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Explore 25 Gorgeous Lakes in Washington

Washington has lakes for days...

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Sure, adventure is all about the journey. But it doesn’t hurt when the final destination comes with lunch (and maybe a cold one) next a beautiful mountain lake, right? If you agree, then you’ll love exploring Washington. With nearly 8,000 lakes across the state, there are plenty of options to satisfy whatever adventure you’re craving...a multi-day trek, quick day hike, or just pull up the car and take in the view. We know you can’t sort through 8,000 lakes so we’ve done you a favor with this list of 20 gorgeous lakes in Washington. You can thank us later. For now, bust open your bucket list and start making your plans!

1. Hike to Lake Serene and Bridal Veil Falls

Photo: Scott Kranz

2. Backpack to Tank Lakes

Photo: Mitch Pittman

3. Hike Lake 22

Photo: Gemina Garland-Lewis

4. Camp at Takhlakh Lake

Photo: Angela Service

5. Paddle Lake Union

Photo: Michael Gabbert

6. Backpack to Marmot and Jade Lake

Photo: Colin Ayers

7. Hike Ancient Lakes

Photo: Mitch Pittman

8. Hike to Goat Lake

Photo: Gemina Garland-Lewis

9. Explore Diablo Lake

Photo: Scott Kranz

10. Backpack to Spade and Venus Lakes

Photo: Jason Zabriskie

11. Hike to Colchuck Lake

Photo: Mikaela Tangeman

12. Hike Chain Lakes

Photo: Jason Horstman

13. Hike to Hidden Lake Lookout

Photo: Christin Healey

14. Backpack to Snow Lake

Photo: Michael Matti

15. Hike to Lake Ingalls

Photo: Jason Horstman

16. Hike to Upper Palisades

Photo: John Chau

17. Hike to Gillette Lake

Photo: Hannah Kemp

18. Backpack Tuck and Robin Lakes

Photo: Jason Zabriskie

19. Hike to Big Heart Lake

Photo: Bryan Carroll

20. Explore Tipsoo Lake

Photo: Lorene Voskinarian

21. Hike to Blue Lake

Photo: Nick Lake

22. Hike to Lake Stuart

Photo: Rose Freeman

23. Hike to Barclay Lake

Photo: Michael Gabbert

24. Explore Reflection Lakes

Photo: Jon King

25. Backpack to Gem Lake

Photo: Felix Madrid

Cover photo: Scott Kranz

We want to acknowledge and thank the past, present, and future generations of all Native Nations and Indigenous Peoples whose ancestral lands we travel, explore, and play on. Always practice Leave No Trace ethics on your adventures and follow local regulations. Please explore responsibly!

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