Washington Hiking, Lakes, Nature February 07, 2022
7 Washington Trails That Lead To Simply Spectacular Lake Views
Hiking can be a lot of fun, especially here in Washington. But whether you’re a novice hiker or an expert explorer, we can all agree that hiking is much better when it comes with a visual reward. And we’re lucky to have plenty of those here in the geographically diverse Pacific Northwest.
Each of these Evergreen State Trails leads to stunning lake views, and they’re all well worth the effort. Be courteous, leave no trace, and have an amazing time exploring this year.
1. Rattlesnake Ledge
Located in the Rattlesnake Mountain Scenic Area near North Bend, Rattlesnake Ledge Trail is a popular trail for those who are up for a challenge. At 5.3 miles, the length isn't too long for a beginner to attempt, but there are some rather steep climbs and elevation gains. The views from the ledge are well worth the climb.
2. Tolmie Peak Trail
If you're planning a visit to Mt. Rainier this summer, this is a hike you won't want to miss. The 5-mile trail is located on the north side of Mowich Lake, and the views are absolutely breathtaking.
3. Heather Lake Trail
You'll find the beautiful 5-mile Heather Lake Trail in the Mount Baker Snoqualmie National Forest near Granite Falls. A Northwest Forest Pass is required to access the trail, and the route is pretty rocky. While the hike is ranked as moderate, beginners should bring a more experienced friend or two along.
4. Blue Lake Trail
With its towering granite peaks, forests, mountains, and shimmering lake, the Blue Lake Trail is one of Washington's best. Located in the Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest, this hike will take you straight to one of our most pristine lakes.
5. Naches Peak Loop Trail
If you're looking for a fairly easy lake hike, check out the Naches Peak Loop Trail at Mt. Rainier. The 3.3-mile trail begins near the Paradise Inn, so it's easy to find. And the family-friendly trail takes you past more than one shimmering lake.
6. Gold Creek Pond Loop
The peaceful, picturesque Gold Creek Pond Loop is located neat Snoqualmie Pass. And while it isn't exactly a hidden gem, it can also be under-utilized at times. The trail is only 1.2 miles, and every step is spectacular.
7. Quinalt Loop Trail
Olympic Peninsula hikes are second to none, and this one is no exception. The 3.8-mile trail takes you straight to a heavenly lake, and it's accessible all year long.
Which of these trails will you hike first?