Cora Lake– Emerald lake cradled beneath craggy High Rock

  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 […]

Fourth of July Pass─Declare your Independence this week in the North Cascades

Quick Facts: Location: Ross Lake NRA, North Cascades Scenic Highway Land Agency: National Park Service Roundtrip: 10.6 miles Elevation Gain: 2,350 feet Green Trails Map: North Cascades Ross Lake 16SX Special Note: Dogs must be leashed. Contact: North Cascades National Park Visitors Center Newhalem Recommended Guidebook: Day Hiking North Cascades 2nd Edition  Access: From Marblemount follow the North […]

Johnston Ridge via the Boundary Trail — Shun the road to this historic and magnificent site

  Quick Facts: Location: Mount St Helens Land Agency: Mount St Helens National Volcanic Monument Round Trip: 9.0miles Elevation Gain: 1875 feet Contact: Mount St Helens National Volcanic Monument Green Trails Map:  Mount St Helens 332S Recommended Guidebook: Day Hiking Mount St. Helens by Craig Romano and Aaron Theisen (Mountaineers Books) Notes: dogs prohibited; off […]

Driveway Butte– Give your calves a workout hiking this steep old cattle drive

  Quick Facts: Location: Methow Valley Land Agency: Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest Round Trip: 8.6 miles Elevation Gain: 3000 feet Contact: Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest Green Trails Map: Green Trails Washington Pass No. 50 Recommended Guidebook: Day Hiking North Cascades 2nd Edition Notes: Northwest Forest Pass or Interagency Pass required Access: From Marblemount follow State Route 20 […]