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The Ultimate Guide to Hiking Trails Near Bothell, Washington

Nestled in the picturesque landscape of Washington State, Bothell offers an abundance of parks and hiking trails catering to all levels of outdoor enthusiasts. From easy strolls to challenging treks, there's a trail waiting to be explored. Lace up your hiking boots, pack your sense of adventure, and delve into the best hikes that await you in and around Bothell.

Easy Hikes

Ephemeral and Big Leaf Loop
Woodinville | 1.8 miles | 75 feet elevation gain | 35 minutes
Embrace the beauty of Woodinville on this loop trail, ideal for hikers and runners alike. With its year-round accessibility, this trail promises a rejuvenating experience.

Bothell Landing Trail
Bothell | 3 miles | 98 feet elevation gain | 1 hour
A popular out-and-back trail offering an easy stroll along the scenic Bothell Landing. Ideal for birding, road biking, and running enthusiasts, this trail promises a serene experience.

North Creek Trail
Bothell | 2.9 miles | 175 feet elevation gain | 1 hour
Discover tranquility on this 2.9-mile trail, perfect for hiking, mountain biking, and leisurely walks. With its year-round accessibility, this trail invites you to explore the beauty of Mill Creek at your own pace. This trail also provides access to the Sammamish River Trail, which connects to the Burke-Gilman Trail, for over thirty miles of combined trails.

Sammamish River Trail
Bothell | 9.5 miles | 134 feet elevation gain | 2 hours 50 minutes
Indulge in the natural splendor of the Sammamish River Trail, spanning miles of picturesque landscapes. While popular for birding and running, this trail offers ample opportunities for peaceful exploration year-round.

Lime Kiln Trail
Robe Canyon Historic Trail Park | 6.5 miles | 391 feet elevation gain | 2 hours 50 minutes
Traverse the scenic wonders of the out-and-back Lime Kiln Trail, stretching 6.5 miles within the Robe Canyon Historic Trail Park. Popular among hiking and horseback riding enthusiasts, this trail promises a rewarding adventure amidst breathtaking vistas.

Burke-Gilman Trail
Bothell | 18.4 miles | 387 feet elevation gain | 5 hours 36 minutes
Embark on an epic journey along the Burke-Gilman Trail, renowned for its scenery and recreational opportunities. Whether you're into birding, road biking, or running, this trail guarantees a memorable adventure.

Moderate Hikes

Shelton View Forest
Bothell | 1 mile | 187 feet elevation gain | 30 minutes
Unwind amidst the tranquil ambiance of Shelton View Forest on this 1-mile loop trail, perfect for hiking, birding, and mountain biking enthusiasts.

Lushootseed Whispers Trail
Woodinville | 3 miles | 144 feet elevation gain | 1 hour
Embark on a journey of discovery along the Lushootseed Whispers Trail, offering 3 miles of out-and-back scenic beauty near Woodinville. Ideal for hiking, birding, and running, this trail promises a peaceful retreat away from the hustle and bustle of city life.

Bridal Veil Falls Trail
Mount Baker Snoqualmie National Forest | 4.2 miles | 1,043 feet elevation gain | 2 hours 15 minutes
Experience the majesty of Bridal Veil Falls on this 4.2-mile out-and-back trail in Mount Baker Snoqualmie National Forest popular among hikers for its scenic waterfall.

Blyth Park and Tolt Pipeline Trail
Bothell | 5.4 miles | 1,210 feet elevation gain | 5.4 miles | 3 hours
Discover the hidden gems of Bothell on this 5.4-mile out-and-back trail, offering a perfect blend of hiking, running, and walking opportunities.

Difficult Hikes

Index Town Wall Trail
Mount Baker Snoqualmie National Forest | 2.4 miles | 1,240 feet elevation gain | 2 hours
Challenge your limits on the Index Town Wall Trail, renowned for its rugged terrain and stunning vistas of the nearby jagged peaks of the Cascades. Popular among hikers and rock climbers, this out-and-back trail promises an exhilarating adventure amidst nature's raw beauty.

Wallace Falls and Wallace Lake Loop
Wallace Falls State Park | 9.2 miles | 1,906 feet elevation gain | 4 hours 45 minutes
Immerse yourself in the scenic wonders of Wallace Falls State Park on this 9.2-mile loop trail. While popular among hikers and runners, this trail promises moments of solitude amidst cascading waterfalls and lush forests.

Johnson Ridge Trail
Big Sky Wilderness | 8.3 miles | 3,054 feet elevation gain | 5 hours 30 minutes
Embark on a journey of endurance along the Johnson Ridge Trail, spanning 8.3 miles within the Big Sky Wilderness. With its challenging terrain, this out-and-back trail offers a test of strength and resilience for seasoned hikers and runners.

West Cady Ridge Trail to Bench Mark Mountain
Mount Baker Snoqualmie State Forest | 14.1 miles | 4,373 feet elevation gain | 8 hours 45 minutes
Conquer the rugged beauty of Mount Baker Snoqualmie National Forest on the West Cady Ridge Trail. Spanning 14.1 miles, this challenging out-and-back route offers unparalleled vistas and an unforgettable wilderness experience.

Bothell Base Camp

Prepping for a big day of hiking? Bothell’s hotels serve as a great base camp so you can start your day close to the trails, minimizing travel time and maximizing your time exploring the natural beauty of the area. You’ll also want to fuel up with a hearty breakfast at Alexa’s Café and visit Tubs Subs for a sandwich to take with you on the trail. After your excursion, there’s no shortage of options for grabbing a satisfying post-hike beer at one of Bothell’s many breweries.


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