Top 50 Hikes in Washington State

Best Hikes in Washington State

Washington State has some of the most beautiful hikes in all of the United States, and there are trails suitable for all levels. We’ve rounded up the best of the best trails to give you some outdoor inspiration.

Whether you’re a beginner or an experienced hiker, we’ve got the perfect trails just for you. From epic views to the most unique hikes, this article has everything you’ll ever need to complete your Washington hiking bucket list. 

Who knows? You might even find a few Washington hikes you’ve never heard of!

So without further ado, let’s dive in!

Washington hikes with the most epic views

Mount Storm King

Hiking around Mount Storm King Best Hikes in Washington State
Mount Storm King: Zengame
  • Location:  Olympic National Park, about 16.4 miles southwest of Port Angeles
  • Length: 5.3-mile round-trip out-and-back
  • Elevation Gain: 1700 feet
  • Difficulty Rating: Difficult
  • Who is this hike for? Challenging hike great for nature trips and bird watching
  • Dogs Allowed? No

Mount Storm King within the Olympic National Park offers a trail of old-growth forest with several viewpoints of the central Olympics and Lake Crescent. The hike to the summit is quite steep and challenging with some rock scrambling. 

Find Mount Storm King Trail Notes here.

Colchuck Lake Trail

Hiking around Colchuck Lake Trail Best Hikes in Washington State
  • Location: Cascade Mountains, 12.9 miles southwest of Leavenworth
  • Length: 8.2-mile round-trip out-and-back
  • Elevation Gain: 2,280 feet
  • Difficulty Rating: Difficult
  • Who is this hike for? A magical hike with a beautiful lake view for adventurers
  • Dogs Allowed? No

Within the Cascade Mountains, you’ll find Colchuck Lake along with other lakes composing  Alpine Lakes Wilderness’ Enchantment area. The trail consists of stunning lake views, snow-capped peaks, glaciers, abundant wildlife, and larch trees.

Find Colchuck Lake Trail Notes here.

Maple Pass Trail

Hiking around Maple Pass Trail Best Hikes in Washington State
Maple Pass Trail: Mer
  • Location: Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest, 81.2 miles west of Omak
  • Length: 7.8-mile loop
  • Elevation Gain:  2,150 feet
  • Difficulty Rating: Intermediate
  • Who is this hike for? Perfect immediate hike with incredible lake and mountain views
  • Dogs Allowed? Yes

Maple Pass Trail is a moderately strenuous trail offering an amazing view of the cascades, snow-capped mountains, wildflowers, alpine lakes, waterfalls, and wildlife. Its stunning scenery makes it popular for both hikers and adventurers. You can choose to hike the trail clockwise or counterclockwise.

Find Maple Pass Trail Notes here.

Blue Lake Trail

Hiking around Blue Lake Trail Best Hikes in Washington State
Blue Lake Trail: Sathish J
  • Location: North Cascades Area, 77.4 miles northwest of Omak
  • Length: 5.3-mile round-trip out-and-back
  • Elevation Gain: 958 feet
  • Difficulty Rating: Easy
  • Who is this hike for? Kid and senior-friendly hike great for beginners and people who have limited time
  • Dogs Allowed? No

Blue Lake Trail is a short hike famous for easy trails offering epic views of the larches, snowy mountains, and a blue lake. For the majority of the walk, you’ll pass by trees lining the hiking trails with occasional openings of prominent landmarks such as the Winter Spires and Liberty Bell.

Find Blue Lake Trail Notes here.

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Lake Valhalla

Hiking around Lake Valhalla Best Hikes in Washington State
 Lake Valhalla: Sean Munson
  • Location: Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest, 33.6 miles northwest of Leavenworth
  • Length: 6.1-mile round-trip out-and-back
  • Elevation Gain: 1,358 feet
  • Difficulty Rating: Intermediate
  • Who is this hike for? Family-friendly hike with crystal clear lake waters and sandy beach
  • Dogs Allowed? Yes

Lake Valhalla is a great day hike during winter, summer, and fall. In the summer, you’ve got wildflowers and berries growing along the trails while the colors in autumn make everything vivid. The amazing views of the lake at any season make it worth the hike.

Find Lake Valhalla Trail Notes here.

Palouse Falls

Hiking around Palouse Falls Best Hikes in Washington State
  • Location: Palouse Falls State Park, 37.6 miles northwest of Dayton
  • Length: 1.2-mile loop 
  • Elevation Gain: 207 feet
  • Difficulty Rating: Intermediate
  • Who is this hike for? Moderate trail with rocky and steep parts great for fit hikers
  • Dogs Allowed? Yes

Amazing falls and breathtaking views are just some of the best things Palouse falls has to offer! You can opt to enjoy the views from the top or go all the way down and around the falls. The best times to visit are from February to October.

Find Palouse Falls Trail Notes here.

Hurricane Ridge to Hurricane Hill

Hiking around Hurricane Ridge to Hurricane Hill Best Hikes in Washington State
  • Location: Olympic National Park,19.8 miles south of Port Angeles
  • Length: 3.1-mile round-trip out-and-back
  • Elevation Gain: 797 feet
  • Difficulty Rating: Intermediate
  • Who is this hike for? Moderate trail perfect for spending a day in the snow or seeing the stunning views
  • Dogs Allowed? No

Open all year round, the trail in Hurricane Ridge offers different experiences and views each season. You can get a 360-degree view and see Puget Sound, Vancouver Island, and Mount Olympus. In winter, the trails are open for skiing and snowboarding. 

Find Hurricane Ridge to Hurricane Hill Trail Notes here.

Snow Lake Trail

Hiking around Snow Lake Trail Best Hikes in Washington State
Snow Lake Trail: Kaleb Coleman
  • Location: Snoqualmie Pass, 24.6 miles southeast of North Bend
  • Length: 6.4-mile round-trip out-and-back
  • Elevation Gain: 1670feet
  • Difficulty Rating: Intermediate
  • Who is this hike for? Fantastic hike for nature trips and snowshoeing
  • Dogs Allowed? Yes

Snow Lake Trail is open all year round offering varied trekking adventures depending on when you decide to hike. Spring and summer have the greenest views, while autumn gives that perfect color change. Lastly, winter is perfect for snowshoeing. 

The hike will take you past several waterfalls with an amazing alpine lake at the end. In winter, be aware that the trail’s steep terrain has a high risk for avalanches.

Find Snow Lake Trail Notes here.

Iron Goat Trail

Hiking around Iron Goat Trail Best Hikes in Washington State
Iron Goat Trail: hey skinny
  • Location:  Snoqualmie Pass, 41.4 miles northwest of Leavenworth
  • Length: 12.1-mile loop
  • Elevation Gain:  1,466 feet
  • Difficulty Rating: Intermediate
  • Who is this hike for? Great hike for history buffs
  • Dogs Allowed? Yes

Iron Goat Trail is a moderate hike with lots of history. There are several tunnels and abandoned trail routes that make for an interesting adventure. Here, you’ll learn a lot about the history of railways. 

When hiking, you can choose to take the clockwise or counter-clockwise direction. When you choose clockwise, you will go down a steep switchback at the end of your trail. On the other hand, if you choose counter-clockwise, you’re up for a challenging adventure by going up the hill at the start of your hike.

Find Iron Goat Trail Notes here.

Lake 22

Hiking around Lake 22 Best Hikes in Washington State
Lake 22: Nick Postorino
  • Location: Mount Pilchuck State Park, 21.8 miles southeast of Granite Falls
  • Length: 7-mile loop
  • Elevation Gain:  1,466 feet
  • Difficulty Rating: Intermediate
  • Who is this hike for? Awesome hike featuring a waterfall in Mount Pilchuck State Park
  • Dogs Allowed? Yes

Want to visit an alpine lake and hike through old-growth forests? Lake 22 near Granite Falls is the perfect choice for you. Along the way to the lake, you’ll pass by a creek, a bridge, and a pretty waterfall. Use your sturdy boots or hiking shoes since Lake 22 has a rocky trail.

Find Lake 22 Trail Notes here.

Mount Fremont Lookout

Hiking around Mount Fremont Lookout Best Hikes in Washington State
Mount Fremont Lookout: Sathish J
  • Location: Mount Rainier National Park,17 miles southeast of Olympia
  • Length: 5.6-mile round-trip out-and-back
  • Elevation Gain:  1,145 feet
  • Difficulty Rating: Intermediate
  • Who is this hike for? Family-friendly hike in Mount Rainier National Park
  • Dogs Allowed? No

 What makes Mount Fremont Lookout worth the hike are the superb views of Mount Rainier, the Cascades, and the Olympic Mountains. And just north of the lookout, you’ll find the meadows of Grand Park! Along the way, you’ll come across a large herd of mountain goats which are a treat to see!

Find Mount Fremont Lookout Trail Notes here.

Eightmile Lake 

Hiking around Eightmile Lake Best Hikes in Washington State
Eightmile Lake: Steve Cyr
  • Location: Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest, 12.9 miles southwest of Leavenworth
  • Length: 7.2-mile round-trip out-and-back
  • Elevation Gain:  1,427 feet
  • Difficulty Rating: Intermediate
  • Who is this hike for? Family-friendly trail with a rewarding lake great for swimming
  • Dogs Allowed? No

Eightmile Lake trail is both a great day or overnight hike to one of the most beautiful Alpine Lakes in the area. The trail is filled with meadows, wildflowers, evergreen stands, the beauty of the forest rebuilding itself after the fires and destruction in 1994 and 2010.

Because of this, there aren’t enough shades during the hike. During summer, the lake is refreshing and perfect for swimming after a tiring hike.

Find Eightmile Lake Trail Notes here.

Chain Lakes Loop

Hiking around Chain Lakes Loop Best Hikes in Washington State
Chain Lakes Loop: Phil Venditti
  • Location: Mount Baker National Forest, 57.3 miles northeast of Bellingham
  • Length: 6.5-mile loop
  • Elevation Gain:  1,820 feet
  • Difficulty Rating: Intermediate
  • Who is this hike for? Summertime family and dog-friendly hike with great mountain views and breathtaking lakes
  • Dogs Allowed? Yes

You can choose to start your hike from Heather Meadows Visitor Center or Artist Point. The trail offers stunning views of soaring mountain tops and rock formations. Along the scenic trail, you will pass by several blue lakes that come in different sizes. 

Find Chain Lakes Loop Trail Notes here.

Icicle Ridge

Hiking around Icicle Ridge Best Hikes in Washington State
  • Location: Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest, 2.4 miles southwest of Leavenworth
  • Length: 5.5-mile round-trip out-and-back
  • Elevation Gain:  1,758 feet
  • Difficulty Rating: Intermediate
  • Who is this hike for? Summertime hiking trail perfect for horseback riding or mountain biking
  • Dogs Allowed? Yes

Icicle Ridge is a popular trail that leads to the most beautiful views of Leavenworth at the top of the ridge. The trail is easy to follow and quite forested. Spring to fall is the most popular time to visit Icicle Ridge. During winter, people come here for a fun snowshoe.

Find Icicle Ridge Trail Notes here.

Hikes near Seattle

Rattlesnake Ledge

Hiking around Rattlesnake Ledge Best Hikes in Washington State
Rattlesnake Ledge: Shu Wu
  • Location: Rattlesnake Mountain Scenic Area, 26.4 miles southeast of Seattle
  • Length: 5.1-mile round-trip out-and-back
  • Elevation Gain:  1,469 feet
  • Difficulty Rating: Intermediate
  • Who is this hike for? Family-friendly hike offering stunning views
  • Dogs Allowed? Yes

Rattlesnake Ridge has the best views of Mount Si and Mount Washington. In the summer months, the trail becomes popular with hikers who want to see a panoramic view atop Rattlesnake Ridge. The lake below is ideal for swimming and kayaking in summer.

Find Rattlesnake Ledge Trail Notes here.

Discovery Park and Lighthouse Loop

Hiking around Discovery Park and Lighthouse Loop Best Hikes in Washington State
Discovery Park and Lighthouse Loop: Chris Tarnawski
  • Location: Discovery Park, 6.2 miles northwest of Seattle
  • Length: 4.4-mile loop
  • Elevation Gain:  472 feet
  • Difficulty Rating: Easy
  • Who is this hike for? Outdoor classroom for learning about nature
  • Dogs Allowed? Yes

Boasting of beaches, a lighthouse, dramatic sea cliffs, forest groves, meadowlands, active sand dunes and a lot more, the Discover Park and the Lighthouse Loop is the perfect place to go to if you want to spend some time away from the hustle and bustle of the city. 

Find Discovery Park and Lighthouse Loop Notes here.

Poo Poo Point 

Hiking around Poo Poo Point Best Hikes in Washington State
Poo Poo Point: msteins
  • Location: Tiger Mountain State Forest, 2.2 miles south of Issaquah
  • Length: 7.2-mile round-trip out-and-back
  • Elevation Gain:  2,007 feet
  • Difficulty Rating: Intermediate
  • Who is this hike for? Perfect for adventurers who love hang gliding and paragliding
  • Dogs Allowed? Yes

From the Issaquah Alps trailhead, you can easily access the Poo Poo Point trail. You’ll follow the Many Creeks Valley and pass a few creeks. All throughout your hike, you will be walking under a shaded trail.

Poo Poo Point trail is also perfect for an evening hike since it offers one of the best sunset views near Seattle. Since the place is popular for hang gliders and paragliders, you’ll be pretty lucky if you see a paraglider land at the top.

Find Poo Poo Point Trail Notes here.

Taylor Mountain Loop

Hiking around Taylor Mountain Loop Best Hikes in Washington State
Taylor Mountain Loop: King County Parks Your Big Backyard
  • Location: Taylor Mountain King Country,  8.4 miles southeast of Issaquah
  • Length: 8.9-mile loop
  • Elevation Gain:  1,341 feet
  • Difficulty Rating: Intermediate
  • Who is this hike for? Family and dog-friendly trail near Seattle
  • Dogs Allowed? Yes

Taylor Mountain Loop is great for everybody with its easy to follow trails. The routes are also all well shaded. This trail is popular for not only hikers but also for bikers and horseback riders so watch out for those when hiking.

Find Taylor Mountain Loop Trail Notes here.

Stinger, Once Upon a Time and Rabbit Role

Hiking around Stinger, Once Upon a Time and Rabbit Role Best Hikes in Washington State
Stinger, Once Upon a Time and Rabbit Role: Anna Creech
  • Location: Henry’s Ridge Open Space,  3.9 miles southeast of Maple Valley
  • Length: 2.1-mile loop
  • Elevation Gain:  114 feet
  • Difficulty Rating: Easy
  • Who is this hike for? Kid-friendly trail great for all skill levels 
  • Dogs Allowed? Yes

Used all year round, Stinger, Once Upon a Time and Rabbit Role is great for running, hiking, nature trips, and mountain biking. This trail is quite pretty and can feel like a place straight out of a fairy tale book especially with the Gnome Trail offering all sorts of gnomes along the path. Kids are sure to love it!

Find Stinger, Once Upon a Time and Rabbit Hole Trail Notes here.

Little Si 

Hiking around Little Si Best Hikes in Washington State
Little Si: Tim Regan
  • Location: Mount Si Natural Resources Conservation Area,  2 miles southeast of North Bend
  • Length: 3.73-mile round-trip out-and-back
  • Elevation Gain:  1,138.5 feet
  • Difficulty Rating: Intermediate
  • Who is this hike for? Kid and dog-friendly trail featuring wildflowers and great views 
  • Dogs Allowed? Yes

Want to bring your dog and kids along? Little Si is perfect for everyone in the family. This trail is a decent hike and is popular so avoid the weekends as it gets really busy. 

Most parts of the trail are easy to follow since there will most likely be someone in front of you. At the top, the view is spectacular and a bit similar to Mt Si but easier to trek.

Find Little Si Trail Notes here.

Wildside

Hiking around Wildside Best Hikes in Washington State
Wildside: Emily Lewis
  • Location: Cougar Mountain Regional Wildland Park,  8.7 miles northeast of Renton
  • Length: 2.17-mile round-trip out-and-back
  • Elevation Gain:  242.78 feet
  • Difficulty Rating: Easy
  • Who is this hike for? Kid and dog-friendly trail in Cougar Mountain 
  • Dogs Allowed? Yes

Despite its name, the Wildside trail offers a pretty relaxing walk with lots of greeneries to appreciate. You can also use this trail to make a loop with Marshall’s Hill, De Leo Wall, Red Town, Indian and Rainbow town.

Find Wildside Trail Notes here.

Beaver Lake Park

Hiking around Beaver Lake Park Best Hikes in Washington State
Beaver Lake Park : Brian Hankerson
  • Location: Soaring Eagle Regional Park,  3.3 miles southeast of Sammamish
  • Length: 1-mile loop
  • Elevation Gain:  42 feet
  • Difficulty Rating: Easy
  • Who is this hike for? Family-friendly trail good for all skill levels 
  • Dogs Allowed? Yes

Beaver Lake Park Trail is only 1-mile long great for hiking and walking. You can visit the trail all year round. It is a relaxing short hike along a forested loop trail. If you’re lucky, you might come across some animals like bunnies or deers.

Find  Beaver Lake Park Trail Notes here.

Evans Creek Preserve

Hiking around Evans Creek Preserve Best Hikes in Washington State
Evans Creek Preserve: Joe Mabel
  • Location: Evans Creek Preserve,  5.3 miles southeast of Sammamish
  • Length: 1.7-mile loop
  • Elevation Gain:  157 feet
  • Difficulty Rating: Easy
  • Who is this hike for? Nice trail for a pleasant walk or a quick hike 
  • Dogs Allowed? Yes

Evans Creek Preserve is your choice of a trail if you want to explore the meadows, wetlands, and forest uplands. The trails are well-maintained with some steep muddy switchbacks. There’s also plenty of wildlife here including black bears so be sure to bring pepper spray.

Find Evans Creek Preserve Trail Notes here.

Easy hikes in Washington

Deception Falls

Deception Falls Hike Best Hikes in Washington State
  • Location: Mount Baker Snoqualmie National Forest,  43 miles northwest of Leavenworth
  • Length: 0.6-mile loop
  • Elevation Gain:  72 feet
  • Difficulty Rating: Easy
  • Who is this hike for? Great trail filled with lots of greeneries makes good for a short stroll
  • Dogs Allowed? Yes

If you want to go on a stroll along beautiful greens, picturesque waterfalls and a lovely forest, Deception Falls is a great place to visit. It’s an epic place for both adults and kids to enjoy the woodlands. Strollers might not work but the trail is easy to walk.

Find Deception Falls Trail Notes here.

Hoh Rainforest, Hall of Moss Trail

Hiking around Hoh Rainforest, Hall of Moss Trail Best Hikes in Washington State
  • Location: Olympic National Park, 88 miles southwest of Port Angeles
  • Length: 1.4-mile loop / 8-mile round-trip out-and-back
  • Elevation Gain: 345 feet
  • Difficulty Rating: Easy
  • Who is this hike for? A family-friendly hike in the iconic Hoh Rain Forest
  • Dogs Allowed? No

The Hoh Rainforest, Hall of Moss Trai is a busy trail going through a lush rainforest perfect for all skill levels. The trail features pretty wildflowers, blue creeks, club mosses, and all sorts of amazing flora.

Find Hoh Rainforest, Hall of Moss Trail Notes here.

Sol Duc Falls

Hiking around Sol Duc Falls Best Hikes in Washington State
  • Location: Olympic National Park, 42.6 miles southwest of Port Angeles
  • Length: 1.6-mile round-trip out-and-back
  • Elevation Gain: 255 feet
  • Difficulty Rating: Easy
  • Who is this hike for? A family-friendly trail in an Olympic old-growth forest
  • Dogs Allowed? No

Whether it’s staying in cabins or soaking in pools, Sol Duc Falls has got it all for you. This short walk will take you past a lush forest to a three-prong waterfall. The trail also features a lake, a wooden bridge, several creeks, and a slot canyon.

Find Sol Duc Falls Trail Notes here.

Washington Pass Overlook

Hiking around Washington Pass Overlook Best Hikes in Washington State
  • Location: North Cascades Scenic Byway, 76.3 mi northwest of Omak
  • Length: 0.2-mile loop
  • Elevation Gain: 68 feet
  • Difficulty Rating: Easy
  • Who is this hike for? A family-friendly trail perfect for all skill levels
  • Dogs Allowed? Yes

Looking for an easy hike near Winthrop? Washington Pass Overlook is a great option. This trail features wildflowers and a view that’s worth stopping for! The walkways are well-maintained so bring the whole family along and have a picnic.

Find Washington Pass Overlook Trail Notes here.

Franklin Falls

Hiking around Franklin Falls Best Hikes in Washington State
Franklin Falls: Sean Munson
  • Location: Mount Baker Snoqualmie National Forest, 25.4 miles southeast of North Bend
  • Length: 2-mile round-trip out-and-back
  • Elevation Gain: 367.4 feet
  • Difficulty Rating: Easy
  • Who is this hike for? A kid-friendly trail featuring a waterfall
  • Dogs Allowed? Yes

One of the popular hikes near Leavenworth is Franklin Falls. It’s easily accessible with its wide parking space and paved road. There are several stopping points along the trail and is a great hike any time of the year. Take a dip in the summer or snowshoe in the winter. It’s up to you.

Find Franklin Falls Trail Notes here.

Nisqually Vista Loop Trail

Hiking around Nisqually Vista Loop Trail Best Hikes in Washington State
Nisqually Vista Loop Trail: Jim Culp
  • Location: Mount Rainier National Park,  85.5 miles southeast of Auburn
  • Length: 0.9-mile loop
  • Elevation Gain: 164 feet
  • Difficulty Rating: Easy
  • Who is this hike for? A flower trail kid-friendly hike near Paradise Inn
  • Dogs Allowed? No

Nisqually Vista Loop Trail is a perfect hike from July to August and popular for its blooming wildflowers. You can find here pink heather, valerian, marsh marigolds, Western pasqueflower, arnica, cinquefoil, avalanche lilies and glacier lilies. It’s a short paved hike and is quite popular. We suggest hiking on weekdays to avoid the crowds.

Find Nisqually Vista Loop Trail Notes here.

Trail of Cedars

Hiking around Trail of Cedars Best Hikes in Washington State
Trail of Cedars: Jasperdo
  • Location: North Cascades National Park,  60.4 miles northeast of Burlington
  • Length: 1.9-mile loop
  • Elevation Gain: 72 feet
  • Difficulty Rating: Easy
  • Who is this hike for? A relaxing trail featuring a river and lots of trees
  • Dogs Allowed? No

Love trees? The Trail of Cedars in Washington should be on your list of hiking spots to visit. This nature trail features a lot of trees including cedars, paper birch, maples, and a lot more. Near the halfway point, you’ll reach a footbridge over the Avalanche Creek and is definitely the highlight of the hike.

Find Trail of Cedars Notes here.

Big Four Ice Caves Trail

Hiking around Big Four Ice Caves Trail Best Hikes in Washington State
  • Location: Mount Baker National Forest,  26.1 miles east of Granite Falls
  • Length: 3.2-mile round-trip out-and-back
  • Elevation Gain: 488 feet
  • Difficulty Rating: Easy
  • Who is this hike for? An easy and family-friendly hike to the picturesque ice caves
  • Dogs Allowed? Yes

True to its name Big Four Ice Caves Trail will take you to scenic terrains before finally reaching the unique ice caves. You’ll pass by spectacular views of the Big Four Mountains, picnic tables, grassy field, a large chimney from an old hotel and more! If you’re bringing your kids, be sure to keep an eye on them especially around near the caves.

Find Big Four Ice Caves Trail Notes here.

Icicle Gorge

Icicle Gorge Washington State Hikes
  • Location: Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest, 16.4 northwest of Leavenworth
  • Length: 4.5-mile loop
  • Elevation Gain: 387 feet
  • Difficulty Rating: Easy
  • Who is this hike for? An easy hike featuring a waterfall
  • Dogs Allowed? Yes

Icicle Gorge is a great trail if you want to experience Icicle Valley without the high elevation gains. With its low elevation, Icicle Gorge is an easy hike great for both kids and adults. Here, you can go camping, or fishing and enjoy nature at its best. 

Find Icicle Gorge Trail Notes here.

Challenging (but worth it!) hikes in Washington

Mount Saint Helens Summit

Hiking around Mount Saint Helens Summit Best Hikes in Washington State
Mount Saint Helens Summit: Bill Automata
  • Location: Saint Helens National Volcanic Monument,  60 miles east of Longview
  • Length: 8.2-mile round-trip out-and-back
  • Elevation Gain: 4,583 feet
  • Difficulty Rating: Difficult
  • Who is this hike for? A tough hike best for rock climbing, snowshoeing, and skiing
  • Dogs Allowed? No

Mount Saint Helens is an active volcano that’s popular for both experienced and beginning mountaineers. You can choose from the two primary routes. The Monitor Ridge route is best during summer while the Worm Flows route is best for winter. Before hiking, you first need to obtain a permit online. 

Find Mount Saint Helens Summit Trail Notes here.

The Enchantments Trail

Hiking around Enchantments Trail Best Hikes in Washington State
  • Location: Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest,  11 miles southwest of Leavenworth
  • Length: 23.6-mile point-to-point
  • Elevation Gain: 5,003 feet
  • Difficulty Rating: Difficult
  • Who is this hike for? A challenging hike through the Enchantments
  • Dogs Allowed? No

The Enchantments trail is an extraordinary hike that will take you to the best and most popular areas of the Enchantments. You’ll hike through challenging mountain passes, and get stunning views of peaks. You can choose to hike in either direction.

Find The Enchantments Trail Notes here.

Mount Pilchuck Lookout

Hiking around Mount Pilchuck Lookout Hikes in Washington State
Mount Pilchuck Lookout: Carston Curd
  • Location: Mount Pilchuck State Park,  32.2 miles southeast of Arlington
  • Length: 6-mile round-trip out-and-back
  • Elevation Gain: 2,126 feet
  • Difficulty Rating: Difficult
  • Who is this hike for? Difficult hike with an amazing view at the lookout
  • Dogs Allowed? Yes

For years, volunteers have maintained the Mount Pilchuck Lookout. The trail is very popular so it’s best to start hiking early. The best time to visit is during summer or fall. The trail features old-growth trees, and boulder fields. If you’re into camping, you can camp overnight at the lookout tower.

Find Mount Pilchuck Lookout Trail Notes here.

Minotaur Lake Trail

Hiking around Minotaur Lake Trail Hikes in Washington State
Minotaur Lake Trail: Peter Stevens
  • Location: Mount Pilchuck State Park,  38.5 miles northwest of Leavenworth
  • Length: 3-mile round-trip out-and-back
  • Elevation Gain: 1,778 feet
  • Difficulty Rating: Difficult
  • Who is this hike for? A challenging hike to a beautiful alpine lake
  • Dogs Allowed? Yes

Minotaur Lake Trail is a short but steep hike to the stunning Minotaur Lake. The trail features green meadows, colorful wildflowers and a picturesque lake. From the lake, you can get an epic view of Theseus. Above the lake, you can also opt to explore Labyrinth mountain.

Find Minotaur Lake Trail Notes here.

Dog Mountain Trail

Hiking around Dog Mountain Trail Hikes in Washington State
Dog Mountain Trail: Peter Roome
  • Location: Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area,  58.4 miles northeast of Vancouver
  • Length: 6-mile round-trip out-and-back
  • Elevation Gain: 2,825 feet
  • Difficulty Rating: Difficult
  • Who is this hike for? A difficult hike best for experienced mountaineers
  • Dogs Allowed? Yes

The springtime flowers and picturesque views are what makes Dog Mountain trail popular among hikers. You can easily see the Columbia River and Mount Hood from here. The trails are very steep so if you’re planning a trip here, it’s best to work on your perseverance and fitness before hiking.

Find Dog Mountain Trail Notes here.

Dirty Face Peak

Hiking around Dirty Face Peak Best Hikes in Washington State
Dirty Face Peak: Steve Cyr
  • Location: Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest,  30.6 miles northwest of Leavenworth
  • Length: 7.27-mile round-trip out-and-back
  • Elevation Gain: 3,944 feet
  • Difficulty Rating: Difficult
  • Who is this hike for? A difficult hike with a 360 view at the top
  • Dogs Allowed? Yes

Dirty Face Peak offers a great workout with its many switchbacks and steep trails. This is a challenging hike from the trailhead to the top but it is well worth it! At the peak, you get 360 stunning panoramic views that will keep you coming back for more.

Find Dirty Face Peak Trail Notes here.

Washington Coast Hikes

Shi Shi Beach

Hiking around Shi Shi Beach Best Hikes in Washington State
  • Location: Makah Indian Reservation, 25.4 miles west of Clallam Bay
  • Length: 6.7-mile round-trip out-and-back
  • Elevation Gain: 584 feet
  • Difficulty Rating: Intermediate
  • Who is this hike for? Instagrammable camping area in the Olympic Peninsula
  • Dogs Allowed? No

Shi Shi Beach is a great hike near Port Angeles. It features a  beautiful forest and a steep descent down to the coast where you’ll get a majestic view of the ocean. During rainy days, the trail can get really muddy (and slippery) so be sure to use poles, boots or shoes with good tread.

Find Shi Shi Beach Trail Notes here.

Ruby Beach

Hiking around Ruby Beach Best Hikes in Washington State
  • Location: Olympic National Park,  27.1 miles south of Forks
  • Length: 1.4-mile loop
  • Elevation Gain: 68 feet
  • Difficulty Rating: Easy
  • Who is this hike for? Beautiful beach perfect for beachgoers and curious explorers
  • Dogs Allowed? Yes

Most people say Ruby Beach is the most beautiful beach in Washington state. With its remote location and proximity to Quinault and Hoh Rainforest, you’ve got yourself a perfect itinerary full of adventure and exploration! Ruby beach provides sceneries of driftwood piles, tidepools, and sea stacks.

Find Ruby Beach Trail Notes here.

Second Beach

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  • Location: Quillayute River Park,  14.5 miles southwest of Forks
  • Length: 1.9-mile loop
  • Elevation Gain: 282 feet
  • Difficulty Rating: Easy
  • Who is this hike for? Family-friendly hike in Olympic National Park with scenic views
  • Dogs Allowed? No

And we’ve got another beach trail for you – the Second Beach. This is one of the most compelling beaches to visit near Olympic National Park. The hike will take you to stunning ocean views, sea stacks, and opportunities to see bald and golden eagles, as well as sea otters and seals.

Find Second Beach Trail Notes here.

Cape Disappointment Lighthouse Loop

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Cape Disappointment Lighthouse Loop: Bjorn
  • Location: Cape Disappointment State Park,  2.8 miles south of Ilwaco
  • Length: 4.2-mile loop
  • Elevation Gain: 718 feet
  • Difficulty Rating: Easy
  • Who is this hike for? Short and easy hike with scenic views
  • Dogs Allowed? Yes

Despite its name, the Cape Disappointment Lighthouse Loop is one of the most amazing hikes in Washington. The view from the lighthouse is amazing. To get there, you’ll pass by several steep inclines and narrow paths but the great scenery is worth it!

Find Cape Disappointment Lighthouse Loop Trail Notes here.

Dungeness Spit

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Dungeness Spit: Mick Thompson
  • Location: Dungeness Recreation Area,  17.7 miles northeast of Port Angeles
  • Length: 10.2-mile round-trip out-and-back
  • Elevation Gain: 137 feet
  • Difficulty Rating: Intermediate
  • Who is this hike for? Long hike with interesting sea views
  • Dogs Allowed? No

Dungeness Spit is a rewarding hike that offers breathtaking views, abundant wildlife, and rich maritime history. This trail of natural sand spit stretches for around seven miles. Before starting your hike, make sure to check the tides and pack enough food and water.

If you love bird watching, you’ll surely want to keep coming back to Dungeness Spit for its abundance of birds, as well as marine and land mammals.

Find Dungeness Spit Trail Notes here.

Off the beaten path hikes in Washington

Spider Meadow Trail

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Spider Meadow Trail: Martin Bravenboer
  • Location: Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest,  45.8 miles north of Leavenworth
  • Length: 13.7-mile round-trip out-and-back
  • Elevation Gain: 2,824 feet
  • Difficulty Rating: Intermediate
  • Who is this hike for? A strenuous hike going through verdant meadows, wildflowers and rugged peaks
  • Dogs Allowed? Yes

Spider Meadow Trail is known to be one of the best high alpine meadow hikes in Washington. From old-growth forests, wildflowers, jagged peaks and glacier-fed Phelps Creeks, Spider Meadow Trail offers the best of the best!

Find Spider Meadow Trail Notes here.

Tuck and Robin Lakes

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Tuck and Robin Lakes: Sean Munson
  • Location: Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest,  27.9 miles northwest of Roslyn
  • Length: 13.4-mile round-trip out-and-back
  • Elevation Gain: 4,127 feet
  • Difficulty Rating: Difficult
  • Who is this hike for? A strenuous out-and-back hike in the Wenatchee National Forest area
  • Dogs Allowed? Yes

If you’re looking for off the beaten path hikes in Washington, don’t miss Tuck and Robin Lakes! Robin lakes has been compared to the Enchantments and is even known as the “little Enchantments”. This trail is famous for its alpine lakes, endless granite, breathtaking views of Cathedral Rock and Mount Daniel.

Find Tuck and Robin Lakes Trail Notes here.

Sauer’s Mountain

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  • Location: Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest,  6.1 miles northeast of Leavenworth
  • Length: 5.2-mile round-trip out-and-back
  • Elevation Gain: 1,853 feet
  • Difficulty Rating: Intermediate
  • Who is this hike for? Rewarding springtime hike with views of the Glacier Peak and Enchantments 
  • Dogs Allowed? Yes

The best time to hike Sauer’s Mountain is in mid-May to see the wildflowers in bloom. The trail begins on a private land where you might encounter Mr. Sauer, the trailhead owner. You’ll most likely find him selling wine from his son’s winery.

Do come prepared and buy some or leave a generous tip/donation in the wooden box. It is, after all, Mr. Sauer’s family who built and maintained the trail on their own property.

The trail is quite narrow in several parts. But the views at the top of the mountain, the forest and wildflowers are worth the hike!

Find Sauer’s Mountain Trail Notes here.

Unique Hikes in Washington

Ape Cave Trail

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Ape Cave Trail: Rand Lemley
  • Location: Mount Saint Helens National Volcanic Monument,  52.2 miles northeast of Vancouver
  • Length: 3-mile round-trip out-and-back
  • Elevation Gain: 433 feet
  • Difficulty Rating: Intermediate
  • Who is this hike for? An unusual fun hike in the Gifford Pinchot National Forest
  • Dogs Allowed? No

Ape cave is one of the most interesting hikes around Washington. Explore a spacious lava tube then return using a surface trail through lava formations and a forest. Here’s a fun fact, the lava tube was discovered back in 1946 but has been formed over 2,000 years ago! 

Find Ape Cave Trail Notes here.

Melmont Ghost Town

Melmont Ghost Town: Light in Colors
  • Location: Carbonado,  22.7 miles south of Buckley
  • Length: 7.9-mile round-trip out-and-back
  • Elevation Gain: 462.6 feet
  • Difficulty Rating: Easy
  • Who is this hike for? An easy hike featuring the remains of an old coal-mining town
  • Dogs Allowed? Yes

The Melmont Ghost Town trail features ruins left by the old coal-mining town, an abandoned rail grade, remnants of an old bridge, and several more historical finds. When hiking, please be respectful and leave only footprints. You’ll also get amazing views of Mt Rainier and the Carbon River.

Find Melmont Ghost Town Trail Notes here.

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