If you live in the northwest, or plan to visit the area, you will undoubtedly be planning to take in some hiking. So many hiking opportunities exist in this part of the United States, that you will never run out of new hikes to try! There are lots of resources on hiking the northwest, including several articles here on MountainHikingSite.com.
In one of our recent articles, we gave a link to a resource where you can find information about 82 different hiking trails in the Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area. Many of these hikes can be done throughout the year, although there are some that you need the warmer temperatures of summer.
Nwhiker.com contains a wealth of information about other hikes in the northwest, with interactive maps that help you to zero in on exactly what area you are interested in.
Another great resource for more of this area is HikeOfTheWeek.com, where Craig Romano gives you information about various hikes in not only the Columbia River Gorge, but Central Cascades, Eatern Washington, Mt. Rainier, North Cascades, San Juan and Gulf Islands, Olympic Peninsula, Snohomish County, Snoqualmie Pass, and more.
Craig is an avid hiker and has written about hiking for years, authoring eight books and submitting articles to such publications as Backpacker, AMC Outdoors, and Northwest Travel. Some of the trails that he recommends for hiking in the winter were recently published on the Herald Net, including the Boulder River Trail in the Boulder River Wilderness; Ebey’s Landing , considered one of the best coastal hikes in the state; Bob Heirman Wildlife Preserve on the Snohomish River flood plain; Old Sauk Trail along the Sauk River; and Index Town Wall, located on the north side of the small town of Index, a great place to practice rock climbing. Mount Index, pictured at the top of this post, is located 3 miles to the south of Index, rises to an elevation of 5,991 ft.
Of course, the Washington Trails Association is always a great place to look for hikes in the state of Washington, too, and they also have information about passes required, volunteer opportunities available in the area, and lots of great photos!
Photo of Mount Index taken by XreDuex and used under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported License.
For descriptions of more than 900 hikes in the Northwest, try the Moon Pacific Northwest Hiking Guide: