Whether you are an avid adventurer or you simply enjoy the outdoors, the great state of Washington offers breathtaking mountains and valleys, lakes, rivers, and creeks. The wildlife numbers are astonishing, as this is one of the states in which you can see moose, elk, deer, wolves, and even cougars depending where you decide to venture. For those who love hiking, Washington state will not disappoint.
Big Four Ice Caves
This 2.2-mile hike, located in Snohomish County, offers spectacular views for the avid hiker. While potentially dangerous in winter, summertime hiking will not disappoint, and the view at the end of the trail will make the entire trip worth it.
This 2.7-mile hike has incredible views and an easy terrain. Named “deception” because it incorrectly led Mr. George Vancouver to believe Whidbey Island was in fact a peninsula, the trail leads to a historic bridge overlooking Oak Harbor that was built in 1934.
While eight miles long with some intrepid terrain, this hike is a two-for-one special. Tucked along the way to Lake Serene are two waterfalls, one of which is Bridal Veil Falls. There are various trail options along the way, some of which are for avid climbers and may dishearten those of lesser aptitude, so it would be a good idea to pick up one of the maps offered at the trailhead.
Thunder Mountain Loop Trail
If you’re heading out to hike in an effort to get away from everything and everyone, 14-mile round-trip hike is perfect. The terrain is relatively secluded and it is frequented by bears (there are signs erected as to this fact), so bringing your dog along for the walk is a great idea. The entire trail will take about 8 hours to complete, and the uppermost elevation is 6200 feet. Previous hikers have stated that the first couple of miles are relatively wooded and don’t offer much for views, but beyond that the terrain opens up and this hike will be one you won’t soon forget.