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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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3897 Hikes
Hyas Lake

Snoqualmie Region -- Salmon La Sac/Teanaway

 
4.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 100 ft.
Highest Point: 3500.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
2.50
(10 votes)
The relatively flat hike to this long, shallow lake makes an excellent destination for families with children or an easy overnight camping trip.
 
 
Deception Creek

Central Cascades -- Stevens Pass - West

 
11.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 1200 ft.
Highest Point: 3150.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.80
(20 votes)
Everything that makes a river hike fun is here, cool bridges, waterfalls, big trees, lots of dripping moss, and mushrooms.
 
 
Dalles Ridge

Mount Rainier Area -- Chinook Pass - Hwy 410

 
1.8 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 200 ft.
Highest Point: 5700.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.00
(6 votes)
Dalles Ridge is the primary way that hikers access the popular Noble Knob Trail and Ranger Creek. It provides hikers with a beautiful ridge walk after a steady climb from the trailhead.
 
 
Cultus Creek

South Cascades -- Mount Adams Area

 
4.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 1100 ft.
Highest Point: 5100.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
2.67
(6 votes)
The trail climbs sharply through a forest of Douglas fir for a mile to a view of the Goat Rocks, Sawtooth Mountain, Mount Rainier, and Mount Adams. From this viewpoint you get a great view of Mount Adams and the Goat Rocks. It's worth bringing a camera for this one.
 
 
Crow Lake Way

Mount Rainier Area -- Chinook Pass - Hwy 410

 
12.4 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 3340 ft.
Highest Point: 5850.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
2.60
(5 votes)
Are you looking for an early summer, dry-side, flowered workout? The eastern third of this trail is for you, with its many flowers and increasing views over the American River valley. Just be ready for the stark nature of the fire ravaged forest.
 
 
Cramer Lake

South Cascades -- White Pass/Cowlitz River Valley

 
3.4 miles, one-way
Gain: 950 ft.
Highest Point: 5067.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.00
(7 votes)
The south end of the William O. Douglas Wilderness is rolling country swathed in mature forest that is interrupted by dozens of named, and many more unnamed, lakes. A visit to scenic Cramer Lake, with its clear water, good fishing, and comfortable campsites will leave you wanting to explore deeper into the Tumac Plateau.
 
 
Cow Creek Meadows

Central Cascades -- Entiat Mountains/Lake Chelan

 
11.25 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 3500 ft.
Highest Point: 5000.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.14
(7 votes)
Hike through an old burn zone to reach an idyllic meadow high in the Entiat Mountains.
 
 
Angel Falls Loop

South Cascades -- White Pass/Cowlitz River Valley

 
3.4 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 1100 ft.
Highest Point: 2300.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.13
(15 votes)
Covel Creek trail is a very short, one mile trail with only 50 feet of elevation gain. Hikers can travel through dense forest to a small waterfall, but there is an option to continue on the Angel Falls Loop, which creates a figure-eight, making this longer hike about 4 miles roundtrip.
 
 
Cougar Trails

Southwest Washington -- Vancouver Area

 
6.0 miles of trails
Gain: 308 ft.
Highest Point: 240.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.50
(2 votes)
The Cougar Trails network contains six miles of moderately trafficked trails on the WSU Vancouver campus. Encompassing a river, a disc golf field, and quiet forested areas, this network is good for all skill levels.
 
 
Klondike Swamp

Issaquah Alps -- Cougar Mountain

 
2.5 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 110 ft.
Highest Point: 1270.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.20
(5 votes)
The Klondike Swamp Trail traverses much of what is special about Cougar Mountain Park, utilizing old logging roads and railroad grades that take you through charming second growth forest. The loop is easily accessed from the Sky Country Trailhead in Bellevue, and offers a nearly level grade for most of the journey.
 
 
Colonel Bob Trail - Colonel Bob Peak

Olympic Peninsula -- Pacific Coast

 
14.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 4292 ft.
Highest Point: 4492.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.00
(1 vote)
Start at 200 feet above sea level and climb to a lofty, scenic peak of 4492 feet on a long, switchbacking trail through stunning old growth forest. WTA has done a lot of work on this trail to improve it after a huge storm in 2007.
 
 
Clear Fork Trail

South Cascades

 
9.6 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 1200 ft.
Highest Point: 4800.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.00
(1 vote)
Many hikers only see the first couple miles of this trail, since Lily Lake is a popular location for families. But the Clear Fork Trail is many miles long, and offers fantastic adventure past the small lake.
 
 
Clackamas Mountain

Eastern Washington -- Okanogan Highlands/Kettle River Range

 
10.0 miles, roundtrip
Rating:
Average rating:
4.33
(3 votes)
Part of the Pacific Northwest National Scenic Trail, Clackamas Mountain Trail travels up to the summit of Clackamas Mountain with great views to the west. It then traverses down the north side to Cougar Creek and connects to the Cougar Creek #100 road.
 
 
Chybinski Loop

Issaquah Alps -- Squak Mountain

 
7.7 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 2100 ft.
Highest Point: 1800.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.29
(7 votes)
The Chybinski Loop is located in the Cougar/Squak Mountain Corridor, and has many connecting trails and loop options.
 
 
Larrabee State Park - Chuckanut Falls

Puget Sound and Islands -- Bellingham Area

 
2.6 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 640 ft.
Highest Point: 540.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.50
(4 votes)
Take a short hike to a pleasant waterfall tucked away on the northeast corner of Larrabee State Park.
 
 
Chewuch River Trail

North Cascades -- Pasayten

 
37.4 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 3300 ft.
Highest Point: 6900.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.50
(4 votes)
9/29/21 Trailhead Inaccessible: The road accessing this trailhead is closed due to the Cub Creek Fire.
The Chewuch River Trail provides access to the very popular Cathedral Lakes area on the Boundary trail. Walk through a burn zone, lodgepole pine, and meadows as you travel deep into the Pasayten Wilderness.
 
 
Chelan Lakeshore Trail

Central Cascades -- Entiat Mountains/Lake Chelan

 
17.0 miles, one-way
Gain: 4030 ft.
Highest Point: 1700.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.94
(16 votes)
Looking for an early-season backpack featuring craggy, snow-capped peaks, a sapphire-blue lake, a myriad of wildflowers, and a trail that’s regularly maintained by WTA volunteers? The 17-mile thru-hike on the Chelan Lakeshore Trail might be just the thing for you.
 
 
Chain Lakes Loop

North Cascades -- Mount Baker Area

 
6.5 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 1820 ft.
Highest Point: 5400.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.47
(47 votes)
Vehicle Access Limited: As of 10/07/21 Highway 542 is closed to cars for the winter season at the Bagley Lakes Trailhead milepost 54.7.
This gorgeous loop hike has it all: big views of Mounts Baker and Shuksan, as well as the North Cascades, alpine lakes for swimming, and well-maintained trail winding through meadows and heather. And with wildflowers in spring, blueberry bushes for trail-side snacking in late summer and blazing color in the fall, you can't pick a bad season to visit.
 
 
CCC Road: Upper Trailhead

Snoqualmie Region -- North Bend Area

 
6.8 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 400 ft.
Highest Point: 1450.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.43
(7 votes)
The upper section of the CCC Road is just adjacent to the Middle Fork Road. Hiking this way, you'll avoid the somewhat confusing lower section, where DNR and private property bump up against each other. Here the trail is on National Forest land, so you'll need a Northwest Forest Pass, but the 3.4 miles to the Middle Fork Campground pass through uninterrupted quiet forest, creeks, and lovely views of the nearby peaks.
 
 
Cape Horn

Southwest Washington -- Columbia River Gorge - WA

 
7.2 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 1300 ft.
Highest Point: 1350.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.89
(18 votes)
This rugged hike is bound to become a classic, if it isn’t already. The full trail loop provides fantastic views of the Columbia River Gorge, an intimate look at the Cape Horn Falls and a challenging workout as it climbs and descends the rocky slopes of Cape Horn.
 
 
 
0.75 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 25 ft.
Highest Point: 200.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.00
(7 votes)
North Head Lighthouse is closed for tours until further notice due to COVID 19
Take a couple of ADA-accessible trails to some of the most scenic parts of Cape Disappointment State Park.
 
 
Antoine Peak Conservation Area - Canfield Gulch

Eastern Washington -- Spokane Area/Coeur d'Alene

 
5.3 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 1030 ft.
Highest Point: 3366.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.00
(1 vote)
Antoine Peak has a whole lot of new after the summer of 2016: a new westside parking lot to improve access, and a new trail on Canfield Gulch courtesy of WTA volunteers.
 
 
Camp Long

Puget Sound and Islands -- Seattle-Tacoma Area

 
1.6 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 240 ft.
Highest Point: 350.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.57
(7 votes)
Camp Long is a hidden gem, a 68-acre enclave in West Seattle featuring old growth forest, wildlife, a variety of hiking trails, rock climbing, ropes courses, camping, and environmental education.
 
 
Beacon Rock State Park - Bridge Trail

Southwest Washington -- Columbia River Gorge - WA

 
1.0 miles, one-way
Rating:
Average rating:
2.33
(3 votes)
This approximately one mile trail provides a link between the East Hardy Ridge Trail and the Upper Hardy Creek Trail to providing multiple loop options in the backcountry of Beacon Rock State Park. With its majestic bridge across Hardy Creek, lush evergreen forest and enchanting stream crossings, it is a worthy destination in itself.
 
 
Boundary Way

North Cascades -- Mount Baker Area

 
8.2 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 1458 ft.
Highest Point: 5658.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.20
(5 votes)
Put your navigational skills to the test! This unmaintained trail just off Damfino Lakes trail may be brushy, but if you can find your way to Boundary Way, you'll be rewarded with breathtaking views into Canada and the epic North Cascades.
 
 
Boulder River

North Cascades -- Mountain Loop Highway

 
8.6 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 700 ft.
Highest Point: 1550.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.93
(123 votes)
The Boulder River trail is a nice hike that can be done any time of year. Come in winter while the rain is dripping off the mossy trees, photograph the waterfalls filled with spring snowmelt. Take the kids out for a little picnic in the summer, or leaf collecting in the fall. Come anytime midweek for quiet contemplation.
 
 
Bluff Lake

South Cascades

 
3.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 1000 ft.
Highest Point: 3840.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
2.50
(4 votes)
This forested trail to a small, secluded lake uniquely set on a ridge with a few campsites provides an easy day hike or backpack trip. Unfortunately, Purcell Creek washed out the access road 1.3 miles before the trailhead, making it a bit more difficult for children.
 
 
Blandford Canyon

Southwest Washington -- Vancouver Area

 
0.9 miles of trails
Gain: 75 ft.
Highest Point: 175.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.00
(1 vote)
A small network of trails connects the neighborhoods of South Cliff and DuBois across Blandford Road in Vancouver. Visit both parks, but do know you’ll have to cross a road to get the full experience.
 
 
Blanca Lake

Central Cascades -- Stevens Pass - West

 
7.5 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 3300 ft.
Highest Point: 4600.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.44
(142 votes)
Visit one of the most striking lakes in the Henry M. Jackson wilderness. The vibrant blue of the glacier-fed lake provides the perfect rest stop for hikers who have braved the thirty-odd, steep switchbacks that lead to the lake.
 
 
Black Diamond Open Space

Puget Sound and Islands -- Seattle-Tacoma Area

 
17.0 miles of trails
Highest Point: 700.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
2.00
(3 votes)
The Black Diamond Open space consists of 1,240 forested acres including wetlands, peat bogs, streams and portions of the protected migratory corridor known as the Wildlife Habitat Network. Explore the 17 miles of non-motorized trails only two miles north of Black Diamond and six miles to the south of Maple Valley.