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 Long Beach Peninsula, these hikes in Washington State will leave you with lasting memories. Here are a few of our favorites.
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. The most popular hike is Multnomah Falls Loop, a strenuous 5-mile route that begins at Oregon’s tallest waterfall – Multnomah Falls. This 620-foot beauty used to be the state’s most popular tourist attraction until it was surpassed by Spirit Mountain Casino in 1998. Expect plenty of company on this hike.
Where to Stay: Carson Ridge Luxury Cabins
Carson Ridge Luxury Cabins is a Washington bed and breakfast that is dedicated to helping guests relax and restore. Each cabin features a hand-carved log bed, hydrotherapy spa tub for two, and large windows that capture spectacular Columbia River Gorge views. Enjoy a glass of wine in front of a cozy fire, or gaze at the stars on your private porch. You can even soothe your tired muscles with an in-cabin massage. It’s the perfect place to unwind after your hike!
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.
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. Click here for a full list.
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. Cape Disappointment State Park
Cape Disappointment is a publicly-owned recreation area located southwest of Ilwaco, WA, on the bottom end of Long Beach Peninsula. One of the best ways to explore it is by taking the Washington Coast Trail. This route links together a series of smaller trails and winds 4.5 miles through the State Park.
Where to Stay: The Shelburne Inn Restaurant & Pub
The Shelburne Inn, Restaurant & Pub is a quick five-minute drive from Cape Disappointment. It was established in 1896 and is the oldest continuously operating hotel in the state of Washington. The highly-rated restaurant serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner, showcasing the unique cuisine of the Pacific Northwest. Modern amenities have been added while honoring the inn’s heritage and timeless appeal.