10 Hikes to Try on National Take a Hike Day

Grab your daypack and your hiking boots — today is National Take a Hike Day! The Department of Natural Resources (DNR) manages 1,200 miles of trail, home to some of the most popular hikes in Washington. In honor of this recreation-dedicated holiday, we’ve compiled a list of 10 trails that should go on your hiking bucket-list. Check it out!

Striped Peak Trail
Distance: 5 miles roundtrip
Difficulty: Moderate

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Hikers traverse through old growth Douglas-fir trees and coastal scenery on this well-traveled trail which concludes with a spectacular view of the Strait of Juan de Fuca and Vancouver Island. There’s an option to expand your hike to explore an isolated rocky cove, the perfect place to view tide pools and watch waves crash on the beach.

Chelan Butte Trail
Distance: 7.5 miles roundtrip
Difficulty: Moderate to difficult

Bring along your camera on this sandy day hike. At the top of this steep trek, you’ll be rewarded with sweeping views of Lake Chelan and the Columbia River. This is a popular spot for paragliders, so keep an eye out once you’ve reached the summit.

Cutthroat Lakes via Walt Bailey Trail
Distance: 6 miles roundtrip
Difficulty: Difficult

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Discover several picturesque little lakes at the end of this difficult, but rewarding, backcountry trail. Scenic meadows and peek-a-boo views of ridgeline provide plenty of visual interest as hikers climb switchbacks galore. Be careful climbing this trail during late fall, as hazardous ice and snow can create issues for even the most experience hikers.

Whites Ridge Trail
Distance: 11 miles roundtrip
Difficulty: Moderate

Take in gorgeous views of Mount Adams and the Yakima valley while you trek this 10-mile loop. This trail is great for year-round use, especially in the fall when the foliage lights up with brilliant oranges, yellows, and reds. Hike the full distance, or shorten your trip by cutting back through logging roads.

Dishman Hills Natural Area Loop
Distance: 1.5 miles roundtrip, with additional trails to explore
Difficulty: Easy

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Nestled in the hills near Spokane, this 1.5-mile loop is the perfect place to get away from the city for a breath of fresh air. With several additional trails connected to the main loop, hikers can easily customize their adventure. Keep an eye out for cottontail rabbit, porcupines, and whitetail deer, all which frequent the area.

Disappointment Trail
Distance: 5 miles roundtrip
Difficulty: Moderate

Hugged close to the Canadian border, this Loomis State Forest hike has a deceiving name. The trail guides recreationalists through towering evergreen trees and up an open ridge. Pack a lunch and chow down while you take in the views of Disappointment Peak and Snowshoe Mountain.

Tarbell Trail Loop
Distance: 22 miles roundtrip
Difficulty: Easy to moderate

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Sections of this trail are more than a century old, but it’s still a beloved recreation spot for many. This 22-mile loop is very customizable and offers several natural attractions, like a clear view of Mount Hood and a waterfall.

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Manastash Ridge
Distance: 4.0 miles roundtrip
Difficulty: Moderate

Hikers are surrounded by stunning views for the majority of this journey, including a sweeping panorama of the Kittitas Valley with the Stuart Range peeking up in the distance. As the name suggests, the trail follows a ridgeline, often shared with horseback riders and mountain bikers.

Mount Teneriffe
Distance: 13 miles roundtrip
Difficulty: Moderate to difficult

Located in close proximity to the popular Mount Si trail system, Teneriffe is a less-frequented trail that offers equally beautiful panoramic views. Hikers take a gentle climb through meadows and forested areas before a rocky scramble to reach the summit. There’s an added option to extend the hike with a detour to Teneriffe Falls, a tall, narrow waterfall with a 22-switchback climb.

Douglass Falls Grange Park Nature Loop
Distance: 1.5 miles roundtrip
Difficulty: Easy

Get your blood pumping with this quick and easy nature loop in eastern Washington. The loop climbs through deep green conifer forests near a creek, leading up to a 60-foot waterfall. Short and sweet, this is a great trail for families.