Lake Valhalla– No slain souls here-just renewed ones

Quick Facts:  Location: Henry M Jackson Wilderness, Stevens Pass area Land Agency: Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest Roundtrip: 12.0 miles Elevation gain: 1,500 feet Difficulty: moderate Green Trails Map: Alpine Lakes-Stevens Pass No. 176S Contact: Wenatchee River Ranger District (Leavenworth): Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest Access: From Everett, head east on US 2 for 65 miles to Stevens Pass. […]

Lake Dorothy — Easy Hike to Large Alpine Lake

Quick Facts: Location: Skykomish Valley Land Agency: National Forest Service Round Trip: 3.8 miles Elevation Gain: 800 feet Contact: Skykomish Ranger District, Mount Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest  Green Trails Maps: Green Trails, Alpine Lakes West Stevens Pass No 176S Notes: Northwest Forest pass or Interagency pass required; dogs must be leashed; wilderness regulations apply Access: From Everett, […]

Fisher Lake–Quiet backcountry lake beyond Tonga Ridge

Quick Facts: Location: Skykomish Valley Land Agency: National Forest Service Round Trip: 10.0 miles Elevation Gain: 1350 feet Contact: Skykomish Ranger District, Mount Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest Green Trails Maps: Alpine Lakes West Stevens Pass No 176S Notes: Northwest Forest Pass or Interagency Pass required Access: Follow US 2 east to Skykomish. Then continue east for 1.9 miles […]

Fourth of July Creek—Celebrate Independence Day with these explosive views!

Quick Facts: Location: Central Cascades Land Agency: Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest Roundtrip: 11.4 miles Elevation Gain: 4,700 feet Notes: NW Forest Pass or Interagency Pass required; rattlesnakes are common along lower portions of trail. Green Trails Map: Alpine Lakes East Stuart Range 208SX Contact: Wenatchee River Ranger District (Leavenworth) More information: Day Hiking Central Cascades (The Mountaineers Books) […]