Washington - Outdoor Activities

Washington has approximately 5,197 trails, including 3,188 hiking trails and 392 for backpacking. These trails range from 0 to 454 miles in length. The most popular trails are Enchantment Lakes, Mount Rainier - Wonderland Trail Loop (Backpacking) and Chain Lakes. The last Trails.com member to complete a trail in Washington was Lauren W. who completed Lower Lena Lake Trail.

  • 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, ...

  • 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 ...

  • 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 ...

  • 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 ...

  • Camp Muir Trail

    9 Reviews

    Ashford, WA

    The route to Camp Muir gives hearty hikers a small taste of what alpine climbers experience. The trail stretches high up the flank of Rainier, toward the upper mountain where alpine climbers ...
    •  10 miles
    •  Guide

    The route to Camp Muir gives hearty hikers a small taste of what alpine climbers experience. The trail stretches high up ...

  • Liberty Creek Trail

    9 Reviews

    Liberty Lake Regional Park, WA

    Liberty Creek Trail is a hiking trail in Spokane County, Washington. It is within Cedar Grove Conservation Area and Liberty Lake Regional Park. It is 2.7 miles long and begins at 3,284 feet altitude. ...
    •  2.7 miles

    Liberty Creek Trail is a hiking trail in Spokane County, Washington. It is within Cedar Grove Conservation Area and Liberty ...

  • Little Si Trail

    9 Reviews

    North Bend, WA

    Too many beginners with children take on the Mount Si Trail, which proves to be so difficult that the kids may never want to hike again. Overlooked is kid-size Little Si, also difficult but more ...
    •  Day hike
    •  5 miles
    •  Guide

    Too many beginners with children take on the Mount Si Trail, which proves to be so difficult that the kids may never want ...

  • Lake Twenty-Two Trail

    8 Reviews

    Granite Falls, WA

    The most popular trail in the Stillaguamish Valley climbs through ancient cedar trees, past picture-perfect waterfalls, and up an old rock slide overgrown with bright vine maple to a cliff-bordered ...
    •  Day hike
    •  5.5 miles
    •  Guide

    The most popular trail in the Stillaguamish Valley climbs through ancient cedar trees, past picture-perfect waterfalls, and ...

  • Heather Lake Trail

    8 Reviews

    Granite Falls, WA

    The steep and rocky trail ascends through magnificent old-growth cedar and hemlock to a lake in a cirque at the foot of Mount Pilchuck. The trail begins on a 1940s logging road, comfortably wide ...
    •  Day hike or backpack
    •  4 miles
    •  Guide

    The steep and rocky trail ascends through magnificent old-growth cedar and hemlock to a lake in a cirque at the foot of Mount ...

  • 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 ...

  • Lower Lena Lake Trail

    7 Reviews

    Hoodsport, WA

    Dominated by a shoulder of The Brothers, this forest lake was formed thousands of years ago by a massive rock slide that dammed the valley. The “dam” leaks and the lake resembles a reservoir ...
    •  Day hike or backpack
    •  7 miles
    •  Guide

    Dominated by a shoulder of The Brothers, this forest lake was formed thousands of years ago by a massive rock slide that ...

  • 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 ...

  • 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 ...

  • 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 ...

  • Ebey's Landing State Park and National Historic Reserve

    7 Reviews

    Coupeville, WA

    Ebey's Landing is one of the most spectacular and historically significant locations anywhere on Puget Sound. Reminiscent of the golden hills above San Francisco Bay, the high bluffs provide ...
    •  2 to 4 hours
    •  3.5 miles
    •  Guide

    Ebey's Landing is one of the most spectacular and historically significant locations anywhere on Puget Sound. Reminiscent ...

  • 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 ...

  • Lake Twentytwo Trail

    7 Reviews

    Verlot, WA

    Perched in a spectacular basin at the base of Mount Pilchuck’s sheer northern face, sparkling Lake Twenty-two is a stunning sight. But there’s more to this popular hike than the picturesque lake ...
    •  5.4 miles
    •  Guide

    Perched in a spectacular basin at the base of Mount Pilchuck’s sheer northern face, sparkling Lake Twenty-two is a stunning ...

  • Heather Lake

    7 Reviews

    Granite Falls, WA

    The Heather Lake Trail can be a wonderful route for snowshoers as it climbs just 2 miles—gaining more than 1000 feet—through thick second- growth forest to arrive at a stunningly beautiful ...
    •  4 hours
    •  4 miles
    •  Guide

    The Heather Lake Trail can be a wonderful route for snowshoers as it climbs just 2 miles—gaining more than 1000 feet—through ...

  • 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 ...

  • 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, ...

  • Wallace Falls State Park Trail

    6 Reviews

    Gold Bar, WA

    Wallace Falls is a spectacular cataract that is visible as far as the Stevens Pass highway, miles away. In recent years, it has become easily accessible. The trail is short, sometimes steep, ...
    •  Day hike
    •  5 miles
    •  Guide

    Wallace Falls is a spectacular cataract that is visible as far as the Stevens Pass highway, miles away. In recent years, ...

  • 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 ...

  • Tolmie Peak Lookout Trail

    6 Reviews

    Carbonado, WA

    Bring the kids for this one so they can join everyone else’s kids in trooping up to see grand views at a lovely alpine lake, with none of those raspy-looking backpacker types fouling the air ...
    •  7.5 miles
    •  Guide

    Bring the kids for this one so they can join everyone else’s kids in trooping up to see grand views at a lovely alpine lake, ...

  • South Wilderness Coast

    6 Reviews

    Forks, WA

    A 17-mile one way backpack from the Third Beach trailhead to Oil City Road. This extended beach hike runs from the La Push Road to the old Oil City site on the north bank of the Hoh River. ...
    •  17 miles
    •  Guide

    A 17-mile one way backpack from the Third Beach trailhead to Oil City Road. This extended beach hike runs from the La ...

  • Dog Mountain Loop

    6 Reviews

    Cook, WA

    A steep day hike up Dog Mountain. The Dog Mountain Trail System is heavily used by many hikers and the summit is often crowded on weekends; still, the mountain provides a peaceful and scenic ...
    •  3 to 6 hours
    •  6.8 miles
    •  Guide

    A steep day hike up Dog Mountain. The Dog Mountain Trail System is heavily used by many hikers and the summit is often crowded ...