5 Awesome Hikes Near Seattle

Rattlesnake Ledge

One of the most common hikes around Seattle, Rattlesnake Ledge near North Bend is very popular for its gorgeous scenery at the very top. The hike is four-miles roundtrip and considered to be easy with no real incline for the trek. If you stop to look up while you climb, lots of luscious green trees will be surrounding the trail. Pictures will not do it justice, so make sure to check out the hike early in the morning before the huge rush.

“Rattlesnake Ridge,” by Sheldon Yagyagan. Licensed under https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/2.0/.

“Rattlesnake Ridge,” by Sheldon Yagyagan. Licensed under https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/2.0/.

Mount Si

If you are looking for a more extreme hike, Mount Si in the Snoqualmie region offers a six-mile roundtrip trek with very steep inclines and rocky encounters. Make sure to be prepared for this hike with sturdy shoes or boots and water. Blood, sweat, and tears may result from this excursion.

“KC and Jeff at Mount Si,” by brewbooks. Licensed under https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/2.0/.

KC and Jeff at Mount Si,” by brewbooks. Licensed under https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/2.0/.

Poo Poo Point

Located in the Issaquah Alps – Tiger Mountain, Poo Poo Point offers scenery unique from any other hike because of the unique paragliders. Poo Poo Point is very famous for paragliders and they are visible during the 7.4-mile roundtrip hike.  The very peak of this hike oversees Lake Sammamish and Mount Rainier so bring your binoculars for this hike.  

“Poo Poo Point,” by Micah Chan. Licensed under https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/2.0/.

Poo Poo Point,” by Micah Chan. Licensed under https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/2.0/.

Wallace Falls

Close to Stevens Pass, this 5.5-mile hike offers one of the best destinations in the state for waterfalls. It has three tiers to view a large beautiful waterfall, and the ever-growing moss on the trees and the trails make this hike look very refreshing. The trail may get slippery when wet so tread with caution.

“Wallace Falls,” by Andrea Moore. Licensed under https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/2.0/.

“Wallace Falls,” by Andrea Moore. Licensed under https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/2.0/.

Lake 22

Finally, Lake 22 in the North Cascades offers many scenery shifts with wetland and forest views that make it one of my favorite hikes on this list. There are lots of bridges and man-made characteristics of this hike that create a different vibe, and the large lake at the end of the trail is glorious.  With a 5.4-mile roundtrip distance, there are many small waterfalls and ponds in between the numerous bridges as well.

Which hike are you most excited to do? Make sure to send us some pictures of the amazing moments you will have!

-Dean Lee, TWIF Blogger