10 Incredible Summer Hikes in Washington State

Attention outdoors lovers! Are you itching for a new adventure but can’t pick a destination? Well, it’s a good time to visit The Evergreen State. You will be astonished by a stunning diversity of landscapes it has to offer. From the deserts of Eastern Washington to the rain forests and beaches of the Olympic Peninsula, and from the long range of peaks in the North Cascades to the active volcanoes of Mount Rainier and Mount St. Helens, Washington State is spectacular. Although it may not be known for the best weather all-year-round, the summers here are one-of-a-kind. Here’s a list of ten incredible summer hikes that show off just how beautiful this state is:

1. Tolmie Peak Fire Lookout
Mount Rainier National Park – 7.5 Miles Roundtrip – Difficulty: Moderate

Trover photo by Mark Lloyd.

2. Paddy-Go-Easy-Pass – Sprite Lake
Snoqualmie Region – 7.0 Miles Roundtrip – Difficulty: Moderate

Trover photo by Tara Jones.

3. Hidden Lake Lookout
North Cascades National Park – 8.0 Miles Roundtrip – Difficulty: Strenuous

Trover photo by Charles Arcudi.

4. Mount Storm King
Olympic Peninsula – 3.8 Miles Roundtrip – Difficulty: Moderate

Trover photo by Sam W.

5. Colchuck Lake
Central Cascades – 8.0 Miles Roundtrip – Difficulty: Moderate

Trover photo by Michael Matti.

6. Fremont Lookout
Mount Rainier National Park – 5.6 Miles Roundtrip – Difficulty: Moderate

Trover photo by Veronika Patrashko.

7. Snow Lake
Snoqualmie Region – 7.2 Miles Roundtrip – Difficulty: Moderate

Trover photo by Drusvytravels.

8. Blanca Lake
Central Cascades – 7.5 Miles Roundtrip – Difficulty: Strenuous

Trover photo by Jamie Hutchinson.

9. Silver Forest – Emmons Vista
Mount Rainier National Park – 2.4 Miles Roundtrip – Difficulty: Easy

Trover photo by Meghan Hernandez.

10. Picture Lake
North Cascades – Mount Baker Area – 0.5 Miles Roundtrip –  Difficulty: Easy

Trover photo by Lee Ries.

Grab a friend, lace up your hiking boots, and head out to explore these stunning landscapes for yourself. Don’t wait—most of these hikes are only accessible in the late spring & summer. Explore our #TakeAHike list for more outdoor adventure ideas from fellow Trovers.