Washington State is one of my favorite places I have traveled to in the US. Not only for the city life, but the endless nature that all around it. I’ll be the first to admit, I would not consider myself in great shape. I often find grandma’s passing me on trails or parents hiking with their kids strapped to their backs all while I’m taking my 10th break in less than a mile. However, the summit is always worth it!Always remember to bring lots of water and something to snack on when you reach the top. Since I travel with my Dog, Dakota, I try to find dog friendly trails that we can both enjoy. Some trails require parking passes that can be paid for as a one day pass in the parking lot or you can purchase a year long pass online or at any REI. Here are some of my favorite dog friendly hikes:
4.0 miles Round TripGain: 1160ftNorth BendParking Pass: None
2.0 miles Round TripGain: 400ftSnoqualmie PassParking Pass: Discovery Pass
Bridal Veil Falls
4.0 miles Round TripGain: 1000ftCentral CascadesParking Pass: Northwest Forest Pass
Dirty Harry’s Balcony
4.4 miles Round TripGain: 1300ftSnoqualmie PassParking Pass: Discovery Pass
5.4 miles Round TripGain: 1350ftNorth CascadesParking Pass: Northwest Forest Pass
4.6 miles Round TripGain: 1034ftNorth CascadesParking Pass: Northwest Forest Pass
2.6 miles Round TripGain: 850ftCentral CascadesParking Pass: None
Snow Lake7.2 miles Round TripGain: 1800ftSnoqualmie PassParking Pass: Northwest Forest Park
4.7 miles Round TripGain: 1300ftNorth BendParking Pass: Discovery Pass
5.0 miles Round TripGain: 1050 ftPuget Sound and IslandsParking Pass: Discovery Pass
Crystal Mountain SummitHike the trail to the top or take a $31 round trip gondola ride. At the top you will find a dog friendly restaurant along with other trails that are all dog friendly. A beautiful view of Mt. Rainier can be seen… Well, as long as there aren’t any clouds.
5.6 miles Round TripGain: 1300ftCentral CascadesParking Pass: Discovery Pass
7.5 miles Round TripGain: 1800ftSnoqualmie PassParking Pass: Northwest Forest Pass
Big Four Ice Caves
2.2 miles Round TripGain: 220 ftNorth CascadesParking Pass: Northwest Forest PassDiablo Lake Vista PointWhile there is a trail you can take to hike, the real view is a couple miles past the turn to the trail. If you continue driving up the hill you will end up at a turn off on the left hand side with this incredible view of Diablo Lake.
I’ll be adding to this blog piece as I continue to find more enjoyable dog friendly hikes in the Pacific Northwest!