The Best Outdoor Activities in Washington

Discover the best hiking, camping, backpacking, fitness, and more.

Backpack to Spade and Venus Lakes

Washington / Salmon La Sac Trailhead

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.

Jason Zabriskie
1391 Saves

Hike to Panorama Point

Washington / Skyline Trail

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.

Michael Matti
1233 Saves

Hike to Goldmyer Hot Springs

Washington / Goldmyer Hot Springs

Goldmyer Hot Springs is a beautiful little gem nestled within the wilderness of the stunning Cascade Mountains.

Photograph Snoqualmie Falls

Washington / Snoqualmie Falls

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.

Michael Gabbert
1080 Saves

Hike to Winchester Mountain Fire Lookout

Washington / Twin Lakes Trailhead

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.

Beau Ramsey
1060 Saves

Hike to Rattlesnake Ledge

Washington / Rattlesnake Ledge

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.

Scott Kranz
1017 Saves

Hike to the Big Four Ice Caves

Washington / Big Four Ice Caves

Disclaimer: Hiking into the caves is extremely dangerous as there is potential for the ice to fall.

Michael Matti
973 Saves

Spend a Night at TreeHouse Point

Washington / TreeHouse Point

This is one of the most magical and romantic places on the planet to get a good night's rest. You'll find that words will escape you when it comes to describing how this place makes you feel.

Michael Wigle
964 Saves

Hike to Lake Serene and Bridal Veil Falls

Washington / Lake Serene Trail - Bridal Veil Falls

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.

Scott Kranz
935 Saves

Hike to Spirit Falls

Washington / Spirit Falls Trailhead

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 from the pulloff on Cook Underwood Road and follow it to.

Angela Service
878 Saves

Backpack Park Butte

Washington / Park Butte Trail

Looking for somewhere to backpack or capture the Milky Way on the west slope of the Cascades? Look no further than Park Butte. With some of the best views of Mt.

Derek Cook
849 Saves

The Enchantments: Hike to Colchuck Lake

Washington / Colchuck Lake Trail

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.

Mikaela Tangeman
833 Saves

Hike Mailbox Peak

Washington / Mailbox Trailhead

Take exit 34 from I-90. Head north on 468th Ave SE until the intersection with the SE Middle Fork Road. Turn right onto the Middle Fork Road. Follow SE Middle Fork Road 2.

Mikaela Tangeman
787 Saves

Hike to Mount Pilchuck Lookout

Washington / Mount Pilchuck Trail

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.

Scott Kranz
767 Saves

Hike to Olympic Hot Springs

Washington / Olympic Hot Springs Trailhead

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.

Matt Williams
751 Saves

Hike to Poo Poo Point

Washington / Poo Poo Point Trailhead

The Poo Poo Point trail is a great option for beautiful forest and great views only about 20 minutes outside of Seattle.

Hike at Wallace Falls

Washington / Wallace Falls Trailhead

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.

Hike to Summit Lake

Washington / Summit Lake Trail 1177

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.

Nick Lake
697 Saves

Explore Palouse Falls

Washington / Palouse Falls State Park

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.

Mitch Pittman
682 Saves

Hike to the Summit of Granite Mountain

Washington / Pratt Lake Trail

The trek up Granite Mountain is a strenuous and fairly steep hike located east of Seattle and west of Snoqualmie pass off of I-90.

Casey Sullivan
681 Saves

Hike to Hidden Lake Lookout

Washington / Hidden Lake Trail

Be careful when heading up this 4.5 mile trail since there can be snow coverage into the summer. When you start the trail, you'll get a little tree coverage as you start climbing up.

Christin Healey
661 Saves

Hike to Guillemont Cove Stump House

Washington / Guillemot Cove Trail

Have you ever been inside a stump house? This is your chance! Just outside of Seabeck, Washington lies a hobbit stump house tucked into a mossy forest on the shores of Guillemont Cove.

Rose Freeman
658 Saves

Hike Lake 22

Washington / Lake 22 Trail

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.

Camp at Second Beach in Olympic NP

Washington / Second Beach

Second Beach is recognized as one of Olympic National Park’s crown jewels, and its views and surroundings don’t disappoint.

Michael Matti
632 Saves

Hike Mt. Si

Washington / Mt Si Trail

Mount Si is probably one of the most well trekked hikes around the Seattle area, but one that any hiker-new to the game or an old pro-should experience as least once.

Hike and Swim Twin Falls

Washington / Twin Falls Trail

For a portion of this 3-mile hike, you'll trek next to the South Fork Snoqualmie River, so take in the peaceful sound of the river running.

Kurtis Evans
617 Saves

4 Day Backpacking Trip in the Enchantments

Washington / Snow Lake Trail

The Alpine Lakes Wilderness named “The Enchantments” draws explorers from all over the world.

Rose Freeman
592 Saves

Hike up Hurricane Hill

Washington / Hurricane Ridge Trail

To get to this hike you drive up to Hurricane Ridge in Olympic National Park. The drive up to Hurricane Ridge is on a winding road with amazing views of the mountains.

Michael Matti
581 Saves

Hike to Franklin Falls

Washington / Franklin Falls Trail

This is an easy 2 mile roundtrip hike that leads to beautiful Franklin Falls. The trail is very well maintained and is easy for even young hikers to travel.

Michael Matti
567 Saves

Hike Gothic Basin

Washington / Gothic Basin, Central Cascades, WA

Looking for a hike that will make you feel like you're in a foreign landscape, but don't have to deal with that far of a drive? Then consider hiking Gothic Basin.

Derek Cook
538 Saves

Summit Mount Ellinor

Washington / Mount Ellinor Upper Trailhead

Hikers who reach the summit of Mount Ellinor are treated to a rarer view of Olympic National Park, one that is notably more immersive, rugged and dynamic than the common vista from Hurricane Ridge.

Nick Lake
538 Saves

Hike To The Summit of Beacon Rock

Washington / Beacon Rock

Beacon Rock is one of the most recognizable landmarks along the Columbia River Gorge. It’s a 848-foot basalt monolith (singular piece of rock) that was once the core of an ancient volcano.

Brian Heifferon
530 Saves

Hike to Park Butte Lookout

Washington / Park Butte Trail

This place is really the stuff of fairy tales.

Mitch Pittman
517 Saves

Day Hike the Enchantments

Washington / Lake Stuart Trailhead

Start at the Stuart Lake trailhead, which at 3400' is a full 2000' higher than the Snow Lake trailhead you'll finish at. Put 2.

Mitch Pittman
513 Saves

Hike to Blanca Lake

Washington / Blanca Lake Trail

Take US Hwy 2 east from Monroe to just past the town of Skykomish. Turn left on to FR 65 and drive past the Beckler River Campground.

Mikaela Tangeman
507 Saves

Camp on Orcas Island

Washington / Obstruction Pass State Park

When your ferry ports at Orca, make your way to Obstruction State Park on the east side of the island. The trail head breaks off in two directions. The fastest way to the campground is the 0.

Aaron White
504 Saves

Backpack Marmot Pass

Washington / Marmot Pass Trail

This trail has a nice, steady climb that's perfect for beginner or intermediate backpackers. The first 2.5 miles follow a forest trail along the Big Quilcene River.

Ashlee Langholz
501 Saves

Night Photography at Gasworks Park

Washington / Gasworks Park

Everyone knows Gasworks Park for its awesome views of downtown Seattle.

Kyle Szegedi
491 Saves

A Sunset and Beach Bonfire at Golden Gardens Park

Washington / Golden Gardens Park

Golden Gardens Park is a beautiful, sandy gem that’s perfect for spending a sunny summer day lounging on the beach, exploring the shore, stand up paddling, or even playing beach volleyball.

Alite Designs
484 Saves

Explore the Ape Caves

Washington / Ape Cave

As if erupting volcanoes weren't awesome enough, ancient lava flows also left behind these giant, hollow tubes as they cooled. Spend all day exploring deep underground in this 2.5 mile cave.

Mitch Pittman
475 Saves

Chillin' at Discovery Park Beach

Washington / Discovery Park Beach

Discovery Park and its beach area great for walking, running, photography, and taking in a sunset. If you want to put your feet in the sand, head down to the western most part of the park.

Scott Kranz
468 Saves

Hike to Heather Lake

Washington / Mount Pilchuck Trail

The trail takes you on a gradual climb up to Heather Lake with beautiful second growth to admire along the way.

Tara Warolin
465 Saves

Hike Rattlesnake Mountain

Washington / Snoqualmie Point Park

The Rattlesnake Mountain Trail is often associated with Rattlesnake Ledge, one of the busiest hiking destinations around.

Jacob Sacquitne
456 Saves

Hike to Falls Creek Falls, Washington

Washington / Trailhead 152

The trail to Falls Creek Falls is well maintained with a few short moderately steep areas. The trail hugs the creek for the first mile, and takes you through old growth trees for the second mile.

Angela Service
445 Saves

Explore Evergreen Mountain Lookout

Washington / Evergreen Mountain Lookout

This is a relatively short hike, at only 2.6 miles round trip, that takes you up to the nearly 5600 foot summit. The hike may be short but it is extremely steep, gaining 1300ft in the 1.

Michael Matti
444 Saves

Snowshoe to Mount Pilchuck Lookout

Washington / Mount Pilchuck Trail

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.

See the Milky Way over Mt. Rainier

Washington / Sourdough Ridge Trail, Mount Rainier NP

The Milky Way and Mount Rainier is a beautiful combination. In order to get a photo of the Milky Way over Mount Rainier you need to be in the right spot at the right time of year.

Michael Matti
439 Saves

Backpack to Tank Lakes

Washington / Necklace Valley Trailhead

Tucked high in the heart of the Alpine Lakes Wilderness, Tank Lakes has everything you could ask for out of a Washington hike.

Mitch Pittman
435 Saves

Hike Hamilton Mountain

Washington / Hamilton Mountain Trailhead

Hamilton Mountain has one of the best views in the Columbia Gorge. The hike starts out with a gradual uphill climb through an old-growth forest.

Isaac Koval
424 Saves

Hike the Cape Horn Trail

Washington / Cape Horn Trailhead

The Cape Horn Trail is great for those who are short on time, but still want to get outside for something close by with great views.

David Schelske
417 Saves

Hike Little Si

Washington / Little Si Trail

Little Si, neighbor to the bigger Mount Si is a decent hike for beginners and families with younger children. It is 4.7 miles round trip (including Boulder Garden Loop - 1.

Ella Grace
413 Saves

Backpack Tuck and Robin Lakes

Washington / Deception Pass Trailhead

Robin Lakes have been coined "The Little Enchantments", and once you visit, you'll realize the nickname is strikingly accurate.

Jason Zabriskie
412 Saves

Hike Silver Star Mountain

Washington / Silver Star Trailhead

Silver Star is simply a must-do hike for adventure lovers here in the Northwest! From the parking area, take the main trail up to the first open meadow.

David Schelske
410 Saves

Hike to Tolmie Peak's Fire Lookout

Washington / Tolmie Peak Trail

Mount Rainier is spectacular to look at, but sometimes the best views aren't from on its slopes, but just a little ways away.

Mitch Pittman
410 Saves

Hike to Meadowdale Beach

Washington / Meadowdale Beach Trail

If you plan to hike to this beach on the weekend, arrive early because the parking lot fills up fast. From the trailhead, hike down through an old forest along a stream to reach Meadowdale Beach Park.

Rose Freeman
410 Saves

Hike to Panther Creek Falls

Washington / Panther Creek Falls Parking

This hidden beauty is just north of Carson, Washington. Watch for Panther Creek campground signs and follow the twisting road about 7 miles to a rock quarry and park there.

Angela Service
409 Saves

Explore Ruby Beach

Washington / Ruby Beach

If you’re looking for a mellow day at the beach, this is a great spot! There’s an easy path from the parking area down to the beach that’s less than 0.

Scott Kranz
407 Saves

Snowy Hike to Rattlesnake Ledge

Washington / Rattlesnake Ledge

The trail to Rattlesnake Ledge is one of the busiest in Washington. Usually, a Saturday or Sunday is a no go for a lot of avid hikers due to the crowds.

Jacob Sacquitne
407 Saves

Hike to Teneriffe Falls (Kamikaze Falls)

Washington / Teneriffe Falls Trailhead, Northbend

The lesser known Mt Si Rd trail starts off as a relatively flat road. This continues for two miles until you reach the Teneriffe Falls sign.

Molly Adshead
404 Saves

Take in the View at Kerry Park

Washington / Kerry Park

Located at the top of Queen Anne Hill, Kerry Park is a favorite destination for photography. On any given day you'll find tourists and locals relaxing in the park and enjoying the beautiful view.

Lisa Zook Sorensen
401 Saves

Camp & Hike at the Deception Pass Headlands

Washington / Deception Pass State Park

THE TRAIL: On the north side of the bridge, you'll come across Rosario Rd. Take this down to the Bowman Bay parking lot and your trailhead begins here.

Dog Mountain Hike

Washington / Dog Mountain Trailhead

The Dog Mountain trailhead is located halfway between Stevenson and Bingen. Look for the big signed parking area just after milepost 53 (Eastbound).

Angela Service
390 Saves

Hike Up Table Mountain

Washington / Aldrich Butte Trailhead

Hike up into the forest (take the right path, not the one going left), and follow it all the way until you get to "Carpenter Lake" (which always seems to be just an empty, marshy field).

John Chau
386 Saves

Run The Green Lake Park Loop

Washington / Green Lake Park

Looping around a freshwater lake surrounded by tranquil natural scenery, Green Lake Park trail is considered by many to be Seattle’s go-to running spot.

Jill Kranz
385 Saves

Paddle Lake Union

Washington / Seattle Lake Union

As the sun sets over Queen Anne Hill, there are few better places to be in Seattle than Lake Union.

Michael Gabbert
383 Saves

Explore the Hoh Rainforest and Hall Of Mosses

Washington / Hoh Rainforest Visitor Center

Starting at the Hoh Rainforest Visitor Center, take the only trail out into the forest itself. After a few hundred yards there will be a sign pointing you in the direction of the Hall Of Mosses.

Jeff Richards
380 Saves

Backpack to Marmot and Jade Lakes

Washington / Deception Pass Trailhead

The road in is passable with basically any vehicle, though there are some potholes to be avoided. Start at the Deception Pass Trailhead near the parking lot. There is a quick and easy 4.

Colin Ayers
375 Saves

Hangout at Pixie Falls

Washington / Whatcom Falls Trailhead

Pixie Falls can be accessed during any season; however it’s most enjoyable during the spring and summer months.

Hike to Oyster Dome

Washington / Chuckanut Trailhead

The trail begins on the Pacific Northwest Trail, which ascends quickly up the side of Blanchard Mountain.

Jason Horstman
362 Saves

Camp Forlorn Lakes & Explore Guler Ice Cave

Washington / Forlorn Lakes Campground

Camp at scenic and easily-accessible Forlorn Lakes, where the 25 campsites ($10/night) are both isolated and roomy.

Dan Moe
360 Saves

Hike Skyline Divide

Washington / Skyline Divide

If driving 13 miles on a forest road, and hiking miles of switchbacks doesn't bother you, your in for one of the most exquisite views that you can get from hiking in Washington state.

Derek Cook
353 Saves

Hike the Boulder River Trail

Washington / Boulder River Trailhead, French Creek Rd.

Boulder River is a great outing for those days when you feel like you just need a good hike through the forest.

Backpack Anderson and Watson Lake

Washington / Anderson and Watson Lake Trail

The drive up was easy, but at the end it gets a little tricky - the service road is sharp gravel and runs for about 10 miles to the trailhead.

Holly Singh
332 Saves

Camp at First Beach

Washington / First Beach, La Push

La Push is an absolutely magical place to stay. Experience the tranquility and natural beauty of the rugged coastline of the mighty Pacific.

Ian Tyley
322 Saves

Backpack to Gem Lake, WA

Washington / Gem Lake Trailhead, WA

This hike shares the trailhead for Snow lake at the Alpental Ski area in Snoqualmie Pass. You'll start out with a great warm up, walking through dense green underbrush and a brief wooded area.

Felix Madrid
321 Saves

Summit Mt. Defiance

Washington / Ira Spring Trail

This hike offers some of the best views one can see in the area. On a clear day, you'll get amazing views of Mt. Rainier.

Scott Kranz
307 Saves

Hike Bearhead Mountain

Washington / Summit Lake Trail 1177

Formerly the site of an old fire lookout, Bearhead Mountain located in the Clearwater Wilderness, provides great unobstructed views of the north side of Mount Rainier, Little Tahoma, and many other s.

John Sunich
306 Saves

Explore the Cedar Grist Mill

Washington / Cedar Grist Mill

After parking in the lot near the mill, walk across the bridge. This is the first good viewpoint for photography.

Austin Jackson
304 Saves

Hike to the Summit of Mt. Erie

Washington / Trail 215

To start this hike, jump on trail 215 for a short distance of about a 1/4 mile. From here, continue until you cross trail 320 and head left onto it. Stay on 320 until you come across trail 230.

Scott Kranz
304 Saves

Kayak the Washington Arboretum Loop

Washington / Washington Park Arboretum

Situated just southeast from the shores of the University of Washington, the Washington Arboretum Loop is a short yet gorgeous paddling excursion.

Michael Gabbert
303 Saves

Swim at Eagle Falls

Washington / Eagle Falls

Eagle Falls is by far one of my favorite spots to go to in the Summer. It's accessible year round, but if you love to swim like me, the water is only warm enough in the middle of summer.

Holly Singh
301 Saves

Hike Tiger Mountain via West Tiger Trail #3

Washington / West Tiger Trail #3

To start this 5-mile roundtrip hike, from the parking lot, you can follow the W Tiger #3 sign, which will lead you to the trail.

Hike Ancient Lakes

Washington / Ancient Lakes Trailhead

All around you, waterfalls pour over cliffs as you gaze upon colorful lakes.

Mitch Pittman
297 Saves

Explore Fort Canby and Cape Disappointment Lighthouse

Washington / Cape Disappointment

Cape Disappointment State Park is nearly 2,000 acres of old growth temperate forest located at the mouth of the Columbia River that contains lakes, coves, two lighthouses, and military forts.

Sarah Horn
297 Saves

Hike to Lena Lake

Washington / Lena Lake Trail #810

The trail climbs gently up and is accessible almost every season, weather permitting. Snow shoes may be needed December-February, so make sure and check with the Hoodsport Ranger Station.

Rose Freeman
295 Saves

Hike to Hawk Creek Cave

Washington / Hawk Creek Trailhead

The ancient rock walls, cave, and falls of Hawk Creek provide an unreal day hike experience! The best time to hike to Hawk Creek cave is early spring/summer before the water level of Lake Roosevelt .

Rose Freeman
294 Saves

Hike to Marymere Falls

Washington / Marymere Falls Trailhead

Marymere Falls (90 ft.) is located in Olympic National Park, near Lake Crescent.

Kaiser Cunningham
290 Saves

Hike to Racehorse Falls

Washington / Racehorse Falls

Racehorse Creek is broken up into four distinct waterfalls that drop a total of 140ft through a relatively shallow gorge.

Hike Mount Storm King in Olympic NP

Washington / Marymere Falls Trailhead

The trailhead is located right next to the Storm King ranger station adjacent to Lake Crescent right off Hwy 101 just past Port Angeles if heading West.

Jason Horstman
287 Saves

Hike to High Rock Lookout

Washington / High Rock Lookout Trailhead

High Rock Lookout is aptly named. Perched at 5,685' on a slab of rock, it has sweeping views of the valleys below, Cora Lake, and Mount Rainier. Although it is only a short 1.

Jake Anderson
286 Saves

Hike to Lewis River Falls

Washington / Lower Falls Campground

Distance: 5.

Lorene Voskinarian
285 Saves

Backpack Ancient Lakes

Washington / Quincy Wildlife Recreation Area

On the hunt for a dry, scenic backpack during a weekend of dreary, wet, early September weather in the mountains, we decided to head toward the high desert outside of Quincy, WA.

Jason Zabriskie
284 Saves

Backpack Along Rialto Beach

Washington / Pacific NW Trail

Before you start this hike, you'll need to pick up a permit at the Wilderness Information Center in Port Angeles, WA - (360) 565-3100.

Greg Balkin
283 Saves

Run Discovery Park

Washington / Loop Trail - Discovery Park

This Beautiful park in Seattle offers up gorgeous views of Puget Sound. The park has an easy to follow loop, which is about 3 miles.

Megan Trudell
283 Saves

Hike to Lake of the Angels

Washington / Lake of the Angels Trailhead

The trail up to Lake of the Angels, known as the Putvin Trail, starts out pretty mellow with a gradual uphill climb. Your first marker will be an old roadbed at around 1.

Greg Balkin
280 Saves

Run the Howe Street Stairs

Washington / Howe Street Stairs

The Howe Street Stairs are Seattle’s longest continuous stairway, and your quads will confirm this fact after you’ve done a few sets of repeats.

Colin Ayers
276 Saves

Backpack to Upper Lena Lake

Washington / Lena Lake Trail #810

The hike to Upper Lena Lake is a beautiful one. It first takes you past Lena Lake, which is a very popular weekend destination for families.

Tara Warolin
275 Saves

Backpack Indian Heaven

Washington / Thomas Lake Trailhead

Crowds and mosquitoes were nonexistent as we went a bit early in the season. The trails were all covered in snow, but we were able to do some way finding with a GPS and topo map. 3.

Vic Garcia
271 Saves

Hike to Bandera Mountain

Washington / Ira Spring Trail

This hike has unreal views of Mount Rainier. On a great clear spring day the mountain is out. It's right in your face. Its incredible.

Mikaela Tangeman
269 Saves

Snowshoe and Camp at Skyline Lake

Washington / Skyline Lake Trail

This 2.5 mile roundtrip hike with a little over 1,000 feet of elevation gain is a great winter trip for beginners.

Beau Ramsey
268 Saves

Backpack to Snow Lake

Washington / Bench and Snow Lakes Trail

Snow Lake is a beautiful lake in Mount Rainier National Park in Washington. You can do the 2.6 mile roundtrip hike to the lake as either a day trip or as a backcountry camp.

Michael Matti
268 Saves

Cliff Jump and Swim at 'The Cove'

Washington / The Cove, Long Lake

With activities for everyone, The Cove at Long Lake is the perfect spot to go on a summer day! If you are driving from downtown Spokane, drive towards Nine Mile Falls.

Grant Thomas
264 Saves

Camp at Takhlakh Lake

Washington / Takhlakh Lake

Takhlakh Lake is located 7 miles NW of Mt Adams with a 53 site campground on the west side of the lake as well as a day use picnic area.

Angela Service
262 Saves

Explore the Flower Fields of Skagit Valley

Washington / Mt. Vernon

Skagit Valley is an important agricultural region of Washington State, but the prettiest time of year to attend is during the spring when flower season takes hold.

Trail Run in Coal Creek Park

Washington / Coal Creek Trailhead

This run takes you through Coal Creek park and follows the creek along the trail with minimal elevation gain.

Colin Ayers
260 Saves

Hike to Annette Lake

Washington / Annette Lake Trail

From Seattle drive east on I-90 to exit 47 (Asahel Curtis/Denny Creek). Turn right from the off-ramp and continue 0.25 mile, then turn left on Forest Road 5590. You'll find the parking area in 0.

Mikaela Tangeman
259 Saves

Scramble up Mt. Persis

Washington / Mount Persis Trail

There isn’t a clearly designated trail to start this scramble/hike. Look for the trail that more resembles a boot path.

Scott Kranz
256 Saves

Hike to Heybrook Lookout

Washington / Heybrook Lookout Trailhead

To the trailhead, drive east on highway 2 from Everett. Just past milepost 37 you will see a gravel parking area on the left side of the highway.

Rose Freeman
254 Saves

Hike to Hardy and Rodney Falls

Washington / Hamilton Mountain Trailhead

Located on the Hamilton Mountain Trail, the Hardy and Rodney falls out and back hike is a good alternative for those looking for a shorter hike compared to the 7.

Jameson Jones
252 Saves

Backpack the High Divide and 7 Lakes Basin

Washington / Sol Duc Falls Trailhead

A day spent plying the trails of the High Divide in Olympic National Park changes an outdoorsman.

Nick Lake
249 Saves

Hike Ebey's Landing

Washington / Ebey's Landing

Just walk straight past the restroom to find the start of the trail route. The Bluff trail heads up a set of stairs to the top of the hillside on the right.

Beau Ramsey
248 Saves

Hike Heather-Maple Pass Loop

Washington / Maple Pass Loop

Note to any hikers taking on this trail, this is a non-repeating trail meaning it goes in a big loop. The trailhead has 2 trail points of entrance.

Mikaela Tangeman
247 Saves

Hike along Iller Creek

Washington / Iller Creek Trailhead

Iller Creek hike leads you on a 5 mile loop through lush shaded forest to a ridge with excellent views of the Eastern Washington Palouse.

Rose Freeman
246 Saves

Hike to Aasgard Pass

Washington / Colchuck Lake Trail

“These fleetingly rare sights offer a recipe for what I call ‘the Quest.’ The Quest is the force that motivates us to travel. It’s putting oneself in the perfect place at the perfect time.

Rose Freeman
245 Saves

Hike Liberty Lake Loop

Washington / Liberty Lake trail

This 8 mile loop hike begins from Liberty Lake Regional Park, just 30 minutes away from Spokane! The first mile follows a dry grassy meadow and swamp.

Rose Freeman
245 Saves

Hike to Rainier NP's Fremont Fire Lookout

Washington / Sunrise Visitors Center

Escape the crowds at Paradise and come enjoy the best views in the park! Start from the visitor's center parking lot and head up the Sourdough Ridge Trail and hike the 1.3 miles to Frozen Lake.

Mitch Pittman
245 Saves

Hiking to Shi Shi Beach - Point of the Arches

Washington / Shi Shi Beach Parking

Shi Shi offers an incredible reward for those who feel like venturing out a bit further and reaching a less accessible beach on the Olympic Coast, just be sure to time your hike with the low tide! Th.

Backpack the Siouxon Trail

Washington / Siouxon Creek Trail

When you park at the top of the trail, all you see is layers and layers of emerald trees and ground clear of any underbrush.

Missy Fant
239 Saves

Backpack to Mount Margaret's Ridge Camp

Washington / South Coldwater Trail

The hike is relatively easy. I'd say intermediate due to the incline at the beginning. Also intermediate due to it being an backpacking camp adventure.

Andy Best
236 Saves

Backpack to Sahale Glacier Camp

Washington / Cascade Pass Trailhead

As an initial note, to spend an overnight at Sahale Glacier Camp, you need to obtain a permit at the North Cascades Ranger Station in Marblemount, Washington.

Scott Kranz
231 Saves

Backpack to Spectacle Lake

Washington / Pete Lake Trail

Depending on when you arrive at the Pete Lake Trailhead, expect to be traveling with company as it is one of the more popular locations on the eastside of Snoqualmie Pass.

Randy Gordon
230 Saves

Visit Sunset Falls

Washington / Sunset Falls

Sunset Falls is the largest and the final of the three major waterfalls on the South Fork of the Skykomish River. The falls drop 104 vertical feet over a 350-foot long granite chute.

Camp at Cape Disappointment

Washington / Cape Disappointment

Don't let the name fool you, this over 1,700 acre state park offers plenty for the outdoor enthusiast. The cape was named by explorer John Meares after a failed attempt to enter the Columbia River.

Angela Service
229 Saves

Hike Snoqualmie Mountain

Washington / Snoqualmie Pass, WA

For this hike, you park at the same parking lot as the Snow Lake hike. The trailhead to Snoqualmie Mountain is an unmarked trail just 30 feet or so before the Snow Lake trail.

Michael Matti
228 Saves

Ride to the Snoqualmie Railroad Trestle

Washington / Preston-Snoqualmie Trail Parking

The best way to get the old railroad trestle is by using the Preston-Snoqualmie trail. There is a parking lot for the trail located just across from SE 56th Place, Fall City, Washington, 98024.

Pierce Klinke
228 Saves

Hike to the Summit of Mount Adams via South Climb

Washington / South Climb Trailhead

Start by checking in at the Trout Lake Ranger station to pick up a Cascade Volcanoes pass for $10-$15. Continue the South Climb trailhead at the Cloud Cap Campground.

Jeffrey Helbling
227 Saves

Summit Dock Butte (5,239')

Washington / Dock Butte Trail

Dock Butte is an easy hike offering truly spectacular 360 degree views of the Mt. Baker region. In summer this summit can be done as an easy walk up.

Beau Ramsey
226 Saves

Explore #thatnwbus

Washington / That NW Bus

A broken down, graffiti covered, abandoned school bus! Located 7 miles southwest of Washtucna, WA resides the social media named & famed, #thatnwbus.

Dane Nilsson
225 Saves

Backpack the Cutthroat Lakes

Washington / Walt Bailey Trailhead

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.

Nick Lake
220 Saves

Catch a Sunset at the Samish Overlook

Washington / Samish Overlook

The sunset is amazing here, the view is the definition of panoramic and you almost have to strain your eyes because there is so much to look at.

Kyle Szegedi
218 Saves

Hike to Goat Lake

Washington / Goat Lake via the Mountain Loop Hwy.

The trail starts by lazily winding through beautiful forest. Fairly quickly, you'll reach a fork for the Upper and Lower Elliot Creek Trails.

Hike Umtanum Creek Canyon

Washington / Umtanum Creek Canyon Trail

Park your vehicle at the Umtanum Creek Canyon Recreation Area. Be aware that from mid-May to mid-September there is a $5 parking fee since the land is owned by Bureau of Land Management.

Randy Gordon
214 Saves

Summit Mount St. Helens via Worm Flows

Washington / Marble Mountain Sno Park

The Worm Flow Route, starting at Marble Mountain Sno Park, is the most direct winter route up to the summit. You'll start at around 2,700 feet and begin a steady walk along the trail for 2 miles.

Greg Balkin
214 Saves

Day Hike to Lila Lakes and Alta Pass

Washington / Rachel Lake Trail

Getting There From Seattle, drive Interstate 90 to Exit 62, Signed Kachess Lake/Stampede Pass. Turn left and head north over the interstate; you'll reach Kachess Lake Campground in five miles.

Nathan Wall
211 Saves

Hike to Cape Flattery

Washington / Cape Flattery Trailhead

Did you know that Cape Flattery is the northwesternmost point in the continental United States? This is the place where the Straight of Juan de Fuca collides with the Pacific, creating strong curren.

Rose Freeman
210 Saves

Camp at Dougan Falls

Washington / Dougan Creek Campground

Does camping right next to an epic swimming hole sound like a pretty good way to spend a hot summer weekend? If so, you need to add Dougan Creek Campground to your list of weekend getaways.

Jennifer Heifferon
207 Saves

Snowcamp on Mt. Dickerman

Washington / Mount Dickerman Trailhead

In general, this is a strenuous hike or snowshoe at approximately 8 miles round trip with nearly 4000 elevation gain. Be aware of current snow conditions and avalanche risk.

Scott Kranz
204 Saves

Hike to Chain Lakes

Washington / Chain Lakes Trailhead

Driving Directions: Travel east on Mt. Baker Highway 542 to the road's end and the Mount Baker Ski area. Follow the signs to the upper parking lot and the Bagley Lakes/Chain Lakes trailhead.

Jason Horstman
204 Saves

Explore Diablo Lake

Washington / Diablo Lake Lookout

Diablo Lake is a reservoir in the North Cascades created by Diablo Dam. The hue of the lake is created by ground up rocks from local glaciers, which end up drifting down streams into the lake.

Scott Kranz
203 Saves

Explore Rainier's Christine and Narada Falls

Washington / Christine Falls

Driving along Paradise Road on the south side of Mount Rainier, provides a couple of opportunities to view gorgeous waterfalls with a short hike. From the West, the first stop is Christine Falls.

Lorene Voskinarian
201 Saves

Hike to Moulton and Yacolt Falls

Washington / Hantwick Parking Area

The Hantwick trailhead is super easy to find and has a big parking lot which makes this hike really easy even in the middle of a sunny day.

Tim Ploeger
201 Saves

Scramble to Fall Creek Falls (Stella Falls)

Washington / "Stella" Falls

From Interstate 5 in Kelso, exit onto Highway 4 and follow it west towards Cathlamet and Long Beach for about 11.3 miles.

Angela Service
199 Saves

Hike to Norway Pass

Washington / Norway Pass Trailhead

Just 96 miles south of Seattle, and 50 miles northeast of Portland, Mt. St. Helens and its wild, rugged beauty awaits you.

Kim Morris
198 Saves

Day Hike to Lake Ingalls

Washington / Lake Ingalls Trail

From the parking lot you start out on an old miners road that leads to the trail.

Jason Horstman
198 Saves

Hike the Quinault National Rainforest Trail

Washington / Lake Quinault Rainforest Nature Trail

A good place to start out is the Rainforest Nature Trail - there's easy parking available here and you can purchase a Northwest Forest Pass at the trailhead if you don't have one already.

Hike to the Mount Constitution Summit

Washington / Summit to Cascade Lake Trail

This 7 mile round-trip hike takes you to the mountain's summit. From here you'll be able to take in an amazing view.

Backpack Gothic Basin to Foggy Lake

Washington / Gothic Basin, Central Cascades, WA

Drive the Mountain Loop Highway to Barlow Pass and park at the pass using your Northwest Forest Pass.

Scott Kranz
195 Saves

Hike Yellow Aster Butte and Tomyhoi Peak

Washington / Yellow Aster Butte Trail

The best way to describe the location is due east of Bellingham.

Alex Tande
193 Saves

Hike to Lake Washington through Saint Edward State Park

Washington / Saint Edward State Park Parking Area

The 316-acre Saint Edward State Park, located in Kenmore on the north end of Lake Washington, accommodates hiking, mountain biking, boating, and picnicking.

The Enchantments Mountain Run

Washington / Snow Lake Trail

At the Snow Lake Trail, you start at a elevation of 1400 feet and run up to Nada Lake 5000 feet at 5.6 miles. From here, you make your way to Lower and Upper Snow Lake, 2.2 miles.

Warren Behymer
192 Saves

Hike the Lava Canyon

Washington / Lava Canyon Trailhead

Starting at the Lava Canyon Trailhead, you will walk on a paved trail down a few switchbacks until you reach the river, where you can go right or left.

Austin Jackson
191 Saves

Backpack the Olympic Coast

Washington / Third Beach Trailhead

Starting at Third Beach trailhead, hike 1.5 miles through lush forests to Third Beach. Once at Third Beach, follow the trail until you find a latter to pull yourself up the bluff.

Angela Anderson
188 Saves

Swim at Green Lake

Washington / Green Lake

Green Lake is one of Seattle’s most beloved parks. Its expanse of water and green space in the center of a dense urban neighborhood draws thousands of people daily from all over the city.

Sarah Matthews
186 Saves

Backpack the Enchantments

Washington / Stuart Lake Trailhead

There are a couple different ways to tackle this hike through the stunning Central Cascade region. I recommend checking out this handy resource for more detailed info.

Sam Patterson
185 Saves

Hike to Rachel Lake

Washington / Rachel Lake

This hike is 8 miles roundtrip, with 1600 feet of elevation gain. Once you're on the trail, it starts heading uphill to help get your heart rate up on the hike.

Scott Kranz
184 Saves

Hike to Upper Palisades Lake

Washington / Sunrise Point Parking Lot

Park at the Sunrise Point parking lot and find the Palisades Trail at the northeast corner of the parking lot.

John Chau
183 Saves

Backpack the Summerland Trail

Washington / Summerland Trail

The Summerland trail is by far the easiest trail that I ever experienced.

Warren Behymer
183 Saves

Sunset Sail near Seattle

Washington / Pier 54, Seattle, WA

Although weekend sails are available, this is one of the best ways to get a mid-week fresh air fix in Seattle. Start with a 1.5 hour sunset sail reservation with Emerald City Charters ( approx.

Ashlee Langholz
182 Saves

Explore Cape Flattery and Hobuck Beach

Washington / Cape Flattery

Cape Flattery, the most northwesterly point of the lower contiguous 48 states is accessed via an easy trail which includes many board walks and sets of stairs.

John Sunich
181 Saves

Hike the Naches Peak Loop Trail

Washington / Naches Peak Loop Trailhead

Naches Peak Loop Trail is a great introductory trail to Mount Rainier National Park situated on the Eastern side of Rainier.

Sarah Vaughn
181 Saves

Hike to Spray Park

Washington / Mowich Lake Campground

The trailhead to Spray Park begins at the Mowich Lake Campground (4,929 ft). You'll begin descending quickly for the first 0.1 miles until you reach the Wonderland Trail junction.

Greg Balkin
180 Saves

Summit Mount St. Helens via Monitor Ridge

Washington / Climber's Bivouac

Monitor Ridge is the "easiest" of the routes one can take in order to claim that they have stood on top the sleeping giant better known as Mount St. Helens.

Matt Klemsz
180 Saves

Climb Three Corner Rock

Washington / Three Corner Rock Trailhead

Begin the short hike to Three Corner Rock by heading south on the Pacific Crest Trail from its crossing of Road CG 2090. After a steady 1.

Dan Moe
180 Saves

Backpack to Snow Lakes

Washington / Snow Lakes Trailhead

Known primarily as one of the entrance routes to the Enchantments, the trek to Snow Lakes is a beautiful area to set up base camp or to simply enjoy on its own.

Hike Helitrope Ridge

Washington / Heliotrope Ridge Parking Lot

Starting at the marked Heliotrope Ridge parking lot of FS Road 39, just 8 miles out of the quaint town of Glacier, Washington, you begin your ascent to the glacier viewpoint.

Patrick McGarry
175 Saves

Hike to Kendall Katwalk via the PCT

Washington / Snoqualmie Pass, WA

Starting near Snoqualmie Pass, hike the historic Pacific Crest Trail (PCT) through old-growth forests and boulder fields to the "Kendall Katwalk," a high ledge of rock carved out of a mountain side m.

Scott Kranz
174 Saves

Backpack to Mason Lake via Ira Spring

Washington / Ira Spring Trail

Ira Spring trail offers up great views prior to reaching the ridge that you go over to reach Mason Lake.

Scott Kranz
174 Saves

Hike to Camp Muir

Washington / Paradise Ranger Station

Pack your sunglasses because this is one snowy hike! Camp Muir is a perfect camping or extended day hike destination for anyone who wants to experience the enchantment of Mount Rainier without commit.

Larissa Liu
173 Saves

Backpack to Vesper Peak

Washington / Vesper Peak Trailhead

This hike is very strenuous, but nothing unconquerable! The views at sunset were once in a lifetime and something I will remember for the rest of my life.

Catalina Salazar
173 Saves

Drive Along the Middle Fork Snoqualmie River

Washington / Middle Fork Rd at 468th Ave

Some days you don't need to tackle a grueling summit or long mileage loop, just getting outside the city is enough.

Brandon Baker
173 Saves

Scramble to Steep Creek Falls

Washington / Steep Creek Falls

Steep Creek Falls is located about 5 miles from the small town of Stevenson. Take Highway 14 one mile west of Stevenson to Rock Creek Drive and turn north, passing the Skamania Lodge and Resort.

Angela Service
172 Saves

Rattlesnake Mountain Traverse Run

Washington / Snoqualmie Point Park

To Snoqualmie Point Park, from Seattle take I-90 east to Exit 27. At the end of the off-ramp, go right and follow the road to the end.

Warren Behymer
171 Saves

Camping in the North Cascades at Diablo Lake

Washington / Colonial Creek Campground

Diablo lake is the perfect place to camp if you're looking for solitude and natural beauty. It's northeast from Seattle in the North Cascades.

Megan Trudell
170 Saves

Snowshoe to Snow Lake

Washington / Snow Lake Trail

Summer is a great time to visit Snow Lake, but you will miss out on the true beauty of the area and the reason for its namesake.

Camp at Camp Long

Washington / Camp Long

Looking for a camping adventure without even having to leave Seattle? Camp Long is the perfect option for beginning campers, families, or anyone who just wants to spend some time in nature without ha.

Hike to Rainier NP's Ranger Falls

Washington / Green Lake Trailhead

When heading to the adventure, stopped at the ranger station in Carbon to get your day pass ($5.00) and then continue on to the trailhead. Park on the road next to the Carbon river around.

Warren Behymer
169 Saves

Hike to Goat Lake, Goat Rocks Wilderness

Washington / Walupt Lake Trail

The trip to Goat Lake starts at the Walupt Lake campground parking lot.

Felix Madrid
168 Saves

Swim at Lake Cushman

Washington / Lake Cushman

Lake Cushman is the spot during summer - it gets super hot and the lake water almost turns lukewarm.

Holly Singh
168 Saves

Whitewater Raft the Green River Gorge

Washington / River Trail

The Green River Gorge is one of the best whitewater options within an hour of the Seattle area.

John Sunich
168 Saves

Hike to Gillette Lake

Washington / Bonneville Trailhead

To begin the trail go towards the skinny path, not the gravel road. Soon after you'll see a sign for both the lake and Bridge of the Gods.

Hannah Kemp
167 Saves

Snowshoe or Ski to Mt. Tahoma High Hut

Washington / Mount Tahoma Trails Assoc. Office

Make the 3.2 - 4.5 mile hike up groomed trails to the Mt Tahoma High Hut (4750 feet) for the perfect winter getaway.

Jacob Moon
166 Saves

Climb Mt. Washington

Washington / Mt Washington Trail

Follow the driving directions, pass the upper Mt Eleanor parking area and continue until the road dead-ends due to a landslide. Try to leave room for cars to turn around when you park.

Tobin Akehurst
166 Saves

Mountain Bike Duthie Hill

Washington / Duthie Hill Mountain Bike Parking

Duthie Hill is a premier and beautifully designed mountain bike park set in lush douglas firs and western hemlock forests .

Sarah Vaughn
165 Saves

Backpack Spider Gap to Buck Creek Pass

Washington / Phelps Creek Trailhead

Backpacking the Spider Gap to Buck Creek Pass Loop in the Glacier Peak Wilderness is no easy task, but yields some of the most spectacular views found in Washington.

Nick Lake
165 Saves

Hike to Table Mountain via Artist Point

Washington / Artist Point

The hike takes off from the Artist Point parking lot at an elevation of 5,220 feett.

Evan Skoczenski
165 Saves

Hike to Melakwa Lakes via Denny Creek Trail

Washington / Denny Creek Trail

This hike has it all: old-growth forests, rivers, waterfalls, alpine lakes, views, peaks, and so on. The hike starts from near Denny Creek Campground in between the separate I-90 viaducts.

Scott Kranz
165 Saves

Backpack to Rainy Lake

Washington / Rainy Lake Trailhead

This is an abandoned trail that heads south along Rainy Creek, off of the downstream section of the Middle Fork Snoqualmie Trail, and up to Rainy Lake.

Colton Jacobs
163 Saves

Hike to Comet Falls

Washington / Comet Falls Trailhead

Located on Paradise Road along the south side of Mount Rainier, the Comet Falls Trail follows Van Trump Creek up to the magnificent Comet Falls. The hike is 3.

Lorene Voskinarian
161 Saves

Hike to Mt. Teneriffe

Washington / Teneriffe Falls Trailhead, Northbend

This hike starts out on old logging road, with two miles of easy hiking through a forest and meadow. The trail then starts to gain elevation, leading to a lookout over Middle Fork Snoqualmie.

Hike Thornton Lakes & Trappers Peak

Washington / Thornton Lake Trail

To get to your campground or to Trappers Peak, hike roughly five miles along the trail to ridge, where the trail divides. If you head left you'll go down into lake basis where you can drop your gear.

Scott Kranz
160 Saves

Backpack the Wonderland Trail

Washington / Paradise Ranger Station

Possibly one of the greatest loop hikes in the Lower 48, this trail sees a lot of use. You won't be alone out there, but opportunities for solitude are abundant with a little effort.

Dan Ransom
160 Saves

Overnight Hike to Pratt Lake

Washington / Pratt Lake Trail

This overnight hike is definitely a challenge with 2,300 feet of elevation gain but all that huffing and puffing will be worth it when you reach the beautiful Pratt Lake Basin.

Laura Howard
160 Saves

Hike-In and Camp at Alaska Lake

Washington / Gold Creek Trail

Driving Directions: From Seattle drive east on I-90 to exit 54 (signed "Hyak"). Turn left (north) under the freeway and right on the frontage road marked "Gold Creek." After about 0.

Warren Behymer
160 Saves

Backpack at Wing Lake (North Cascades)

Washington / Rainy Pass, WA

From Rainy Pass, take the trail to Ann Lake (pictured with island and wildflowers). About 1 mile into hike, you'll reach a fork. Take the right trail to Heather Pass.

Scott Kranz
157 Saves

Hike Sunrise Trails at Mount Rainier

Washington / Sunrise Visitors Center

I grew up in Washington, but didn't get out to Mount Rainier until I came home for a visit years later.

Whitney James
156 Saves

Climb the Brothers (South Climb)

Washington / Lena Lake Trail #810

The Brothers is a notable peak on the border of Olympic National Park. The dual summits are a distinguishing feature of the Olympic Range, viewed from Seattle.

Wells Preston
155 Saves

Backpack to Lake Caroline in the Enchantments

Washington / Eightmile Lake Trailhead

From Leavenworth, WA head down Icicle Creek road and head to the Eightmile Lake Trailhead. The backpack starts at roughly 3270 feet of elevation and the highest point of the hike is 6300 feet.

Jarad Switzer
154 Saves

Snow Camp at Jade Lake

Washington / Hyas Lake Trailhead

Starting at the Hyas Lake trailhead north of Cle Elum, it's a meandering easy hike through the woods for about 5.0 miles up to Deception Pass.

Matt England
154 Saves

Day Hike to Lake Valhalla

Washington / Smith Brook Trailhead

The Smith Brook trail starts off with several switchbacks, then continues up to Union Gap where it meets the Pacific Crest Trail.

Jason Horstman
152 Saves

Sauk Mountain Summit 5,541'

Washington / Sauk Mountain Trailhead

Even from the Trailhead, the views overlooking the Skagit River valley, all the way out toward Mount Vernon, are outstanding.

Beau Ramsey
152 Saves

Backpack to Lake Angeles

Washington / Heart O' the Hills Trailhead

Lake Angeles is, rightfully, a popular day hike and overnight backpacking option, as its one of the larger, more accessible lakes in Olympic National Park.

Nick Lake
151 Saves

Hike or Run the Licorice Fern Trail

Washington / Licorice Fern Trailhead

From Seattle, take the I-90 E to exit 15. Make a right on 17th Ave. This street will later become Renton/Issaquah Rd. Drive about four miles then turn right on to May Valley Rd.

Nick A.
151 Saves

Hike to Big Heart Lake

Washington / West Fork Foss Trailhead

This hike takes you past 5 lakes and a few different waterfalls, so if you don't wish to push on to Big Heart, you won't be disappointed! Start at the West Fork Foss River Trailhead, about 2.

Bryan Carroll
150 Saves

Hike to the Goat Peak Lookout

Washington / Goat Peak Trailhead

With fall coming quickly, that means larch fever.

Derek Cook
150 Saves

Scramble Mount Pugh

Washington / Mount Pugh Trailhead

Not for the faint of heart - or those with a fear of heights - Mount Pugh offers some of the most rewarding summit views in the Cascades.

Mitch Pittman
149 Saves

Hike to Gobbler's Knob

Washington / Lake George Trail

Entering the Park from the Southwest Entrance, bear left when you approach the forking Westside Rd. This road has been closed a few miles in due to massive rockfall.

Stephen Matera
149 Saves

Scramble up Kaleetan Peak

Washington / Denny Creek Trail

Initial note: because this is an alpine scramble, do your research before tackling this adventure, including learning the correct route and the current conditions (such as any early- or late-season s.

Scott Kranz
148 Saves

Kayak Sucia Island

Washington / Sucia Island

It may be daunting to figure out how to kayak in the San Juan Islands. If you're a beginner/intermediate kayaker, this is the trip for you.

Kathleen Morton
147 Saves

Hike to Quartz Mountain Lookout

Washington / Mt. Spokane Trail

Drive to Mt. Spokane State Park and park at Selkirk Lodge. This hike can only be accessed before the ski area opens because the trail up to the lookout is along part of the cross country ski area.

Rose Freeman
147 Saves

Climb Mt. Daniel via the Southeast Ridge

Washington / Cathedral Pass Trailhead

Far from the iconic skyline of Seattle, on King County's Eastern boundary, is a lesser known natural skyscraper named Mt. Daniel. At 7960 feet plus, Mt.

Nathan Wall
146 Saves

Trail Run Anti-Aircraft Peak

Washington / Cougar Mountain

Head up the road about .75 miles and take a left onto the Klondike Swamp Trail (well-singed). Stay on Klondike for a mile before taking a left onto Lost Beagle Trail.

Anna Callaghan
146 Saves

Take a Hike Up To Rampart Lakes

Washington / Rachel Lake Trail

Getting There: From I-90 East, take exit 62. Take a left, heading over the highway. After 5.2 miles, the road veers left, passing Lake Kachess Campground. Go another 0.

Warren Behymer
144 Saves

Trail Run the Grand Ridge Trail

Washington / Grand Ridge Park

The trail system in the 1,300 acre Grand Ridge Park can currently can be accessed from two lots: High Point and Central Park, with a new lot at Duthie Hill still under construction.

Anna Callaghan
143 Saves

Explore Tipsoo Lake

Washington / Tipsoo Lake Parking Area

Tipsoo Lake provides a great spot for capturing a sunset at Mount Rainier. There are two lakes at Tipsoo, with Upper Tipsoo Lake providing a better view of the Mountain.

Lorene Voskinarian
142 Saves

Camp on Blake Island

Washington / Argosy Seattle Waterfront

There are 2 ways to get to Blake Island: private boat or via the Argosy Cruises tour boat (or if you're ambitious, I guess you can swim there!).

Nic Morgan
142 Saves

Hike to Eunice Lake in Mt. Rainier NP

Washington / Mowich Lake Campground

Starting out from the beautiful Mowich Lake (4,929 ft), this hike takes you through some of Mt. Rainier Nation Park's best scenery.

Jacob Sacquitne
142 Saves

Hike to PJ Lake, Olympic National Park

Washington / PJ Lake Trailhead

A short and scenic trail of tranquility that leads to the secluded Lake PJ, hidden on Hurricane Ridge. Nothing but nature stirs here.

Gaby Colletta
141 Saves

Hike to Sholes Creek Falls

Washington / Sholes Creek Falls Trail

Sholes Creek Falls is not easy to reach, but it is entirely worth the journey.

Hike to Elk Mountain from Obstruction Point

Washington / Obstruction Point Trailhead

Olympic National Park is built for someone with a week or more to spare for backpacking deep into the heart of the park's endless miles of wilderness.

Seth Whelden
140 Saves

Camp at Deer Park Campground

Washington / Deer Park Campground, Olympic National Park

Deer Park Campground is really a hidden gem. With an elevation of 5,400 feet, the campground has amazing views of Olympic National Park, making you feel like you are camping above the clouds.

Backpack to Snow Lake by Mt. Whittier

Washington / Lakes Trail #211

The Coldwater Lake Recreation Area has restrooms, telephones, and a picnic area. Make sure you have already acquired your permits for camping in the Mt. Margaret back country.

Tara Warolin
137 Saves

Backpack the Pacific Crest Trail's Section J: Stevens Pass to Snoqualmie Pass

Washington / Tunnel Creek Trailhead

This is the Section J hike of the Pacific Crest Trail between Stevens and Snoqualmie Pass. It is about a 70 mile hike, and I started near Stevens Pass heading South.

Nikki Lyman
137 Saves

Hike to Mount Rainier's Panhandle Gap

Washington / Mount Rainier Summerland Trail, Panhandle Gap

The trail is 12 mi round trip but don’t let the distance for an out and back turn you off - this hike is fantastic and even better with a beer at the top.

Isaac Desautels
137 Saves

Hike to Lower Curtiss Glacier and Camp at Lake Ann

Washington / Lake Ann Trailhead

The trail begins just below Artist Point and is well marked from a paved parking lot. Make sure to have a Northwest Forest Pass for your vehicle.

Tara Warolin
137 Saves

Backpack Icicle Ridge

Washington / Icicle Creek Trailhead

If you're looking to go up and then up some more, this is the trail for you - it's one of the steepest trails in the area. You'll be well-rewarded with some awesome panoramic views.

Hike to Blue Lake, WA

Washington / Blue Lake Trailhead

Blue Lake is a fantastic alpine lake along a moderate trail in the sawtooth North Cascades, featuring views of some of the most impressive peaks in the range. A 4.

Nick Lake
137 Saves

Camp at Salt Creek

Washington / Salt Creek Campground

This county park is great for day use or overnight camping. Half the campsites are about 20 feet from the water, so you can hear waves crashing on the rocks as you sleep.

Maddie Davenport
136 Saves

Hike Sahale Arm via Cascade Pass

Washington / Cascade Pass Trailhead

To get to this hike, go to Marblemount, WA. Then, drive ~23 miles east on Cascade River Road until the end, the Cascade Pass trailhead.

Scott Kranz
135 Saves

Hike the Burroughs Mountain Trail

Washington / Burroughs Mountain Trail, Mount Rainier National Park

The Burroughs Mountain Trail comes from a series of trails out of the Sunrise Area.

Sarah Vaughn
134 Saves

Backpack to Tatoosh Peak

Washington / Tatoosh Ridge Trailhead

Bordering Mt. Rainier National Park and situated in Gifford Pinchot National Forest, the Tatoosh Wilderness is a great place to explore if you want unparalleled views of Mt.

Cross-Country Ski the Rendezvous Huts

Washington / Cub Creek Trailhead

During the winter months, there are few places in the country that are as isolated, picturesque and active as the Methow Valley, home to the western themed town of Winthrop and the tiny little town o.

Jason Zabriskie
129 Saves

Explore Steptoe Butte

Washington / Steptoe Butte State Park

To the layperson, the Palouse, an area that comprises some 4,000 square miles in parts of Washington and Idaho, looks to be rolling hills of grass. In fact, the Palouse is a complex geological wonder.

Mark Handy
128 Saves

Explore Artist Point

Washington / Artist Point

Note that Artist Point is only accessible by car during the summer - it is closed off from cars as of First Snowfall (end of September) through June.

Savannah Baumgart
127 Saves

Snowshoe to the Mt. Spokane Summit

Washington / Mt. Spokane Trail

Mt. Spokane State Park is just 45 minutes outside of Spokane and a great day trip hike spot! Drive into Mt. Spokane State Park and then to the top of Mt.

Rose Freeman
127 Saves

Hike to Rialto Beach

Washington / Pacific NW Trail

Start at the very well kept parking lot at the end of Mora Road outside of La Push, Washington. There is no clearly marked trail to get to the sea stacks that are in all the pictures.

Jeff Richards
125 Saves

Climb Mt. Rainier via Disappointment Cleaver

Washington / Paradise Ranger Station

Mt. Rainier is a technical climb on all routes and is covered with glaciers all four seasons.

Bernice Ngo
125 Saves

Hike to Lake Stuart

Washington / Lake Stuart Trailhead

Begin this hike at the Lake Stuart trailhead at the end of Eightmile road just outside of Leavenworth, Washington.

Rose Freeman
124 Saves

Backpack to Upper Wildcat Lake

Washington / Snow Lake Trail

Although this hike is possible if you’re looking for an all-day training hike, it’s much more enjoyable if it’s an overnight backpacking trip. Head up the trail past Snow Lake toward Gem Lake.

Scott Kranz
123 Saves

Catch a Sunrise at Picture Lake

Washington / Picture Lake

Set your eyes on one of the most photographic mountain landscapes in North America. You can drive up early for the sunrise, but really any time of day will be a treat.

Kevin Monahan
122 Saves

Hike to the Enchantments' Horseshoe Lake

Washington / Lake Stuart Trailhead

Getting There From Leavenworth, WA, drive Icicle Creek Road for 8.5 miles until you reach Bridge Creek Campground. Turn left here onto Forest Service Road #7601 signed for the Stuart Lake Trailhead.

Nathan Wall
121 Saves

Hike the Heart O' the Forest Trail

Washington / Heart Of The Hills Campground

This hike is a short, 4.0 mile round trip, half-day or less hike, located just past the Hurricane Ridge entrance into Olympic National Park.

Casey Berner
121 Saves

Hike the North Beach Trail at Deception Pass

Washington / North Beach Trail

A strait separating Whidbey Island from Fidalgo Island, Deception Pass and the bridges that span it are a fascinating day trip from Seattle.

Michael Gabbert
121 Saves

Hike or Kayak to Bead Lake Campsites

Washington / Bead Lake

There are two entrances to Bead Lake - the boat launch and the ridge road. Turn right onto Bead Lake Ridge Road and follow it until you arrive at the parking lot.

Rose Freeman
120 Saves

Winter Hike to Gothic Basin

Washington / Gothic Basin Trail

Start out hiking from Barlow Pass. The first mile begins on an old logging road that passes along the Sauk River.

Jason Horstman
120 Saves

Hike to Mt. Walker North & South Viewpoints

Washington / Mt Walker Trail #894

Directions: From the Quilcene Ranger Station drive 4.6 miles south on US 101. Watch for the signs for Mount Walker View Point. Turn left onto Mount Walker Road.

Jason Horstman
120 Saves

Hike to McClellan Falls

Washington / McClellan Falls Trails

The trail begins at the end of Forest Service Road 5110. Find the faint path and follow it downstream. A side trail takes you to the 30 ft. Upper Curly Creek Falls.

Angela Service
118 Saves

Sunrise Hike to Mount Dickerman

Washington / Mount Dickerman Trailhead

Arriving in the dark, we got layered up with our headlamps on to conquer the trail. After trekking about 10 minutes, the group stopped to layer down.

Hali Kippola
118 Saves

Hike to Sol Duc Falls and Deer Lake

Washington / Sol Duc Falls Trailhead

The hike to Sol Duc Falls is a simple 0.8 mile walk to a roaring falls on the Sol Duc River. If you’re up for more of a hike, continue on the trail to Deer Lake from Sol Duc Falls.

Rose Freeman
118 Saves

Kayak Gig Harbor

Washington / Gig Harbor Launch Site

Just over the Tacoma Narrows Bridge is a small, quiet, and tranquil town of Gig Harbor. The best way to experience the town is from the water.

Lisa Zook Sorensen
116 Saves

Backpack the Snowgrass Flats, Cispus Basin, Nannie Ridge Loop

Washington / Snowgrass Flats Trailhead

Take three or four nights and check out some of the most epic views in the Pacific Northwest.

Eva Rees
115 Saves

Backpacking the Lyman Lakes

Washington / Phelps Creek Trailhead

Start out on the Phelps Creek Trail toward Spider Meadows/ Phelps Basin, it's roughly 7 miles to Phelps Basin but really easy going.

Jeff Carlson
115 Saves

Hike Mount Washington

Washington / Mount Washington Trailhead

You start out at an elevation of about 1200 feet and you gradually make your way up to the top at 4450 feet.

Austin Johnson
112 Saves

Hike Around Hog Lake

Washington / Hog Lake

Leaving Spokane and driving west down Interstate 90 isn’t usually where one might envision pretty nature existing.

Liz Schroeder
111 Saves

Hike Silver Star Mountain via Grouse Vista

Washington / Grouse Vista Trailhead

The Grouse Vista Trailhead is located through the town of Washougal off of highway 14 just past Camas.

Ted S
111 Saves

Hike to Barclay Lake

Washington / Barclay Lake Trailhead

With less than 500 feet of total elevation and 4.

Michael Gabbert
111 Saves

Adventuring in the Frenchman Coulee

Washington / Frenchman Coulee

Occupying a cluster of desert canyons and mesas perched atop the cliffs overlooking the eastern bank of the mighty Columbia River, the Frenchman Coulee is a rock climber’s paradise.

Nick Lake
110 Saves

Hike to Klahhane Ridge (Switchback Route)

Washington / Switchback Trail

Hiking to Klahhane Ridge is a rewarding experience that provides you with sweeping views of the Olympic Mountains.

Hike Lazy Bear Falls

Washington / Lazy Bear Falls Trail

To get to Lazy Bear Falls, take Bacon Creek Road off the North Cascade Highway for 5 miles. At the 3-way fork, take the left road, which will lead you down and over a bridge crossing Bacon Creek.

Ethan Cranmer
109 Saves

Backpack Washington's Ozette Triangle

Washington / Ozette Triangle Trailhead

Start at the north end of Ozette Lake and proceed right, following signs to the mostly flat trail leading to Cape Alava.

Connor Smith
109 Saves

Night Photography at Colchuck Lake

Washington / Colchuck Lake Trail

This is an incredible backpacking trip that leads to amazing locations for night time photography.

Warren Behymer
108 Saves

Scramble to the Summit of Dragontail Peak

Washington / Lake Stuart Trailhead

Getting There From Leavenworth, WA, drive Icicle Creek Road for 8.5 miles until you reach Bridge Creek Campground. Turn left here onto Forest Service Road #7601 signed for the Stuart Lake Trailhead.

Nathan Wall
107 Saves

Backpack to Eightmile Lake

Washington / Eightmile Lake Trailhead

Beginning at the trailhead, fill out a self-issued permit allowing you to stay overnight. Start your trek heading upwards at an elevation of 3300 feet.

Randy Gordon
107 Saves

Hiking the Kulshan Ridge

Washington / Kulshan Ridge, North Cascades, WA

This hike starts out at Artist Point, where already you can see jaw-dropping scenery of Mt. Shuksan, Baker, Coleman, and many other peaks of the North Cascades.

Chase Dekker
107 Saves

Snow Camp in the Mt. Baker Backcountry

Washington / Heather Meadows Parking Area

Arrive at the upper ski resort parking lot (approx. 4300 feet elev.) and snowshoe, skin, or split board up.

Scott Kranz
107 Saves

Hike Coyote Wall

Washington / Coyote Wall Trailhead

Coyote Wall is a relatively uncrowded trail system in the Columbia River Gorge that provides outstanding views of the Columbia River.

Michael Graw
106 Saves

Backpack to Lake Lillian

Washington / Lillian Lake Trail

We backpacked our way to Lillian Lake and set up camp. There is a trail that lead around the lake and a trail that leads up to Rampart Lakes and Rachael Lake as well.

Warren Behymer
106 Saves

Run to Lower Wildcat Lake

Washington / Snow Lake Trail

Friday after work I headed out to Snow Lake Trail and found my perfect camping spot.

Warren Behymer
105 Saves

Lenore Lake Caves Hike

Washington / Lake Lenore Caves

Have you ever explored the ancient caves of the Washington Palouse? Just off of highway 17 near Coulee City the Lenore Lake Caves are a perfect day hike experience.

Rose Freeman
104 Saves

Hike to the Top of Crystal Peak

Washington / Crystal Lakes Trailhead, Mt. Rainier National Park

This is an incredible trail for anyone who wants unbeatable views of Rainier from inside the National Park boundaries, but with no pass or permit required and fewer crowds.

Climb Mount Stuart

Washington / Esmerelda Basin Trail

Global climbing legend Fred Beckey once said, "[Mount Stuart is] without a rival as the crown peak in the central Cascades of Washington, Mount Stuart has been pronounced the single greatest mass of .

Tobin Akehurst
104 Saves

Snowshoe to Artist Point

Washington / Artist Point

From the south end of the ski area, snowshoe past an old ski lodge along an old access road parallel to the ski hill. Then, ascend Austin Pass (2 miles) following the broad switchbacks.

Rose Freeman
100 Saves

Deep Water Solo at Banks Lake

Washington / Banks Lake, WA

No grades, no crowds, tons of rock.

Nathan Pauli
98 Saves

Hike to Wallace Lake via Greg Ball Trail

Washington / Wallace Falls Trailhead

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.

Brandon Baker
97 Saves

Bike to Wells Creek Falls

Washington / Wells Creek Falls

Wells Creek Falls is an incredible waterfall nestled in a tight canyon below Mt. Baker. The falls plunges 93-ft.

Backpack to Surprise Lake

Washington / Surprise Lake Trailhead

Take Road 1000 to start your hike at Conrad Meadows, which is also where you will park your car, be sure to leave your Northwest Forest Pass properly displayed on the dash of your car before you leav.

Katie Ryan
96 Saves

Hike Through History Along the Elwha River

Washington / Whiskey Bend Trailhead

The Elwha River Trail cuts south into the heart of Olympic National Park along a densely forested valley, following the same route taken by some of the earliest explorers of the Olympic Peninsula at .

Nick Lake
96 Saves

Backpack the White Pass-Pilot Ridge Loop

Washington / North Fork Sauk River Trailhead

This loop has it all - beautiful old growth forest, along the river, alpine lakes, giant peaks all around, and a myriad offering of side trips to truly make it your own.

Backpack to Toleak Point

Washington / Third Beach Trailhead

Start off hiking down to the very popular Third Beach, starting from the Third Beach TH near La Push, WA.

Erik Turner
96 Saves

Backpack to Headlight Basin and Lake Ingalls

Washington / Esmerelda Basin Trail

The hike to Lake Ingalls is arguably one of the most popular in Washington, particularly during the fall when the larches turn and become ablaze in bright yellow.

Explore Madison Falls

Washington / Madison Falls

Madison Falls is at the end of a 200 foot paved pathway. It is approximately 60 feet tall and lingers in the midst of incredible lush forest.

Talia Touboul
95 Saves

Hike to Carter & Narada Falls

Washington / Carter Falls Trailhead

This hike starts off with a bang! The first thing you do is walk out into a rocky riverbed and get an amazing view of Mt. Rainier.

Tara Warolin
94 Saves

Photograph Rock Creek Falls

Washington / Rock Creek Falls Pull-Off

There is a large paved pull out on the side of the road right before the bridge making it easy for parking. The fenced area at the pull out is where you can view the falls from afar.

Hannah Kemp
94 Saves

Winter Backpack to Blanca Lake

Washington / Blanca Lake Trail

Since Blanca Lake is a very popular place for folks to explore and with the nice and sunny weekend. I drove out Friday night and slept in my Jeep.

Warren Behymer
93 Saves

Hike and Fish the Tatoosh Lakes

Washington / Tatoosh Trail #161

Located just south of Mountain Rainier National Park, Tatoosh Lakes and Tatoosh Wilderness area are a great hiking destination to find scenic views, wildflowers, wildlife, and two beautiful alpine la.

John Sunich
93 Saves

Hike from Narada Falls to Reflection Lakes

Washington / Narada Falls, Mt Rainier National Park

Free copies of the Paradise Area Trails can be picked up at the Longmire Wilderness Information Center or Paradise Visitor Center.

Lindsy Dugan
92 Saves

Chillin at Darrington Bluegrass Festival

Washington / Darrington Bluegrass Music Park

Every year people from all over the world travel to Darrington WA to sit back, relax and listen to Bluegrass.

Holly Singh
91 Saves

Hike the Rattlesnake Dance Ridge Trail

Washington / Rattlesnake Dance Ridge Trail

Starting at an elevation of 2050 feet and immediately off the gravel parking lot to the side of Canyon Road, begin the uphill charge on the vast, empty Rattlesnake Dance Trail.

Randy Gordon
91 Saves

Hike the Annette Lake Trail in All Seasons

Washington / Annette Lake Trail

Getting There From Seattle, drive east on I-90 to exit 47 (Asahel Curtis/Denny Creek). Turn right from the offramp and continue 0.25 miles, then turn left on Forest Road 5590.

Warren Behymer
88 Saves

Hike and Camp at James Island

Washington / James Island State Park

If you're looking for a weekend camping getaway to a small San Juan Island and you have a boat of substantial size or experience sea kayaking, this is the adventure for you! Launch your boat from Wa.

Rose Freeman
88 Saves

Hike the Skyline Loop in Mt. Rainier NP

Washington / Skyline Trail

The trailhead to Skyline Trail is located at the north side of the upper parking lot near the Visitor Center and Paradise Inn.

Jared Blitz
87 Saves

Hike to Lake Deer via Lake Dorothy Trailhead

Washington / Lake Dorothy Trailhead

Start off by traveling along Highway 2 and turning towards the Money Creek Campground. Turn off onto Forest Road 6410 and follow that to the Lake Dorothy Trailhead (about 9 miles).

Bryan Carroll
87 Saves

Kayak Lake Crescent

Washington / Log Cabin Resort

From the Log Cabin Resort located on the east shore of Lake Crescent, rent a kayak and spend the day on the water! My husband and I rented a kayak on our honeymoon for a day and explored half of the.

Rose Freeman
86 Saves

Backpack and Camp at Shi Shi Beach

Washington / Shi Shi Beach Parking

Introduction:My friends and I decided to head out to the Pacific Northwest (PNW) from Philadelphia to do some backpacking and beach camping.

Chris DeAntonio
86 Saves

Hike to Minotaur Lake

Washington / Minotaur Lake Trail

This short, steep hike offers rewarding views that is well worth the vertical challenge. Round trip this hike is only 3.5 miles but you will gain 1400 feet elevation in the first mile.

Sawyer Products
85 Saves

Climb to the Summit of Colchuck Peak

Washington / Colchuck Lake Trail

Getting There: From US2 in Leavenworth, Washington, turn onto Icicle Creek Rd. Drive 8.

Chris Civarra
85 Saves

Hike to Crystal Lakes and Sourdough Gap

Washington / Crystal Lakes Trailhead, Mt. Rainier National Park

The trailhead to Crystal Lakes is just a few miles from the entrance arch to Mt. Rainier National Park, and is an excellent hike to get yourself acquainted with the area.

Hike to Sprite Lake

Washington / Paddy-Go-Easy Pass Trailhead

Getting There From Roslyn head north for about 15 miles on Salmon La Sac Road. Veer right where the pavement ends onto Cle Elum Valley Rd (FS 4330) for an additional nine miles.

Nathan Wall
83 Saves

Hike the Spruce Railroad Trail

Washington / Spruce Railroad Trail

This versatile trail can adapt to your needs. It's can be an out-and-back hike, so you can make it as long as you like. If you do full distance, you are looking at an 8 mile day.

Kim Morris
83 Saves

Backpack to Remmel Mtn. & Four Point Lake

Washington / Chewuch Trail #510

Remmel Mountain (8685 ft), the former site of a fire lookout, is a massive pile of granite and a wonderful destination for panoramic views of the rugged Pasayten Wilderness.

John Sunich
82 Saves

Camp at Third Beach

Washington / Third Beach Trailhead

Third Beach trailhead is off of La Push road and is 4 hours outside of Seattle anyway you cut it.

Andrew Sporrer
82 Saves

Tackle Beautiful McClellan Butte

Washington / North Bend WA

Starting at the McClellan's Butte Trailhead, right off of I-90 exit 47, head out on the main (only) trail at the trailhad.

Jeff Richards
82 Saves

Hike Alta Mountain