Best Trails of Washington

This list represents the most popular trails in Washington. Use this list to plan your next Washington outdoor trip. Select a state and/or activity below to find even more top trails.

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#1. Stillaguamish River: South Fork


The South Fork of the Stillaguamish is another favorite steelhead stream flowing through a rural area. Its background bluffs give it the appearance of an Ozark river, but its vegetation is strictly Pa…
From the guidebook "Paddling Washington: Routes in Washington State & the Inland Northwest"
Arlington, WA - Flatwater Kayaking & Canoeing - 11 miles Top Trail in North America - Click to view allBest Trail in wa - Click to view allBestFlatwater Kayaking & Canoeing Trail - 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 - Scenic Drives Best Trail in wa - Click to view allBestScenic Drives Trail - Click to view all (About Top Trails)
Published by Falcon Guides

#3. 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 - Backpacking, Hiking - 22 miles Best Trail in wa - Click to view all (About Top Trails)
Published by The Mountaineers Books

#4. 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 - Hiking - 5 miles Best Trail in wa - Click to view allBestHiking Trail - Click to view all (About Top Trails)
Published by Falcon Guides

#5. 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 - Backpacking, Hiking - 25 miles Best Trail in wa - Click to view all (About Top Trails)
Published by Falcon Guides

#6. Rattlesnake Ledge and Rattlesnake Mountain


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 - 8.8 miles Best Trail in wa - Click to view all (About Top Trails)
Published by Menasha Ridge 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 Guides

#8. 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 Best Trail in wa - Click to view all (About Top Trails)
Published by The Mountaineers Books

#9. Useless Bay Park and Double Bluff Beach


Useless Bay is a true oddity; the only hike in this book without any semblance of a trail. Instead, the bay provides a few miles of wild saltwater shoreline on Puget Sound for free wandering and disco…
From the guidebook "60 Hikes within 60 Miles: Seattle - Including Bellevue, Everett, and Tacoma"
Freeland, WA - Hiking - 4 miles Best Trail in wa - Click to view all (About Top Trails)
Published by Menasha Ridge Press

#10. 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 - Backpacking, Hiking - 93 miles Best Trail in wa - Click to view all (About Top Trails)
Published by Wilderness Press

#11. Franklin Falls and Old Snoqualmie Pass Wagon Road


The trail to Franklin Falls combines history and natural beauty along a compact and easily accessible loop. A visit to the falls makes for a particularly enjoyable half-day’s outing for anyone who w…
From the guidebook "60 Hikes within 60 Miles: Seattle - Including Bellevue, Everett, and Tacoma"
North Bend, WA - Hiking - 2 miles Best Trail in wa - Click to view all (About Top Trails)
Published by Menasha Ridge Press

#12. Wallace Falls State Park


This deservedly popular hike leads to an impressive series of waterfalls in the Skykomish River Valley, nine of which drop more than 50 feet and whose centerpiece is the 265-foot Middle Falls. The fal…
From the guidebook "60 Hikes within 60 Miles: Seattle - Including Bellevue, Everett, and Tacoma"
Gold Bar, WA - Hiking - 5.4 miles Best Trail in wa - Click to view all (About Top Trails)
Published by Menasha Ridge Press

#13. 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 all (About Top Trails)
Published by Falcon Guides

#14. Little Si


Long overshadowed both literally and figuratively by its big brother next door, Little Si is a worthwhile destination on its own and offers a good alternative when its hulking neighbor is too busy,…
From the guidebook "60 Hikes within 60 Miles: Seattle - Including Bellevue, Everett, and Tacoma"
North Bend, WA - Hiking - 4 miles Best Trail in wa - Click to view all (About Top Trails)
Published by Menasha Ridge Press

#15. Rattlesnake Ledge


You won’t find better views anywhere else this close to Seattle. Rattlesnake Ledge is a monolithic block of rock on the eastern end of Rattlesnake Ridge, towering high over the cool waters of Rattlesn…
From the guidebook "Day Hiking: Snoqualmie Region"
North Bend, WA - Hiking - 4 miles Best Trail in wa - Click to view all (About Top Trails)
Published by The Mountaineers Books

#16. 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 all (About Top Trails)
Published by Falcon Guides

#17. Mount Si


Just as no tourist can claim to have seen downtown Seattle without a visit to Pike Place Market, there is no such thing as a Seattle hiker who hasn’t been to the top of Mt. Si. Easy to reach, physical…
From the guidebook "60 Hikes within 60 Miles: Seattle - Including Bellevue, Everett, and Tacoma"
North Bend, WA - Hiking - 8 miles Best Trail in wa - Click to view all (About Top Trails)
Published by Menasha Ridge Press

#18. 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 - Birding, Cross-Country Skiing, Fishing, Horseback Riding, Mountain Biking, Rail-Trails - 113 miles Best Trail in wa - Click to view allBestBirding, Cross-Country Skiing, Fishing, Horseback Riding, Mountain Biking, Rail-Trails Trail - Click to view allBestBirding, Cross-Country Skiing, Fishing, Horseback Riding, Mountain Biking, Rail-Trails Trail - Click to view allBestBirding, Cross-Country Skiing, Fishing, Horseback Riding, Mountain Biking, Rail-Trails Trail - Click to view allBestBirding, Cross-Country Skiing, Fishing, Horseback Riding, Mountain Biking, Rail-Trails Trail - Click to view allBestBirding, Cross-Country Skiing, Fishing, Horseback Riding, Mountain Biking, Rail-Trails Trail - Click to view allBestBirding, Cross-Country Skiing, Fishing, Horseback Riding, Mountain Biking, Rail-Trails Trail - Click to view all (About Top Trails)
Published by The Globe Pequot Press

#19. Larrabee State Park Campground


Camping within 7 miles of an urban center doesn’t qualify as a true wilderness escape. But when time, inclination, or myriad other factors don’t allow you to throw yourself into a far-flung adventure,…
From the guidebook "The Best In Tent Camping: Washington"
Bellingham, WA - Campgrounds Best Trail in wa - Click to view all (About Top Trails)
Published by Menasha Ridge Press

#20. Twin Falls Natural Area and Olallie State Park


Located well below 2,000 feet and just off I-90, Twin Falls makes a great year-round destination, especially when winter snows close many of the hikes farther up toward Snoqualmie Pass. This hike fo…
From the guidebook "60 Hikes within 60 Miles: Seattle - Including Bellevue, Everett, and Tacoma"
North Bend, WA - Hiking - 2.5 miles Best Trail in wa - Click to view all (About Top Trails)
Published by Menasha Ridge Press