Horseback Riding Trails in Washington

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  • Bay to Baker Trail (Maple Falls to Glacier)

    Rail-Trail

    State: WA
    Length: 7.5 miles
    Surface: Dirt, Gravel

    The Maple Falls to Glacier segment of the Bay to Baker Trail traces the route of the former Bellingham Bay Railroad between two small Washington towns not far from the Canadian border. The trail parallels the Mt. Baker Highway and offers views ...
  • Cascade Trail

    Rail-Trail

    State: WA
    Length: 22.5 miles
    Surface: Crushed Stone, Gravel

    The 22.5-mile Cascade Trail—boasting 12 benches, 23 trestles, and two bridges made from repurposed railcars—-follows the Skagit River as it parallels State Route 20 into the Cascade foothills of northwest Washington (ending in Concrete). The ...
  • Cedar River Trail (WA)

    Rail-Trail

    State: WA
    Length: 15.7 miles
    Surface: Asphalt, Gravel

    The Cedar River Trail follows the old Chicago, Milwaukee, St. Paul and Pacific Railroad corridor on a straight, flat shot out of the sprawling Seattle metro area and into the rural countryside. Beginning at the edge of Renton's historic downtown, ...
  • Centennial Trail State Park

    Rail-Trail

    State: WA
    Length: 37.5 miles
    Surface: Asphalt

    Centennial Trail State Park, sometimes referred to as the Spokane River Centennial Trail, presents views of rapids and waterfalls on its 37.5-mile snaky run from the Idaho border through downtown Spokane to the rocky canyons west of town. As ...
  • Chehalis Western Trail

    Rail-Trail

    State: WA
    Length: 21.2 miles
    Surface: Asphalt

    The Chehalis Western Trail follows the route of a Weyerhaeuser Timber Co. railroad by the same name that carried millions of logs out of Washington forests to the coast for shipment from the 1920s to 1980s. Today, the 21.2-mile trail is the ...
  • Chelatchie Prairie Railroad Trail

    Rail-Trail

    State: WA
    Length: 0.9 miles
    Surface: Asphalt

    The Chelatchie Prairie Railroad Trail—also known as the Chelatchie Prairie Rail-with-Trail—is currently open from Battle Ground Lake State Park to a point nearly 1 mile southwest. The paved trail runs next to the Clark County-owned Chelatchie ...
  • Chelatchie Prairie Railroad Trail Extension

    Rail-Trail

    State: WA
    Length: 32.1 miles
    Surface: Asphalt

    From Chelatchie Prairie Rail-with-Trail Corridor Study: The Chelatchie Prairie Rail-with-Trail (RWT) is envisioned as a 33-mile multi-use trail within the railroad right-of-way where possible. In some areas the trail alignment will use existing ...
  • Coal Mines Trail

    Rail-Trail

    State: WA
    Length: 4.7 miles
    Surface: Gravel

    The Coal Mines Trail is built on an old railroad spur of the Northern Pacific Railway that once served several mines. Look for interpretive signs along the way that identify historical sites. The trail lies 80 miles east of Seattle and runs ...
  • Colfax Trail

    Rail-Trail

    State: WA
    Length: 3 miles
    Surface: Dirt

    The Colfax Trail follows an abandoned rail corridor, which snakes along the river northwest of the town of Colfax. Along the way you'll likely see wildlife in the surrounding Palouse hills and the river bottom.
  • Columbia Plateau Trail State Park

    Rail-Trail

    State: WA
    Length: 130 miles
    Surface: Asphalt, Ballast, Crushed Stone, Dirt, Grass, Gravel

    As of late 2011 the Columbia Plateau Trail State Park has developed 38 miles in two segments between Fish Lake near Cheney and Martin Road near Sprague, and between Ice Harbor Dam near the Tri-Cities and Snake River Junction. It passes through ...
  • Columbia River Dike Trail

    State: WA
    Length: 1.3 miles
    Surface: Asphalt, Crushed Stone

    The Columbia River Dike Trail—also known as the Captain William Clark Park Trail and the Cottonwood Beach Trail—follows the Columbia River from Steamboat Landing Park to the border of the Steigerwald Lake National Wildlife Refuge. Along the ...
  • Cowiche Canyon Trail

    Rail-Trail

    State: WA
    Length: 3 miles
    Surface: Dirt, Gravel

    The well-maintained Cowiche Canyon Trail crosses nine bridges over Cowiche Creek on a mostly flat pathway flanked by walls of Columbia River Basalt and other rock forms. The trail is managed by the Cowiche Canyon Conservancy, which owns and ...
  • Ferry County Rail Trail

    Rail-Trail

    State: WA
    Length: 24.8 miles
    Surface: Ballast, Dirt

    The Ferry County Rail Trail corridor, most recently used by the Kettle Falls International Railway to haul lumber from the Vaagen Brothers lumber mill to Colville and beyond, runs north–south from Republic to Wall Street in Danville. The track ...
  • Fish Lake Trail

    Rail-Trail

    State: WA
    Length: 9 miles
    Surface: Asphalt

    The Fish Lake Trail leaves West Spokane and runs south through open forest to reach Queen Lucas Lake, which is 1.5 miles north of the trail's ultimate planned destination, Fish Lake Regional Park. Upon completion of this gap, two bridges over ...
  • Foothills Trail

    Rail-Trail

    State: WA
    Length: 30 miles
    Surface: Asphalt, Dirt, Gravel

    The Foothills Trail is a 30-mile collection of six unconnected segments of the old Burlington Northern Railway that served the farming, coal-mining, and logging economies near the base of Mount Rainier. The longest section is a paved trail ...
  • Golden Tiger Pathway

    Rail-Trail

    State: WA
    Length: 2.5 miles
    Surface: Asphalt, Gravel

    The Golden Tiger Pathway is the first 2.5 miles of what will eventually be a 28-mile long multi-use trail in northern Washington. The Golden Tiger Pathway is open to motorized use, but the remaining 26 miles of the future trail—known as the ...
  • Green River Trail

    State: WA
    Length: 19.6 miles
    Surface: Asphalt

    The Green River Trail currently stretches nearly 20 miles through the industrial heart of the Green River Valley from the southern suburbs of Seattle to Kent, connecting to a number of neighborhoods and parks. As you might expect, the trail ...
  • Interurban Trail (Bellingham)

    Rail-Trail

    State: WA
    Length: 6.7 miles
    Surface: Crushed Stone, Dirt

    Spectacular views across Bellingham Bay to the San Juan Islands and beyond reward visitors of this Interurban Trail. All they have to do is find a clearing along the wooded path that runs a fairly level course across the Chuckanut Mountains ...
  • Interurban Trail (North)

    Rail-Trail

    State: WA
    Length: 24 miles
    Surface: Asphalt

    The Interurban Trail between Seattle and Everett stitches together a dense residential and commercial patchwork that the original electric railway helped to grow in the early part of the 20th century. The 24-mile trail also goes through the ...
  • Issaquah-Preston Trail

    Rail-Trail

    State: WA
    Length: 4.8 miles
    Surface: Asphalt, Gravel

    Suburban sprawl gives way to deep forest and rural farm lots as this rail-trail follows an uphill grade from Issaquah to the outskirts of Preston. The Issaquah–Preston Trail is among a group of trails in the Mountains to Sound Greenway that ...
  • John Wayne Pioneer Trail

    Rail-Trail

    State: WA
    Length: 253 miles
    Surface: Ballast, Crushed Stone, Sand

    Spanning an estimated 253 miles, the John Wayne Pioneer Trail is the longest rail-trail conversion in the United States. Much of it is so remote and desolate, however, that weeks will pass in some sections where the only visitors are coyotes, ...
  • Klickitat Trail

    Rail-Trail

    State: WA
    Length: 29.6 miles
    Surface: Dirt, Gravel

    Discover a rare trail adventure in the hills above the Columbia River as you traverse a remote canyon and a National Scenic Area, as well as 11 miles of nationally designated Wild and Scenic River, along the Klickitat Trail. The 1903 Columbia ...
  • Middle Fork Snoqualmie River Trail

    Rail-Trail

    State: WA
    Length: 17 miles
    Surface: Dirt, Gravel

    The Middle Fork Snoqualmie River Trail is open to hikers and horseback riders. The trail can be difficult to navigate in places, since other trails link with it (some unmaintained). There are a few stream and forest road crossings. For more ...
  • Olympic Discovery Trail - Blyn to Elwha River

    Rail-Trail

    State: WA
    Length: 34.7 miles
    Surface: Asphalt

    The 35 miles of Olympic Discovery Trail sandwiched between Sequim Bay and the Elwha River are considered the trail system's crown jewel. Bounded by a sparkling tidal estuary in the east and a recently undammed river in the west, the rail-trail ...
  • Olympic Discovery Trail - Spruce Railroad Trail

    Rail-Trail

    State: WA
    Length: 19.6 miles
    Surface: Asphalt, Dirt

    Sitka spruce is unique to the temperate rain forests of the coastal Pacific Northwest. Its strong, light wood was found to be particularly useful for World War I–era airplanes, so the U.S. Army built the Spruce Railroad to transport this strategic ...
  • Olympic Discovery Trail East - Port Townsend

    Rail-Trail

    State: WA
    Length: 7.3 miles
    Surface: Crushed Stone

    The Port Townsend waterfront marks the eastern endpoint of the Olympic Discovery Trail, which will one day stretch 126 miles from Puget Sound to the Pacific Ocean. This section of trail is named in memory of Larry Scott, one of the many dedicated ...
  • Preston-Snoqualmie Trail

    Rail-Trail

    State: WA
    Length: 6.5 miles
    Surface: Asphalt

    The 6.5-mile paved Preston-Snoqualmie Trail meanders through Snoqualmie Valley, with a short roadside section and crossing. It crosses a set of unpaved yet accommodating switchbacks that replace a trestle from the old Seattle, Lake Shore & Eastern ...
  • Railroad Trail (WA)

    Rail-Trail

    State: WA
    Length: 3.5 miles
    Surface: Crushed Stone, Gravel

    The Railroad Trail through east Bellingham runs for more than 3 miles between the city's Bloedel Donovan Park and Memorial Park, providing an off-road alternative to the cross-town route of Alabama Street. Following an old railroad right-of-way, ...
  • Salmon Creek Greenway Trail

    State: WA
    Length: 3 miles
    Surface: Asphalt

    Salmon Creek Greenway Trail offers a scenic natural getaway in northern Vancouver. The paved, tree-lined trail winds along the creek and through wetlands for 3 miles, offering access to Salmon Creek Park and Klineline Pond on its eastern end. ...
  • Sammamish River Trail

    Rail-Trail

    State: WA
    Length: 11 miles
    Surface: Asphalt

    The Sammamish River Trail rolls along smoothly through a wide, scenic greenway that's home to riverside parks and farms, as well as a growing wine industry. The trail is the center link of the Seattle area's locks-to-lakes corridor, which connects ...
  • Similkameen Trail

    Rail-Trail

    State: WA
    Length: 3.5 miles
    Surface: Dirt, Gravel

    The Similkameen Trail follows a river by the same name that drains the high country across the border in British Columbia. The dirt and gravel rail-trail crosses a scenic high bridge to enter a dramatic river gorge that leads to a waterfall. ...
  • Snohomish County Centennial Trail

    Rail-Trail

    State: WA
    Length: 30.5 miles
    Surface: Asphalt

    History lures visitors to the Snohomish County Centennial Trail. Trail users are reminded of old-time river and railroad settlements in the historically preserved storefronts and homes in Snohomish and Arlington. Illustrated displays at the ...
  • Snoqualmie Valley Trail

    Rail-Trail

    State: WA
    Length: 31.5 miles
    Surface: Ballast, Gravel

    The Snoqualmie Valley Trail rolls from verdant dairy land in the north to a clear blue mountain lake in the south. Along the way, travelers are treated to numerous trestle crossings, historic towns, views of mountains and farmland, and a roaring ...
  • Soos Creek Trail

    State: WA
    Length: 6 miles
    Surface: Asphalt

    The Soos Creek Trail travels through heavily wooded forest on a north-south route spanning the eastern edge of the Seattle suburb of Kent. Following the path of its namesake creek, the trail begins just a short distance from scenic Lake Meridian ...
  • South Bay Trail

    Rail-Trail

    State: WA
    Length: 2.5 miles
    Surface: Asphalt, Concrete, Crushed Stone

    The South Bay Trail is a tourist's dream and a sweet summer spot for locals. The small city of Bellingham, 20 miles from the Canadian border, lies between 10,781-foot Mount Baker and Bellingham Bay and is home to Western Washington University. ...
  • Tolt Pipeline Trail

    State: WA
    Length: 17.4 miles
    Surface: Dirt, Gravel, Sand

    The Tolt Pipeline Trail serves as a major connection between Duvall, Washington, and the Sammamish River in Bothell. The trail follows a water pipeline right-of-way and is not recommended for all trail users. The majority of traffic consists ...
  • Whitehorse Trail

    Rail-Trail

    State: WA
    Length: 9.4 miles
    Surface: Ballast, Gravel

    Two sections of the Whitehorse Trail, which runs along a former Burlington Northern rail line, are currently open for use. The eastern end of the trail spans nearly 7 miles between Darrington and the historic Old Fortson Mill. West of there, ...
  • Willapa Hills Trail

    Rail-Trail

    State: WA
    Length: 56 miles
    Surface: Asphalt, Ballast, Crushed Stone, Grass, Gravel

    An adventure awaits those who tackle all, or part, of the 56-mile-long Willapa Hills Trail in southwestern Washington. The former Northern Pacific Railway line rolls through remote farm and forestland as it links Chehalis in the east with South ...