Explore the most popular dogs on leash 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.

backpacking
21 hours ago

Absolutely awesome. This one definitely fits the bill for "hard" I think. I recommend planning an entire day here, or camp overnight at the top. Perfect balance of enjoying the forest but with a ton of scenery of the surrounding peaks throughout. Some of the parts, the trail isn't very visible but still easy to know where to go. I can't wait to do it again!

Walked through the Shoreview/Boeing Creek Trail today. Followed several different trails through the woods. Did not enjoy being so close to the road or residential areas. Some of the trail just drops off? There was signage in different locations. Nice park area, enjoyed the dog park after our hike. Parking and Bathrooms a plus.

A beautiful, easy fall hike. We arrived around 9am on a rainy Saturday and the trail was relatively empty; found a quiet spot next to the lake to snack and hang out. By the time we hiked out, around 11:30, the parking lot was full and there were a steady number of hikers. As with most trails ... get there early! We definitely plan to return for an overnight trip.

hiking
1 day ago

Really enjoyed this hike. The first half is quite easy, but it gets a bit more difficult closer to the lake with a lot of rocky terrain. The views get better as the hike gets more difficult though! We didn’t hike all the way around the lake, but enjoyed a good break there taking in the views. Clouds were low when we hiked, but it was still beautiful!

hiking
1 day ago

Great hike to take the kids on. Gradual with beautiful views at the halfway point. Worth it!

This was my first hike and I would not classify this trail as easy. Beautiful hike.

Fun hike with 11 relatively new Boy Scouts on Saturday 9/22. Started hike about 12:30 PM. Parking lot fairly full. Misty, very easy hike up to the lake. The mist turned to rain in the early evening. Minimal firewood available in the immediate area. Plenty of space for tents and hammocks with tree coverage. The scouts woke up Sunday to a nice layer of ice over everything. Boots and wet clothes left out were solid. After a warm meal, we all were excited to get a glimpse of the sheep on the mountain. No sunscreen or bug repellent necessary. Hand warmers, yes!

90% of the traffic was day hikers and most not aware of trail ethics. Scouts did a great job of stepping off trail for those going up and down. We also scoured our camp spot and the surrounding area of all trash.

Great Trail..

Scenic trip - great trail surface. Views of the lake are stunning especially on a beautiful Fall day. I could see it being muddy if it had recently rained. We combined this along with the Washington Arboretum trail which made for a nice long walk/hike.

hiking
1 day ago

Amazing hike.

Did the loop that goes up Hamilton Mtn Trail to the summit -> ridgeline -> equestrian trail -> hardy -> Hamilton Mtn Trail.

It is super steep and most of the people I saw had poles. There were a lot of people with their dogs and women carrying babies in backpacks, so it wasn't TOO crazy. It is definitely steep, though. Especially near the summit (some hands required..).. and for that reason I wouldn't recommend going up the reverse route, because you'll have to come back down the hamilton side which I think is more dangerous than going up. Either way, breathtaking views, challenging hike. Worth it!

Timed this hike right as the fall colors were starting to show. Trail was steep in places but great views. One nice thing about hiking along a ski run is your view is never obstructed.

While we were exploring the Skookum Lakes area, we decided check out this trail. Short but sweet. Easy trail. Would be perfect for kids.

hiking
1 day ago

Lots of beauty here. Thimble berries still out. Fleabane daisy in bloom. It's possible to get wet in the lake water is warmer than expected. Trail is in great shape. No one was staying at the lake everyone was headed further up to alpine lakes. Great easy day hike for a picnic. The 10 mile dirt road is in fair condition with beautiful fall colors coming into view on the mt. sides. Love this place in Sept. NO bugs at this time. Frost in the morning at 31 degrees.

backpacking
1 day ago

hiked in Cady ridge and stayed at Sally Ann lake since there is water here. we were planning to hike to white pass, but due to heavy clouds and rain we hiked down Cady creek trail. saw lots of thru hikers. even with clouds there were beautiful fall colors (Sept 21) and TONS of blueberries! beautiful hike, limited water up Cady ridge, great trail to connect to the PCT. we made it in a prius but did hit the bottom on 2 rocks.

walking
1 day ago

This was not the best hike I’ve ever been on, actually it’s one of the worst in the PNW. Regardless, there was some scenic and beautiful areas for photos. The waterfall was not worth the hike in though, when we went it was pretty much dried up and a trickle not waterfall! That’s what summer heat will do to it, I guess. There are a lot of signs to guide you. We had a hard time finding the actual location and parking area, using our GPS. We like the fact that you can choose how far you want to hike by the different entrances. We did the medium length hike, almost 7 miles with our 8 year old.

hiking
1 day ago

Challenging. If the weather isn’t great - there’s not going to be much of a view of the lake. I would do it again on a clear day.

We love to walk this with the kids, it’s an easy walk. Relaxing, but very busy when it’s nice outside. There are restrooms on both sides of the loop, and a water fountain. The area is flat, with one area off to the side where you can go up an elevated walkway towards the capital. When we walk this, we usually do sprints up this to get our heart rate up.

hiking
1 day ago

Great hike! Not a ton of scenery, but the trail is really well maintained and it has a great balance of up and down, with a few bridges. If you enjoy the beauty of the forest, this is a must do! I would personally rate this as a moderate, and more on the lighter side of traffic since we only saw 3 other people there on a sunday with GREAT weather

hiking
1 day ago

This is a great day hike with awesome valley and cliff views. Pretty steep climb in places but the trail is in good shape.

Beautiful trails along river and streams with falls at checkpoints. Diverse trail keeps it interesting. Hike gains difficulty with distance due to elevation so it feels more moderate than easy. My favorite close to home hike but a very busy destination.

Not sure why this is listed as moderate. Hike is primarily flat and wide making for an easy hike. Lots of interesting railroad history with historical markers. Good hike for kids.

Difficult due to elevation. Beautiful at sunset but gets dark fast!

hiking
1 day ago

There is a gravel road from the trail head that'll take you up closer to the top if you would rather drive part of the way. Once you get to the yellow steel posts, it's a gradual incline to the top until you get to the last 700-800 feet. It is straight up with a very steep, wet trail that'll take you to the summit. There isn't much room at the top so I recommend going during the week when the crowds are light. Overall, a very easy hike up and a very easy hike down.

hiking
1 day ago

I did this hike last summer in June and it was amazing. I hiked this again yesterday (09/23/18) and it’s just as gorgeous as I remembered. This time it was awesome to see the orange and yellow leaves everywhere. Fall in the PNW is my favorite. We found it is the best route to take lower Elliot there and back. It follows the river and has a lot more to see. It isn’t as flat as upper Elliot but it’s worth it.

Trail in good condition. Came on a Sunday, turned up at about 2:30pm and there was parking available. It's a simple hike, basically just switch-backs all the way to the top, but the views are absolutely incredible from the top.

Pros: Easy to get to (the freeway is 5 minutes from the trail head). Trail in good condition. Absolutely stunning views from the top.

Cons: Busy, so if you hike for solitude you won't find it here. Trail quite narrow so lots of stopping to let people pass. The hike itself up the hill is pretty nondescript, could be anywhere in the Cascades.

This is a great hike close to town. as others have said the markings are not good/confusing. We really enjoyed it as I have been to the lake for many years and this is the first time I have seen some of these places.

hiking
1 day ago

Solid hike with an amazing view from the top. Highly recommend going all the way and climbing up the side to the tip top. The only downside is going back down really took a toll on my knees. nonetheless I shall return for round 2.

18.09.23

Hiked with my 2 dogs. The road to the trailhead is a private drive and is closed to vehicles. Plus, there is no parking where the trail begins. You must park at the Gold Creek Pond trailhead, adding on over 1.5 miles of road walking... That being said, I logged 13.2 miles on my Garmin. For that discrepancy, it lost a star.
Saw very few hikers, and saw my first WA bear right about where you cross the river! It was just minding its business fattening up on foliage for the winter. After watching from around 200 ft away for around 5 minutes, it heard my dog rolling in the bushes at my feet and made a steady climb up and away from us.
This trail is moderate until the last mile; it then becomes a very steep strenuous climb with several boulder fields between you and the lake. Also encountered several downed trees near the lake, but they could be managed OK. I would suggest this trail get changed to Hard.

Really great and challenging trail. Fairly steady incline and the scramble up Haystack is a nice way to cap off the summit hike!

Great hike that was definitely a work out (average fitness). Some pretty steep gains until you break through the trees and enter into the boulder fields. The trail was really easy to follow and the fall colors have already started to come in. I went on a Sunday morning and the parking lot was already full but I didn't feel like the trail was too busy. I decided to go the extra half mile up to Bandera Summit and it was pretty steep, but there were a lot of steps and rocks that climbing up wasn't too difficult going up or down. I am still glad I had my poles though, they helped a ton.. Just pace yourself. It was a pretty cloudy day so I wasn't able to see all around, but all in all, great views either way and a great work out.

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