Are willing to take your hiking skills to the next level? Looking for the best moderate hikes in Seattle? We have done the research for you and searched through multiple rated websites in term of reviews, activities access and trails quality to identify the best moderate hikes in the Seattle area that the local hiking community is raving about. Here is a list of the best 10 moderate hiking trails for you to practice in no particular order.

Click on the trail logo to learn more about each of them featured in this hiking guide:

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    Rattlesnake Ledge Trail

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Rattlesnake Ledge is located near North Bend, less than one hour away from Seattle. The trail is 5.1 miles, rated as moderate with an out and back route features the lake which makes it the perfect place for hot summer days, but if you are planning to go during the weekends, try to arrive a little bit early because the trail gets crowded.
Although the trail is busy through the forest and on the top, it still offers incredible more views as the Cedar River watershed, Mount Si, Mount Washington, Rattlesnake Lake, and Chester Morse Lake.

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    Distance:
    5.1 miles

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    Elevation Gain:
    1,469 feet

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    Route Type:
    Out & Back

  • Parking Pass:
    None

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    Dongs on leash

  • Good for kids

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    Lake 22 Trail

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Lake 22 trail is a 7.0 miles moderate trail, located inside the Mt. Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest, about an hour drive from the north of Seattle to Granite Falls, WA. Features a waterfall and a lake, the trail offers a beautiful hike through old-growth forests ending with stunning mountain views of Mount Pilchuck. The trail to the lake is a jumble of sharp rocks, so we recommend you to wear hiking boots to protect your feet. You would not want to roll your ankle there.
If you are planning to go on the weekends, try to arrive early because the trail gets crowded summer weekends.

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    Distance:
    7.0 miles

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    Elevation Gain:
    1,486 feet

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    Route Type:
    Loop

  • Parking Pass:
    $5/car

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    Dongs on leash

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    Wallas Falls Trail

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Wallace Falls Trail is 4.4 miles moderate out and back trail, located near Gold Bar, Washington, an hour drive away from Seattle.
On the trail, you’ll find many examples of cascade regional flora and wildlife as well as some old-growth forest. The trailhead is easy to find with parking, public restrooms, and available drinking water to fill your bottle. The trail is well marked with bridges and breathtaking falls view. The trail also offers you a covered picnic area when you reach the bottom falls .This is a kid-friendly but we recommend to only take kids that are older than 4 years or very athletic.
Ps: Please don’t forget to wear your hiking boots.

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    Distance:
    4.4 miles

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    Elevation Gain:
    1,404 feet

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    Route Type:
    Out & Back

  • Parking Pass:
    $10/car

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    Dongs on leash

  • Good for kids

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    Twin Falls Trail

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Twin Falls Trail is 3.6 miles of hiking, walking, running, and nature trips trail rated as moderate and features a waterfall. The trail is located in the North Bend, Washington, just an hour drive away from Seattle. The falls are pretty impressive, there are a few good viewpoints of the waterfall, that comes to a bridge with the falls right in the background, which make it perfect for snapping pictures.
The parking gets super busy, especially during the weekends, try to get early to reserve your spot.

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    Distance:
    3.6 miles

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    Elevation Gain:
    967 feet

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    Route Type:
    Out & Back

  • Parking Pass:
    $10/car

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    Dongs on leash

  • Good for kids

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    Poo Poo Point Trail

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Poo Poo Point Trail is a 5.1 miles hiking trail located near Issaquah and lies on a shoulder of West Tiger Mountain within Tiger Mountain State Forest. the trail offers wonderful views from the top and gives you the chance to enjoy the wildlife through your way to the top. The point is a popular area for paragliding and hangs gliding and if your timing is right you may enjoy seeing a few paragliders soar off the steep northwestern face of the point.
Ps: If you enter to the trail from the Issaquah Alps trailhead you will find there a free parking lot, or you can find a spot at Issaquah High School parking and walk over to the trail entrance.

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    Distance:
    5.1 miles

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    Elevation Gain:
    1,469 feet

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    Route Type:
    Out & Back

  • Parking Pass:
    None

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    Dongs on leash

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    Little Si Trail

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Little Si is the little sister to Mount Si, the trail is 3.7 miles back and out moderate trail, located near North Bend. It is easier with less elevation than Mount Si but the view from the top is just as breathtaking with views of Snoqualmie Valley and Rattlesnake Mountain.
Ps: Dogs are not allowed off-leash, it is best to keep your dog on the leash because of the heavy traffic on this trail.

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    Distance:
    3.7 miles

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    Elevation Gain:
    1,138 feet

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    Route Type:
    Out & Back

  • Parking Pass:
    $10/car

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    Dongs on leash

  • Good for kids

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    Heather Lake Trail

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Heather Lake Trail is 4.2 miles back and out moderate trail features a lake and located near Granite Falls, Washington. The trail offers o number of activities and beautiful views through an old-growth forest that is rich with meadows and wildflowers.
This is a very popular hiking trail on summer weekends, try to visit in the middle of the week or just get there before nine, and have the lake to yourself.

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    Distance:
    4.2 miles

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    Elevation Gain:
    1,194 feet

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    Route Type:
    Out & Back

  • Parking Pass:
    $5/car

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    Dongs on leash

  • Good for kids

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    Snow Lake Trail

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Snow Lake is the most visited lake in the Alpine Lakes Wilderness,  located near Snoqualmie Pass, Washington.
Snow Lake Trail is a 4.2 miles moderate trail primarily used for hiking, mountain biking, and snowshoeing, and swimming during summer. The trail is popular and it gets pretty busy after 10 am, but the view still worth it.
Ps: We recommend you to wear hiking shoes instead of tennis shoes because the trail is very rocky.

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    Distance:
    6.4 miles

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    Elevation Gain:
    1,669 feet

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    Route Type:
    Out & Back

  • Parking Pass:
    $5

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    Dongs on leash

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    Annette Lake Trail

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Annette Lake Trail is a 5.1 miles back and out moderate trail, located near North Bend, Washington, one hour drive away from Seattle. The trail offers waterfalls, wildflowers, sheltering forests, mountain views, and an alpine lake.
Ps: The trail gets crowded quickly so you’ll want to get an early start.

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    Distance:
    5.1 miles

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    Elevation Gain:
    1,469 feet

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    Route Type:
    Out & Back

  • Parking Pass:
    None

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    Dongs on leash

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    Tolmie Peak Trail

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Tolmie Peak Trail is the last hike on our moderate hiking list, the trail is 5.5 miles back and out, located Ashford, Washington. This is a beautiful hike past alpine lakes and subalpine meadows to a fire tower lookout with great views of the surrounding peaks and a commanding view of Mount Ranier.
Ps: We highly recommend you to take bugs spray.

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    Distance:
    5.5 miles

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    Elevation Gain:
    1,522 feet

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    Route Type:
    Out & Back

  • Parking Pass:
    $30/car

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