Washington March 21, 2019
The 9 Must-Do Hikes To Add To Your Washington Bucket List This Spring
Spring’s official start date is March 20, but the majority of us have been ready for months. As the last of the snow melts and the daylight starts to linger, our thoughts turn to the great outdoors and curing our cabin fever. Here are nine beautiful trails you should hit as soon as the weather allows.
1. Trail of the Cedars, North Cascades
This nature trail is less than 2 miles in length, and every bit of it is gorgeous. And since it's a nice, easy walk, it's a perfect pick for a first spring hike.
2. Old Sauk River Trail, Darrington
The Old Sauk River Trail is 6 miles of pleasant trail, and it's a nice, mostly flat walk through some stunning natural scenery. You'll spend plenty of time walking along the Sauk River.
3. Crab Creek, Columbia National Wildlife Refuge
This trail really shows off the beauty of the 17,000 acres of the Crab Creek Wildlife Area. Located near the town of Othello, this hike has it all: broad, rolling sand dunes, peaceful lakes, a wide, gurgling creek, and mountain peaks.
4. Summit Lake Trail, Mt. Baker Snoqualmie National Forest
You might want to save this beautiful 5-mile hike for later in the spring when more of the snow has melted. It's well worth waiting for -- you'll see 360 degree views of the Cascade Mountains, Seattle, and several volcanos along the way.
5. Hall of Moss, Hoh Rain Forest, Olympic National Park
Spring is all about fresh air, and it doesn't get much fresher than that. If you've never visited the Hoh, make this the year you check out the Pacific Northwest's only rain forest.
6. Sugarloaf Mountain Trail, Anacortes
Depending on when you visit, Sugarloaf Mountain could be full of vibrant wildflowers. But even if it isn't, you'll still take in these stunning views on your 2-mile trek.
7. Klickitat River Trail, Lyle
Spring is a great time for a Columbia River Gorge hike, and despite bing a pretty lengthy one (just shy of 11 miles), this trail is ranked as easy. The wildflowers bloom early here, and the oak-filled valleys are lovely.
8. Snow Mountain Ranch, Cowiche
This underrated 5.9-mile loop is located near Yakima, and the former ranch has some of the best wildflowers in the state. Keep an eye out for bright hedgehog cacti, bitterroot, and more.
9. Mima Falls Trail, Capitol State Forest
You'll find this hidden gem of a trail near the mysterious Mima Mounds in the Olympia area. The 4.7-mile trail leads to a peaceful waterfall, and by the end of March, the snow has typically melted.
Do you make it a habit to hike every spring? If you’re a beginner, these
trails for mere mortals offer some great spots to get started.