The Best Day Hiking Near Seattle

Within an hour or two of downtown Seattle, you can be in desolate wilderness, hiking through evergreen forests with views of Puget Sound, Mount Rainier, and the Olympic range. The Seattle, WA area is full of great hikes, but some of them are more well-known and crowded than others.

The hike up Mount Si is hardly a secret. You can find half of Seattle here on sunny weekends, trudging the eight miles round-trip and sweating through a lung-busting 3,300 feet of climbing to a scenic outlook with views of Mount Rainier, the Seattle skyline, and the Olympic range.

Ebey’s Landing Loop is a 5.2-mile round-trip hike on Whidbey Island, located within a national historic reserve. To get there, take a ferry from Mukilteo, north of Seattle, to Clinton, then drive 29 miles to the town of Coupeville, where you’ll find the trailhead across from an old cemetery.

On the days you don’t have time to drive a ways out of the city for a hike, head to the Issaquah Alps, the name for the highlands near the town of Issaquah, 30 minutes from downtown Seattle. The area, which includes the popular Cougar Mountain and Tiger Mountain trail networks, can see a lot of people.

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