South Coldwater Ridge — Elk, toppled tractors, and a stunning view of a volcano-formed lake

Coldwater Lake from South Coldwater Ridge.

Quick Facts: Location: Spirit Lake Highway Mount St. Helens West Land Agency: Mount St. Helens National Volcanic Monument Roundtrip: 6.8 miles Elevation gain: 1525 feet Difficulty: moderate Green Trails Map: Mount St Helens 332S Contact: Mount St. Helens National Volcanic Monument  Access: From Castle Rock follow SR 504 east for 46.2 miles to trailhead. Notes: Northwest […]

Lake Evan and Boardman Lake–Enjoy an easy hike to two family friendly lakes

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Quick Facts: Location: Mountain Loop Highway near Granite Falls Land Agency: Mount Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest Roundtrip: 2.0 miles Elevation gain: 300 feet Difficulty: easy (with some rough footing) Green Trails Map: Silverton, WA-No. 110 Contact: Darrington Ranger District: Mount Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest Access: From Granite Falls, follow the Mountain Loop Highway east to the Verlot […]

Deer Ridge–Enjoy dear views of the Gray Wolf River Valley

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Quick Facts: Location: Northeast Olympic Peninsula Land Agency: Olympic National Forest and Olympic National Park Roundtrip: 10.0 miles Elevation gain: 2800 feet Contact: Hood Canal Ranger District, Olympic National Forest; and Olympic National Park  Green Trails Map: Olympics East no. 168S Notes: Dogs are prohibited on trail in the national park Good to Know: dog-friendly […]

Pyramid Lake–A puny lake, but monumental surrounding forest

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Quick Facts: Location: Ross Lake NRA, North Cascades Scenic Highway Land Agency: National Park Service Roundtrip: 4.5 miles High Point:  feet Elevation gain: 1500 feet Difficulty: moderate Contact: North Cascades National Park  Green Trails Map: Diablo, WA- No. 48 Notes: Dogs permitted on leash. Access: From Marblemount follow the North Cascades Highway (SR 20) east for 21 miles to trailhead located on […]