Hikes in Washington

Below is a collection of trails in Washington. These hikes are listed from north to south, but the table may also be sorted alphabetically or by distance to help you pick your next hike. Each trail links to its own report complete with photos, GPS maps, directions, and all the other information needed to locate and enjoy these hikes. You can also view hikes around Washington on the Hike Finder Map.

Highlights of Washington

  • This tremendously scenic 5.5-mile loop explores the slopes of Mount Rainier and should be consider the park's must-do hike.
  • This 6-mile hike visits a fire lookout tower near the summit of Mount Fremont with incredible views over Mount Rainier and the surrounding mountains.
  • This 3.75-mile loop crosses fields of summer wildflowers, passes subalpine lakes, and offers great views of Mount Rainier.
  • This 3-mile loop travels through an old-growth forest to a waterfall on Ohanapecosh River in the southeast corner of Mount Rainier National Park.
  • This 1.25-mile loop explores a colorful canyon re-carved by the 1980 eruption of Mount Saint Helens.
  • This adventurous 0.75 to 3.75-mile underground hike travels through one of the longest lava tubes in the world.
  • This 0.25-mile nature trail tours a landscaped that was transformed by a molten lava flow, and for extra fun, visitors can crawl through a 50-foot long lava tub that runs beneath the trail.
  • This 2.6-mile hike visits a small lake and a waterfall on the southern slopes of Mount Saint Helens.

Hiking Washington

The Cascade Mountains are the principal range in Washington, running the entire length of the state. This range of volcanic peak includes the famous peaks, Mount Rainier and Mount Saint Helens. Mount Rainier has more glaciers than any mountain in the contiguous United States, making it a stupendously rugged and beautiful environment. In short, Washington is a great state for hikers. Get started today!

Trail
Description
Distance
Lat, Long
Mount Fremont Lookout550Mount Fremont Lookout Trail in Mount Rainier NP
This out and back hike visits a fire lookout tower near the summit of Mount Fremont with incredible views over Mount Rainier and the surrounding mountains.
6 miles
800 feet
46.914598,
-121.642045
Mount Rainier Naches Peak600Naches Peak Loop Trail in Mount Rainier NP
This colorful loop crosses fields of summer wildflowers, passes subalpine lakes, and offers great views of Mount Rainier.
3.75 miles
575 feet
46.869727,
-121.520033
Mount Rainier Skyline Trail650Skyline Trail in Mount Rainier NP
This tremendously scenic loop on the slopes of Mount Rainier is consider the park's must-do hike.
5.5 miles
1,625 feet
46.786691,
-121.734536
Mount Rainier Silver Falls700Silver Falls Loop Trail in Mount Rainier NP
This loop travels through an old-growth forest to a waterfall on Ohanapecosh River in the southeast corner of the park.
3 miles
300 feet
46.733677,
-121.569312
Lava Canyon Trail750Lava Canyon Trail in Mount Saint Helens NVM
This loop explores a colorful canyon re-carved by the 1980 eruption of Mount Saint Helens.
1.25 miles
250 feet
46.165878,
-122.088824
June Lake Trail800June Lake Trail in Mount Saint Helens NVM
This out and back hike visits a small lake and a waterfall on the southern slopes of Mount Saint Helens.
2.6 miles
450 feet
46.137203,
-122.156568
Ape Cave850Ape Cave in Mount Saint Helens NVM
This adventurous underground hike travels through one of the longest lava tubes in the world.
0.75 - 3.75 miles
400 feet
46.108362,
-122.211432
Trail of Two Forests900Trail of Two Forests in Mount Saint Helens NVM
This short nature trail tours a landscaped that was transformed by a molten lava flow. For extra fun, crawl through a 50-foot long lava tub beneath the trail.
0.25 miles
25 feet
46.099126,
-122.212565

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Skyline Trail Mount Rainier National Park hike Washington Paradise Panorama Point
There may be no better hike in Mount Rainier National Park than Skyline Trail. The hike begins from Paradise, a perfectly named destination on the southern slope of Mount Rainier. Loop up to Panorama Point, a stunning viewpoint that is about as close to the summit of Rainier as you can get without an ice ax. The trail passes snowfields, streams, waterfalls, and fields... Read more.
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Distance: 5.5 miles – Elevation change: 1625 feet
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Camping Mount Rainier National Park campgrounds Washington
Mount Rainier National Park has three main campgrounds with over 450 campsites. The campgrounds are located in the southwest, southeast, and northeast corners of the park near the most popular hiking areas. Backcountry camping is also an option, by permit only. Visit the official Mount Rainier National Park camping page for more information.  Campgrounds in... Read more.
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Mount Freemount Lookout Trail Mount Rainier National Park hike Washington Sunrise Frozen Lake Sourdough Ridge trek
Mount Fremont houses the nearest fire lookout tower to Mount Rainier. On a clear day, the lookout promises some of the park's best views of Mount Rainier and the surrounding Cascade Mountains. The 6-mile round trip hike from the Sunrise Lodge and Visitor Center to Mount Fremont Lookout is exceptionally scenic and fulfilling, with 800 feet of elevation gain.Lupines in... Read more.
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Distance: 6 miles – Elevation change: 800 feet
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Naches Peak Loop Trail Mount Rainier National Park hiking Washington wildflower hike
The bloom of wildflowers on Naches Peak Loop is the #1 draw to this trail. An extraordinary carpet of purple lupines and other colorful flowers appearing along this trail each summer. The fact that Naches Peak Loop stands out among other trails in Mount Rainier National Park, which has lots of great places to see wildflowers, tells you that this trail is something... Read more.
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Silver Falls Trail Mount Rainier National Park hike Washington hike Ohanapecosh campground
If you are itching to hike through a forest that is a postcard of the northwest, Silver Falls Loop Trail is for you. To make things even better, the 3-mile circuit (with 300 feet of elevation gain) also visits a thundering 70-foot waterfall on Ohanapecosh River. This is a premier woodland hike in the southeast corner of Mount Rainier National Park.Depart from... Read more.
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Distance: 3 miles – Elevation change: 300 feet
By: hikespeak Last updated: April 28, 2014