A sweeping glacial vista on a bluebird afternoon…an ancient rain forest, trees dripping with moss…the fecund scent of a deep mountain meadow…come July, our hearts yearn for the sweet sylvan dream that is Northwest hiking. Like nowhere else in the world, here, a short drive and an adventurous spirit are all it takes to transport you to a place of incomparable beauty. Whether you seek a hard-fought climb to rarified air or a simple, in-city stroll amongst towering old-growth trees, there’s a hike or walk here to suit your mood, energy level and time. So strike out on the path of your choosing; you’ll find serenity, soaring views—and a sweet workout—on these 20 spectacular trails. Just click through the following links to find wonderful hikes for all skill levels. First, just pick your favorite brand of natural beauty:

Beautiful Views: Featuring Mount Constitution, Elliott Bay Trail and Second Beach

Old Growth: Featuring the Grove of the Patriarchs, Hall of Mosses and Seward Park

Wildflowers: Featuring Sourdough Ridge Trail and Winds of Change Trail.

Kristen Russell & Roddy Scheer have noted out the full list over at Seattle Magazine, including all need-to-know before you go.

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