5 Washington Hikes Worth Working Up A Sweat To Enjoy

Spring arrived in Seattle with a flurry of beautiful days. If the weather man is correct, we expect more of the same. Around here, this means hikes!

Because what better excuse is there for a shower than a great, sweaty hike? Here are five of our favorites: 

 

Harry’s Ridge

Get a panorama view of Washington’s restless giant – St. Helens from Harry’s Ridge. This 8-mile loop also offers a gentle elevation gain, lush greenery, and a view of Spirit Lake.

 

Ozette Triangle

This Olympic Peninsula hike offers a forest stroll and a beach walk. It is really the best of both worlds. Particularly delightful is the cedar boardwalk, just be cognizant that it can be slippery when wet.

 

Franklin Falls

At just two miles roundtrip, the Franklin Falls hike offers a big reward without a huge amount of effort. It’s popular though, so you’ll want to arrive early to ensure you can find parking.

 

Cedar River Trail

This gentle trail is a bit more of a walk than an actual hike. (The first 12 miles are paved.) We love it for its close proximity to the city. It begins at Cedar River’s mouth in Lake Washington and continues up river following the watershed.

 

Coal Creek Falls

This is another hike we love for its close proximity to the city. At just 2.5 miles roundtrip, it’s perfect for squeezing in on a weekday. While well-maintained, it can be muddy. And, staying on the path is strongly recommended as sting nettles can be prolific.

 

No matter which hike you choose, be sure to bring the essentials. This includes water and snacks. You also might want to dress in layers, as temperatures can fluctuate during elevation gains.

 

Have a favorite hike in the Seattle area that we didn’t include? We would love to hear about it. Drop by our Facebook page let us know.