In recognition of Washington Trails Day Saturday, Commissioner of Public Lands Hilary Franz is encouraging all Washingtonians to take advantage of the state’s thousands of miles of recreational trails and is highlighting five of her favorite hiking spots.
“We are so blessed to have such a diverse landscape in this state. From forests to sage lands, deserts to the ocean, there is something for everyone here in Washington,” Commissioner Franz said. “The land makes us who we are as Washingtonians, and we can connect to our home by getting out and exploring it. That’s why I want to highlight five of my favorite trails that show off the broad range of our landscapes.”
- Mailbox Peak
This 4.7-mile trail located in our Middle Fork Snoqualmie conservation area is just a 45-minute drive from Seattle and offers breathtaking views of Mount Rainier and the Snoqualmie River Valley
- Three Corner Rock
Located in our Yacolt Burn State Forest near Battle Ground, the 9-mile Three Corner Rock trail gains 2,650-feet and rewards hikers with views of Stebbins Creek Valley and the Washougal River. It also links up with the Pacific Crest Trail.
- Disappointment Trail
Despite the name, there is nothing disappointing about Disappointment Trail in Loomis Natural Resources Conservation Area. This route was once a logging road but was converted to a trail to enhance stream flow, fish habitat and water quality and provides views of Disappointment Peak and Snowshoe Mountain.
- Eagle Cliff Trail
Located in the Cypress Island conservation area, this 3-mile trail, accessed from the Pelican Beach Campground, offers hikers expansive views of Rosario Strait, Smugglers Cove and the San Juan Islands.
- Buck Creek Trail
The 18-mile Buck Creek Trail loop takes hikers through Buck Creek Valley, around Nestor Peak and along Buck Creek and Middle Fork rivers. DNR joined Washington Trails Association volunteers there this spring for trail work during a weekender getaway.
Trails Make Washington Stronger
Outdoor recreation supports more than 200,000 Washington jobs and generates more than $26 billion in economic activity annually.
DNR-managed lands offer more than 1,100 miles of trail and 160-plus recreation sites on a wide variety of landscapes throughout Washington state. Many recreation areas are located on state trust lands, which are primarily managed to generate revenue for public institutions, such as K-12 schools.
Washington Trails Day was established by the Washington Trails Association (WTA) in 2013 as a way to highlight Washington’s public lands and to make sure they continue to be available to everyone.
“WTA does great work getting people on our gorgeous lands, and they do better work as partners,” Commissioner Franz said. “Thanks to the long-standing partnership between DNR and WTA, some of your favorite hiking trails may have gotten a little extra love recently.”
DNR and WTA have joined together to care for trails at Oyster Dome near Bellingham, Dirty Harry’s Peak Trail near Issaquah, Buck Creek near White Salmon and even spent a week at our Cypress Island conservation area in the San Juan Islands. Coming up later this August, we’ll be doing trail work in our Morning Star conservation area near Everett. Find volunteer events on DNR and WTA’s websites.
Finding your way
Need help navigating as you celebrate Washington Trails Day at one of DNR’s 1,100 miles of trails statewide? We have trail maps you can download to your phone, and they’ll locate you even without cell service. (It’s a good idea to have a printed map on-hand, too). For more information about our maps you can download or print, visit dnr.wa.gov/MobileMaps
Don’t forget a Discover Pass, your gateway to exploring Washington’s great outdoors across DNR, Washington State Parks and Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife land. Use your Discover Pass to explore 160-plus recreation sites managed by DNR, more than 100 state parks, 700 water access points, and hundreds of natural and wildlife areas. When you buy the Discover Pass, you’re helping to keep the state’s wonderful outdoor recreation sites open and accessible to the public for yours to come. Learn more.