Explore the most popular birding trails in Washington with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

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in 8 months

This hike has a pretty moderate incline and as a medium level hiker it wasn't too much of a challenge. I thought because of the mileage it might be a bit of a process for me but surprisingly it went smoothly. There are so many beautiful places to take breaks along the trail. There are many creeks, small waterfalls and beautiful trees and greenery along the trail. Honestly, this hike is so worth it. When you finally get to the top its just incredible. The color of Colchuck is hypnotizing. It is a tranquil teal blue and the ice caps and glaciers nearby on Asgard are pretty cool to check out as well. It is such a great place for photographs. An amazing hike for anyone in my opinion!

nice path

Trail is wonderful but the vandalism sucks. Had my car window smashed today in the parking lot which was mostly full by the time we left at 11:30am on a Sunday.

As an avid hiker, this was by no means a hike, but a leisurely stroll. We took time to stop and take a lot of pictures, gorgeous rainy day, the falls were full and raging.

hiking
3 hours ago

We hiked this last Sunday. This isn’t usually one of my favorite hikes but it is very pretty with the snow. It’s a little slippery at the top but very doable. Definitely go all the way around the lake, if you stop right away you miss a lot of the beauty in my opinion.

Recommend bringing spikes. I just had hiking boots which was fine but would have been easier with spikes. The lake is gorgeous and for the people that are worried about the potholes on the .4 mile road to the trail head, invest in something other than a Prius and you’ll be okay

Blood red wolf moon

hiking
6 hours ago

Very peaceful hike. You can hear the creek the entire time. Very spiritual for a full moon/lunar eclipse day.
With the recent rains, it was pretty muddy, but fine if you have waterproof hiking boots. At the end I was able to rinse the bottoms of my boots in the creek. Bring a towel for your dogs feet or you may have muddy paw prints in your car. Enjoyed every minute.

road biking
7 hours ago

Beautiful ride. This trial actually goes a lot further than listed if you choose to keep going but you have to find the secret path to the extended rout! Watch out for a few roots that have piped up the concrete on the path.

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blowdown
muddy
7 hours ago

I started out on West Tiger #3 which was pretty uphill. It gets the blood pumping to be sure. About a mile in, the trail splits off to Talus Rocks Trail.

The first little portion of Talus Rocks Trail continues uphill but not for long. Within a half mile you arrive at Talus Rocks and they are phenomenal. Kids would have a blast climbing on, around, and through them. As an adult, I was blown away myself by the spectacle. Huge boulders stacked all over each other.

Continue on the trail until you reach the Nook Trail which leads you downhill back towards the trailhead.

For a longer hike, you can skip the Nook Trail and come around to Tradition Lake.

Overall the trail was in good shape. There are some muddy spots and a few trees down but nothing difficult to work around.

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muddy
7 hours ago

It was a great hike with my 9 year old. The last part of the trail into the falls was pretty muddy and wet. Overall pretty easy hike.

hiking
8 hours ago

A relatively easy hike, it isn’t well marked but it’s easy enough to find the trail head. It’s a moderate walk up a hill for the first part, but gentle and wide enough to not be too strenuous. The cemetery was interesting to see, but overall not too exciting. Our favorite part was the river trail. There are several paths down to the water, and there’s a waterfall across the river at the end. Pretty views! The hill back up from the river is pretty intense, but definitely worth it!

hiking
9 hours ago

Nice walk!

on Beacon Rock Trail

9 hours ago

Awesome scenic views. For Oregon residents, be prepared to pay for Bridge of the Gods toll and get Discovery Pass.

very dog friendly
need to know high tide vs low tide to have access to the beach

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muddy
9 hours ago

I’d say this is more easy than moderate and that’s coming from someone totally out of shape. The elevation gain is pretty much all in one spot of the hike. For the most part the trail is dry but there are a couple spots that are pretty muddy. There are quite a few different starting points to choose from as well.

hiking
10 hours ago

Decent trail- was foggy so maybe would have rated it higher if we had a view. This was a bit harder than moderate imho. Also we clocked over 1,500 feet elevation gain between peak and car in lot.

Hike with Zander

We ended up doing the whole loop but my phone died! :( Lol oh well. Kinda muddy & pretty slippery on the way down toward shilshole bay & lighthouse. Much drier the rest of the loop.

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rocky
11 hours ago

Great hike. Gets pretty busy after 10am. Slippery up at the lake but well worth the hike!

hiking
12 hours ago

What a great little gem in the heart of Renton! First discovered this hike thanks to a friend who lived in the neighborhood. We started near Petrovitsky Park and connected to the Echo loop trail from there. It meanders away from the houses and through the woods. There are a few trees blown down from the last wind storm but you can pass over or under them. Only came across a few people on the trail but many more at the top. Not much room at the top but the view is really rather nice. There’s a house right on the edge of the hill which is overlooking Lake Desire. All in all a great hike with a straight uphill the last 3/4 miles (17.5% grade). Will make this a regular one for me and my pup!!

The loop in the woods is nice. But the view of the bay is top notch beautiful can’t wait to come out in the summer.

hiking
12 hours ago

The big boulder is about 1.2 miles in. At 2 miles there’s a great overlook back down to see it. Lovely trail that goes as long as you’d like with connectors.

Easy forest walk. Good for just getting some quiet time!

hiking
13 hours ago

Hard at times to follow trail. Not as many trail signs as I would have liked. Great views!

hiking
13 hours ago

This is an ok trail. Not sure why others rate it so high. It’s practically a highway because their are so many people. We went to go snowshoeing. The snow was so packed down from all the people that we just took off our snowshoes and hiked. Parking is very difficult as well because there are so many cars. Go further out from the city. It’s worth it.

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muddy
13 hours ago

Nice, easy hike, just a couple of short climbs. One really muddy patch about .75 miles in but otherwise a beautifully maintained trail. Peaceful other than an area where new construction is right on top of the trail. The falls were underwhelming but they’re probably more impressive when it’s wetter. Saw a couple of golden-crowned kinglets, a wren, and some towhees as well as the ubiquitous sparrows and juncoes.

Took Nook trail up. Pretty much all up hill but it’s not for very long so it’s doable! Plus once you get there it’s great. I didn’t continue on passes the rocks, because we got a late start. But this little area is so cute. It’s like a fairy forest playland and I loved it. The moss covered rocks were gorgeous. Fun to explore around each corner. Would do it again.

hiking
muddy
14 hours ago

Love this trail. Takes us an hour 45 to go up and down, we run most of the way down. There are logs down over the trail currently just FYI!

hiking
15 hours ago

Early morning is key if you want to avoid the crowds, even in January. The falls are beautiful, and it's an easy mild hike. Trails are clear, a bit of mud here and there but not an issue if you're wearing proper footwear.
We explored the main trails and a couple side trails that were far less traveled. You can hear the highway pretty well unfortunately, and there were a few people with dogs off leash.

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