Washington’s sunny weather and lush landscapes make us want to lace up our hiking boots, strap on our backpacks and hit the trails! Perfect timing – June 4th is National Trails Day. With so many beautiful trails, it’s hard to pick just one.
Here are some of our favorites:
Best for Day Trippers
Marmot Pass, Olympic Peninsula
Take a day and hike this incredible 11.5-mile trail in the Olympics. It has it all—old growth forest, rivers, waterfalls, wildflowers, mountain views, and wild life.
Best for Campers
Milk Creek, North Cascades
With 34 miles of hiking trails, Milk Creek is the place for happy campers. Be sure to make the most of their freshwater lakes and private views.
Best for Hardcore Hikers
Blanca Lake, Central Cascades
Blanca Lake’s surrounding trails feature steep switchbacks, ideal for seasoned climbers. You gain a staggering 3,000 feet in under 3 miles. Once you reach Blanca Lake, you’re rewarded with vibrant blue beauty.
Best for Families
Goat Creek, South Cascades
This 5 mile trail near Mount St. Helens is a great way to introduce your kiddos to hiking. Take in the beautiful forest and enjoy the beautiful Cathedral Falls.
Best for Sightseers
Palouse Falls, Eastern Washington
Palouse Falls is one of the most picturesque waterfalls in Washington State. In fact, as of February 2014, it is Washington’s official state waterfall. Its surrounding trails feature wildflowers and other show-stopping scenery. Don’t forget your camera!
Best for Under an Hour
Riverside State Park – Bowl and Pitcher Loop, Spokane Washington
This quick hike hosts some of the most scenic sections of the Spokane River and is a short five minute drive from downtown Spokane. Taking only 45 minutes to walk, it’s perfect for a lunch-hour stroll or a quick tourist stop to stretch your legs and take in some sun.
To find even more adventures, visit Washington Trails Association. Happy trails!