Washington Hiking, Nature May 22, 2017
9 Washington Hiking Trails So Beautiful You’ll Forget You’re Exercising
You’ve probably heard that the best kind of exercise is the kind you’ll do consistently. But we believe the best kind of workout is the one that makes you forget you’re exercising entirely. And when you’re on these trails, you’ll be too focused on the beautiful views and the stunning scenery to realize you’re breaking a sweat.
1. Rachel Lake, Cle Elum
This 7-mile hike gets challenging in parts, especially during the steep first couple of miles and the ending, which involves some careful stepping. But the alpine lake views make it all worth it.
2. Crystal Lakes Trail, Mount Rainier National Park
From wildflowers to waterfalls, not to mention glimpses of Mount Rainier, this 5.5 mile trail is perfect for anyone who hikes for the scenery (which is most of us).
3. Sourdough Gap, Mount Rainier National Park
Speaking of stunning Mount Rainier hikes, this 6.7 mile trail is located near Enumclaw, and it's a real gem.
4. Abercrombie Mountain, Colville
The Abercrombie Mountain is one of the most highly rated hikes in the Colville National Forest. At 7.4 miles in length, it's not a quick walk, but it's totally worth taking the time to explore it.
5. Hurricane Hill, Port Angeles
To hike this beautiful 3.2 mile trail, you'll head about 1.5 miles past the Hurricane Ridge Visitor Center. The views here are spectacular, and the trail is usually completely free of snow from July through September.
6. Poo Poo Point, Issaquah
This trail's quirky name is a reference to the steam whistle sounds heard throughout the Tiger Mountains in the early days of logging. Popular among families and hang gliders, this is a great place to catch views of Mt. Rainier.
7. Quartz Mountain Lookout Trail, Mount Spokane State Park
Located near Mead, this 4.5 mile trail is full of beautiful wild flowers. The views from the top of Quartz Mountain are as spectacular as from the top of Mt. Spokane.
8. Maple Pass Trail, North Cascades
North Cascades National Park is one of the prettiest places on the planet, and this 6.7 mile trail (located near Mazama) shows off some of the best parts.
9. Hamilton Mountain Loop Trail , Stevenson
From mountain views to waterfalls, you'll see a little bit of everything on this 7-mile hike, which you'll find at Beacon Rock State Park near Stevenson.
We’re so lucky to be surrounded by beautiful hiking trails in Washington.
These hikes are all under 5 miles.
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