Umtanum Canyon

14 Eastern Washington Hikes and Walks to Try This Summer

With the summer weather coming in hot, there’s no better time to hit the trail for a walk, hike, or run. Try out these 14 Eastern Washington walks and hikes to reach your activity goals. If you find yourself in Western Washington, we have a list of Puget Sound area hikes here. Let’s get stepping!

Umtanum Creek Canyon
Yakima
500 foot elevation gain
Difficulty: Moderate-Difficult
6.5 miles roundtrip (approximately 12,000-16,000 steps)
Hike through a picturesque canyon. Some shade cover. Be sure to keep right when the trail splits just after crossing the bridge—unless you want a much steeper hike!
Discover Pass Required.

Sage Hills
Wenatchee
650 ft elevation gain
Difficulty: Difficult
5.5 miles roundtrip (approximately 10,000- 14,000 steps)
Rolling hills and views of the Columbia River. Note there are no facilities at the trailhead and this trail does not offer shade for hot days.
No pass required.

Apple Capital Recreational Loop Trail
Wenatchee
No elevation gain
Difficulty: Easy
10 mile loop (approximately 19,000- 25,000 steps)
Paved, level trail with views of the Columbia River.
No pass required.

Horan Natural Area
Wenatchee
No elevation gain
Difficulty: Easy
2.5 miles roundtrip (approximately 5,000- 6,000 steps)
A partially paved trail for a gentle stroll. Located within the 197-acre Wenatchee Confluence State Park.
Discover Pass required.

Frenchman Coulee
Vantage
200 foot elevation gain
Difficulty: Moderate
4 miles (approximately 7,500- 10,000 steps)
Views of rock formations and rock climbers, seasonal waterfall in the spring.
Discover Pass required.

Ginkgo Petrified Forest
Vantage
200 foot elevation gain
Difficulty: easy
3 miles (approximately 6,000- 7,500 steps)
Partially paved trails through sagebrush and petrified forest.
Discover Pass Required.

Yakima Area Arboretum
Yakima
No elevation gain.
Difficulty: easy
46 acres of urban green space and display gardens with well-maintained walking paths.
No pass required.

Dusty Lake
Quincy
200-foot elevation gain
Difficulty: moderate
6 miles (approximately 11,000- 15,000 steps)
Hike through sagebrush and cottonwoods on your way to a quiet lake.
Located within the Quincy Wildlife Recreation Area.
Discover Pass required.

Peshastin Pinnacle State Park
Cashmere
500-foot elevation gain
Difficulty: easy-moderate
34 acre park with a 1+ mile walk (approximately 2,000-2,500 steps).
Views of the Peshastin Pinnacles, a destination for rock climbers.
Discover Pass required.

Icicle Creek Trail
Leavenworth
Minimal elevation gain.
Difficulty: easy-moderate
10 mile roundtrip (approximately 19,000- 25,000 steps)
Family-friendly trail to hike as far as you want. Shady hike, good for hot days.
Northwest Forest Pass required.

Ephrata Community Trails
Ephrata
Some elevation change
Difficulty: moderate
4 miles roundtrip, options to go farther (approximately 7,500- 10,000 steps)
Hike through rolling hills of open shrub steppe. No shade cover for hot days.
No permits needed.

Sand Dune Hike
Vantage
Some elevation change, option to go up/down sand dunes.
Difficulty: easy- moderate
2.75 mile short loop (with optional 5 mile advanced loop)
Open hike without shade cover. Cliff-lined, desert landscape.
Discover Pass required.

Cascade Park/Water Tower
Moses Lake
No elevation gain.
Difficulty: easy
3 different options (Park-to-Park, Cascade Park Loop, Water Tower Loop)
0.75-3.8 miles (approximately 1,400-9,500 steps)
Flat, paved urban trail network providing lake views.
No permits required.

Big Bend Campus Loop
Moses Lake
No elevation gain.
Difficulty: easy
1.6 miles (approximately 3,000- 4,000 steps)
Flat, paved urban trails. Leaves from Big Bend Community College.
No permits required.

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