Washington April 17, 2019
These 7 Magical Washington Trails Are Full Of Wildflowers And Waterfalls
All around the great state of Washington, wildflowers are beginning to bloom, and spring is in full swing. This is the time to hit the trail and spend some time enjoying nature. And since waterfalls and wildflowers happen to be nature at its finest, we thought we’d highlight a few of our hikes that offer both.
1. Skyline Trail, Mt. Rainier National Park
This 5-mile loop, which you'll find near the town of Montesano, isn't easy -- it's recommended for experienced hikers only. But should you decide to attempt it, the visual rewards will make it worth your while.
2. Cape Horn Loop, Columbia River Gorge
This 7.5 mile loop is just a short drive from Vancouver, but you'll feel like you're in your own world. The trail climbs a total of 1,630 feet, so it's challenging at times, but the scenery is unreal.
3. Spray Park Trail, Mt. Rainier National Park
The farther you go down this 6.9 mile trail, which you'll find near Ashford, the prettier things get. On a clear day, the scenery is nothing short of amazing, but you won't be sorry if you go when it's overcast, either.
4. Lacamas Creek Park, Clark County
There are several fantastic trails at Lacamas Creek Park, many of them with abundant wildflowers. And some, like Woodburn Falls and Lower Falls, include fantastic waterfalls.
5. Franklin Falls, Snoqualmie Pass
Franklin Falls is an extremely popular trail, and for good reason -- it's always gorgeous (and it's only 2 miles long). The trail isn't as packed with wildflowers as the others on this list, but if you hike it in late spring or early summer, you'll definitely see some.
6. Glacier Basin Trail, Mt. Rainier National Park
This stunning 8-mile trailhead is located right by the Paradise Inn. Despite its length, it's a fairly easy trek, and the scenery is never dull.
7. Myrtle Falls, Mt. Rainier National Park
The Myrtle Falls Viewpoint is a short (just under a mile) jaunt with big payoffs. It leads into the Skyline Trail, but if you're not up for the challenge, you can always just hike this part and get your fill of wildflowers and waterfalls.
There’s nothing like an invigorating hike through nature, especially in our beautiful state. If you’re short on time,
these trails are all short and sweet.