Looking for Washington hikes that are absolutely worth the trek? Then boy do I have you covered.
Washington is absolutely chock full of gorgeous trails, and I have a never-ending list of hikes I still want to complete. But today we’re talking about three Washington hikes I would take anyone who visits on.
I’ve picked out a short hike, and medium hike, and a long hike so people from all levels will have something to try out!
High Rock Lookout Hike
Length: 3.1 miles
Elevation gain: 1318 ft
Pass or fee: None
Bathroom: Port-A-Potty at the trailhead
Distance from Olympia/Seattle: 2 hours/2.5 hours
Heads up: This trail is occasionally closed due to restoration. Make sure you check for closures before planning your hike here! Also, during the winter the trail can be almost completely covered in snow. Keep that in mind if you’re wanting to climb the rockface at the end.
This is one of the shortest hikes I’ve ever done but the most worth it hike I’ve ever done. The trail is an extremely steep uphill battle. It was nowhere near undoable since it’s so short, but I definitely stopped every 10 minutes or so to take a breath and get a drink of water.
There are two “fake” views before the real view at the top of the mountain. So be warned when you think you reach the end. Not yet, but close! At the top, you’ll reach a rock face that you have to scramble up and then you can enjoy the old lookout cabin and the views of Mount Rainer.