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.

  • #1 Stillaguamish River: South Fork

    2 Reviews

    Arlington, WA

    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 ...
    •  4 hours
    •  11 miles
    •  Guide

    The South Fork of the Stillaguamish is another favorite steelhead stream flowing through a rural area. Its background bluffs ...

  • #2 Carson Hot Springs Golf & Spa Resort

    2 Reviews

    Carson, WA

    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 ...
    •  Guide

    A once sleepy Victorian-era hotel and bathhouse that features a regimen of therapeutic hot mineral baths reminiscent of ...

  • #3 Chain Lakes

    11 Reviews

    Scenic, WA

    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 ...
    •  2 days minimum
    •  22 miles
    •  Guide

    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, ...

  • #4 Olympic Hot Springs

    6 Reviews

    Port Angeles, WA

    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 ...
    •  5 miles
    •  Guide

    Includes: Appleton Pass and Boulder Lake. A day hike or overnighter to popular soaking pools in Olympic National Park. Skinnydippable ...

  • #5 Enchantment Lakes

    7 Reviews

    Leavenworth, WA

    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 ...
    •  Overnight backpacking trip
    •  25 miles
    •  Guide

    The quintessential Alpine Lakes Wilderness hike to the fabled Enchantment Lakes. No hike in the Alpine Lakes Wilderness compares ...

  • #6 Rattlesnake Ledge and Rattlesnake Mountain

    7 Reviews

    North Bend, WA

    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 ...
    •  2-6 hours
    •  8.8 miles
    •  Guide

    Long a popular outing for its proximity to Seattle and commanding views of the Snoqualmie Valley, Rattlesnake Ledge is a ...

  • #7 Hoh River

    9 Reviews

    Forks, WA

    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.
    •  35 miles
    •  Guide

    A 17.5-mile (one way) backpack from the Hoh RainforestVisitor Center to Glacier Meadows, with an extra 0.6-mile side trip ...

  • #8 Useless Bay Park and Double Bluff Beach

    7 Reviews

    Freeland, WA

    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 ...
    •  3 to 4 hours
    •  4 miles
    •  Guide

    Useless Bay is a true oddity; the only hike in this book without any semblance of a trail. Instead, the bay provides a few ...

  • #9 Mount Rainier - Wonderland Trail Loop (Backpacking)

    7 Reviews

    Buckley, WA

    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 ...
    •  8-13 days
    •  93 miles
    •  Guide

    The famous Wonderland Trail, which completely circles Mount Rainier, is not only the finest long hike in Washington; it is ...

  • #10 Franklin Falls and Old Snoqualmie Pass Wagon Road

    7 Reviews

    North Bend, WA

    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 ...
    •  1 to 2 hours
    •  2 miles
    •  Guide

    The trail to Franklin Falls combines history and natural beauty along a compact and easily accessible loop. A visit to the ...

  • #11 Wallace Falls State Park

    10 Reviews

    Gold Bar, WA

    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. ...
    •  2 to 4 hours
    •  5.4 miles
    •  Guide

    This deservedly popular hike leads to an impressive series of waterfalls in the Skykomish River Valley, nine of which drop ...

  • #12 Little Si

    6 Reviews

    North Bend, WA

    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 ...
    •  2 to 3 hours
    •  4 miles
    •  Guide

    Long overshadowed both literally and figuratively by its big brother next door, Little Si is a worthwhile destination on ...

  • #13 Rattlesnake Ledge

    9 Reviews

    North Bend, WA

    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 ...
    •  4 miles
    •  Guide

    You won’t find better views anywhere else this close to Seattle. Rattlesnake Ledge is a monolithic block of rock on the eastern ...

  • #14 Mount Si

    6 Reviews

    North Bend, WA

    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, ...
    •  4 to 7 hours
    •  8 miles
    •  Guide

    Just as no tourist can claim to have seen downtown Seattle without a visit to Pike Place Market, there is no such thing as ...

  • #15 John Wayne Pioneer Trail (West)

    5 Reviews

    North Bend, WA

    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 ...
    •  113 miles
    •  Guide

    The John Wayne Pioneer Trail crosses most of Washington State. The developed portion lies within the Iron Horse State Park. ...

  • #16 Larrabee State Park Campground

    2 Reviews

    Bellingham, WA

    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 ...
    •  Guide

    Camping within 7 miles of an urban center doesn’t qualify as a true wilderness escape. But when time, inclination, or myriad ...

  • #17 Twin Falls Natural Area and Olallie State Park

    8 Reviews

    North Bend, WA

    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 ...
    •  2 to 3 hours
    •  2.5 miles
    •  Guide

    Located well below 2,000 feet and just off I-90, Twin Falls makes a great year-round destination, especially when winter ...

  • #18 Cape Alava Loop

    6 Reviews

    Sekiu, WA

    Wander the wild, rugged outer coast on this 8.8-mile loop trail leading through coastal forests to miles of rocky tidepools, sea stacks, and arches. With its minimal elevation gain, the loop ...
    •  5 - 6 hours
    •  8.8 miles
    •  Guide

    Wander the wild, rugged outer coast on this 8.8-mile loop trail leading through coastal forests to miles of rocky tidepools, ...

  • #19 Snohomish County Centennial Trail

    5 Reviews

    Snohomish, WA

    This trail comes in two parts. A paved trail leaves the city of Snohomish and travels north through farmland, wetlands, and fields; at Lake Stevens the pathway turns to rough dirt and runs through ...
    •  15.75 miles
    •  Guide

    This trail comes in two parts. A paved trail leaves the city of Snohomish and travels north through farmland, wetlands, and ...

  • #20 Falls Creek Falls

    6 Reviews

    Bare Mountain, WA

    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 ...
    •  2.5 hours
    •  3.4 miles
    •  Guide

    Looking for an easy trail to a spectacular destination? This is it. This 1.7-mile ramble gains about 700 feet—which you will ...