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 […]

Alpine Lookout –Wallow in good views and a chance to see a mountain goat or two

Quick Facts: Location: Stevens Pass-Lake Wenatchee region Land Agency: Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest Round Trip: 10.0 miles Elevation Gain: 2,600 feet Contact: Wenatchee River Ranger District (Leavenworth): Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest  Green Trails Map: Wenatchee Lake- No. 145 Recommended Guidebook: Day Hiking Central Cascades (Mountaineers Book) Notes: NW Forest Pass or Interagency Pass Required. Several miles of trails […]

Sulphur Mountain –Savor Sweet Suiattle Valley Views

  Quick Facts: Location: Suiattle River Road Land Agency: Mount Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest Roundtrip: 10.0 miles Elevation gain: 4,600 feet Green Trails Maps:  Mountain Loop Highway Map 111SX Contact: Darrington Ranger District: Mount Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest  Notes: Northwest Forest Pass or interagency pass required Access: From Darrington, travel north on SR 530 for 7.5 miles […]

Mount Walker–excellent views at the eastern edge of the Olympic Mountains

Quick Facts: Location: Northeast Olympic Peninsula Land Agency: Olympic National Forest Roundtrip: 5.0 miles Elevation gain: 2050 feet Contact: Hood Canal Ranger District Green Trails Map: Olympics East no. 168S Notes: In winter the road is gated. Park away from gate and walk .3 mile to trailhead. Access: From Quilcene drive US 101 south for 5 […]