Paradise Glacier Trail — The ice caves are no more, but the views are still incredible  

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  Quick Facts: Location: Mount Rainier National Park Land Agency: National Park Service Roundtrip: 5.6 miles Elevation Gain: 1,000 feet Contact: Mount Rainier National Park Green Trails Map: Green Trails Mount Rainier National Park 269S Notes: National Park entrance fee; Dogs Prohibited; Practice Leave No Trace Principles; Access: From Elbe, follow SR 706 east (passing through […]

Gobblers Knob and Lake George –In your face glacier views from Mount Rainier National Park lookout

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  Quick Facts: Location: Mount Rainier National Park Land Agency: National Park Service Roundtrip: 12.4 miles Elevation Gain: 2,600 feet Contact: Mount Rainier National Park Green Trails Map: Green Trails Mount Rainier National Park 269S Notes: National Park entrance fee; Dogs Prohibited; Practice Leave No Trace Principles; camping only in designated spots and with a permit […]

Indian Henry’s Hunting Ground via Kautz Lake — Head to a fabled land of wildflowers!

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  Quick Facts: Location: Nisqually Valley, Mount Rainier National Park Land Agency: National Park Service Roundtrip: 11.6 miles Elevation Gain: 3200 feet Contact: Mount Rainier National Park Green Trails Map: Mount Rainier National Park 269S Notes: National Park Entrance Fee or Interagency Pass required; Dog prohibited Access: From Elbe, head east on SR 706 passing through Ashford and reaching […]

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 […]