The Best Hiking in Washington

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

Top hiking spots in and near Washington

  • Ronald, Washington

    Spade and Venus Lakes

    5.0
    26.47 mi / 2300 ft gain
    Nestled in a high rocky cirque near the upper reaches of Mt Daniel, Spade and Venus Lakes are two of the most remote lakes in the Alpine Lake Wilderness. But to experience this level of pure isolation, you'll need to earn it; the shortest hike in to the lakes is 14 miles, the majority of which i...
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  • Ashford, Washington

    Hike to Panorama Point

    4.6
    5.4 mi / 1700 ft gain
    This 5.4 mile loop hike begins at the Paradise Visitors Center in Mount Rainier National Park. You just follow the skyline trail that begins from the steps with the John Muir quote on them. The hike goes up 1700 feet to its highest point at 7100 feet. From this high up you have some amazing views...
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  • North Bend, Washington

    Hike to Goldmyer Hot Springs

    3.5
    4.5 mi
    Goldmyer Hot Springs is a beautiful little gem nestled within the wilderness of the stunning Cascade Mountains. This hot springs complex is situated on the old remains of a mining town, and delivers steadily flowing water to a set of tiered pools along the mountainside. The “cave” pool at the top...
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  • Gold Bar, Washington

    Lake Serene and Bridal Veil Falls

    4.8
    7.74 mi / 2569 ft gain
    Consider this a must-do if you are in Seattle and feel like knocking out two amazing hikes AND getting to see a hidden lake all along US 2. The trail starts out on an old road with the typical amazing forest surrounding you. After roughly 2 miles the road will end and you can go right (signage i...
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  • Port Angeles, Washington

    Olympic Hot Springs

    3.7
    21.52 mi / 3556 ft gain
    A local favorite, this moderate day hike winds its way uphill from the Appleton Pass trailhead through old growth stands of fir, hemlock and cedar for 2.2 miles to a cluster of hot springs interspersed among the trees. Note: This route is now closed due to a washed out road. The current route is ...
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  • North Bend, Washington

    Hike to Rattlesnake Ledge

    3.9
    4 mi / 1160 ft gain
    If you’re looking for a fairly easy hike with a great view at the top, the hike to Rattlesnake Ledge is just for you. The Ledge is located on the eastern end of Rattlesnake Ridge, and is the perfect spot to enjoy panoramic views of Rattlesnake Lake, the Cascades, Mt. Si, and Snoqualmie Pass. But ...
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  • Snoqualmie, Washington

    Snoqualmie Falls

    4.3
    1.4 mi / 509 ft gain
    Snoqualmie Falls is one of the most popular waterfalls in Washington. The waterfall is almost 270 feet tall and ranges in width all the way up to 150 feet when the water is really running. On sunny, warm days, it can be a little overrun with tourists. Figure out where you want to get your photo ...
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  • Whatcom County, Washington

    Hike to Winchester Mountain Fire Lookout

    4.8
    3.5 mi / 1320 ft gain
    Winchester Mountain is said to have the greatest reward for least amount of effort in all the North Cascades. One of the last fire-lookouts in the region stands on the summit. Views from the summit of Winchester Mountain are beautiful and dramatic to say the least. Being one of the easiest hikes...
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  • Leavenworth, Washington

    The Enchantments: Hike to Colchuck Lake

    4.4
    8 mi / 2280 ft gain
    To reach the trailhead, turn onto Icicle Creek Road from US2. Drive 8.4 miles and turn left onto Forest Service Road 7601. Follow the potholed dirt road 3.7 miles to the Stuart Lake trailhead. Parking for about 20-30 cars and a toilet are available in the lot. Northwest Forest Pass required.The f...
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  • Granite Falls, Washington

    Hike to the Big Four Ice Caves

    4.3
    2.2 mi / 200 ft gain
    Disclaimer: Hiking into the caves is extremely dangerous as there is potential for the ice to fall. We do not recommend hiking inside of them and if you choose to do so, you're doing it at your own risk.This is a short hike at just 2.2 miles roundtrip with little elevation change. The hike takes ...
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  • Cook, Washington

    Hike to Spirit Falls

    4.0
    1.5 mi / 516 ft gain
    NOTE: Access to this hike is currently closed. A Part of this hike goes through private land. At this time, the landowner is not granting access to hikers.There are no signs or trail head for the falls, but it's a popular spot for kayakers and photographers, so look for a faint boot path directly...
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  • Issaquah, Washington

    Poo Poo Point

    4.3
    6.57 mi / 1880 ft gain
    The Poo Poo Point trail is a great option for beautiful forest and great views only about 20 minutes outside of Seattle. The longer and less steep of the two routes to Poo Poo Point, this trail leaves from the Issaquah High School (the shorter and steeper Chirico Trail leaves from the paragliding...
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  • Concrete, Washington

    Backpack Park Butte

    5.0
    Looking for somewhere to backpack or capture the Milky Way on the west slope of the Cascades? Look no further than Park Butte. It has some of the best views of Mt. Baker's West Slope, on top of having access to the Park Butte fire lookout. This is one of the best locations you can stay overnight ...
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  • LaCrosse, Washington

    Explore Palouse Falls

    4.4
    Back in early 2014, a group of fifth-graders from nearby Washtucna, Washington were able to convince the governor to name Palouse Falls the official State Waterfall.These miniature John Muirs were on to something.Palouse Falls is every bit as accessible as it is spectacular. From the parking lot,...
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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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  • Carbonado, Washington

    Hike to Summit Lake

    4.5
    5 mi / 1250 ft gain
    Summit Lake, nestled in a small basin just north of Mt. Rainier National Park in the Clearwater Wilderness, has everything a hiker could want in a day-hike or easy overnight backpack. The views, the well-maintained trail, and a perfect distance make this hike a must-do for anybody in the Pacific ...
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