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.

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#1. Baker Hot Spring


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 of t…
From the guidebook "Touring Hot Springs Washington and Oregon"
Mount Vernon, WA - Cross-Country Skiing, Hiking, Off-Highway Drives, Snowshoeing - 1 mile BestCross-Country Skiing, Hiking, Off-Highway Drives, Snowshoeing Trail - Click to view all (About Top Trails)
Published by Falcon Guides

#2. Mountain Loop Highway


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 r…
From the guidebook "Washington Byways"
Darrington, WA - Hiking, Off-Highway Drives - 54 miles
Published by Wilderness Press

#3. Mount Walker


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 the…
From the guidebook "Washington Byways"
Quilcene, WA - Off-Highway Drives - 9.5 miles
Published by Wilderness Press

#4. Entiat Mountains


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 road…
From the guidebook "Washington Byways"
Leavenworth, WA - Off-Highway Drives - 42 miles
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#5. High Rock Lookout Loop


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 heart-stoppi…
From the guidebook "Washington Byways"
Ashford, WA - Hiking, Off-Highway Drives - 21 miles
Published by Wilderness Press

#6. Grade Creek - Cooper Ridge


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 of t…
From the guidebook "Washington Byways"
Manson, WA - Off-Highway Drives - 59 miles
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#7. Huckleberry Ridge


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 along Hu…
From the guidebook "Washington Byways"
Greenwater, WA - Fishing, Hiking, Off-Highway Drives - 38 miles
Published by Wilderness Press

#8. Kendall Skyline Road


Mile-high Kendall Skyline Road, built in 1928, is named for the U.S. Forest Service employee (William H. Kendall) who conceived, promoted and surveyed what remains one of Washington’s most spectacular…
From the guidebook "Washington Byways"
Dayton, WA - Off-Highway Drives - 65 miles
Published by Wilderness Press

#9. Quartz Mountain


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 v…
From the guidebook "Washington Byways"
Ellensburg, WA - Off-Highway Drives - 70 miles
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#10. Cape Flattery


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 with the…
From the guidebook "Washington Byways"
Neah Bay, WA - Hiking, Off-Highway Drives - 16 miles
Published by Wilderness Press

#11. Cleman Mountain


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 feet,…
From the guidebook "Washington Byways"
Naches, WA - Off-Highway Drives - 19 miles
Published by Wilderness Press

#12. Cascade River Road


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 visitor…
From the guidebook "Washington Byways"
Marblemount, WA - Off-Highway Drives - 24 miles
Published by Wilderness Press

#13. Slate Peak


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 narrow sh…
From the guidebook "Washington Byways"
Mazama, WA - Hiking, Off-Highway Drives - 42 miles
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#14. Long Beach Peninsula


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 festiv…
From the guidebook "Washington Byways"
Oysterville, WA - Fishing, Hiking, Off-Highway Drives - 15 miles
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#15. Obstruction Point Road


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 a pow…
From the guidebook "Washington Byways"
Port Angeles, WA - Hiking, Off-Highway Drives - 15.6 miles
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#16. Bethel Ridge Road


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 Cascad…
From the guidebook "Washington Byways"
Nile, WA - Fishing, Off-Highway Drives - 33 miles
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#17. Lower Big Quilcene River


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 road to…
From the guidebook "Day Hiking: Olympic Peninsula - 2nd Edition"
Quilcene, WA - Hiking, Horseback Riding, Mountain Biking, Off-Highway Drives - 10.2 miles
Published by The Mountaineers Books

#18. Rocky Prairie


Get ready for spectacular vistas across a deep river valley and rugged wilderness, as well as a beautiful and adventurous drive on a mild 4WD road amid several interesting canyons. This trip crosses C…
From the guidebook "Washington Byways"
Naches, WA - Off-Highway Drives - 12 miles
Published by Wilderness Press

#19. Twin Lakes Road


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, and…
From the guidebook "Washington Byways"
Glacier, WA - Fishing, Hiking, Off-Highway Drives - 13.7 miles
Published by Wilderness Press

#20. Pyramid Mountain - Kloshe Nanitch


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 to a sha…
From the guidebook "Washington Byways"
Joyce, WA - Hiking, Off-Highway Drives - 44 miles
Published by Wilderness Press