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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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157 Hikes
Peshastin Pinnacles State Park

Central Cascades -- Leavenworth Area

 
1.5 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 400 ft.
Highest Point: 1450.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.25
(12 votes)
Largely used as a climbing park, Peshastin Pinnacles also makes an ideal stop on Highway 2 to stretch your legs, or as a destination during a visit to Leavenworth, Wenatchee, Cashmere or Chelan. A short trail system offers a nice zigzag, moderately steep loop tour of the base of the climbing areas, and a picnic area makes for a great way to finish the visit off.
 
 
Fort Simcoe Historical State Park

Central Washington -- Yakima

 
1.6 miles, roundtrip
Rating:
Average rating:
0.00
(0 votes)
Fort Simcoe Historical State Park consists of 196 acres in the Yakima Indian Reservation. The Park is closed in the winter from October 31 through March 31.
 
 
Columbia Hills State Park - Stacker Butte

Southwest Washington -- Columbia River Gorge - WA

 
5.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 1150 ft.
Highest Point: 3200.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.00
(1 vote)
If your car can take the chassis-rattling drive to the Stacker Butte trailhead, you'll be rewarded with one of the most gratifying views-per-mile hikes in Washington. The Columbia Hills Natural Area Preserve boasts spreading views of the east side of the Columbia River Gorge, both in Washington and Oregon, and provides one of the only protected areas for houndstongue hawkweed and Idaho fescue grasslands. These protected plants need mininmal disturbance, so it's especially important to stay on trail and four-legged hiking companions have to stay home from this hike.
 
 
Beacon Rock State Park - Hadley Trail

Southwest Washington -- Columbia River Gorge - WA

 
1.2 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 175 ft.
Highest Point: 750.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
0.00
(0 votes)
Here's an ADA-accessible forested trail just over half a mile long in Beacon Rock State Park that takes you to a lookout point for Bonneville Dam and the Columbia Gorge. It can also connect you with the Hamilton Mountain Trail from the Beacon Rock Campground.
 
 
Jarrell Cove State Park - Harstine Island

Olympic Peninsula -- Kitsap Peninsula

 
1.5 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 200 ft.
Highest Point: 175.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.50
(6 votes)
Accessible only by bridge or by boat, Jarrell Cove State Park administers several small recreation areas, including Harstine Island, McMicken Island, Stretch Point, Eagle Island and Hope Island. Harstine Island is a day-use property with beach access via a half-mile trail; the other areas area all only accessible by boat.
 
 
Beacon Rock State Park - Beacon Rock

Southwest Washington -- Columbia River Gorge - WA

 
2.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 600 ft.
Highest Point: 848.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.20
(15 votes)
9/12/21: Beacon Rock Trail is closed until further notice due to bridge damage.
Beacon Rock's native name is "Che-Che-op-tin," which translates to "the navel of the world." Native Americans weren't far off in their comparison, since the 848-foot basalt column once formed the core, or belly, of an ancient volcano.
 
 
Fort Flagler State Park

Olympic Peninsula -- Hood Canal

 
5.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 150 ft.
Highest Point: 150.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
2.67
(9 votes)
Fort Flagler State Park is one of five impressive military installations that were established in close proximity to protect Puget Sound from invaders during times of war.
 
 
Riverside State Park - Trail 25

Eastern Washington -- Spokane Area/Coeur d'Alene

 
Rating:
Average rating:
4.00
(1 vote)
 
Trail 25 is the main artery that runs through Riverside State Park. Loop options abound here, as do out-and-backs, or just short wanderings.
 
 
Rockport State Park

North Cascades -- North Cascades Highway - Hwy 20

 
3.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 250 ft.
Highest Point: 750.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.86
(14 votes)
The family friendly trails of 670-acre Rockport State Park explore an ancient forest where dappled sunlight illuminates mossy trees and lush ferns -- perfect for a springtime stroll.
 
 
Rasar State Park

North Cascades -- North Cascades Highway - Hwy 20

 
3.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 20 ft.
Highest Point: 125.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.60
(5 votes)
Explore a beautiful state park near the Skagit River with an extensive trail network and beautiful campsites.
 
 
Cama Beach Historical State Park

Puget Sound and Islands -- Bellingham Area

 
3.5 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 250 ft.
Highest Point: 275.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.00
(6 votes)
Enjoy the easy, forested trail to Cranberry Lake - an extensive wetland created by energetic beavers - plus trails along the high bluffs with views out to Saratoga Passage and Whidbey Island. Optionally, explore a trail to the eastern edge of the park. To finish up, visit the Historic District and vintage beach cabins.
 
 
Possession Point State Park

Puget Sound and Islands -- Whidbey Island

 
3.0 miles, roundtrip
Rating:
Average rating:
4.00
(2 votes)
Located on the south side of Whidbey Island, this tiny state park includes the short but fun and challenging Dorothy Cleveland Trail, with plenty of elevation gain in the form of switchbacks.
 
 
Flaming Geyser State Park

Puget Sound and Islands -- Seattle-Tacoma Area

 
4.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 450 ft.
Highest Point: 425.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
2.70
(20 votes)
The hike suggested here visits the site of the flaming geyser and the bubbling geyser, and includes the River Trail and Ridge Trail, all encompassed in the park. It follows roughly a figure eight path that can be traversed in any order. If you are a weekend visitor, you may need to park where space is available and modify your route accordingly.
 
 
Nolte State Park

Mount Rainier Area -- Chinook Pass - Hwy 410

 
1.45 miles, roundtrip
Rating:
Average rating:
4.25
(4 votes)
The expansive acreage of this park allows for a wide variety of activities, including hiking, biking, boating, fishing, swimming, bird and wildlife viewing, even lawn games such as horseshoes! The hiking trail is a lovely loop around Deep Lake.
 
 
 
11.4 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 2940 ft.
Highest Point: 2409.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.00
(1 vote)
Take a tour of Mount Constitution using one of the longer loops on Orcas Island. There's plenty of elevation gain, plenty of miles, and plenty to see along the way.
 
 
Moran State Park - Cascade Falls

Puget Sound and Islands -- San Juan Islands

 
3.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 200 ft.
Highest Point: 690.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.25
(4 votes)
Enjoy 40 feet of the tallest waterfall in the San Juans during a visit to Moran State Park. Cascade Creek flows through not just Cascade Falls, but a few other fallls as well as it pours into a ravine on its way to the ocean. This trail also features towering trees, many other waterfalls, and connects to other trails in the park.
 
 
Obstruction Pass State Park

Puget Sound and Islands -- San Juan Islands

 
1.9 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 305 ft.
Highest Point: 225.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.40
(10 votes)
Moran State Park might have mountains and lakes, but Obstruction Pass has quiet, open forest, secluded campgrounds, and the largest public beach on Orcas Island. Take a quiet walk here and soak in the peaceful shoreline.
 
 
Moran State Park - Sunrise Rock

Puget Sound and Islands -- San Juan Islands

 
1.4 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 280 ft.
Highest Point: 660.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.00
(1 vote)
Sunrise (or sunset) offer a time of introspection. In Moran State Park, find this time to mull over life atop Sunrise Rock.
 
 
Moran State Park - Cascade Lake

Puget Sound and Islands -- San Juan Islands

 
2.7 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 200 ft.
Highest Point: 480.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.00
(7 votes)
Cascade Lake provides recreation opportunities for every kind of outdoor enthusiast. The main day-use area offers a picnic area, kitchen shelters, boat launches and rentals, a swimming beach, and fishing. One of the main attractions though is the loop trail that circles the lake. Walk along the shore of the lake and enjoy secluded viewpoints and tall trees.
 
 
Goldendale Observatory State Park

Southwest Washington -- Columbia River Gorge - WA

 
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0.00
(0 votes)
This unique state park houses one of the largest public observatories in the nation. Visitors can peer through the lens of this telescope to view solar shows and magical glimpses of the night sky.
 
 
Sucia Island State Park

Puget Sound and Islands -- San Juan Islands

 
10.0 miles of trails
Gain: 223 ft.
Highest Point: 223.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.20
(5 votes)
Far to the north, between the Strait of Georgia and the waters surrounding the San Juan Islands is a funny-shaped little island with a wealth of hiking trails on its relatively small square acreage.
 
 
Mount Spokane State Park - Trail 120

Eastern Washington -- Spokane Area/Coeur d'Alene

 
2.0 miles, one-way
Rating:
Average rating:
0.00
(0 votes)
The trails on Mount Spokane interlace, offering opportunities to create long or short hikes. Trail 120 allows hikers to loop onto the Kit Carson Trail and beyond.
 
 
Dosewallips State Park - Beach Trail

Olympic Peninsula -- Hood Canal

 
0.2 miles, roundtrip
Rating:
Average rating:
4.00
(1 vote)
Accessible only at low-tide, this trail (called the North Tidal Area Trail on the Dosewallips State Park map) is a short, gravelled trail that meanders along the north end of the beach at the state park. While this trail is quite short, and only accessible during a limited time, there are 10 total miles of trail in the state park, found across Highway 101 and departing from the camping area. If you want a longer hike, try the Steam Donkey or the Maple Valley trail.
 
 
Riverside State Park - Trail 211

Eastern Washington -- Spokane Area/Coeur d'Alene

 
1.0 miles, roundtrip
Highest Point: 1750.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
0.00
(0 votes)
Trail 211 is a short connector trail located within Riverside State Park.
 
 
Illahee State Park

Olympic Peninsula -- Kitsap Peninsula

 
0.5 miles of trails
Rating:
Average rating:
5.00
(1 vote)
Find this tiny gem of a state park on the Kitsap Peninsula, tucked between Bainbridge Island and Bremerton. Vistors here will find prime beachside meandering and a relaxing atmosphere, enhanced by the dense forest typical of land in the Puget Sound area.
 
 
Riverside State Park - Trail 10

Eastern Washington -- Spokane Area/Coeur d'Alene

 
Highest Point: 1800.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
0.00
(0 votes)
One of many trails in the network at Riverside State Park.
 
 
Riverside State Park - Trail 210

Eastern Washington -- Spokane Area/Coeur d'Alene

 
Highest Point: 1800.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
0.00
(0 votes)
One of several trails in the network at Riverside State Park.
 
 
Lake Wenatchee State Park

Central Cascades -- Stevens Pass - East

 
4.0 miles of trails
Gain: 75 ft.
Highest Point: 1800.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.43
(7 votes)
A short detour off Highway 2 east of Stevens Pass will lead you a montane masterpiece tucked in the foothills of the Central Cascades. Gentle meandering hiking trails along the 489-acre state park offer scenic views of Nason Ridge, Dirty Face Mountain and the iconic Emerald Island.
 
 
Mount Spokane State Park - Hay Ridge Loop

Eastern Washington -- Spokane Area/Coeur d'Alene

 
7.0 miles, roundtrip
Rating:
Average rating:
0.00
(0 votes)
Hike the Hay Ridge Loop on Mount Spokane to a warming hut that's a great option for a picnic in the summertime.
 
 
Lake Easton State Park

Snoqualmie Region -- Cle Elum Area

 
5.0 miles, roundtrip
Rating:
Average rating:
3.00
(1 vote)
Lake Easton State Park is not a wilderness park, but it is scenic and peaceful. You can put together a five-mile loop hike on the park trails and on a section of the Palouse to Cascades State Park Trail, if you don't mind walking on roads for a bit through the town of Easton. This hike makes for a good leg stretcher when you need a break from I-90.