7 Washington Hikes You Can Get Out And Do Right Now

The best thing about nature is that it never closes. Especially here in our little corner of the country, hiking and outdoor recreation are available all year-round, and we are always happy to get out and explore! If you’re itching for an adventure and are looking for something a bit new to you or off-the-beaten-path, we have a list of some of the best hikes in Washington for you to tackle! These seven hiking trails are all within reasonable driving distances from their nearby cities and towns, and we consider them some of the best hikes in Washington!

What are your picks for the best hikes in Washington? Did we miss any of your go-to trails? Please share them with us in the comments — we love learning about new-to-us hikes in the Evergreen State!

Looking for more scenic treks in Washington? These wonderful waterfall hikes are sure to make you swoon!

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Best hikes in Washington

March 22, 2022

What are some of the best places to go hiking in Washington?

The Evergreen State is an immensely beautiful place to explore on foot. It is full of old-growth forests, wondrous waterfalls, grand canyons, rugged coasts, and majestic mountains. You could spend an entire lifetime exploring the myriad trails of Washington State ... and still not tackle them all! To help narrow down the field a bit, we always like to direct adventure seekers to Olympic National Forest. Why? Well, for starters, this immensely beautiful place is home to a variety of ecosystems and terrain that really epitomizes Washington!

Olympic National Park is 922,651 acres of pure beauty, with more than 3,000 miles of rivers and streams, 1,200 types of native plants, 300 avian inhabitants, 73 miles of coastline, 60 glaciers, and 56 mammal species (including 22 listed as endangered or threatened). It's a place of mountains and forests, rivers and waterfalls, and a near-endless array of opportunities for hiking, camping, climbing, and so much more. Whether you've experienced Olympic National Forest once, twice, more times to count, or never, it's always an extraordinary place to explore, and definitely one of the best places to go hiking in Washington.