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Top 5 Hiking Trails in Washington
May 29, 2020

Top 5 Hiking Trails in Washington

by The CE Shop Team

Try These Top-Rated Hikes Throughout Washington

Like most, we’ve been staying indoors due to state stay-at-home orders and, like most, the feeling of being cooped up and growing antsy is at an all-time high. What better way to beat that feeling than to get outdoors?

In this list, you’ll find essential hikes to do in Washington to get outside and beat that cabin fever.

Top 5 Best Hiking Trails

5. Stuart Lake Trail

  • Location: Leavenworth, Washington
  • Length: 7.7 miles
  • Elevation Gain: 2,283 feet
  • Difficulty: Hard
  • Dogs: No Dogs

This is an out and back trail near Leavenworth, WA that features scenic views of Stuart Lake and Colchuck Lake. This is a challenging hike, not meant for beginners, with beautiful scenery in the Alpine Lakes Wilderness Area of Washington State. The Colchuck Lake is accompanied by the twin spires of Dragontail Peak and Colchuck Peak at the far end of the lake.

4. Twin Falls Trail

  • Location: Olallie State Park
  • Length: 3.6 miles
  • Elevation Gain: 967 feet
  • Difficulty: Moderate
  • Dogs: Leashed

Near North Bend, this is an out and back trail that features views of a Twin Falls waterfall and lush forest. This is a moderate hike that will have you follow the river all the way up the falls. Be aware that the trail can be muddy and wet. Get there early, as the parking lot can fill up quickly, and the trail can get crowded.

3. Lake 22 Trail

  • Location: Granite Falls, Washington
  • Length: 7.0 miles
  • Elevation Gain: 1,486 feet
  • Difficulty: Moderate
  • Dogs: Leashed

Found in Mount Pilchuck State Park, this trail is a loop trail that offers a number of activity options and features a beautiful alpine lake and waterfall. The trail will take you through old growth forests ending with a stunning view of Mount Pilchuck.

2. Mount Si Trail

  • Location: North Bend, Washington
  • Length: 7.9 miles
  • Elevation Gain: 3,188 feet
  • Difficulty: Hard
  • Dogs: Leashed

Located near North Bend, this is an out and back trail that takes you high above the clouds giving hikers a near 360-degree view featuring Tiger Mountain State Forest, Olallie State Park, and Mount Teneriffe. This trail has the highest elevation gain on the list, so expect some serious ascent early on in the trail.

1. Rattlesnake Ledge Trail

  • Location: Rattlesnake Mountain Scenic Area
  • Length: 5.1 miles
  • Elevation Gain: 1,469 feet
  • Difficulty: Moderate
  • Dogs: Leashed

Rated number one for a reason, this is an out and back trail that features panoramic views of Rattlesnake Lake as well as Mount Si and Mount Washington. There are also activities available at the lake, or you could just use it as a nice cooldown post-hike. This is a moderate trail difficulty that is very popular, so expect some foot traffic and limited parking.

No matter where you choose to hike, Washington has plenty of variety and offers hiking trails for all difficulty levels. It’s important to get outside and take in some of that natural vitamin D while practicing social distancing during these times. Sometimes, the best pick me up is a walk through nature, and if you don’t agree, just ask science.

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