Washington October 06, 2017
9 Of The Greatest Hiking Trails On Earth Are Right Here In Washington
One of the best things about living in Washington is being near so many amazing hiking trails. And while plenty of them would qualify for some of the best in the state, we happen to believe a few of them would qualify as the best hikes on Earth. Take these treks and see if you agree.
1. Sleeping Beauty Trail
Located near the town of Stevenson and the Columbia River Gorge, this 2.5-mile trail is surrounded by beautiful forest. Sleeping Beauty is the perfect name for this pretty, peaceful hike.
2. Tolmie Peak Trail
Mount Rainier National Park is full of pristine trails, but this one is especially magnificent. Every moment of the 5-mile hike is beautiful, with alpine lakes and a fire tower lookout with an amazing view of the mountain.
3. Hoh Rain Forest Hall of Moss Trail
This 1-mile hike is absolutely otherworldly. The easy, short loop starts at the Hoh Rain Forest Visitor Center and is full of old-growth trees covered in moss. It's an experience like no other.
4. Shi Shi Beach Trail
Iconic sea stacks, secluded beaches and perfect views await you on this 6.7-mile Olympic Peninsula trail. Even though the trail leading down to the beach can be muddy, there's no denying that the trek is a gorgeous one.
5. Colchuck Lake Trail
Talk about an alpine lake wonderland. The Colchuck Lake Trail spans 8 miles, and the views are endlessly beautiful.
6. Ape Canyon Trail
This challenging but rewarding hike is best left for the experienced and fit. If you manage to make the 9-mile trek, know that there's nothing quite like this anywhere else in the country. You get to climb through a forest that somehow survived the blast of Mt. St. Helens.
7. Skyline Loop Trail
You'll find this 5-mile trail at Mount Rainier National Park, and the mountain view is just one of the perks. You'll see a waterfall on your hike, and depending on the time of year you go, you could be surrounded by wildflowers.
8. Hurricane Hill Trail
This 3-mile hike is considered to be fairly easy, but that's not the reason it's so popular. The gorgeous views on the way to the trail's main viewpoint are amazing.
9. Royal Basin Trail
Royal Basin Trail is located near Sequim, which is a spectacular part of the state. The hike isn't easy — it's about 13 miles in its entirety — but it's absolutely gorgeous.
Washington is a dream come true for an avid hiker. And if you’re just getting started, these
trails for mere mortals are perfect.