This summer has been a hot one here in Washington. With record-breaking temps and the chaos of everyday life, you may not have gotten to hike as much as you’d like. But we’ve still got some long summer days before us, so cover as many of these trails as you can between now and the end of September.
1. Mill Butte Trail, Colville
Located in Pend Oreille State Park near Colville, this trail is a fairly easy 3.8 mile loop perfect for hikers of all ages and fitness levels. Halfway through your hike, you'll be treated to some stunning views.
2. The Ellen Davis Trail, Vancouver
This easy 4-mile loop is located at Leverich Park in Vancouver. It's a nice, fairly easy journey for anyone in the city who needs a nature break.
3. Hoh River Trail, Olympic National Park
This trail is 32 miles in its entirety, so keep in mind that it's meant to be more of a backpacking trek than a hike. But if you go for a day hike and only make it a few miles in, you'll still see plenty of stunning scenery.
4. Riverside State Park Loop, Spokane
Looking for an easy trail that doesn't involve a long drive out to the middle of nowhere? This loop is about 3.5 miles long, and although you'll technically be in the city, you'll also be surrounded by nature.
5. Hurricane Hill Trail, Olympic National Park
Hurricane Hill is one of the most breathtaking trails in the entire state, and that's saying a lot. While it's true that this 3.2 mile trek gets crowded this time of year, it's still worth venturing out for the hike.
6. Fragrance Lake Trail, Bellingham
Fragrance Lake is located inside Larrabee State Park. The 4-mile trail surrounds the lake and features a beautiful lookout, a waterfall, and of course, amazing lake views.
7. Sherman Pass Trail, Republic
Mountain air, beautiful wildflowers and incredible views are what you'll find on this 7.3 mile trail, but since the hike isn't easy, it's recommended only for experienced outdoor enthusiasts.
8. Anderson Butte, Concrete
This trail is less than 3 miles in its entirety, but don't let it fool you - it has a steep hike at the end that beginners may find too challenging. But if you make it up, the rewards will be worth it.
9. Mount Finlayson Trail, San Juan Island
Heading to the San Juans before fall? This 3.5 mile trail is tucked away in San Juan Island National Historic Park, and it's a great way to experience all the diverse natural beauty the islands have to offer.
10. Diablo Lake Trail, North Cascades
You won't believe the views from this 7-mile trail, which is rated Easy despite its fairly long length. Even if you don't have time to hike the entire trail, there's plenty to see around every corner.
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