Best Nature Trips in Washington

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

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#1. Secret in the South Cascades: Late-Blooming Wildflowers of Bird Creek Meadows


Bird Creek Meadows has one of the most splendid displays of wildflowers in Washington. You will find them everywhere—in rocky gardens, in boggy wetlands near the streams, and near cascading waterfalls…
From the guidebook "Washington Nature Weekends"
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#2. Everett: Spencer Island


More than fourteen hundred acres of the Snohomish River estuary, where the waters of the river meet the saltwater of Possession Sound, are a home for more than three hundred birds and a variety of mam…
From the guidebook "Nature in the City: Seattle"
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#3. A Delectable Feast: Huckleberry Picking in the Gifford Pinchot National Forest


It’s huckleberry-picking time—don’t miss it. These delicious berries are produced in abundance in many locations around the state. One of the best is near Trout Lake, in southeastern Washington. Thi…
From the guidebook "Washington Nature Weekends"
White Salmon, WA - Nature Trips BestNature Trips Trail - Click to view all (About Top Trails)
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#4. Flourishing Wildflowers, Newborn Wildlife: Hurricane Ridge, Olympic National Park


Visit Hurricane Ridge to see gorgeous meadows of wildflowers, dramatic sunrises and sunsets, scenic mountain views, and close-up looks at black-tailed deer fawns and baby marmots. If you want to exper…
From the guidebook "Washington Nature Weekends"
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#5. Everett: Jetty Island


The only nature experience most people headed to Jetty Island seem in search of is poking their toes in the sand. As you ride across the Everett harbor to the island on the jam-packed ferry, toddlers…
From the guidebook "Nature in the City: Seattle"
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#6. Meet Me at the Feeding Station: Elk and Bighorn Sheep at Oak Creek


Winter feeding stations attract otherwise elusive elk and bighorn sheep for guaranteed close-up viewing. At Oak Creek Wildlife Area, near Yakima, as many as 2,000 Rocky Mountain elk dine each day. At…
From the guidebook "Washington Nature Weekends"
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#7. Endangered Species, Mating Dance: Columbian White-tailed Deer Rut


See endangered Columbian white-tailed deer at their refuge on the Columbia River during this month, the peak of their mating season. You almost always see white-tailed does and fawns at the refuge, es…
From the guidebook "Washington Nature Weekends"
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#8. Bellevue: Wild Wetland in Mercer Slough


Just blocks from Bellevue Square and the I-90 freeway, the 320 acres of the Mercer Slough Nature Park pulse with lush, primordial life. It’s the largest stretch of wetland left on Lake Washington, a h…
From the guidebook "Nature in the City: Seattle"
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#9. Dead Horse Canyon: Wild Plant Walk


Near the southern end of Lake Washington, the now clean waters of Taylor Creek splash through what has been called the finest urban forest in Seattle. A trash dump and drug-use area until 1996 when…
From the guidebook "Nature in the City: Seattle"
Seattle, WA - Nature Trips - 0.5 mile
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#10. Celebrating Wildflowers: Darrington Wildflower Festival


The Mount Baker–Snoqualmie National Forest, the Washington Native Plant Society, and the town of Darrington all work very hard at making this little wildflower festival worthy of your attention. Darri…
From the guidebook "Washington Nature Weekends"
Darrington, WA - Nature Trips
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#11. Finding Fungi: Wild Mushroom Show in Seattle


The Puget Sound Mycological Society’s Annual Wild Mushroom Show is billed as “one of the largest and most complete displays of fresh, wild mushrooms." You will be mesmerized. The PSMS annual mushroom…
From the guidebook "Washington Nature Weekends"
Seattle, WA - Nature Trips
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#12. Duwamish River Restoration Bike Tour: Industrial Evolution


It’s easy to feel hopeless when you read news coverage of the Superfund-listed Duwamish River. Over the past one hundred years, Seattle’s great river has been dredged, filled in, paved over, and pollu…
From the guidebook "Nature in the City: Seattle"
Seattle, WA - Nature Trips - 9 miles
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#13. Honor Our Precious Earth: Earth Day Celebration in the Tri-Cities


Earth Day, when our attention turns to the state of our environment, inspires many events across the state. One of the best is held in the Tri-Cities in a green and sprawling park along the wide Colum…
From the guidebook "Washington Nature Weekends"
Richland, WA - Nature Trips
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#14. Seward Park Natural History: From Bedrock to Eagles


If you’d like a crash course in Seattle’s natural history, Seward Park is an outdoor classroom well suited to your studies. Pick up a trail map at the nature center and venture beyond the perimeter lo…
From the guidebook "Nature in the City: Seattle"
Seattle, WA - Nature Trips
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#15. Melting Snow, Roaring Water: Waterfalls of the North Cascades


Dripping, gurgling, rushing, tumbling water—there is nothing more dramatic to remind you of the renewal and abundance of Mother Nature. Pick a waterfall and enjoy. The sounds of streams and waterfalls…
From the guidebook "Washington Nature Weekends"
Glacier, WA - Nature Trips
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#16. Good Tiding: Beach Walk at Discovery Park


Discovery Park is Seattle’s largest park and a prime destination for any nature lover. Within its 534 acres, most of which was once Fort Lawton Army Base, can be found cool woods, a restored wetland,…
From the guidebook "Nature in the City: Seattle"
Seattle, WA - Nature Trips - 3 miles
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#17. Starry, Starry Night: Table Mountain Star Party Near Ellensburg


If you are looking for a fun and relaxing chance to camp, stargaze, and mix with lots of enthusiastic and knowledgeable amateur astronomers, the Table Mountain Star Party is the place to be. It is tru…
From the guidebook "Washington Nature Weekends"
Ellensburg, WA - Nature Trips
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#18. Adventure on a Long, Long Lake: Mule Deer on the East Slope


Take a boat ride on Lake Chelan, deepest gorge in North America. Soak up the solitude and alpine scenery. See mule deer, mountain goats, and maybe even a cougar. To make it an easy day trip, stay ov…
From the guidebook "Washington Nature Weekends"
Chelan, WA - Nature Trips
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#19. Butterflies and Blossoms: Prairie Appreciation Days at Mima Mounds


Butterflies and wildflowers—look for one, you’ll find the other. On the Prairie Appreciation Day’s guided nature walks, look for the nearly twenty species of butterflies that prefer prairie plants. Yo…
From the guidebook "Washington Nature Weekends"
Olympia, WA - Nature Trips
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#20. Glass Balls and Other Treasures: Beachcombers' Fun Fair at Ocean Shores


Are you getting cabin fever? Does the beach beckon? Check out the Beachcombers’ Fun Fair at Ocean Shores. Or bundle up and go beachcombing. You may find glass Japanese floats, bottles, or other treasu…
From the guidebook "Washington Nature Weekends"
Hoquiam, WA - Nature Trips
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