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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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1173 Hikes

Central Washington -- Grand Coulee

 
9.25 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 800 ft.
Highest Point: 2200 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.00
(2 votes)
Explore lakes, wetlands, and the shrub-steppe landscape on this tour of BLM property west of Spokane.
 
 

Southwest Washington -- Vancouver Area

 
6.8 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 55 ft.
Highest Point: 60 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.00
(3 votes)
A birder's paradise, this wildlife refuge is the perfect getaway without a long drive. The refuge includes mixed wetlands and pastures with riparian strips lined with cottonwoods and white oak trees. More than 200 species of waterfowl and songbirds have been recorded here, making it the perfect place to slow down and enjoy nature.
 
 

South Cascades -- Mount Adams Area

 
9.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 1700 ft.
Highest Point: 5900 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.29
(7 votes)
Stagman Ridge is a long spine reaching out southwest from Mount Adams, and the hike through the pleasing forest is never overly steep.
 
 

North Cascades -- North Cascades Highway - Hwy 20

 
10.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 2000 ft.
Highest Point: 6800 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.00
(24 votes)
Road Closed 11/11/21: The North Cascades Highway is closed between the Ross Dam Trailhead at milepost 134 and the Silver Star Gate at milepost 171 for the winter.
Cutthroat Pass is a stunner no matter which way you access it. This way, you'll enjoy a wider, more well-maintained trail, and you're more likely to share it with Pacific Crest Trail thru-hikers.
 
 

Eastern Washington -- Spokane Area/Coeur d'Alene

 
2.2 miles, one-way
Gain: 660 ft.
Highest Point: 2788 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
5.00
(1 vote)
The Philips Creek trailhead and Flying L Trail provide access to the Glenrose Unit of the Dishman Hills Conservation Area from the Spokane Valley.
 
 

Issaquah Alps -- Cougar Mountain

 
3.0 miles, roundtrip
Rating:
Average rating:
2.75
(4 votes)
A short amble along a road in Cougar Mountain Regional Wildland Park.
 
 

Issaquah Alps -- Cougar Mountain

 
4.75 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 450 ft.
Highest Point: 1380 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.05
(19 votes)
Hike a loop around Anti-Aircraft Peak in the Cougar Mountain Regional Wildland Park. Hike past sites associated with coal and clay mining, and a former 1950s-era anti-aircraft missile installation. Enjoy good forest trails, some seasonal wildflowers, and a million-dollar view.
 
 

Issaquah Alps -- Squak Mountain

 
4.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 1100 ft.
Highest Point: 1830 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.06
(16 votes)
Hike a two-mile forest trail on the north side of Squak Mountain to reach the site of a former cabin owned by the Bullitt family. Only the massive fireplace and the foundation remain today. Optionally, extend your hike to Central Peak, the highest point on Squak Mountain (no view,) and make it an interesting loop by returning via the Old Griz and East Side Trails.
 
 

Puget Sound and Islands -- Seattle-Tacoma Area

 
3.5 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 450 ft.
Highest Point: 525 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.36
(11 votes)
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.
 
 

Puget Sound and Islands -- Seattle-Tacoma Area

 
5.0 miles of trails
Gain: 800 ft.
Highest Point: 410 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
2.50
(2 votes)
Salmon Creek Ravine Park in Burien, located a few blocks north of Seahurst Park, is a large, minimally developed park centered on the drainage of Salmon Creek and its small tributaries. The area is forested and has some very large maples and alders, interspersed with Douglas fir, red cedar and madrone.
 
 

Puget Sound and Islands -- Seattle-Tacoma Area

 
4.9 miles, one-way
Gain: 164 ft.
Highest Point: 164 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
2.50
(2 votes)
A paved urban trail running from Montlake, across the new 520 bridge and through several eastside communities with excellent views of Union Bay, Foster Island wetlands and Lake Washington.
 
 

Puget Sound and Islands -- Seattle-Tacoma Area

 
4.5 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 115 ft.
Highest Point: 200 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.25
(4 votes)
Cowen and Ravenna Parks form a contiguous urban nature area and green space, containing Ravenna Ravine and Ravenna Creek, in the middle of North Seattle. They contain 4.5 miles of trails that traverse a 0.75-mile stretch of Ravenna Ravine.
 
 

Puget Sound and Islands -- Seattle-Tacoma Area

 
1.6 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 150 ft.
Highest Point: 325 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
0.00
(0 votes)
Hike good trails in this very green, forested park on Mercer Island. Enjoy moss, ferns and bird life. And see whether the missing suspension bridge has returned.
 
 

Southwest Washington -- Vancouver Area

 
7.6 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 120 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
0.00
(0 votes)
The middle section of the Burnt Bridge Creek trail extends from Devine Road to Leverage Park. In this section of the trail, the character becomes more urban and passes close to houses and soccer fields. Nonetheless, the trail passes through some open grassy areas where you may spot a raptor looking for lunch.
 
 

Puget Sound and Islands -- Seattle-Tacoma Area

 
3.2 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 0 ft.
Highest Point: 15 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.60
(5 votes)
Enjoy an easy stroll along a flat, paved trail with beautiful views and a good look at a restored estuary.
 
 

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.
 
 

Southwest Washington -- Columbia River Gorge - WA

 
1.1 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 50 ft.
Highest Point: 100 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.00
(1 vote)
Take a mile-long stroll along a gravelled trail through abandoned farm fields. This trail is barrier free, and trail maintenance WTA is performing will greatly improve it, making it more wheelchair friendly in the future.
 
 

Puget Sound and Islands -- Seattle-Tacoma Area

 
2.8 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 140 ft.
Highest Point: 325 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.65
(37 votes)
Seattle's Discovery Park Loop Trail is a designated National Recreation Trail, 2.8 miles long with an elevation change of just 140 feet. It passes through both forest and open meadows, offers extensive views, good prospects for bird watchers, and it can be hiked or jogged year-round.
 
 

Puget Sound and Islands -- Seattle-Tacoma Area

 
2.8 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 0 ft.
Highest Point: 164 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.31
(13 votes)
The quintessential Seattle walk around the perimeter of a 50,000 thousand-year-old glacial lake, this trail is accessible to folks of all ages and abilities. It continues to be a preserve for hundreds of species of trees and plants, as well as numerous birds and waterfowl.
 
 

Puget Sound and Islands -- Seattle-Tacoma Area

 
1.5 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 150 ft.
Highest Point: 320 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
0.00
(0 votes)
Hike easy forest trails connecting two adjoining urban parks. Appreciate the tall deciduous trees and some large conifers, plus ferns and small creeks. In season, look for forest wildflowers. Try to identify some of the wild birds, and enjoy the antics of the squirrels that always are present.
 
 

Puget Sound and Islands -- Seattle-Tacoma Area

 
1.5 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 170 ft.
Highest Point: 380 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.75
(4 votes)
Bellevue's Ardmore Park offers two connected sections of forest habitat, traversed by easy hiking trails. Here, you can enjoy tall conifers and deciduous trees, ferns and other forest vegetation, and small creeks, giving the illusion that you are some distance away from surrounding suburbia. You are likely to find a few wildflowers blooming in season, to hear woodpeckers, crows and other birds, and see a few energetic squirrels
 
 

Puget Sound and Islands -- Seattle-Tacoma Area

 
9.5 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 100 ft.
Highest Point: 450 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
2.75
(4 votes)
Big Finn Hill Park is the lesser-known cousin to the adjoining Saint Edwards State Park in Kirkland. Its expansive 220 acres are worth exploring and getting to know for their miles of meandering trails fit for mountain biking and casual strolling. Chock-full of tall Douglas-firs, ferns and bright green mosses, it offers possibilities to spot eagles, deer and owls.
 
 

Puget Sound and Islands -- Seattle-Tacoma Area

 
3.5 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 600 ft.
Highest Point: 320 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.33
(6 votes)
Hike an urban park near Bellevue through extensive old-growth forest (yes, really)! Marvel at the many large conifers and deciduous trees. View a small creek in a steep canyon. Listen for, and perhaps see, abundant bird life. And, in season, note a few wildflowers.
 
 

Puget Sound and Islands -- Seattle-Tacoma Area

 
0.95 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 120 ft.
Highest Point: 380 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.00
(2 votes)
This Shoreline city park seems to be little-known outside its immediate neighborhood, but it's worth a visit. The park is minimally developed, and it offers a variety of trails through open grassy areas and forested areas.
 
 

Puget Sound and Islands -- Seattle-Tacoma Area

 
2.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 220 ft.
Highest Point: 340 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.00
(2 votes)
Hike a network of forest trails in this large park in the southwestern corner of Seattle. Douglas fir, red cedar, maples, madrone - they are all here in abundance, some of them quite large.
 
 

Puget Sound and Islands -- Seattle-Tacoma Area

 
Rating:
Average rating:
3.00
(1 vote)
The 64-acre North Creek Forest meets the Washington Department of Fish & Wildlife’s definition of a priority habitat. The trail system in the North Creek Forest is still being established as of 2019.
 
 

Puget Sound and Islands -- Seattle-Tacoma Area

 
3.8 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 0 ft.
Highest Point: 20 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
2.00
(1 vote)
A paved walkway follows an abandoned railroad grade trail along the Seattle Ship Canal with views of the water and extensive Ballard maritime industry.
 
 

Puget Sound and Islands -- Seattle-Tacoma Area

 
1.25 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 45 ft.
Highest Point: 340 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
2.50
(2 votes)
Twin Ponds Park is in the City of Shoreline, and contains several family-friendly trails accessible year-round. The park has two small lakes where diverse waterfowl can be viewed, while areas of forest support other bird life.
 
 

Puget Sound and Islands -- Seattle-Tacoma Area

 
Rating:
Average rating:
3.67
(3 votes)
The Black River Riparian Forest and Wetland hosts more than 50 species of birds in this habitat area. A bird-watcher's dream, it also provides a wonderful place to stretch your legs and enjoy a shot of nature within Renton's city limits.
 
 

Puget Sound and Islands -- Seattle-Tacoma Area

 
1.7 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 194 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.50
(2 votes)
The Kelsey Creek Park Nature trails provide a year-round opportunity to enioy a forest experience. In the springtime, blooming flowers offer a heady aroma for people wandering in the area. By summertime, birds flit and trill in the brush as Kelsey Creek babbles beside you. Fall brings vivid oranges and reds as the trees in the area change color. Winter's blanket doesn't deter hikers, as this is a great destination for shaking winter doldrums.