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Five Incredible Hikes in Washington For Springtime

March 18, 2021

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Here comes the sun! Now that the days are longer, it means one thing for us here at AdventureTripr: hiking season has arrived. Spring in Washington offers stunning wildflowers, raging waterfalls, and lush greenery. The downside, however, is it also involves a bit of thumb twiddling as we wait for the snow to fully melt down in the high alpine. That’s why we’re breaking down some of the best hikes in Washington State that you can start doing from March to May.

A note: Before you go, make sure you’re checking the trails and conditions! The Washington Trails Association is a great resource for this.

Dog Mountain

Dog Mountain
Dog Mountain

Location: Columbia River Gorge 

Length: 6.0 miles, roundtrip 

Difficulty: Strenuous 

Permits: required April 18 through June 14 on Saturday and Sundays only. 

The Columbia River Gorge is one of the first areas that spring arrives in Washington State. The stunning views and unparalleled wildflowers make Dog Mountain one of the most popular springtime hikes, where the top is carpeted with bright yellow balsamroot. On a clear day, you’ll also have views of the Columbia River and Mount Hood. Get an early start to beat the crowds! 

Frenchman’s Coulee

Frenchman’s Coulee
Frenchman’s Coulee

Location: Vantage, Eastern WA

Length: 4.0 miles, roundtrip

Difficulty: Easy 

Trade in the lush greenery for some desert scenery at Frenchman’s Coulee. Along the north cataract is a 100 foot low-volume waterfall left from the great ice-age floods along the Columbia River. You’ll see tall basalt columns, steep cliffs, and raptors soaring above. The Coulee gets hot with a capital H in the summer, so spring is the perfect time to explore it. 

If you visit Frenchman’s Coulee, be sure to check out some other great experiences in the area

Falls Creek Falls 

Falls Creek Falls
Falls Creek Falls

Location: Columbia River Gorge 

Length: 6.0 miles, roundtrip 

Difficulty: Strenuous 

Permits: required April 18 through June 14 on Saturday and Sundays only.

Falls Creek Falls has a little bit of everything – bridges, river access, old-growth forest, and one of the most scenic waterfalls in Washington! This easy and gentle hike will take through a lust forest to a three tiered waterfall that drops a total of 355 ft. It’s best to visit in the spring when the flow is the strongest.

Mt. Storm King 

Mt. Storm King
Mt. Storm King

Location: Olympic Peninsula

Length: 4.0 miles, roundtrip

Difficulty: Strenuous 

If you’re in the Olympic area, Mt. Storm King is a must in terms of getting the most bang for your buck. It’s a short, albeit grueling, hike that boasts an incredible view overlooking Lake Crescent. It’s important to note that there is a scramble with ropes at the end, meaning it’s not for everyone. 

You can find a full itinerary for Olympic National Park here.

Sauer’s Mountain

Sauer's Mountain
Sauer's Mountain

Location: Leavenworth

Length: 6.0 miles, roundtrip

Difficulty: Moderate 

Sauer’s Mountain is one of those well-defined and moderate hikes with a rewarding view of the Enchantments and Glacier Peak. The real treat, however, is catching the spring wildflower blooms. The trail is made accessible thanks to a private property owner who’s opened up his land, so be extra respectful! Check out a full Leavenworth Spring Adventure here

There you have it: five incredible hikes in Washington for springtime. We hope to see you out on the trails! Be sure to stay safe, carry the ten essentials, and leave no trace no matter where you go.

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