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The Best Hiking in Granite Falls

Looking for the best hiking in Granite Falls? We've got you covered with the top trails, trips, hiking, backpacking, camping and more around Granite Falls. The detailed guides, photos, and reviews are all submitted by the Outbound community.

Top hiking spots in and near Granite Falls

  • Granite Falls, Washington

    Hike to Mount Pilchuck Lookout

    4.8
    5.5 mi / 2200 ft gain
    Hike the well-maintained Mount Pilchuck trail through old-growth forest and boulder fields. At the top, you'll reach a lookout tower perched on Mount Pilchuck. Pilchuck sits on the western edge of the Cascades, which offers up amazing panoramic views once you reach the summit.Pilchuck is is one o...
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  • Granite Falls, Washington

    Snowshoe to Mount Pilchuck Lookout

    5.0
    5.4 mi / 2300 ft gain
    Snowshoe or hike through old-growth forest and snowfields to reach the summit of Mount Pilchuck. Along the trail you’ll catch glimpses of the phenomenal views that lie ahead. The second half of the hike emerges from the forest and snakes through both boulder and snowfields. Be mindful of where th...
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  • Granite Falls, Washington

    Hike to Heather Lake

    4.3
    4.6 mi / 1034 ft gain
    The trail takes you on a gradual climb up to Heather Lake with beautiful second growth to admire along the way. The trail can be very wet and muddy with many tree roots to catch your toes, so make sure to wear a sturdy pair of tennis shoes or hiking shoes.When you reach the lake, the trail splits...
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  • Granite Falls, Washington

    Winter Hike to Heather Lake

    5.0
    4.6 mi / 1100 ft gain
    After exiting Mountain Loop Hwy, follow the gravel road up 1.1 miles before you reach the parking lot. WATCH FOR POTHOLES! The trailhead can be found to the left of the small parking lot. After filling out your group information in the small stand, you can begin your trek up to Heather Lake. The ...
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  • Granite Falls, Washington

    Lake 22

    4.5
    5.98 mi / 1434 ft gain
    If you're looking for a taste of the Mountain Loop Highway area, but don't have it in you for a longer, steeper journey, look no further than Lake 22. The trail starts out as flat and well-maintained, from the parking lot, before becoming a true mountain rainforest trail. Water and dampness are f...
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  • Arlington, Washington

    Victoria, Armstrong, & Pilchuck Trails

    4.6 mi / 495 ft gain
    Victoria, Armstrong, & Pilchuck Trails is a loop trail that takes you by a lake located near Arlington, Washington.
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  • Arlington, Washington

    Hike to Three Fingers Lookout

    5.0
    15 mi / 4200 ft gain
    Approximately 11 miles east of Granite Falls, WA, on the Mt. Loop Highway,  turn onto Forest Service road 41 and follow this road for 18.0 miles to the trailhead. The road is quite rough and it is recommended you have a four-wheel drive vehicle. There is a washout about halfway along the road, an...
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  • Arlington, Washington

    Hike the Boulder River Trail

    4.5
    8.6 mi / 700 ft gain
    Boulder River is a great outing for those days when you feel like you just need a good hike through the forest. This makes for a nice long day hike, but because both of the large waterfalls are within the first half of the trail, you can still see the falls without going the whole way. The trailh...
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  • Granite Falls, Washington

    Walt Bailey Trail

    8.4 mi / 2579 ft gain
    Walt Bailey Trail is an out-and-back trail that takes you by a lake located near Granite Falls, Washington.
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  • Granite Falls, Washington

    Cutthroat Lakes via Walt Bailey Trail

    4.0
    6.21 mi / 1978 ft gain
    Along the Mountain Loop Highway, past the crowds crawling over Mt. Pilchuck, lies the muddy, unkempt Walt Bailey Trail into a verdant subalpine basin speckled with tiny tarns. The Cutthroat Lakes are a delightful location to spend the night with optional day hikes up to exposed ridgelines and cra...
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  • Snohomish, Washington

    West View Trail to Devil's Butte

    3.65 mi / 384 ft gain
    West View Trail to Devil's Butte is a loop trail that takes you by a lake located near Snohomish, Washington.
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  • Gold Bar, Washington

    Greider Lakes Trail

    8.5 mi / 2054 ft gain
    Greider Lakes Trail is an approximately 8+ mile hike out-and-back from the trailhead, which is labeled after a long drive up a gravel road. First 2 miles are flat, next 3 are switchbacks up. Once you reach the first larger lake, keep going! The second one is also gorgeous. This is a beautiful hik...
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  • Darrington, Washington

    Chillin at Darrington Bluegrass Festival

    Every year people from all over the world travel to Darrington WA to sit back, relax and listen to Bluegrass. This festival, as well as the campsite, is such a magical experience and it's a great idea to make it an annual tradition.With or without the festival going on, Darrington Music Park is s...
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  • Granite Falls, Washington

    Dispersed Camp near Beaver Creek Group Camp, Mt. Baker Snoqualmie NF

    This campsite is located along the Mountain  Loop Highway. There are various options for dispersed camping around the area, as well as some you can reserve ahead of time such as the Coal Creek Campground and the Beaver Creek Group Campground. This campsite is located just before Beaver Creek grou...
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  • Gold Bar, Washington

    Hike at Wallace Falls

    4.6
    5.6 mi / 1300 ft gain
    The trailhead is located at the far end of the parking lot, next to the info kiosk and bathrooms. It starts out in a wide open area that shortly leads to stunning views of Mt. Index and Baring Mountain. The trail turns to the left and you're greeted by a beautiful Wordsworth quote carved into a t...
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  • Gold Bar, Washington

    Hike to Wallace Lake via Greg Ball Trail

    4.5
    8.2 mi / 1500 ft gain
    An alluring State Park for its massive waterfall display, Wallace Falls is a high traffic destination along Highway 2, but don't overlook Wallace Lake as the falls steal the limelight. Head East on Highway 2, once you enter the town of Gold Bar keep on the lookout for the State Park signs and tu...
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