Cascades Hiking & Waterfalls Private Driving Tour

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  • Driving Tour
  • Max Guests: 12
  • Private Tour
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Washington Hiking & Waterfalls Private Driving Tour

Washington is full of natural wonders, from the picturesque waterfalls to its iconic evergreen mountains. This driving tour from Seattle will take you out of the city and into nature, where you’ll have the chance to unwind, explore, and enjoy views that can only be found in the Pacific Northwest.

 

There are plenty of hikes near Seattle with varying levels of difficulty, so depending on the group’s abilities, we can stop for a moderate waterfall hike or really go for it on one of the Cascade Mountains’ more challenging trails.

 

Your tour guide will be happy to accommodate your group’s pace as you pass through dense hemlock-fir forests, talus slopes, and alpine meadows. Your reward awaits at the summit, with breathtaking panoramic views. Our more moderate experiences can stay a little closer to sea level. The Cascades have several amazing waterfall hikes, some of which are located in Washington State parks. 

 

Throughout your Cascades tour, you’ll enjoy much more than just great hikes: your knowledgeable local guide will share with your group the natural history of the area, unique native plant and wildlife that can be found on specific trails, and fascinating stories connected to trail attractions. This is the perfect tour for anyone looking to get more out of their Cascades hiking experience!

 

Your full day of trekking on the best hiking trails in Washington can potentially include one or two hikes of any difficulty level and any other nearby attractions based on the group’s interest and guide’s recommendations. Let us know if you’d like to add a wine tasting or cider stop for a perfect end to your Cascade Mountains adventure!

Price Includes

Price Excludes

  • Local English-speaking guide
  • Private Transportation
  • State Park Admission
  • Souvenirs
  • Guide gratuity
  • Additional food & drink

Highlights

Snoqualmie

This small town’s history as a railroading community is evident in the decommissioned relics that sit on the tracks running alongside the main street.

Rattlesnake Mountain Trail

This popular hiking trail is a potential stop on your Washington hiking adventure. This hiking trail near Seattle is a go-to spot for many hikers looking for an easy to moderate trek. With a tour guide to lead the way, you’ll not only enjoy this Cascades hike but learn about the area’s flora and fauna and the fascinating natural history of western Washington State.

Gold Creek Pond Trail

This easy, ADA-accessible trail circles around Gold Creek Pond and offers beautiful views of the forests of Snoqualmie Pass. Having a knowledgeable local tour guide will help determine which trails to hit, based on terrain, views, and natural attractions.

Mailbox Peak

This Washington hiking trail is among one of the area’s more difficult treks but offers rewarding views of the surrounding Cascade Mountains. Your tour guide will set a manageable pace and expectations in advance so you can properly get ready for the challenge!

Franklin Falls

This popular waterfall can be accessed by a moderately easy maintained trail with some elevation gains. Should the trailhead be congested with hikers, don’t worry – your guide can easily suggest other trails nearby that are equal in difficulty level and natural attractions!

Snoqualmie Summit Ski Area

We may pass through the summit of Snoqualmie Pass, a popular skiing, snowboarding, and tubing destination and which is surrounded by many trailheads, including an entry point to the Pacific Crest Trail. The summit here has a number of trailheads, and your tour guide will know which ones are a perfect fit for the group.

Denny Creek Trail

This trail is among one of our easier hiking options, with a pleasant walk through old-growth forest and to pretty waterfalls. Some hikes feature geological features that reveal the natural history of the area, which you can learn about from your local guide during the hike!

Kachess Lake

We may pass by this beautiful lake, a popular spot for water tubing, camping, and other recreational activities.

Rattlesnake Lake Recreation Area

This popular spot draws visitors to its large lake and hiking trails with pleasant views.

Twin Falls

Your tour guide will lead you to the best waterfalls in Washington state, based on your group’s hiking abilities and preferences. Along the walk to this beautiful waterfall, your guide will point out the various iconic Pacific Northwest trees, many with fascinating ecological and historical stories.

Iron Horse Trail

This moderately challenging trail near North Bend is a possible option for hikes near Seattle. Depending on the time of year, your tour guide will point out some of the fungi and lichen that give the Pacific Northwest forests their unique appearance and which are vital to their ecological health.

Mt. Si

Your tour might include a stop at or pass by this iconic mountain peak, a fairly challenging hike with great views.

Olallie State Park

Your private driving tour includes admission to Washington state parks, where you can enjoy hiking through iconic Pacific Northwest forests, along salmon runs, and to beautiful waterfalls. You’ll be able to learn all about the ecology of salmon and how important these fish are to the forests of Washington State.

Snoqualmie Falls

This is the big one! Let us know if you would like to include a stop at this iconic waterfall. A small hike is optional to experience both top and bottom views of the waterfall.

Snoqualmie Point Park

This serene city park is a great place for a picnic or just to relax and enjoy the view.

Pick-up Information

  • Daily
  • Start times: 8am
  • Meeting Location: 99 Union Street, Seattle, WA 98101 (Outside the Four Seasons Hotel, at the intersection of Union Street & 1st Avenue, across from Seattle Art Museum)

Community Impact

Our tours are designed with our communities first in mind, offering opt-in stops that support small businesses in Washington state.

Small-group and off-the-beaten-track experiences are practices in responsible tourism, reducing overcrowding on trails and waterfall destinations. Our guides contribute to and promote state parks passes, which in turn help public facility upkeep and restoration efforts, and inspire our travelers with a “leave no trace” policy.

The opportunity to add in walking segments to our tours reduces our carbon footprint and impact on the environment.

We strive to represent all voices in our storytelling, particularly indigenous groups who are often overlooked or underrepresented in the pre-pioneer settlement days of the Northwest.

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