Hike Mount Washington

Washington Mount Washington Trailhead

Added by Austin Johnson

This is a fantastic hike just one hour east of Seattle, Washington. Once at the top you have panoramic views of the Cascades, Mount Rainier, the Puget Sound area, and on a clear day you can even see the Olympic Mountains.

You start out at an elevation of about 1200 feet and you gradually make your way up to the top at 4450 feet. You are hiking through forest land the whole time with peaks of a beautiful view to the north every so often. Along the way there are many rock walls which you can climb at, however on our trip we did not. There are a few fallen trees within the last mile but are easy to navigate around. While there we even saw some patches of snow that had yet to melt, although that wont last very long.

Once to the top you can see for miles in every direction. To the north you can see the Peaks of Mount Baker and Glacier Peak, to the south is Mount Rainer in all her glory and to the west is Chester Morse lake, Rattlesnake Lake, and the Puget Sound. This is a beautiful hike

Pack List

  • Discover Pass
  • Boots
  • 2 liters of water
  • Snacks
  • Camera
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Hiking, Photography

Skill Level:



Summer, Autumn

Trail Type:



8.5 Miles

Elev. Gain:

3250 Feet



Easy Parking
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about 2 months ago

Awesome Day Adventure

A couple buddies and I went up Mount Washington earlier this summer and had a blast! It's a great hike with a spectacular view, you can see mailbox peak, rattlesnake ledge, Mt Rainier, and various lakes around the base! The first couple miles are fairly steep and but then leads into a comfortable and steady incline until you reach the top! Bring lunch and a blanket the top is a perfect place for a picnic and a view!

about 2 months ago

Added by Austin Johnson

I am a college student living in Kirkland, Washington exploring the PNW.

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