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3890 Hikes
Cherry Creek Falls

Central Cascades -- Stevens Pass - West

 
5.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 450 ft.
Highest Point: 705.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.69
(42 votes)
Hike along old logging roads to a 25-foot tall waterfall on Cherry Creek just outside of Duvall. Note that access to this area is part of an agreement with nearby homeowners, and part of the trail is on private land, so please remain on the main path, observe leash laws and keep noise to a minimum as a courtesy to homeowners along trail. There are no toilets at the trailhead. Please plan ahead.
 
 
Mount Si

Snoqualmie Region -- North Bend Area

 
8.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 3150 ft.
Highest Point: 3900.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.01
(247 votes)
There are many reasons – besides its proximity to Seattle – why Mount Si is the most popular hike in the state: beautiful views, wildlife (some of it not so wild), old growth forest, and a dramatic summit worthy of a more remote peak. Rising dramatically above the Snoqualmie Valley, it serves as a literal and figurative gateway to the Cascades for thousands of hikers.
 
 
Melakwa Lake

Snoqualmie Region -- Snoqualmie Pass

 
8.5 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 2700 ft.
Highest Point: 4600.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.19
(86 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.
 
 
Talapus and Olallie Lakes

Snoqualmie Region -- Snoqualmie Pass

 
6.2 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 1220 ft.
Highest Point: 3780.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.92
(119 votes)
With a moderate grade on a wide trail, the hike to Talapus Lake is the perfect introduction to the outdoors for hikers and beginning backpackers. Upon arrival at Talapus, break out lunch or pitch camp. Either way, you can cool off in the large lake. If you feel like pressing on, Ollalie Lake is just about a mile and a half up trail, where open campsites offer lakeside havens with calm waters and views of a beautiful lake basin.
 
 
Kendall Katwalk

Snoqualmie Region -- Snoqualmie Pass

 
12.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 2600 ft.
Highest Point: 5400.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.23
(79 votes)
If the name Kendall Katwalk conjures up an image of a narrow pathway blasted out of a steeply sloped rock face, that’s part of it. But the whole package includes old growth forest, gorgeous wildflowers, and stunning views into the Alpine Lakes Wilderness from both sides of the pass below Kendall Peak, where the Katwalk begins.
 
 
Comet Falls

Mount Rainier Area -- SW - Longmire/Paradise

 
3.8 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 1250 ft.
Highest Point: 4875.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.20
(41 votes)
Follow a tumbling, churning, whitewater creek upstream as it thunders through a narrow gorge of glacier-polished rock on your way to a waterfall that drops 301 feet in a single plunge. Admire numerous small waterfalls and cascades and two significant ones, all in less than two miles. This is the Comet Falls trail.
 
 
Artist Point Snowshoe

North Cascades -- Mount Baker Area

 
4.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 1000 ft.
Highest Point: 5100.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.48
(23 votes)
10/22/2020 Road closed: Highway 542 is closed at the Bagley Lakes trailhead. Visitors must park here and snowshoe or ski up the road to this trailhead.
Artist Point is the top competitor for best viewpoint in the state. The beautifully shaped Mount Shuksan is the star of the area, with a gorgeous summit pyramid and several impressive glaciers. This relatively easy snowshoe is an excellent winter destination with a virtual guarantee of good snow coverage.
 
 
Lake Serene

Central Cascades -- Stevens Pass - West

 
8.2 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 2000 ft.
Highest Point: 2521.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.47
(351 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.
 
 
Lake 22

North Cascades -- Mountain Loop Highway

 
5.4 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 1350 ft.
Highest Point: 2400.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.26
(318 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.
 
 
Ptarmigan Ridge

North Cascades -- Mount Baker Area

 
9.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 1800 ft.
Highest Point: 6100.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.47
(30 votes)
10/22/200 Road closed: Highway 542 is closed at the Bagley Lakes trailhead cutting off vehicle access to this trailhead.
Rarely can hikers approach a climbers’ realm so easily, with minimal elevation gain, and enjoy beautiful views all along the way.
 
 
Heliotrope Ridge

North Cascades -- Mount Baker Area

 
5.5 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 1400 ft.
Highest Point: 5100.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.46
(46 votes)
If you'd like nose-to-nose access to Mount Baker, this first-rate woodsy walk delivers. Over a relatively short, well-maintained trail with mild elevation gain, you can be glacier-side in no time... if the creek crossings allow.
 
 
Rachel Lake

Snoqualmie Region -- Snoqualmie Pass

 
8.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 1600 ft.
Highest Point: 4600.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.01
(74 votes)
From Rachel Lake you can access further adventures at Rampart Lakes, Lila Lakes and Alta Peak. This hike is a popular weekend overnight destination; so don’t expect to be by yourself in high season.
 
 
Mount Pilchuck

North Cascades -- Mountain Loop Highway

 
5.4 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 2300 ft.
Highest Point: 5327.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.57
(181 votes)
Despite its intermediate difficulty, Mount Pilchuck sees a slew of visitors in a given year, as hikers flock to the trail for its grand panoramic views and historic restored fire lookout. Easily one of the most rewarding hikes in the area, its relatively short 2.7 mile, 2,300 feet ascent gifts you 360-degree views of Mount Baker, Mount Rainier and the Olympics from its shelter lookout, which sits nestled on a summit that tops out around 5,300 feet. This calf-friendly journey is all made possible by a high elevation trailhead, which sets you off on your travels around 3,000 feet, cutting what would otherwise be an arduous ten mile roundtrip in half.
 
 
Hidden Lake Lookout

North Cascades -- North Cascades Highway - Hwy 20

 
8.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 3300 ft.
Highest Point: 6900.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.61
(62 votes)
Highway 20 Closure: Highway 20 is closed between Silver Star (Milepost 170) and Early Winter Campground (Mileposte 177) while crews fight an active wildfire in the area. This closure is dated 7.12.21
The Hidden Lake trail is one of the crown jewels of hiking in Washington State. No other trail offers so much as Hidden Lake Lookout: forest, wildflowers, a true alpine environment of stark granite well above treeline, breathtaking summit views of the heart of North Cascades National Park, and a fire lookout with a sweeping history almost as big as the mountainous landscape it gazes over.
 
 
Surprise and Glacier Lakes

Central Cascades -- Stevens Pass - West

 
11.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 2700 ft.
Highest Point: 4900.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.38
(40 votes)
From towering old-growth giants to placid lakes with craggy mountain views, this hike has everything you want in a trail. Put this one on your list of places to explore along Highway 2.
 
 
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.
 
 
Tunnel Creek

Olympic Peninsula -- Hood Canal

 
9.4 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 2450 ft.
Highest Point: 4500.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.69
(16 votes)
Tunnel Creek Trail has two trailheads. Nearly all hikers access the trail from the north side where for the first three miles the moderately easy grade is often within earshot of Tunnel Creek. After crossing the South Fork of Tunnel Creek, the route rises at a steeper but manageable grade past Harrison Lakes to 5050 Pass and some nearby viewpoints. The south side trailhead is on the Dosewallips Road. This segment’s notoriously steep grade to 5050 Pass means it is seldom used. Try it and you’ll find out why.
 
 
Granite Creek Trail to Granite Lakes

Snoqualmie Region -- North Bend Area

 
8.8 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 2270 ft.
Highest Point: 3070.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.08
(49 votes)
Granite Creek courses through the gorge between Mailbox Peak and Russian Butte. Ascend through the creek’s ravine, immersed in mountain rainforest, alongside whitewater rapids, waterfalls, wildflowers, and mushrooms, while you take in majestic views of the mountains of the Middle Fork valley. Seasonal treats include berries and fall colors.
 
 
Mirror Lake via the Pacific Crest Trail (PCT)

Snoqualmie Region -- Snoqualmie Pass

 
7.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 1180 ft.
Highest Point: 4195.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.80
(10 votes)
This short dayhike on the Pacific Crest Trail (PCT) is a nice alternate route to quiet Mirror Lake, or just a lovely little forest ramble on a quiet section of the well-maintained trail. You could consider it as a first-time backpacking destination, too, since the trail is never particularly steep here.
 
 
Anderson and Watson Lakes

North Cascades -- Mount Baker Area

 
6.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 1100 ft.
Highest Point: 4900.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.36
(22 votes)
This trail features plenty of variety, with destinations spaced perfectly for families or first-time backpackers. Beautiful hemlock forest, meadows dotted with wildflowers, gleaming lakes, mountain views, juicy berries and excellent camping are all available. Wait until later in the hiking season though, as this area is known for its bugs.
 
 
Crystal Lakes

Mount Rainier Area -- NE - Sunrise/White River

 
6.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 2600 ft.
Highest Point: 5828.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.30
(43 votes)
Take a short but steep hike on a wide trail to visit two lakes in a beautiful craggy setting. It's only three miles to the upper lake, with 2,600 feet of elevation gain. In season find many wildflowers in the basin near the upper lake, and be alert for wildlife sightings.
 
 
Fallen Leaf Lake

Southwest Washington -- Vancouver Area

 
1.4 miles, roundtrip
Rating:
Average rating:
3.50
(2 votes)
This city park provides an excellent retreat from the busy area of Vancouver and Portland in the small suburb of Camas.
 
 
Lacamas Park - Lacamas Creek

Southwest Washington -- Vancouver Area

 
4.5 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 350 ft.
Highest Point: 400.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.33
(6 votes)
Lacamas Lake Park is a diverse natural area with a surprisingly 'wild' feel for a park this close to town. Picnic by the lake, check out the Camas meadow in bloom, or explore the forest and creeks along the many trails. This hike describes a "lollipop" loop starting at the south end of the park, visiting the Lower Falls, then circling around through the park past Round Lake and returning along Lacamas Creek.
 
 
Ira Spring Trail - Mason Lake

Snoqualmie Region -- Snoqualmie Pass

 
6.5 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 2420 ft.
Highest Point: 4320.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.18
(130 votes)
Sun drenched ridgelines, blooming trillium, and sparkling alpine waters define this fitting tribute to one of Washington’s greatest trail advocates.
 
 
Davis Peak

Snoqualmie Region -- Cle Elum Area

 
10.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 4000 ft.
Highest Point: 6400.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.11
(18 votes)
A challenging summit with a big payoff: a 360-degree panorama of more than 10 Cascades peaks.
 
 
Dirty Harry's Balcony

Snoqualmie Region -- Snoqualmie Pass

 
4.4 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 1600 ft.
Highest Point: 2600.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.53
(59 votes)
Get a workout and experience rock work completed by Department of Natural Resources and WTA volunteer crews on this hike. Your reward is a rocky overlook from which you can marvel at Mount Kent, McClellan Butte, and Mount Washington, the behemoths forming the south rim of the west entrance to Snoqualmie Pass.
 
 
PJ Lake

Olympic Peninsula -- Northern Coast

 
1.8 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 825 ft.
Highest Point: 5020.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
2.71
(7 votes)
PJ Lake is a short but steep primitive trail to a subalpine tarn teeming with jumping trout. The lake’s beautiful color draws anglers, day hikers, and campers alike. However, the trail is so steep that the short mileage to get there is eclipsed by the vertical exertion and lingering leg pain.
 
 
Upper Twin Lake

Central Cascades -- Leavenworth Area

 
5.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 300 ft.
Highest Point: 2850.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.67
(3 votes)
This is an ideal ‘multi-modal’ kid hike, featuring a two mile bike ride, followed by an easy and quite pretty half mile hike. We did the bike and hike with our kids when they were four and six, and they enjoyed it.
 
 
Sultan River Canyon Trail

Central Cascades -- Stevens Pass - West

 
4.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 900 ft.
Highest Point: 1700.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.73
(11 votes)
If you don’t mind descending first, then ascending later, the Sultan River Canyon trail is a nice alternative for the shoulder season when snow is still too deep in the mountains. Drop to the sparkling Sultan River, then climb back up on nicely graded switchbacks in the shade.
 
 
Gobblers Knob

Mount Rainier Area -- SW - Longmire/Paradise

 
11.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 2565 ft.
Highest Point: 5485.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.54
(13 votes)
A clear, sparkling lake, up-close views of Mount Rainier, and a historic fire lookout await you on the Gobblers Knob Trail. This route is an eastern approach to the lookout via Westside Road.