We've all driven across a bridge at some point in our lives. But have you ever hiked on a wobbly one that's suspended above lava tube rivers or canyons? The Pacific Northwest is home to plenty of them. Whether you're looking for a thrill or pretty pictures, these suspension bridge hikes in Washington will take show you the way.
From those that span over 200-feet long to ones that'll take you to an ancient island of 1,000-year-old trees, there are plenty of adventures to chase in the Evergreen State.
Question is, which one you'll start with first.
Trail Of The Cedars
Difficulty: EasyLength: 1-mile roundtrip
Address: Skagit River, Marblemount, WA
Why You Need To Go: This nature walk will take you across a footbridge over Avalanche Creek to a ferny-forest of 500-year-old cedars and Western hemlocks.
Tahoma Creek Trail
Difficulty: ModerateLength: 6.5 miles roundtrip
Address: Ashford, WA
Why You Need To Go: This trail in the Mt. Rainier National Park takes you to see a stunning canyon from 65 feet in the air. The 200-foot bridge is perfect for daredevils, but those scared of heights should stay clear.
Umtanum Creek Canyon
Difficulty: ModerateLength: 6.5-mile roundtrip (3 miles if you just want to walk the bridge)
Address: Umtanum Ridge, WA
Why You Need To Go: This relaxing hike will take you to a swinging suspension bridge that'll have you crossing the roaring Yakima River. Plus, during spring, the valley bursts into sunflowers and there's a chance you'll see bighorn sheep too.
Grove Of The Patriarchs
Difficulty: EasyLength: 1.5 miles out-and-back
Address: Eastside Trail, Packwood, WA
Why You Need To Go: A picturesque bridge over a babbling brook will take you to this secluded island of massive 1,000-year-old trees.
Lava Canyon Trail
Difficulty: EasyLength: 5-mile roundtrip (bridge loop is 0.6 miles)
Address: Cougar, WA
Why You Need To Go: You can cross a canyon created by lava flow on a 125-foot bridge held up only by cables. For adrenaline junkies, a 30-foot metal ladder descends into a cliff, taking you into the belly of the gorge.
Diablo Lake Trail
Difficulty: ModerateLength: 7.5 miles roundtrip
Address: Diablo Lake, WA
Why You Need To Go: This trail gives you amazing views of the Ross Dam. It also takes you to the top of the gorge to see the turquoise waters of Lake Diablo via a very Instagrammable, rustic bridge.
Thunder Creek Trail
Difficulty: HardLength: 10.3 miles roundtrip
Address: Thunder Creek Trail, WA
Why You Need To Go: This hike will take you through a forest of ancient cedars and firs and for stunning sights of a glacially-carved valley. Less than two miles into it, you'll come to a pretty bridge that is a gatekeeper to cross the turquoise creek.
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