Washington March 13, 2018
We Found The 8 Most Magical Hiking Trails In Washington For Spring
Good news: Spring is (finally) approaching. And while the majority of our hiking trails are open year-round, there are a few that are especially magical in April and May. These are some of the best spring hikes in Washington.
1. Hamilton Mountain Loop Trail
Located near Stevenson in the beautiful Columbia Gorge, this 7.5-mile loop is a real workout. It also has everything you want in a good trail: Easy access to parking, two waterfalls, amazing views and beautiful wildflowers.
2. Coyote Wall Loop Trail
Warning: This trail is not for beginners. But the 7-mile loop is incredibly gorgeous in the springtime, and if you're an experienced hiker, it's well worth it. The trail is located near White Salmon -- you'll see the signs from Highway 14.
3. Mailbox Peak
Mailbox Peak, another trail best for more experienced hikers, is located near North Bend. If you manage to make the 4,200-foot ascent to the Mailbox, you can sign the registry, which is worth the tiring journey uphill.
4. Summit Lake Trail
You'll find the Summit Lake Trail nestled in a small basin just north of Mt. Rainier National Park in the Clearwater Wilderness. When the snow melts, the 6 mile trek gets easier - and, of course, the views are unreal.
5. Wallace Falls Trail
Located near Gold Bar, this 4.6-mile trail leads to a beautiful waterfall. Really, what more can you ask for?
6. Chelan Lakeshore Trail
If you need to get into shape quickly, this 12-mile trail is a good place to start. It's not exceptionally difficult, just lengthy -- but the views of Lake Chelan are stunning.
7. Riverside State Park Loop
Spokane's best known trail really comes alive in the spring. The Riverside State Park Loop is an easy 3.7-mile journey over the river and through the woods.
8. Oyster Dome Trail
The 5.3-mile Oyster Dome Trail offers jaw-dropping views of Samish Bay, the San Juan Islands and the Skagit River Flats, so it's a perfect hike for a sunny spring day.
Spring is a great time to get outside and enjoy some of Washington’s finest trails. If you have to start slowly, check out
these easy hikes that are great for beginners.