feet of shoreline on the Pacific Ocean. Trails through the dune grasses and shore pines lead to the Pacific Ocean.
 
 
Irely Lake

Olympic Peninsula -- Pacific Coast

 
2.8 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 145 ft.
Highest Point: 615.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
0.00
(0 votes)
A temperate rainforest saunter up from the Quinault River valley floor to a fauna rich lake within the Olympic National Park
 
 
Weatherwax Trail

Olympic Peninsula -- Pacific Coast

 
1.2 miles, roundtrip
Rating:
Average rating:
5.00
(1 vote)
This loop trail winds through the coastal forest of the Weatherwax Preserve and skirts along the edge of Duck Lake, an important wetland ecosystem.
 
 
Snider-Jackson Traverse

Olympic Peninsula -- Pacific Coast

 
12.5 miles, one-way
Gain: 796 ft.
Highest Point: 1675.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
2.60
(5 votes)
Formerly the Rugged Ridge Trail, the Snider-Jackson Trail is a primitive north to south traverse on the west side of Olympic National Park.
 
 
Quillayute River Slough

Olympic Peninsula -- Pacific Coast

 
1.8 miles of trails
Gain: 60 ft.
Highest Point: 50.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
2.50
(4 votes)
Experience a quiet woodland walk while camping at one of Olympic National Park's many campgrounds. Add it on to a day of exploration on the coast, or simply meditate in the cool forest with your morning coffee before heading out for the day.
 
 
Spruce Nature Trail (Hoh)

Olympic Peninsula -- Pacific Coast

 
1.2 miles, roundtrip
Rating:
Average rating:
3.50
(6 votes)
Enjoy an easy 1.2-mile loop near the Hoh Rain Forest Visitor Center. Pair it with the Hall of Mosses for a couple of nice, flat exploratory leg-stretchers in the Hoh. Both make for an interesting introduction to the area, and will be a hit with the kids!
 
 
Ira Spring Wetland

Olympic Peninsula -- Pacific Coast

 
2.9 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 300 ft.
Highest Point: 400.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.00
(1 vote)
Discover the true beauty of the Bogachiel Rain Forest on the Ira Spring Wetland trail. This short trail will take you on a loop through a fern forest and around a large wetland. While leashed dogs are allowed in on the Ira Wetland trail, they are NOT allowed in the Olympic National Park, the boundary of which is 1.6 miles along the Bogachiel Trail.
 
 
Skyline

Olympic Peninsula -- Pacific Coast

 
45.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 4900 ft.
Highest Point: 5700.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.00
(4 votes)
This primitive trail spans over 20 miles through Montane and subalpine ecosystems. From the Low Divide Ranger Station to the Three Lakes campsite, the Skyline trail will take you on a steep journey past lakes and to the top of Kimta Peak.
 
 
Yellow Banks

Olympic Peninsula -- Pacific Coast

 
Rating:
Average rating:
4.50
(2 votes)
 
 
 
Scott Creek

Olympic Peninsula -- Pacific Coast

 
Rating:
Average rating:
4.00
(1 vote)
 
 
 
Mystery Bay State Park

Olympic Peninsula -- Pacific Coast

 
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0.00
(0 votes)
 
 
 
Chilean Memorial

Olympic Peninsula -- Pacific Coast

 
Rating:
Average rating:
5.00
(1 vote)
 
 
 
Norwegian Memorial

Olympic Peninsula -- Pacific Coast

 
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Average rating:
1.00
(1 vote)
 
 
 
Mount Olympus

Olympic Peninsula -- Pacific Coast

 
Rating:
Average rating:
4.00
(2 votes)
 
 
 
North Wilderness Beach

Olympic Peninsula -- Pacific Coast

 
Rating:
Average rating:
3.25
(4 votes)
 
 
 
Mount Tom Creek

Olympic Peninsula -- Pacific Coast

 
Rating:
Average rating:
2.00
(4 votes)
 
 
 
Hoh Lake

Olympic Peninsula -- Pacific Coast

 
Rating:
Average rating:
3.60
(5 votes)