Mount Washington Trail is a 7.9 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near North Bend, WA that features a river and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible from April until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.
dogs on leash
Discovery Pass required for parking
The trail is not well marked. Suggest to follow the AllTrails tracker at least at the start. You can easily miss it.
My apple phone registered ~10.5 miles out and back.
A lot of loose rock on the trail requires caution and proper shoes.
Discovery pass for parking.
the trail is not marked but when you get to the fork go right (towards twin falls) and you'll see a little gravel trail for Mt Washington on your left. Once you get to another clearing after about 2.8 miles, go left and the trail continues on your right. The views are magnificent and it was steep and then smooth in all of the right places.
Great views at the top! Would say the first and last miles are the hardest. The first mile is full of very slippery rocks making it a good work out, so patience and caution is needed.
This is a great hike. Similar to Si but way better, less switchbacks, better scenery, and I preferred the view at the top. Same distance and difficulty level though. Went with my dog, and he loved it. The views of Rainier were spectacular today. Also, there was barely anybody else hiking, we felt like we had the mountain to ourselves! Highly recommend.
Awesome hike and great place to escape the north bend crowds... Very similar to Mt Si in difficulty, minus the switchbacks. This is a fairly difficult hike, we made it up in about two and a half hours at a moderate pace. Beautiful views at the top , was very cloudy so we couldn't see Mount Rainer like some reviewers mentioned but was pretty none the less. Some bugs at too but nothing crazy, I made it out with just one small mosquito bite after about a 45 minute lunch break. What I loved most about this hike was the lack of crowds! We saw maybe 15 other groups and for a Saturday and a hike near Seattle, can't really ask for better. He trail is a little sneaky to find... When you reach the John Wayne trail you'll go right like your heading for twin falls but the trail head is before that. Some reviews mentioned a pink ribbon, I didn't see that. From the John Wayne trail there is a small rock stack marking the start, hard to spot but if you keep your eyes open for it you will see it-it's the first trail that leads up hill :) Overall, good day hike for a satisfying workout, great way to avoid the crowds and enjoy nature as its intended :)
A bit confusing to find the hike but we eventually did. My friend and I decided to go on a rainy day to avoid to many people and it worked- sort of. The hike is definitely strenuous, vertical most of the time. Some pretty views while going up though to keep you working towards the goal of the top
Just hiked this today. When you get to the top the views are amazing and there a few nice spots along the way to rest a bit and take in your surroundings. But let me tell ya.... you will need to work for that view. Almost the whole trail is uphill and is pretty vertical at times. I remember looking up while we were hiking up and thinking to myself, "I have to go up that...." All I could see is steep never ending hill. Very challenging if you do not regularly hike, like ourselves. But how challenging it was I am proud to say we made it to the top. Even if we will not be able to walk tomorrow. If you are up for the challenge I recommend this hike.:)
Hiked 6/4/16. We started our hike on a clear morning at about 3:20am (with headlamps), found the cairn and "MT WA" tree carving as the trail markers. The trail is in good condition with a few wet areas and small streams and fallen trees to cross over. We carried a map and confirmed as we went that we stuck to the Mt WA trail, as it intersects with the Great Wall trail a few times. This trail does not utilize very many switch backs, so the uphill often feels relentless, though there are a few nice spots to stop and rest and enjoy the views along the way. We paused close to the top at an east and north facing viewpoint to watch the sunrise over the Cascades, the view here is incredible. We then continued up to the top to rest, make coffee, and eat some breakfast. On this clear day, we had a perfect view of Mount Rainier and could just make out Tacoma in the distance. The actual summit is just a bit further up the trail where the tower is, but the views are mostly blocked by trees. The only bad thing about our trip is that it was very buggy at the top. The trip down was nice as well, since we had hiked most of the trail up in the dark. We didn't see any other people until almost 7am, as we were making our way down the trail, and by 8am it was starting to get crowded. We got back to the parking lot by 8:30-8:45am, and the lot was almost full. I would definitely recommend this hike, either during the day or as a sunrise/sunset hike, especially on a clear day, because the views were spectacular!
Hiked yesterday. The trail was difficult to find. Fortunately, I used GPS to check the trail route. Much less people than mount si. Good view from the false summit that was very close to the summit.
No snow, great hike to start on for the coming season.
Medium traffic trail but a wider trail.
Make sure you read instructions on wa trails as there are a few signs down and it does connect with John Wayne trail and a trucker road.
Was a wonderful hike! Would recommend to
I love this trail… I am not sure that I would consider it easy though… This mountain throw curveballs at any moment…
Hiked yesterday it's great hike. Long but not hard.
Absolutely incredible! Challenging but totally worth it!
this is a long and challenging hike with beautiful views.is a little hard finding the trail head. very nice peak for pictures and a picnic break. most of the trail has small rocks all over so hiking boots and polls are recommended. was not crowded so it was very nice
Moderate hike? This one is HARD! Great views though!!!
Start from Olallie State Park parking lot, take the trail nearest the bathroom toward John Wayne/Twin falls. After climbing the first 150ft, merge onto the wide John Wayne trail and head West for 200yds looking for a pink ribbon tied to a tree on the left side. Look for a tree scribed with "Mt WA". Once on the trail, it's much easier to follow.
The actual trail starts steep and is relentless, there are 2-3 500ft flat stretches, the rest is steep. There are 3-4 blow-downs that are fairly easy to navigate, along with a few very easy stream crossings. Once at the top, expect fabulous views of Rainier, McClellan Butte, Mailbox, Glacier Peak, Mt Si, and the tip of Mt Baker if the weather is agreeable. Tough hike, great payoff!
My wife and I hiked to Mount Washington. The weather was sunny in the morning and cloudy in the afternoon. We arrived at Olallie State Park parking lot at 9 o'clock. The parking lot was half full. We left the parking lot at 9:20 and followed the description on WTA hiking guide. The turn off from Iron Horse Trail was marked with a pink tape. There are several downed trees that you need to go around or crawl under. And there are running water and muddy areas on the trail. The two creek crossings are easy. The last 1.5 miles of the trail was covered with snow. (Elevation 3300ft and above) We used MicroSpikes but there were a lot of people who were not using traction device. Some were even in tennis shoes. Naturally they were slipping and sliding. We arrived at the summit at 12:43pm. The summit area was busy with about 10 people enjoying the sunny weather and the view. The temperature at the summit was around 50 degrees. Unfortunately the summit of Mount Rainier was hidden in the cloud. But a lot of other nearby mountains' summits were visible. We had lunch at the lunch rock and left there at 1:15pm. We returned to our car at 4pm. It was a fun hike.