Ashland Lakes─old growth forest serenity

Quick Facts: Location: Mountain Loop Highway Land Agency: National Forest Service Roundtrip: 5.5 miles Elevation Gain: 800 feet Green Trails Map: Mountain Loop Highway no. 111SX Contact: Darrington Ranger District: Mount Baker- Snoqualmie National Forest  Access: From Granite Falls follow the Mountain Loop Highway east to the Verlot Visitors Center. Proceed for 4.6 more miles turning […]

Eastside Trail — Big trees, big waterfalls, and lots of tranquility

Quick Facts: Location: Mount Rainier National park Land Agency: National Park Service One way: 9.0 miles Elevation Loss: 2,200 feet Contact: Mount Rainier National Park  Green Trails Maps: Mount Rainier National Park 269S Notes: National Park entry fee; Dogs prohibited; Keep children nearby around waterfalls and creek sides as a slip or fall can lead to […]

Lake Evan and Boardman Lake–Enjoy an easy hike to two family friendly lakes

Quick Facts: Location: Mountain Loop Highway near Granite Falls Land Agency: Mount Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest Roundtrip: 2.0 miles Elevation gain: 300 feet Difficulty: easy (with some rough footing) Green Trails Map: Mountain Loop Highway 111SX Contact: Darrington Ranger District: Mount Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest Access: From Granite Falls, follow the Mountain Loop Highway east to the Verlot […]

Lower Big Quilcene River─Lowland hike teems with primeval beauty

Quick Facts: Location: Olympic National Forest, Hood Canal District Land Agency: National Forest Service Roundtrip: To Camp Jolly 10.2 miles Green Trails Map: Olympic Mountains East 168SX Elevation Gain: 800 feet Contact: Hood Canal District, Quilcene Good to Know: kid-friendly, dog-friendly, open to mountain bikes, backpacking opportunities, old-growth, exceptional rhodies, Practice Leave No Trace Principles Access: From […]