The Hummocks — Hike through the former heart of Mount St. Helens

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Quick Facts: Location: Spirit Lake Highway, Mount St Helens National Volcanic Monument Land Agency: National Forest Service Roundtrip: 2.5 miles Elevation Gain: 250 feet Contact: Mount St Helens National Volcanic Monument Green Trails Map: Mount St Helens 332S Notes: Northwest Forest Pass (or interagency pass) required; dogs prohibited; off trail travel prohibited. Practice Leave No Trace […]

Barlow Point–Little known lookout site on Mountain Loop Highway

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Location: Mountain Loop Highway near Granite Falls Land Agency: Mount Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest Roundtrip: 2.5 miles High Point: 3,222 feet Elevation gain: 850 feet Difficulty: moderate Green Trails Map: Sloan Peak, WA- No. 111 Contact: Darrington Ranger District: Mount Baker Snoqualmie National Forest  Note: Northwest Forest Pass or Inter-agency Pass required Access: From Granite Falls, […]

Swan Lake and Butte–listen to the cry of the loon

Loons nest on Swan Lake.

Quick Facts: NOTE: Road to Swan Lake has been damaged due to winter storms and may not be open. Call Republic Ranger District for road status (509) 775-7400 Location: Colville National Forest, near Republic Land Agency: US Forest Service Roundtrip: 3.1 miles Elevation gain: 360 feet Contact: Colville National Forest Notes: Dogs permitted on leash, but […]

Sun Top — snowshoe to a historic lookout in the shadows of Mount Rainier

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Quick Facts: Location: White River Valley Land Agency: Mount Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest Roundtrip: 11.0 miles Elevation gain: 3,050 feet Contact: Mount Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest Green Trails Map: Green Trails Maps – Greenwater no. 238 Notes: Sno-park Pass required. Route is non-groomed and shared with skiers (do not snowshoe on groomed ski trail). Beyond the upper […]