Washington state has more than its fair share of spectacular hiking trails scattered about the state’s parks and wild areas. With so many to choose from, here are some of our favorites.
Wrapping 3/4 of a mile around the 848-foot tall eponymous monolith, the Beacon Rock trail is as unique as they come. Consisting of 52 switchbacks and 22 steel bridges, the hike isn’t too arduous apart from the fact that you’re going up an incline. The view at the end is stunning with an overview of the Columbia River gorge. You can find Beacon Rock State Park about 36 miles east of Vancouver, Washington, along WA-14.
It sounds like something out of a bad Western, but in reality it’s a great hike with even better views. Located in the Issaquah Alps, the trail is a 4.4 mile roundtrip that showcases the mountains and lakes nearby. Watch your footing and keep an eye on children and pets, as there is a 300-foot drop with no guard rails to speak of.
What sets this hike apart is the fact that there’s a fire lookout tower waiting at the end. Though that’s not terribly uncommon in Washington, what sets this one apart is the fact that this lookout tower has a view. From the top, you’ll be able to see Mt. Index, Baring Mountain, and more. It takes about an hour all told.
Shi Shi Beach
Part of Olympic National Park, Shi Shi Beach runs along the Pacific coast. The beach is only accessible by an hour long hike. In this case, it’s less about the hike and more about the destination. Plan to spend the afternoon (or even the evening) exploring the 2.5 miles of beach. Far from major cities or even larger towns, there’s little in the way of light pollution, making it ideal for stargazing. You can also explore tide pools, sea stacks, coastal caves, and more. There’s also the Point of the Arches to see, a rocky archipelago that stretches into the sea.
Like Rattlesnake Ledge or Beacon Rock, Oyster Dome is another hike that leads up to a breathtaking overlook. In this case, the view is of the San Juan Islands, the Canadian Rockies, and, on the clearest of days, you can even spot the Olympics. It’s a relatively tough hike at 6.5 miles with some steeper grades to deal with, so allow yourself some time to complete it.
Spray Park Trail & Falls
Situated in the northwest region of Mt. Rainier National Park, this trail leads to a waterfall, alpine meadows, wildflowers, and more. It’s one of the most varied hikes on the list. Remember to bring your camera!
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