Mildred Lakes — Brutal trail to a placid trio of backcountry lakes  

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    Quick Facts: Location: Mount Skokomish Wilderness Land Agency: Olympic National Forest Roundtrip: 9.0 miles Elevation Gain: 2925 feet Contact: Olympic National Forest, Hood Canal Ranger District, Green Trails Map: Olympic Mountains East 168S Notes: Northwest Forest Pass or Interagency Pass required Access: From Hoodsport travel north on US 101 north for 13.7 miles turning left onto […]

Big Four Ice Caves — Cool attraction is a hot destination

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Quick Facts: Location: Mountain Loop Highway near Granite Falls Land Agency: Mount Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest Roundtrip: 2.2 miles Elevation gain: 200 feet Difficulty: easy Green Trails Map: Mountain Loop Highway 111SX Contact: Darrington Ranger District: Mount Baker- Snoqualmie National Forest  or Verlot Public Service Center (summer weekends) (360) 691-7791 Notes: NW Forest Pass required; DO NOT […]

Indian Henry’s Hunting Ground via Kautz Lake — Head to a fabled land of wildflowers!

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  Quick Facts: Location: Nisqually Valley, Mount Rainier National Park Land Agency: National Park Service Roundtrip: 11.6 miles Elevation Gain: 3200 feet Contact: Mount Rainier National Park Green Trails Map: Mount Rainier National Park 269S Notes: National Park Entrance Fee or Interagency Pass required; Dog prohibited Access: From Elbe, head east on SR 706 passing through Ashford and reaching […]

Peek-a-boo Lake — peaceful little lake and peek-a-boo mountain views

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Quick Facts: Location: Mountain Loop Highway near Darrington Land Agency: Mount Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest Roundtrip: 9.6 miles Elevation gain: 2500 feet Green Trails Maps: Mountain Loop Highway 111 SX Contact: Mount Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest, Darrington Ranger District Notes: Access road is washed out at mile 3.4 requiring an additional 2.2 mile one way hike or mountain […]