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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
Bottle Beach State Park

Olympic Peninsula -- Pacific Coast

 
0.7 miles, one-way
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With 6,000 feet of shoreline and an ADA accessible trail, visitors can travel along the coast and keep an eye out for the numerous species that fill the air.
 
 
Brooks Memorial State Park

Southwest Washington -- Columbia River Gorge - WA

 
5.0 miles of trails
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This state park has more than nine miles of trails that wind through a forest of Ponderosa pine and Oregon white oak in the Simcoe Mountains near the Columbia River Gorge. Some trails take you up to meadows with wildflowers in the spring and views of Mount Adams, Mount Hood and even Mount Jefferson on a clear day.
 
 
Hope Island Marine State Park

Olympic Peninsula -- Hood Canal

 
3.5 miles of trails
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This isolated little island in south Puget Sound attracts boaters to explore it's short shoreline and hiking trail.
 
 
Lewis and Clark Trail State Park

Eastern Washington -- Palouse and Blue Mountains

 
0.8 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 10 ft.
Highest Point: 1400.0 ft.
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3.00
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Visit an uncommonly lush riparian habitat mixed with old-grown Ponderosa pines along the Touchet River.
 
 
Mount Spokane State Park - Trail 132

Eastern Washington -- Spokane Area/Coeur d'Alene

 
0.5 miles, one-way
Gain: 375 ft.
Highest Point: 4794.0 ft.
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This short trail serves as a connector to form loops of varying distances.
 
 
McCroskey Memorial State Park

Eastern Washington -- Palouse and Blue Mountains

 
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4.00
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Just over the state line in Idaho, McCroskey Memorial State Park is a worthy stop for a leg stretch on a long drive.
 
 
Cottonwood Canyon State Park

Southwest Washington -- Columbia River Gorge - OR

 
4.3 miles, one-way
Gain: 50 ft.
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The river level Pinnacles Trail which was an old ranch road follows the John Day River below beautiful and colorful basalt cliffs and pinnacles through sagebrush flats and scenic views of the rolling hills.
 
 
Lewis and Clark State Park

Southwest Washington -- Lewis River Region

 
2.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 125 ft.
Highest Point: 525.0 ft.
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Lewis & Clark State Park contains one of the last intact stands of old-growth forest remaining in the Cowlitz Valley, as well as five miles of trails for hikers to explore.
 
 
Mount Spokane State Park - Trail 170

Eastern Washington -- Spokane Area/Coeur d'Alene

 
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This route is a groomed snowmobile trail in the winter that connects directly to the private property of Bear Creek Lodge. Bear Creek Lodge allows hikers, but expects a separate parking fee to use this route.
 
 
Joseph Whidbey State Park

Puget Sound and Islands -- Whidbey Island

 
3.5 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 118 ft.
Highest Point: 60.0 ft.
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A smaller, less well known state park on Whidbey Island with gorgeous beach views and a shorter but diverse trail system through woods, grassy meadows, marsh and beach areas.
 
 
Bridle Trails State Park

Puget Sound and Islands -- Seattle-Tacoma Area

 
3.5 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 450 ft.
Highest Point: 525.0 ft.
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3.36
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Bridle Trails State Park offers more than 28 miles of pleasant, forested trails conveniently located between Bellevue and Kirkland. This park is popular with horseback riders, so while dogs are allowed, they must be kept on leash to avoid startling horses.
 
 
Leadbetter Point State Park - Dune Forest Loop

Southwest Washington -- Long Beach Area

 
2.9 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 60 ft.
Highest Point: 35.0 ft.
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1.80
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A walk through the coastal forest and tidal flats of Leadbetter Point State Park, the Dune Forest Loop is a nice way to see this low-lying peninsula, but the conditions on trail are heavily dependent on the tides and recent rainfall. Come prepared to wade through at least a little bit of water, and don’t be surprised to find yourself navigating deeper stuff. Bring a tide table, and try to visit at low tide for the driest conditions.
 
 
Crawford State Park - Gardner Cave

Eastern Washington -- Selkirk Range

 
1.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 200 ft.
Highest Point: 2700.0 ft.
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5.00
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Descend 90 feet beneath the surface on a guided tour of the third-longest limestone cave in Washington.
 
 
Cape Disappointment State Park - Coastal Forest Loop

Southwest Washington -- Long Beach Area

 
1.4 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 260 ft.
Highest Point: 140.0 ft.
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Tucked off of Spur Road 100, the opposite direction from the Cape Disappointment State Park camping area, the Coastal Forest Loop offers a chance to experience the signature environment of this area in either a half mile or mile and a half loop. Be sure to snag the brochure offered at the park office with interpretive information corresponding to posts along the way.
 
 
Cape Disappointment State Park - McKenzie Head

Southwest Washington -- Long Beach Area

 
0.4 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 200 ft.
Highest Point: 200.0 ft.
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Take a short hike near the campgrounds at Cape Disappointment State Park to gorgeous views of the mighty Pacific Ocean and the Columbia River.
 
 
 
0.6 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 150 ft.
Highest Point: 200.0 ft.
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Breathe in the sea spray on this anything-but-disappointing hike out to the scenic Cape Disappointment Lighthouse, which offers a trail through a coastal forest and glimpses of the powerful Pacific Ocean.
 
 
Fort Worden State Park - Point Wilson

Olympic Peninsula -- Northern Coast

 
2.5 miles, roundtrip
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3.20
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On the shore of the Strait of Juan de Fuca, you can walk a fine sandy beach between high bluffs and two access points to reach the Point Wilson Lighthouse at Fort Worden State Park.
 
 
Fort Ebey State Park

Puget Sound and Islands -- Whidbey Island

 
4.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 520 ft.
Highest Point: 570.0 ft.
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4.20
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There are plenty of interesting things to see at Fort Ebey, and lots of trails to take you there. A beach walk, bluff views, a lake, forest, and history can all be found here. The park has 26 miles of trails, allowing you to put together a very interesting hike, either long or short, that includes most or all of the sights. This loop of approximately four miles will take you on a nice tour.
 
 
South Whidbey State Park

Puget Sound and Islands -- Whidbey Island

 
3.5 miles of trails
Gain: 200 ft.
Highest Point: 400.0 ft.
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3.83
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With commanding views of the Puget Sound and Olympic Mountains, this 347-acre park also has opportunities for bird watching, clamming and crabbing, and offers 3.5 miles of hiking trails in old-growth forest and along a stretch of unspoiled saltwater shoreline.
 
 
Twanoh State Park

Olympic Peninsula -- Hood Canal

 
2.3 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 375 ft.
Highest Point: 400.0 ft.
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3.80
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Enjoy an easy hike along a salmon-spawning stream in a lush emerald ravine. Twanoh is derived from the Skokomish people, meaning "gathering place."Twanoh State Park protects 182 acres of prime Hood Canal real estate-a perfect place for hikers and wildlife to gather.
 
 
Kanaskat-Palmer State Park

Puget Sound and Islands -- Seattle-Tacoma Area

 
3.0 miles, roundtrip
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4.00
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A popular destination for whitewater rafters and kayakers, Kanasket-Palmer State Park is 320 acres of forest surrounding the Green River. Visitors can hike through the trees, go rafting or kayaking on the river, view wildlife, fish for trout, wade in the pools, and camp in tents, RVs, or yurts to take advantage of everything the park has to offer.
 
 
Wallace Falls State Park - Greg Ball Trail to Wallace Lake

Central Cascades -- Stevens Pass - West

 
8.2 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 1500 ft.
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3.67
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The Greg Ball Trail is a trail envisioned by and honoring one of the greatest trail advocates this state has ever had. Ball was a former board member and director of the WTA. In 1993 he launched the organization’s volunteer trail maintenance program which has since grown into the largest state-based program of its kind. He designed this trail to Wallace Lake and it was finished in his memory by volunteers from WTA and through support from the Spring Trail Trust.
 
 
Larrabee State Park - North Lost Lake Trail

Puget Sound and Islands -- Bellingham Area

 
9.2 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 1100 ft.
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4.00
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One of the best ways to access the heart of Chuckanut Mountain is via the North Lost Lake Trail, entering from the Interurban Trail at Arroyo Park.
 
 
Dosewallips State Park - Maple Valley Loop

Olympic Peninsula -- Hood Canal

 
1.5 miles, roundtrip
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4.00
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This 1.5 mile loop is in Dosewallips State Park right out of the campground. You'll enjoy a moderate climb, which meanders up, down, and all around the park. Amble past waterfalls, through a valley lined with bigleaf maples and western redcedar before switchbacking up to a ridgeline, then return to the campground via a gentle downhill grade.
 
 
Field Springs State Park - Puffer Butte

Eastern Washington -- Palouse and Blue Mountains

 
4.4 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 500 ft.
Highest Point: 4500.0 ft.
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4.25
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Nestled in the far, far southeast corner of Washington State, Puffer Butte is a year-round favorite, and the jewel of the Fields Spring State Park -- a beautiful part of the state park system here.
 
 
Columbia Hills State Park - Crawford Oaks

Southwest Washington -- Columbia River Gorge - WA

 
4.0 miles, roundtrip
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This trail in Columbia Hills is one of three excellent destinations in this location. Do an out-and-back, or a loop hike! Visit in winter for great views of the Columbia River and Mount Hood, or in spring for a stunning wildflower show.
 
 
Columbia Hills State Park - Horsethief Butte

Southwest Washington -- Columbia River Gorge - WA

 
1.2 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 200 ft.
Highest Point: 498.0 ft.
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3.67
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Horsethief Butte, one part of the expansive Columbia Hills State Historical Park, is composed of hexagonal columns of Wanapum basalt flows that were scoured by the Ice Age floods some 10,000 years ago. Rock climbers are attracted to the sheer cliff faces but hikers and scramblers will find a marked route to the summit.
 
 
Beacon Rock State Park - Hardy and Rodney Falls

Southwest Washington -- Columbia River Gorge - WA

 
3.5 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 1200 ft.
Highest Point: 1648.0 ft.
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3.40
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If the long, rocky loop around the summit of Hamilton Mountain is too much, don't despair. There are alternative hikes in the area, and the trail to the twin cascades of Hardy and Rodney Falls is hands down the best option.
 
 
Camano Island State Park

Puget Sound and Islands -- Bellingham Area

 
2.6 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 200 ft.
Highest Point: 200.0 ft.
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2.82
(11 votes)
A fine little park with beach access, camping, a boat launch and trails. A popular park in the summer, this is a great place for a quiet off-season hike. On this loop trail, there are views, a forest walk, birding and beachcombing.
 
 
Olallie State Park - Weeks Falls

Snoqualmie Region -- North Bend Area

 
1.6 miles, roundtrip
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3.33
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This short trail in Olallie State Park heads to the base of 30-foot Weeks Falls.