The Evergreen State has gorgeous summers, but our winters are just as pretty. Whether it's our many winter markets, magical, lit-up Christmas towns or popular activities in the snow, this only goes to show that nothing keeps us indoors. 

While we plan our wintry getaways, there's a tail-wagger or a few, faithfully waiting by our sides to join in on our adventures.

We can't blame them because, as a dog-loving state, we take them to work, cafes, and even pubs. It's only fair that we bring them along on our frosty escapades too. Which is why we've compiled a list of some of the top dog-friendly Washington winter hikes you can take your pooch on!

Franklin Falls

Difficulty: Easy

Length: Approx. 2 to 8 miles roundtrip depending on weather

Address: Franklin Falls Trail, WA

Why You Need To Go: Come winter, the three-tiered, 70-foot, spectacular waterfall at the end of this hike freezes + your dog will have a grand time paddling through the snow. This is a very popular winter hike, so we recommend you plan to start early or pick a weekday instead. 

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Heather Lake Trail 

Difficulty: Moderate

Length: 4.2 miles roundtrip 

Address: Heather Lake Trail, WA

Why You Need To Go: You'll go through a calm mossy forest speckled with snow and arrive at a gorgeous scenic lake surrounded by piles of pure white, crystalline powders. 

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Gold Creek Pond Trail

Difficulty: Easy 

Length: 2.3 miles roundtrip

Address: Gold Creek Pond Trail, WA 

Why You Need To Go: The powder by the crystal blue pond is as soft as it can get. It's the perfect place to consider making some snowballs for your pet to play fetch with! 

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Lake Wenatchee

Difficulty: Easy 

Length: 2.6 miles roundtrip

Address: 21588 WA-207, Leavenworth, WA 

Why You Need To Go: With the amount of snow this place gets in the winter, you and your pet will feel like you're in the North pole! Don't forget your snowshoes. 

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Mailbox Peak Trail Loop 

Difficulty: Hard

Length: 7.8 miles roundtrip 

Address: Mailbox Peak Trail, WA 

Why You Need To Go: This challenging trek will reward you with a fun mailbox at the end. You can even leave a little something behind in it. 

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Kendall Peak Lakes Trail 

Difficulty: Moderate

Length: 7.7 miles roundtrip 

Address: Mailbox Peak Trail, WA

Why You Need To Go: A popular snowshoeing trail, here you'll see some photogenic, blue lakes + to get a good workout. 

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If you love spending time with your tyke, why not take off on an epic road trip through Washington? Or closer home, explore a quaint Christmas town? Either way, it's going to be so worth it! 


We strongly advise that before you visit any location, you check the most recent updates on potential hazards, security, water quality, and closures. If you do plan to visit a location, respect the environment. To be courteous to wildlife, vegetation and other users on the trail, leash your pet. Do keep your pet's physical capabilities in mind before picking a hike, carry plenty of water, put them in a warm jacket/boots, and remember to pick up after them. 

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