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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
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.
 
 
Elk Lakes

Olympic Peninsula -- Hood Canal

 
4.9 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 400 ft.
Highest Point: 1200.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
2.40
(5 votes)
This hiker-only trail makes for a quick way to sample the ecosystem on the east slope of the Olympic mountains. Plus, it's a decent starter backpacking trip for kids and makes for a nice day for birdwatchers.
 
 
Elbo Creek

Olympic Peninsula -- Hood Canal

 
9.6 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 2880 ft.
Highest Point: 3700.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.00
(6 votes)
This steep but shady trail features a rhododendron forest, and numerous saprophytic plants. At the end, it connects to a Forest Service road, allowing for additional wandering, to find views of Hood Canal and more.
 
 
Upper Dungeness River

Olympic Peninsula -- Hood Canal

 
6.8 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 600 ft.
Highest Point: 3100.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.36
(11 votes)
The Upper Dungeness River trail is an easy stroll along a roaring river and among towering trees. It’s great for all ages (as long as the trail is snow- and ice-free), and the shelter at Camp Handy is a welcome and dry lunch destination on rainy days.
 
 
Duckabush River

Olympic Peninsula -- Hood Canal

 
10.6 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 2300 ft.
Highest Point: 1750.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.65
(34 votes)
Explore one of the quieter Olympic Peninsula river valleys. Quiet, that is, if you don't count the Duckabush River's constant belching, crashing, and churning as it tumbles over giant boulders and squeezes through narrow rocky clefts.
 
 
Dry Creek

Olympic Peninsula -- Hood Canal

 
6.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 800 ft.
Highest Point: 1600.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
2.67
(6 votes)
Climb through second-growth forest to a not-so-dry creek, while enjoying spring wildflowers and views of nearby Lake Cushman and surrounding peaks.
 
 
Dosewallips River Road

Olympic Peninsula -- Hood Canal

 
13.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 1200 ft.
Highest Point: 1550.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.06
(17 votes)
The Dosewallips River Road is the gateway to the eastern Olympic Mountains and it penetrates one of the deepest canyons in Olympic National Park. Now closed to vehicles, the old road bed allows hikers to explore true wilderness at a gentle grade. Backpackers, peak baggers, and horseback riders take advantage of the easy access to the trails beyond the road's end.
 
 
Colonel Bob Trail - Colonel Bob Peak

Olympic Peninsula -- Pacific Coast

 
14.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 4292 ft.
Highest Point: 4492.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.00
(1 vote)
Start at 200 feet above sea level and climb to a lofty, scenic peak of 4492 feet on a long, switchbacking trail through stunning old growth forest. WTA has done a lot of work on this trail to improve it after a huge storm in 2007.
 
 
Marmot Pass

Olympic Peninsula -- Hood Canal

 
11.5 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 3489 ft.
Highest Point: 6000.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.47
(72 votes)
Marmot Pass offers great views and a gentle hike through old-growth forest as well as high meadows. It is a great day hike, but also offers a great starting place for a variety of overnight options.
 
 
Appleton Pass

Olympic Peninsula -- Northern Coast

 
15.4 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 3230 ft.
Highest Point: 5050.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.67
(6 votes)
Road Washout: Trailhead inaccessible
The trail to Appleton Pass is only 7.7 miles, but it hikes longer. The route offers some rewarding diversions along the way, but much of the payoff is in the last 1.5 miles with sweeping views as one ascends the meadows and traverses the switchbacks to Appleton Pass. Plan for an early start to your day in order to enjoy lunch, and perhaps even a restorative nap, at Appleton Pass.
 
 
Anderson Landing Preserve

Olympic Peninsula -- Kitsap Peninsula

 
2.0 miles, roundtrip
Rating:
Average rating:
0.00
(0 votes)
This 66-acre preserve sits on the shores of the Kitsap Peninsula overlooking the Hood Canal. There are about 2 miles of trails to wander.
 
 
Main Fork Dosewallips River

Olympic Peninsula -- Hood Canal

 
15.0 miles, one-way
Gain: 4800 ft.
Highest Point: 5847.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.71
(7 votes)
The Main Fork Dosewallips Trail is a major artery in the Olympic National Park trail system and offers access to remote areas deep within the park. As such, this route is most often traveled by through-hikers or multi-night backpackers on a loop tour of flowery meadows and high passes.
 
 
Olympic Hot Springs

Olympic Peninsula -- Northern Coast

 
4.8 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 600 ft.
Highest Point: 2084.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.55
(11 votes)
Road Closed: The Olympic Hot Springs Trailhead is inaccessible due to a road washout. Hikers can access the trail from the Madison Falls parking area by walking 7.8 miles each way along the road.
Hike to some remote hot springs on the Olympic Peninsula.
 
 
Dosewallips State Park - Steam Donkey Trail

Olympic Peninsula -- Hood Canal

 
3.5 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 400 ft.
Highest Point: 425.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
2.91
(11 votes)
The 3.5 mile Steam Donkey Loop Trail is an especially good choice in spring, with lots of creeklets, views of the Dosewallips River and silent forest. There is a strong chance that you will see wildlife in winter and spring. An elk herd resides in the area, and with the estuary so close, the area is rife with bird-life. As an added bonus for fall hikers, you can search for and pick chanterelle mushrooms.
 
 
Lake Wynoochee East Shore Trail

Olympic Peninsula -- Hood Canal

 
5.5 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 800 ft.
Highest Point: 930.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
0.00
(0 votes)
There is one section of the Lake Wynoochee Lakeshore Trail that can be hiked year-round—a pleasant, interesting hike for all ages, at 6 miles round-trip and 800 feet of elevation gain. Its creeks have bridges; it has road access at both ends; it features flowers in spring and summer, autumn color in fall, and provides a pleasant winter outing in clear weather.
 
 
Maidenhair Falls

Olympic Peninsula -- Olympia

 
1.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 100 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.25
(4 votes)
Maidenhair Falls is proof that you don’t have to hike long distances to see beautiful scenery. A mere half mile from the trailhead, this waterfall and gorge is sure to delight.