The Best Summer Hikes in Washington State

In a recent poll by UPROXX asking readers to vote for the state with the best hiking spots in the country, Washington came in second place.1 Hundreds of acres of forested areas, miles of Northeast coastline,  and vast stretches of prairie – the diverse and beautiful landscape of Washington makes it a great place for outdoor adventurers.

With Memorial Day weekend coming up, it’s a great time to schedule your next hike in Washington. Whether you are a resident or a visitor, consider exploring the natural beauty of Washington state. There is no more immersive way to experience those natural habitats than by walking down a hiking trail.

The state’s numerous mountain ranges and hilly areas are home to some of the best hiking spots in the nation. Looking for the most satisfying hiking trails in Washington? Here are just some of the notable mountain ranges that cross through the state:

  • Cascade Range
  • Olympic Mountains
  • Chelan Mountains
  • Wenatchee Mountains
  • Tatoosh Range
  • Chiwaukum Mountains


Fun & Satisfying Hiking Trails in Washington


Anderson and Watson Lakes

Location: North Cascades

Distance: 6 miles, roundtrip

Difficulty: Low

Harry’s Ridge

Location: Mount St. Helens Area

Distance 8.2 miles, roundtrip

Difficulty: Low

Spider Meadow and Phelps Basin

Location: Central Cascades

Distance: 13 miles, roundtrip

Difficulty: Medium

Cape Alava Loop (Ozette Triangle)

Location: Olympic Mountains

Distance: 9.4 miles, roundtrip

Difficulty: Medium

Sourdough Mountain Trail

Location: Sourdough Mountains

Distance: 10.4 miles, roundtrip

Difficulty: High

The Enchantments

Location: Central Cascades

Distance: 18 miles, one-way

Difficulty: High


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  1. Zach Johnston, UPROXX – The Best Hikes In The United States, According To The Masses
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