Big Ditch─Dig in for some excellent swan and snow geese viewing


Quick Facts Location: Skagit Bay, Stanwood Land Agency: Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife Roundtrip: 3.6 miles Elevation Gain: None Access: From Exit 212 on I-5 head west on SR 532 for five miles to the town of Stanwood. Turn right onto the Pioneer Highway and proceed for 2.6 miles to the junction with the Old […]

Tracy Hill — Wild turkeys and sublime views


Quick Facts:  Location: Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area Land Agency: Columbia Gorge National Scenic Area Roundtrip: 5.0 miles Elevation gain: 1150 feet Difficulty: Moderate Contact: Columbia Gorge National Scenic Area Notes: Dogs permitted on leash. Be aware of ticks and poison oak. Green Trails Map: Columbia River Gorge East No. 432S Good to Know: […]

Crescent Lake─Swan stop at the confluence of the Skykomish and Snoqualmie Rivers

Crescent Lake is a great place for observing swans, geese, and many other birds.

Quick Facts: Location: Snoqualmie Valley south of Monroe Land Agency: Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) Roundtrip: 2.2 miles Elevation Gain: None Notes: Discover Pass required; Crescent Lake is an active hunting area, so be aware of hunting seasons. Access: From Everett follow US 2 east to Monroe. Turn right onto SR 203 and follow for 3.8 miles turning right onto […]

Explorer Falls–It’s an easy search to find these falls


Quick Facts: Location: Near Lake Roesiger between Monroe and Granite Falls Land Agency: Washington DNR Roundtrip: 2.0 miles Elevation gain: 200 feet Contact: Washington DNR Notes: Do not block gate, nor drive past it if open. Active logging area, be alert to trucks on roadway and yield right-of-way. Access:  From Monroe, follow Woods Road north […]