You might be getting a little antsy or looking for ways to safely get out of the house. If that’s the case you should consider doing a winter hike. After all, there are a ton of them to check out in and around the city and you definitely won’t regret the views (or the workout). So, here are 10 gorgeous winter hikes near Seattle to check out this year.
We thought we’d start the guide with Green Mountain because it’s close enough to the city to make it a top choice. And it happens to be on the easier side so people of all hiking abilities can check it out. Not to mention you’ll probably get to see some snow!
Where: Olympic Peninsula, Hood Canal
Length: 5 miles roundtrip
For those of you who want something beautiful, accessible, and on the easy side, Evans Creek is perfect. This hike or walk is actually an old 179-acre old farmstead off the Redmond-Fall City Road. So you can enjoy about 2 miles of trails and also a variety of habitats.
Location: City of Sammamish
Length: 2.0 miles roundtrip
If you want to get a bit higher you can check out Beckler Peak which will give you about 2200 feet of elevation. From the top, you’ll be able to enjoy some snow as well as views of Glacier Peak, Evergreen Mountain, and the Monte Cristo range. So if you want to have a hike with views this is a great option.
Location: Central Cascades, Stevens Pass
Length: 7.6 miles roundtrip
There’s a reason why this spot is so popular and it’s because it has so many hiking options to check out and it’s quite close to the city. Not to mention you can see views of Mount Rainier, waterfalls and lots of ferns. Trust us, a trail hike on Cougar Mountain is well worth it.
Location: Issaquah Alps, Cougar Mountain
Length: 4 miles roundtrip
Lakes are a great hiking destination no matter what time of year. So if you happen to live up North or are planning on heading to the Bellingham area be sure to check out Cedar and Pine Lakes. This hike will take you by two lakes and also give you views of Mount Baker and the Puget Sound.
Location: Bellingham Area
Length: 5 miles roundtrip
If you’re up for snowshoeing and a bit of drive then this hike is well worth it. You get to see beautiful old-growth trees as well as a 30 food bridge built by WTA volunteers. But if you decide to add this one to your list be sure to check conditions before heading out.
Location: Olympic Peninsula, Hood Canal
Mileage: 12.9 miles, roundtrip
If you feel like heading all the way up to Mount Rainier then you should check out Skookum Flats. This trail gives you beautiful river views and takes you through old-growth forests. Plus you get views of Skookum Falls after a few miles. And heading up to the mountain is always fun.
Location: Mount Rainier, Highway 410
Mileage: 11 miles roundtrip
On the topic of bridges, you can also check out an amazing late 1930s bridge built by the WPA at Whatcom Falls. And this can either be a short and sweet trip by just checking out the bridge view or walking down to explore. The choice is yours.
Location: Puget Sound, Bellingham Area
Mileage: 4 miles roundtrip
Of course, this list wouldn’t be complete without the iconic Snoqualmie Falls. The falls are beautiful year-round and who doesn’t want to relive a bit of Twin Peaks? Plus they’re pretty dang easy to get to and very rewarding to check out.
Location: Snoqualmie Pass, North Bend area
Mileage: 3 miles roundtrip
Now, this last one is a bit more out of the way but it’s well worth checking out. This trail is located on Snow Mountain Ranch. So you’ll be able to see relics of the old cattle ranch as well as opportunities to see some amazing wildlife. It’s truly the perfect sunny day hike.
Location: Central Washington — Spokane
Length: 7 miles, roundtrip
Okay folks that’s what we have for you when it comes to winter hikes near Seattle. We hope that you take the time to check at least a few out. And as always when heading outdoors makes sure you are properly equipped and prepared. With that, have fun!JTNDZGl2JTIwaWQlM0QlMjJtb2JpbGUtYWQtb25seSUyMiUzRSUwQSUzQyUyMS0tJTIwU2VhdHRsZSUyMC0lMjBNb2JpbGUlMjAtLSUzRSUwQSUzQ2lucyUyMGNsYXNzJTNEJTIyYWRzYnlnb29nbGUlMjIlMEElMjAlMjAlMjAlMjAlMjBzdHlsZSUzRCUyMmRpc3BsYXklM0FibG9jayUzQndpZHRoJTNBMzIwcHglM0JoZWlnaHQlM0E1MHB4JTNCJTIyJTBBJTIwJTIwJTIwJTIwJTIwZGF0YS1hZC1jbGllbnQlM0QlMjJjYS1wdWItNTUyMTg1Njk1NTQ5NzQ1NiUyMiUwQSUyMCUyMCUyMCUyMCUyMGRhdGEtYWQtc2xvdCUzRCUyMjE2MjcxNzI5NDclMjIlM0UlM0MlMkZpbnMlM0UlMEElM0MlMkZkaXYlM0U=