Best Trails of Washington

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#1. Chain Lakes


Don’t let the dog roam too far ahead on this trail—he could run all the way to Mexico without leaving the path. That’s right, Mexico. The Pacific Crest Trail (PCT) runs 2600 miles from Canada to Mexic…
From the guidebook "Best Hikes with Dogs: Western Washington"
Scenic, WA - Hiking - 22 miles    Top Trail in North America - Click to view allBest Trail in WA - Click to view all (About Top Trails)
Published by The Mountaineers Books

#2. Carson Hot Springs Golf & Spa Resort


A once sleepy Victorian-era hotel and bathhouse that features a regimen of therapeutic hot mineral baths reminiscent of old European spas. The resort had a major renovation in 2013 and opened new gue…
From the guidebook "Touring Hot Springs Washington and Oregon"
Carson, WA - Hot Springs Best Trail in WA - Click to view allBestHot Springs Trail - Click to view all (About Top Trails)
Published by Falcon Publishing

#3. Central Alpine Lakes Loop (Backpacking)


The 75-mile stretch of the Pacific Crest Trail between Snoqualmie Pass and Stevens Pass is a very popular backpack trip, and it deserves to be. The route is supremely scenic with countless viewpoints,…
From the guidebook "Backpacking Washington"
Cle Elum, WA - Hiking - 35 miles    Best Trail in WA - Click to view all (About Top Trails)
Published by Wilderness Press

#4. Mount Rainier - Wonderland Trail Loop (Backpacking)


The famous Wonderland Trail, which completely circles Mount Rainier, is not only the finest long hike in Washington; it is considered by many to be one of the best in the world. The route provides a g…
From the guidebook "Backpacking Washington"
Buckley, WA - Hiking - 93 miles    Best Trail in WA - Click to view all (About Top Trails)
Published by Wilderness Press

#5. Olympic Hot Springs


Includes: Appleton Pass and Boulder Lake. A day hike or overnighter to popular soaking pools in Olympic National Park. Skinnydippable with (much) discretion. Without a doubt the hot spot of the Olympi…
From the guidebook "Hiking Hot Springs in the Pacific Northwest"
Port Angeles, WA - Hot Springs - 5 miles    Best Trail in WA - Click to view allBestHot Springs Trail - Click to view all (About Top Trails)
Published by Falcon Publishing

#6. Enchantment Lakes


The quintessential Alpine Lakes Wilderness hike to the fabled Enchantment Lakes. No hike in the Alpine Lakes Wilderness compares with a walk through the Enchantment Lakes. Not even close. It is the hi…
From the guidebook "Backpacking Washington's Alpine Lakes Wilderness"
Leavenworth, WA - Hiking - 25 miles    Best Trail in WA - Click to view all (About Top Trails)
Published by Falcon Publishing

#7. John Wayne Pioneer Trail (West)


The John Wayne Pioneer Trail crosses most of Washington State. The developed portion lies within the Iron Horse State Park. It parallels I–90 from Cedar Falls, near North Bend, to Kittitas, then drops…
From the guidebook "Rails To Trails: Washington & Oregon"
North Bend, WA - Rail-Trails - 113 miles    Best Trail in WA - Click to view allBestRail-Trails Trail - Click to view all (About Top Trails)
Published by The Globe Pequot Press

#8. Eastern North Cascades Campgrounds


Stretching from Ellensburg in the south to Oroville in the north, this vast region contains some of the most remote and spectacular stretches of the North Cascades as well as Lake Chelan and the Lake…
From the guidebook "Camping Washington"
Wenatchee, WA - Campgrounds Best Trail in WA - Click to view allBestCampgrounds Trail - Click to view all (About Top Trails)
Published by Falcon Publishing

#9. South Puget Sound and Western South Cascades Campgrounds


The region covered in this eTrail include the Olympia area, Capital Forest, Vancouver area, Mt. St. Helens area, Highway 410, Highway 12, and the South Cascade Mountains west of the Cascade Crest. Cam…
From the guidebook "Camping Washington"
Olympia, WA - Campgrounds Best Trail in WA - Click to view allBestCampgrounds Trail - Click to view all (About Top Trails)
Published by Falcon Publishing

#10. Black Diamond Coal Mine


Located on the edge of the historical town of Black Diamond, the Coal Mine trails weave and bob around the south end of Lake Sawyer, Frog Lake, and Ravensdale Creek. Mountain bikers will find a circui…
From the guidebook "Mountain Biking the Puget Sound Area"
Black Diamond, WA - Mountain Biking - 20 miles    Best Trail in WA - Click to view allBestMountain Biking Trail - Click to view all (About Top Trails)
Published by Falcon Publishing

#11. Olympic Peninsula Campgrounds


There is a lot of watching to be done on the Olympic Peninsula: storm watching, whale watching, storm watching, bird watching, storm watching. From July through September, the region is relatively dry…
From the guidebook "Camping Washington"
Hoodsport, WA - Campgrounds Best Trail in WA - Click to view all (About Top Trails)
Published by Falcon Publishing

#12. Seattle's Favorite Loop - Tiger Mountain


Each New Year, Northwest ultrarunners join together for two loops on this route to take care of excess holiday eating. This tradition allows guilt-free meals all through the holidays. The route offers…
From the guidebook "50 Trail Runs in Washington"
Issaquah, WA - Trail Running - 16 miles    Best Trail in WA - Click to view allBestTrail Running Trail - Click to view all (About Top Trails)
Published by The Mountaineers Books

#13. Olympic National Park Campgrounds


Olympic National Park occupies the center of the Olympic Peninsula, and boasts spectacular mountain wonderlands, dense rain forests, sweeping vistas, and rugged glaciers. Camping opportunities abound…
From the guidebook "Camping Washington"
Port Angeles, WA - Campgrounds Best Trail in WA - Click to view all (About Top Trails)
Published by Falcon Publishing

#14. Falls Creek Falls


Looking for an easy trail to a spectacular destination? This is it. This 1.7-mile ramble gains about 700 feet—which you will hardly notice on the way and will forget entirely when you reach one of the…
From the guidebook "60 Hikes within 60 Miles: Portland"
Bare Mountain, WA - HIking - 3.4 miles    Best Trail in WA - Click to view all (About Top Trails)
Published by Menasha Ridge Press

#15. Olympic Coast - North (Backpacking)


The wild Olympic coast is a national treasure. With most of our country’s shoreline altered by roads, cities, and mobs of tourists, it’s a blessing to have this stretch of wilderness beach to remind u…
From the guidebook "Backpacking Washington"
Forks, WA - Hiking - 24 miles    Best Trail in WA - Click to view all (About Top Trails)
Published by Wilderness Press

#16. Commonwealth Basin


The section of the Pacific Crest Trail north of Snoqualmie Pass is overrun with hikers every summer weekend, but put a few feet of snow on the trail, and the crowds ignore it. That’s great news for sn…
From the guidebook "Snowshoe Routes: Washington"
North Bend, WA - Snowshoeing - 10 miles    Best Trail in WA - Click to view allBestSnowshoeing Trail - Click to view all (About Top Trails)
Published by The Mountaineers Books

#17. Hoh River


A 17.5-mile (one way) backpack from the Hoh RainforestVisitor Center to Glacier Meadows, with an extra 0.6-mile side trip to reach the Blue Glacier overlook.…
From the guidebook "Hiking Olympic National Park"
Forks, WA - Hiking - 35 miles    Best Trail in WA - Click to view all (About Top Trails)
Published by Falcon Publishing

#18. Lewis River


Here’s a pleasant, mostly flat stroll along a beautiful river with three dramatic waterfalls. Chances are they’re unlike most falls you’ve ever seen. The long drive to the trailhead is worth it, espec…
From the guidebook "60 Hikes within 60 Miles: Portland"
Mount Saint Helens, WA - HIking - 5.2 miles    Best Trail in WA - Click to view all (About Top Trails)
Published by Menasha Ridge Press

#19. Seattle Trail Ramble


The route offers more than 25 miles of delightful bicycling separated from motor-vehicle traffic. Along the way you'll see Seattle at its best and enjoy the beauty of the quiet countryside. It's a p…
From the guidebook "Best Bike Rides in the Pacific Northwest"
Seattle, WA - Road Biking - 24 miles    Best Trail in WA - Click to view allBestRoad Biking Trail - Click to view all (About Top Trails)
Published by The Globe Pequot Press

#20. Mount Rainier National Park Campgrounds


Mount Rainier National Park welcomes visitors to a mountain wonderland of dense forests, dazzling wildflowers, tremendous snowfields, and rugged glaciers. Campers can look forward to enjoying the fres…
From the guidebook "Camping Washington"
Enumclaw, WA - Campgrounds Best Trail in WA - Click to view all (About Top Trails)
Published by Falcon Publishing