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Mount Washington Trail is a 9.2 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near North Bend, Washington that features a river and is rated as difficult. 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.

Length 9.2 mi Elevation gain 3,280 ft Route type Out & Back

Dogs on leash

Hiking

Nature trips

Rock climbing

Snowshoeing

Bird watching

Running

Forest

River

Views

Wild flowers

Wildlife

Bugs

Rocky

Snow

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Getting There

Discover Pass required for parking: https://discoverpass.wa.gov/

Discover pass required. There is a vault toilet at the trailhead.

Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission Stewardship Program Office P.O. Box 42650 Olympia, WA 98504-2650 Phone: (360) 902-8844 (8 a.m. - 5 p.m. Monday - Friday) E-mail: infocent@parks.wa.gov

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.

From Seattle, head east on Interstate 90. 8 miles east of North Bend, get off at Exit 38. Turn right off the exit ramp and take the very next right (gravel road) to park at Olallie State Park/Upper Twin Falls trailhead and facility, elevation 1,200 feet.

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Kioko Soneda
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Crystal Bailar
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Ryan S
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V C.
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HikingBlowdownMuddyOver grownRocky

Definitely a challenging hike. I got to the trailhead at 5:30 am on Wednesday and had the trail to myself all the way up. I hiked for 3h30mins (6 miles) and still wasn’t at the very top, so I turned around. It was too foggy and rainy to get the amazing view which was a bummer, but I could definitely tell I was near the top as the wind was super strong and it was very chilly. Took me almost 6 hours in total to hike the total of 11 miles my phone counted (from parking lot and back). Saw about 15 people on the way down, some wearing masks. There are some portions of the trail that are slightly overgrown and not very wide, where social distancing would be impossible. Definitely need waterproof hiking boots, and I think poles and gloves would be very useful.

kaholoas .
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HikingBugsRocky

It was a pretty straightforward trail. Some water streaming down paths, so waterproof shoes are helpful. The trek is hard because it’s often on small and shifting rocks, but the climb isn’t too stressful. A few viewpoints starting about half way up, but mostly in forested areas, so pretty well shaded. The real downside of this trail right now is the bugs. They are ridiculous! Even with bug repellent, we were covered in bites by the end. So, come prepared!

Krishna Ravikumar
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HikingBugsGreat!Rocky

The first sign on the left of the Palouse to Cascades trail is easy to miss but the rest of the trail is really well marked. There are a couple of little stream crossings, the sound of the water on the rocks is awesome. The views at the summit are gorgeous! Don't forget your bug spray!

Konnie Baker
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HikingBugsRocky

Worth the climb!! Great views at the top and a beautiful trail with multiple streams and rock formations. Bugs all the way

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Carrie Keramis
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HikingBugs

Great hike! Definitely a challenge going up with mainly steep, rocky trail. The view was beautiful with the only drawback being the bugs.

Courey Schaefer
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Binu Sure
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#14 - Relatively harder for the last mile with a big elevation gain over half mile. Though there are view points, you have to rely on your luck. Being a rainy day, we got few glimpses of amazing views of the lake and some unique views created by fog and clouds.Few fallen trees.

Vanessa Nguyen
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Thomas Hwang
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HikingSnow

Good workout. Not the worth the view though. But it is indeed a good and slightly difficult hike.

Kristie Furiosi
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HikingMuddyRocky

Beautiful views even when you’re socked I’m by clouds. The steepness is evenly distributed with flat routes throughout. Wonderful hike!

Shravan Dhakal
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HikingRocky

Uphill was not bad. Downhill was the worst.

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Melanie Herbin
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Kyara Englund
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Do you enjoy hiking through rocky streams all the way up a steep mountain? Then this is the hike for you! I don't enjoy wet socks, so next time I hike this trail I will definitely bring water shoes or at least extra socks, and maybe some hiking poles. I arrived at the trailhead at 4:45 on a Wednesday morning and there was just one other group there. Super muddy, wet and rocky trail. The incline is pretty considerable and consistent, letting up for a bit after the "Owl Hike Spot" lookout. The last half mile or so is definitely the steepest, but push on and you'll be rewarded with some pretty incredible views of layers of snowcapped mountains and Chester Morse Lake below. I've read you can see Mt. Rainier on a clear day but today was a bit cloudy so no luck for me. A great hike overall if you're wearing the right shoes!

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Anusha S.
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HikingMuddyRocky

A pretty steep incline for the first two miles but it evens out later so the elevation is well distributed and not as much gain in the last few miles to the top. Bring good shoes because there’s basically water running down the whole trail, not much of a view at the top since it was cloudy and very cold so we headed down quickly. Arrived 8:30 am and there were only like five cars in the parking lot.

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Taylor Larsen
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Great trail - big elevation gains but spread out so it didn’t seem as bad. Started in clouds but lucked out with some clouds lifting and blue skies at the summit. Beautiful trail and not too many people on it today. Very very rocky and wet so wear good shoes and poles will be helpful.

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