Crab Creek: Columbia National Wildlife Refuge–Come join the sandhill cranes for their festival!

Quick Facts: Location: Columbia National Wildlife Refuge near Othello Land Agency: US Fish and Wildlife Service Roundtrip: 2.6 miles Elevation gain: 40 feet Contact: Columbia National Wildlife Refuge Notes: Dogs permitted on leash. Access: From Ellensburg take I-90 east to Exit 137. Then follow SR 26 for 25 miles east turning left onto SR 262. […]

Quinault Rainforest Loop — Easily accessible trail system through an Olympic Rainforest

Quick Facts: Location: Lake Quinault Land Agency: Olympic National Forest Roundtrip: 3.9 miles Elevation Gain: 500 feet Contact: Olympic National Forest, Pacific Ranger District, Quinault Detailed Information: Day Hiking Olympic Peninsula 2nd Edition (Mountaineers Books) Notes: Northwest Forest Pass or Interagency Pass required; dogs should on leash   Access: From Hoquiam travel north on US 101 for 35 […]

Cheam Lake Wetlands–Birding hotspot where the North Cascades meet the Fraser River

  Quick Facts: Location: Popkum, Fraser Valley Regional District, BC Land Agency: Fraser Valley Regional Parks Round Trip: 2.5 miles (4.0 km) roundtrip Elevation Gain: minimal Contact: Fraser Valley Regional Parks Notes: Dogs prohibited Access: From Vancouver, BC follow Trans-Canada Highway 1 east to Exit 138 (12 miles /20 kilometers east of Chilliwack). Turn left […]

Hertz Trail –Hike along a wild shoreline of Lake Whatcom

  Quick Facts: Location: western Whatcom County, near Bellingham Land Agency: Whatcom County Parks Round Trip: 6.2 miles roundtrip Elevation Gain: 60 feet Contact: Whatcom County Parks Detailed Information: Urban Trails Bellingham (Mountaineers Books) Notes: Dogs allowed on leash Access: From Bellingham follow I-5 to Exit 253. Then follow Lakeway Drive east for 1.7 miles […]