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Washington Backpacking Trails

Seattle, WA: Wildflowers & Waterfalls (Mt. Rainier National Park)

Circle Mother Mountain for nonstop views of Rainier and a whole bunch of cascades and flora. BY ELISABETH KWAK-HEFFERAN

Seattle, WA: Umtanum Ridge Walk (Early Season in the High Desert)

Explore the Pacific Northwest’s high desert steppe on this trip through the foothills of the Cascades. BY PAUL CHISHOLM

Spokane, WA: Colfax Trail

Trace the path of the Palouse River through a basalt canyon on the 3.1-mile Colfax Trail south of Spokane.

Spokane, WA: Enchanted Ravine Loop

Weave through a maze of rock formations on this 2.6-mile loop in the Dishman Hills on the outskirts of Spokane, Washington.

Spokane, WA: High Drive Parkway

Expansive views of Latah Creek and the city of Spokane, Washington await hikers who tackle the trails of the High Drive Parkway.

Spokane, WA: Pine Lake Loop

Wander through an ornithologist’s dream on this 1.3-mile loop through a secluded wetland south of Spokane, Washington.

Spokane, WA: Fairview Ski Loop

Ski through a peaceful pine forest on this 3.1-mile loop east of Spokane, Washington.

Spokane, WA: Nisqually John Canyon

Discover basalt rock formations and blooming desert plants on this 3.8-mile hike in Nisqually John Canyon south of Spokane, Washington.

Spokane, WA: Rose Creek Preserve Loop

Take a stroll through wide-open Palouse prairie on this loop in Rose Creek Nature Preserve south of Spokane, Washington.

Weekends: Juniper Dunes Wilderness, Washington

Choose your own adventure in this trailless, dune-covered wilderness.

Weekends: Rapid River Loop, Idaho

Low elevation and an arid climate guarantee year-round access to this secluded riverine gem in the Nez Perce.

Spokane, WA: North Fork Asotin Creek

Look for bighorn sheep browsing in the cliffs above the North Fork Asotin Creek Trail south of Spokane, Washington.

Seattle, WA: Ebey’s Landing

This 6.6-mile loop features a coastal bluff with dazzling wildflower displays and a wild beach with exceptional views of the Olympic Mountains and the Strait of Juan de Fuca.

Seattle: Far Country Lookout

Only minutes from downtown, this easy 4-mile hike into the Issaquah Alps passes near a charming waterfall en route to a memorable view of greater Seattle and the Olympics.

Seattle, WA: Heather Lake

Explore 4.4 miles through old growth timber to a glacier-carved lake on this family-friendly hike in the Cascade Mountains.

Seattle: Iron Goat Trail

Trace the abandoned Great Northern Railroad to remarkable stone tunnels, collapsed avalanche sheds, and super views of the Cascades on this 12.2-mile, out-and-back historical hike.

Seattle: Lena Lake

A good spring hike, this 5.2-mile out-and-back strolls through the shade of old-growth forest to the peaceful banks of Lena Lake. The trail is snow-free most of the year.

Seattle: McClellan Butte

The 4.3-mile climb to McClellan Butte is steep and rugged, but the payoff on top of this strikingly sharp summit is nothing short of spectacular. Wear sturdy boots for extra support.

Vancouver, WA: Round Lake

Bring your swimsuit: This 4.6-mile canyon hike features picture-perfect waterfalls, chilly mountain pools, and slim sandstone walls set in lush oak and sycamore forests.

Seattle: Kachess Lake Trail

Solitude rules on this 9.4-mile out-and-back hike along Little Kachess Lake to rock gardens ablaze with wildflowers,giant green forests, and a quiet lakeside hideout.

Seattle: North Fork Taneum Creek Trail

Hike 8.6 miles along a rippling creek and past high cliff walls to pockets of old-growth forest, birding hotspots, and a bonanza of wildflower patches.

Seattle: Twin Lakes

Enjoy stunning views of Mt. Rainier, old-growth forest, and colorful summer wildflowers on this 2.8-mile hike to a pair of high alpine lakes.

Seattle, WA: Granite Mountain Trail

A steep climb of 3,700 feet in 3.6 miles gains a firetower lookout with spectacular views of Mount Rainier, Mount Baker, and Mount Stuart.

Seattle: Bridal Veil Fall

Switchback 1,800 vertical feet to a sapphire-blue glacial lake in the shadow of Mt. Index on this moderate 6.4-mile round trip- with a killer picnic at Bridal Veil Falls.

Vancouver, WA: Huckleberry Mountain

Trek above old lava fields to the summit of Huckleberry Mountain on this 10.2-mile round-trip ramble in Gifford Pinchot National Forest.

Spokane: Mica Peak and Shasta Butte

Bag two peaks on this 12-mile out-and-back, with breathtaking views of Spokane, Coeur d’Alene, and the surrounding mountains, lakes, and prairies.

Calgary, Alberta: Healy Pass

This 3-day backpacking tour of Banff National Park offers outstanding mountain views, plentiful wildlife, and scenic meadows full of summer wildflowers.

Spokane: Devils Eye Route

This short but challenging hike climbs 1,300 ft. to shallow caves, a delicate natural bridge, and spectacular view of the Snake River. Good route-finding skills required.

Seattle: Carne Basin

Mountainsides of wildflowers and alpine larches will excite all five senses on this 6-mile out-and-back mountain trek in Wenatchee National Forest.

Seattle: Tiger Mountain

This challenging 2,000-foot climb coils through 7.9 miles of mixed forest then unloads killer views from the tops of two favorite local peaks.

Seattle: Mount Dickerman

A stiff climb is rewarded with Lord-Of-The-Rings-like views on this 8.6-mile, berry-strewn trek.

Seattle, WA: Mason Lake

This 6.2-mile out-and-back follows the new Ira Spring Memorial Trail, which winds for 3.2 miles above Snoqualmie Valley, ending at the picturesque Mason Lake.

Seattle, WA: Boulder River Trail

This all-season, 7-mile loop in the Boulder River Wilderness gently ascends through fast-growing (and fast-falling) alders, fragrant cedars, and rugged Douglas firs.

Spokane: Chilco Mountain

A roller-coaster 9.2-mile hike hits two peaks with views of Lake Pend Oreille, Rathdrum prairie, and the Selkirk and Coeur d’Alene Mountains.

Olympic National Park: Mount Townsend via Little Quilcene River (No. 835)

A 7.4-mile hike with nonstop views of the Olympics, leading to a summit on the eastern edge of Olympic National Park.

Seattle, WA: River Delta Loop

Explore wildlife-rich salt flats and marsh in one of the last undeveloped deltas in the Puget Sound Region.

Seattle: Rachel Lake

This 7.4-miler scrambles the best of the eastern Cascades: waterfalls, fragrant forests, and a sprawling alpine lake.

Seattle: Summit Lake and Bearhead Mountain

This 9.4-miler leads to a serene mountain lake and a ragged peak in Snoqualmie National Forest. Earmark a weekend to explore both, or divide it into two shorter dayhikes.

Seattle: Whiskey Dick Mountain

This stunning 12-mile romp visits one of the most beautiful and rugged desert shrub-steppe areas of central Washington and is well worth the 2-hour drive from downtown.

North Cascades National Park: Cascade Pass

Satisfy your wanderlust on this 5.4-mile out-and-back, which offers stop-and-gawk panoramas of the jagged Cascades blanketed by glaciers.

Mount Rainier National Park: Kautz Rampart Loop

Pass through a sanctuary of towering old-growth forest and lush open meadows on this 5.5-mile loop around The Ramparts with majestic views of snowcapped Rainier.

Mount Rainier National Park: Tatoosh Range

This 8-mile backcountry trek serves up two mountain lakes, intimate views of Mount Rainier, and some off-trail scrambles in the Tatoosh Range.

Port Angeles, WA: Marmot Pass via Tubal Cain Trail

Hike the vibrant meadows of the Olympics on this 17-mile out-and-back, passing a warplane crash site and old mining town in Buckhorn Wilderness.

Seattle: Cashmere Mountain

Set aside 2 days to explore the Wenatchee Mountains on this 16-mile out-and-back, which features alpine lakes, glacier-draped peaks, and lots of solitude.

Mount Rainier National Park: Van Trump Park

This 4.6-mile round-trip takes an old mountaineers’ route past cascades and through alpine meadows to a classic peak in the shadows of Rainier.

Spokane: Lookout Mountain to Fish Lake

Hike into the Bitterroots’ untamed backcountry, with its plentiful moose and berries, on this 11-mile out-and-back to an exquisite lakeside campsite.

Seattle: Surprise Lake Loop

See a remote part of the Goat Rocks Wilderness on this 16.8-mile loop, which passes a fine array of giant fir, Alaskan yellow cedar, and a smattering of larches.

Vancouver, WA: Sister Rocks to Observation Peak

Explore a moist forest of Pacific silver fir on this 5.4-mile out-and-back to the aptly named Observation Peak, where views of volcanic peaks await.

Spokane: Bear Creek to Tucannon River Basin

Hike 7.8 miles round-trip into a river gorge chiseled into the Blue Mountains, an ecologically diverse uplift traversed by Lewis & Clark two centuries ago.

Seattle: Esmeralda Basin Trail to Fortune Creek Pass

Climb to a pass high in the Wenatchee Mountains with colorful wildflower meadows, campsites, and eye-candy panoramas on this 5.4-mile out-and-back.

Glacier Peak Wilderness: Buck Creek Pass

Explore pristine alpine terrain on dayhikes from a high, scenic basecamp.

Glacier Peak Wilderness: Entiat Mountains/Upper Ice Lake

Take this rugged 15.7-mile, mostly cross-country hike only if you like your summits and scenery served up with a big helping of solitude.

Glacier Peak Wilderness: Glacier Peak Sampler

Get climbers’-eye views on this adventurous ramble to the peak’s base–or summit–on this 3- to 5-day trip.

Mount St. Helens National Volcanic Monument: Plains of Abraham

Hike into a vast, volcano-crafted moonscape in the (much-reduced) shadows of Mount St. Helens on this 10-mile out-and-back.

Mount Rainier National Park: Tolmie Peak

A bit of rain will only enhance your 6.1-mile out-and-back trek to foggy forests, misty waterfalls, and a nearly 6,000-foot peak in Mt. Rainier National Park.

Vancouver, WA: Mount Mitchell

Test your legs and lungs on this 5.4-mile out-and-back through alpine meadows to a 5,000-foot peak with glorious views in Gifford National Forest.

Seattle: Shoe Lake

This 13.2-mile PCT out-and-back is resplendent with mountain scenery, including big panoramas, heaps of wildlife, and a blissfully blue alpine lake.

Vancouver, WA Three Falls on Lewis River Trail

On this easy 5.4-mile out-and-back, you’ll follow the mighty Lewis River through a mossy old-growth canyon that harbors three photogenic waterfalls.

Seattle: Jug Lake

Enjoy a soundtrack of whistling winds on this rolling 7-mile hike through virgin forestland to a large alpine lake in William O. Douglas Wilderness.

Seattle: Longs Pass

In a mere 5.2 miles, you’ll rise 2,200 feet for a sky­box view of Mt. Stuart’s wrinkly south face dominating a tawny valley, then descend back to earth again.

Portland: Blue Lake Trail

This 6.6-miler in southwest Washington’s Indian Heaven Wilderness takes you to a faraway wildland splattered with lakes, ponds, and marshes.

Portland, OR: Hamilton Mountain

Climb high above the Columbia Gorge on this 6.9-mile loop to a skyline of volcanoes, peaks, and endless green hills.

Seattle: Tumac Mountain

This 8-mile out-and-back to a pair of volcanic Cascades cones comes with dozens of colorful wildflower meadows and chilly alpine tarns.

Seattle: Easton Ridge to Mt. Baldy

Gain more than 2,500 feet on this steep 7.6-mile hike though an open evergreen forest to a view-blessed peak in Wenatchee National Forest. An exceptional wildflower hike in late spring.

Olympic National Park: Seven Lakes Loop

Explore old growth rain forest, ascend 5,474-foot Bogachiel Peak, and reap stunning views of Mt. Olympus from High Divide’s ridgeline on this 17.5-mile loop around a breathtaking subalpine lake basin.

Spokane: Southside Trail

This hearty 9.4-miler in the Palouse Range is guaranteed to satisfy your lust for wildlife sightings and mountain valley views.

Coeur d’Alene, ID: Beehive Lake

This 6.6-mile technical out-and-back follows the steep runoff of Beehive Creek 2,000 feet to the rocky shores of two alpine lakes in the proposed Selkirk Mountains Wilderness.

Seattle: Noble Knob

This pleasant 7-mile round-trip hike into Norse Peak Wilderness offers sublime views of volcanic summits without the area’s usual knee-breaking ascent.

Seattle: Sol Duc Falls Loop

This romantic 6.1-miler follows Lovers Lane Trail to four waterfalls and countless cool swimming holes set in the deep forests of Olympic National Park.

Seattle: Big Quilcene Trail

From river valley to alpine meadows, this 10.8-mile hike features a brilliant flower display in midsummer and stunning Olympic Range views year-round.

Seattle, WA: Dungeness Wildlife Refuge

This 11-mile out-and-back hike heads up Dungeness Spit, a sandy coastal bar decorated with giant driftwood and the occasional deer, to an old lighthouse.

Seattle: Mount Pilchuck

Climb up 2,200 feet to breathtaking views of Washington’s most prominent mountain ranges–the Olympics and Cascades–on this 4.8-mile out-and-back.

Seattle: Upper Ashland Lake

This out-and-back 4.4-miler gently wanders under the shade of giant cedars and firs, then circles a peaceful lake.

Portland: Indian Racetrack Trail

This 6.2-mile dayhike leads to the site of the original Kentucky Derby, a centuries-old racetrack tucked into the mountains of Indian Heaven Wilderness.

Spokane: Kamiak Butte

This 3.5-mile dayhike loops a remarkable butte for scenic panoramas above the endless green hills of southeastern Washington.

Portland: Herman Creek

This shady trail in the Columbia River Gorge links four waterfalls in a moss-shrouded gorge with a handful of campsites.

Seattle: Hamilton Buttes

Grab shotgun views of four volcanoes on this lonely 6.2-mile out-and-back in Gifford Pinchot National Forest.

Seattle: Andy Creek to Russell Ridge

Explore a wild kingdom of birds, elk, and black bears on this 5.4-mile, moderately challenging dayhike in the William O. Douglas Wilderness.

Seattle, WA: Stagman Ridge

Hike a lonely ridge to a lovely meadow campsite on this fairly modest 9.2-mile hike with postcard panoramas of Mount Adams.

Mount Rainier National Park: Gobblers Knob

This 7.4-miler boasts unmatched views of Mount Rainier, not to mention wildflower meadows and campsites by a mountain lake.

Pacific Crest Trail: Best Weekend – Goat Rocks Crest, WA

This 22.5-mile trip sticks to high ridges that serve up outstanding views of the Cascade’s infamous volcanoes.

Pacific Crest Trail: Best Weekend – William O. Douglas Wilderness, WA

A good pick for new backpackers and fit families, the 25.6-mile leg from White Pass north to Chinook Pass is spectacular without too much challenge.

Pacific Crest Trail: Best Week – Alpine Lakes Wilderness, WA

Want mountain views? Gaze at horizon-hoggers like Rainier and Glacier Peak. Flora and fauna? Spot mountain goats amid the plentiful columbines. Lakeside camping? With 700 lakes, there’s no end to superb tent sites on this 58.7-mile trek.

Pacific Crest Trail: Best Scenery – Pasayten Wilderness, WA

There’s really no such thing as crowds on the PCT, but if you want to ditch every last bit of traffic, hike the northernmost 35 miles.

Pacific Crest Trail: WA Section 1

CASCADE LOCKS to STABLER: Climb out of the Columbia River Gorge onto view-filled ridges on this 28.6-mile leg stocked with creeks and campsites.

Pacific Crest Trail: WA Section 2

STABLER to BIG MOSQUITO LAKE: Backpack through big huckleberry fields, visit an old Indian racetrack, and check out a hardened lava flow on this 33.7-mile leg that passes through Indian Heaven Wilderness.

Pacific Crest Trail: WA Section 3

BIG MOSQUITO LAKE to SHEEP LAKE: In-your-face glacier views of Mt. Adams dominate most of this 45.2-mile leg through beautiful subalpine meadows to the shores of a lovely ridgetop lake.

Pacific Crest Trail: WA Section 4

SHEEP LAKE to WHITE PASS: Get high into the snowy contours of Goat Rocks Wilderness on this 22.2-mile leg. Bring an ice axe and lightweight crampons for the Packwood Glacier.

Pacific Crest Trail: WA Section 5

WHITE PASS to CHINOOK PASS: This 25.6-mile leg traverses meadows dotted with lakes to the Cascade Crest for pin-up views of Mts. St. Helens and Rainier. Anderson Lake, just inside Rainier National Park, makes for a stellar final camp.

Pacific Crest Trail: WA Section 6

CHINOOK PASS to TACOMA PASS: Sticking to a craggy ridge over countless passes and peaks, this 37.4-mile leg features full-circle vistas over the central Cascades.

Pacific Crest Trail: WA Section 7

TACOMA PASS to SNOQUALMIE PASS: Hike through a patchwork of woodlands and lakes on this 25.3-mile stretch stocked with blueberries and long-range Rainier views.

Pacific Crest Trail: WA Section 9

STEVENS PASS to KENNEDY RIDGE: This 40.4-mile leg serves up plenty of challenge and isolation: bottomless canyons, long talus slopes, and raging creeks add an extra edge to the overall beauty.

Pacific Crest Trail: WA Section 10

KENNEDY RIDGE to HIGH BRIDGE RANGER STATION: Climb the rugged topography around Glacier Peak then cross two passes on this 42.1-mile rollercoaster leg into Agnes Creek.

Pacific Crest Trail: WA Section 11

HIGH BRIDGE RANGER STATION to RAINY PASS: Wind along the roaring banks of a steep 1,000-foot gorge on this 18-mile stretch in North Cascades National Park.

Pacific Crest Trail: WA Section 12

RAINY PASS to HARTS PASS: This 25.6-mile ridge-to-river leg runs under a glacier-carved outcrop and its centerpiece, the 8,366-foot Golden Horn.

Pacific Crest Trail: WA Section 13

HARTS PASS to CANADA: The last 34-mile leg of the PCT might be one of the grandest, and possibly the least-traveled. In the remote Pasatayen Wilderness, hikers are the minority compared to the prized wildlife populations (grizzlies, gray wolves, lynx).

Pacific Crest Trail: WA Section 8

SNOQUALMIE PASS to STEVENS PASS: It’s you and the mountain goats on this 56.7-mile stretch along the crest of Alpine Lakes Wilderness to colorful meadows exploding with paintbrush and tiger lilies.

Vancouver, WA: Bird Creek Meadows

Walk into a hikers’ heaven on this 7.7-mile loop past waterfalls and through blooming meadows to a geologic hotspot of lava flows and active glaciers.

Mount Rainier National Park: Shriner Peak Lookout

This 8.2-mile out-and-back is rarely hiked. If your legs can take a stiff, 3,434-foot climb, the payoff is best-in-show vistas of Rainier and its neighbors.

Mount St. Helens National Volcanic Monument: Loowit Trail Loop

This 3-day, 29-mile loop around Mount St. Helens links old-growth forests to alpine lakes and meadows and offers a front-row look at the leftovers of this volcano’s famous eruption on May 18, 1980.

Seattle: PCT North from Snoqualmie Pass

Climb 1,300 feet to a sparkling alpine basin dotted with summer wildflowers on this 6.25-mile out-and-back along the Pacific Crest Trail.

Seattle: Goat Mountain Trail

This 5.8-mile hike passes the Mount St. Helens blast area, then enters old growth as it ascends Goat Mountain’s ridges to several stunning overlooks.

Portland: Silver Star Mountain

Climb through alpine meadows bursting with flowers to a puzzling Native American relic on this 6.6-mile out-and-back. Bonus: Stellar views of five volcanoes.

Mount Rainier National Park: Crystal Peak

This rugged 7.7-mile dayhike in the park’s wild, remote northeast corner climbs more than 3,000 feet to five-star views unfolding in all directions.

Seattle: Rattlesnake Mountain Trail (North)

This newer 5-mile dayhike in the Issaquah Alps offers a bracing workout and great views, all within 30 minutes of downtown.

Seattle: Wilderness Peak, Deceiver Ridge

Hike through mossy woods, up a ridge with a fine waterfall, and over the high point of Cougar Mountain Regional Park-all on a 5-mile dayhike.

Seattle: Devils Gulch

This 6.8-mile day or overnight is part Northwest forest and part desert, highlighted by a host of birds and cliffs rising above a rushing creek.

Seattle: Wallace Lake

During this 8.4-mile hike, you’ll see lush moss, forest wildflowers, rushing rivers, and roaring waterfalls on your way to a low-elevation lake.

Seattle: Wallace Falls Loop

This mostly forested loop climbs 1,250 feet to three misty waterfalls and dynamite views of the Olympic Mountains.

Seattle: Chuckanut Bay to Larrabee State Park

This multiday paddle tours a small island, scenic coves, and tops things off with a 4.8-mile hike to a lake in Larrabee State Park.

Mount Rainier National Park: Paul Peak Trail to Mowich River

Hike 6.5 miles on a lesser-traveled trail on the forested side of Paul Peak to the Wonderland Trail, then down to the banks of the Mowich River.

Seattle: Fourth of July Creek Trail

Pack light: This strenuous dayhike gains 3,000 feet in less than 3 miles, and offers in-your-face mountain views in Alpine Lakes Wilderness.

Seattle, WA: Stuart Lake

This 8.6-mile out-and-back is packed with attractions: roaring waterfalls, an alpine lake, and mountain views so awesome you’ll go trigger-happy with the camera.

Seattle: Round Mountain to Alpine Lookout

Hike 9.6 miles over a panoramic ridgeline serving up big views of Glacier Peak, and across wildflower meadows to a lookout tower.

Glacier Peak Wilderness: Poe Mountain via Little Wenatchee River Trail

This dayhike quickly gains 3,000 feet in 2.5 miles and ends on top of a summit where mountain views extend in every direction.

Seattle, WA: Cady Ridge to Lake Sally Ann

This 13.6-miler traces a treeless ridgeline speckled with seasonal wildflowers and endless mountainous views, then ends at a lakeside lunch spot.

Seattle: Basalt Ridge Trail

This 8.6-mile ridgeline hike offers astounding views, two summit options, and a late-summer treat of wild huckleberries and wildflowers.

Seattle, WA: Snowy Creek to Rock Mountain

This half-mad dayhike requires a stiff climb through overgrown brush, then rewards hikers with miles of wildflowers backdropped by alpine peaks.

Seattle, WA: Fisher Lake via Tonga Ridge

Hikers are rare but solitude isn’t on this 9-mile ridgeline hike to a secluded lakeside campsite in the Alpine Lakes Wilderness.

Seattle, WA: Trout Lake

Be prepared for perfection, this 12-miler has it all: wildflowers, old growth trees, roaring creeks and gorges, and a quiet lake rimmed by ridges.

Seattle, WA: Lake Valhalla and Mount McCausland

Camp near a picturesque lake then daytrip past huckleberry fields to a pointy summit with massive views above the North Cascades.

Seattle, WA: Merritt Lake via Nason Ridge

Hike through mixed forest to a sparkling alpine lake and crest a rocky ridgetop with panoramic views on this 6.1-mile trek in the North Cascades.

Seattle, WA: Fall Mountain and Top Lake

Seasonal wildflowers, a remote mountain lake, and plenty of solitude highlight this 8.6-mile hike that winds through forest and meadows in the Cascade Mountains.

Seattle, WA: Minotaur Lake

This 3.4-mile hike to Minotaur Lake boasts huckleberry-filled meadows and seasonal wildflowers, not to mention five-star views of two alpine lakes.

Mount Rainier National Park: Mirror Lakes via Kautz Creek

This ambitious 12.4-mile dayhike runs along a creekbed raged by two major floods, through fragile wildflower meadows, and visits a pod of backcountry lakes.

Seattle, WA: Estes Butte Trail

Meander along a wildflower-lined trail, then grind up a wooded ridge to a former lookout site where views extend into the Glacier Peak Wilderness.

Glacier Peak Wilderness: Spider Meadow to Spider Glacier

An abundance of rugged peaks, vibrant wildflowers, and verdant meadows make this 14.2-mile hike a must-do in the Glacier Peak Wilderness.

Glacier Peak Wilderness: Poe Mountain via Poet Ridge

This 2.5-mile climb up huckleberry hillsides and a fir-dotted ridgetop leads to expansive views of Glacier Peak Wilderness from the top of Poe Mountain.

Vancouver, WA: Silver Star Mountain

Traverse a wildflower-strewn ridge to stunning views in the Gifford Pinchot National Forest.

Mount St. Helens National Volcanic Monument: June Lake (Winter Route)

Tramp through snow-draped forest en route to a mountain lake on this 5.2-mile snowshoe loop that boasts up-close views of Mount St. Helens.

Seattle, WA: Horse Lake Mountain

The 8-mile out-and-back to Horse Lake Mountain passes pristine mountain views, vibrant wildflowers, and a diverse bird population.

Lake Chelan National Recreation Area: Rainbow Falls Loop

Travel by boat to a 7.2-mile loop in the North Cascades that features vibrant wildflowers, a rocky overlook above Lake Chelan, and a 300-foot waterfall.

Olympic National Park: Cape Alava Loop

Link rainforest, old-growth cedar stands, and a rugged sea coast peppered with isolated rock columns on this 8.7-mile loop in Olympic National Park.

Seattle, WA: Dungeness Spit

This 10.2-miler heads into a wildlife refuge with 250 species of birds to the New Dungeness Light Station, a historic lighthouse with spectacular views of the Olympic Mountains.

Olympic National Park: Hoh River to Third Beach

Trace the rugged coastline past dozens of sea-carved rock formations on this five-star weekend trip along the Olympic Peninsula.

Vancouver, WA: Table Mountain via Pacific Crest Trail

Follow the Pacific Crest Trail across wooded creeks and steep rock gardens to a broad summit overlooking the Columbia River Gorge on this strenuous 15-mile out-and-back.

Lake Chelan National Recreation Area: Coon Lake

Climb above the Stehekin River Valley, passing rugged cliffs and bird’s-eye views, to a remote mountain lake at the foot of McGregor Mountain.

North Cascades National Park: Agnes Gorge

This 7.9-mile out-and-back in North Cascades National Park links massive old-growth cedars, a photogenic gorge, and waterfall overlooks.

Lake Chelan National Recreation Area: Stehekin to Moore Point via Chelan Lakeshore Trail

This lifelist trip packs in two adventures: an outrageously scenic ferry ride and a remote 14-mile out-and-back hike in Lake Chelan National Recreation Area.

Chelan, WA: Crow Hill

This 4.4-miler starts at one of the highest elevation trailheads in Washington and climbs to a 7,366-foot summit surrounded by meadows, wildlife, and massive views.

Wenatchee, WA: Minnow Creek

Hike to stunning views above the Chiwawa River valley on this 5.4-mile out-and-back that visits the exposed cliff bands beneath Basalt Peak.

Wenatchee, WA: Chiwaukum Creek

This lower-elevation hike in Wenatchee National Forest traces a roaring creek and reveals brilliant displays of lupines, paintbrush, and red columbine.

Olympic National Park: Elwha River Trail

Follow in the footsteps of one of the region’s earliest explorers.

Seattle, WA: Lake Byrne

Hike a ridgetop trail into the heart of the North American Alps.

Olympic National Park: Red Reef via Four Streams Trail

End your day with a splash on the Olympic Peninsula.

Bellingham, WA: Excelsior Mountain

Wander a ridgetop trail through peaceful Cascades meadows.

Olympic National Park: Hoh Lake and Heart Lake via Hoh River Trail

Link lush, mossy forests with alpine lakes and meadows on this 35.2-mile backpacking trip in Olympic National Park.

Seattle, WA: Lake Edna via Chatter Creek

Hammer up a steep ravine in Wenatchee National Forest to the stunning, upper reaches of Icicle Ridge where grand views, rocky mountains, and a sparkling lake await.

Glacier Peak Wilderness: Twin Lakes

Brilliant wildflowers, a rugged gorge, and two mountain lakes highlight this 6.6-mile out-and-back in Wenatchee National Forest.

Mount St. Helens National Volcanic Monument: Mount St. Helens via Monitor Ridge

Travel through the volcanic wasteland of Mount St. Helens, marveling at the rock/boulder deposits from the 1980 eruption that stripped the mountainside of any and all trees and vegetation. From the summit, get an up close perspective of the ever growing lave dome within the crater.

Wenatchee, WA: Whistling Pig Meadow to Blue Creek Meadow Loop

Rushing rivers, brilliant wildflowers, and high mountain meadows are abundant on this moderate, 14.4-mile lollipop loop in the Entiat Mountains.

Wenatchee, WA: Clara and Marion Lakes

An ideal family trip, this 2.6-mile hike is short on miles, but big on scenery. You’ll encounter spectacular rock formations, spring wildflowers, and two peaceful lakes.

Seattle, WA: Boulder Lake

Travel past fragrant wildflowers and stately old-growth forest en route to a stunning backcountry lake in Mount Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest.

Glacier Peak Wilderness: Schaefer Lake

Discover an untouched alpine lake tucked between the high ridges west of the Chiwawa River Valley on this spectacular 8.5-mile out-and-back.

Vancouver, WA: Indian Heaven Wilderness

Escape onto the PCT in vast Gifford Pinchot National Forest.

Seattle, WA: Nason Ridge Trail

Climb through lush vegetation to a lakeside wonderland.

Mount Rainier National Park: Sourdough Ridge Trail to Upper Palisades Lake

Traipse from lake to lake in Washington’s high country.

Glacier Peak Wilderness: Mount David

Climb to dizzying views of the Glacier Peak Wilderness on this strenuous, 13.5-mile trek that traces a knife-edge ridge and ascends the rocky summit of Mount David.

Seattle, WA: Naneum Creek Meadows Loop

Tour wildflower-filled meadows and trace the tops of rugged, basalt cliffs on this picturesque, 9.6-mile loop in Wenatchee National Forest.

Seattle, WA: Stegosaurus Butte

Go off the beaten path to witness the forging of this new trail and get your first taste of the Middle Fork Snoqualmie Recreation Area.

Seattle, WA: Poo Poo Point

This 4-mile out-and-back in Tiger Mountain State Forest climbs through lush forest to Poo Poo Point, a grassy perch overlooking the Issaquah Alps.

Seattle, WA: Melakwa Lake

Dip your toes in an alpine lake in the shadow of towering mountain crags on this 8-mile Cascades classic in Alpine Lakes Wilderness.

Mount Rainier National Park: Skyscraper Mountain

Snow-fed cascades, vibrant wildflower meadows, and dizzying Cascade vistas highlight this 7.9-mile out-and-back in Mount Rainier National Park.

Seattle, WA: Scorpion Mountain via Johnson Ridge

This 7.7-miler in the northern Cascades climbs through wildflower-dotted meadows along Johnson Ridge en route to awe-inspiring views from Scorpion Mountain.

Vancouver, WA: Klickitat Trail (Warwick to Swale Canyon)

This 10.2-mile out-and-back explores a section of the Klickitat Trail, a scenic rail-trail that winds through rolling rangeland and colorful river canyons.

Seattle, WA: Fifteenmile Creek

Explore the wilder side of Tiger Mountain State Forest on this 10-mile out-and-back that winds through lush forest, passes artifacts from a 1920’s train wreck, and visits the banks of Fifteenmile Creek.

Seattle, WA: East Tiger Mountain

Tag the highest peak in Washington’s pristine Tiger Mountain Forest on this crowd-free trail just 30 miles east of Seattle.

Seattle, WA: The Enchantments

Discover a hidden basin filled with wildlife, lakes, and granite peaks.

Seattle, WA: Pratt Lake Saddle

Less than an hour’s drive from Seattle, this 8.2-mile out-and-back visits a scenic overlook with five-star views of Mount Rainier and the Alpine Lakes Wilderness.

Seattle, WA: Evergreen Mountain

Climb to a picturesque fire lookout perched above the Cascades on this challenging, hike-bike combo in Mount Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest.

Seattle, WA: Norse Peak via Bullion Basin

Trek through a wildflower-filled basin to the summit of Norse Peak on this 8.3-mile Cascades dayhike with front-row views of Mount Rainier.

Vancouver, WA: Cape Horn

Ditch the crowded, more popular Gorge trails with this 7 mile loop, chock-full of shady woods, wildflowers, big views and its own waterfall.

Seattle, WA: Mount Teneriffe via Kamikaze Trail

You’ll gain 3,700 feet of elevation in 3.4 miles–and pass a spectacular waterfall–on this stiff ascent of Mount Teneriffe, a 4,788-foot peak less than an hour from Seattle.

Vancouver, WA: Coyote Wall

Spring brings an abundance of wildflowers to the Northwest, and one of the best displays is on this moderate 8.2 mile loop in the eastern Columbia Gorge.

Seattle, WA: Bandera Mountain

This grueling, 7.8-mile dayhike crests two summits above the Snoqualmie River valley and features stunning panoramas of nearby peaks and mountains.

Seattle, WA: Fuller Mountain

Take a walk through the woods on this tour of the Snoqualmie Forest near North Bend’s Mt. Si. Access lakes and enjoy a view of Mt. Si’s Moon Wall from the top of Fuller Mountain.

Vancouver, WA: Dog Mountain Loop

Discover spectacular wildflower displays and unrivaled views across the Columbia River Gorge on this popular summit hike.

Seattle, WA: Eightmile Lake

A stunning backcountry basin, two mountain lakes, and scores of wildflowers highlight this 7.1-mile out-and-back in the Alpine Lakes Wilderness.

Mount Rainier National Park: Naches Peak Loop

This family-friendly dayhike in Mount Rainier National Park circles Naches Peak, passing mountain lakes, wildflower meadows, and picture-perfect views of Mount Rainier.

Mount Rainier National Park: Ranger Falls via Carbon River Road

Explore the once-bustling Carbon River Road by foot on this 11.2-mile hike that winds through mossy forest and visits a multi-tiered waterfall in Mount Rainier National Park.

Seattle, WA: Mount Si

A locals’ favorite, this challenging dayhike up Mount Si is less than an hour from Seattle and features eagle-eye views of the Snoqualmie River valley and Mount Rainier.

Seattle, WA: Lake Dorothy and Snoqualmie Lake

Travel a trail lush with old-growth forests to four majestic lakes nestled in Snoqualmie National Forest.

Seattle, WA: Silver Peak Loop

Explore Silver Peak and Twin Lake on this challenging 9-mile loop.

Seattle, WA: Guye Peak via Cave Ridge Trail

Take this short, little-known scramble up to the top of Guye Peak in the Alpental Ski Area.

Vancouver, WA: Mount Adams via South Spur

Climb the Northwest’s tallest nontechnical volcano.

Alpine Lakes Wilderness, WA: High Lakes Trail

A great out and back that covers just over 14 miles, through the Alpine Lakes Wilderness area that will be sure to not disappoint, as you will pass 4 lakes, numerous streams, and huge views of the surrounding mountains and jagged peaks that make this close in section of wilderness a fan favorite.

Winthrop, WA: Lake Ann, Heather Pass, Maple Pass, Rainy Lake Loop

Think of this hike as a five-star gourmet meal for the price of a cheeseburger, the crescendo will leave you utterly speechless, yet leave you wondering how you attained so much for so little effort.

Ross Lake National Recreation Area: Pyramid Lake

This short trail between Gorge and Diablo Lakes climbs steadily to a small pocket lake filled with floating “gardens” and great views of Pyramid Peak.

Winthrop, WA: Blue Lake

Hike this short trail between two Cascades passes to the foot of a brilliant blue lake in a stone amphitheater beneath the towering Early Winters Spires and Liberty Bell Peak.

Alpine Lakes Wilderness, WA: Snow Lake and Source Lake Overlook

Take this hike to stunning Snow Lake, one of the most popular and easily accessible lakes within the Alpine Lakes Wilderness. This 8.5-mile out and back includes a side trip to Source Lake.

Alpine Lakes Wilderness, WA: Chain Lakes-Bulls Tooth Loop

A challenging 3 day journey into the Chain Lakes area. On this 31 mile lollipop loop, see several lakes, cross 3 passes, and trek through forests and meadows back to the beginning.

Alpine Lakes Wilderness, WA: Rachel Lake and Alta Mountain

Pack for a quick overnight in the Alpine Lakes Wilderness and discover hidden alpine lakes and the stunning panorama of peaks that is the Central Cascades.

Mount Rainier National Park: Camp Muir (Summer Route)

Experience this world-class, glaciated peak in a day on an 8.4-mile out-and-back that climbs 4,600 feet to a high-altitude camp above the Muir Snowfield.

Seattle, WA: Mount Defiance and Mason Lake

Take this 10-mile trek up to Mt. Defiance, enjoying long views, access to a number of lakes, and lush alpine meadows.

Seattle, WA: Mount Catherine

Cruise huckleberry meadows and tackle steep, switchbacking turns on this 2.8-mile out-and-back to Mt. Catherine’s summit and a survey-worthy perch above Keechelus Lake and Snoqualmie Pass.

Seattle, WA: Kendall Peak and Katwalk

Follow this hike up to the top of Kendall Peak for magnificent views of the surrounding landscape before continuing on to the popular Katwalk.

Alpine Lakes Wilderness, WA: Big Heart Lake

A 15 mile out and back into Big Heart Lake. Along the way, you’ll pass Trout Lake, Copper Lake, Little Heart Lake, and then Big Heart. The lakes are full of large trout, and the views of the ruggedness of the Alpine Lakes area is worth the effort it takes to hike into this wild part of Washington.

Mount Rainier National Park: Northern Loop Trail via Sunrise Park

Three days is all you need for this memorable, 33.2-mile circuit on the northern flanks of Rainier, which connects Natural Bridge, the Yellowstone Cliffs, and Grand Park, a string of must-see landmarks bypassed by the Wonderland Trail.

Mount St. Helens National Volcanic Monument: Ape Canyon

Traverse the eastern flanks of the most active volcano in the Cascades on this 11.3-mile trek in Mount St. Helens National Volcanic Monument.

Granite Mountain

Granite Mountain is the classic Snoqualmie Pass summit hike. Popular for it’s plentiful and rewarding views, this trail switchbacks up the mountainside to an active fire lookout.

Hall Point – Change Creek Trail

Follow this fledgling trail under Deception Crags to find great views of the Snoqualmie Valley from Hall Point. Continue on to the summit of Mt. Washington.

Seattle, WA: Lodge and Beaver Lakes

Link pristine forests, wildflower meadows, and two picturesque lakes on this gentle, 3.7-mile hike near Snoqualmie Pass.

McClellan Butte

Take this 5-mile route to the top of McClellan’s rocky spire for 360-degree views of the surrounding Cascades.

Mount St. Helens: Worm Flows Route (Winter Route)

This challenging summit climb up Mount St. Helens leads hikers past waterfalls and lava flows to the edge of a smoldering crater.

Talapus and Olallie Lakes

This short hike is a great introduction to the Alpine Lakes Wilderness Area, see two of the most popular of the 700 lakes in the region; Talapus and Olallie Lakes.

Seattle, WA: South Bessemer Mountain

This challenging trek follows winding logging roads to a 5,028-foot summit overlooking the Cascades.

Mount Rainier National Park: Burroughs Mountain Loop

On this 6.1-mile lollipop loop, you’ll crest two summits on Burroughs Mountain, trace the Sourdough Mountains’ ridgeline, and take in views of Mount Rainier, the Emmons Glacier, and 11,138-foot Little Tahoma Peak.

Olympic National Park: Bogachiel Peak, High Divide, and Sol Duc Loop

Pack a week’s worth of classic Northwest scenery (coastal rainforest, glittering lakes, thundering falls, and toothy peaks) into just three days on this 23.1-mile loop.

Winthrop, WA: Maple Pass Loop Trail

This 6.5-mile counterclockwise loop starts at Rainy Pass and crests the 7,000-foot ridge above the lake for eagle-eye views of the glacier-topped Cascades.

Vancouver, WA: Round Lake

Get a quick outdoor fix without the long drive on this 3-mile loop that circles a small lake, visits two waterfalls, and offers dazzling spring, summer and fall colors.

Bainbridge Island, WA: Gazzam Lake

Hike 2.2 family-friendly miles through the moss-draped trees on Bainbridge Island’s west side to this quiet, hilltop lake.

Bainbridge Island, WA: Gazzam Beach Hike

This shady trail on Bainbridge Island’s west side drops 370 feet in less than 0.75 miles and lands at a small, secluded beach.

Vancouver, WA: Trail of Two Chiefs

Take this 9 mile hike on pleasant forests to impressive vistas of Table Mountain and Sacaquawea and Papoose Rocks before getting to a beautiful twisty waterfall.

Vancouver, WA: Siouxon Creek Trail #130

This 8-mile out-and-back makes for an excellent early-season romp up a narrow river canyon, boasting three gorgeous waterfalls, an ample serving of primitive campsites, and options for longer loops and side trips.

Port Angeles, WA: Mount Townsend via Mount Townsend Trail (No. 839)

Soak up five-star views of the snow-capped Cascades and Seattle’s skyline from a 6,280-foot summit on this 8.5-miler in Olympic National Forest.

Mount Rainier National Park: Spray Park

Hike to prolific wildflower displays and up-close views of Mount Rainier on this 8.4-mile out-and-back in Mount Rainier National Park.

Spokane, WA: Iller Creek-Tower Mountain Loop

Crest a 3,600-foot high point overlooking the Spokane Valley on this 5-mile loop in Iller Creek Conservation Area.

Spokane, WA: Three Peaks Loop

Tag Mount Kit Carson, Day Mountain, and Mount Spokane on this 14-mile dayhike that tracks through 100-year-old Douglas fir and meadows covered in larkspur and phlox.

Alpine Lakes Wilderness, WA: Rampart Lakes, Lila Lakes, Alta Mt.

A 3 day trip into the Alpine Lakes Wilderness, that encompasses Rachel Lake, Rampart Lakes, Lila Lakes, and Alta Mt.

Mount Rainier National Park: Fryingpan Creek to Box Canyon via the Wonderland Trail

Hit the highlights—and highpoint—of the 93-mile Wonderland Trail in a weekend. This two-day, 15.4-mile shuttle hike climbs to Panhandle Gap (look for mountain goats), tracks past glacier fields and raging waterfalls, then traverses a ridge overlooking Fryingpan Glacier on Rainer’s eastern flank.

Mount St. Helens NVM, WA: June Lake & Swift Creek Falls

Hike a 5.5-mile loop to a small lake grotto on the south side of Mount St. Helens, then cross the Worm Flows lava field to a waterfall on Swift Creek.

Vancouver, WA: Sleeping Beauty

It’ll take you longer to drive to this trail than to hike it, but the endless, bird’s-eye views of Oregon and Washington forest and cascade peaks make the trip—and the climb—worth it.

Glacier Peak Wilderness: Lyman Lake, Cloudy Pass, Suiattle Pass, Image Lake

Superlatives abound on this 4 day trip into Glacier Peak Wilderness. Visit lakes, waterfalls, glaciers, and fire lookouts.

Seattle, WA: Goldmyer Hot Springs

Track beneath waterfalls and icicle-hung trees to a soothing soak.

Seattle, WA: Change Creek to Hall Point

Follow the fledgling Change Creek Trail from Deception Crags to Hall Point on this 2.3-miler serving up huge Snoqualmie Valley panoramas.

North Cascades National Park: Easy Pass to Thunder Creek

This 25-mile point-to-point in North Cascades National Park weaves past electric wildflower displays and climbs to an airy, 6,525-foot alpine pass.

North Cascades National Park: Copper Ridge to Big Beaver Trail

Come for the sheer, glaciated peaks, but be mesmerized by rain-fed waterfalls that pour down on all sides along this weeklong trip in North Cascades National Park.

Olympic National Park: Glacier Meadows via Hoh River Trail

On this climb from the Hoh River’s silty riffles to high-country glacier views, you’ll pass through a
moss-hung rainforest that might be the lushest place in America.

Seattle, WA: Rainy Lake

This little-known 8.8-mile trail an hour outside of Seattle weaves through lush forest to the stunning and secluded Rainy Lake beneath the east face of Preacher Mountain.

Seattle, WA: Barclay Lake

Stroll through root-wrapped rocks, venerable hemlocks, and moss carpeted undergrowth on this 4.4-mile hike to Barclay Lake in the Washington Cascades’ new Wild Sky Wilderness.

Seattle, WA: Bridal Veil Falls Loop to Lake Serene

Take this beloved and well-maintained 6.6-mile trail through abundant greenery and past the enchanting Bridal Veil Falls to arrive at the snowy peaks of Mount Index reflecting in Lake Serene.

Alpine Lakes Wilderness, WA: Rampart Lakes

Pack for a quick overnight in the Alpine Lakes Wilderness and discover hidden alpine lakes and the stunning panorama of peaks that is the Central Cascades.

Seattle, WA: Green Mountain

Hike this 13.2-mile there-and-back just outside of Seattle to summit Green Mountain along a path where vibrant magentas and yellows bloom between your feet.

Seattle, WA: Mineral City

Take a walk though Washington’s mining and logging history by exploring the area once known as Mineral City on this 15-mile out-and-back.

Seattle, WA: Heybrook Lookout

Get near-instant mountain view gratification from the top of this steep, one-mile trail to a still-operational fire lookout near Stevens Pass.

Seattle, WA: Putrid Pete’s Peak

Exercise your route-finding skills on this steep fiver-miler up a little-known peak named for a Seattle-area mountaineer offering wide panoramas over the Snoqualmie Pass area.

Seattle, WA: Blethen Lakes

If you like splendid isolation with a little challenge, try this messy 11-mile out-and-back to the Blethlen Lakes along Quartz Creek.

Seattle, WA: Index Town Wall

This short but challenging 1.3-mile route climbs 1,300′ above an old mining quarry to a scenic viewpoint high above the small town of Index, WA.

Seattle, WA: Lake Twenty-Two

Massive stands of old growth forest, an abundance of cascading waterfalls, and an azure alpine lake resting below the sheer cliffs of Mt. Pilchuck await on this 6.2-mile lollipop loop.

Seattle, WA: Sunset Mine

This two-mile walk up an old mining road visits the remains of the Sunset Copper Company. Exercise extreme caution when exploring in or around mine openings.

Seattle, WA: Old Mount Si Trail

Try this less-crowded alternative to the top of popular Mount Si on the original, steeper 2.7 mile route.

Seattle, WA: Greider Lakes

Climb two miles up the switchbacked flanks of Greider Peak to a pair of lovely lakes in a deep, glacier-carved basin.

Humpback Mountain

Take this unofficial two-mile trail to the top of a little-known mountaintop offering views over Annette Lake and several Snoqualmie Pass peaks.

Seattle, WA: Snoqualmie Mountain Trail

This short (1.5 miles) but steep (more than 3,000 feet elevation gain) ends atop one of the highest peaks in Snoqualmie Pass.

Seattle, WA: Dingford Creek Trailhead #1005

Hike or bike this former forest road to the Dingford Creek trailhead.

Vancouver, WA: Trapper Creek Wilderness Loop

Climb through towering evergreens to in-your-face Cascade views.

Vancouver, WA: Larch Mountain

Leave the crowds behind on this secluded 5.2-mile forest hike to the top of Washington’s Larch Mountain, with views of Silver Star, the Columbia Gorge and Mt. Hood.

Necklace Valley

The Necklace Valley is full of small sub alpine lakes, in a remote section of the Alpine Lakes Wilderness. Spend a few days wandering the variety of lakes, or for more adventure, peak bag nearby Mt. Hinman and Mt. Daniel.

Sahale Arm/Cascade Pass

Only have a day to see the North Cascades? Then, this should be at the top of your priority list. Hike to a base camp for climbers, at the base of Sahale Peak, in 5 ½ miles, and 3966ft of elevation gain, and marvel at the best view the North Cascades has to offer.

Sahale Arm/Cascade Pass

Only have a day to see the North Cascades? Then, this should be at the top of your priority list. Hike to a base camp for climbers, at the base of Sahale Peak, in 5 ½ miles, and 3966ft of elevation gain, and marvel at the best view the North Cascades has to offer.

Tuck/Robin Lakes

A classic out and back hike that encompasses all that is wild and original in the Alpine Lakes Wilderness. Difficult trails, an abundance of beautiful alpine lakes surrounded by massive granite outcroppings, jagged peaks, and an attendant herd of Mountain Goats. What’s not to love?

Mount Rainier National Park: Burroughs Mountain via Glacier Basin Trail

Washington’s iconic 14,411-foot peak rises just five miles southwest of this route, and you’ll get in-your-face views of it on this 12.5-mile loop in Mount Rainier National Park.

Mount St. Helens NVM, WA: Coldwater Lake

This 11-mile loop trail circles the new lake created by the 1980 eruption. Start along the northern lakeshore where summer wildflowers abound, then climb to the south ridge traverse for big views and to witness the effects of nature’s fury—and recovery.

Vancouver, WA: Bird Mountain Loop

This 10-mile loop in the heart of Washington’s Indian Heaven Wilderness is overflowing with wildflower meadows, summer huckleberries, and sparkling lakes. Do it as a dayhike, or backpack it with several side trip options.

Alpine Lakes Wilderness, WA: Scottish Lakes High Camp to Larch Lake

This 10.5-mile out-and-back in the Alpine Lakes Wilderness leads to Larch Lake, a backcountry pool rimmed with larch trees and 7,000-foot peaks.

Summit Chief/Escondido Lake Loop

A long, loop hike through the heart of the Alpine Lakes Wilderness that takes you to incredible vistas of Lemah Mt. and Chimney Rock. Your journey will follow parts of the PCT, and offer the most accessible scramble climb of Summit Chief Mountains’ south side.

Alpine Lakes Wilderness, WA: Mount Stuart via Cascadian Couloir

Scramble a sneak route to the highest mountain in the Enchantment Range on this challenging, 11.3-mile out-and-back in the Alpine Lakes Wilderness.

Mount Rainier National Park: Rampart Ridge-Kautz Creek Loop

This 6.7-mile lasso loop near Longmire travels through old-growth forest to Rampart Ridge, then drops to Kautz Creek for picture-perfect views of Mount Rainier.

Mount Rainier National Park: Comet Falls and Mildred Point

Hike to one of the tallest waterfalls in the park, climb through a meadowland paradise, and crest 5,935-foot Mildred Point on this 6.2-mile hike.

Mount Rainier National Park: Summerland-Panhandle Gap via Wonderland Trail

Climb to unforgettable wildflower-filled meadows, then ascend even higher past turquoise pools to 6,800-foot Panhandle Gap, where views stretch out across Ohanapecosh Park.

Mount Rainier National Park: Huckleberry Creek

Hike one of the loneliest trails in Mount Rainier National Park on this 9.5-mile shuttle hike. You’ll start high in alpine tundra, descend past a lovely lake, and trek through mossy old-growth forest.

Pacific Northwest Trail: Cold Springs Campground to Ross Lake

Find plenty of raw adventure on the Pacific Northwest Trail while hiking a 120-mile roadless stretch from Cold Springs Camp to Ross Lake in Washington’s remote Pasayten Wilderness–the Lower 48’s longest such track outside of the John Muir Trail.

Mount Rainier National Park: Fryingpan Creek to Mowich Lake via the Wonderland Trail

Explore Mount Rainier from nearly every angle on this classic, weeklong stretch of the Wonderland Trail in Mount Rainier National Park.

Mount Rainier National Park: Glacier Basin

This 8-mile out-and-back, less than four miles northeast of Mount Rainier, leads to stunning views of glaciers, expansive valleys, and Washington’s signature mountain.

Mount Rainier National Park: Laughingwater Creek to Chinook Pass via Pacific Crest Trail

This 18.5-mile point-to-point in the eastern fringes of the park follows the Pacific Crest Trail across Cascade ridgelines to picture-perfect views of Rainier.

Olympic National Park: Sunrise Ridge

Want low mileage and big views? Make a beeline to the Hurricane Ridge trailhead for this 5.6-mile out-and-back that rolls past far-reaching views on Sunrise Ridge.

Olympic National Park: Olympic Hot Springs via Appleton Pass

Climb up and over Appleton Pass–and past huckleberries, western red cedar, and hemlocks–to soak in this chain of natural hot springs.

Olympic National Park: Hoh River Trail to Blue Glacier

Hike through temperate rain forest alongside the Hoh River to the tip of the Blue Glacier–the largest glacier in Olympic National Park–and 7,980-foot Mt. Olympus towering above the ice.

North Cascades National Park: Chain Lakes Loop

A great 6.5-mile dayhike on a loop that provides spectacular views of Mts. Baker and Shuksan as it winds through a chain of alpine lakes.

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