Swan Lake and Christmas Hill –A very merry hike minutes from downtown Victoria

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Quick Facts: Location: Saanich Peninsula, Vancouver Island Land Agency: Swan Lake Christmas Hill Sanctuary Roundtrip: 3.5 miles/ 5.6 kilometers Elevation gain: 325 feet/ 100 meters Contact:  Swan Lake Christmas Hill Sanctuary  Notes: dogs prohibited Access: From Victoria or Sidney, follow BC 17 (Patricia Bay Highway) exiting onto McKenzie Ave. Proceed east turning right onto Rainbow […]

White Chuck Bench Trail — A favorite lowland trail is slowly coming back to life

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Quick Facts: Location: Mountain Loop Highway Land Agency: Mount Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest Roundtrip:  4.0 miles Elevation gain: 300 feet Green Trails Map: Green Trails, Sloan Peak, WA- no. 111 Contact: Darrington Ranger District: Mount Baker Snoqualmie National Forest  Notes: trail currently under construction Access: From Darrington follow Mountain Loop Highway for 9.0 miles. Turn left […]

Sugarloaf — Savor Sweet Salish Sea Views

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Quick Facts: Location: Anacortes, Fidalgo Island Land Agency: Anacortes Community Forest Lands Roundtrip: 2.5 miles Elevation gain: 650 feet Green Trails Map: Deception Pass Anacortes Community Forest Lands – 41S Contact: Anacortes Parks and Recreation   Notes: dogs permitted on leash; some trails open to bicycles, horses. Access: From Exit 230 on I-5 in Burlington, […]

Beaver Lake — Trail holds a “slough” of surprises

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Quick Facts: Location: Mountain Loop Highway Land Agency: Mount Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest Roundtrip: 3.8 miles Elevation gain: 100 feet Green Trails Map: Green Trails, Sloan Peak, WA- no. 111 Contact: Darrington Ranger District: Mount Baker Snoqualmie National Forest  Notes: Northwest Forest Pass required Access: From Darrington, follow Mountain Loop Highway for 9.0 miles to brand […]