Washington July 22, 2017
9 Amazing Washington Hikes Under 3 Miles You’ll Absolutely Love
Going for a hike in Washington is amazing, especially on a beautiful summer day. But not everyone has time to cover 10 or even 5 miles – and not everyone wants to. These trails are all 3 miles or less, so you can get a great hike in and then enjoy the rest of your day.
1. Cape Flattery Trail
Located at at the northwest tip of the Olympic Peninsula near Neah Bay, this trail is only 1.2 miles. Because of the perpetually wet conditions, you'll be walking on raised boardwalks for much of the path.
2. Bench and Snow Lakes Trail
You'll find this beautiful trail in Mount Rainier National Park near Paradise. It's an easy 2.5 mile hike that feels heavenly indeed.
3. Bowl and Pitcher Loop Trail
This 2 mile trek is located near Spokane in Riverside State Park. Your hike can start near the Spokane House of Riverside State Park or near Bowl and Pitcher.
4. Horan Natural Area
You'll find this 2.5 mile trail in Wenatchee Confluence State Park in East Wenatchee. The trail is easy to navigate, and there are some great viewing stations along the way.
5. Franklin Falls
The highlight of this 2 mile trail is obviously the beautiful waterfall, but you'll see lots of amazing scenery along the way. The Franklin Falls Trail is located near Snoqualmie Pass.
6. Bagley Creek Loop Trail
This 1.4 mile trail sits way up in Northern Washington near Maple Falls. It's quiet, peaceful, and nice and easy to enjoy.
7. Nisqually Vista Trail
This mile-long trail is located near the Paradise Inn at Mount Rainier National Park. While it's often covered in snow, during the summertime everything is green and beautiful.
8. Saddlerock Trail
Saddlerock Trail is a 2.4 mile loop you'll find in the Wenatchee area. While parts of it are a bit steep, it's considered a great trail for beginners and advanced hikers alike.
9. Cowiche Canyon Conservancy Trail
Confession: This trail is actually about 3.2 miles. But it's so peaceful and relaxing in this canyon, which is located just outside of Yakima, that you won't mind this extra steps one bit.
We hope you enjoy as many of these short, easy hikes as possible. And when you have a little more time, check out this list of
Washington hikes that are under 5 miles.