Below are some local day hikes that will allow you to not only exercise your body but also rejuvenate your mind and spirit during stressful times.
As always when doing a new activity, be sure to take the proper physical precautions. Other local day hikes can be found on the Washington Trail Associations website.
Hikes To the East (I-90 corridor)
2.5 miles round trip – elevation gain: 350 feet – highest point: 1000 feet
“Coal Creek Falls can be spectacular during the rainy season…thundering down the rocky chute. By midsummer, the falls usually shrinks to nothing more than a small splattering of dribbling streams between the rocks.”
3.0 miles round trip – elevation gain: 500 feet – highest point: 1000 feet
Due to the 90+ inches of rain that the North Bend area receives a year (nearly double what Seattle receives), Twin Falls is a beautiful 150-foot year-round waterfall. The first 0.7 miles of the hike passes along the banks of the South Fork Snoqualmie River. After visiting Twin Falls, be sure to stop at Snoqualmie Falls on your way back to campus. This waterfall requires no real hiking to enjoy the majesty of this 270-foot waterfall. http://www.snoqualmiefalls.com/
4.0 miles round-trip – elevation gain: 1160 feet – highest point: 2078 feet
“The views are unbelievable. Peer southeast into the rarely seen Cedar River watershed, with Chester Morse Lake dominating the close-in scenery.”
5.0 miles round-trip – elevation gain: 1200 feet – highest point: 1576 feet
“Enjoy stellar views of the North Bend valley.”
5.0 miles round trip – elevation gain: 450 feet – highest point: 705 feet
This 25-foot waterfall serves as natural barrier for salmon migration. http://www.waterfallsnorthwest.com/nws/falls.php?num=4641
5.0 miles round-trip – elevation gain: 1300 feet – highest point: 2600 feet
“Marvelous views sweep across the rugged mountains to the south and east. Big Mac (McClellan Butte) rises to the south. On your east flank is Bandera Mountain, while to the west Mount Washington rises into the sun.”
5.5 miles round trip – elevation gain: 1200 feet – highest point: 1500 feet
Wallace Falls is one of the waterfall trails that are best to visit on a rainy day. This hike includes a series of waterfalls (9 in all) with the tallest being 265 feet of rushing water. This hike also includes a sweeping view of the Skykomish River Valley and surrounding Olympic Mountains.
Make sure you are ready for a bit of a climb with this hike. With a gain of 1200 feet in 2.25 miles there are many switchbacks as well as pretty steady inclines.
7.4 miles round-trip – elevation gain: 1650 feet – highest point: 1850 feet
“Views of Issaquah Valley, Lake Sammamish, and the Bellevue skyline beyond. On clear days, Mount Baker can even be seen in the distance.”
8.0 miles round-trip – elevation gain: 2950 feet – highest point: 3900 feet
“Great views of Mt. Rainier, Rattlesnake Ledge, and Mailbox Peak, overlooks an old clear cut at one of the road switchbacks…view of The Haystack.”
10.0 miles round trip – elevation gain: 650 feet – highest point: 1750 feet
A largely unnoticed and unused trail makes the Otter & Big Creek Falls hike perfect for people looking for some peace and quiet. This hike though being long is mostly level. The hike goes in about 5 miles to Big Creek bridge which is the remnant of an old road. Big Creek falls is on the north side of the bridge and excellent place to stop for lunch. On the way back out there is a side trail of a few hundred yards to Otter Falls and Lipsy Lake.
Hikes To The North
3.5 miles round-trip – elevation gain: 200 feet – highest point: 650 feet
“Lord Hill is a place of natural beauty too, with placid ponds, Snohomish River frontage, scenic lookouts, and lush forests. Its large and varied habitats also support a wide array of wildlife, including bears, cougars, and bobcats.”
4.6 miles round-trip – elevation gain: 1100 feet – highest point: 2500 feet
“Expect to be serenaded by babbling brooks, wooed by fine views of Mount Pilchuck’s craggy, rocky north face, and charmed by Heather’s placid waters.”
5.4 miles round-trip – elevation gain: 1350 feet – highest point: 2400 feet
“The lake, which is over 50 feet deep, supports a fair amount of fish. But the only thing you may be intent on catching here is the sun’s rays shimmering off of the twinkling waters and a whole lot of gorgeous scenery.”
7.2 miles round-trip – elevation gain: 200 feet – highest point: 2521 feet
“When the basin is calm, those imposing rock faces delicately reflect in the lake’s surface. Now, that’s serene and quite a sight!”
8.6 miles round-trip – elevation gain: 3875 feet – highest point: 5723 feet
“Prominent (views) to the north are Baker and White Chuck, east there are Pugh, Sloan, and Glacier, south views of Rainier above a wall of jagged summits, and west Pilchuck and Three Fingers stand out.”
For more local hikes, check out the Washington Trails Association at http://www.wta.org