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3897 Hikes
Penrose Point State Park

Olympic Peninsula -- Kitsap Peninsula

 
2.5 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 140 ft.
Highest Point: 140.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.00
(9 votes)
Found on the shores of Puget Sound is the marine and camping Penrose Point State Park. The park consists of 237 acres and nearly two miles of shoreline, including Mayo Cove and Carr Inlet.
 
 
 
74.7 miles, one-way
Gain: 16000 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.62
(13 votes)
Crossing through the stunning Alpine Lakes wilderness, this section is a must-do for serious Washington backpackers. This 75-mile section leads through some of the most beautiful, remote and varied surroundings along the PCT.
 
 
Spectacle Lake

Snoqualmie Region -- Salmon La Sac/Teanaway

 
22.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 1500 ft.
Highest Point: 4600.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.36
(25 votes)
Spectacle Lake is truly worthy of the name - it's quite a sight to see. Nestled at the base of Chikamin Ridge and just a short jaunt from the Pacific Crest Trail, this lake is one of the true gems of Snoqualmie Pass.
 
 
Pacific Crest Trail (PCT) Section L - Rainy Pass to Manning Park

North Cascades -- North Cascades Highway - Hwy 20

 
70.3 miles, one-way
Gain: 13649 ft.
Highest Point: 7100.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.50
(6 votes)
This last leg of the Pacific Crest Trail (or first depending on whether you're north- or southbound) offers breathtaking views as it passes along the eastern edge of the North Cascades and into the Pasayten Wilderness. Make sure to bring your passport to complete your journey in Manning Provincial Park!
 
 
Park Butte

North Cascades -- Mount Baker Area

 
7.5 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 2200 ft.
Highest Point: 5450.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.55
(67 votes)
Hikers must pack out their waste on this trail and dispose of it in the receptacles at the trailhead
On Park Butte, hike to an historic fire lookout and come face-to-face with Koma Kulshan. Along with unobstructed panoramic views of Mount Baker, the Twin Sisters, and the rest of the North Cascades, the route to Park Butte offers dedicated campsites, wildflower-filled alpine meadows, rushing waterfalls, and a stunning variety of mushroom species.
 
 
Paradise Point State Park

Southwest Washington -- Lewis River Region

 
1.0 miles, roundtrip
Rating:
Average rating:
4.50
(2 votes)
Paradise Point State Park packs a lot into a small, often-overlooked park right along I-5.
 
 
Palisades

Mount Rainier Area -- Chinook Pass - Hwy 410

 
15.9 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 2680 ft.
Highest Point: 5300.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.11
(18 votes)
This trail has it all, from beautiful forests, beautiful waterfalls, good climbing and fun descents to technical sections with views of Mount Rainier from cliffs that will inspire you.
 
 
Oak Tree Park

Puget Sound and Islands -- Seattle-Tacoma Area

 
0.63 miles of trails
Gain: 75 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
0.00
(0 votes)
Visit a rare remnant of Garry Oak Prairie in the state at this small but mighty park in Tacoma.
 
 
Green River Natural Area - Potter's Trail

Puget Sound and Islands -- Seattle-Tacoma Area

 
4.32 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 500 ft.
Highest Point: 500.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
2.22
(9 votes)
The 1,000-acre Green River Natural Area is a wonderful gateway to the middle stretch of the Green River. Composed of steep valley walls and a broad valley floor, the natural area provides trails for hiking and horseback riding as well as access to the most dynamic reach of the Green River in King County.
 
 
Notch Pass

Olympic Peninsula -- Hood Canal

 
8.6 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 2700 ft.
Highest Point: 2500.0 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.
 
 
North Kitsap Heritage Park

Olympic Peninsula -- Kitsap Peninsula

 
10.0 miles of trails
Rating:
Average rating:
3.00
(2 votes)
North Kitsap Heritage Park is a small collection of trails supported locally through land trusts. Trails here range from steep to flat and go through sunny meadows and forests.
 
 
North Fork Sullivan Creek

Eastern Washington -- Selkirk Range

 
5.7 miles, one-way
Gain: 3600 ft.
Highest Point: 6600.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.50
(4 votes)
Tucked deep into the heart of the infrequently-visited Colville National Forest is the North Fork Sullivan Trail. This trail has no trailhead of its own, but climbs steadily from its junction with the Halliday and Red Bluff Trails to Crowell Ridge, where you'll enjoy expansive views of the surrounding area.
 
 
Newberry Hill Heritage Park

Olympic Peninsula -- Kitsap Peninsula

 
13.0 miles of trails
Gain: 250 ft.
Highest Point: 350.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.00
(4 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.
 
 
Muddy Meadows/Foggy Flat

South Cascades -- Mount Adams Area

 
11.6 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 1710 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.14
(7 votes)
This forested trail leads to a fine campsite primed for exploring the base of Mount Adams.
 
 
Mount Walker

Olympic Peninsula -- Hood Canal

 
4.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 2000 ft.
Highest Point: 2804.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.44
(32 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.
 
 
Mount Townsend

Olympic Peninsula -- Hood Canal

 
8.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 3010 ft.
Highest Point: 6260.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.31
(59 votes)
Mount Townsend offers rhododendrons in May and June, wildflowers June through August, then berries in August and September and fall colors in, well, fall. Add in old growth, some tucked away waterfalls, and a windswept, turtleback summit with views north across the Strait and San Juans, west and south into and along the Olympics and east across the Sound to the Cascades, and you've got the perfect year-round hike.
 
 
Mount Spokane State Park - Trail 260 (Snowshoe)

Eastern Washington -- Spokane Area/Coeur d'Alene

 
Highest Point: 4550.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
0.00
(0 votes)
Snowshoe trail that starts just below the Selkirk Lodge (Nordic ski area) and goes down to the Condo Road.
 
 
Mount Spokane State Park - Upper Trail 140

Eastern Washington -- Spokane Area/Coeur d'Alene

 
3.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 1341 ft.
Highest Point: 5867.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.50
(2 votes)
Hike a huckleberry-dotted trail to the summit of Mount Spokane for views of lush forest, farmland, and lakes. You can even explore the site of an old fire lookout.
 
 
Mount Spokane State Park - Trail 130

Eastern Washington -- Spokane Area/Coeur d'Alene

 
12.0 miles, roundtrip
Rating:
Average rating:
4.00
(4 votes)
If you're looking for the best workout in the park, you'd be hard-pressed to find something better than this, the longest trail. Circumnavigate the park's namesake peak by following trail 130 "round-the-mountain" for nearly 12 miles of forested trail punctuated by the occasional open meadow, or opt to turn around at any time for a shorter stroll.
 
 
Mount Spokane State Park - Trail 131

Eastern Washington -- Spokane Area/Coeur d'Alene

 
1.0 miles, one-way
Gain: 550 ft.
Highest Point: 5119.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
0.00
(0 votes)
A year-round hike, Trail 131 is the main snowshoe access trail to Bald Knob Campground and connecting trails.
 
 
Mount Spokane State Park - Trail 110

Eastern Washington -- Spokane Area/Coeur d'Alene

 
7.5 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 1750 ft.
Highest Point: 5000.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.00
(4 votes)
Trail 110 is one of the core trails within Mount Spokane State Park, beginning just inside the park entrance and providing access to numerous connector trails. Hike it as an out-and-back to learn the intersections, then explore the connecting trails to form loop routes.
 
 
Mount Muller

Olympic Peninsula -- Northern Coast

 
12.7 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 3350 ft.
Highest Point: 3748.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.56
(18 votes)
Mount Muller offers breathtaking views from a breathtaking trail -- it's a steep climb, but those who make it to the lofty ridgeline are rewarded with a panorama that includes the Strait of Juan de Fuca, massive Mount Olympus, and sapphire, sparkling Lake Crescent.
 
 
Mount Dickerman

North Cascades -- Mountain Loop Highway

 
8.2 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 3950 ft.
Highest Point: 5760.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.63
(110 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.
 
 
Moran State Park - Mountain Lake

Puget Sound and Islands -- San Juan Islands

 
3.9 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 50 ft.
Highest Point: 950.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.44
(9 votes)
The loop around Mountain Lake is the perfect way to spend a relaxing day on Orcas Island. If part of your crew is interested in the more challenging Mount Constitution, this is a good way to while away the time that they're trekking to the top.
 
 
Moran State Park - Mount Constitution via Mountain Lake

Puget Sound and Islands -- San Juan Islands

 
6.7 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 1500 ft.
Highest Point: 2410.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.30
(23 votes)
While it's possible to drive the the summit of Mount Constitution, you can also hike there. You'll begin and end at Mountain Lake and, along the way, you'll enjoy walking through forest as well as sweeping views of the San Juan Islands.
 
 
Middle Fork Snoqualmie River

Snoqualmie Region -- North Bend Area

 
12.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 200 ft.
Highest Point: 1100.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.78
(32 votes)
4/2/2021: Trail closed - this trail remains closed to hikers. A contractor is working on a reroute and heavy machinery poses a danger to hikers
This long, meandering hike heads upstream along the Middle Fork of the Snoqualmie River, offering a long day hike, or a great beginning backpacking experience.
 
 
 
25.6 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 1940 ft.
Highest Point: 6220.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.00
(6 votes)
Officially named Robinson Creek, the Middle Fork Pasayten River trail is loved by locals and visitors alike for its big trees, path alongside the wild river, and access into the central Pasayten Wilderness.
 
 
Mica Peak

Eastern Washington -- Spokane Area/Coeur d'Alene

 
45.0 miles of trails
Gain: 2000 ft.
Highest Point: 4800.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
0.00
(0 votes)
The conservation area on the west slopes of Mica Peak afford visitors of all types a healthy workout close to the city of Spokane.
 
 
Maury Island Marine Park

Puget Sound and Islands -- Seattle-Tacoma Area

 
3.0 miles of trails
Gain: 500 ft.
Highest Point: 500.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.00
(5 votes)
Maury Island Marine Park is located on the east side of Maury Island which is connected to Vashon Island. There is more than one mile of natural shoreline with stunning views of Mount Rainier and the Cascade Mountains. The park is a former gravel mine and contains rare stands of the Pacific Madrone tree. The accessible shoreline allows for scuba diving and an excellent beach walk to observe marine life with a salt marsh at the north end.
 
 
Marmot Lake

Snoqualmie Region -- Salmon La Sac/Teanaway

 
16.0 miles, roundtrip
Highest Point: 4500.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.78
(9 votes)
Scenic Marmot Lake is reachable from both Highway 2 or the Salmon La Sac area, but either way will be a challenge -- it's 14 miles via Deception Pass, or more than 10 miles from the Tucquala Meadows Trailhead.