5 great dog-friendly hikes near Seattle

Nov 20 2019, 2:00 pm

With so many hikes to choose from within an hour’s drive of Seattle, why not bring your dog along?

Here are a few hikes that not only offer a good workout but let you bring along your favorite adventure companion.

Poo Poo Point – Chirico Trail


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Don’t let the name fool you: this hike is a beloved trail up Tiger Mountain in the Issaquah Alps. Not only is this a popular 4-mile hike, but it’s also a popular place to go paragliding.

Your dog will love the gradual incline and the pit stop at the first launch zone — a grassy field that has a beautiful view of Mt. Rainier. Once you take in the view, it’s a short 15 to 20 minutes to the second and final viewpoint. A nice flat spot with a view of Issaquah down below and Seattle in the distance. Not only is this hike dog-friendly, its a great workout.

Heather Lake


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Head to the North Cascades for this 4.6 mile round trip hike. With some elevation, 1034 feet, and some rugged terrain, a beautiful lake view awaits you and your dog.

In the summer, reward your pooch with a quick dip in the lake while you rest before heading back down the trail. Remember to pack the extra treats for your tired pup!

Lake 22


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Another beautiful dog-friendly alpine lake trail in the North Cascades. At 5.4 miles round trip, this escape from the city is full of trees is the perfect mid-week adventure for you and your furry companion.

Be careful with your pooch, there are boardwalks in places where the terrain is a bit hairy.

Mount Catherine


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Just off of Snoqualmie Pass, a short 3-mile round trip hike is the perfect hike for your small to mid-sized dog. Just off of FR-9070, this gem of a hike is not only short but very rewarding for you and your dog.

There are some steep terrain and switchbacks, but the 1330 feet of elevation gain are worth the views of Mt. Rainier and the surrounding peaks.

Wallace Falls State Park


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Wallace Falls State Park is an hour’s drive from Seattle and has over 12 miles of trails for you and your dog to explore.

You can hike to Wallace Lake or Wallace Falls and take in the views of the Skykomish River valley. This is a great place not just for you and your dog, but your family too.

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