Blue Lake and Johnson Mountain–divine ridge walking

Quick Facts: Location: Mountain Loop Highway near Darrington Land Agency: Mount Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest Roundtrip: 28.3 miles Elevation Gain: 6,725 feet Green Trails Maps: Mountain Loop Highway 111SX Recommended Guidebook: Backpacking Washington (Romano; Mountaineers Books) Access: From Darrington, head south on the Mountain Loop Highway 16.0 miles turning left onto FR 49. Follow for 6.4 miles bearing […]

Coldwater Lake– Saunter through a healing landscape exploding with wildflowers!

Quick Facts: Location: Mount St. Helens National Volcanic Monument Land Agency: US Forest Service Roundtrip: 9.0 miles Elevation Gain: 550 feet Contact:  Mount St Helens National Volcanic Monument Green Trails Map: Green Trails Mount St Helens 332S Notes: Northwest Forest Pass (or interagency pass) required; No dogs; Trail open to bikes: Off trail travel prohibited Access:  From Castle Rock […]

Sunrise Lake─Golden larches brighten the shores of this alpine lake

Quick Facts: Location: North Cascades – Sawtooth Ridge Land Agency: U.S. Forest Service Roundtrip: 13.0 miles Elevation Gain: 3,730 feet Green Trails Map: Prince Creek, WA- No. 115 Recommended Resource: Day Hiking North Cascades (Romano; Mountaineers Books) Access: From Twisp drive SR 20 east for 2.0 miles. Continue south on SR 153 for 12.0 miles turning right […]

Shoe Lake — A great hike good for your soul!

  Quick Facts: Location: Goat Rocks Wilderness Land Agency: National Forest Service Roundtrip: 15.7 miles Elevation Gain: 2,625 feet Contact: Naches Ranger District, Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest  Green Trails Map: Goat Rocks William O Douglas Wilderness No. 303S Notes: Northwest Trail Pass or interagency pass required; Wilderness permit required, free, self-issued at trailhead; wilderness rules apply Access: From Packwood, […]