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.
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.
Explore 4.4 miles through old growth timber to a glacier-carved lake on this family-friendly hike in the Cascade Mountains.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Mountainsides of wildflowers and alpine larches will excite all five senses on this 6-mile out-and-back mountain trek in Wenatchee National Forest.
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.
A stiff climb is rewarded with Lord-Of-The-Rings-like views on this 8.6-mile, berry-strewn trek.
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.
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.
A 7.4-mile hike with nonstop views of the Olympics, leading to a summit on the eastern edge of Olympic National Park.
Explore wildlife-rich salt flats and marsh in one of the last undeveloped deltas in the Puget Sound Region.
This 7.4-miler scrambles the best of the eastern Cascades: waterfalls, fragrant forests, and a sprawling alpine lake.
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.
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.
Satisfy your wanderlust on this 5.4-mile out-and-back, which offers stop-and-gawk panoramas of the jagged Cascades blanketed by glaciers.
This 8-mile backcountry trek serves up two mountain lakes, intimate views of Mount Rainier, and some off-trail scrambles in the Tatoosh Range.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Get climbers’-eye views on this adventurous ramble to the peak’s base–or summit–on this 3- to 5-day trip.
Hike into a vast, volcano-crafted moonscape in the (much-reduced) shadows of Mount St. Helens on this 10-mile out-and-back.
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.
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.
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.
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.
This 8-mile out-and-back to a pair of volcanic Cascades cones comes with dozens of colorful wildflower meadows and chilly alpine tarns.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
This out-and-back 4.4-miler gently wanders under the shade of giant cedars and firs, then circles a peaceful lake.
Grab shotgun views of four volcanoes on this lonely 6.2-mile out-and-back in Gifford Pinchot National Forest.
Explore a wild kingdom of birds, elk, and black bears on this 5.4-mile, moderately challenging dayhike in the William O. Douglas Wilderness.
Hike a lonely ridge to a lovely meadow campsite on this fairly modest 9.2-mile hike with postcard panoramas of Mount Adams.
This 7.4-miler boasts unmatched views of Mount Rainier, not to mention wildflower meadows and campsites by a mountain lake.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
This mostly forested loop climbs 1,250 feet to three misty waterfalls and dynamite views of the Olympic Mountains.
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.
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.
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.
Hike 9.6 miles over a panoramic ridgeline serving up big views of Glacier Peak, and across wildflower meadows to a lookout tower.
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.
This 13.6-miler traces a treeless ridgeline speckled with seasonal wildflowers and endless mountainous views, then ends at a lakeside lunch spot.
This half-mad dayhike requires a stiff climb through overgrown brush, then rewards hikers with miles of wildflowers backdropped by alpine peaks.
Hikers are rare but solitude isn’t on this 9-mile ridgeline hike to a secluded lakeside campsite in the Alpine Lakes Wilderness.
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.
Camp near a picturesque lake then daytrip past huckleberry fields to a pointy summit with massive views above the North Cascades.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
An abundance of rugged peaks, vibrant wildflowers, and verdant meadows make this 14.2-mile hike a must-do in the Glacier Peak Wilderness.
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.
The 8-mile out-and-back to Horse Lake Mountain passes pristine mountain views, vibrant wildflowers, and a diverse bird population.
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.
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.
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.
This 7.9-mile out-and-back in North Cascades National Park links massive old-growth cedars, a photogenic gorge, and waterfall overlooks.
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.
This lower-elevation hike in Wenatchee National Forest traces a roaring creek and reveals brilliant displays of lupines, paintbrush, and red columbine.
Follow in the footsteps of one of the region’s earliest explorers.
Hike a ridgetop trail into the heart of the North American Alps.
Wander a ridgetop trail through peaceful Cascades meadows.
Link lush, mossy forests with alpine lakes and meadows on this 35.2-mile backpacking trip in Olympic National Park.
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.
Brilliant wildflowers, a rugged gorge, and two mountain lakes highlight this 6.6-mile out-and-back in Wenatchee National Forest.
Rushing rivers, brilliant wildflowers, and high mountain meadows are abundant on this moderate, 14.4-mile lollipop loop in the Entiat Mountains.
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.
Travel past fragrant wildflowers and stately old-growth forest en route to a stunning backcountry lake in Mount Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest.
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.
Climb through lush vegetation to a lakeside wonderland.
Traipse from lake to lake in Washington’s high country.
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.
Tour wildflower-filled meadows and trace the tops of rugged, basalt cliffs on this picturesque, 9.6-mile loop in Wenatchee National Forest.
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.
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.
Dip your toes in an alpine lake in the shadow of towering mountain crags on this 8-mile Cascades classic in Alpine Lakes Wilderness.
Snow-fed cascades, vibrant wildflower meadows, and dizzying Cascade vistas highlight this 7.9-mile out-and-back in Mount Rainier National Park.
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.
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.
Tag the highest peak in Washington’s pristine Tiger Mountain Forest on this crowd-free trail just 30 miles east of Seattle.
Discover a hidden basin filled with wildlife, lakes, and granite peaks.
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.
Climb to a picturesque fire lookout perched above the Cascades on this challenging, hike-bike combo in Mount Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest.
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.
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.
This grueling, 7.8-mile dayhike crests two summits above the Snoqualmie River valley and features stunning panoramas of nearby peaks and mountains.
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.
A stunning backcountry basin, two mountain lakes, and scores of wildflowers highlight this 7.1-mile out-and-back in the Alpine Lakes Wilderness.
This family-friendly dayhike in Mount Rainier National Park circles Naches Peak, passing mountain lakes, wildflower meadows, and picture-perfect views of Mount Rainier.
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.
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.
Travel a trail lush with old-growth forests to four majestic lakes nestled in Snoqualmie National Forest.
Explore Silver Peak and Twin Lake on this challenging 9-mile loop.
Take this short, little-known scramble up to the top of Guye Peak in the Alpental Ski Area.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Take this 10-mile trek up to Mt. Defiance, enjoying long views, access to a number of lakes, and lush alpine meadows.
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.
Follow this hike up to the top of Kendall Peak for magnificent views of the surrounding landscape before continuing on to the popular Katwalk.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
Link pristine forests, wildflower meadows, and two picturesque lakes on this gentle, 3.7-mile hike near Snoqualmie Pass.
Take this 5-mile route to the top of McClellan’s rocky spire for 360-degree views of the surrounding Cascades.
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.
This challenging trek follows winding logging roads to a 5,028-foot summit overlooking the Cascades.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
A 3 day trip into the Alpine Lakes Wilderness, that encompasses Rachel Lake, Rampart Lakes, Lila Lakes, and Alta Mt.
Track beneath waterfalls and icicle-hung trees to a soothing soak.
Follow the fledgling Change Creek Trail from Deception Crags to Hall Point on this 2.3-miler serving up huge Snoqualmie Valley panoramas.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Get near-instant mountain view gratification from the top of this steep, one-mile trail to a still-operational fire lookout near Stevens Pass.
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.
If you like splendid isolation with a little challenge, try this messy 11-mile out-and-back to the Blethlen Lakes along Quartz Creek.
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.
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.
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.
Try this less-crowded alternative to the top of popular Mount Si on the original, steeper 2.7 mile route.
Climb two miles up the switchbacked flanks of Greider Peak to a pair of lovely lakes in a deep, glacier-carved basin.
Take this unofficial two-mile trail to the top of a little-known mountaintop offering views over Annette Lake and several Snoqualmie Pass peaks.
This short (1.5 miles) but steep (more than 3,000 feet elevation gain) ends atop one of the highest peaks in Snoqualmie Pass.
Hike or bike this former forest road to the Dingford Creek trailhead.
Climb through towering evergreens to in-your-face Cascade views.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Explore Mount Rainier from nearly every angle on this classic, weeklong stretch of the Wonderland Trail in Mount Rainier National Park.
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.
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.
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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