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Grab the gorp and go: day hikes within 90 minutes of Seattle

Get into fall mode with an awesome outdoor weekend day hike.

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One of the most precious things about living in Seattle is our proximity to natural beauty, and especially outdoor activities! These awesome day hikes can be reached in roughly ninety minutes from the city, meaning that you can head out, hike, and be back home by the evening! Note: Do check trail conditions before you go! There may be snow, washouts, or other last-minute trail changes that you'll want to be aware of.

Annette Lake

North Bend’s lovely Annette Lake offers stellar mountain views and a sweet waterfall. The fall foliage is especially beautiful as we transition into colder weather, and the waterfalls and mountain views aren’t too shabby either. Northwest Forest Pass required.

7.5 miles, 1400 foot elevation gain


Boulder River Wilderness

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Boulder River’s superbly gentle grade and beautiful waterfall views make it the perfect hike with little kids. Though there aren’t great mountain views, the forest itself is beautiful. No pass required.

8.6 miles, 700 foot elevation gain


Little Si

Snoqualmie’s lovely small twin sister to Big Si, Little Si is a relatively short day hike that still offers stellar mountain views. Though a very popular trail because of its closeness to Seattle and the Eastside, Little Si is a great hike for aspiring kid adventurers to dip their toes into a rockier hike. Discover Pass required.

4.7 miles, 1300 foot elevation gain


Talapus Lake

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The Talapus Lake trail has a moderate elevation gain and a wide trail, perfect for elementary-age hikers or beginner adults. The real payoff? The surreal, gorgeous views of the lake at the end. Northwest Forest Pass required.

6.2 miles, 1220 foot elevation gain


Tradition Lake Loop

Issaquah’s very gentle, three-mile Traditon Lake Loop has sweet lake views and a minor elevation gain – perfect for getting the littlest hikers out on the trail. Discover Pass required.

2.9 miles, 150 foot elevation gain

What are your favorite Seattle-area day hikes to go on with the whole family?