Featuring A Lake And Views Of Mt Baker, The Chain Lake Loop Trail Is One Of Washington’s Most Rewarding Hikes
Hiking opportunities abound in Washington, with beautiful treks seemingly around each bend. Today, we’re going to highlight one of our state’s most scenic excursions, which comes with some seriously stunning visual rewards. We highly recommend checking out the Chain Lake Loop Trail and think it’s one of the best and most beautiful hikes in Washington!
Which Evergreen State trail is at the top of your bucket list? What are your picks for the best hikes in Washington? Share them with us in the comments below!
For more extraordinary hikes in Washington, check out these seven superlative trails.
Best hikes in Washington
What are the best waterfall hikes in Washington?
Nothing beats a good waterfall hike, and luckily for Washington waterfall chasers, our state is home to an abundance of spectacular falls — and scenic waterfall trails! In this article, The Ultimate Bucket List For Anyone In Washington Who Loves Waterfall Hikes, we share some of our favorite waterfall adventures. One of our favorite waterfall hikes in Washington is the Twin Falls Trail in North Bend. This easy 3.6-mile trail takes you through the Cascade foothills to a beautiful set of waterfalls. The hike offers stunning views of both waterfalls and is considered a good trail for any skill level.
The Franklin Falls Trail in Snoqualmie Pass is another epic trek. This 4.9-mile trail leads through old logging roads to a stunning 25-foot cascade. And in Olympic National Park, the Marymere Falls Trail is a favorite hike; less than two miles, the 90-foot Marymere Falls is a brilliant waterfall finish!
Where’s the best place to hike in Washington?
Scenic places abound for hiking adventures in the Evergreen State, but nothing beats the trails in Olympic National Park. Allow us to sing its praises. For starters, Olympic National Park encompasses 876,669 acres, and within this extraordinary expanse are its headlining peaks: the majestic Olympic Mountains. Formed over 30 million years ago after two plates in the Pacific Ocean collided, the Olympic Mountains are a true natural wonder. There are 60 named glaciers on the peaks of the Olympics — and 200 that are yet to be named! — making it a treasure trove for bucket-list discovery and adventure.
In terms of superlatives, Mount Olympus is 7,979-feet tall, making it the tallest of the Olympics — but it’s obfuscated by other mountains to the west. As such, the best place to find a perfect panorama of this epic peak is from Hurricane Ridge, an immensely beautiful overlook. The park is also home to a magical place called Hoh Rain Forest, one of the only temperate rainforests in the world that feels like something straight from Middle Earth. The best part is that there are some very accessible hikes here. For example, the Hall of Mosses hike is perfect for families. It’s a 0.8-mile loop that’s completely paved, and the 1.2-mile Spruce Nature Trail is another easy-to-compete adventure.