best hikes in the PNW

The PNW (Pacific Northwest) is a place of magical forests, cascading waterfalls, and lakes nesteled between mountain peaks.  We try to spend some time every summer in the PNW and one of our favorite things to do there is hike.  Hiking is cheap, family-friendly, and wonderful for your health. Next time you are in the PNW, give one of these hikes a try.

Best Easy Hikes In The PNW

Spruce Trail + Hall of Mosses, Olympic National Park, Washington

Spruce Trail Hoh Rain Forest Best Hikes in the PNW
Such an easy and enjoyable hike for young kids and adults alike.
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This is such a gorgeous hike through temperate rain forest with some trees over a thousand years old (yep 1,000!).  All the trees are covered with long dangling mosses.  Start at the Hoh Rainforest visitor center in Olympic National Park and combine the Spruce trail with the Hall of Mosses trail for a pleasant 2-mile hike.

Hiking with kids? Don’t forget to grab them a Junior Ranger book beforehand so they can add the fun of answering questions along the hike.


Tamolitch Falls/Blue Pools, Mackenzie River, Oregon

Best Hike in the PNW- hiking to Blue Pools, Mackenzie Highway
Isabelle enjoying the Blue Pools on our Mackenzie River hiking adventures.

This hike is a two in one destination.  During the spring and early summer, this hike becomes Tamolitch Falls, and incredible cascade of water pouring into the blue pool below.  During late summer and autumn when the waterfall has dried out, the hike is known for the deep blue color of the pool below, Blue Pools.  No matter when you go, this hike is guaranteed to ake your breath away.


Steelhead Falls, Redmond, Oregon

Steelhead Falls