The leather boots and North Face jackets that flood Seattle’s streets aren’t just worn in the name of fashion; saying that people in this town are fond of hiking is the definition of understatement. Fortunately for those of us who enjoy taking to the trails, there are nearly limitless options of quality hikes within easy access from the city.
The I-90 Corridor, which runs through the Cascades and then over them via Snoqualmie Pass, is home to some of the most enjoyable day hikes from Seattle, including Mount Si: the most popular hiking destination in the entire state. Tagging Si’s summit is a right of passage for many of the area’s residents. If you’re looking for something a little quieter, there are plenty of possibilities a bit further afield, too. Mount Townsend, on the Olympic Peninsula, is often compared to Mount Si in terms of difficulty and scenic appeal, but it is less crowded.