There is endless natural beauty to discover in Washington! However, some of our state’s most jaw-dropping scenery is often located where many have yet to explore. For example, did you know about any of these 10 enchanting hidden places here in the Northwest?
1. Hidden Lake Lookout
Perhaps one of the most scenic spots in all of Washington, this secluded area in the North Cascades National Park can be accessed by way of the Hidden Lake Trail. You can find the lookout cabin sitting nearly 6,500 feet high on top of rocks, looking down at the breathtaking dark waters!
2. Rampart Lakes
Hidden deep within the Alpine Lakes Wilderness, the Rampart Lakes Basin consists of a stunning collection of puddles and small lakes sitting on rock and heather covered terraces, all connected by miniature creeks and short, narrow waterways.
3. Hog Canyon Falls
Located about a half hour outside of Spokane, Hog Canyon Creek plunges over an 8-tiered stairstep fall that was formed by a well-defined columnar basalt formation. The creek sinks into a huge boulder field at the base of the falls and then re-emerges several hundred feet later downstream at the inlet of Hog Lake!
4. Pee Wee Falls
Many haven't heard of this spot because the falls cannot be seen without some kind of watercraft. However, if you are able to paddle out to this beauty just south of Boundary Dam on the Pend Orielle River, the cascading waters are spectacular!
5. Gothic Basin
The 10-mile trail out to this pristine basin in the Cascades may be for more experienced hikers, but its views of ice-carved lakes and rocky cliffs are quite astonishing! Dogs can also use the trail in case you want to bring your four-legged friend.
6. Palisades Viewpoint
If you're traveling along the White Pass Scenic Byway (also known as US Highway 12) you can stop at this viewpoint to catch a glimpse of these fascinating rock formations of dacite columns on the west side of Ayance Canyon!
7. Hamilton Mountain Loop, Rodney & Hardy Falls
Open year-round, this 9-mile trail in Beacon Rock State Park has some great views of Mount Hood and Mt. Adams, as well as a side path that features a beautiful waterfall from a bridge!
8. Boulder Cave
Just outside of Naches in the Mount Rainier area you can explore this cave that was formed millions of years ago from volcanic activity, though it's now home to dozens of Pacific western big-eared bats!
9. Washington Pass Overlook
If you're heading down North Cascades Highway 20, this is a great place to stop on the east end of the North Cascades National Park for amazing photo opportunities. The paved trail to the overlook eventually makes a loop and boasts extraordinary views the whole way!
10. Lava Canyon Bridge
This 125-foot long overpass near Mount Saint Helens can be found along the Lava Canyon Trail, which begins as an easygoing trail and becomes increasingly more difficult as it proceeds down a steep rugged canyon towards the unique swinging bridge!
Have you been to any of these captivating places in our state before? Want to check any of them out?? Share your thoughts below!