Mount Washington Trail

MODERATE 182 reviews
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Mount Washington Trail is a 8.3 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near North Bend, Washington that features a river and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from April until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
8.3 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
3280 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dogs on leash

birding

hiking

nature trips

rock climbing

snowshoeing

trail running

walking

forest

river

views

wild flowers

wildlife

bugs

rocky

snow

Discovery Pass required for parking

1 hour ago

Great training hike. Sadly no view when we were there. The trail is completely snow-free except for one tiny patch about a mile from the top.

hiking
7 days ago

Well I wish I had picked a better day to hike this. While I enjoyed the hike to the top (mostly shaded and through a wonderful forest with steady elevation gain) unfortunately it was raining pretty much the entire way up and so we didn’t get too much of a view on the top. Also too many pebbles on the way down. But it’s a great hike if you want to get away from the crowd.

13 days ago

There are some incredible views at the top that make the climb worth it. However, I’m not sure why this is rated as moderate. We went out thinking we would get some nice switchbacks, but this is pretty much straight uphill the entire way. It was a great hike but should be rated as hard.

hiking
20 days ago

Great trail! A bit intense for novice hikers or kids. There is still quite a bit of snow covering the last couple of miles. Water proof boots, and/or and extra pair of wool socks is definitely recommend. No need for snow shoes or crampons. I always have my microspikes in my pack, and used them on the descent. There are several view points nearing the summit. Be sure to stop and see them all! You’ll be glad you did.

hiking
1 month ago

Still enough snow that I was glad to have sturdy waterproof boots, but other than that I didn't need any special gear. Some areas are slippery where the snow has been packed down and started to ice over.

hiking
1 month ago

Good hike. Great view of Mt. Rainier!

2 months ago

We did on St Patrick’s Day and loved it. It was challenging but enjoyable. Definitely want to bring poles and microspikes. Snowshoes not needed. Hit snow at 1.5 miles all the way to too. Great winter hike with not a lot of people. Probably better in winter as you get more views and less overgrowth on trail. Slower going in the snow. Took us about 2 hrs 45 minutes to the top. Trailhead can be a little tough to find. From parking lot climb up to logging road and stay right. Go further and then stay right at the next junction with the John Wayne Pioneer Trail/Iron Horse Trail Look. Go about 150 yards on left and look for cairn on the road and trees carved with Mt WA.

hiking
4 months ago

Very nice trail with lots of snow as you get close to the top

hiking
7 months ago

Decent but not great. Too much overgrowth in some areas but the views are ok.

hiking
9 months ago

This hike has a great view at the top. One of the best for me to date. Definitely worth the climb. We went at the end of May and there was still snow pretty much all the way for the last mile+, which was fine (we had just regular (tennis, etc) shoes).
Bring a lunch to the top and enjoy (the view and the food).

hiking
9 months ago

I was pretty sure that my view was going to be obstructed from the haze that's been all over Seattle due to the BC wildfires and I was unfortunately right so I cannot comment on that.

The trail, however, I can. It jumps back and forth between small rocks, dirt, and larger rocks for the whole hike and I can't say I enjoyed it. Trail was also very overgrown in some areas. It did have several breaks in the trees that were populated with wild flowers which was nice. The grade is pretty moderate (hence the rating given to it) so it's more accessible than others in the area.

Compared to Mt. Teneriffe and Granite Mtn, this trail wasn't all that great to look at or be on. Lots of bugs early in the morning on my ascent and they seemed to disappear on the descent. Not very much hiking traffic either. You can use google maps to get you to the trail head (one bathroom, no signage for the trail) and then use the Twin Falls/John Wayne Pioneer Trail to get you to the actual trailhead. This small, and tucked away, trailhead is unmarked just like in the parking area and can be found on your left at about 0.4 miles from the parking lot.

9 months ago

Challenging with some great views. Be prepared for a lot of loose aggregate on the trail.

hiking
9 months ago

Started out great. Challenging. Will complete at a later date.

9 months ago

Five stars for the views, three stars for the trail itself. Very rocky in a lot of parts to the point you don't risk looking up for fear of rolling an ankle. Overgrown in some spots but not unmanageable. Trailhead could use a sign, and the app helped greatly in finding the entrance. After that things are marked well. Hiking poles and bug spray strongly recommended.

hiking
10 months ago

Easy-to-intermediate but not very crowded hike. Nice views, but summit itself totally underwhelming.

rock climbing
10 months ago

Beautiful.

hiking
10 months ago

Started at 8am, finished at 3:30pm. There were about 10 cars parked at 8am. Trail is very steep and straight. Uphill is hard on the legs and lungs. Downhill is hard on the feet. The loose gravel can make you slip as you go downhill. The entry to the trail from the wide dirt road is easy to miss. There's a cairn but it was already knocked over by the afternoon. The spot near the summit has the best view but only a few places to sit. The summit has a big rock, a view of the freeway and a big hole, and like a weather station antenna.

trail running
10 months ago

I did this trail Sunday 7/9 and started at about 10am. The parking lot only had a few cars, and there wasn't a lot of people on the trail. It starts out kind of steep for a while and eventually has a few long stretches where it levels out. This is such a fun trail for running. The wildflowers are so beautiful and the majority of the time you have shade. The view of Rainier at the summit was so amazing! I didn't stick around for too long due to the amount of people at the top. I saw a lot more people on my way down, so I recommend making this an early trip for people like me who don't like being around large crowds. This trail is very rocky, but I did fine with my trail running shoes. I had 1.5 L of water which worked out perfectly. My phone told me that I did over 10 miles, so keep in mind that this might be longer than you think. The parking lot was packed when I got back to my car. Round trip, this took me about 3.5 hours. Love this trail!

10 months ago

Awesome hike....totally worth the view!

10 months ago

I am out of shape starting this season. But as a decently experienced hiker, this hike is brutal. I don't know how 3,000+ mile elevation gain in 4 miles with the terrain on this trail isn't rated as difficult. It was harder going down than up, because of all the loose rocks and gravel. There were a ton of bugs at the top, which kept us from staying too long. Trail seemed well maintained. Improving signage might help a bit. The trailhead was a bit confusing to find as you climb up a steep beginning then come to a forest road, walk along that for a little bit then see a sign that has "mt wa trailhead 150m on the left" written on the post in sharpie. Wish we had a view at the top but the clouds moved in. We got to about 3900 ft and got a sweet view of the valley so that made up for the obstructed view at the top. So all in all, don't do this hike without rugged hiking shoes, hiking poles, and a ton of patience. Hardest hike I've ever done. Perfect weather though mid 60s and cloudy.

hiking
11 months ago

6/26/2017 (Monday) - Mostly cloudy, 68-75F, mild and dry. Trail is in good condition, no mud, no snow (all melted two weeks ago). The lower first mile is steep with slippy gravels, maybe most difficult. View at the top is good today as clouds rapidly gather, disperse, or rise, displaying Mt Rainier in the distance and lakes at the foothills. Very light traffic, only six groups including us, and we are the 2nd. Got the right day to take this hike.

hiking
11 months ago

Snow almost all melted at the top. Most of the trail is covered in loose gravel

hiking
11 months ago

Very glad to have trekking poles on this hike for the few remaining snowfields and loose gravel in some sections. Snow has melted enough that you don't need to rely on microspikes.

hiking
11 months ago

Beginner hiker and was looking for something a little more challenging and this hike was perfect. Snow near the top is melting and made it a little slippery and slushy when navigating. Microspikes and poles definitely helped and I couldn't imagine not having them. Incredible views at the top of and not crowded even though it was a holiday weekend. Only reason for 4/5 stars was that the trail wasn't as clearly marked as some I've been on. Would absolutely recommend!

hiking
Monday, May 08, 2017

Nice sunny day today. The parking lot was pretty full when we got there at about 10:45. I would recommend getting there earlier to avoid the crowds. Total time up and down was just over three hours, so a little bit slower than normal. The trail is well enough marked.
The trail is in good shape overall for the first two miles or so. As you approach ~3000 feet, you'll run into snowmelt streams and puddles; at some points, the water runs down the trails, so be ready to get your feet wet. Having trekking poles helped quite a bit here.
Once you get past the puddles and streams, the snow starts. By the time you get here it should be soft and well-compacted from the numerous people that have already hiked the trail. I had poles and no micro-spikes while my buddy had no poles and no micro-spikes; we both made good time up the final section, so take that as you will based on your skill level. The poles helped me not fall on my butt so I could move more quickly.
Overall, I had a good time on the hike; unfortunately, Rainier had some clouds and there was a huge group at the top so we couldn't get very good pictures. Definitely worth it :)

Monday, May 08, 2017

Great day today. Lower Trail is in rough shape. Mid-level smooths out nicely. Must have micro spikes for the last 1 1/4 miles. Lots of snow and Trail is very narrow.

Sunday, May 07, 2017

Excellent trail, with a lot of scenic overlooks. snow everywhere over 3,000ft elevation

hiking
Friday, May 05, 2017

great hike! used my micro spikes the last mile or so as the show was pretty deep. took my dog and he loved it.

hiking
Monday, April 10, 2017

Snow is melting but there are lot of snow still. A beautiful hike and a good work out.

hiking
Thursday, April 06, 2017

Great trail. Easy access. Fewer people than some others. I think similar to Si in gain and distance. Lots of snow at top still.
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