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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.

We respectfully acknowledge the lands we are visiting are the homelands of Indigenous tribes of the Pacific Northwest, some of whom have reserved treaty rights on these lands. Tribes continue to rely on and share in the management of these lands today. Please tread gently and treat these places with respect.

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449 Hikes
Oyster Dome

Puget Sound and Islands -- Bellingham Area

 
5.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 1050 ft.
Highest Point: 2025.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.10
(155 votes)
Oyster Dome is a rocky promontory on the western slope of Blanchard Mountain, the grandest member of the Chuckanut Mountain range, an extension of the Cascades that rises directly from the ocean. The sheer cliffs of Oyster Dome offer year-round access to commanding views of the San Juans, Skagit River flats, Olympic Mountains, and Samish Bay.
 
 
Port Susan Nature Conservancy

Puget Sound and Islands

 
2.0 miles, roundtrip
Highest Point: 16.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
0.00
(0 votes)
The Port Susan Nature Preserve is a small part of the Port Susan Bay Preserve and contains restored tidal wetlands that is home to a variety of fish, birds, and native plants. The preserve is open to the public between February and October, and you must contact the Nature Conservancy for a parking pass and liability waiver to visit.
 
 
Ring Hill Forest

Puget Sound and Islands -- Seattle-Tacoma Area

 
2.6 miles, roundtrip
Rating:
Average rating:
2.75
(4 votes)
A trip to Ring Hill Forest gives visitors an opportunity to observe a working forest in action as King County implements its Forest Stewardship Plan which is focused on creating a diverse, vigorous, and healthy forest that provides habitat as well as revenue.
 
 
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.
 
 
Leque Island - Stanwood Levee Trail

Puget Sound and Islands -- Seattle-Tacoma Area

 
1.4 miles, roundtrip
Highest Point: 15.5 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
5.00
(2 votes)
Hike a trail on top of an elevated berm that leads into a newly restored tidal marsh on Leque Island. Enjoy sights and sounds of hawks, ducks, and other birds, in addition to breathtaking views of the Olympics and North Cascades.
 
 
Anacortes Community Forest Lands - Little Cranberry Lake

Puget Sound and Islands -- Whidbey Island

 
1.5 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 125 ft.
Highest Point: 250.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.33
(9 votes)
Set off for a hike in the Anacortes Community Forest Lands (ACFL), a 2,800-acre preserve within the city limits of Anacortes.
 
 
Sharpe Park - Montgomery - Duban Headlands

Puget Sound and Islands -- Bellingham Area

 
1.9 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 425 ft.
Highest Point: 370.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.67
(6 votes)
Follow well-signed but sometimes rough trails to a great viewpoint near the water's edge at Porpoise Point. Enjoy views of distant islands, and on a clear day of the distant Olympic Mountains. Sightings of seals, eagles, waterfowl, and sometimes otters are likely.
 
 
Washington Park

Puget Sound and Islands -- San Juan Islands

 
2.2 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 280 ft.
Highest Point: 250.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.33
(6 votes)
Washington Park sits at the northwestern tip of Anacortes. When viewed from the sea the area is referred to as Fidalgo Head. The terrain varies from rain forest on the north to open, stony hillsides with few trees on the south.
 
 
Kukutali Preserve

Puget Sound and Islands -- Bellingham Area

 
2.2 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 200 ft.
Highest Point: 230.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.18
(11 votes)
Thanks to a partnership between Washington State Parks and the Swinomish Indian Tribal Community, Kukutali Preserve in Similk Bay near La Conner opened to the public on June 16, 2014. Believed to be the first park in the United States to be co-owned and managed by a tribe and another government, management of the area focuses on conservation and research, public education and limited recreational use, including hiking!
 
 
Lord Hill Regional Park

Puget Sound and Islands -- Seattle-Tacoma Area

 
10.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 200 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.35
(17 votes)
This is a wonderful wild park right in the backyard of those who live in the Everett area. Covering 1,463 acres of forest, ponds and meadows, the river valley is a confluence of the Issaquah, Tulalip, Stillaguamish, and Snoqualmie Tribal treaty areas. Hikers can roam all day on the network of trails leading through the forest, down to the Snohomish River and up to views of the Cascades and Snohomish valley. Explore, and keep an eye out for the wildlife that live in these woods.
 
 
Cascade Trail

Puget Sound and Islands -- Bellingham Area

 
22.5 miles, one-way
Gain: 60 ft.
Highest Point: 230.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
2.67
(3 votes)
This 22.5-mile rail trail follows the abandoned Burlington Northern grade connecting the towns of Sedro Woolley and Concrete, and can be accessed from three trailheads off of the North Cascades Highway.
 
 
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.
 
 
Pacific Northwest Trail

Puget Sound and Islands

 
1200.0 miles, one-way
Highest Point: 7580.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.00
(3 votes)
The Pacific Northwest Trail is a 1200-mile linear park that stretches from Glacier National Park in Montana to Cape Alava on the Pacific Ocean in the Olympic National Park.
 
 
Seward Park

Puget Sound and Islands -- Seattle-Tacoma Area

 
2.4 miles, roundtrip
Rating:
Average rating:
4.00
(14 votes)
Are you a naturalist seeking to observe local flora and fauna? A trail runner in need of a place to train when you can’t make it to the mountains? A dog owner looking for a place to walk with your furry friend? A parent hoping to introduce a child to the wonderful outdoors? Or maybe just a busy urban dweller searching for a quick escape from the hustle and bustle of city life? If you fit any of these descriptions, then look no further. Seward Park is the place for you!
 
 
Juanita Bay Park

Puget Sound and Islands -- Seattle-Tacoma Area

 
2.0 miles of trails
Rating:
Average rating:
2.50
(2 votes)
Birdwatchers will delight in the wide variety of winded beasts to see at Juanita Bay Park. The 110-acre urban wildlife habitat area consists of five major plant communities, including wet meadow, marsh, open water and wetland.
 
 
Centennial Trail

Puget Sound and Islands

 
30.5 miles, one-way
Rating:
Average rating:
4.00
(1 vote)
A 30.5 mile long paved trail follows a historic rail line through Snohomish to Skagit county. Take a short walk, use it to connect to another trail, or undertake the whole thing in a day!
 
 
Lake Tye

Puget Sound and Islands -- Seattle-Tacoma Area

 
2.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 9 ft.
Highest Point: 45.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.67
(3 votes)
Enjoy an easy walk (or a jog) around a small lake in a very green, open setting. If you have occasion to be in the Monroe area anyway, come by for a pre-lunch stroll. Or, Lake Tye can be a pleasant add-on if you stop in Monroe for a meal after a longer hike in the Stevens Pass area. Either way, relax and take in the vista of open fields and forested hills.
 
 
Brightwater Center

Puget Sound and Islands -- Seattle-Tacoma Area

 
3.0 miles of trails
Gain: 120 ft.
Highest Point: 290.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.60
(5 votes)
Don’t let the thought of the Brightwater Treatment Plant prevent you from hiking through the Brightwater Center’s 70-acre suburban wetland and woodland preserve that serves as a refuge for local wildlife and plant species. The trails at Brightwater are ideal for families, birdwatchers, pets, and children.
 
 
North Creek Park Boardwalk

Puget Sound and Islands -- Seattle-Tacoma Area

 
2.0 miles, roundtrip
Rating:
Average rating:
3.12
(8 votes)
This watershed hike offers water crossings, swaying bridges, beautiful views close to Bothell, and birds galore!
 
 
Meadowdale Beach Park - Lunds Gulch

Puget Sound and Islands -- Seattle-Tacoma Area

 
2.5 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 425 ft.
Highest Point: 425.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.69
(32 votes)
Hike down a lushly forested ravine with a babbling creek to its estuary as it empties into Puget Sound. Heading to the beach, breathe in the serene panorama of Brown’s Bay, Puget Sound, the islands, and the Olympic Mountains. Watch seabirds and go beachcombing to look for crabshells, anemones, and other treasures.
 
 
Mount Finlayson

Puget Sound and Islands -- San Juan Islands

 
3.6 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 408 ft.
Highest Point: 290.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.33
(9 votes)
With expansive views of the Strait of Juan de Fuca contrasting with deep forest lagoons, the Mount Finlayson loop features the variety of ecosystems that San Juan Island offers in an easy and scenic trail. Options for shorter or longer routes make this a suitable destination for hikers of all ages.
 
 
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.
 
 
Rocky Creek Conservation Area

Puget Sound and Islands -- Seattle-Tacoma Area

 
2.5 miles, roundtrip
Rating:
Average rating:
4.00
(1 vote)
The Rocky Creek Conservation Area is a great hiking destination on key peninsula. There is an inner loop (1.2 miles) and outer loop (1.3 miles), but they can be combined to form a longer route.
 
 
Spring Lake/Lake Desire Park - Echo Mountain

Puget Sound and Islands -- Seattle-Tacoma Area

 
3.0 miles, roundtrip
Highest Point: 900.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.80
(10 votes)
Spring Lake – Lake Desire Park is a 390-acre forested site with a bald rocky outcrop, a bog and 3 miles of trails situated between…Spring Lake and Lake Desire! Echo Mountain is the 900-foot-tall rocky outcrop that provides great views of the two lakes and the Cascade foothills.
 
 
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.
 
 
Point Defiance Park

Puget Sound and Islands -- Seattle-Tacoma Area

 
5.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 200 ft.
Highest Point: 300.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.12
(17 votes)
As the largest urban park in Pierce County, the network of roads and trails weaving through the forest preserve provides a quiet retreat for joggers, cyclists, and hikers.
 
 
Forest to Sky Trail

Puget Sound and Islands -- Seattle-Tacoma Area

 
0.9 miles, one-way
Rating:
Average rating:
4.00
(1 vote)
This trail can be hiked on its own or joined with other area trails for a longer outing.
 
 
Evans Creek Preserve

Puget Sound and Islands -- Seattle-Tacoma Area

 
4.2 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 325 ft.
Highest Point: 480.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.04
(24 votes)
Evans Creek Preserve features a WTA-built trail system in an ecologically diverse enclave. Wetlands, meadows, and hillside forest can be found in this 179-acre farmstead-turned-suburban nature preserve that will thrill both the hiker and the birdwatcher. Not only that, this gem has ADA-accessible trails and is reachable by public transportation.
 
 
Whatcom Falls Park

Puget Sound and Islands -- Bellingham Area

 
4.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 50 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.20
(10 votes)
There are three and a half miles of trails in Whatcom Falls Park. Many routes wind through the forests, some overlooking the creek gorge and still pools. Some wind through open meadows, while others stay in deep forest.
 
 
Chambers Creek Canyon

Puget Sound and Islands -- Seattle-Tacoma Area

 
2.5 miles of trails
Gain: 500 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.50
(2 votes)
 
Chambers Creek Canyon is a deeply incised, forested stream corridor between Lakewood and University Place in the South Puget Sound region. The trail system here is still under construction, but when completed, a series of trails will traverse the length of the canyon. WTA is working on realigning the trail on the Lakewood side of the canyon.