Category: Hiking

McLane Nature Trail

The McLane Nature Trail is a wonderful option if you want to get a little time outdoors on an otherwise busy weekend. It is located within the Capital State Forest and offers a nice dose of Washington’s native flora and fauna. Location: Southwest WA,…

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Trail of Shadows

The Trail of Shadows is a beautiful, short interpretive trail located just across the street from the main hub of Longmire. While it is only .7 miles in length, this trail is packed with neat sights to see and plenty of interpretive signs to…

Little Mashel Falls

“Little Mashel Falls” is actually three different waterfalls in one area. They are all located within the Pack Forest and, fortunately, there are no passes or fees required to enjoy this trail! Location: Southwest WA, Eatonville Roundtrip: 5 mi. Difficulty: Easy to Moderate Gain:…

Quinault Rainforest Loop

If this is your first trip to the Quinault area, the Quinault Rain Forest Loop is a wonderful choice! It’s an easy and very accessible trail that guides you through a lush temperate rainforest. Location: Olympic Peninsula, Quinault Roundtrip: 3.9 miles Difficulty: Easy Gain:…

Hurricane Hill

Location: Olympic National Park, Port Angeles Roundtrip: 3.2 miles Difficulty: Moderate Gain: 650 ft. Rating: ★★★★★ The Hurricane Ridge area played a huge role in inspiring this website. There are a great number of easy to moderate trails with expansive views of some of the…

Staircase Rapids

Location: Olympic NP, Hoodsport Roundtrip: 4 Miles (2 mi. w/o Four Streams) Difficulty: Easy Gain: 150 Ft. Rating: ★★★★★ The Staircase Rapids trail is a classic and it’s something you shouldn’t miss if you’re camping in the Staircase Campground. You’ll begin by crossing over the…

Kestner Homestead

Location: Quinault, Olympic NP Roundtrip: 1.5 miles Difficulty: Easy Gain: 30 ft. Rating: ★★★ The Kestner homestead was originally claimed in 1891, by Anton Kestner. After serving as a homestead for many years the property came into the possession of the National Forest Service. However,…

Takhlakh Lake & Takh Takh Meadow

Location: Gifford Pinchot, Mt. Adams Roundtrip: 3 miles Difficulty: Easy Gain: 100 ft. Rating: ★★★ If you’re camping at the Takhlakh Lake Campground, you’re in luck! You can leave the car there and start hiking right out of the campground. If you’re not staying at…

Steamboat Mountain

Location: Gifford Pinchot, Mt. Adams Roundtrip: 2 miles Difficulty: Moderate Gain: 700 ft. Rating: ★★★★★ Steamboat Mountain is, surprisingly, not an overused trail; despite its short length and amazing views, you’re not likely to see more than a few other hikers. I have two theories…

Harmony Falls

Location: South Cascades, Mt. St. Helens Roundtrip: 2.4 miles Difficulty: Moderate – Easy Gain: 650 ft. Rating: ★★★(.5) Harmony Falls is a short, moderately steep, trail that offers expansive views. You’ll traverse a lush hillside and cross a small field before making the final descent…

Franklin Falls

Location: North Bend, WA Roundtrip: 2 miles Difficulty: Easy Gain: 400 ft. Rating: ★★★ The Franklin Falls trail is a wonderfully scenic route that trails the Snoqualmie River between the East and West branches of I90; although, you might not even know that if it weren’t for…

Snoqualmie Tunnel

Location: Snoqualmie, WA Roundtrip: 5.3 miles Difficulty: Easy Gain: 0 ft. Rating: ★★★★ The Snoqualmie Tunnel was opened in 1914, and it was originally used as an underground section of “The Milwaukee Road” (a railroad that ran between Chicago and Seattle). The railroad no longer…