2) Steamboat Rock Trail – Steamboat Rock State Park
The coastline and Cascade Mountains usually overshadow the eastern portion of Washington, but there are several excellent hiking areas. Up in the high desert east of the mountains, Steamboat Rock is well worth the trip for anyone interested in geology. The rock itself is leftover from the Ice Age about 15,000 years ago and canyons and cliffs carved out from ancient glaciers and floods make this area unique.
The hike up to the top of the butte is a relatively easy 4-mile hike but with a somewhat strenuous portion as you reach the top. Once on the flat peak, beautiful wildflowers and a panoramic view of the surrounding canyons, rolling hills, and Banks Lake are lovely anytime of the year.