These 9 Stunning Washington Trails Have The Best Mountain Views
Washington’s mountain ranges are breathtaking. They’re also home to some of our best hiking trails, many of which offer some incredible views. Enjoying a hike on this list will remind you of just how lucky we are to live here.
1. Skyline Divide Trail
For amazing views of Mount Baker, find the Skyline Divide Trail near Glacier. This 7.7-mile hike is full of wildflowers in the summer, and the trail is well-maintained.
2. Reflection Lake Trail
This easy and beautiful hike was named after the lake that perfectly reflects Mount Rainier. It's only about 3 miles in length, with the trailhead starting in the Paradise area.
3. Mount Si Loop
Located near North Bend, Mount Si was named after a homesteader who lived at its base in the 19th century. The 7-mile hike is extremely challenging, but the visual rewards are worth it.
4. Quartz Mountain Lookout Trail
Mount Spokane State Park is located in the Selkirk Mountains, and the 4.5-mile Quartz Mountain Lookout Trail has some seriously stunning views from the top. Although there are some challenging parts, this hike is great for all skill levels.
5. Skyline Loop Trail
If you can hike this beautiful Mount Rainer National Park trail in the summertime, you'll be treated to meadows of wildflowers along with the amazing views of the mountain. The loop is just over 5 miles long, and it can get strenuous, so take your time.
6. Cascade Pass Trail
The Cascade Pass Trail is recommended for experienced hikers only -- it's 15 miles in length, and parts of it can be pretty challenging. That being said, the hike offers iconic views of the North Cascades you won't see anywhere else.
7. Hurricane Hill
This is one of the Olympic Peninsula's most popular hikes, and for good reason. The 3-mile trail culminates with a panoramic view of the Olympic Range.
8. Colchuck Lake Trail
Located in the Central Cascades, Colchuck Lake is an alpine gem that sits nestled in between two tall peaks. The 7.7-mile trail is pretty challenging, but the scenery is truly spectacular.
9. Royal Basin Trail
If you decide to hike Sequim's Royal Basin Trail, you may want to make it a backpacking trip -- it's 16 miles in its entirety. But not only are there plenty of campsite along the way, but the views of the glacial mountains along the way are wonderful.
If you live in Washington and you’re not a hiker, you’re really missing out. Start with one of our
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