best hikes

The 14 Best Places to Hike in the PNW

The days are long, the sun is shining— it’s time to get outside

With Haley Durslag, Cassie Gruber and Jake Laycock The days are long, the sun is shining—it’s time to get outside….

Douglas Gantenbein, Tom Griffin, Kristen Russell, Roddy Scheer, Virginia Smyth

Best Northwest Hikes and Walks

Find serenity, soaring views—and a sweet workout—on these 20 spectacular trails.

A sweeping glacial vista on a bluebird afternoon…an ancient rain forest, trees dripping with moss…the fecund scent of a deep…

Kristen Russell & Roddy Scheer

Best Alpine Lake Hikes

Three lovely hikes that offer stunning vistas and refreshing rewards at the end of the trail.

The 7-mile hike to Lake Serene repays you with a roaring waterfall, boardwalks and this pristine vista

Kristen Russell & Roddy Scheer

Best Hikes with Views

Sweeping coastal and mountain views offer big payoffs on these hikes and walks.

Mount ConstitutionOrcas Island Difficulty: Moderate to difficult; 6.7 miles round-trip, 1,490-foot elevation gain. Or easy; a scant eighth-mile from parking…

Kristen Russell & Roddy Scheer

Best Hikes into Old Growth Forest

Grove of the PatriarchsMount Rainier Difficulty: Easy; 1.5 miles round-trip, 50-foot elevation gain Location: About a two-hour drive from Seattle, on…

Kristen Russell & Roddy Scheer

Best Hikes to see Wildflowers

Two hikes boasting riotous wildflower displays and gorgeous mountain views.

Sourdough Ridge TrailSunrise, Mount Rainier Difficulty: Easy; 2.5 miles, 400-foot elevation gain Location: Two hours from Seattle in the northeast corner…

Kristen Russell & Roddy Scheer

Best Hikes to See Color Change

Where to enjoy nature in Technicolor.

Take an easy hike to Technicolor foliage in Heather Meadows near Mount Baker

Kristen Russell & Roddy Scheer

Best Hikes to see Waterfalls

Twin Falls

Kristen Russell & Roddy Scheer

Best Hikes for Wildlife Spotting

Hike these trails to find owls and marmots and nearly 200 species of birds—oh my!

Golden Gate TrailParadise, Mount Rainier Difficulty: Moderate; 3 miles, approx. 1,000-foot elevation gain Location: About two and a half hours southeast…

Kristen Russell & Roddy Scheer