Best Trails in Washington

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Oregon, Multnomah County

00 :16 hrs
0.1 mi
50.128788 ft

Falling an enormous 620 feet in two steps, Multnomah Falls is an easy walk to a majestic waterfall. This waterfall can be viewed at the base of both tiers and also on Benson Bridge directly above the second tier in the middle of the falls. For a bit longer hike, a viewpoint from the top is available. This is a popular destination for locals and a great way to show visitors one of the greatest waterfalls in Oregon. A stop at the 1925 lodge near the beginning of the trail will make the trip complete.


Washington, Whatcom County

01 :09 hrs
2.4 mi
76.157776 ft

Lovely coastal trail with many State Park access points. Activities here range from marine boat launches, sea kayak tours, trail running, hiking and backpacking.


Washington, Snohomish County

03 :58 hrs
8.6 mi
394.30463 ft

Meandering trail up the river to fantastic lake views. I didn't see the bear, but there's one close by seen by other hikers.


Washington, King County

06 :09 hrs
6.1 mi
705.373 ft

Pratt Lake is a beautiful hike through a thick forest. You’ll pass by 3 alpine lakes and there is good camping at the lake to make it an overnighter. The trail is well maintained and easy to follow with some rocky sections near the lake.


Washington, Port Angeles

08 :27 hrs
5.7 mi
1271.6007 ft

Most users of this trail will likely finish at Lake Angeles, a beautiful mountain pond with ample trout fishing. Hardier types can continue up the highly scenic Klahhane Ridge, which is mostly above treeline but with minimal exposure, and continue to the junction with the Mount Angeles trails (north and south).


Washington, Snohomish County

03 :55 hrs
2.5 mi
629.6511 ft

The rugged trail to the summit of Mt Pilchuck and its historic fire lookout tower is one of the most popular and rewarding in the western Cascades. The trail begins at a former ski area and climbs slowly at first but then rapidly as it ascends a partially forested rocky talus slope with good views west over Puget Sound. Making its way to the eastern side of a ridge, views of the beautiful alpine landscape unfold. The upper portion of the hike involves some scrambling over exposed granite slabs, with paint blazes marking the route. This section can be dangerous in fog or with snow or ice on the rocks. The view from the summit and lookout tower includes the jumble of Cascade peaks from Mt Baker to Mt Rainier, Puget Sound, Seattle, and the Olympic Mountains. Signs inside the lookout tower identify the peaks and give some history of the tower program. Given the relative accessibility of this alpine peak, expect crowds in the summer.


Washington, Chelan County

03 :23 hrs
6.5 mi
630.0543 ft

The splendid alpine scenery on this relatively short loop is among the best to be found in the state for the effort expended. Most hikers choose to do the loop counter-clockwise, going through Heather Pass first. The trail climbs from thick evergreen forest up through heather and meadows to alpine tundra at Heather Pass, and stays above treeline for most of the hike, allowing unobstructed views of the surrounding peaks, glaciers, and tarns. A climber's trail leads left from Heather Pass to Lewis and Wing Lakes. Return for the last half mile via the paved trail to Rainy Lake. There is no source of water along the route after the snow has melted.


Oregon, Multnomah County

00 :51 hrs
1 mi
66.58042 ft

Along the Columbia River Gorge near the Bonneville Dam is a beautiful trail that follows Tanner Creek through a canyon. This trail goes directly next to Munra Falls, a 40 foot falls that you can reach out and touch along the path. Kids love this falls, as it is so close to the trail. Continuing on, the end of the hike opens up to a clear view of Wahclella Falls, a two-tiered falls that drop a total of 350 feet into a pool that is surrounded by moss-covered rock walls.


Washington, Pierce County

07 :39 hrs
15 mi
688.28186 ft

This is one of the many backcountry campsites in The Great Sand Dunes National Preserve. This site is accessed by the 4x4 road that traverses Medano Pass. Access requires 4 wheel drive, and I recommend at least rear locking differential. There are numerous creek crossings from the west side, and well as deep sand through the National Park section. The east side of Medano Pass can wash out with heavy rain. This is a fantastic area to camp in the fall.


Washington, Pierce County

19 :22 hrs
15.1 mi
683.6173 ft

Sunrise to Winthrop Glacier in Mt. Rainier National Park. This route follows the Wonderland Trail from Sunrise Visitor Center. There are camping sites along the way and a permit is required.

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