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5 Easy Day Hikes with Vast Views – Hike Washington

As much as I love fall and the colors it brings, I enjoy very much that summer days are much longer, and I get to be so productive and get so many things done! Even though I haven’t really made any big trips away from Seattle this summer at all, I feel like I still get to go out and do things on the weekend in such gorgeous summer weather. Washington has so many cool hiking trails that it would take me years to conquer.

So per the title suggests, I’m going to share with you some super easy hikes with vast and amazing views that you have to make it one of these days whether you live in Washington or not. These, however, require a bit of a drive away from Seattle, but trust me, it will be worth it!

1. TOLMIE PEAK LOOKOUT – EUNICE LAKE

Location: Mount Rainier Area – NW – Carbon River/Mowich

Mid-July to October is the best time to hike this trail (suggested by so many outdoorsy people). Last weekend was the last weekend of July, we did this hike in the late afternoon on a Sunday. We got quite a late start in the day, so we made a U-turn at Eunice Lake which was only 0.9 miles away from the Tolmie Lookout.

I’d suggest you arriving before noon if you want to finish the entire trail and finish at the Tolmie Lookout. The trail, I’d say, was easy to intermediate. We did have to take a few water breaks on the way to the lake, and once we got to the lake, OMG, we got attacked by so many mosquitos.

I should have taken it more seriously and prepared myself for the bug attack, review on the Washington Trail Association (WTA). We both ended up getting 30+ mosquito bites, and mine got so itchy and red the next days. So if you hike this in the summer, make sure you spray yourself really well before entering the trail and bring extra strong stuff to spray yourself once you get to the lake.

The lake view was incredible even though I wished that we could spend a little bit more time. We brought some hotdogs and fruits to eat in the end but couldn’t be able to since there were so many mosquitos. We ended up making our way back to the car and ate in there, without the annoying bugs.

I’d love to go back to finish the trail and get photos up at the Tolmie Lookout in a near future though. Go now since this is the wildflower season. It’s insanely gorgeous out here!

Location: Carbon River/Mowich
Length:
 7.5 miles, roundtrip
Elevation Gain:
 1100 ft.

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2. GOAT LAKE

Location: North Cascades – Mountain Loop Highway

I did this hike with my Minnesota and Kentucky friends last fall when they visisted. It was such a long and confusing hike since the trail was split into the Upper Elliot and the Lower Elliot trails. We made a U-turn halfway into the Upper Elliot and found out that it also took us to the lake. We had lunch overlooking to the gorgeous blue-green lake surrounded by snowy peaks. Quite peaceful and serene.

We ended up hiking around 15 miles that day, quite exhausting but so much fun!

I’d recommend you hiking this one with a group of friend since it could feel like forever. It is an easy hike but gets tough towards the end.

Length: 10.4 miles, roundtrip
Elevation Gain:
 1400 ft.

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3. RATTLESNAKE LEDGE & SNOQUALMIE FALL

Location: Snoqualmie Region — North Bend Area

Rattlesnake Ledge is my first ever hike in Washington.

We did this hike in spring of 2017 when I came here to visit my bf, after a quick stop at the Snoqualmie Falls. I remembered we brought along our J-umbrella (looking ridiculous!) but ended up using it quite a lot along the trail. It was at the beginning of spring hence the weather was quite bi-polar at the time.

Distance: 5.1 miles
Gain: 1469 ft.
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These three photos were shot along the way down the Snoqualmie Falls. You don’t have to hike down since you couldn’t get closer to the falls anyways. But we hiked down there anyways! Just park your car in the parking lot and go down a few stairs for the incredible view of the fall. It is a powerful and giant fall!

4. HURRICANE RIDGE – MOUNT ANGELES

Location: Olympics – Northern Coast

We did this 3-hour drive from Seattle to Port Angeles and camped overnight at Fort Townsend after the lavender field in Sequim. It was quite a long drive, to be honest with you! But you have to go to Hurricane Ridge at least once in your life!

It costs $30 to enter Hurrican Ridge since it’s a part of the Olympic National Park, but we have the America the Beautiful pass so that covers it. It takes a while to get to the top of the gate, but the view up there is nothing that compares. There is a huge visitor center with a restaurant and a gift shop. Lots of people bring food and enjoy views of the mountain range.

We didn’t really hike but walk along the walking path up the hillside. We saw lots of deer, and wildflowers were also in bloom, so beautiful. This was in the third week of July, lavender’s peak season in Sequim.

Length: 6.25 miles, roundtrip
Elevation Gain: 1254 ft.

5. LAKE DIABLO

Location: North Cascades – North Cascades Highway – Hwy 20

Okay, this is a treat! You don’t have to hike even though you could.

We drove there for the lake view since we had a few hours to kill in April. It was quite a cold spring day, so that’s why the lake color is not as green and vibrant as it usually was on sunny days.

It was quite a far drive (2-3 hours from Seattle) depending on where you travel from. I’ve heard that people find the actual trailhead to Lake Diablo difficult to locate, and bugs might be an issue.

Gladly, this is just an Overlook. Make sure to walk to the other side where the bathroom is as there is an open area that you can sit and hand out.

Hope this post has given you some inspo to get outdoors and do a hike this weekend!mThanks for reading and have a great weekend!

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