Longs Pass- Short and steep hike to in-your face views of Stuart

Quick Facts: Location: Alpine Lakes Wilderness Land Agency: National Forest Service Round Trip: 5.8 miles Elevation Gain: 2100 feet Contact: Cle Elum Ranger District, Wenatchee-Okanogan National Forest Green Trails Maps: Aline Lakes East –Stuart Range no. 208SX Notes: Northwest Forest Pass or Interagency Pass required; Dogs-prohibited Access: From Seattle take I-90 to exit 85 and follow […]

Pinnacle Lake — Pretty little lake perched on a shoulder of Mount Pilchuck

Quick Facts: Location: Mountain Loop Highway, near Granite Falls Land Agency: Mount Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest; Washington State Parks Roundtrip: 4.2 miles Elevation gain: 1,100 feet Green Trails Maps:  Mountain Loop Highway 111SX Contact: Darrington Ranger District: Mount Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest   Notes: access road is rough, high clearance vehicles recommended. Access: From Granite Falls follow the […]

Cooney Lake–larches at the edge of the North Cascades

Location: Sawtooth Ridge Roadless Area Land Agency: Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest Roundtrip: 16 miles High Point: 7,300 feet Elevation gain: 3,800 feet Difficulty: moderate Green Trails Maps: Prince Creek, WA- No. 115 Contact: Methow Valley Ranger District: Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest Notes: Northwest Forest Pass Required Access: From Twisp follow SR 153 south turning right onto Gold […]

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. […]