Washington July 12, 2022
The Scenic Washington Road Trip That Leads To Some Of The Best Hiking, Camping, And More
In Washington, both the hiking and camping opportunities are abundant. If you’d rather hit the trail than the treadmill and prefer to sleep under the stars, this is definitely the state for you. There’s a reason they call it “PNWonderland.”
You’ll find hiking trails and campgrounds in every corner of our state, and you can enjoy everything from a treacherous mountain climb to a peaceful seaside stroll. This road trip takes you to two of our most highly rated campground, which just happen to be surrounded by breathtaking trails.
You'll find some of our most gorgeous hiking trails near Snoqualmie Pass, not far from I-90.
The area between North Bend and Cle Elum is an absolute gold mine when it comes to camping, hiking, boating, fishing, and more.
Make a reservation for a night or two at Denny Creek Campground, one of the most beloved camping spots in Washington.
While Denny Creek is technically located between the eastbound and westbound lanes of I-90, it stays relatively quiet and peaceful.
Denny Creek Campground has 24 reservable campsites (including one group site), picnic areas, drinking water, electrical hook-ups, and flush toilets.
The campground also happens to be close to quite a few hiking trails, some of which are very family-friendly.
Keekwulee Falls is accessed via Denny Creek Trail, which you'll find right by the Denny Creek Campground.
At six miles in length, this trail is definitely best for adults, although it's considered moderate, meaning most hikers should be able to enjoy it. Plus, it leads to a breathtaking waterfall.
Speaking of waterfalls, the waterfall hike you shouldn't leave the area without doing is the Franklin Falls Trail.
This is a two-mile out-and-back trail that's a fantastic option for beginners and families.
You'll traipse through a lush green forest before arriving at the stunning Franklin Falls.
On a warm summer day, you'll see quite a few families here, enjoying the scenery and wading through the water to cool down.
When you've had your fill of Denny Creek, pack up and head to a campgrou nd near Cle Elum and Roslyn, like Twentynine Pines Campground.
Located north of Cle Elum, this is one beautiful base camp. It's secluded and woodsy, but it's easy to reach.
After you've had a good night's rest, check out the appropriately named Red Top Lookout Trail.
Despite its elevation gain, this is considered an easy trail. And it's only about a mile in length, so even if you do get winded, it will be over before you know it... and the views are priceless.
One other must-see in the area is the 6-mile Coal Mines Trail, which is located between Clue Elum and Rosyln.
This trail is open year round (weather depending), and the trail is nice and easy. You may not have the trail to yourself, especially in the summer, but you'll still enjoy plenty of moments of solitude.
Do you have a favorite place to hike in Washington?