Southwest Region First Day Hikes

People in winter clothing looking at interpretive signs in front of a lighthouse

Come get the most from the west and the coast this Jan. 1! From lakes to lighthouse to fairytale forests, you will find classic Northwest scenery and plenty of fresh air on these delightful hikes. Hikes in our Southwest region -- those parks located south of Seattle and out to the Columbia Gorge area -- are listed alphabetically below.

Please note: Hikes are free and you will not need a Discover Pass on Jan. 1, a State Parks Free Day. However, some parks have limited participation and other restrictions listed in the "Additional Information" section of that park's hike description. Please check to make sure you are signed up and ready to go before heading out to your hike by following the links and instructions.

  1. Parks B - C
  2. Parks L - O
  3. Parks S - T

Battle Ground Lake State Park

  • Name of hike: Volunteer Led Interpretive Hike
  • Name of trail: Upper Lake Trail
  • Time: 10 a.m. and noon
  • Length of hike: 1.5 miles
  • Where to meet: Kitchen Shelter
  • Difficulty: Moderate
  • Minimum age of participant: N/A 
  • ADA accessible? No
  • Stroller accessible? No
  • Dogs allowed on leash? Yes 
  • Restrictions: None
  • What to bring:  Hiking shoes for muddy terrain, wet weather gear, water, and snacks.
  • Contact/organizer: Sage Hoag Call (360) 844-0176 or email Sage.Hoag@parks.wa.gov
  • Further information/event cancellation: Volunteer led interpretative hike through the forest, will be learning the history of Battle Ground Lake and the ecology of the area. After the hike we will stop for coffee and donuts at the kitchen shelter.
  • Additional Information: We will need to keep the number of participants to a MAX of 20 people for each time slot.  Please have those interested in joining us email: battle.ground@parks.wa.gov We will have a sign-up list to keep our participant numbers to a MAX of 20. 
  • Contact Number: Park office: 360 687-4621

Beacon Rock State Park

  • Name of hike: Ranger-Led Interpretive Hike
  • Name of trail: Beacon Rock Trail
  • Time: 10 a.m. and  noon
  • Length of hike: 2 miles
  • Where to meet: Beacon Rock Trailhead
  • Difficulty: Moderate
  • Minimum age of participant: N/A
  • ADA accessible? No
  • Stroller accessible? No
  • Dogs allowed on leash? Yes 
  • Restrictions: None 
  • What to bring:  Camera, binoculars, water, snacks, wet weather gear and warm clothes. It can be extremely cold!
  • Contact/organizer: Kayla Miles. Call (360) 263-2350 or email kayla.miles@parks.wa.gov
  • Additional Information: Ranger led hike up the Beacon Rock Trail. Participants will learn about the history of the park, Lewis and Clark expedition, and the Geology of the Columbia River Gorge. After the hike we will meet at the Doetsch Day-Use Shelter to enjoy a campfire, snacks, and hot chocolate.

    We will need to keep the number of participants to a MAX of 15 people for each time slot. Please have those interested in joining us email: beacon.rock@parks.wa.gov . We will have a sign-up list to keep our participant numbers to a MAX of 15 
  • Contact Number: Park Office: 509-427-8265

Bottle Beach State Park

  • Name of Hike: Ranger-Led Interpretive Hike
  • Name of Trail: Bottle Beach Trail
  • Time: 9 a.m.
  • Length of hike: 1.5 miles
  • Where to meet: Bottle Beach State Park Parking lot
  • Difficulty: Easy
  • ADA accessible: No
  • Stroller accessible:  No
  • Minimum age: 5
  • Leashed dogs allowed? No
  • Restrictions: No restrictions   
  • Things to bring: Binoculars will enhance the experience but aren’t required.
  • Contact/Organizer: Lisa Whalen Call (360) 584-2023 or email lisa.whalen@parks.wa.gov
  • Additional Information: Come take an easy guided hike with Ranger Lisa at Bottle Beach State Park. Learn about the park history and wildlife while exploring several different habitats. Bottle Beach State Park is one of the premier birding locations in the state so bring your binoculars! Jr. Ranger books will be available for kids who want to earn their badge.
  • Contact Number: 360-268-9717

Cape Disappointment State Park

  • Name of hike: Cape Disappointment Lighthouse Hike
  • Name of trail: Cape Disappointment Trail
  • Time: 10 a.m.
  • Length of hike: 3 miles round trip
  • Where to meet: Cape Disappointment Trailhead near Park Office.   Park at Waikiki Beach near the restrooms, not the jetty.
  • Difficulty: Moderate
  • Minimum age of participant: All are welcome to attend.
  • ADA accessible? No
  • Stroller accessible? No
  • Dogs allowed on leash? Yes  
  • Restrictions: U.S. Coast Guard, Station Cape Disappointment permits park visitors access to the Cape Disappointment Lighthouse trail during daylight hours, and when conditions are deemed safe.  If the Coast Guard trail is closed and weather conditions are safe, a shortened 1.5 mile round-trip hike will be offered from the same starting point.  However, no access to the Cape Disappointment Lighthouse will be available.
  • What to bring:  Prepare for muddy, windy and wet conditions.  Sturdy footwear is recommended.  Hiking poles, snacks, water or other comforts may be desired.
  • Contact/Organizer: Stephen Wood. Call (360) 642-3029 or email stephen.wood@parks.wa.gov
  • Additional Information: Recently, the Coast Guard reopened access to the Cape Disappointment Lighthouse, and the hike culminates at the 165 year-old beacon.   Views of the North Jetty, Mouth of the Columbia River and Dead Man‘s Cove afford hikers with a stunning visual guide.  Come for a hike, stretch your legs and learn more about this area, known to mariners as the Graveyard of the Pacific.