Grand Ridge─Horizon-spanning views from the loftiest trail in the Olympics

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Quick Facts: Location: Deer Park-Obstruction Point, Olympic National Park Land Agency: National Park Service Roundtrip: 15.4 miles. To Maiden Peak: 7.0 miles Elevation Gain: 3,400 feet. To Maiden Peak: 1,600 feet Green Trails Map: Olympics Mountain East 168S Contact: Olympic National Park Notes: Park entry fee; Pavement on Deer Park Road ends at National Park Boundary […]

Eight Mile Creek–Enjoy elegant cedars and polished granite outcroppings on the way to Squire Creek Pass

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Location: Boulder River Wilderness, Mountain Loop Highway Land Agency: Mount Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest Roundtrip: 6.0 miles High Point: 4,075 feet Elevation gain: 2,300 feet Difficulty: difficult Green Trails Maps: Mountain Loop Highway 111SX Contact: Darrington Ranger District: Mount Baker Snoqualmie National Forest  Access: From Darrington, follow the Mountain Loop Highway for 2.8 miles turning right onto […]

Flapjack Lakes — Served with a healthy dose of scenery

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  Quick Facts: Location: Staircase, Olympic National Park Land Agency: National Park Service Roundtrip: 15.4 miles Elevation gain: 3,050 feet Contact:  Olympic National Park Wilderness Information Center (360) 565-3100 Green Trails Map: Olympic Mountains East 168S Notes: Dogs prohibited; National Park entry fee; Backcountry camping permit required for overnight trips; Practice Leave No Trace Principles Access: […]

Perry Creek─Old growth, a cascade, sublime views to rugged peaks

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Quick Facts: Location: Mountain Loop Highway Land Agency: National Forest Service Roundtrip: 10.4 miles Elevation Gain: 3.400 feet Green Trails Map: Mountain Loop Highway 111SX Contact: Darrington Ranger District: Mount Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest Access: From Granite Falls follow the Mountain Loop Highway east for 27 miles to trailhead. Good to know: dog-friendly, exceptional old-growth, Practice LNT principles […]