Swan Lake and Butte–listen to the cry of the loon

Loons nest on Swan Lake.

Quick Facts: NOTE: Road to Swan Lake has been damaged due to winter storms and may not be open. Call Republic Ranger District for road status (509) 775-7400 Location: Colville National Forest, near Republic Land Agency: US Forest Service Roundtrip: 3.1 miles Elevation gain: 360 feet Contact: Colville National Forest Notes: Dogs permitted on leash, but […]

Snoquera Falls — A touch of the Yosemite Valley in Washington

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  Quick Facts: Location: White River Valley Land Agency:  Mount Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest Roundtrip: 4.2 miles Elevation Gain: 750 feet Contact: Snoqualmie Ranger District, Enumclaw office Green Trails Map: Greenwater no. 238 Notes: Northwest Forest Pass or Interagency Pass required; Dogs permitted on leash Access: From Enumclaw, follow SR 410 east for 28 miles. Turn left onto Camp […]

Blythe and Chukar Lakes─Birds and beauty in the Channeled Scablands

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Location: Columbia National Wildlife Refuge, Grant County Land Agency: U.S. Department of the Interior Contact: Columbia National Wildlife Refuge Roundtrip: 3.0 miles Elevation Gain: 300 feet Note: Dogs permitted on leash. Be snake and tick aware   Good to know: dog-friendly, kid-friendly, spring wildflowers, exceptional birdwatching Access: From Spokane, take I-90 west to Exit 179 in […]

Nakashima Barn─Northern portal to long distance Centennial Trail

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Quick Facts Location: SR 9 just south of Skagit County line Land Agency: Snohomish County Parks Roundtrip: 8.0 miles Elevation Gain: Minimal Access: From Arlington (junction of SR 530-SR 9), follow SR 9 north for 7.6 miles turning left into park. Proceed .1 mile to parking area. Notes: Dogs must be on leash. Contact: Snohomish […]