Seattle is most recognizable for the Space Needle, but any local will tell you the best way to get vertical views is on one of the hundreds of incredible hiking trails within a few hours of the city. While tourists are exploring Pike Place Market and taking underground tours (which locals also love), Seattleites usually book their weekends full of jaw-dropping outdoor adventures.
The popular standby hikes like Rattlesnake Ledge, Mount Si, Lake 22, Wallace Falls and Mailbox Peak are genuinely amazing but tend to be a zoo on the weekends. If you’re hoping to get a selfie with only you in the picture, one of these underrated hikes will probably do the trick.
There are plenty of lung-laborious peaks here that will give you bragging rights come Monday, but there are also plenty of trails that have worthwhile features other than how sore your quads feel the next day. We’ve ranked them on a difficulty scale of 1 to 9, with 1 being a trip that will barely get your blood flowing and 9 being a trip that will probably leave some battle wounds.