Best Trail Running in Washington

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

Learn more about Top Trails

#1. Seattle's Favorite Loop - Tiger Mountain


Each New Year, Northwest ultra-runners join together for two loops on this route to take care of excess holiday eating. This tradition allows guilt-free meals all through the holidays. The route off…
From the guidebook "50 Trail Runs in Washington"
Issaquah, WA - Trail Running - 16 miles BestTrail Running Trail - Click to view all (About Top Trails)
Published by The Mountaineers Books

#2. Chehalis Western Trail (Woodard Bay Trail)


This peaceful trail hides you from a commercial district near I–5, just a few miles from the state capitol in Olympia. It passes beside homes, then farms and ponds, finally reaching the Woodard Bay Co…
From the guidebook "Rails To Trails: Washington & Oregon"
Olympia, WA - Horseback Riding, Rail-Trails, Road Biking, Trail Running - 5.5 miles
Published by The Globe Pequot Press

#3. Foothills Trail


The foothills of Mount Rainier and the southern Cascades, green valleys, rivers, creeks, eagles and salmon, small happy towns, and families at play—this is the Foothills Trail. The community created t…
From the guidebook "Rails To Trails: Washington & Oregon"
Buckley, WA - Birding, Fishing, Horseback Riding, Rail-Trails, Road Biking, Trail Running - 9 miles
Published by The Globe Pequot Press

#4. Snohomish County Interurban Trail


This excursion takes you down a historic corridor in and out of view of busy I-5, whose sea of red taillights competes in autumn with the orange-gold of maple trees, a forest of deeply colored evergre…
From the guidebook "Rails To Trails: Washington & Oregon"
Everett, WA - Rail-Trails, Road Biking, Trail Running - 14 miles
Published by The Globe Pequot Press

#5. Cedar River Trail and Lake Wilderness Trail


Beginning as a narrow path below the streets of Renton, the Cedar River Trail ascends to street level to head east toward Maple Valley and Landsburg Park. The final miles of rural, wooded pathway visi…
From the guidebook "Rails To Trails: Washington & Oregon"
Renton, WA - Fishing, Horseback Riding, Mountain Biking, Rail-Trails, Road Biking, Trail Running - 17.5 miles
Published by The Globe Pequot Press

#6. Squak Mountain


Well maintained and well marked, Squak Mountain is a good intermediate trail. The close proximity to Issaquah makes it an urban wilderness that is especially good for an evening run after work. Since…
From the guidebook "50 Trail Runs in Washington"
Issaquah, WA - Trail Running - 8 miles BestTrail Running Trail - Click to view all (About Top Trails)
Published by The Mountaineers Books

#7. Cougar Mountain Ring


The Cougar Mountain Ring or Grand Tour, as it has been referred to, has many variations. This route starts from the Wilderness Creek Trailhead and begins with a quick climb through a heavily forested…
From the guidebook "50 Trail Runs in Washington"
Issaquah, WA - Trail Running - 14 miles BestTrail Running Trail - Click to view all (About Top Trails)
Published by The Mountaineers Books

#8. Tradition Lake Plateau


This pleasant loop on Tiger Mountain’s Tradition Lake Plateau offers fairly level, scenic trails with occasional rolling hills and one semi-long climb. It has all the usual roots and rocks that a trai…
From the guidebook "50 Trail Runs in Washington"
Issaquah, WA - Trail Running - 6 miles BestTrail Running Trail - Click to view all (About Top Trails)
Published by The Mountaineers Books

#9. St. Edwards State Park


St. Edwards State Park offers more than 7 miles of meandering forest and waterfront trail, which can be combined to create a scenic and challenging workout. The trails traverse up and down the high ba…
From the guidebook "50 Trail Runs in Washington"
Kirkland, WA - Trail Running - 8 miles BestTrail Running Trail - Click to view all (About Top Trails)
Published by The Mountaineers Books

#10. Bridle Trails State Park


In the middle of the busy “east side” is a 482-acre, second-growth forest park crisscrossed with more than 28 miles of trail. Such a wonderful find so close to Interstate 405! The trails are well main…
From the guidebook "50 Trail Runs in Washington"
Kirkland, WA - Trail Running - 4.8 miles BestTrail Running Trail - Click to view all (About Top Trails)
Published by The Mountaineers Books

#11. Burke–Gilman Trail


Seattle’s popular Burke–Gilman Trail invites you on a tour of funky Fremont, Lake Union and the ship canal, the University District, Lake Washington, and north-end neighborhoods. You’ll pass above the…
From the guidebook "Rails To Trails: Washington & Oregon"
Seattle, WA - Fishing, Rail-Trails, Road Biking, Trail Running - 14 miles
Published by The Globe Pequot Press

#12. Discovery Park


Many seasoned trail runners go to Discovery Park for its convenience and beauty. With 534 acres, more than 7 miles of trails, forest, saltwater beaches, a lighthouse, and spectacular views of Puget So…
From the guidebook "50 Trail Runs in Washington"
Seattle, WA - Trail Running - 8 miles BestTrail Running Trail - Click to view all (About Top Trails)
Published by The Mountaineers Books

#13. South Sea Tac (Des Moines Creek Park Trail)


Set aside as an audio buffer zone for SeaTac International Airport, and later turned into a park, Des Moines Creek Park offers several miles of smooth, rolling, and twisting singletrack. The trails cr…
From the guidebook "Mountain Biking the Puget Sound Area"
Des Moines, WA - Mountain Biking, Trail Running - 10 miles
Published by Falcon Guides

#14. Beaver Lake


Located on the Issaquah Plateau, the Beaver Lake Trail System is microchip small but excellent for quick rides when you’re pressed for time. Three to five small singletrack loops connect to form a 3-t…
From the guidebook "Mountain Biking the Puget Sound Area"
Issaquah, WA - Horseback Riding, Mountain Biking, Trail Running - 6 miles
Published by Falcon Guides

#15. Centennial Trail to Riverside Park


The Centennial Trail begins in Idaho and runs all the way through the bicycle- friendly city of Spokane, smack into Riverside State Park. The trail is popular among more than just mountain bikers, b…
From the guidebook "Mountain Biking Washington"
Spokane, WA - Hiking, Horseback Riding, Mountain Biking, Trail Running - 37 miles
Published by Falcon Guides

#16. Galbraith Mountain


More than thirty individual trails and numerous gravel access roads weave throughout the forest of Bellingham’s Galbraith Mountain like a spider’s web gone wrong. Navigating the labyrinth of thigh-bur…
From the guidebook "Mountain Biking the Puget Sound Area"
Bellingham, WA - Cross-Country Skiing, Hiking, Horseback Riding, Mountain Biking, Trail Running - 30 miles
Published by Falcon Guides

#17. Lake to Lake Trail


Rather than just one trail, this is really a network of trails—part of my never-ending quest to travel through urban areas on trails. The Bellevue Parks Department has done a wonderful job of helping…
From the guidebook "50 Trail Runs in Washington"
Bellevue, WA - Trail Running - 19 miles
Published by The Mountaineers Books

#18. Capitol Peak


On a clear day you can see from the ocean to the mountains, including Mount Olympus, Mount Baker, Mount Rainier, and Mount Adams. The sweeping views are a highlight of this run. This trail starts at W…
From the guidebook "50 Trail Runs in Washington"
Olympia, WA - Trail Running - 9.4 miles
Published by The Mountaineers Books

#19. Tiger Mountain: Preston Railroad, Northwest Timber, Iverson Railroad, Poo Poo Point, & The Crossover Road Trails


Located in the middle of 1,300 acres of state forest, Tiger Mountain is one of the most popular mountain bike areas in the Puget Sound region. Only forty minutes from downtown, Tiger is home to more t…
From the guidebook "Mountain Biking the Puget Sound Area"
Issaquah, WA - Hiking, Horseback Riding, Mountain Biking, Trail Running - 41 miles
Published by Falcon Guides

#20. Tolt Pipeline


The Tolt Pipeline is a 100-foot-wide, 12-mile-long trail for foot, horse, and bicycle use. The Seattle Water Department built the pipeline in 1963 to bring water from the Tolt River Reservoir to the c…
From the guidebook "50 Trail Runs in Washington"
Woodinville, WA - Trail Running - 16 miles
Published by The Mountaineers Books