Washington Hiking, Nature June 15, 2019
9 Short And Sweet Washington Summer Hikes With Amazing Views
Hiking is a quintessential Washington experience, and our trails certainly shine their brightest in the summertime. However, that’s also when the hot sun shines its brightest, so if you don’t want to spend all day hiking, you’re not alone. These trails are all reasonably short, and they all happen to have fantastic payoffs in the form of stunning scenery.
1. Pinnacle Peak Saddle Trail, Mt. Rainier National Park
This 2.4-mile trail takes you high above the Nisqually River Valley to a postcard-perfect shot of Mt. Rainier. The trailhead is located near the Paradise Inn, and the hike itself is ranked as moderate for the elevation gains.
2. Sunrise Peak Trail, Randle
The views from the top of this 3.5-mile trail are definitely worth the climb, which is definitely steep at times (the elevation gain is 1,745 feet). Quite a few motorcyclists enjoy the trail as well, which makes for a straight, steep hike. Access to the trailhead os straightforward: Just take FR 23 to FR2324.
3. Hurricane Ridge, Olympic National Park
Hurricane Ridge is one of the most iconic hikes in the state, and for good reason... you'll feel like you're on top of the world. The 3-mile trail offers panoramic views of the park, but check the WTA website before you go — the trail has been closed off and on all spring for maintenance, although summer looks much more promising.
5. Heybrook Ridge, Stevens Pass West
Heybrook Ridge is a relatively new trail, although it already has a great reputation among local hikers. At just 2.8 miles in length, it's a nice, exhilarating trek that won't tire you out. The trailhead is located near Index.
5. Cape Flattery Trail, Sekiu
Do your summer plans include a trip to Neah Bay? If so, check out this gorgeous 1.2-mile nature walk. The views speak for themselves here.
6. Golden Gate Trail, Mt. Rainier National Park
This picturesque trail is just under 4 miles in length, but the scenery is so stunning the entire way, you'll forget you're exercising. This loop takes you through a lot of meadows, which is a real treat during wildflower season.
7. Big Rock Trail, Spokane
For breathtaking views of the Spokane area, hike this gem of a trail. To reach the trail, park in the Steven’s Creek parking lot and head right. Follow the old road for about half a mile, then take the winding path to the right. The hike is ranked as moderate, but it's a fairly easy trek.
8. Bagley Creek Loop Trail, Maple Falls
Not only is this hike incredibly scenic every step of the way, but it's nice and short — the entire trail is just 1.4 miles in length. You'll trek through the Heather Meadows area past two sparkling alpine lakes.
9. Silver Star and Ed's Loop Trail, Yacolt
If you live in Southern Washington, add this trail to your summer hike list. Not only is it often blooming with stunning wildflowers, but the views of the mountains in the area are amazing. There are deep crevices in the road leading to this trail, so take a durable vehicle if you go.
There’s nothing like enjoying a wonderful Washington hike. But if you’re just getting started, try one of these
trails for mere mortals first.