The 9 Must-Do Hikes To Add To Your Washington Bucket List This Spring

There’s an embarrassment of riches here in the Evergreen State, as evidenced by the following list of best hikes in Washington — which, in our opinion, aren’t just some of the most superlative treks in the state, but also the country! While hiking is a year-round activity in Washington, there’s just something so wonderful about lacing up our boots when the snow and ice of winter begins to thaw, welcoming the sublime season of spring in the PNW. Here are nine of our favorite hikes to take in Washington in the spring!

Do you make it a habit to hike every spring? What are your picks for the best spring hikes in Washington? Share them with us in the comments below! And if you’re a beginner hiker, these trails for mere mortals offer some great spots to get started.

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Best hikes in Washington

June 19, 2022

What are some of the best short-and-sweet hikes in Washington?

You don't have to be an expert or advanced outdoor enthusiast to enjoy some of the best hikes in Washington — some of the Evergreen state's sweetest and most scenic treks are also the shortest and most accessible! Some of our favorite short-and-sweet hikes in Washington include: the 4.2-mile Icicle Gorge Trail, the 1.5-mile Cape Flattery Trail, the 3-mile Beezley Hills Trail, the 1.5-mile Grove of the Patriarchs Loop, the 2.5-mile Big Rock Trail, and the 2.3-mile Discovery Historic Loop ... these aren't just some of the best short trails in Washington, they are some of the best hikes in Washington — period!

What's the best waterfall hike in Washington?

For those looking for a short-and-sweet waterfall chasing adventure in Washington, the Franklin Falls Trail is an easy, two-mile hike in beautiful Mount Baker Snoqualmie National Forest, and, in our opinion, it just so happens to be the most scenic waterfall hike in the Evergreen State! While this hike is most popular during the summer, it is accessible all throughout the year, and it is absolutely breathtaking in the winter. There’s nothing quite like hiking along this snow-covered path through snow-covered trees, and reaching a magnificent waterfall, which even freezes when the conditions align! So the next time you are looking for a scenic waterfall hike, you'll be glad to check out Franklin Falls Trail in Washington!