Glacier Basin─Strike it rich with great views on this tough hike

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Quick Facts: Location: Mountain Loop Highway near Barlow Pass Land Agency: Mount Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest Roundtrip: 13.4 miles Elevation Gain: 2,050 feet Green Trails Map: Mountain Loop Highway 111SX Access: From Granite Falls follow the Mountain Loop Highway east for 30 miles to Barlow Pass. Hike begins by walking up gated Monte Cristo Road. Note: Northwest Forest […]

Cora Lake– Emerald lake cradled beneath craggy High Rock

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  Quick Facts: Location: Nisqually River Valley Land Agency: National Forest Service Roundtrip: 1.4 miles Elevation Gain: 400 feet Contact: Gifford Pinchot National Forest Green Trails Map: Randle, WA no. 301 Notes: no pass needed; creek crossing might be challenging early in the season; trail is open to mountain and motor bikes Access: From Elbe, follow SR 706 […]

Greider Lakes — shimmering subalpine lakes in the Sultan Basin

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Quick Facts: Location: Sultan Basin Land Agency: Washington Department of Natural Resources Roundtrip: 9.6 miles Elevation gain: 1,600 feet Green Trails Map: Mountain Loop Highway 111SX Contact: Snohomish County Public Utility District Notes: Register (no fee) at entrance to watershed. Dogs must be on leash. Access: From Everett follow US 2 east to Sultan. At […]

Green Lake and Ranger Falls –Towering trees and a three-tiered cataract

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  Quick Facts: Location: Carbon River Valley, Mount Rainier National Park Land Agency: National Park Service Roundtrip: 9.6 miles Elevation Gain: 1,350 feet Contact: Mount Rainier National Park Green Trails Map: Mount Rainier National Park 269SX Notes: National Park entrance fee; Dogs Prohibited; Practice Leave No Trace Principles; camping only in designated spots and with a permit Access: From […]