No offense to TLC, but here in Washington, we happen to love chasing waterfalls. Not only are they beautiful and serene, but many of them come at the end of some fantastic hiking trails. This list doesn’t include every single waterfall hike in Washington, but it makes an amazing bucket list for the Washingtonians who love them. Here are some of the very best hikes in Washington for anyone who’s down to go chasing waterfalls:

We’re so lucky to live in a state with so many beautiful waterfalls. And some, like Palouse Falls, require no hike at all! Which waterfall hike would you say is one of the best hikes in Washington? Tell us your thoughts in the comments.

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Best Hikes in Washington

What are some great scenic hikes in Washington?  

Let’s be real here: isn’t EVERY hike in Washington a scenic one? We think so, but we also have some truly awe-inspiring gems we’d love to share, too. With more than 3,800 incredible hiking trails to choose from, it might be kind of tough to decide where to start – but that’s where we come in! Check out the amazing Enchantments Trail within the Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest, which is 18 miles long and makes for a perfect multi-day epic hike. You’ll be treated to truly incredible views and ridiculously beautiful landscapes. A permit is required for that one, so plan ahead! No time to get a permit? Head up to Mount Rainier National Park and so the 5.5-mile Skyline Trail, which is one of the state’s most popular hikes surrounding our most iconic mountain ranger. The Hoh River Trail can be found at Olympic National Park; if you’re a fan of rainforests, you’ll love it. Finally, do the Wallace Falls Trail if you like waterfalls. It’s 5.6 miles round-trip and one of the most popular hikes in Washington. It’ll be easy to see why once you’re on it!  

What are some of the best kid-friendly hikes around Washington?  

As we mentioned above, there are nearly 4,000 hiking trails in Washington to choose from, and a decent percentage of those hikes are easy enough that we’d consider them “kid-friendly”. Some of the best kid-friendly hikes around Washington include trails like the Hidden Lake Trail at Lake Wenatchee State Park. It’s just one mile long and features some breathtaking Ponderosa pine forest and a pristine mountain lake. Trail of the Cedars is another excellent choice for bringing the small ones along; it’s nestled inside North Cascades National Park, is super easy, and features a really cool suspension bridge that’s sure to capture the kids’ imaginations. Should you find yourself at Mt. Rainier National Park, be sure to do the Grove of the Patriarchs hike; it features enormous old-growth cedar trees and Douglas Firs. Finally, try the Cape Flattery Trail on the Olympic Peninsula; it’s just 1.2 miles long and is a truly amazing coastal adventure. What are your favorite kid-friendly hikes around Washington?  

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