Deception Creek—Big trees, wilderness valley, no crowds—and that’s the truth!

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Quick Facts: Location: Skykomish River Valley Land Agency: Mount Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest Roundtrip: 11.0 miles Elevation Gain: 1,200 feet Notes: Northwest Forest Pass required; Dogs permitted on leash. Contact: Skykomish Ranger District: Mount Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest Green Trails Map: Alpine Lakes-Stevens Pass-No. 176S Access: From Everett drive US 2 east to the small city of Skykomish. […]

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 […]

Green Lake and Ranger Falls –Towering trees and a three-tiered cataract

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  Quick Facts: Location: Carbon River Valley, Mount Rainier National Park Land Agency: National Park Service Roundtrip: 9.6 miles Elevation Gain: 1,350 feet Contact: Mount Rainier National Park Green Trails Map: Mount Rainier National Park 269SX Notes: National Park entrance fee; Dogs Prohibited; Practice Leave No Trace Principles; camping only in designated spots and with a permit Access: From […]

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, […]