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3937 Hikes

Snoqualmie Region -- North Bend Area

 
4.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 1160 ft.
Highest Point: 2078 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.03
(358 votes)
  • Wildflowers/Meadows
  • Mountain views
  • Dogs allowed on leash
  • Ridges/passes
  • Summits
  • Good for kids
  • Lakes
This is a fine hike on a well maintained, albeit busy trail through a cool forest with views of the Cedar River watershed, Mount Si, Mount Washington, Rattlesnake Lake and Chester Morse Lake.
 
 

Southwest Washington -- Columbia River Gorge - WA

 
13.0 miles, one-way
Gain: 450 ft.
Highest Point: 1550 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
2.67
(3 votes)
  • Wildflowers/Meadows
  • Wildlife
  • Good for kids
  • Dogs allowed on leash
  • Fall foliage

7/7/22 - The Swale Canyon section (Wahkiakus to Harms Road) of the Klickitat Rail Trail is closed until late October due to a high fire hazard rating.

The Klickitat Rail Trail is a 31-mile rails-to-trails conversion managed by Columbia Hills State Park. This linear park goes from Lyle to Warwick (on the Lyle-Centerville Highway) with several access points along the way. Swale Canyon lies on the eastern end of the trail and offers a quiet canyon, a burbly creek, wildflowers and solitude.
 
 

Mount Rainier Area -- SE - Cayuse Pass/Stevens Canyon

 
4.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 375 ft.
Highest Point: 3250 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.33
(3 votes)
  • Established campsites
  • Waterfalls
  • Old growth
  • Good for kids
  • Dogs not allowed
  • Rivers
The hike to Stafford Falls drops steeply from the road, requiring a climb to return to your vehicle. But after 0.4 miles, it follows crystal-clear Chinook Creek as it cascades down a gentle slope, with small plunges, narrow chutes, beautiful blue-green pools, and a 25-foot punch-bowl waterfall. Such beauty and serenity are seldom this easy to get to.
 
 

Mount Rainier Area -- NE - Sunrise/White River

 
6.8 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 1700 ft.
Highest Point: 7079 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.00
(5 votes)
  • Mountain views
  • Dogs not allowed
  • Ridges/passes
The trail to Skyscraper Pass makes an ideal dayhike to take you a little further from the popular visitor center at Sunrise, and the crowds that head to Dege Peak and the Burroughs. It's a bit longer, so you'll need to be ready for push. Particularly enthusiastic hikers can push onto Skyscraper Mountain via a bootpath.
 
 

Mount Rainier Area -- NE - Sunrise/White River

 
2.5 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 325 ft.
Highest Point: 6400 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.86
(7 votes)
  • Wildflowers/Meadows
  • Mountain views
  • Dogs not allowed
  • Good for kids
The Silver Forest Trail is a lesser-known and therefore less-crowded alternative at Mount Rainier’s Sunrise. Enjoy mountain, glacier and river valley views along a gentle trail that is mostly out of sight of the bustle of Sunrise.
 
 

Mount Rainier Area -- NE - Sunrise/White River

 
36.5 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 12000 ft.
Highest Point: 6500 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.12
(8 votes)
  • Ridges/passes
  • Wildlife
  • Dogs not allowed
  • Summits
  • Lakes
  • Rivers
  • Wildflowers/Meadows
  • Mountain views
  • Established campsites
  • Waterfalls
  • Old growth
A beautiful loop trail on the north side of Mount Rainier, this is a shorter, but no less lovely, option to the Wonderland Trail.
 
 

Mount Rainier Area -- NE - Sunrise/White River

 
4.6 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 2920 ft.
Highest Point: 7150 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.40
(5 votes)
  • Mountain views
  • Established campsites
  • Ridges/passes
  • Dogs not allowed
  • Waterfalls
  • Rivers
The Inter Glacier is part of the standard Mount Rainier climbing route. While it may appear to be just a steep snowfield, it is a glacier with crevasses and other hazards. Glacier travel experience and equipment is required.
 
 

Mount Rainier Area -- NE - Sunrise/White River

 
Highest Point: 7288 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.50
(2 votes)
The route to the top of Goat Island Mountain is not on true trail but is more of a scramble.
 
 

Mount Rainier Area -- NE - Sunrise/White River

 
4.4 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 1250 ft.
Highest Point: 6920 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.00
(4 votes)
  • Wildflowers/Meadows
  • Ridges/passes
  • Wildlife
  • Established campsites
  • Mountain views
  • Dogs not allowed
  • Good for kids
  • Lakes
Forest lake is a small lake in the Sunrise area of Mount Rainier.
 
 

Mount Rainier Area -- NE - Sunrise/White River

 
12.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 2950 ft.
Highest Point: 6800 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.63
(51 votes)
  • Ridges/passes
  • Wildlife
  • Dogs not allowed
  • Lakes
  • Wildflowers/Meadows
  • Mountain views
  • Established campsites
  • Waterfalls
  • Old growth
  • Fall foliage
Begin in old-growth forest, climb up to one of Mount Rainier's most spectacular wildflower meadows, then continue along the highest section of the Wonderland Trail to reach the alpine world of Panhandle Gap. Along the way be alert for marmots and goats, and it is not unusual to see a black bear.
 
 

Mount Rainier Area -- NE - Sunrise/White River

 
11.5 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 3100 ft.
Highest Point: 7400 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.67
(3 votes)
  • Wildflowers/Meadows
  • Mountain views
  • Established campsites
  • Dogs not allowed
  • Summits
  • Lakes
Expansive views of Mount Rainier, up-close views of Emmons Glacier, lakes, and campsites are just a few features of the Glacier Basin Loop's varying landscape.
 
 

Mount Rainier Area -- NE - Sunrise/White River

 
13.7 miles, one-way
Gain: 5200 ft.
Highest Point: 6700 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.00
(1 vote)
  • Wildflowers/Meadows
  • Ridges/passes
  • Established campsites
  • Mountain views
  • Waterfalls
  • Lakes
  • Rivers
A section of the scenic Wonderland Trail, enjoy views of Mount Rainier and the Carbon Glacier, numerous creek crossings, and meadows as you connect between Sunrise and the Carbon River.
 
 

Mount Rainier Area -- NE - Sunrise/White River

 
1.5 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 425 ft.
Highest Point: 6150 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.82
(11 votes)
  • Dogs not allowed
  • Wildlife
  • Good for kids
  • Lakes
This short, one-mile, downhill jaunt from the hairpin turn on the road to Sunrise makes a great detour when hiking the Palisades Lakes trail, or a nice warm up before tackling longer hikes like Burroughs or Dege Peak from Sunrise.
 
 

Mount Rainier Area -- NE - Sunrise/White River

 
14.0 miles, roundtrip
Rating:
Average rating:
4.67
(3 votes)
  • Wildflowers/Meadows
  • Mountain views
  • Established campsites
  • Ridges/passes
  • Dogs not allowed
  • Rivers
Grand Park provides one of the absolute best views of The Mountain from any of the trails in the park. Though longer than the access from Lake Eleanor, this route is more scenic, passing through the stark rocky landscape of Sunrise to flower-filled Berkeley Park and then climbing gradually through cool forest before getting to alpine meadows and majestic Grand Park itself.
 
 

Mount Rainier Area -- NW - Carbon River/Mowich

 
18.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 1870 ft.
Highest Point: 6800 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.12
(8 votes)
  • Wildflowers/Meadows
  • Ridges/passes
  • Wildlife
  • Established campsites
  • Mountain views
  • Dogs not allowed
  • Lakes
This is a trail where the journey is as interesting as the destination. Enjoy a beautiful waterfall and views of icy Winthrop Glacier. Gaze directly at Mount Rainier and witness the fascinating destruction caused by the floods of 2006. All of this is chased by the peaceful basin of Mystic Lake and surrounding meadows.
 
 
 
14.4 miles, one-way
Highest Point: 6900 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.25
(4 votes)
  • Mountain views
  • Fall foliage
  • Established campsites
  • Ridges/passes
Stunning section of the Pacific Crest Trail (PCT). Starts high and stays high, going from Hart's Pass to Windy Pass to Holman Pass.
 
 

North Cascades -- Methow/Sawtooth

 
10.2 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 3210 ft.
Highest Point: 7640 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.44
(9 votes)
  • Mountain views
  • Dogs allowed on leash
  • Lakes
  • Fall foliage
  • Ridges/passes
This strenuous hike passes through varied climate zones of the Sawtooth Range, ending at stark Libby Lake, tucked into a talus bowl with a larch-fringed outlet. Enjoy the view, soak your feet, catch some fish, or for those so inclined, backtrack to the cabin and scramble up Hoodoo Peak.
 
 

North Cascades -- Mountain Loop Highway

 
0.4 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 200 ft.
Highest Point: 1500 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.00
(9 votes)
  • Old growth
  • Rivers
  • Good for kids
  • Dogs allowed on leash
  • Waterfalls
This short trail descends 200 feet to the base of a large 45-foot waterfall.
 
 

Mount Rainier Area -- Chinook Pass - Hwy 410

 
4.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 80 ft.
Highest Point: 1300 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
2.67
(9 votes)
  • Wildflowers/Meadows
  • Mountain views
  • Wildlife
  • Good for kids
  • Dogs allowed on leash
  • Fall foliage
  • Rivers
Located on the White River near Mount Rainier, the Mud Mountain Dam is both a flood control dam operated by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and a recreation facility. This gentle 2-mile trail will take you along the White River.
 
 

Mount Rainier Area -- Chinook Pass - Hwy 410

 
1.45 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 0 ft.
Highest Point: 791 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.00
(6 votes)
  • Dogs allowed on leash
  • Wildlife
  • Good for kids
  • Lakes
The expansive acreage of this park allows for a wide variety of activities, including hiking, biking, boating, fishing, swimming, bird and wildlife viewing, even lawn games such as horseshoes! The hiking trail is a lovely loop around Deep Lake.
 
 

Southwest Washington -- Columbia River Gorge - OR

 
9.4 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 730 ft.
Highest Point: 540 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.00
(3 votes)
  • Wildflowers/Meadows
  • Dogs allowed on leash
  • Good for kids
  • Rivers
After it was deemed impractical for cars, the old Columbia River Highway was closed to traffic, and opened to hikers and bikers! The winding route of this historic highway hearkens back to a time when roads were designed for Sunday drives, and the twists and turns of the highway make for a diverting hike or bike along the scenic Columbia River Gorge.
 
 

Southwest Washington -- Columbia River Gorge - OR

 
4.6 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 650 ft.
Highest Point: 750 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.00
(1 vote)
  • Wildflowers/Meadows
  • Wildlife
  • Rivers
The loop trail combines three of the four trails in the park and takes you along the river a short distance before hiking up the canyon's slopes with increasing views to the 750 foot highpoint.
 
 

Southwest Washington -- Columbia River Gorge - WA

 
12.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 20 ft.
Highest Point: 40 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.00
(1 vote)
  • Mountain views
  • Wildlife
  • Good for kids
  • Dogs allowed on leash
  • Fall foliage
  • Rivers
There are more than 12 miles of trails encircling and interweaving the town of North Bonneville. These range from paved and flat to rougher, dirt trails that are somewhat steep in places. All afford nice exercise and views from the valley of the high peaks above the wide Columbia River.
 
 

South Cascades -- Mount St. Helens

 
2.8 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 350 ft.
Highest Point: 2450 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.54
(57 votes)
  • Dogs not allowed

Reservations are required to visit Ape Caves - https://www.recreation.gov/timed-entry/10086990

The full experience at Ape Cave includes the easy exploration of a spacious lava tube, followed by more difficult travel through a smaller, longer, and more rugged lava tube to an exit. Then, enjoy an easy return hike winding through shady forest and crusty lava formations.
 
 

Puget Sound and Islands -- Seattle-Tacoma Area

 
5.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 500 ft.
Highest Point: 1100 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.03
(32 votes)
  • Old growth
  • Rivers
  • Good for kids
  • Wildlife
  • Waterfalls
Three waterfalls, multiple viewing areas, and two different trailheads provide great choices for an excursion to Little Mashel Falls. The tallest waterfall plunges over 90 feet.
 
 

Olympic Peninsula -- Northern Coast

 
10.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 3940 ft.
Highest Point: 5740 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.71
(17 votes)
  • Mountain views
  • Dogs not allowed
  • Established campsites
Climb and climb to a high alpine parkland. Along the way, take in the gorgeous views, massive trees, and fluffy mosses that are signature to the Hurricane Ridge area of Olympic National Park.
 
 

Central Cascades -- Stevens Pass - West

 
4.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 1000 ft.
Highest Point: 1600 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.00
(70 votes)
  • Mountain views
  • Dogs allowed on leash
  • Good for kids
  • Waterfalls
A beautiful waterfall flows out of Lake Serene and cascades below the rugged east wall of Mount Index at the end of a trail on the west side of Bridal Veil Creek. Take time to see and enjoy a stunning view of Bridal Veil Falls and climb flights of steps paralleling the falls.
 
 

Mount Rainier Area -- Chinook Pass - Hwy 410

 
7.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 150 ft.
Highest Point: 1300 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.00
(2 votes)
  • Wildflowers/Meadows
  • Mountain views
  • Wildlife
  • Dogs allowed on leash
  • Fall foliage
  • Rivers
Located on the White River near Mount Rainier, the Mud Mountain Dam is both a flood control dam operated by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and a recreation facility. At about 3.5 miles from the trailhead, Scatter Creek makes the trail impassable.
 
 

Snoqualmie Region -- Snoqualmie Pass

 
7.5 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 1800 ft.
Highest Point: 3600 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.84
(198 votes)
  • Wildflowers/Meadows
  • Mountain views
  • Dogs allowed on leash
  • Established campsites
  • Waterfalls
  • Old growth
  • Lakes
  • Rivers

7/5/2022 - Annette Lake trail will be closed until October 2022 for construction

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.
 
 

Olympic Peninsula -- Hood Canal

 
7.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 3400 ft.
Highest Point: 4950 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.44
(27 votes)
  • Wildflowers/Meadows
  • Mountain views
  • Wildlife
  • Waterfalls
  • Dogs not allowed
  • Lakes
Tucked high in the mountains of the Olympic Peninsula, in the appropriately named Valley of Heaven is a breathtaking lake -- the Lake of the Angels. The heavenly goal is accessed by a trail built for more mortal interests. Keep in mind though; if you tackle this trail, it's devilishly difficult. In some places, it requires a vertical climb where falling is not an option. Be prepared, both physically and mentally, for this challenging hike.