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3903 Hikes
Beckler Peak

Central Cascades -- Stevens Pass - West

 
7.6 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 2240 ft.
Highest Point: 5026.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.52
(71 votes)
Hike a re-built trail adjacent to the Wild Sky Wilderness. The Beckler Peak trail opened in September of 2011, and with it, the Jennifer Dunn trailhead. The trail takes you through an old-growth forest to summit views of Glacier Peak, Baring, Index, the Monte Cristo Range, and Evergreen Mountain. It's easy to get to and provides great rewards for your effort. The trail has a gentle grade, it is well built, and suitable for kids. Be sure to take water with you, because there is no reliable water along the trail.
 
 
Annette Lake

Snoqualmie Region -- Snoqualmie Pass

 
7.5 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 1800 ft.
Highest Point: 3600.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.84
(196 votes)
Waterfalls, wildflowers, sheltering forests, mountain views and an alpine lake are offered on this well-maintained trail. At the lake, enjoy the sights and relax for a while. If you backpacked in, stay at the campsites for a sunrise and sunset on the lake.
 
 
Barclay Lake

Central Cascades -- Stevens Pass - West

 
4.4 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 500 ft.
Highest Point: 2423.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.95
(82 votes)
Barclay Lake offers something for almost everyone: a well-maintained trail that is accessible to beginners and children, stunning mountain views, mycology, camping, a serene alpine lake, and a staging area for challenging adventures in the 106,000-acre Wild Sky Wilderness. Keep your camera charged, as this popular pathway in the shadow of Baring Mountain offers many photo opportunities.
 
 
Cape Disappointment State Park - North Head Trail

Southwest Washington -- Long Beach Area

 
1.8 miles, one-way
Gain: 420 ft.
Highest Point: 200.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
2.50
(2 votes)
For years, WTA has been coming to Cape Disappointment to work on trails in this area, including this trail, which leads hikers from the iconic North Head lighthouse down to the road that accesses the camping area and beaches at the south end of the park.
 
 
Heybrook Lookout

Central Cascades -- Stevens Pass - West

 
2.6 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 850 ft.
Highest Point: 1700.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.69
(75 votes)
Heybrook Lookout is a short and moderately steep hike through a fern and moss covered forest to a fun, staircase-ridden lookout with great views of the nearby mountains. If you are introducing someone to hiking, limited on time, or trying to add on another hike or activity in the area, this is the hike for you.
 
 
Taylor Mountain - Elk Ridge Trail

Issaquah Alps -- Taylor Mountain

 
1.6 miles, one-way
Gain: 500 ft.
Highest Point: 1200.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.00
(2 votes)
Enjoy a short hike through lush greenery on this newly renovated trail.
 
 
Taylor River Connector

Snoqualmie Region -- North Bend Area

 
0.25 miles, roundtrip
Rating:
Average rating:
0.00
(0 votes)
The Taylor River Connector is a short connector trail that leads from the Middle Fork River parking area to the vehicle bridge over the Taylor River. Cross this bridge and walk a few feet down the road to access the Garfield Ledges trailhead.
 
 
Taylor Mountain - Hermit Trail

Issaquah Alps -- Taylor Mountain

 
2.24 miles, one-way
Gain: 750 ft.
Highest Point: 1500.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
0.00
(0 votes)
Wander through the eastern reaches of Taylor Mountain Forest.
 
 
Taylor Mountain - Boot Trail

Issaquah Alps -- Taylor Mountain

 
4.5 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 200 ft.
Highest Point: 950.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
0.00
(0 votes)
On the south side of Taylor Mountain, this trail gains a couple hundred feet as it curves through the forest above Carey Creek.
 
 
Taylor Mountain - Sherwood Trail

Issaquah Alps -- Taylor Mountain

 
5.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 250 ft.
Highest Point: 1250.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
0.00
(0 votes)
Starting out along Carey Creek, the Sherwood Trail climbs to a high point on the eastern edge of Taylor Mountain.
 
 
Taylor Mountain - Mount Beaver Trail

Issaquah Alps -- Taylor Mountain

 
1.84 miles, one-way
Gain: 150 ft.
Highest Point: 800.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
0.00
(0 votes)
Wander along this forested slope above Carey Creek in the southern portion of the Taylor Mountain Forest.
 
 
Taylor Mountain - Holder Ridge Trail

Issaquah Alps -- Taylor Mountain

 
1.57 miles, one-way
Gain: 425 ft.
Highest Point: 900.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
2.00
(1 vote)
Cross over two small creeks as you make your way up and over Holder Ridge.
 
 
Taylor Mountain - Holder Creek

Issaquah Alps -- Taylor Mountain

 
1.46 miles, one-way
Gain: 400 ft.
Highest Point: 1100.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
2.33
(3 votes)
This trail follows salmon-spawning Holder Creek before a short climb in the northern section of Taylor Mountain.
 
 
Taylor Mountain - Holder Knob

Issaquah Alps -- Taylor Mountain

 
3.28 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 500 ft.
Highest Point: 1050.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.83
(6 votes)
A good short day hike with the best views on Taylor Mountain.
 
 
Taylor Mountain - Carey Creek Trail

Issaquah Alps -- Taylor Mountain

 
1.47 miles, one-way
Rating:
Average rating:
0.00
(0 votes)
This popular path for horseback riders follows a gentle grade along Carey Creek to connect with the Taylor Mountain trail network.
 
 
Taylor Mountain - Whiskey Still Trail

Issaquah Alps -- Taylor Mountain

 
4.66 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 600 ft.
Highest Point: 1050.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
0.00
(0 votes)
The Whiskey Still trail is part of the Taylor Mountain trail system and can be used to make a variety of loops.
 
 
Taylor Mountain

Issaquah Alps

 
30.0 miles of trails
Gain: 550 ft.
Highest Point: 1100.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
2.54
(13 votes)
The extensive trail system at Taylor Mountain Forest is used by equestrians, hikers, and mountain bikers. This working forest is intended to demonstrate environmentally sound forest management, protect and restore ecological systems and provide passive recreational opportunities. Taylor Mountain is dominated by mature red alder trees. Trail users will see recent efforts to convert some of the forests from red alder to conifers.
 
 
Taylor Mountain - Donkey Engine Trail

Issaquah Alps -- Taylor Mountain

 
3.44 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 450 ft.
Highest Point: 800.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
0.00
(0 votes)
This quick out-and-back will satisfy your outdoor craving without the exertion of a full day hike.
 
 
Taylor Mountain - Knee Knocker Trail

Issaquah Alps -- Taylor Mountain

 
3.02 miles, one-way
Gain: 1000 ft.
Highest Point: 1650.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
0.00
(0 votes)
Explore the far reaches of Taylor Mountain on this gently rolling trail.
 
 
Lewisville Regional Park

Southwest Washington -- Lewis River Region

 
2.8 miles, one-way
Gain: 77 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
0.00
(0 votes)
As Clark County's oldest park, Lewisville Regional Park is a delightful place for families to visit and get a shot of history, since the park was developed by The Works Progress Administration (WPA) during the Great Depression.
 
 
Mather Memorial Highway Snowshoe

Mount Rainier Area -- Chinook Pass - Hwy 410

 
10.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 1100 ft.
Highest Point: 3800.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
2.50
(2 votes)
The White River Snowshoe follows the Mather Memorial Highway (SR 410) through a snowy river valley in Mount Rainier National Park. What is a bustling highway in summer becomes a quiet snowshoe ramble in the winter.
 
 
Enchanted Valley via East Fork Quinault River

Olympic Peninsula -- Pacific Coast

 
26.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 3700 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.41
(29 votes)
The famed Enchanted Valley chalet has been a destination for weary travelers since the early '30s, when it provided a mountain retreat for hikers and horseback riders. During World War II, the chalet served as an Aircraft Warning Station, and is currently listed on the National Register of Historic Places. It's occasionally used as an emergency shelter and ranger station, but the precarious position over the Quinault River has caused it to be closed to hikers until it is moved.
 
 
Goat Peak Lookout

North Cascades -- Methow/Sawtooth

 
3.7 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 1400 ft.
Highest Point: 7001.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.37
(19 votes)
Views of majestic peaks and the vibrant golden hues of larches come autumn - Goat Peak Lookout offers both, as well as the commanding views you'd expect of a working fire lookout. Though steep at times, the trail's short length makes it a perfect hike to introduce kids and newer hikers to the grandeur of the Methow and North Cascades.
 
 
High Camp

South Cascades -- Mount Adams Area

 
1.0 miles, one-way
Gain: 800 ft.
Highest Point: 6928.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.20
(5 votes)
Aptly named High Camp sits at timberline on the northwest side of Mount Adams and offers stupendous views.
 
 
The Enchantments

Central Cascades -- Leavenworth Area

 
18.0 miles, one-way
Gain: 4500 ft.
Highest Point: 7800.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.70
(125 votes)
Parking Restriction on Road 7601: Parking allowed at trailheads and only on the right side of Road 7601 between Eightmile Lake and Stuart Lake trailheads. Parking anywhere else along Road 7601 is not allowed.
The Enchantment Lakes are an alpine wonderland of pristine lakes set among polished granite, soaring peaks, blazing larches, and ambling mountain goats. Widely regarded as the crown jewel of hiking in Washington, this trail exceeds even the wildest of superlatives.
 
 
Norse Peak Lollipop via Goat Lake Trail

Mount Rainier Area -- Chinook Pass - Hwy 410

 
11.5 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 3240 ft.
Highest Point: 6856.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
0.00
(0 votes)
Convert the popular out-and-back Norse Peak hike into a lollipop loop through the open terrain along the PCT and back along the Goat Lake Trail. While it has fewer views, it provides a longer, more secluded return to the trailhead.
 
 
Lakeview Trail

Puget Sound and Islands -- Seattle-Tacoma Area

 
2.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 95 ft.
Highest Point: 410.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
0.00
(0 votes)
Follow a gentle, stroller-friendly slope for about a mile along the eastern and northern shores of scenic Lake Ballinger. You can extend your walk by continuing west along Lakeview Drive to the nearby Interurban Trail, or head east to explore the gravel forested path through Terrace Creek Park
 
 
Pearrygin Lake Sno-Park

North Cascades -- Methow/Sawtooth

 
1.5 miles, roundtrip
Rating:
Average rating:
0.00
(0 votes)
Pearrygin Lake State Park features miles of groomed trails, both on the state park land and on the adjoining Lloyd Ranch lands. There are miles of options here, from the far afield Crazy Eights and Southpark Loops, to the short loop near the West Campground.
 
 
Bear Creek via Table Springs Ridge

Eastern Washington -- Palouse and Blue Mountains

 
13.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 2840 ft.
Highest Point: 5280.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
0.00
(0 votes)
This trail in the Umatilla National Forest starts at the end of Forest Service Road 6512 at Table Springs Ridge and goes to Bear Creek. It uses to provide access to the Walla Walla River drainage trail loop system which is used for fishing, hunting, camping, horseback riding, hiking and more
 
 
Cathedral Pass Loop

North Cascades -- Pasayten

 
44.7 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 4000 ft.
Highest Point: 7800.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.12
(8 votes)
Hike through some of the Boundary Trail’s best scenery on the 44-mile lollipop loop along the Chewuch River and through majestic Cathedral Pass.