Best Hiking Spots in and around Seattle

Regardless of your Pacific Northwest whereabouts, you are bound to find a variety of things to do and see. If you are a lover of the great outdoors, Seattle and its surrounding areas have some of the best hiking locations in the region. Check out some of the top-rated hikes all within 30 to 60 minutes of Seattle, below. 

 

Best Hikes East of Seattle

A smidge to the east of Seattle is Snoqualmie National Forest and the Cascade Mountain Range where you will find some of the most beautiful alpine lakes and snowy peaks in the nation, many scattered with smaller, conquerable hikes perfect for a day or weekend trip.

 

Coal Creek Falls

Located just 20 minutes east of Seattle, Coal Creek Falls is the perfect stomping ground for those looking to get their feet wet (figuratively, not literally, unless you want to do that…) with hiking. The longest trail spans 2.7 miles and elevation gains, at most, 544 feet.

 

Twin Falls Trail

Located just to the east of Seattle, Twin Falls Trail offers beautiful scenery and an intermediate hike perfect for a warm afternoon. The trail is 2.5 miles long and reaches a maximum elevation of 600 feet. The trailhead begins by following the South Fork of Snoqualmie River before deviating to the ascent up switchbacks through the forest. 

 

Rattlesnake Ledge

Located 40 minutes outside of Seattle, Rattlesnake Ledge hikers and outdoor enthusiasts from near and far come for the immaculate views offered by the blue-green Rattlesnake Lake on a clear day. A more moderate hike, Rattlesnake Ledge offers a 4-mile hike with an elevation gain of 1,160 feet. 

 

Poo Poo Point

Do not judge a hike by its cover, or however, the saying goes… Located just 20 minutes east of Seattle, Poo Poo Point offers an easy-to-moderate hike with scenic views of Issaquah and Sammamish Lake. Poo Poo Point offers a 7.2-mile hike with an elevation gain of 1,858 feet. 

 

Best Hikes South of Seattle

If you are interested in heading south, most of the best hikes can be found within Mount Rainer National Park.

 

The Skyline Loop Trail

Ask any local and they are likely to share the same opinion about the Skyline Loop Trail. It is among the best hikes in the state of Washington, known for its spectacular views of Mount Rainier. The skyline Loop Trail offers a 5.5 mile hike with an elevation gain of 1,800 feet. However, beware its hiking difficulty is rated hard. 

 

The Mount Freemont Lookout Trail

Located just two hours south of Seattle, the Mount Freemont Lookout Trail is one of only four remaining fire lookouts in Mount Rainier National Park. The park offers a 5.6-mile hike with an elevation gain of 1,200 feet. 

 

The Burroughs Mountain Trail

Located just two hours south of Seattle, the Burroughs Mountain Trail offers some of the most breathtaking views in the nation, (and hikers work hard to see them too!) Receiving a “hard” hike level difficulty, make sure to prepare and plan accordingly. The Burroughs Mountain Trail offers a 9 mile hike with an elevation gain of 2,500 feet. 

 

Although highly rated, these are the mere tip of the iceberg when it comes to hiking trails in and around Seattle, so be sure to do your research and find one that is the best fit for you.