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: Easy

Length: 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.

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Tahoma Creek Trail

Difficulty: Moderate

Length: 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: Moderate

Length: 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: Easy

Length: 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: Easy

Length: 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: Moderate

Length: 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: Hard

Length: 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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