Washington National Parks Trails

To find trails in Washington national parks, national monuments and other National Park Service locations, select a region or trail below.

North Cascades National Park & Ross Lake National Recreation Area :: Sedro Wooley, WA

These two adjacent areas contain majestic ice-covered mountain peaks and canyons. Ross Lake Recreation Area actually is an L-shaped strip of land that separates the northern and southern portions of North Cascades. There are more than 300 glaciers in

Olympic National Park: South Beach :: Quinalt Indian Reservation, WA

Views of the Pacific are the main attraction here. Campsites are perched on a bluff and access to the wide beach is easy. This is the closest campground to the Quinault Indian Reservation, just to the south.

Olympic National Park: Ozette :: Ozette, WA

The campground is primitive, isolated, and very appealing because of the pristine lake. It is a favorite for boaters, canoers, and kayakers because of its convenient boat launch and proximity to Lake Ozette. Cedar walkways lead 3 miles through dense

Olympic National Park: Mora :: Forks, WA

This is an isolated campground near the mouth of the Quillayute River. The nearby fishing community of La Push is home to the Quileute Indians. Mora Road continues past the campground to Rialto Beach, the only point between the Hoh River and Neah Bay

Olympic National Park: Kalaloch :: Forks, WA

This is one of the few campgrounds on the Olympic Peninsula with access to Pacific beaches. Situated on a bluff above the beach, it is large enough that a walk around camp is an actual excursion. Some of the campsites feature an ocean view, and most

North Cascades National Park: Newhalem Creek :: Newhalem, WA

This is a nice, relatively new campground in the Ross Lake National Recreation Area, which is part of North Cascades National Park. It is also near the Wild and Scenic Skagit River. An outstanding park visitor center is a short walk from the campgrou

North Cascades National Park: Hozomeen :: Rockport, WA

This 4-acre campground is in the Ross Lake National Recreation Area and North Cascades National Park. Ross Lake itself extends into British Columbia. This is an area of great natural beauty, and since the road ends just 1 mile beyond the campground,

North Cascades National Park: Gorge Lake :: Diablo, WA

This campground in the gorge within the Ross Lake National Recreation Area and North Cascades National Park is at the western end of Gorge Lake. The lake’s jade-green glacial melt is mesmerizing, especially when the fish are jumping.

North Cascades National Park: Goodell Creek :: Marblemount, WA

This 4-acre campground in the Ross Lake National Recreation Area and North Cascades National Park is at the confluence of Goodell Creek and the Wild and Scenic Skagit River. It is pristine yet close to Newhalem and groceries. The easy river access ma

North Cascades National Park: Colonial Creek :: Diablo, WA

Colonial Creek Campground occupies 28 acres on the south end of 5-mile-long Diablo Lake in the Ross Lake National Recreation Area, which is part of North Cascades National Park. The campground is very pleasant, and the sites are set far enough fr

Olympic National Park: Staircase :: Hoodsport, WA

The hiking is splendid around this 8-acre campground, which sits on the North Fork Skokomish River. The name Staircase comes from the Staircase Rapids at the site.

Olympic National Park-Sol Duc :: Port Angeles, WA

Sol Duc Campground is very popular because of its proximity to Sol Duc Hot Springs, which are open to the public. The hot springs are fully developed and operated by a resort, so there is an admission fee. The mineral pools are like giant hot tubs. T

Olympic National Park-Queets :: Queets, WA

The 2-acre Queets Campground is located as far into the Queets Rain Forest as you can drive. It is popular, nevertheless, for the rustic experience it offers. Due to flood damage, campground may be accessible only from Upper Queets Valley Road. Ch

Olympic National Park-North Fork :: Quinault, WA

North Fork Campground, at the end of a dirt road on the Quinault River, ranks A-1 for solitude. Among the most rustic of campgrounds in Olympic National Park, it is also the smallest.

Olympic National Park-Hoh :: Forks, WA

Hoh Campground, in the Hoh Rain Forest, can be one of the wettest places on Earth, but the surreal surroundings make this a very popular site, and no one seems to mind the rain. The visitor center even loans umbrellas. Visitors are surprised by how m

Olympic National Park-Heart o’ the Hills :: Port Angeles, WA

Heart o’ the Hills covers just 35 acres, but it offers good access to the “rain shadow” side of Olympic National Park. The paved road continues to Hurricane Ridge, an alpine and cross-country ski area with excellent winter programs. Heavy snow can cl

Olympic National Park-Fairholme :: Port Angeles, WA

Lake Crescent is a study in just how sublime a remote subalpine lake can be—except that it sits right next to the highway at a low elevation. Plenty of boaters use the lake; there is even a paddle wheeler for tourists. But if the lake were not in

Olympic National Park-Deer Park :: Port Angeles, WA

The steep, narrow access road to Deer Park is not suitable for RVs or trailers. However, access to alpine hiking trails is the main appeal of this primitive campground for tents only. Its elevation of more than a mile allows you to get acclimated bef

Mount Rainier National Park-Cougar Rock :: Elbe, WA

This is a fine, rustic, mid-altitude campground, easier to get to than most camps in the park. It is not far from the Paradise Visitor Center and close to the well-known, strenuous, and beautiful Wonderland Trail, which encircles the park for 93 mile

Mount Rainier National Park-Ohanapecosh :: Randle, WA

Hiking is the main appeal of Ohanapecosh, with arguably the best day hikes in the state right outside the tent flap or RV door. You can walk among 1,000-year-old western red cedars and Douglas firs, over a thundering gorge, and to the base of a giant

Mount St. Helens National Volcanic Monument-Lower Falls :: Cougar, WA

This campground is set in tall firs on the Lewis River in the Gifford Pinchot National Forest, close to three very beautiful waterfalls. They are accessible via the Lewis River Trail, which includes an ADA loop. The area is sometimes incorrectl

International Migratory Bird Day at Little Pend Oreille National Wildlife Refuge :: Colville, WA

Celebrate International Migratory Bird Day by taking part in one or more birding events in northeastern Washington. As a bonus, you may even see a moose! The Little Pend Oreille National Wildlife Refuge hosts an annual 2.5-mile bird walk along the ri

Changing Seasons, Passing Through: National Wildlife Refuge Week :: Seattle, WA

National wildlife refuges come alive as vocal, migrating birds fill the skies, ponds, and fields; other wildlife actively forage for winter food supplies; and cottonwood and aspen leaves turn a brilliant gold. Each of the refuges described in the eTr

Dungeness National Wildlife Refuge :: Sequim, WA

During migration, Dungeness Spit and the surrounding landscapes are paradise for bird-watchers. The crest of the Dungeness Spit divides a protected inner harbor from the open waters of the Strait of Juan de Fuca. After crossing the strait, birds see

Protection Island National Wildlife Refuge :: Port Townsend, WA

Looking at Protection Island from Port Townsend or Sequim gives no inkling of what the island holds. Only when you get close to the sandy beaches and steep slopes of the island does its role in the biodiversity of this corner of the state become clea

Nisqually National Wildlife Refuge :: Nisqually, WA

As one of western Washington’s most accessible wildlife refuges, the Nisqually National Wildlife Refuge is as close to a sure bet for good birding as you can get. The varied habitats along the Nisqually River and the tideflats host more than 200 bird

Grays Harbor National Wildlife Refuge :: Hoquiam, WA

Despite its stature as one of the four largest shorebird staging areas in North America, the Grays Harbor National Wildlife Refuge wasn’t established until 1990.The refuge designation saved nearly 1,500 acres of the best tidal feeding areas on the We

Willapa National Wildlife Refuge and Leadbetter Point :: Ilwaco, WA

From the time it was established as the Willapa Migratory Waterfowl Refuge in 1937, local and national wildlife fans have recognized the importance of Willapa Bay for migrating and nesting birds. Meanwhile, waterfowl fill the bay, especially in win

Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge :: Vancouver, WA

Ridgefield NWR is easily one of the most popular bird-watching destinations in the state. The refuge offers a variety of habitats in three separate units, totaling more than 5,100 acres. Much of the lower Columbia River used to look like Ridgefield N

Toppenish National Wildlife Refuge :: Toppenish, WA

The 1,700-acre Toppenish National Wildlife Refuge (NWR) is one of the reasons the Yakima River Valley is so well-known to Washington birders. The refuge spans the drainages of two creeks, Toppenish and Snake Creeks, and through habitat management and

Mount Saint Helens National Volcanic Monument :: Castle Rock, WA

When it comes to birding new habitat, no other place in Washington offers the degree of new opportunities found along the Birth of a Lake Trail and the rugged Hummocks Trail in the blast zone of the Mount St. Helens National Volcanic Monument. Each t

Conboy Lake National Wildlife Refuge :: Trout Lake, WA

The Conboy Lake National Wildlife Refuge (NWR) can be a confusing place. If you go to the area looking for a lake, as we did one summer, you will be surprised to find a number of wetland areas along the roads that ring the refuge but nothing that you

Little Pend Oreille National Wildlife Refuge :: Colville, WA

Many things make the Little Pend Oreille National Wildlife Refuge (NWR) stand out as a bird-watching destination. It is the only mountainous, mixed-conifer forest refuge in the contiguous United States, it ranges in elevation from 1,800 feet along it

Turnbull National Wildlife Refuge :: Cheney, WA

Turnbull National Wildlife Refuge (NWR) is like a crazy quilt. Wildflowers and native grasses edge up to exposed basalt balds, also known as scabrock. The balds surround ponds, lakes, and marshy wetlands that interrupt stands of pine and aspen. Just

Columbia National Wildlife Refuge and Seep Lakes Wildlife Area :: Othello, WA

The 23,000 acres of the Columbia National Wildlife Refuge are scattered around several units, including the Marsh units abutting the Seep Lakes Wildlife Area. This site makes it easy to imagine what it was like before the dams were built for agricult

McNary National Wildlife Refuge :: Pasco, WA

Views of American White Pelicans and American Avocet in the summer and one of the largest congregations of migrating waterfowl in Washington in the fall and winter are two of the main draws of the McNary National Wildlife Refuge (NWR). Located near t

Little Pend Oreille National Wildlife Refuge Campgrounds :: Colville, WA

Let’s get this out of the way. “Pond Oray.”

Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge :: Ridgefield, WA

The Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge lies just across the Columbia River from the north end of Sauvie Island. Like Sauvie Island, the refuge offers countless paddle trips on its various sloughs, creeks, rivers, and lakes. The geography of the area

Pacific Crest National Scenic Trail: Stevens Pass Right-of-Way Section :: Stevens Pass, WA

The Pacific Crest National Scenic Trail spans 2,650 miles. A 1.5-mile railroad right-ofway begins at Stevens Pass and follows the path of the upper switchback of the rail line. The trail then leaves the right-ofway and enters the Henry M. Jackson Wil

Nisqually National Wildlife Refuge Trail :: Olympia, WA

The Nisqually National Wildlife Refuge is a treasury of birds and wildlife at any time of the year, but children will especially love this hike in the spring, when ducklings, goslings, and baby rabbits are everywhere. The amazing colony of blue her

McNary National Wildlife Refuge :: Pasco, WA

The McNary National Wildlife Refuge is primarily a waterfowl preserve. The refuge encompasses many flooded fields, sloughs, and inlets along the Columbia River. It also sprawls across farmlands that provide winter forage for migratory birds. This are

Turnbull National Wildlife Refuge :: Spokane, WA

Covering more than16,000 acres, the Turnbull Wildlife Refuge serves as a wildlife sanctuary to hundreds of bird species, including twenty-seven species of ducks. Mammals thrive here as well, taking advantage of the vast undisturbed habitat (only 2200

Mercer Slough National Park :: Bellevue, WA

This Bellevue Parks and Community Services Department gem offers easy access to a vast array of native plants and wildlife, just minutes from downtown. The vestigial wetlands provide a window into life here prior to modern development. And the intere

Ebey's Landing State Park and National Historic Reserve :: Coupeville, WA

Ebey's Landing is one of the most spectacular and historically significant locations anywhere on Puget Sound. Reminiscent of the golden hills above San Francisco Bay, the high bluffs provide sweeping views of the water from the Olympic Peninsula to V

Billy Frank Jr. Nisqually National Wildlife Refuge :: Olympia, WA

Far from its glacial source on the southern side of Mount Rainier, the Nisqually River empties into Puget Sound in a broad delta. Once a working farm, the site has become one of the finest birdwatching locations in the Puget Sound region, although ma

Mount Rainier National Park: Mowich Lake, Eunice Lake, and Tolmie Peak Lookout :: Carbonado, WA

The panoramic view from Tolmie Peak is one of the finest in the entire northwest corner of Mount Rainier National Park. The summit lookout provides a great perspective for studying the giant volcano and its surroundings while Eunice Lake shimmers in

Mount Rainier National Park: Spray Falls and Spray Park :: Carbonado, WA

This deservedly popular hike finds its way on a moderate walk through the woods to one of the highest and most beautiful waterfalls in the state of Washington—or anywhere else, for that matter. Past the falls, a challenging 600-foot ascent in the n

Pacific Crest National Scenic Trail 2000, Leech Lake Trailhead to Fish Lake :: Silver Beach, WA

Hike along the Pacific Crest National Scenic Trail through the lake-studded southern part of the William O. Douglas Wilderness. The route soon passes below a small, narrow talus slope. Pikas inhabit these rocks and may let out a whistle to announce y

Naches Peak Loop National Park Trail and Trail 2000 :: Sunrise, WA

Early in the summer (July), the flower gardens along this loop rival those to be found anywhere. The first 1. 6 miles of this hike are within Mount Rainier National Park. This trail is open to hikers only, as are most of the trails in Mount Rainier

Boulder Cave National Recreation Trail 962 :: Cliffdell, WA

Hike through the east-side transition-zone forest to the upper entrance of Boulder Cave. Then descend through a short but very interesting cavern to its mouth. From the trailhead the route climbs gently southwest, through open ponderosa pine, Dougla