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Some of the Most Scenic Hikes in Washington State

Select Registry - October 12, 2020

From the snow-capped Cascade Mountains to the forested islands of the Puget Sound, Washington state is a mecca for adventure. And with so many incredible things to see, we think it’s best explored on foot! Whether you’re planning a trip to Walla Walla wine country or the Olympic National Park, these hikes in Washington state will leave you with lasting memories. Here are a few of our favorite scenic hikes in Washington state.

1. Columbia River Gorge

Blooming wildflowers, roaring waterfalls, and mossy forests make hiking the Columbia River Gorge a once-in-a-lifetime experience. This National Scenic Area is especially beautiful during the early spring months.  Dog Mountain is a particularly beautiful hike for intrepid hikers who are interested in carpets of wildflowers and soaring vistas.  Gaining 2800 feet in elevation over roughly 3 miles, hikers who make it to the top are rewarded with stunning views of Mount Hood to the south and Mount St. Helens to the northwest.

2. Horseshoe Prairie Trail, Tollgate, OR

This area is well-known to snowshoers but is equally beautiful in the summer. Hikers can enjoy challenging hills, small stream crossings, and an abundance of wildflowers and sweeping mountain views. Be sure to bring your camera!

Where to Stay: Cameo Heights Mansion

Located in the heart of Washington’s wine country, Cameo Heights Mansion provides a serene country setting for guests. This B&B features seven suites with private baths, air-jetted tubs, gas fireplaces, and sumptuous fine dining. It was even named one of the “Top 10 Romantic Inns of the World” by BedandBreakfast.com! Enjoy spectacular views of the Walla Walla river valley and rolling Tuscan hills throughout your stay. The Mansion is about an hour from the Horseshoe Prairie Trail.

snowy hiking in horseshoe prairie trail

Horseshoe Prairie Trail

3. Olympic National Park

Olympic National Park is on Washington’s Olympic Peninsula. The park sprawls across several different ecosystems, from the dramatic peaks of the Olympic Mountains to old-growth forests and beaches. Numerous hiking and backpacking trails cut through the park, each varying in length and difficulty. Some are universally accessible while others are more challenging.

Where to Stay: George Washington Inn

Just minutes from Olympic National Park is George Washington Inn, a peaceful bed and breakfast that beckons you to step back in time. The inn sits on a high bluff overlooking the Strait of Juan de Fuca and the majestic Olympic Mountains. Bald eagles soar overhead, and pheasant and quail make an occasional appearance. After a long day, relax in your private two-person spa tub and drift off to sleep under rich cotton linens.

Where to Stay: Colette’s Bed & Breakfast

Another great lodging option near Olympic National Park is Colette’s Bed & Breakfast. This oceanfront estate offers gourmet multi-course breakfasts, luxurious King Suites with magnificent oceanfront views, romantic fireplaces, and indulgent two-person Jacuzzi spas. Be sure to stroll through the 10-acre outdoor sanctuary which includes enchanting gardens and lush evergreen forest.

4. Colchuk Lake 

Colchuk Lake is a spectacular hike accessible to hikers of nearly all abilities located in the Cascade Mountains near the charming town of Leavenworth.  At 8 miles roundtrip and 2300 feet of elevation, this hike features rocky terrain, log bridges over glacier fed mountain creeks, and the absolutely breathtaking Colchuk Lake.  One of only two gateways to the Cascade's famed Enchantments, Colchuk Lake Trail should absolutely be on your hiking bucket list.

Where to Stay: Abendblume

A long tree-lined driveway leads guests to Abendblume.  Nestled in a valley surrounded by the towering Cascade Mountains, this Bavarian style bed and breakfast features a limestone foyer, elegant archways, oversized fireplaces, and fine hand carved woodwork.  The guest room's private balconies offer stunning views framed by picturesque flower filled window boxes.  Abendblume is undoubtedly the perfect place to relax after an invigorating hike through the mountains.

Colchuk Lake

Colchuk Lake

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