Northern State Recreation Area- A favorite haunted hiking haunt

Quick Facts: Location: Skagit Valley Land Agency: Skagit County Parks Round Trip: more than 5 miles of trails Elevation Gain: up to 150 feet Contact: Skagit County Parks and Recreation Guidebook source: Urban Trails Bellingham (Mountaineers Books) Notes: dogs permitted on leash; trails shared by mountain bikers Access: From Exit 232 on I-5 drive Cook Road […]

Surprise and Glacier Lakes—A surprisingly nice pair of alpine lakes near Stevens Pass

Quick Facts: Location: Stevens Pass area Land Agency: Mount Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest Roundtrip: 11.0 miles Elevation Gain: 2,800 feet Contact: Skykomish Ranger District: Mount Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest Notes: Northwest Forest Pass required; Dogs permitted on leash; Wilderness rules apply Access: From Everett follow US 2 east to Skykomish. Continue 10 more miles turning right (just after […]

Bald Eagle Peak — Old-growth, stunning views, and solitude

  Quick Facts: Location: Henry M Jackson Wilderness Land Agency: National Forest Service Round Trip: 13.0 miles Elevation Gain: 2800 feet Contact: Darrington Ranger District, Mount Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest Green Trails Maps: Mountain Loop Highway 111SX Notes: FR 49 is rough in spot requiring a high clearance vehicle; Northwest Forest pass required; dog-friendly, exceptional old-growth, wilderness […]

Longs Pass- Short and steep hike to in-your face views of Stuart

Quick Facts: Location: Alpine Lakes Wilderness Land Agency: National Forest Service Round Trip: 5.8 miles Elevation Gain: 2100 feet Contact: Cle Elum Ranger District, Wenatchee-Okanogan National Forest Green Trails Maps: Aline Lakes East –Stuart Range no. 208SX Notes: Northwest Forest Pass or Interagency Pass required; Dogs-prohibited Access: From Seattle take I-90 to exit 85 and follow […]