Washington State brings hikers some of the most pristine, picturesque natural vistas in the United States. The state in characterized by breathtaking mountains, the magnificent Puget Sound, incredible forests, and much more. Arguably the best way to truly immerse yourself in Washington’s captivating nature is by hiking through it. Here are five beautiful scenic hikes in the state.
This is one of the more popular hikes in the state, offering views so spectacular you’ll have to catch your breath. Harry’s Ridge is situated in the South Cascades of the legendary Mount St. Helens. The hike is 8.2 miles roundtrip. Be sure to check conditions before you head out, the crater of Mount St. Helens can be smoking at any time. Along the way, absorb the beauty of huckleberry bushes, the sapphire Spirit Lake, and much more.
This mountain is located in the North Bend area. The hike is eight miles roundtrip and is truly something straight out of a fairytale. Come prepared. What appears to be a relatively easy hike can change quickly—it becomes rugged very suddenly. It’s recommend to try out the Ira Spring Trail, which is popular and not all that challenging to navigate with some hiking experience.
This loop trail is located in Olympic National Park, which boasts a variety of ecosystems and is highlighted by the stunning Olympic Mountains. The trail is characterized by coastal forest and even some ocean-side views. The area is well-maintained and there is even a boardwalk, making it accessible to those looking for something easy. The hike is about nine miles total, but is not considered very difficult. To truly experience the beauty of this area to its fullest, traverse the area April through October.
Hiking along the coast at Cape Alava. After studying the tides, my little brother and I set off on the Ozette Loop trail. The coastal islands were breathtaking, and we so wished we had picked up a camping permit and gear for primitive beach camping at this hidden gem. Fun fact: this coastal hike is perfect for bald eagle viewing. We saw many... ??????
Does it get more amazing than a beach trail? There’s nothing like hiking along the water and when it comes to rugged beach views, nothing beats Shi Shi Beach. This hike is eight miles roundtrip. Whatever you do, do not forget your camera. You’re going to want to capture it all—but make sure you’re still truly immersing yourself in this place. Look out for seabirds and eagles. This is some of the best coastal hiking you’ll ever experience.
Shi shi beach sunset Olympic peninsula Washington state As the sun set on this special evening the sky burned red. I had my Canon 5dsr with a 16-35 2.8L set at 1/6 sec and f11 as the image appeared on the screen on the back of the camera I knew the 1 hour hike back in the dark would all be worth it. #hiking #photopills #canonfanphoto #canon5dsr #myrrs #mycanonstory
In the North Cascades, you’ll find the 4.4-mile (roundtrip) Blue Lake trail. According to its website, Blue Lake is highlighted by granite peaks, forests, meadows, wildflowers, and a perfect, sparkling mountain lake. You seriously won’t believe your eyes when you see this spot.