Whether you are new to hiking or you are an old pro, Washington state has a bucket-like list of awesome hikes to conquer. Use StorQuest’s list of five favorite hikes to plan your spring, summer, and fall adventures.
Skyline Trail in Mount Rainier National Park
This is a spectacular loop that offers views of Mount Rainier and terrain that helps you learn about and understand the powerful chiseling abilities of glaciers. This 5.9-mile loop trail starts from Paradise Jackson Visitor Center and climbs for 2 miles before traversing the lower slopes of Mount Rainier.
Dog Mountain on the Columbia River Gorge
Dog Mountain offers some of the best views of the Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area along with some of the toughest elevation gain in the region. While the hike is hard, it is relatively quick and pays off with stunning views of the Columbia River and a unique perspective of the Pacific Northwest.
Enchantments Traverse in the North Cascades
The longest trail on our listing, this 19-mile trek is not to be missed. You’ll earn your epic views and pass one spectacular lake after another before descending back down the rocky ridge into the forest of Larch and Pine. This is a point-A-to-point-B-style of hike and we recommend starting at the Snow Lake trailhead and setting a shuttle return from Stuart Lake trailhead at the end of your adventure.
Heather / Maple Pass in the Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest
If you are looking for a hike that offers stunning fall colors, this is the loop hike to save for fall. While it’s only 7 miles long, it delivers on the high-country North Cascades scenery – ridgelines, rugged snow-covered peaks, and picturesque lakes – you crave. Start and finish at the Rainy Pass rest stop on Highway 20 – and hike this trail clockwise for a more gradual descent at the end of the day.
Ozette Triangle Loop Trail in Olympic National Park
If you are looking for a way to experience the rocky and mountainous Pacific Northwest coastline, this is your hike. The Ozette Triangle Loop Trail takes you along the coast and through temperate rain forests dotted with old-growth trees and cascading waterfalls. This trail is 8.6 miles long and starts and finishes at Ozette Campground.
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