Northern State Recreation Area- A favorite haunted hiking haunt

Quick Facts: Location: Skagit Valley Land Agency: Skagit County Parks Round Trip: more than 5 miles of trails Elevation Gain: up to 150 feet Contact: Skagit County Parks and Recreation Guidebook source: Urban Trails Bellingham (Mountaineers Books) Notes: dogs permitted on leash; trails shared by mountain bikers Access: From Exit 232 on I-5 drive Cook Road […]

Oaks to Wetlands Trail─A slough of birds and delights along the Columbia River

Quick Facts: Location: Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge, Clark County Land Agency: U.S. Fish and Wildlife Roundtrip: 2.0 miles Elevation Gain: 75 feet Contact: Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge Notes: Dogs prohibited. Access: From Exit 14 on I-5 head west 3.0 miles on SR 501 (Pioneer Street) to its end in downtown Ridgefield. Then turn right onto […]

Mount Finlayson─This spoil of war now offers peaceful wandering

Quick Facts Location: San Juan Island Land Agency: National Park Service Roundtrip: 3.5 miles Elevation Gain: 290 feet Contact: San Juan Island National Historic Park Notes: Dogs must be leashed. Access: Take Washington State Ferry from Anacortes to Friday Harbor on San Juan Island. Follow Spring Street for .5 mile through town turning left onto […]

Warrior Rock Lighthouse─A scenic and historic hike on Oregon’s largest island

Quick Facts: Location: Sauvie Island (Portland, Oregon) Land Agency: Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife Roundtrip: 6.5 miles Elevation Gain: 10 feet Access: From downtown Portland, follow US 30 west for just shy of 11 miles turning right onto the Sauvie Island Bridge. Follow Sauvie Island Road passing Cracker Barrel Grocery in .3 mile (where […]