Kelcema Lake-Satisfying snowshoe trip to ancient forest flanked subalpine lake

Quick Facts: Location: Mountain Loop Highway near Granite Falls Land Agency: Mount Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest Roundtrip:  9.6 miles Elevation gain: 1,600 feet Green Trails Map: Mountain Loop Highway 111SX Contact: Darrington Ranger District: Mount Baker Snoqualmie National Forest Access: From Granite Falls, follow the Mountain Loop Highway east for 23.5 miles to Deer Creek Parking […]

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 […]

Oaks Bottom Wildlife Refuge– Portland’s Premier Wildlife Refuge

Quick Facts: Location: Sellwood neighborhood, Portland, Oregon Land Agency: Portland Parks and Recreation Roundtrip: 2.8 miles Elevation gain: 60 feet Contact: Portland Parks and Recreation Notes: dogs must be leashed Access: From Ross Island Bridge follow US 26 east (Powell Boulevard) immediately turning right onto SR 99E (SE McLoughlin Boulevard). In just over one mile exit […]

Scarborough Hill─Giant Sitka Spruces at historic fort on the Columbia River

Quick Facts Location: Fort Columbia State Park, Pacific County, WA Land Agency: Washington State Parks Roundtrip: 2.4 miles Elevation Gain: 630 feet Access: From Kelso head west 56 miles on SR 4 to Naselle. Turn left onto SR 401 proceeding 12 miles to a junction with US 101 at the Astoria-Megler Bridge. Continue west on […]