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Western Washington is a special place with a wealth of scenic hiking opportunities.
With sea kayak access to the trailhead at Tillicum Village we hiked the Blake Island loop with co-author Bryce Stevens to complete all 60 hikes featured in this guidebook.

60 Hikes within 60 Miles: Seattle by Andrew Weber and Bryce Stevens.

This guide published by Menasha Ridge Press features 60 of the best Seattle surrounding area hikes. Many of which are accessible year-round. This regional guidebook showcases low-land seaside trails to Alpine Peaks and Cascade Lakes.

Browse recommendations by many helpful categories or locate by geographical corridors. There is good background information on safety and preparation.

Driving directions provide essential detail for those locations that drop out of gps range (most hikes fall into this category).

There are several prominent high-quality trail filled corridors running east to west from Mt Rainier in the South to the North Cascades.   Most hikes are on the west side of the Cascade Mountain Range and are accessible via 3 major east-west pass crossings.

The Lay of the Land

From the South Going North

With so many to choose from, here are a handful of our favorites:

Well that wraps up our review of 60 Hikes Within 60 Miles: Seattle.

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So lace, strap, buckle on your footwear on and let’s get out the door and explore the Pacific Northwest.

The trails await, the next two steps are up to you.

Hikes Completed = 60

Hikes To Go = 0

Seattle Parks

  1. Camp Long
  2. Carkeek Park
  3. Discovery Park
  4. Schmitz Preserve Park
  5. Seward Park
  6. Washington Park Arboretum and Foster Island Trail
  7. Woodland Park and Green Lake Park
  8. Blake Island State Park

Bellevue and the Eastside

9. Mercer Slough and Bellefields Nature Parks 

10. Saint Edward State Park

11. O.O. Denny County Park Loop

12. Redmond Watershed Park and Preserve

13. John MacDonald Tolt River County Park

14. Coal Creek Park

15. Cougar Mountain Regional Wild land Park: Licorice Fern Trail

16. Cougar Mountain Regional Wild land Park: Wilderness Peak Loop

17. Squak Mountain State Park: Double Peak Loop

18. Tiger Mountain State Forest: Chirico Trail

19. Tiger Mountain State Forest: Poo Poo Point Trail

20.  Tiger Mountain State Forest: West Tiger Mountain Three Loop

21.  Cedar River Trail: Landsburg Park to Big Bend Natural Area

Interstate 90 and Snoqualmie Pass Area

22. Snoqualmie Falls Viewpoint via Preston-Snoqualmie Rail-Trail

23. Rattle Snake Ledge and Mountain

24. Mount Si Trail

25. Little Si Trail

26. Bare Mountain

27. Twin Falls Natural Area and Olallie State Park

28. Mailbox Peak (old and new trails)

29. Middle Fork Snoqualmie River Trail

30. Dirty Harry’s Peak and Balcony Trail

31. McClellan Butte

32. Ira Spring Trail, Mason Lake, Mount Defiance and Bandara Mountain

33. Granite Mountain Lookout Tower

34. Annette Lake and Ashael Curtis Nature Trail

35. Franklin Falls and Old Snoqualmie Pass: Wagon Road Trail


Kitsap Peninsula and Whidbey Island

36. Green Mountain State Forest: Gold Creek, Beaver Pond, and Wildcat Trail Loop

37. Hood Canal and Theler Wetlands

38. Bainbridge Island: Gazzam Lake Park

39. Vashon Island: Point Robinson and Maury Island Regional Marine Park Trials

40. Ebey’s Landing State Park and National Historic Reserve

41. Useless Bay Park and Tidelands

Everett, Edmonds, and US 2 Stevens Pass Area

42. Spencer Island Natural Wildlife Reserve

43. Meadowdale County Park and Beach

44. Wallace Falls State Park

45. Lake Serene and Bridal Veil Falls

46. Heybrook Ridge and Lookout Tower

47. Barclay Lake, Stone Lake, and Eagle Lake

48. Iron Goat Trail

Granite Falls and the Mountain Loop Highway

49. Lime Kiln Trail at Robe Canyon Historic Park

50. Mount Pilchuck Lookout

51. Heather Lake

52. Boulder River Trail

Tacoma, Olympia, Enumclaw and WA 410

53. Point Defiance Park

54. Nisqually National Wildlife Refuge

55. Pinnacle Peak County Park: Cal Magnusson Trail

56. Flaming Geyser State Park

57. Mud Mountain Dam and Recreation Area

58. Federation Forest State Park

Mount Rainier National Park

59. Mowich Lake, Euince Lake, and Tolmie Peak Lookout

60. Spray Falls and Spray Park


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