Maple Pass — Lofty North Cascades Loop lined with larches and long ranging vistas

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Quick Facts: Location: North Cascades Highway –Rainy Pass Land Agency: Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest Roundtrip: 7.2 miles Difficulty: Moderate Elevation Gain: 2,000 feet Green Trails Maps: Mount Logan, WA- No. 49, Washington Pass, WA- No. 50 Access:  From I-5 north (Exit 230 ) in Burlington, head east on SR 20 (North Cascades Highway) for 98 miles to Rainy Pass near Milepost […]

Gothic Basin and Foggy Lake — Spiraling peaks, buttressed ridges, and a hauntingly beautiful landscape

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Quick Facts: Location: Mountain Loop Highway near Granite Falls Land Agency: Mount Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest Service and Washington Department of Natural Resources Roundtrip: 9.0 miles Elevation Gain: 2,900 feet Green Trails Maps: Sloan Peak, WA-No. 111; Monte Cristo, WA- No. 143 Access:  From Granite Falls follow the Mountain Loop Highway east for 31 miles to Barlow Pass. Hike begins by […]

Spider Lake─Best “web site” on the Olympic Peninsula

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Quick Facts: Location: Olympic National Forest, Hood Canal District Land Agency: National Forest Service Roundtrip: 2.0 miles Green Trails Map: Mount Tebo, WA No. 199 Elevation Gain: 200 feet Contact: Hood Canal District, Quilcene  Good to know: Dog-friendly, Kid-friendly, snow free winter hike Access: From Shelton, head north on US 101 for 7 miles turning […]

Dishpan Gap—Awesome autumn foliage from the headwaters of the Sky!

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Quick Facts: Location: North Fork Skykomish River Valley Land Agency: Mount Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest Roundtrip: 19.0 miles Elevation Gain: 3,100 feet Contact: Skykomish Ranger District: Mount Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest Green Trails Map: Monte Cristo- No. 143, Benchmark Mtn- No. 144 Special Note: Northwest Trail Pass required; wilderness rules apply Access: From Everett head east on […]