Your Guide to the Best Hiking Trails in Washington State

With its breathtaking mountain ranges, serene beachscapes, and beautiful scenery, Washington state has some of the best hiking trails in the country. Beach lovers can explore Seabrook’s nearby coastal state parks with trails through grassy dunes. Be sure to bring the kids along for birdwatching! If you’re looking for a longer, more challenging hike, drive an hour inland to popular trails in Olympic National Park. Wherever you choose to explore, hiking trails in Washington state are some of the best outdoor activities around.

If you love exploring outdoors, Seabrook is the perfect place for a trip with an endless number of alfresco activities from kayaking to clam digging. For a full list of nearby attractions, check out our Things To Do page. Happy exploring!

Hiking Trails in Washington State Near Seabrook

Griffith-Priday State Park

Just 15 minutes north of Seabrook is Griffith-Priday State Park, a 364-acre marine park with beach access and walking trails. A one-mile boardwalk through low dunes leads to a private stretch of sand called the Copalis River Spit—a natural formation of sand deposited by moving tides. This easy walk is great for families. Bring your binoculars along to keep an eye out for bald eagles and walk out to the tip of the spit to see where the Copalis River and Pacific Ocean meet. If the walk is too long for the kids, circle back and stroll along the beach to spot clams and other marine life.

Damon Point State Park

An excellent birdwatching trail, the Damon Point walking loop takes you to a secluded spit of sand jutting out into Grays Harbor. A sunrise or sunset stroll is ideal here with beautiful views of the Olympic mountains, nearby coastal Westport, and the North Jetty. Uprooted driftwood trees add a mystical charm to the beach, and wildlife abounds. In the winter, flocks of snowy owls often migrate to the area from Canada to spend a few weeks resting, nesting, and soaring over the beachy landscape. Seals can also be seen napping on the rocks. Have the kids bring buckets along and help them hunt for agate, as this is one of the best spots to find the colorful stone.

Olympic National Forest

About an hour out from Seabrook, Olympic National Forest may be a bit of a trek, but it has some of the best hiking trails in Washington state. Here is a list of the four closest trails, but if you’re in the mood to explore, plenty more lay beyond.

Kestner Homestead Trail: The alluring Quinault Rainforest is located within Olympic National Park. Trek through a mossy 1.3-mile hiking trail lined with maples, spruces, and hemlocks that ends at the Kestner Homestead. The Kestner and Higley families settled here in 1889, but the original barn, main house, and some farming equipment remain. Explore the century-old grounds before heading back or opt for the scenic 0.3-mile Maple Glade Nature Loop to extend your hike.

Quinault Big Cedar Trailhead: Just 0.5 miles long, this trail can be tricky with lots of tree roots, steep sections, and a tendency to get very muddy, so you may want to skip this one if you have young children with you. The hiking trail’s main attraction, the Big Cedar Tree, sadly tumbled to the forest floor in 2016 after reaching a height of almost 174 feet, but hikers can still visit the fallen tree to get a sense of its immense size.

Fletcher Canyon Trailhead: Make sure to wear sturdy boots on this moderate-level hiking trail as intersecting creeks can make it very slippery. The 3.8-mile roundtrip hike leads to a stunning canyon and allows glimpses of a majestic waterfall. Families looking to go together should keep in mind that this trail can get rocky and steep in certain parts, so it’s best suited for older children.

Colonel Bob Trailhead: Those looking for a more challenging trail can check out this 14-mile roundtrip hike with a 4,292-foot gain and sweeping 360 views of Mount Olympus and Rainier, Lake Quinault, and the Pacific Ocean.

Come Home to Seabrook Cottages

After a tiring day of exploring the hiking trails in Washington state, relax in one of Seabrook Cottages’ luxury oceanfront homes. We offer more than 170 rental properties fit to accommodate couples, families, or groups of more than 18 people. Our beachfront rentals offer some of the most spectacular views in the Pacific Northwest. Contact us today to plan your stay in the sunny beach town of Seabrook, Washington!