Best Off-Highway Drives in Washington

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

  • #1 Baker Hot Spring

    3 Reviews

    Mount Vernon, WA

    An easily accessible soaking pool in a forest glen surrounded by cedars and Douglas fir. After being jostled on the bumpy forest road that leads to the parking area, you’ll savor the hushed quiet ...
    •  1 miles
    •  Guide

    An easily accessible soaking pool in a forest glen surrounded by cedars and Douglas fir. After being jostled on the bumpy ...

  • #2 Mountain Loop Highway

    2 Reviews

    Darrington, WA

    From the old railroad town of Granite Falls to the logging center of Darrington, Mountain Loop Highway (a Forest Service scenic byway) follows the Stillaguamish and Sauk rivers through a mountainous ...
    •  Difficulty
    •  2.5 hours up to a full day including side hikes
    •  54 miles
    •  Guide

    From the old railroad town of Granite Falls to the logging center of Darrington, Mountain Loop Highway (a Forest Service ...

  • #3 Mount Walker

    2 Reviews

    Quilcene, WA

    Mt. Walker is the only peak facing Puget Sound that has a road to its summit. Once on its 2,804-foot summit, you will find broad vistas at the north and south viewpoints. The views stretch across ...
    •  Difficulty
    •  45 minutes
    •  9.5 miles
    •  Guide

    Mt. Walker is the only peak facing Puget Sound that has a road to its summit. Once on its 2,804-foot summit, you will find ...

  • #4 Entiat Mountains

    2 Reviews

    Leavenworth, WA

    The Entiat Mountains’ high ridgeline roads provide fabulous views of the Cascade Range, particularly from the lookout on 5,814-foot Sugarloaf Peak. Easy, though rocky in places, on native-surface ...
    •  Difficulty
    •  2.5 hours
    •  42 miles
    •  Guide

    The Entiat Mountains’ high ridgeline roads provide fabulous views of the Cascade Range, particularly from the lookout on ...

  • #5 High Rock Lookout Loop

    1 Reviews

    Ashford, WA

    The broad vistas (in clear weather) across the southern Cascades are outstanding. But the grand prize is the hike through old-growth forest to High Rock fire lookout. It is perched on the he ...
    •  Difficulty
    •  1 - 3 hours, including hike to lookout
    •  21 miles
    •  Guide

    The broad vistas (in clear weather) across the southern Cascades are outstanding. But the grand prize is the hike through ...

  • #6 Huckleberry Ridge

    2 Reviews

    Greenwater, WA

    Sun Top Lookout, built in 1932 on a 5,271-foot peak, provides an excellent view of Mt. Rainier, including Winthrop Glacier, and the Cascade Range—if the weather cooperates. The main road runs ...
    •  2.5 - 3 hours
    •  38 miles
    •  Guide

    Sun Top Lookout, built in 1932 on a 5,271-foot peak, provides an excellent view of Mt. Rainier, including Winthrop Glacier, ...

  • #7 Grade Creek - Cooper Ridge

    1 Reviews

    Manson, WA

    You will climb 4,700 feet up the western face of steep and deeply furrowed mountains that tower over the 55-mile-long, water-filled glacial trough of Lake Chelan. Then you will drive on the crest ...
    •  Difficulty
    •  3.5 - 4 hours
    •  59 miles
    •  Guide

    You will climb 4,700 feet up the western face of steep and deeply furrowed mountains that tower over the 55-mile-long, water-filled ...

  • #8 Kendall Skyline Road (#64)

    2 Reviews

    Umatilla National Forest, WA

    Kendall Skyline Road (#64) is a hiking, biking, and horse trail in Washington and Oregon. It is within Umatilla National Forest. It is 15.8 miles long and begins at 5,836 feet altitude. Traveling ...
    •  Difficulty
    •  3.5 hours
    •  15.8 miles
    •  Guide

    Kendall Skyline Road (#64) is a hiking, biking, and horse trail in Washington and Oregon. It is within Umatilla National ...

  • #9 Quartz Mountain

    0 Reviews

    Ellensburg, WA

    The route follows South Fork Manastash Creek in a beautiful gorge, eventually bringing you to the pretty riparian area at Buck Meadows. The summit of Quartz Mountain (6,400 feet) provides a terrific ...
    •  Difficulty
    •  3.5 hours
    •  70 miles
    •  Guide

    The route follows South Fork Manastash Creek in a beautiful gorge, eventually bringing you to the pretty riparian area at ...

  • #10 Cleman Mountain

    1 Reviews

    Naches, WA

    Cleman Mountain, a 15-mile-long ridge formed of Columbia Basin lava flows more than 10 million years ago, was named in 1868 for settler Augustan Cleman. It rises to an elevation of nearly 5,000 ...
    •  Difficulty
    •  1.5 hours or more for exploring road network
    •  19 miles
    •  Guide

    Cleman Mountain, a 15-mile-long ridge formed of Columbia Basin lava flows more than 10 million years ago, was named in 1868 ...

  • #11 Cape Flattery

    1 Reviews

    Neah Bay, WA

    Cape Flattery, the most northwestern point in the contiguous states, is the home of the Makah Nation. It was named in 1778 by British Capt. James Cook for the point of land that “flattered us ...
    •  Difficulty
    •  1 to 2.5 hours including boardwalk foot trail
    •  16 miles
    •  Guide

    Cape Flattery, the most northwestern point in the contiguous states, is the home of the Makah Nation. It was named in 1778 ...

  • #12 Cascade River Road

    1 Reviews

    Marblemount, WA

    Cascade River Road ascends a forested valley hewn by glaciers and long traveled by Indians, pioneers, explorers and miners. Today, this remote entrance to North Cascades National Park attracts ...
    •  Difficulty
    •  1.5 hours
    •  24 miles
    •  Guide

    Cascade River Road ascends a forested valley hewn by glaciers and long traveled by Indians, pioneers, explorers and miners. ...

  • #13 Slate Peak

    1 Reviews

    Mazama, WA

    Harts Pass Road, built to access a gold-mining district that boomed in the late 1800s and continued into the 1900s, will take you to a gorgeous alpine setting. It edges along a drop-off on a ...
    •  Difficulty
    •  2 hours not including time for hike to the lookout
    •  42 miles
    •  Guide

    Harts Pass Road, built to access a gold-mining district that boomed in the late 1800s and continued into the 1900s, will ...

  • #14 Long Beach Peninsula

    1 Reviews

    Oysterville, WA

    Long Beach claims the world’s longest drivable beach, as well as fishing and clam digging (season varies; state permit required), and many other beach-oriented activities. An international kite ...
    •  Up to a full day
    •  15 miles
    •  Guide

    Long Beach claims the world’s longest drivable beach, as well as fishing and clam digging (season varies; state permit required), ...

  • #15 Obstruction Point Road

    1 Reviews

    Port Angeles, WA

    With its wildflowers and views of the Olympic Mountains, particularly glacier-capped 7,965-foot Mt. Olympus and the park’s deep river valleys, this short, narrow and winding ridgeline road packs ...
    •  Difficulty
    •  1 hour to all day with hiking and sightseeing
    •  15.6 miles
    •  Guide

    With its wildflowers and views of the Olympic Mountains, particularly glacier-capped 7,965-foot Mt. Olympus and the park’s ...

  • #16 Bethel Ridge Road

    0 Reviews

    Nile, WA

    Bethel Ridge Road climbs over a 5,000-foot-elevation volcanic ridge east of William O. Douglas Wilderness, passing through a mixed forest. The views of the valleys, ridges and peaks east of the ...
    •  2 hours
    •  33 miles
    •  Guide

    Bethel Ridge Road climbs over a 5,000-foot-elevation volcanic ridge east of William O. Douglas Wilderness, passing through ...

  • #17 Lower Big Quilcene River

    1 Reviews

    Quilcene, WA

    Big Quilcene River Trail No. 833.1 to Marmot Pass (Hike 53) is one of the most popular trails in Olympic National Forest. What many hikers don’t realize is that it was once twice as long. The ...
    •  Difficulty
    •  10.2 miles
    •  Guide

    Big Quilcene River Trail No. 833.1 to Marmot Pass (Hike 53) is one of the most popular trails in Olympic National Forest. ...

  • #18 Twin Lakes Road

    0 Reviews

    Glacier, WA

    This road packs more spectacular scenery per mile than any other in the book, but it is a source of contention between those who want vehicle access to the two pretty lakes for which it is named, ...
    •  1.5 hours to 4 hours, including the 3.4 mile lookout hike
    •  13.7 miles
    •  Guide

    This road packs more spectacular scenery per mile than any other in the book, but it is a source of contention between those ...

  • #19 Colockum Road

    0 Reviews

    Kittitas, WA

    In the 1880s, this mountain road over Colockum Pass (5,373 feet) was part of a long and important freight and emigrant route linking The Dalles, Oregon, the Ruby mines and British Columbia, Canada. ...
    •  Difficulty
    •  2 hours
    •  30 miles
    •  Guide

    In the 1880s, this mountain road over Colockum Pass (5,373 feet) was part of a long and important freight and emigrant route ...

  • #20 Pyramid Mountain - Kloshe Nanitch

    1 Reviews

    Joyce, WA

    You’ll drive to the edge of old-growth forest while enjoying vistas across the Strait of Juan de Fuca to Vancouver Island. You can experience the old-growth forest afoot on the ridgeline hike ...
    •  Difficulty
    •  4.5 hours
    •  44 miles
    •  Guide

    You’ll drive to the edge of old-growth forest while enjoying vistas across the Strait of Juan de Fuca to Vancouver Island. ...