best trails by season
Western Washington, hiking, skiing, Best of the NW year-round trails.
A Year of Best of the NW Family-Friendly Trails
There is something unique and special to experience in every season in Western Washington.
Best of the NW strives to encourage a youthful spirit of exploration, and fitness exploring these treasures year-round.
trails year round
Lakes and streams freeze over in the high-country. Rain turns to snow and the woods begin the annual transformation from greens to whites. Many trails that were easy passage in the summer become entirely different contours under feet of snow. Skis become the ideal mode of pedestrian transport over this new mountain canvas.
The islands are wonderful in springtime. With higher elevations still shrouded in snow the low land coastal and seaside hikes are a great warm up for a summer on the trials. Having more of the trails to yourself is another benefit of hiking the seaside in the spring. Not to mention shorter ferry wait times than in mid-summer. So what are you waiting for? If the clouds part it is sure to be spectacular, if not the islands offer an unmatched peacefulness even in blustery weather. The trails await.
This is quite literally “peak” hiking time in Western Washington and the Cascades. Snow melting in the high-country opens more passageways to mountain meadows, roaring waterfalls and peaks. Places otherwise inaccessible become easier to get to. It is a short window for some of the most spectacular high routes spanning from mid-July to September.
Week 21: Hike – Cape Disappointment Lighthouse to Lighthouse Loop
Week 22: Hike – Cape Alava Ozette Triangle
Week 23: Hike – Shi Shi Beach / Point of the Arches
Week 24: Hike – Dosewallips / Anderson Base Camp
This can be a particularly nice season to squeeze in the last of the high/long trails before the weather snaps. Cooler temps, less crowds fall colors, still low snow level are all great reasons to take advantage of trails in the fall. Shoulder Season Trails (high-land until cold snap, low-land beach and forest trails when wet, awaiting snow coverage for winter trails).
• Seattle-based Mountaineers offer activities and adventures for families and kids.
Our family completed all hikes in the Beyond Mount Si Guidebook. See trail videos of the Beyond Mount Si Challenge here.
We completed all hikes in the 60 hikes within 60 miles Seattle Guidebook. See links to trial videos of the 60 in 60 Seattle Challenge here.
We have done over 80 hikes in the Best Hikes with Kids Western Washington & the Cascades guide and counting.