Big Ditch─Dig in for some excellent swan and snow geese viewing

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Quick Facts Location: Skagit Bay, Stanwood Land Agency: Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife Roundtrip: 3.6 miles Elevation Gain: None Access: From Exit 212 on I-5 head west on SR 532 for five miles to the town of Stanwood. Turn right onto the Pioneer Highway and proceed for 2.6 miles to the junction with the Old […]

High Hut — Snowshoe to a heavenly hut in the shadow of Rainier

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  Quick Facts: Location: Mount Tahoma Trails near Ashford Land Agency: Washington DNR and Mount Tahoma Trails Association Roundtrip: 8.6 miles Elevation gain: 2,400 feet Contact: Mount Tahoma Trails Association MTTA Map: Mount Tahoma Ski Trail System (MTTA) Notes: Sno-Park Pass required; Reservations required for overnight stays in hut Access: From Elbe head east 10 […]

Big Gulch─New trails and surprises in Mukilteo’s deep ravines

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Quick Facts Location: Mukilteo Land Agency: Mukilteo Parks and Recreation Contact: Mukilteo Recreation Department Roundtrip: 4.0 miles Elevation Gain: 350 feet Access: From Everett follow SR 526 to SR 525. Turn left (south) on SR 525 and drive .5 mile to 92nd Street. Turn right and then immediately turn left into the 92nd Street Park parking area. […]

Balch Creek–Dramatic Ravine a Forest Park highlight

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Location: Forest Park, Portland, Oregon Land Agency: Portland Parks and Recreation Roundtrip: 2.4 miles High Point: 425 feet Elevation gain: 300 feet Difficulty: easy Green Trails Map: Forest Park No 426S Contact: Contact/permits: Portland Parks and Recreation ; Forest Park Conservancy;  Notes: dogs must be leashed Access: From downtown Portland, follow NW Vaughn Street west […]