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  • Cape Horn Upper Trail.- Washington's 80 Best Day Hikes
  • Cape Horn Loop Trail: Nancy Russel Overloook.- Washington's 80 Best Day Hikes
  • Looking down on Highway 14 from the Nancy Russel Overlook.- Washington's 80 Best Day Hikes
  • Cape Horn Lower Trail.- Washington's 80 Best Day Hikes
  • A lush understory of vine maple, sword and deer fern, vanilla leaf, and inside-out flower line the trail to Little Hamilton Mountain.- Washington's 80 Best Day Hikes
  • After a series of steep switchbacks, the trail to Little Hamilton Mountain emerges at the top of a series of steep, sculpted cliffs.- Washington's 80 Best Day Hikes
  • Viewing looking east over the Columbia River from Catherine Creek Hiking Trail.- Washington's 80 Best Day Hikes
  • The view looking northeast from Table Mountain in the Columbia River Gorge.- Washington's 80 Best Day Hikes
  • View looking northeast from Table Mountain with Mount Adams (12,280 ft) in the distance.- Washington's 80 Best Day Hikes
  • View from the summit of Table Mountain, looking south at Mount Hood (11,250 ft).- Washington's 80 Best Day Hikes
  • Horseshoe Creek Falls.- Washington's 80 Best Day Hikes
  • Mount Adams is prominent from the ridge on the hike in to Soda Peaks Lake.- Washington's 80 Best Day Hikes
  • Looking northeast across Soda Peaks Lake.- Washington's 80 Best Day Hikes
  • Wildflowers along Killen Creek.- Washington's 80 Best Day Hikes
  • The Pacific Crest Trail beneath Mount Adams (12,281 ft) along Killen Creek to High Camp. - Washington's 80 Best Day Hikes
  • Mount St. Helens (8,365 ft) along the trail from Killen Creek to High Camp.- Washington's 80 Best Day Hikes
  • Mount Rainier (14,411 ft) along the trail from Killen Creek to High Camp.- Washington's 80 Best Day Hikes
  • View along the trail near Goat Lake.- Washington's 80 Best Day Hikes
  • View to the south toward Mount Adams (12,280 ft) near Goat Lake.- Washington's 80 Best Day Hikes
  • Contributor Shane Kucera looking out over the Goat Rocks Wilderness toward Mount St. Helens (8,366 ft) near Goat Lake. - Washington's 80 Best Day Hikes
  • View to the south toward Mount Adams (12,280 ft) from High Rock Lookout Tower Hike.- Washington's 80 Best Day Hikes
  • Mount Rainier (14,409 ft) and Goat Lake in the distance.- Washington's 80 Best Day Hikes
  • View to the northwest toward Mount Rainier (14,409 ft) near Goat Lake.- Washington's 80 Best Day Hikes
  • A heard of elk crossing under camp near Goat Lake.- Washington's 80 Best Day Hikes
  • A misty rock outcropping along the trail up to Goat Lake.- Washington's 80 Best Day Hikes
  • Goat Lake.- Washington's 80 Best Day Hikes
  • View across Goat Creek Valley on the hike to Goat Lake, with Old Snowy (7,900 ft) at left and Ives Peak (7,940 ft) at right.- Washington's 80 Best Day Hikes
  • Mount Adams, South Climb.- Washington's 80 Best Day Hikes
  • Mount Adams, South Climb.- Washington's 80 Best Day Hikes
  • View of Mount Hood (11,250 ft) to the south along the Mount Adams, South Climb.- Washington's 80 Best Day Hikes
  • View of Walupt Lake from the trail along Nannie Peak Hike.- Washington's 80 Best Day Hikes
  • View of Lakeview Mountain (6,660 ft) and Mount Adams (12,280 ft) along the Nannie Peak Hike.- Washington's 80 Best Day Hikes
  • Rock penstemon (Penstemon rupicola) along the Mount Ellinor Trail.- Washington's 80 Best Day Hikes
  • View south toward Lake Cushman along the Mount Ellinor Trail.- Washington's 80 Best Day Hikes
  • Hikers at the saddle of the Mount Ellinor Trail.- Washington's 80 Best Day Hikes
  • Mountain goats (Oreamnos americanus) on the south face of Mount Ellinor.- Washington's 80 Best Day Hikes
  • View northwest toward Mount Olympus (7,969 ft, left) and Mount Cruiser (6,104 ft, right) from the summit of Mount Ellinor.- Washington's 80 Best Day Hikes
  • View south from the summit of Mount Ellinor (5,952 ft).- Washington's 80 Best Day Hikes
  • Southern view from near where the scramble beings on the Mount Angeles Switchback Trail.- Washington's 80 Best Day Hikes
  • Sunrise Rim Trail.- Washington's 80 Best Day Hikes
  • Pine cones of the Pacific silver fir (Abies amabilis).- Washington's 80 Best Day Hikes
  • Flat plateau on top of the first Burrough Mountain.- Washington's 80 Best Day Hikes
  • View looking southeast toward Goat Rocks from the Sunrise Rim Trail Hike.- Washington's 80 Best Day Hikes
  • Moraine and Meany Crest (7,573 ft) between Summerland and Panhandle Gap.- Washington's 80 Best Day Hikes
  • Mount Rainier (14,411 ft) from Summerland.- Washington's 80 Best Day Hikes
  • View of Mount Rainier (14,411 ft) from the Sourdough Ridge Trail.- Washington's 80 Best Day Hikes
  • Sourdough Ridge Trail en route to Burroughs Mountain.- Washington's 80 Best Day Hikes
  • Panoramic view north from the Burroughs Mountain.- Washington's 80 Best Day Hikes
  • Mount Rainier (14,411 ft) and Little Tahoma Peak (11,138 ft) from the first Burrough along Burroughs Mountain Hike.- Washington's 80 Best Day Hikes
  • New-growth forest along the Elwha River Trail.- Washington's 80 Best Day Hikes
  • Elwha River.- Washington's 80 Best Day Hikes
  • View of the Elwha River Valley looking north.- Washington's 80 Best Day Hikes
  • Sand Point Trail.- Washington's 80 Best Day Hikes
  • Sand Point, Olympic National Park.- Washington's 80 Best Day Hikes
  • Sand Point Trail.- Washington's 80 Best Day Hikes
  • Cape Disappointment Lighthouse and Saddle Mountain (3,288 ft) from McKenzie Head.- Washington's 80 Best Day Hikes
  • Listen and watch for pikas in the talus fields to Lake Ann.- Washington's 80 Best Day Hikes
  • Lake Ann from the 4,900-foot saddle.- Washington's 80 Best Day Hikes
  • Lake Ann.- Washington's 80 Best Day Hikes
  • Heading back to the trailhead from Lake Ann.- Washington's 80 Best Day Hikes
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The upper-left corner of the United States is a study in variety and stunning beauty. From the sweeping, arid plains of Eastern Washington to the dripping, mossy rainforests of the Olympic Peninsula, and from the jagged granite peaks of the North Cascades to the behemoth Columbia River Gorge, Washington State is wild.

Compiling a list of this massive state's best hikes is no easy feat, and it's bound to be contentious—there's no way we could include everyone's favorite. What we did do, though, was slice the state into nine regions and select hikes within each area that showcase the beauty of the region as well as represent an array of difficulty, accessibility, and popularity. 

Note that some spectacular hikes like the Moments in Time Interpretive Trail were left off the list because the round-trip distance is shorter than 0.5 miles. Likewise, breathtaking views like those earned at The Enchantment Lakes via Colchuck Lake were disregarded because round-trip distance exceeds 14 miles, and it's better explored as a backpacking trip.

Gather your adventure buddies, crack some beers, lay out a topo map, and dive further into Outdoor Project to better acquaint yourself with your growing bucket list, because almost every single one of these day hikes is a must-not-miss.

Columbia River Gorge

View near the top of Beacon Rock looking east into the Columbia River Gorge. Photo by Tyson Gillard.
  1. Cape Horn Loop Hike
  2. Hamilton Mountain Hike
  3. Little Hamilton Mountain Hike
  4. Beacon Rock Hike
  5. Wind Mountain
  6. Dog Mountain Hiking Loop
  7. Coyote Wall Hiking Trail
  8. Catherine Creek Hiking Trail
  9. Table Mountain

Southwestern Washington

Stunning views of Mount St. Helens via Norway Pass. Photo by Daniel Sherman.
  1. Lewis River Falls
  2. Silver Star Mountain via Ed's Trail + Silver Star Mountain
  3. Mount Margaret via Norway Pass
  4. Mount St. Helens Worm Flows Hike
  5. Mount St. Helens Hike, Monitor Ridge Route
  6. Ape Canyon
  7. Falls Creek Falls
  8. Siouxon Creek Hike
  9. Soda Peaks Lake

Gifford Pinchot National Forest

View to the south toward Mount Adams (12,280 ft) on the trail to Goat Lake. Photo by Tyson Gillard.
  1. High Rock Lookout Tower Hike
  2. Killen Creek to High Camp, Mount Adams
  3. Goat Lake
  4. Sleeping Beauty Hike
  5. Juniper Peak Hike
  6. Angel Falls and Covell Creek Loop Hike
  7. Cispus Point from Jackpot Lake Hike

Mount Adams/Indian Heaven Wilderness

Sunset from Mount Adams, South Climb. Photo by Shane Kucera.
  1. Mount Adams, South Climb
  2. Bird Creek Meadows
  3. Round the Mountain Trail
  4. Clear Lake
  5. Cultus Creek to Lemei Rock
  6. Nannie Peak Hike

Mount Rainier National Park

View toward Eunice Lake and Mount Rainier from Tolmie Peak. Photo by Tyson Gillard.
  1. Tolmie Peak Hike
  2. Tipsoo Lake + Naches Peak Loop Trail
  3. Skyline Trail Hike
  4. Palisades Lake Trail
  5. Spray Waterfall + Spray Park Hike
  6. Tamanos Mountian Hike
  7. Sunrise Rim Trail Hike
  8. Dewey + Anderson Lakes
  9. Mount Margaret
  10. Summerland + Panhandle Gap
  11. Burroughs Mountain Hike
  12. Silver Forest Trail
  13. High Rock Lookout Tower Hike

Western Olympic Peninsula

Sol Duc Falls. Photo by Daniel Sherman.
  1. Klahhane Ridge Trail + Sunrise Point
  2. Hurricane Hill Trail
  3. Elwha River Trail, Goblin Gates + Humes Ranch Loop
  4. Hoh Rainforest, Hall of Moss Trail
  5. Sol Duc Falls

Hood Canal + Eastern Olympic Peninsula

The views from Royal Lake offer campers a glimpse at some of the peaks in the area. Photo by Matthew Williams.
  1. Royal Basin Falls
  2. Mount Ellinor Via Upper Trailhead
  3. Jefferson Ridge Hike
  4. Lena Lake Hike
  5. Upper Lena Lake Hike
  6. Enchanted Valley Trail to Pony Bridge
  7. Mount Angeles Via Switchback Trail

The Coast

A perfect camping spot at La Push, Second Beach. Photo by Daniel Sherman.
  1. Shi Shi Beach Hike
  2. Point of the Arches Via Shi Shi Beach
  3. Ozette Triangle Loop Trail
  4. Ozette, North Sand Point Trail
  5. La Push, Third Beach
  6. Damon Point Hike
  7. Leadbetter Point Loop Hiking Trail
  8. McKenzie + North Head Hiking Trails

North Cascades

Lake Ann from the Maple Pass Trail. Photo by Brandon Fralic.
  1. Blue Lake Hike
  2. Lake Ann
  3. Colchuck Lake Trail
  4. Granite Mountain Lookout
  5. Eagle Lake
  6. Bridal Veil Falls
  7. Gem Lake + Wright Mountain Hike
  8. Bear + Deer Lakes
  9. Commonwealth Basin Trail to Red Pass
  10. Mount Defiance
  11. Umtanum Ridge Crest Trail
  12. Thornton Lakes Trail + Trappers Peak

Mount Baker Area

Mount Baker from Table Mountain. Photo by Brandon Fralic.
  1. Lake Ann
  2. Chain Lakes Loop Trail
  3. Table Mountain
  4. Dock Butte Hike
  5. Railroad Grade Trail
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