Quinault Rainforest Loop — Easily accessible trail system through an Olympic Rainforest

Quick Facts: Location: Lake Quinault Land Agency: Olympic National Forest Roundtrip: 3.9 miles Elevation Gain: 500 feet Contact: Olympic National Forest, Pacific Ranger District, Quinault Detailed Information: Day Hiking Olympic Peninsula 2nd Edition (Mountaineers Books) Notes: Northwest Forest Pass or Interagency Pass required; dogs should on leash   Access: From Hoquiam travel north on US 101 for 35 […]

Cheam Lake Wetlands–Birding hotspot where the North Cascades meet the Fraser River

  Quick Facts: Location: Popkum, Fraser Valley Regional District, BC Land Agency: Fraser Valley Regional Parks Round Trip: 2.5 miles (4.0 km) roundtrip Elevation Gain: minimal Contact: Fraser Valley Regional Parks Notes: Dogs prohibited Access: From Vancouver, BC follow Trans-Canada Highway 1 east to Exit 138 (12 miles /20 kilometers east of Chilliwack). Turn left […]

Centennial Trail: Haller Park to Lake Bryant–river, wetlands, and rural charm

Quick Facts: Location: Arlington Land Agency: Snohomish County Parks Roundtrip: 6.2 miles Elevation Gain: 100 feet Contact: Snohomish County Parks Notes: Paved trail is also open to bicycles and is wheelchair accessible; dogs must be leashed. Access: Southern Access is from Haller Park in Arlington near the junction of SR 9 and SR 530, four miles […]

Twin Lakes (Monte Cristo) — Follow a rugged old miner’s path to a remote basin

Quick Facts: Location: Mountain Loop Highway near Barlow Pass Land Agency: Mount Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest Roundtrip: 17.0 miles Elevation gain: 3,900 feet Green Trails Map: Mountain Loop Highway  no. 111SX Contact: Darrington Ranger District: Mount Baker Snoqualmie National Forest   Notes: Northwest Forest Pass or Interagency Pass required; A washout at the Twin Bridges requires […]