Best Hiking in 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. 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

#3. 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

#4. 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

#5. 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

#6. 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

#7. 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

#8. 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

#9. Cougar Mountain Regional Wildland Park: Licorice Fern Trail


Thanks to a hidden trailhead in a residential neighborhood, few outsiders ever venture up the quiet creek valley of the Licorice Fern Trail, and even most long-time visitors to Cougar Mountain have pr…
From the guidebook "60 Hikes within 60 Miles: Seattle - Including Bellevue, Everett, and Tacoma"
Issaquah, WA - Hiking - 4.5 miles   
Published by Menasha Ridge Press

#10. Rattlesnake Ledge and Rattlesnake Mountain Trail


Long a popular outing for its proximity to Seattle and commanding views of the Snoqualmie Valley, Rattlesnake Ledge is a well-known hiker’s destination. Far less traveled, however, are the trails that…
From the guidebook "60 Hikes within 60 Miles: Seattle - Including Bellevue, Everett, and Tacoma"
North Bend, WA - Hiking - 4 miles   
Published by Menasha Ridge Press

#11. Pacific Crest Trail - Stevens Pass to Snoqualmie Pass


A segment of the Pacific Crest Trail from Snoqualmie Pass to Stevens Pass, through the heart of the Alpine Lakes Wilderness. Very few hikers cover the entire 2,000-mile length of the Pacific Crest Tra…
From the guidebook "Backpacking Washington's Alpine Lakes Wilderness"
Skykomish, WA - Hiking - 68.4 miles   
Published by Falcon Publishing

#12. Tiger Mountain State Forest: Chirico Trail


The Chirico Trail provides the shortest and easiest hike to two of the finest vistas anywhere in the Issaquah Alps, including spectacular Poo Poo Point. If the wind is right, you may share the trail w…
From the guidebook "60 Hikes within 60 Miles: Seattle - Including Bellevue, Everett, and Tacoma"
Issaquah, WA - Hiking - 4 miles   
Published by Menasha Ridge Press

#13. Mount Adams South Climb Route


The South Climb Route is the easiest way to climb the second-highest peak in Washington. Be sure you are in shape before attempting this climb because if you are not, it will be grueling. Altitude sic…
From the guidebook "Hiking Washington's Mount Adams Country"
Trout Lake, WA - Hiking - 11.2 miles   
Published by Falcon Publishing

#14. Little Si Trail


Long overshadowed both literally and figuratively by its big brother next door, Little Si is finally getting the attention it deserves. Although the peak was never unknown, the awkward parking and acc…
From the guidebook "60 Hikes within 60 Miles: Seattle - Including Bellevue, Everett, and Tacoma"
North Bend, WA - Hiking - 3.5 miles   
Published by Menasha Ridge Press

#15. Point of the Arches


A 13.4-mile one way backpack from Ozette Lake to the north end of Shi Shi Beach.…
From the guidebook "Hiking Olympic National Park"
Sappho, WA - Hiking - 26.8 miles   
Published by Falcon Publishing

#16. Deep Creek Canyon Loop


A dramatic range of scenery can be explored in this short hike up a side canyon from the Spokane River in Riverside State Park. Enjoy wildflowers in the various habitats, ranging from the rubble of cr…
From the guidebook "100 Hikes in the Inland Northwest"
Spokane, WA - Hiking - 4.6 miles   
Published by The Mountaineers Books

#17. Liberty Lake Loop


Liberty Lake County Park is a popular picnicking area, with a swimming beach, cooking shelters, playground, campsites, and volleyball nets. But many people don’t realize the park extends far beyond th…
From the guidebook "100 Hikes in the Inland Northwest"
Spokane, WA - Hiking - 7.5 miles   
Published by The Mountaineers Books

#18. Chiwaukum - Ladies Pass Loop (Backpacking)


The Alpine Lakes Wilderness has many supremely beautiful areas and a diversity of charms. This attractive loop trip gives you a nice sampling of what this part of the wilderness has to offer, with a m…
From the guidebook "Backpacking Washington"
Leavenworth, WA - Hiking - 41 miles   
Published by Wilderness Press

#19. Lake Dorothy


Hike this moderate 3- to 7-mile out-and-back day hike or backpack to Lake Dorothy, one of Washington’s largest backcountry lakes, in the Alpine Lakes Wilderness. You follow a rushing stream to the lak…
From the guidebook "Hiking Washington"
Skykomish, WA - Hiking - 7 miles   
Published by Falcon Publishing

#20. Tiger Mountain State Forest: Poo Poo Point Trail


Poo Poo Point is much nicer than it sounds. Perched on the western end of Tiger Mountain, it provides one of the best views anywhere in the Issaquah Alps, even though it is more than 1,000 feet below…
From the guidebook "60 Hikes within 60 Miles: Seattle - Including Bellevue, Everett, and Tacoma"
Issaquah, WA - Hiking - 7 miles   
Published by Menasha Ridge Press