Surprise and Glacier Lakes—A surprisingly nice pair of alpine lakes near Stevens Pass

Quick Facts: Location: Stevens Pass area Land Agency: Mount Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest Roundtrip: 11.0 miles Elevation Gain: 2,800 feet Contact: Skykomish Ranger District: Mount Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest Notes: Northwest Forest Pass required; Dogs permitted on leash; Wilderness rules apply Access: From Everett follow US 2 east to Skykomish. Continue 10 more miles turning right (just after […]

Pinnacle Lake — Pretty little lake perched on a shoulder of Mount Pilchuck

Quick Facts: Location: Mountain Loop Highway, near Granite Falls Land Agency: Mount Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest; Washington State Parks Roundtrip: 4.2 miles Elevation gain: 1,100 feet Green Trails Maps:  Mountain Loop Highway 111SX Contact: Darrington Ranger District: Mount Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest   Notes: access road is rough, high clearance vehicles recommended. Access: From Granite Falls follow the […]

Lake Valhalla– No slain souls here-just renewed ones

Quick Facts:  Location: Henry M Jackson Wilderness, Stevens Pass area Land Agency: Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest Roundtrip: 12.0 miles Elevation gain: 1,500 feet Difficulty: moderate Green Trails Map: Alpine Lakes-Stevens Pass No. 176S Contact: Wenatchee River Ranger District (Leavenworth): Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest Access: From Everett, head east on US 2 for 65 miles to Stevens Pass. […]

Eastside Trail — Big trees, big waterfalls, and lots of tranquility

Quick Facts: Location: Mount Rainier National park Land Agency: National Park Service One way: 9.0 miles Elevation Loss: 2,200 feet Contact: Mount Rainier National Park  Green Trails Maps: Mount Rainier National Park 269S Notes: National Park entry fee; Dogs prohibited; Keep children nearby around waterfalls and creek sides as a slip or fall can lead to […]