It doesn’t get much better than taking it all in on some spring hikes around Seattle. You can still see a little bit of snow and also enjoy the outdoors before it gets way too hot. If you’re at all like us, then you’re probably wondering what your options are this year. Lucky for you, we’ve rounded up our top picks!
So here are 12 amazing spring hikes to take near Seattle.
This favorite local mountain has many hikes scattered across it and its neighboring mountain Little Si. It’s a great spot because it offers varying levels of difficulty. Plus it’s relatively close to Seattle and if you’re a fan of Twin Peaks you can stop in North Bend to enjoy Twede’s Cafe aka The RR Diner.
Where: North Bend, WA
If you want to head South you can check out the beautiful Dog Mountain which is known to have some pretty spectacular spring blooms and views. But keep in mind, this hike is pretty hard and requires a permit on the weekend. However, if you’re in shape and down to get a permit, it’s an excellent hike.
Where: Columbia River Gorge, WA
You might be tired of hearing about this local park but the walking trails are great for those of us who can’t get out of the city. You can go for a walk on the beach, through the forest and if you know where to look you might even find some sand dunes. It’s easy to get too and who knows what you’ll see.
Where: 3801 Discovery Park Blvd, Seattle, WA 98199
If you’ve seen pictures of local fire lookouts all over your Instagram, chances are that at least one of them was Mount Pilchuck. This lookout is quite well known and is one of the only lookouts accessible in the spring. And we absolutely recommend checking this one out but just be aware that if you plan to spend the night you need to pack in your own gear.
Where: Mount Pilchuck
This hike is not only beautiful but also historically significant. You might not be able to tell but over 100 years ago, a crew of workers attempted to build a railroad. However, due to the nature of the nearby river, the project had to be abandoned. But luckily for us 100 years later and with the help of some Boy Scouts, we now get to enjoy this beautiful hike.
Where: Mountain Loop Hwy, Granite Falls, WA
You’ve probably heard of this one as it has to be one of the most popular hikes in the state. And that’s for a good reason, the Lake 22 hike is pretty easy all things considered, and has amazing views at the end. During the hike, you can enjoy old-growth trees and subalpine rainforests.
Where: Verlot, WA
We are extremely lucky to have the beautiful islands that surround our state. And if you find that you’ll be spending some time on Orcas Island, we highly recommend checking out the Turtleback Mountain Preserve. While hiking through the preserve you can enjoy some of the best views in the San Juan Islands.
Where: Orcas Island, WA
This one is pretty unique because it’s not really a hike. But it is worth checking out due to its unique bridge path that extends out over the shores of Fidalgo Bay. If you’re looking for more of a road trip and a nice walk after sitting in the car, this is definitely for you.
Where: Anacortes, WA
As you might have guessed by the hike’s name, there’s a mailbox at the summit of this peak. And while the old trail was pretty scary, the new trail is much more doable. So you can enjoy an unforgettable spring hike and maybe leave a letter or two in the box at the top.
Where: North Bend, WA
Olympic National Park is worth visiting year-round and while the park is huge, we like the Kalaloch area. You can explore the coastline and see all kinds of ocean wildlife. However, make sure you bring a tide-table because you definitely don’t want to get stranded.
Where: Olympic National Park
Yep, Interlaken in Seattle. It may seem simple but it’s a great spot to walk, cycle, or run. And if you can’t get out of the city it’s an excellent choice. Not to mention, you’ll probably see some owls if you look carefully. And we find the dense tree coverage and foliage to be pretty dang transporting, you’ll definitely forget that you’re in the heart of Seattle.
Where: Interlaken Park, Seattle
Finally, we’ll cap with this stunning hike between Renton and Maple Valley. Echo Mountain provides you with trails, mountain and lake views. And it doesn’t get much better than that if you ask us. Not to mention, it’s on the easier side so you don’t have to worry about being sore for days afterward.
Where: Near Renton, WA
Those are some of our favorite spring hikes to take near Seattle. We hope that you get out there and check at least a few out. But if you do go, just remember to be extra prepared. That means, food, water, extra layers, and enough of all that to stay overnight. Because you never know what might happen on even the “easiest” of hikes. With that, enjoy and stay safe!