Heather Lake — placid lake in a rugged cirque

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Quick Facts:  Location: Mountain Loop Highway near Granite Falls Land Agency: Mount Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest Roundtrip: 5.0 miles Elevation gain: 1,100 feet Difficulty: moderate Green Trails Map: Mountain Loop Highway Special Series 111SX Contact: Darrington Ranger District: Mount Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest  Access: From Granite Falls, follow the Mountain Loop Highway east. One mile beyond the Verlot Visitors […]

Sullivan Lake — Enjoy an “On Golden Pond” moment

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Quick Facts: Location: Selkirk Mountains Northeastern Washington Land Agency: Colville National Forest Roundtrip: 9.2 miles Elevation Gain: 650 feet Access: From Metaline Falls, Washington drive 2 miles north on SR 31. Turn right onto Sullivan Lake Road. Continue on this road for 4.7 miles before turning left onto FR 22. Proceed 0.4 mile, then turn right onto […]

Silver Lake─Precious body of water above old mining district

Silver Lake sits beneath Silvertip Peak.

Quick Facts: Location: Mountain Loop Highway near Granite Falls Land Agency: Mount Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest Roundtrip: 12.0 miles Elevation Gain: 2,100 feet Green Trails Map: Sloan Peak, WA-No. 111; Monte Cristo, WA- No. 143 Access: From Granite Falls, follow the Mountain Loop Highway east for 31 miles to Barlow Pass. Hike begins by walking up […]

Bear Lake—A bear of a lake but not of a hike!

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  Quick Facts: Location: Mark O Hatfield Wilderness, Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area, Oregon Land Agency: National Forest Service Roundtrip: 2.4 miles Elevation Gain: 475 feet Green Trails Map: Columbia River Gorge -West No 428S Contact: Mount Hood National Forest, Hood River Ranger Station, = Notes: Northwest Forest Pass or Interagency Pass required. Access: From […]