Many travel to the Pacific Northwest (PNW) for a variety of tourist attractions, including the beautiful landscape and recreational areas. Whether you’re traveling to the PNW for the first time or you’re a native to the area, hiking one or more of the plethora trails around the PNW will not disappoint. Here are my five favorite hikes in the PNW that I highly recommend exploring!
The West Coast Trail
The iconic and breathtaking West Coast Trail is at the top of my hiking list. While this hike may not be suitable for beginners, advanced hikers love this trail. The 47-mile rugged trail has cable cars and vertical ladders. The West Coast Trail is located on the west side of Vancouver Island, and hikers will spend between seven to 10 days on the beaten path. Sited as one of the best hikes in the world, the West Coast Trail offers impressive and beautiful views.
Hoh River Trail
If you want to opt for a single day hike, check out the Hoh River Trail located in the Olympic National Park. This trail runs over 17 miles around the base of Mt. Olympus, but hikers can turn around whenever they please! On the Hoh River Trail, you’ll have plenty of opportunities to embrace the lush, mossy forest.
Trail of Ten Falls
A more moderate hike is the Trail of Ten Falls in Silverton, Oregon. This 7.2-mile hike is very popular due to its path that takes you past ten waterfalls. The Trail of Ten Falls is located in Oregon’s largest state park and is an exceptionally maintained path. If you are traveling to this hiking destination, be sure to check out the other 9,000 acres and 24 miles of trails that the park offers.
For my more experienced hikers, you cannot miss the Wonderland Trail. This path runs through Mount Rainier, offering spectacular views. The Wonderland Trail is 93 miles long and typically takes hikers between eight and 13 days to finish. Although the hike is strenuous, it’s a must if you are an experienced hiker who is in search for a fantastic view.
Naches Peak Loop Trail
Another Washington trail is fit for beginners is the Naches Peak Loop. This trail is located on the outskirts of Mount Rainier and is only 4.5 miles in length. While you won’t actually get to Mount Rainier, you will have many opportunities to view the famous mountain as well as many wildflowers to see.
Whether you are a beginner or expert, one of these five trails will be an excellent fit for your hike. Be sure to check out at least one of my highly recommended hikes if you are near the PNW!
Mitch Levy has spent nearly 30 years in radio and sports broadcasting after earning a degree in Broadcast Journalism from Syracuse. Read more of his advice for the radio industry or check out his Twitter!