Ready to hit the trails with your dog? No two hikes are quite alike and that’s especially the case when you add the factor of bringing your four legged friend. With many options, there are some hikes that are simply better than others for enjoying with your pup.

Here are 10 of the best dog friendly hikes you can explore near Seattle.

Discovery Park

An oldie but a goodie, you can almost never go wrong with Discovery Park. It’s located within Seattle, is highly accessible and has a wide array of landscapes. Whether you want to explore open fields, the beach or the forests, you’ll find plenty of room to explore with your pup.

Where: 3801 Discovery Park Blvd
Distance: Varies

Coal Creek Trail


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Not only is this hike a relaxing and relatively easy walk through the woods, it’s also a way to explore the area’s coal mining history. As the name suggests, the area was once home to a coal mine and along your walk you’ll see all sorts of mining relics. To make it even better, it’s conveniently located near Bellevue.

Where: Coal Creek Natural Area
5.2 miles

Heather Lake Trail


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During the winter, this trail might be best for those who are a little more adventurous as you’ll find plenty of snow. The big highlight of this hike is the beautiful Heather Lake which you can access by hiking or snowshoeing. Keep in mind that you need a Northwest Forest Pass in order to visit. The pass is either $30 annually or $5 daily.

Where: Mount Baker Snoqualmie National Forest
Distance: 5.4 miles

Lake Twenty Two Trail

Like Heather Lake Trail, this hike is better for the more adventurous during winter. Snowshoes are recommended but it’s well worth the trek to see the lake and nearby waterfall. It’s a popular hike so expect to see others as you hike amongst the old growth forest.

Where: Mount Baker Snoqualmie National Forest
Distance: 6.7 miles

Franklin Falls


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Definitely go chasing waterfalls, that’s the highlight of Franklin Falls after all. The highly accessible falls are visible at the end of a short hike and can be viewed year round. In the winter, it’s even more magical as the falls freeze and create a sight you can only see for a few months each year.

Where: Mount Baker Snoqualmie National Forest
Distance: 2 miles

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Annette Lake


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Anette Lake offers hikers a gradual elevation gain as they hike through Snoqualmie Pass. You’ll find varying scenery, although in winter months expect to see snow and plenty of it. At the end you’ll find Anette Lake, which is usually partially frozen providing a dreamy winter backdrop for your picture taking needs.

Where: Mount Baker Snoqualmie National Forest
Distance: 7.8 miles

Cherry Creek Falls


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This unique area was actually once a logging camp in the first part of the 20th century. Some of that history still remains as the access road to the hike is still privately owned. These days though, the hike is a popular spot for folks looking to cool down in the warmer months and folks looking to see a winter wonderland in colder months.

Where: Central Cascades
Distance: 5 miles

Ptarmigan Ridge Trail


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Expect great mountain views and ridge line hiking for miles at Ptarmigan Ridge Trail. Keep your eyes peeled because you may just see some wildlife like mountain goats along the trail while you’re out there. While this trail is marked as moderate, you may just end up having it to yourself during the winter months.

Where: Mount Baker National Forest
Distance: 11.6 miles

Cougar Mountain

There are all sorts of different trails open for you to explore on Cougar Mountain. Whether you want something short and easy or longer and more rewarding, you can find it among the mountains over 70 trails. Best of all, it’s close to the city and accessible.

Where: Cougar Mountain Regional Wildland Park
Distance: Varies

Mount Erie Loop Trail


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It’s not as Erie as it sounds, sorry bad joke. This mountain is a beautiful hiking spot if you want to escape to the islands and catch some amazing water views. Of course it’s also a fun place to show your four legged friend as well.

Where: Mount Erie Park
Distance: 4.7 miles

There you have it! Keep in mind that some of these trails may close due to weather. It’s also worth noting that many trails have leash rules so be sure to read postings before hitting the trail in order to avoid disappointment and/or fines. With that, enjoy and stay safe!