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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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Results List

374 Hikes
Wynoochee Lake

Olympic Peninsula -- Olympia

 
12.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 1100 ft.
Highest Point: 950.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
2.88
(8 votes)
The trail around Wynoochee Lake is a pleasant stroll through second growth forest with a lush understory. As with many “lakeshore” trails, the trail is not actually near the lakeshore. While the lake is generally out of sight, it does allow the possibility of a hike/canoe biathlon, if you can find a partner with a canoe. Wynoochee Lake is smaller and calmer than some of the lakes in Washington, making this a nice option.
 
 
Woodard Bay Conservation Area

Olympic Peninsula -- Olympia

 
3.5 miles of trails
Rating:
Average rating:
3.27
(11 votes)
With five miles of shoreline in South Puget Sound, the Woodard Bay Conservation Area includes forests, wetlands of freshwater, as well as historic and cultural resources that are a valuable diversion in the area.
 
 
Upper Lena Lake

Olympic Peninsula -- Hood Canal

 
14.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 3900 ft.
Highest Point: 4600.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.23
(31 votes)
The trail to Lena Lake is a pretty, and popular, weekend destination. But hearty hikers and backpackers who venture to Upper Lena Lake will leave the crowds behind and experience a little bit of nirvana.
 
 
Tunnel Creek - Dosewallips Trailhead

Olympic Peninsula -- Hood Canal

 
6.4 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 4550 ft.
Highest Point: 5050.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.00
(5 votes)
Tunnel Creek Trail has two trailheads.The south side trailhead is on the Dosewallips Road, but its notoriously steep grade to 5050 Pass means it is seldom used. Try it and you’ll find out why.
 
 
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.
 
 
Tubal Cain Mine to Buckhorn Lake

Olympic Peninsula -- Hood Canal

 
12.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 2000 ft.
Highest Point: 5200.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.93
(15 votes)
Although best known for its namesake mine and the nearby aircraft wreckage, the Tubal Cain trail also offers a pleasant and scenic route to Marmot Pass, a gateway to further wanderings.
 
 
Three Lakes

Olympic Peninsula -- Pacific Coast

 
13.8 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 2850 ft.
Highest Point: 3175.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
2.83
(6 votes)
The Three Lakes Trail is a tour of some of Olympic's finest old growth forests, and is the traditional start of the much longer Queets-Quinault Skyline route. Starting in lowland rainforest, the trail works its way through exemplary stands of montane and then subalpine forests before finally breaking out into meadows dotted with tiny lakes. This is a truly wild and remote corner of the Olympics that leaves a lasting impression on the lucky hiker who experiences its beauty.
 
 
The Brothers

Olympic Peninsula -- Hood Canal

 
18.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 6050 ft.
Highest Point: 6866.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.86
(7 votes)
A scramble and climbing route to the summit of a mountain in the Olympic range. Climbing gear and expertise required.
 
 
Striped Peak

Olympic Peninsula -- Northern Coast

 
6.8 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 850 ft.
Highest Point: 1166.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.43
(14 votes)
Visit a park full of coastal scenery, forests, rocky bluffs, tidepools, and a hearty climb to a 1,166-foot viewpoint. Hike though beautiful coastal forest to an expansive view north across the Strait of Juan de Fuca to Vancouver Island and Salt Spring Island in Canada.
 
 
Upper South Fork Skokomish River

Olympic Peninsula -- Olympia

 
16.4 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 2950 ft.
Highest Point: 4103.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.50
(10 votes)
Try this for a tough dayhike or the start of an epic backpack in the Olympics!
 
 
Lower South Fork Skokomish River

Olympic Peninsula -- Olympia

 
8.5 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 800 ft.
Highest Point: 900.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.38
(21 votes)
Venture up the Lower South Fork of the Skokomish River for an abundance of flora and fauna amid lush old growth.
 
 
Six Ridge

Olympic Peninsula -- Hood Canal

 
21.1 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 3150 ft.
Highest Point: 4650.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.40
(5 votes)
The Six Ridge Trail is a rugged route that traverses the South Fork to the North Fork of the Skokomish River. It is known for its solitude, meadows and grand mountain vistas, but it comes at a price -- a steep, long trail to these destinations.
 
 
Rainbow Canyon

Olympic Peninsula -- Hood Canal

 
1.0 miles, roundtrip
Rating:
Average rating:
2.25
(4 votes)
This is a short hike into a tree-filled gorge. Views include a waterfall, Elbo Creek, and the Quilcene River.
 
 
Pyramid Mountain / Pyramid Peak

Olympic Peninsula -- Northern Coast

 
6.8 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 2400 ft.
Highest Point: 3089.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.23
(13 votes)
When it is hot and dry, escape to this shaded hike through old-growth forest, culminating with views of Washington’s second-deepest lake and its surroundings. But you'll have to cross a precipitous washout 2 miles in to reach the views.
 
 
Port Gamble Forest - Forbidden Forest Trail Loop

Olympic Peninsula -- Kitsap Peninsula

 
8.5 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 350 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
2.00
(1 vote)
Enjoy a long ramble through the Port Gamble Forest full of second-growth Douglas firs and lots of ferns.
 
 
Penrose Point State Park

Olympic Peninsula -- Kitsap Peninsula

 
2.5 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 140 ft.
Highest Point: 140.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.00
(9 votes)
Found on the shores of Puget Sound is the marine and camping Penrose Point State Park. The park consists of 237 acres and nearly two miles of shoreline, including Mayo Cove and Carr Inlet.
 
 
Notch Pass

Olympic Peninsula -- Hood Canal

 
8.6 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 2700 ft.
Highest Point: 2500.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.73
(11 votes)
Believed to be a former Native American trading route through the Olympics, this historic trail was rebuilt by the Civilian Conservation Corps (the CCC) in the 1930s. It was relocated in the early 2000s and is a popular WTA volunteer work party site to this day.
 
 
North Kitsap Heritage Park

Olympic Peninsula -- Kitsap Peninsula

 
10.0 miles of trails
Rating:
Average rating:
3.00
(2 votes)
North Kitsap Heritage Park is a small collection of trails supported locally through land trusts. Trails here range from steep to flat and go through sunny meadows and forests.
 
 
Newberry Hill Heritage Park

Olympic Peninsula -- Kitsap Peninsula

 
13.0 miles of trails
Gain: 250 ft.
Highest Point: 350.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.00
(4 votes)
This little gem of a park is located in Kitsap County, at the west end of Newberry Hill Road right before the T to Seabeck Highway.
 
 
Mount Walker

Olympic Peninsula -- Hood Canal

 
4.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 2000 ft.
Highest Point: 2804.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.44
(32 votes)
Approachable throughout the year, the Mount Walker trail’s average 20% grade makes it a go-to route for hikers and trail runners looking for a short, brisk tromp. (While it is also a designated stock trail, riders and pack animals rarely make an appearance.) Spring, summer, and fall the 2-mile trail is both ascended and descended by those on foot. In the winter, when the Mount Walker road is gated closed to vehicles, many will pursue the then 2.25-mile jaunt up to the north viewpoint, saunter over to the south viewpoint and then descend on the more gentle grade of the road.
 
 
Mount Townsend

Olympic Peninsula -- Hood Canal

 
8.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 3010 ft.
Highest Point: 6260.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.31
(59 votes)
Mount Townsend offers rhododendrons in May and June, wildflowers June through August, then berries in August and September and fall colors in, well, fall. Add in old growth, some tucked away waterfalls, and a windswept, turtleback summit with views north across the Strait and San Juans, west and south into and along the Olympics and east across the Sound to the Cascades, and you've got the perfect year-round hike.
 
 
Mount Muller

Olympic Peninsula -- Northern Coast

 
12.7 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 3350 ft.
Highest Point: 3748.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.56
(18 votes)
Mount Muller offers breathtaking views from a breathtaking trail -- it's a steep climb, but those who make it to the lofty ridgeline are rewarded with a panorama that includes the Strait of Juan de Fuca, massive Mount Olympus, and sapphire, sparkling Lake Crescent.
 
 
Kopachuck State Park Trail

Olympic Peninsula -- Kitsap Peninsula

 
1.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 25 ft.
Highest Point: 25.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.60
(5 votes)
This is an easy loop trail, wandering nearly one mile through a forest of bigleaf maple and cedars on the shores of Carr Inlet in Gig Harbor. With less than fifty feet of elevation gain and plenty of picnic tables, it makes the perfect destination for families with small children.
 
 
Kalaloch Creek Nature Trail

Olympic Peninsula -- Pacific Coast

 
0.8 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 20 ft.
Highest Point: 25.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
0.00
(0 votes)
If the tide is high, or you just want to see a different side of the Olympic Peninsula while you're visiting the coast, cross Highway 101 from the Kalaloch campground and take a peek into the deep Olympic forest.
 
 
Heather Creek Trail via Upper Dungeness River

Olympic Peninsula -- Hood Canal

 
15.8 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 1800 ft.
Highest Point: 4200.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.33
(3 votes)
Take an amble through moss-laden forest and along churning waters in colors only the Olympic Peninsula can provide. For the most part, it’s ramble with moderate grade, but the last two and a half miles change character dramatically—giving you a steep, thigh-burning workout before rewarding you with views of Mount Mystery and Little Mystery just inside the park boundary.
 
 
Hansville Greenway

Olympic Peninsula -- Kitsap Peninsula

 
2.6 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 100 ft.
Highest Point: 180.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.75
(4 votes)
Providing a cool forest walk even on warm summer day, Hansville Greenway is an extensive network of trails encompassing the community of Hansville on the Kitsap peninsula.
 
 
Guillemot Cove

Olympic Peninsula -- Kitsap Peninsula

 
2.5 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 360 ft.
Highest Point: 360.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.18
(17 votes)
Enjoy breath taking views of the Olympics from a secluded cove with many different types of seabirds and wildlife. Try to keep your feet dry while exploring a series of trails amid the historic 184-acre Guillemot Cove Nature Reserve.
 
 
Slab Camp Creek and Gray Wolf River

Olympic Peninsula -- Hood Canal

 
5.5 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 1100 ft.
Highest Point: 2540.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.73
(11 votes)
This is a classic Olympics river hike without the crowds, and it's downhill all the way to your destination.
 
 
Graves Creek

Olympic Peninsula -- Pacific Coast

 
7.4 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 1500 ft.
Highest Point: 1880.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
2.33
(6 votes)
The Graves Creek primitive trail provides access to old growth forests high above the Quinault River Valley and solitude compared to the high use trails along the Quinault River. Expect glimpses of waterfalls across the gorge in spring and signs of wild-life including bear, deer, and elk.
 
 
Elwha To Hurricane Hill

Olympic Peninsula -- Northern Coast

 
11.6 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 5248 ft.
Highest Point: 5650.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.00
(4 votes)
Road Washout: The Elwha River Road is washed out, rendering this trailhead inaccessible by vehicle
Climb steeply out of the Elwha River Valley to impressive views of the Bailey Range and wide-open meadows on this trail that accesses Hurricane Hill the back way.