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Washington Coast Hikes

From Oregon Hikers Field Guide

South Washington Coast

Hike Difficulty Distance Elevation Change Notes
Lower Columbia River
Columbian White-tailed Deer Refuge Loop Hike Easy 6.1 10 Flat hike on refuge roads with a variety of wildlife
Fort Columbia Loop Hike Easy 4.3 940 Explore a coastal defense fort and hike up a hill through a lush spruce forest

Long Beach Peninsula
Black Lake Loop Hike Easy 2.6 150 Tranquil loop around a coastal lake and through spruce/hemlock forest
Cape Disappointment Hike Easy 2.9 385 Take in a beach, part of the Confluence Project, cliff top views, an interpretive center, a Civil War battery, and a lighthouse!
Coastal Forest Loop Hike Easy 1.5 130 Interpretive loop through old growth forest on the shore of Baker Bay
North and McKenzie Heads Hike Moderate 6.6 1175 Hike through Sitka spruce forest to a viewpoint, lighthouse, and World War II battery
Discovery Trail Traverse Hike Moderate 8.2 280 Mostly paved interpretive trail through dunes and coastal woodland
Leadbetter Point Loop Hike Moderate 7.7 130 Loop between Willapa Bay and the Pacific Ocean in a state park and national wildlife refuge

Willapa Bay
Willapa Art Trail Hike Easy 1.1 330 Take a boardwalk over a tidal marsh with outdoor art and then loop around a forested hillside
Teal Slough Hike Easy 0.6 310 Short stroll up a hillside to some venerable and very wrinkled ancient cedars.

Olympic Peninsula

Hike Difficulty Distance Elevation Change Notes
Olympic Peninsula Coast
Ozette to Rialto Beach Hike Difficult 20 200 Long wilderness beach hike
Sand Point Cape Alava Hike Moderate 9 400 Easier hike with short beach hike
Toleak Point Hike Difficult 12 1200 Long wilderness beach hike
Cape Flattery Hike Easy 1.5 270 Short hike to a stunning headland on the Makah Reservation

Olympic Peninsula Interior
Enchanted Valley Hike Difficult 12.5 2100 Low elevation, early season hike with bears. Quite popular.
Hoh Rain Forest Loop Hike Easy 2.2 190 Interpretive loops though the old growth rain forest on the Hoh River
Hoh River to Blue Glacier Hike Difficult 34.6 5170 Hike through old growth rain forest and then up to alpine meadows and a view to Mt. Olympus
Hurricane Hill Hike Easy 3.0 1100 Beautiful but crowded alpine meadow hike to an all-encompassing viewpoint
Grand Valley Badger Valley Loop Hike Difficult 14 4250 Alpine views, one of the nicest hikes in the Olympics, also one of the most popular

Olympic Peninsula East Side
Dosewallips River Hike Difficult 9 1600 Nice low elevation river hike on the East side of the Olympics, good in the off season

See more Washington Coast hikes and destinations in our Washington Coast and Olympics index

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