Hiking is a lot more fun when it’s with a four-legged friend. Especially in the Pacific Northwest! Walking through our lush Evergreen forest with Fido by your side and views of the Olympics or Cascades in the horizon will remind you why they’re man’s best friend.
We narrowed down some of Washington’s best trails to take with your furry companion. Keep in mind, they’re all considered “dog-friendly”, but certain ones may have obstacles that some pets may find more challenging than others. So be cautious – and of course, always remember to keep them on a leash!
1. Twin Falls
Twin Falls is a huge, 135-foot horsetail cascade on the south fork of the Snoqualmie River. At about three miles round-trip, the pleasant hike through lush green forest is perfect for taking both your pets and little ones.
2. Hamilton Mountain
Climbing high above the Columbia River Gorge, Hamilton Mountain will give you and your adorable buds the most incredible views. This steep 7-and-a-half mile trail in Beacon Rock State Park is also filled with blooming wildflowers in the spring, and also leads past two gorgeous waterfalls on the way up.
3. Moulton Falls
4. Rattlesnake Ledge
Just southeast of North Bend, Rattlesnake Ledge is one of Washington’s most popular, and often very crowded hikes. But it’s easy to see why: from the top, you get these sweeping views overlooking Rattlesnake Lake. For a steep four-miles, the well-maintained path leads you and your leashed buds through second-growth forest. It climbs up to this iconic rocky ledge, where you and Spot can sit and soak in the views of the turquoise-green water below.
5. Little Si
6. Icicle Ridge
7. Snow Lake
8. Franklin Falls
Plunging off the south fork of the Snoqualmie River, Franklin Falls is said to be hidden in plain sight between the elevated roadway of I-90 and the old Denny Creek Wagon Trail. An easy, mile-long hike will lead you to a rocky (and sometimes slippery) area surrounding the 70-foot cascade. From here you can get up-close views, and even feel the mist from the waterfall spraying off.